I’m Beth E. Lee, a writer, traveler, and curious human being.
For the past 10 years I have been researching and learning the basic mechanisms of our brains and trying to answer the two burning questions in life, what do I want and how do I get it?
After a difficult battle with post natal depression, the experience of living in 5 different countries, and losing my way more than once, I knew I had to change. But change what and how?
I went back to my diaries, my self help books and started researching why I wasn’t getting what I wanted.
Had I strived my whole life for the wrong things? Were my goals wrong? My motivation?
What do I do now that I had kids? Do I go back to work? Do I be a Mum? Do I do both?
Who do I want to be? That top professional before I had kids? Or someone new?
They’re big questions. After a multitude of exercises, writing and research, I had the proverbial “ah-ha” moment.
With my “ah-ha” moment in my pocket, I wanted to make sure it was legit, (to get over my imposter syndrome) so I enrolled in the MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London. I wanted to learn more about the way the brain works and how thinking changes it. The validation was comforting, but the research and learning was utterly intriguing. I was convinced I had gone through a significant change and wanted to tell everyone.
But first, the ah-ha moment.
Before kids, I spent 20 years working in corporate content. I achieved a BA in English and an MBA in Marketing. To everyone, including myself, I was successful, reaching the pinnacle of my career. But deep down, it wasn’t what I wanted. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. It wasn’t who I wanted to be.
My ah-ha moment came 10 years later. After a year of CBT and ACT Therapy. After I had been exposed to numerous country cultures so unlike my own. After I had been broken, mentally and financially, did I realise that all of my experiences, the thoughts that were associated with them, and my current WAY of thinking had changed. I just hadn’t changed with it. It was like I was running on DOS 2.0 when my brain wanted to run on the latest version of Windows. I had to figure out how to catch up and quick.
And so, I’d like to introduce you to The Want Gap. The personal development book that goes through how I changed my thinking to get what I want. In the book I link my experiences of being broken with research, exercises and insights to help you learn how to change your thinking and get what you want.
And that’s me. I would love to hear about you, especially if you’ve had similar experiences of being broken. Perhaps you’ll even find your ah-ha moment in the book. Please feel free to connect with me on social media or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!