Attending Dreamforce has been a goal of mine since I first learned about Salesforce and started using it back in 2013. Salesforce delivers really cool products and Dreamforce sounds like a really cool event.
So, I was really happy when I learned of Salesforce’s World Tour! They essentially bring Dreamforce to you locally and give you a one-day taste of what the bigger event is like. Last week I attended the Salesforce World Tour in Houston, TX and it was SO GREAT!
It was held at The Westin Galleria and, if you’re familiar with the Houston Galleria, you already know how cool of a venue that is. The day’s agenda included morning breakout sessions, a keynote, lunch, afternoon breakout sessions, and a networking reception. The event was completely free AND they managed to serve a delish lunch, great Starbucks coffee plus sodas & water throughout the day, and heavy h’ourdurves plus wine & beer during the networking reception.
I was able to attend the keynote session and four breakout sessions. I got great notes which I will share with you here! :)
I am thankful for my new career.
After years of school and months of internships, it was such a great feeling to walk across the stage on May 22 (also my birthday!) as I graduated and received my Bachelor of Science degree! :)
Being an immigrant to this country, I can definitely say it was not easy but the ride was worth it. I am really happy that I chose The University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate studies. My time there helped to launch me onto the career path I am on right now.
As my LinkedIn tagline says I am a "technology professional focused on maximizing client satisfaction and retention". Basically, I am driven by successful connections between clients/customers and products. I really love seeing a product delivered correctly and I really love when customers' expectations are exceeded by products. I am so thankful for the opportunities and experiences I have encountered that helped me develop these passions.
I am so excited to see where I go in my career! I have no idea what the future holds but I know it's going to be great with God on my side! :)
There is a huge difference.
This past year has taught me many lessons on prioritizing my time. I learned more of what "Work/Life Balance" means and much more of what it means to choose the opportunities you pursue carefully.
Regardless of where you are in your career, there are opportunities available. With that, regardless of where you are in life, there are many things you could choose to spend your time on. While individually your options may be wonderful, when you have too much on your plate, wonderful may turn into dreadful.
I've learned that it is very much okay to say "no" to enticing open doors. It's not limiting. In fact, it's more freeing! When you choose to focus on a career path/major/etc., you are not stuck in that lane forever. Rather you're making the decision to press forward with something you're passionate about. You're giving yourself time and mental resources to excel at that special thing of yours. If that thing doesn't work out, at least you've tried and you can move onto the next chapter with your piece of mind!
A lot of the time we get too scared to "choose" or "focus" because we don't want to feel trapped. If you are ever in that situation, try to overcome your fear of entrapment by internalizing how 100% true to yourself you're being by choosing to pursue your passion wholeheartedly!
Love and Peace,
Y'all, it's July 20th. -_-
Anyway, with that said.....
I am thankful for my family! :)
I am truly blessed with a wonderful family. Although my family is spread out all over world, literally, we always seem to find a way to stay connected with each other. Whether or not that connection means a text everyday, a Facebook chat every month, or a call a few times a year, each convo is important to me.
It is incredibly important to remember where you come from - not to hold yourself back with memories of past times but, instead, to push yourself forward with a deep desire to add to your family's legacy and create new opportunities for those that come after you.
As I embark on my new career, I look forward to seizing opportunities to expand my family's legacy and create greater opportunities for my relatives all around the world. It's important to me to grow the investments that my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. have poured into me throughout my life!
Jewel's Random TidBits - Don't stress if your family isn't as "put together" as you would like. We all have our grievances when it comes to our relatives but we can reduce associated stress levels by focusing on the joys those same people bring into your life!
Well there are seven days left until Christmas so I better finish up these ten posts on Thanksgiving! :)
I'm extremely thankful for my friends.
This year I learned so much more about what it means to (a) be a true friend and (b) have true friends. In life, especially in college, we meet so many people that we quickly click with. We might share the same favorite song, favorite food, or favorite color. It's easy to rush and call these people our 'best friends' without taking time to truly learn more about them and the relationship we share. True friends not only share the same interests and favorites as you do but they also share a genuine interest in your well being. They're present even when your favorite "things" aren't around because the bond of true friendship is worth more than material objects.
I love, love, love my friends! I'm so happy to have matured in this area of my life and to have found genuine friendships!
Jewel's Random TidBits - So many people have considered hosting Friendsgiving but what about also hosting a Friends-Christmas gift exchange? Several of my friends and I have been hosting one in January for the past few years and it's a really great time to spend with your favorite peeps before the year gets hectic!
