Embracing Vulnerability: Hello Steemit Community!

Embracing Vulnerability

Hello Steemit community! I am stoked to make my first introductory post on the platform, after entertaining the idea for several weeks. I was (and still am) pretty nervous about putting myself out there. I have been raised in an environment in which only results were praised, while effort, inspiration and passion were often overlooked. This fostered a subtle perfectionism within me, which makes it hard to be vulnerable and express myself authentically for the fear of rejection.

Consequently this is exactly what I am going to be doing here on Steemit and through other personal projects that I am currently working on. I am going to express myself authentically, put myself out there as I am, and hopefully make a positive contribution to the Steemit community by inspiring and motivating you guys to live up to your full potential!

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” — Dale Carnegie

So let's get to the actual introduction:

I'm Alex! I am 23 years old, and I was born in Germany, but lived abroad most of my life. For the entirety of my teenage years I lived in Beijing, China until graduating from high school. At that point I decided that I have not yet seen enough of the world, applied for a "work and holiday visa" for Australia, and spent the next year working odd jobs as a gardener, kitchenhand & rickshaw driver, while exploring in Down Under. I tasted the sweet nectar of freedom under the Australian sun and the memory of it has never left me since..

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This is me on my lovely ride, working as a rickshaw driver in Australia!

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Me tasting the sweet nectar of...umm Marshmallows?

Time flew by and soon the call of duty reached me, even at the other end of the world, and I returned to Germany to start studying at university. First I studied health science, and dropped out after a year, then I frantically tried to set up an online business to free me from the shackle of financial dependence. It failed, and I went back to studying. Now I am studying psychology in a small town in the Netherlands, and I am still looking for a way out.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate education, but I simply feel like I could make much wiser use of my time. The internet offers the most incredible array of free education that I could ever hope for. I can literally create a tailored curriculum for any subject I wish to study online for free, thanks to the help of EdX, Udemy, Coursera et cetera. What I do not appreciate is the (largely) fictional value of a piece of paper, that only certain exclusive private institutions have the right to hand out.

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In that sense I am working towards opting out of this centralized system, escaping the rat race and creating fulfillment and purpose in my life. I am planning to do this by first and foremost putting myself out there via various projects that I am currently working on. The biggest one of which is an online coaching service that I am building. I am going to offer coaching in a couple of areas, which I have personally acquired a certain level of expertise in, like plant-based nutrition, skin-health and fitness. The coaching is going to be completely free, and based on the donations coming in from people that I was able to provide value for. I also have an idea for a podcast series, which I am going to upload to Youtube and Dtube, and want to regularly contribute to Steemit.

I am excited to use my resources purposefully and create value through my content, and share it with the world. I am stoked to connect with likeminded individuals and build a strong, supportive network and I am looking forward to the opportunities that may arise from doing so.

What I am going to be writing about:

Anything that inspires me and I feel like the community could benefit from! Could you be a little more specific you ask? Sure! Here are some of the things that interest me the most:

  • self-development & realizing purpose
  • alternative ways of living
  • health & wellbeing
  • mindfulness & meditation
  • travel, culture & adventure
  • introspection & insights
  • poetry

That's about it.. If my ideas resonate with you, let me know and let's connect! Thank you for your attention up till here and I hope to see you on one of my next posts soon 😉

And last but not least this is a pic of me now, in my little dorm room in the Netherlands, verifying myself:

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Hi @supermundanity welcome to Steemit I'm happy you decided to join! I'm looking forward to seeing what more you have to share thank you for this introduction. Also if you would like to connect with new people on Steemit, our members are supportive and want to help, please use the hashtag #newbieresteemday in your posts. Visit us and follow @newbieresteemday also follow @goodguyty👌

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Hey @goodguyty 😉 Thanks so much for the kind welcoming message and the info. I'll make sure to check out the hashtag and I'm following your blog! See you around soon ✌

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You're welcome I wish you much success and hope you have tons of fun while you continue to share👌🏾

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The same to you my friend!

welcome the community

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Thank you so much! 😉

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Hey @tuanis ✌ I really appreciate your comment. Thanks so much for checking out my post! I have checked out @minnowsupport and I'm following 😉 I'll have a look at the other projects later. Love the @treeplanter project and hope to plant a tree that way myself one day! All the best


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Hello @introbot 😉 Thanks for the useful links!

Hey...WELCOME TO STEEMIT! <3

I remember when I first signed up...it was absolutely terrifying putting myself out there...and I had worked myself up into quite a nervous state after something like 10 days waiting to be approved. So I can relate...lol.

But all that was for nothing...because you will find that people here are really very supportive and the more authentic that you are...the more success you will have! With such an awesome and thorough introduction...and a clear idea of what you want to write about I know that you will do really well here! <3

Also stopping by to say that you have been featured and curated for MSP Community Curation: Top Five 'Positive PAL Posts' - Week #10

https://steemit.com/community/@creativesoul/msp-community-curation-top-five-positive-pal-posts-week-10

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Hey @creativesoul! Thanks so much for the kind welcoming message. I am glad to know that I was not the only one, who was nervous to make their first post on @steemit. 😅 Thanks so much for the feature, I really appreciate it and I think your project is great! I can't wait to really get started on the platform, connect with the community and make some friends. Thanks again and hopefully I'll see you soon!

Welcome to Steemit!
I hope you'll enjoy your time here, I feel like you have a lot of valuable knowledge and experiences to share! :)

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Thanks so much! I really appreciate your encouragement and I'm looking forward to sharing more content really soon 😊 I'll make sure to check out your blog!

Welcome @supermundanity. I found your post because we were both featured in @creativesoul’s PAL curation. I can relate to the feeling of vulnerability. I don’t really have a problem posting certain tooocs but have been getting ove my fear of writing and posting about my profession. I was also happy to read about your interest in finding your one educational opportunities online. I’ve been teaching traditional college classes my whole life, and I believe in that four of education for certain people, but I believe we should be pushing the possibilities online. I’ve played around with the idea of trying to teach a class on Steemit. Best of luck. You can definitely use Steemit to help with expenses, if not make it your full time job.

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Hey @cstrimel! Super cool that we were both featured. I am really grateful for the fact that @creativesoul inlcuded me in the post. How come you are hesitant to write about your profession? What sort of courses are you teaching? I think traditional classes have their place and value, especially if they are updated and taught by inspiring lecturers, but online education offers a dimension of freedom that you can't find at brick universities! Right now I wouldn't be able to travel while studying anyways, since I don't have the necessary income, but I am going to work on it until I get there 😉 It would be awesome if you taught a class on steemit. Sounds like a great idea! Keep me posted.

Followed and upvoted! A perfectionist quoting dale carnagie who would rather game than go to school... BOY can I relate, seems were kindred spirits friend. I'm looking forward to your posts.

As one recovering perfectionist to another, try to be kinder to yourself, and to enjoy the process rather than deferring your happiness until you have the result. Little by little, you'll get there <3

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I appreciate this so much. Followed you back and love your #meditationmarch project. I'm going to join in and try to get a meditation in every day for the rest of march as well! Thanks for your advice. I am definitely working on being kind and accepting of myself 💙 Can't wait to read more from you! 😉

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Aw yay! So stoked you’re participating, and thank you for such kind words, I’m on the same kindness journey myself so I understand- we’ll get there!

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Yes we will. One step at a time :)