Microsoft Data Platform MVP Award

So I wrote a blog post yesterday, giving a quick update of what I’ve been up to.

And early this morning, I got a huge surprise in my e-mail.

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Aaaand this was me for the rest of the day:

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So yeah, I am honored & humbled to share that Microsoft has recognized me with a Data Platform MVP Award.

REFLECTION

I remember years ago, when I was just beginning my career, when searching the Internet for information, I’d occasionally come across forum posts by people who were Microsoft MVPs. Back then, I wondered who these people were. They must be REALLY smart, like walking encyclopedias, to be recognized by Microsoft in that way!!!

Flash forward a number of years. I’ve just attended my first SQLskills Immersion Event in Chicago, met some fantastic people, and am slowly learning about the existence of the SQL Server community. I thought it was awesome to just have the opportunity to meet some of these folks and even forge friendships!

Then I started volunteering at events… and then help run SQL Saturday Chicago… and then started speaking (and occasionally blogging)… and here we are.

I’ve never “wanted” the MVP Award. I do what I do in the community, for many reasons. I’ve gotten a great deal out of the community, and want to give back in turn. I’ve built many wonderful friendships through this community. I’ve discovered that I really enjoy teaching & presenting. I do what I do, because it is definitely my passion.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

Nonetheless, thank you all, who sent congratulatory messages to me. I am overwhelmed by your love and support and friendship. You are all a testament to why I do what I do! Thank you!!