Leave Your Comfort Zone

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My Story

There had been no real freedom, no adventure, no happiness. And then everything changed…

Hello everyone, I'm Alex. A few years ago, I was working as a creative director at one of the top media production companies in Toronto. I had the perfect life on paper – a fat salary, a downtown condo, weekends on the yacht – you get the idea. Then one evening, it all fell apart. We were told there had been budget cuts, projects were moving to the US, and there was no more money in the Canadian film & television industry.

It was time for change.

"What am I supposed to do now?" I asked Dan. “What about Shenzhen?” Dan said. It was a ridiculous idea, I thought. I had made the Top 30 Under 30 List, I had worked on films produced by Steven Spielberg, I was featured in The New York Times, I had received awards, goddamn awards! My ego butted in. Yes, I couldn't just leave the entertainment world and move to China, I nodded.

But my heart knew, I wasn't happy. I had tried everything I could've thought of, but nothing had changed. There had been no real freedom, no adventure, no happiness.

I wanted to be happy.

Dan and I had taught English for a year in South Korea when we were fresh graduates. It had been an amazing experience - climbing mountains on the weekends, exploring the country on our motorbikes, and all the daily shenanigans. I was happy! I remembered. So why not? I thought.

Long story short, I packed my bags and moved to Shenzhen, China.

It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Now, my life is full of adventure, I have the freedom to do the things I love, and I'm truly happy. Like giggly happy.

Why Alex in Lotusland?

Lotusland means a place inducing contentment. In Homer's epic poem Odyssey, the men eat the delicious lotus and forget about their homeland, pleading to stay forever in this Lotusland.

I'm also on an epic journey like Alice in Wonderland. I've tasted the lotus like the sailors in the Odyssey. And I want to stay here forever.