My name is Alex and I am an American expatriate living in New Zealand. I have a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California and I am currently writing my thesis for my master’s degree in bioscience enterprise. I have always been interested in self-improvement but I started to make it a focal point for my life several years ago. This drive for self-improvement overtook me after a particularly bad breakup. One day, as I was thinking about that relationship, the thought occurred to me “What is it about me that let a destructive woman like that into my life”? This simple question lead me down a path of self-discovery.
What I found was that while there are thousands of resources for young women there are hardly any out there for young men. So, I began reading. And reading. And reading. When I wasn’t reading I was watching YouTube videos on areas of my life that I wanted to improve on. All of this reading and thinking revealed some pretty dark parts of myself that I hadn’t known were there. Or, more likely, I knew were there and never had the courage to confront before. Although confronting those difficult issues was incredibly difficult it relieved me of a great deal of stress and anxiety. I could begin to make proactive choices about my life rather than constantly be in a reactionary state, forced to make decisions as situations arose. Once I had reached the bottom of my depression where I would lay on my bed for hours at a time, I began to steadily pull myself out of that downward cycle. My life began to spiral up with each small victory.
Six years later, I know that my work on myself will never be done. But where I am now is such an improvement over where I came from that I will never look back.