Happy New Year! A look back at 2014…

What. A. Year. Looking back at this day in 2013, it’s amazing to see how much can happen in just 365 days. In January 2014 I started my first work term at Microsoft, and since then I have had some incredible experiences and had the opportunity to meet and work with superstars from across the globe. For me, 2014 was a rollercoaster year of emotional, personal and professional growth. In the highest of highs I flew around North America for various projects including hosting tech events and filming my first Microsoft Virtual Academy course, and through those opportunities I’ve learned a lot about people, professionalism and how we all fit in in this huge, booming tech world. On the other side of the rollercoaster, 2014 has been a very difficult year and I hope that we can put a lot of the big hurdles behind us in 2015. In the meantime, here are some of my favourite moments of 2014!

1. Starting at Microsoft

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2. Giving my first conference demo as a Microsoft representative at the National Business and Technology Conference in Toronto

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3. Flying on the inaugural customer-carrying flight of Air Canada’s Dreamliner (story)

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4. Purchasing my Lenovo Yoga taptop and finally retiring my old MacBook Pro (details)

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5. Summertime in Halifax (here, here and here)

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6. This magical day in Italy wearing my Zafira gown, and the rest of the time in Italy, of course (story)

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7. This Amazing Race-style adventure through Canada-England-France-Germany-Italy when my passport expired too early (what a story)

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8. An amazing week in Seattle with top-notch Microsoft Student Partners from across the globe (story here)

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9. Attending my first Grace Hopper Celebration, and partnering with Syncfusion to do so (story)

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10. My first ever fashion week and all its grandeur (stories here and here)

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11. Flying out to Vancouver to host the Kinect Hackathon at BCIT (full story)

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12. Filming Hour of Code and CODExist with Channel 9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy! (full story)

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A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions, and I’ve never really had one that stuck. I think that, if you want to make a change you should make it when you think of it, because why wait to implement something that you know will have a positive effect on your life? So instead of telling you I’m going to take up meditation or drink 3L of water a day, this year my one resolution comes from something a former teammate told me. He said that no matter what’s going on in the day, he makes it a goal to make someone genuinely smile. And whether that’s through social media, over the phone, or through in-person interaction, I’d like to adopt that goal of positivity this new year.

Happy New Year, everyone! How time flies. I hope that you had a good year and that 2015 brings you new opportunities and happiness.

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