2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year! This artwork can be found at the Honolulu Art Museum. If you haven’t been there, make it part of your resolution. Plenty of inspiration.

Happy New Year!

I want to start off this blog with the top 5 blog posts I had in 2017:

  1. Seniors vs. Technology
  2. Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track
  3. Gaining Control: Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Technology is Spoiling the Game
  5. Kaizen

It looks like I struck a chord with the challenge of our kūpuna (grandparents).  Check out the blog posts if you’re one of my new visitors.

2017 has been a year of growth for me. I got to connect with a lot of great, likeminded people in the community and continue to water these relationships. I went from working as an employee to shopping around for businesses to purchase to finally focusing on scoping my consulting business.  A lot of seeds I planted last year are now starting to grow. It’s awesome to see.

I got an opportunity to volunteer for a great event called Peace Day Hawaii and got to exercise my training skills by training how to navigate WordPress. Not only that but I was able to identify processes and provide an analysis of how the event was executed. All in all it was a great experience and I hope that I can help again this coming year.

Honolulu is not a bad place to have business and tech conferences. (Photo by D. Ramos)

I checked out quite a bit of conferences building up my toolbox and learning about the challenges local businesses are facing. One thing I realized is that a lot of people are operating in silos. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what we’re all facing day to day and that’s not a bad thing.

I was probably more excited about seeing how organized Hawaiian Airlines’ warehouse than most other people. (Photo by D. Ramos)

At the tail end of the year, I was able to tour Hawaiian Airlines with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals (YP) program. It was awesome to see their operations and I got even more excited when we met the inventory team. Learned a lot about how their facilities are organized so that they are running efficiently.

Join us every First Wednesday and bring your Excel headaches.

One of my biggest wins this year is establishing a meet up titled Spreadsheets n’ Brews. So far I’ve been able to help dozens of people with their challenges using Microsoft Excel. It might seem trivial but it’s part of my long term plans and it’s working. I really appreciate the good people at Village Bottleshop & Tasting Room for allowing my group to meet there since October.

Those are just some highlights from the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m missing a lot of other activities I’ve been involved. Got plenty of work to do. Wishing you the best for 2018.

My Journey as A Business Owner

One of my favorite shots I took during my adventures this year. Someone had to prep the dirt, plant the seeds, and everyone needed to have the patience to wait for the flowers to bloom. Just like building a business it takes a lot of effort and patience to see things come together. Photo by D. Ramos

This year was a roller coaster. Parted ways with my previous employer, marriage, first time visiting New Orleans & Seattle, and focusing on my business. The idea of having a consulting business has been stewing for at least 3 years. The moment that gave me the initial reaffirmation was my best man at the wedding telling me I have an innate ability to convince people to do something. Everything leading up to this point has been shaping how I would approach going where I want to go and making sure I find the people who want my help.

As the blogs continue to accumulate, journaling my adventure will start seeping into this blog. There’s only so much original technical content that I can generate. It might be more interesting to hear about interviews and conversations I’ve had that’s been shaping my business and my approach of contributing to the community. I spent the last 10 years working for other companies looking for a definitive career path only to discover that it’s in my control.

If managing information is art, I’ve accumulated enough experience to know what tools I’ll use to reach out to my audience and allow myself to seek the knowledge I lack to be relevant. This is why I decided to be an independent consultant. I’m excited to continue supporting the local community and empowering people.

Questions? Comments? Need a friend? Let’s talk story, Holler @ me.