Chase Kregor v27.0
Inspired by Brad Feld’s birthday posts, I thought I would make my own.
In February of 2020, I took a risk and decided to leave DaVita in the hopes of gaining more exposure to traditional business and product. While 2020 has been a hell of a year to navigate a new role, the gamble was more than worth it. Over the last couple of months, I have greatly increased my programming capabilities and have built out several executive-level dashboards. Building and communicating analytics to executives and product managers have been a really rewarding and great experience. I am not entirely sure what is next in my career, but I am happy about the decisions I have made recently. I am now pondering what my next professional steps will be. I am considering a much more stereotypical data science role, expanding on my technical capabilities or the management route.
COVID has been great for outdoor activities, I have ridden my bike the most out of any single year (I will end this year cycling, running, walking, and hiking somewhere around 3,500 miles), even more so than when I was racing in college. I taught myself fly fishing and archery. I also camped more in 2020 than any other year living in Colorado. I plan on increasing these activities in 2021, hopefully culminating with an archery elk hunt in the fall of 2021.
COVID in many ways has made 2020 a frustrating year, I am an extremely extroverted person and so that has been tough. That being said I have gotten into cooking at home which has been a lot of fun, especially meats.
My partner Abby continues to a core aspect of my life. The joy, growth, and fulfillment that our partnership brings continue to amaze me. It is probably the smartest move I can continue to make in terms of money, time, and energy.
Friendships & Networking
This is an aspect of my life that I want to take much more seriously in a post COVID world. Life is just too short not to.
One thing that COVID and probably losing three grandparents in the last 18 months has taught me is how much more deliberate I need to be with my time, it’s such a precious asset that I probably haven’t valued enough. For some reason 27 seems like a big birthday to me, much more so in the past. 27 in some weird way always felt to symbolize true adulthood. In some ways, I feel both adequately and ill-prepared at the exact same time. Either way, I am excited to lean into that feeling.