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Microsoft Data Platform MVP 2023-2024

Cathrine Wilhelmsen holding a Microsoft MVP 2023 mug. On July 6th, I received my 9th MVP Award and became a Microsoft Data Platform MVP 2023-2024, yaaaaay! 🤓🥳

In previous years, being awarded as a Microsoft MVP was my biggest achievement of the entire year. This year, however, it’s my second biggest achievement. What could possibly beat that, you may ask? Oh, you know, just fighting and surviving another major depressive episode.

Earlier this year, all I could do was survive. Now? Now I’ve kicked my depression in its big ol’ rear-end as far away from me as possible. My creativity is returning and ideas are popping up every day. Life is finally worth living again. Receiving this MVP Award was just the (most delicious) icing on the cake 😊💙

I feel ready to get back into speaking again, and I already have a few events planned this year, yay! At work, I’m involved in several Microsoft Fabric projects and I finally get to play around with Power BI, yay! In my local community, the kickass ladies Marthe, Emilie, and Ioana are all inspiring me to get more involved again, yay! I’m finally excited about the things I love and it feels amazing 🥳

Oh, and look at this shiny badge I got:

Microsoft MVP 2023 badge.

I’m ready for another year as a Data Platform MVP. Thank you so much to all of you for all your support, and to Microsoft for seeing my value when I didn’t. Let’s gooo! 🤓

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Professional headshot of Cathrine Wilhelmsen.Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, international speaker, author, blogger, organizer, and chronic volunteer. She loves data and coding, as well as teaching and sharing knowledge - oh, and sci-fi, gaming, coffee and chocolate 🤓