As I sit here thinking about these moments of thanksgiving and the act of sharing them with you on my blog, I realized how much of a blessing it is to be able to express myself through writing.
When I started blogging last summer, I had no idea how long it would last or where it would go. I simply enjoyed typing my thoughts and being able to publish them for others to read. It's really interesting how the different perspectives of my readers affect the meaning of each of my posts. You, my reader, can vary in position from a family member to a friend to a classmate or even a future employer. You could be an acquaintance or someone I know very well. Even if you're a complete stranger, something or someone brought you to my website and blog for you to have a look and read a post or two! Whichever category you may fall into as a reader, thank you! I really appreciate your time spent reading my posts and learning more about me. (:
Jewel's Random TidBits - While Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday of each November, other countries celebrate giving thanks at other times during the year. Here's a look at how Thanksgiving is celebrated around the World.
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If we're going to throw some science into this (and, yes, we are), then we can see how consumption of sweets directly affects us. In short, we have receptors that send signals to our brain when sugary foods are consumed. These signals tell the body that the sugary food was enjoyable and that it would like some more! For this reason, it's extremely important that we try to balance our diet as much as possible. A sweet treat every now and then is great but try not to indulge too often!
Jewel's Random TidBits - Try baking your sweets at home when you can! You'll cut back on a lot of preservatives and added sugars compared to buying your goodies at a store or cafe. You can cut back even more when you bake from scratch as opposed to pre-packaged mixes!
Surprise! :) I'm starting my blog series off on the topic of computer science.
I'm thankful for my mobile computing course.
It's nice to be in a class where my classmates don't rush out of the room as soon as we are dismissed or worse, pack-up and prepare to leave the room before the professor ends the class.
When I planned my initial Fall 2014 schedule back in April, I was so proud and happy that I had managed to avoid scheduling a class on Tuesday/Thursdays. However, when UT's add/drop session opened up and I saw that Elements of Mobile Computing was offered this semester, I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up. I'm so happy that I registered for this class! In addition to gaining a broad overview of the mobile application development process, I've gained a much deeper appreciation of the people that surround me at UT. Taking courses in the Elements of Computing program has enabled me to meet great professors, such Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Downing, and meet great students across a wide variety of majors.
So that's it for day one, I'm thankful for my mobile computing course. (:
Jewel's Random TidBits - Regardless of what industry you plan to build your career in, programming skills will serve you well. If you have access to an opportunity similar to UT's Elements of Computing program, go for it!
So I had an idea this morning. There are ten days until Thanksgiving and I'm going to blog each day about something I'm thankful for. A list of ten doesn't even scratch the surface of the many blessings I have but I'm excited to share some with you! While the first three or four are immediately apparent, it's going to be a good exercise to think about the not-so-apparent blessings. I encourage you to join me!
Jewel's Random TidBits - It's cold in Texas and winter came so suddenly. I didn't even have time to prepare my winter closet (-_-). We get nervous when lows approach the 30s but I saw a weather screenshot this morning showing 10 degrees in Chicago. I'm definitely thankful for Texas' version of winter. (:
Close a tab or two!
It can be so tempting to have tens of tabs open but I'm here to warn you against it! Not only can you relieve stress by closing a tab or two, you can achieve more in shorter periods of time.
From my personal experiences, I would suggest having 5-7 tabs open at maximum. After 7, it's harder to stay focused. I know it's tempting to click on links and leave each tab open as your peruse through a website or catch up on the news but this practice is not effective.
Let's think about why you clicked on the link or opened the new tab in the first place. Perhaps something caught your eye that you wanted to learn more about or perhaps you remembered that you needed to look something up. In either case, it's more effective to stay on that tab, do what you need to do, gather your information, close the tab, and move on. There's a higher chance that you will get more things done effectively this way since your focus is more....focused!
So you're reading this and you're thinking, "Really Jewel, sometimes I don't think a maximum of 7 tabs is realisitic!". Well, I agree. Sometimes you want to have access to mulitple pieces of information located on different sites. In such cases I would suggest opening new windows and maintaining the 7 tab maximum in each window. You can even organize which tabs you place in which window to keep yourself on track. If the sites are something you want to access later but don't need immediately, bookmarking each page is always a great option!
Jewel's Random TidBits - There are extensions you can add to your internet browser to help you limit your number of open tabs. Currently xTab exists for Google Chrome and Max Tabs exists for Mozilla Firefox.
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Thanks for visiting my blog! From Guyana to The Bahamas to Texas to New York City, it's easy to say that I've had many interesting and unique life experiences. Blogging is my chance to share them and I've been do just that for over 4 and a half years!