A Life Journey
My name is Andy.
I'm an Ohio-born-and-raised woman who at this very moment, currently lives in the Biggest Little City in the World. I have a young dog whom I've reared and spoiled since puphood, and a passion for creating and exploring.
I work night-shift in industrial manufacturing. I've been in the industry since moving back to Ohio in 2013, I have been on graveyard since 2017. From working maintenance and grounds in a rubber and flooring factory, to working my way into engineering and managerial roles within Fortune 500 and leading tech companies, I can say my experiences in the last 5+ years have been both focused and very diverse.
So, why the blog? Well, let me tell you a little story...one that will hopefully be the first of many.
2017, in short, was an interesting year. To kick it all off, I had my first real run in with how corporate dictatorships work, and as a result I lost a good portion of any passion I carried for both the company and profession I was in. Call me naive, but my whole bubble of how an honest team works exploded in a mushroom cloud, and left me drained of all internal motivation to "Make It Better".
Fast forward six months, and one day while sitting in the break room with a full roasting pan of fresh cut fruit in front of me, one of my co-workers walks by, shakes his head, and remarks "You know, you're going to turn into a strawberry if you keep eating like that." For the rest of summer, my alternate name was Strawberry.
While the name didn't bother me any, this whole exchange left a mark on me. As a fairly resilient person, I was coping with my situation the best ways I knew how; vigorously incorporating outdoor physical activity, and gaining a closer connection to Earth by cleaning up my diet and eating straight from the fields. By trying to ground myself through other aspects of my life, I was trying to balance out the unhappiness I was experiencing in the cloud that made up my professional life.
I've always felt more centered--more at peace, when I'm on the trail. Running, hiking, and backcountry camping have always been something I've made an effort to integrate daily, and it keeps me in a solid mental place. As time passed and as the demands of the workplace increased, I continued to lose touch with what makes up the basics, for me. As the year carried on, I evolved into a nasty manifestation of anger, pessimism, spite, and frustration.
Life has a curious way of working, though. I can say I'm steadily on my way up from the hole I had sunk in. I've come through many experiences I never imagined would be something to cross my plate, but overall it's given me greater perspective on not just who I am as a person, but what I now know I want, or don't want, out of life. I'm not totally out of the woods, yet, and while I'll save the intimate details for another time, I've decided to dedicate my life to turning strawberry--to pursuing what means the most to me, and to live the happiest, most fulfilling life possible.