My Story:
From Stuck To Unstoppable

Chapter 2

Stuck in paradise

It started out so romantic: New girl, new life, new adventure!

With a backpacker’s budget and shit loads of savings, we decided to milk it and enjoy our freedom.
Life was good.

Until slowly but surely I started feeling stuck again.
Just in a different way.
I hadn’t realised how much I’d become my job – I’d let my work and all my achievements define who I was and my sense of worth.

So without all that stuff, I felt like a nobody with no purpose and no value to the world.

My life had slowed to a halt and I was now stagnating. I felt a deep pain and sadness, close to depression.
Towards the end of our travels, my partner got seriously ill and spent 3 weeks in a hospital in Bangkok.

It was a sobering period and yet another wake up call which said “We need to get back to Europe. We need to plug back in!”
I needed to be a “somebody” again.
I decided to go back to engineering, but fancied cars instead of planes.
I landed a cool job at Jaguar Land Rover, which felt really new and exciting.
My partner and I moved in together in a picturesque little town.
We were living in a house, with a nice garden and got ourselves a cute little puppy.

After being on the road for so long, it just felt good to settle.

Stuck on the couch

A few years passed and I was starting to get the hang of cars!
I’d become a little too good at my job and before I knew it, work had become my life again.

I felt so one-dimensional.

Like I was stuck living the same day over and over again:
1. Wake up and think about work

2. Step into the office and think “Here we go again!”

3. Get out my massive to do list and add more urgent stuff

4. Do stuff for others and fall further behind on my day job

5. Leave the office feeling exhausted and brain dead

6. Crash on the couch and watch Netflix

7. Go to bed and think about work
On and on it went, until my body screamed “Enough! You’re gonna spend 3 weeks on the couch and think about what you’ve done!”

The stress had turned into a physical condition. That was the wake up call I needed.