Hi. My name is Eric Ungs, and this is my story.
First and foremost, I started this project for me—but more importantly, for you.
2012 and 2013 took me down paths of uncertainty, drastic life changes, and new scenery resulting in a stressful experience. It was filled with intense anxiety, enormous amounts of pressure and weight sitting on my chest, it was pain.
I was always thinking about, and rushing to, the next thing; trying to change the past and wanting to shape the future. I felt as though my heart was living and pumping outside of my chest.
I’ve always been intrigued by self growth (or, “self help”), though, never really doing anything with it. It wasn’t until the point where I realized that if I don’t make the decision to better myself, there will be serious health concerns sooner rather than later.
That very moment is when I started to become intentional about my self growth. It’s when I realized that awareness must accompany action.
Up until that point I was just simply living
Upon committing to a journey of intentional self growth, my perspective began to shift. I started to slow down, I began to embrace the mundane. I realized that the in-between moments, the big, the small, they are all part of my story.
This shift in lens for the present moment sparked immense change within me. I had a renewed sense of purpose.
It’s funny though, I’m a firm believer that we always have choices, but it wasn’t until this self discovery that it rang true for me. That I can actually make the choice to change; to work on the things that caused such stress and anxiety.
Maybe it was always there, but this discovery sparked something inside of me to actually want to change and to actually want to see it.
Since traveling this newly found journey, I’ve learned…
- not to stress about the things I can’t control
- to be more present
- that the in-between moments are what define our lives
- that in order to change I needed to be selfish
- how to be vulnerable and honest with myself; and with others
- how to say no
- not worry about the trivial things in life
- about perspective and seeing things through a different lens
- how to be grateful and appreciate failures; major failures
They led me to creating the UYC Manifesto.
My hope is to give you the confidence to do the same
My hope is that by sharing my story, observations and thoughts on self growth I can nudge you to a place of letting go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable, accepting, transparent and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. To make a difference in, and be part of, something much larger than yourself.
My hope is for my story to provide some kind of self discovery for you; big or small.
That’s what this project is really about, you.
If this sounds like the kind of life you want to live, the type of reinvention you want to experience, join me in this quest. The journey is the destination. It’s never too late to want to make that choice.
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“I just wanted to thank you so much for the inspiration you have been to me over the past couple of months.”
“I am really enjoying and growing from the ideas that you are sharing. Every single post speaks loudly to me.”
My favorite blog posts
- Engagement vs Entertainment
- 4 Ways To Kickstart A Great Day
- 3 Essential Self Growth Books to Add to Your Nightstand
- Be Who You Are
- A Little Known Secret for Intentional Self Growth
- Why I Write and Why You Should Start
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I hope this blog sparks something within you to take action, to take care of yourself first so you can give your best self to others. To want to change and commit to traveling a journey of intentional self growth. If so, I’d love to hear from you.
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