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Grateful and Resolute – 2010 in Review

Christmas 2010 found me in Palm Springs once more for one last getaway before 2011 started with a bang! In just two days I’ll be departing for Philadelphia for the sixth annual PMI Leadership Institute Volunteer Strategy Meeting — this will be my third year on the Community Development Governance Committee of the Project Management Institute. On the 16th I’ll be taking the train to Washington DC and spending a week meeting with and training clients there.

2010 has been a year of abundance and family, loved ones, and friends of course remain at the top of the list of things for which I am grateful. I have an ever expanding contact list of amazing colleagues throughout North America and on multiple continents. My work as the Director of Project Services and Support also allows me to have an impact on education, which I’m sure everyone knows has become a serious issue across the country. And with the minor health issues of the past year behind me, 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most productive and abundant years ever.

For you, my readers, I am also grateful. Despite the fact that I’ve taken an extended blogging break, the site continued to have a steady stream of visitors. My special thanks to Susan Peterson who continues to allow me to republish her articles and Fadi El-Eter of PM Hut for his continued support.

Some of my highlights for 2010 include:
– A substantial improvement (and increase) of EDmin’s support and services offerings
– Two additional online offerings of Controlling Project Costs and Risks as part of the UCSD Extension Project Management Certificate program.
– Continued contributions to the PMI Educational Foundation Project Management Scholarships targeted to teachers, school administrators, and unemployed Project Managers in the Southwest US; medical research at three significant university facilities tackling some of the medical issues which have had the most impact on family and friends; The Clarkson Fund; and World Vision. See the “I Support” area on the right of the blog.
– Graduation from PMIs invitation only Leadership Institute Masters Class
– I began integrating social networking with Linked In and FaceBook to the blog and completion of a blogging platform upgrade

The Project Notebook is now celebrating its Grand Re-opening. There will be a special event and some special giveaways to commemorate the occasion. Details and timelines are available in a “sticky post” which head up the blog. As promised, the blog is re-opened on a new platform. I’ve chosen WordPress for its component architecture and availability of hundreds of available plugins, hosted by Dream Host (one of Orange County California’s top employers). The new services and template for the blog will allow me to offer some advanced features not previously possible. For the blog theme, I’m using Grid Focus by Derek Punsalan of — I’ve been reading Derek’s Uneasy Silence blog for some time now. It contains news of offbeat and unusual technology.

Have you been shy about commenting on a blog article? The new site will has two ways to share your expertise and opinions. First, there are a series of voting buttons at the end of each post. No need for a detailed explanation — just click the button to vote (after which you will see how other rated the article or page). The site also supports the reCAPTCHA application for detailed comments — in addition to commenting, your validation (are upi human or computer spam?) contributes to digitizing books. Its a win for all!

So if you have any thoughts you would like to share, please rate the post, leave a comment, or drop me an email at Thanks for reading and a Happy, Healthy, and Abundant New Year to all!

left-to-right: Gregory Balestrero, CEO; Ray; Gene Bounds, Board Chair

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