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  1. Family first (373 words)



1. Family first: 12:09

A family matter requires me to fly home. It's never too early to practice following my priorities.

When we decide that we want something, we move quickly. My flight has been booked for this Sunday (the 20th), and I will probably be in the Philippines for two weeks.

I've sent regrets to Mark Evans about not being able to hold the blogging workshop at Mesh, a high-energy conference for business people interested in Web 2.0. I will also not be around during Toronto Technology Week, which is packed with activities. Aside from feeling sorry about the hassle (although it's just part of the risk of organizing conferences), I can leave the scene with a clear mind. I know they'll have tons of fun even without me. It might not be the same, but it will be good. I'm also not too worried about missing out on a life-changing opportunity or introduction, because the world overflows with opportunities and with wonderful people.

One of the questions I asked myself was: Which will I regret more? I may regret the potential conversations I'd have and reputation I'd gain from being active in Toronto's technology scene during the week that it draws people from all around North America, but I would regret it even more if I postponed my trip and something bad happened—or if I ended up postponing it and postponing it and postponing it. There will always be Toronto and speaking at conferences and things like that, but there might not be that many chances to spend this kind of time with my family.

And on the flipside, focusing on the positive: I have more professional opportunities than I can currently pursue, but personal opportunities are different. =)

I'm estimating this as two weeks away from my thesis (pushing back my expected date of completion), so any work I actually get to do during the thing would be a nifty bonus. I'll deal with the consequences of this choice, but I'm happier doing this than the other way around.

If you're in the Philippines, I'm going to be there for two weeks, so let's make every moment count!

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