Welcome to my new home on the web.
I picked the name, “Beyond the Treadmill”, because the treadmill is a great metaphor for the endless hustle we’ve come to accept as the necessary way to live. For the longest time, I was the person that never stepped off, was always tired and wondered why she couldn’t keep up.
The last three years of my life have been focused on intentionally slowing down – Experiencing what’s beyond the treadmill. It has allowed me to experience blissful, joyful, invigorating times but also brought me closer to learning about, accepting and understanding my fears. All in all it’s made me a more authentic person.
My time off the treadmill has allowed me to explore sides of me that I never took seriously. I’ve been “creative” enough all my life but having no other label to hide behind has allowed me to come out of the shadows and own my creativity. I’ve never considered myself much of a writer but through my experiences in the past few years, I feel like I’ve found my voice. It doesn’t make writing any easier but it is definitely more rewarding when I’m done.
Moving this blog over from it’s old home to this new address has been the most overwhelming project I’ve undertaken in a while. It’s not because of the task itself – As a former software developer and technology project manager, I am more than capable of migrating a blog to a new domain name. The bigger challenge has been tackling the inner dissenting voices that have caused me to question whether my views or my voice matter. This has kept me in a state of lockdown from where I could not move forward for months. I am endlessly grateful to my wonderful friends who have helped me put one foot in front of the other during this time while my mind warmed up to the idea of writing and blogging again.
An important disclaimer: Beyond the Treadmill is about *my* journey from making a living to making a life. I don’t ever mean to be prescriptive or pedantic. There is no right or wrong way to experience a fuller life. My goal with this blog is first and foremost creative self-expression and secondly, a hope that my story will make someone who can relate, feel less alone.
I’m excited to be back! Until my next post!
Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite posts from my former blog that you can check out:
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