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My Story

I went from rock bottom to having a remarkable life after saying three sentences out loud. That’s it. I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I’ll tell you my story so you don’t have to suffer like how I did.

This is my story.

I went from rock bottom to having a remarkable life after saying three sentences out loud. That’s it. I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I’ll tell you my story so you don’t have to suffer like how I did.

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, a beautiful girlfriend, weekends on the yacht – you get the idea.

Then one evening, it all fell apart. I lost my job. Soon after my girlfriend left, and within a few months I was completely broke, homeless, and depressed.

I wanted to kill myself.

I started to believe that my life would never get any better, I worried what people were saying about me, and I was ashamed. So I decided to kill myself because life wasn’t worth living. I burst out in tears, it was time for me to go. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me so I said out loud:

“I can’t take this anymore. I give up. I surrender.”

At that moment, everything got quiet, I felt a deep sense of calm, and out of that silence an idea emerged. “How about Asia?”

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 Asia, 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.

I had taught English for a year in South Korea when I was a fresh graduate. It had been an amazing experience - climbing mountains on the weekends, exploring the country on my motorbike, 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 Asia.

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 help and inspire you to create a life you’ll truly love - a life full of freedom, adventure, and happiness.

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