I Took the Red Pill a Year Ago Today

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

Morpheus, The Matrix

A year ago today, I was presented with my Red Pill/Blue Pill moment. I took the Red Pill. A year in, I know there’s no turning back. I can’t imagine why I would ever want to.

From my first team taco dinner in Minneapolis in October 2014 (tacos are an RPA team favorite) to our most recent team roundup back in MSP in September, what a year it has been!

I’ve never written a thank-you letter to an employer, but there’s a first time for everything.

Dear Red Pill Analytics,

Thank you for taking a chance on me. Thank you for the opportunity to merge my world with a world that exploits the full potential of BI and Analytics that I had always dreamed of but had come to doubt was an actual reality. Thank you for introducing me to the best colleagues, by far, I’ve ever had. Thank you for helping me expand my reach within the BI & Analytics communities — I came to Kscope15 feeling like a “fangirl” and left feeling like “one of the boys” with new contacts and friends I know I’ll keep forever. Thank you for challenging everything, not just outside the company, but inside too — there’s nothing like learning something new or having an epiphany because your colleagues have knowledge that you don’t or insights that you haven’t considered. On that note, thank you for continuing to find employees that not only exemplify your other employees’ strengths, but compensate for their weaknesses — what a strong team that makes! Thank you for providing the best work-life balance I’ve ever had and for truly respecting what a “vacation” means. Thank you for understanding that sometimes people like to do kooky things like work for 40 hours straight with no sleep and no breaks starting on Monday at 8am and then take the next 3 workdays off, and for being ok with that so long as it works for the team and the customer and the work gets done. Thank you for making work a blast and something I look forward to waking up to everyday. And thank you for helping me to finally develop a love for “The Matrix”, a movie my teenage self had long ago decided she loathed. I get it now.

Sincerely,

Kathryn

So here I am, just one, incredibly life-changing, year down the rabbit hole. I get the feeling that I’m not even close to seeing how deep it goes, and for that, I couldn’t be more excited. There’s so (so, so, SO) much on the horizon that I can’t wait to be a part of.

Stay tuned everyone, we’re just getting started.

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