I saw someone comment this week on LinkedIn, recapping their achievements in 2020, lots of certs and Trailhead badges…..YAY! However, this person also felt the need to then state that “if you didn’t find time to hustle in 2020 during a pandemic, you will never find the time!”

That is where my enthusiasm for the post was most definitely curbed! I felt attacked in one way, and really protective in another. Attacked because I felt SEEN! At the end of the year, I reflected on my 2020 and realized that I hadn’t managed the same rigor with certs and badges…


At the beginning of 2019, I posted the last post on a blog I wrote with my friend Tom. The jist of the post was how I was a bit overwhelmed in 2018, and set the intention to make some changes for 2019. Most of these changes revolved around changing the idea in my head that I needed to do “all the things” — attend or speak at every community event, loads of travel around the world, and maintain a high profile online, etc. …


We are about 2 weeks away from one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, Dreamforce!

This year will be my 4th time attending, but that doesn’t mean I am the best at preparing and packing for it. I have learned a tip or two along the way and wanted to pass on a few tips that deal with how you can pack for the conference with self-care in mind.

Amy’s Dreamforce Self-Care Packing List:

  1. Heavy Duty Bandages/ Moleskin Padding : Without fail, I suffer HORRIBLE blisters at Dreamforce. You are just WALKING AND WALKING and my heals are…


It’s time for that end of the year thing, where we all review the previous months and take inventory. Writing this post has really been helpful for me to sort out things I didn’t understand at the time they happened, and reminded me of all the fun and blessings that occurred for me this year. A lot can happen in a year, and this one was jam packed both professionally and personally. Overall, to quote Larry David, 2016 was pretty, pretty good!

Certifications

In January, after a previous failure, I earned my ADM-201 Certification and could officially add Certified Salesforce…


Who I’m Stalking, err, Hoping to Meet at Dreamforce 16

Only 9 days to go until Dreamforce, the Salesforce conference that takes over San Francisco once a year. For me, going to this conference is akin to telling a seven-year-old they are going to DisneyWorld, and for me, Mickey is Marc Benioff. I wrote about my first experience attending the conference recently, and boy what a difference a year makes! This year, I will be much more involved and I have expanded my relationships with people in the community. I really attribute my increased involvement to two things: Twitter, and the List that I made prior to DF15. One of…


I attended my first Dreamforce in 2015. It was a truly magical experience that I almost missed. At the time, I was a consultant working on a project in Cleveland. The company I was contracted through did not pay for consultants to attend DF, and I wasn’t entirely happy at the thought of forking out thousands of my own money in order to attend. It was excruciating to work every day with a team making plans for a conference I desperately wanted to attend, but knew I wasn’t going. I entered every contest I could to try to win a…


Please meet my beloved friend, Heather. Not only is she a terrific friend to many, she is a caring mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. Heather was recently diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a type of Kidney disease and is in dire need of a kidney transplant.

Latest news is that her kidneys are functioning at 14%. Let that sink in. Her KIDNEYS are functioning at only 14%. She is desperately looking for a kidney donor. She is specifically looking for donors with Type O blood type (positive or negative.) Unfortunately, no one in her family and no one in her circle…


I remember very clearly the hesitation and overwhelming angst I felt over clicking Submit. I read, and re-read the abstract for my session. The email of denial I had received a few months’ prior for my speaking submission to a Salesforce conference earlier in the year flashed before my eyes. Is my topic good enough? Do people in the Salesforce community even care about my perspective? Who do I think I am submitting to speak at Midwest Dreamin’, the largest Salesforce community led, community ran conference?

<Submit>

Sigh of relief. Sort of. I told NO ONE of my submission, just…

Amy Oplinger ☁

7x Certified Salesforce MVP Akron Women In Tech User Group Leader| Obsessed with @salesforce

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