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A day as an architect at Leaven

For a while now I've been meaning to write a blog about the time I've spent so far working as an architect at Leaven - I was going to do back in November last year as it marked exactly a year I've joined Leaven: it didn't happen then, and it didn't happen when I also planned to write one at the end of 2022 to recap what I did for the calendar year; so I'm just going to do one now.

A day as an architect at Leaven

Recently I was asked to write a blog on what a typical day is like working as an architect Leaven, this is what this blog is going to be about but I'm going to my own little twist to it a little by writing about what it is like on many days at Leaven because as we all know that no 2 days are the same, and it would be much better to paint many pictures of a typical day to illustrate the different shades what a day as an architect as Leaven is really like.

The days during the first couple of months at Leaven

As many of you may already know by now is that I am into cats - mostly because I like to obeserve the shenanigans they get up to, if not then the cat is out of the bag.
For a few months, prior to starting out at Leaven back in November 2021 I had began to learn a few new things as a hobby in hope to build an IoT Cat Feeder from scratch, each individual new thing I wanted to learn on its own was foreign to me and are things I considered to be difficult to master; but nevertheless I wanted to try it out to see how far I could get with it whilst in the back of my mind thinking I would never produce anything that would work.
Somehow Chris McKinnel my AWS Practice Lead who hired me caught a hold of what I was planning on doing - I suspect he's subscribes to the cat news on my blog; around that period is when we've all been mostly working from home and he said to me that I could work on the cat feeder during times when I am waiting for things to do: wasn't sure at the time if he meant it I did exactly that.

Fast forward to 10 months later, I somehow found myself doing a presentation on the Cat Feed to over 100 of the smartest people I know at the AWS Ambassador Summit in Seattle; thanks (truly) to Mukesh Sharma and (Chris Baran)[] for volunteering me to present in a slot because I would not have put my hand up myself, and most of all to Martin Caarels for always being a sounding board.

Seattle Summit

Learn, be curious everyday and think big, one day eventually you will find yourself surrounded by people that will understand you - they will make your crazy ideas seem not so crazy and the best thing about that is that they know you can achieve it while you doubt yourself; and learn a few things while you are there.

Somewhere in Seattle

A day as an architect at Leaven
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