Ryan Allen
 
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My Curveball

Life often gives us many curveballs, and Ryan O'Neil Allen, had his fair share of challenging times, despite the smiles. Ryan grew up on a council estate in Aston, Birmingham, and raised by a single mother of Jamaican descent. Times were tough, and he shares some of his experiences both good and less so, in his debut book, Finding Ryan.

 

Ryan graduated from Birmingham City University in the year 2000, where he completed his BA in Visual Communication and it was here, that he discovered his deepest talents for the creative industry. After leaving university, it took over a year, before he landed his first job, at the BBC as a runner.

 

After many years of working as a school teacher, having left the BBC, Ryan decided he wanted to design again like he used to, but looking back, it was years since he designed anything. He looked at his life, and asked himself, 'What's my purpose?' His heart sank, as he lost his way, and he decided to find himself again. That's when he started designing magazine covers on his iPhone for fun, which he calls 'Get Super,' because that ignited his motivation.

It took him, 7 years, to undo, much of society's programming, around expectations, of what men should do, and what their positions should be in life.  Ryan also faced school bullying throughout most of his secondary school life. Now, he decided, to change all that, by reframing his thinking and doing what matters.

 

Growing up and talking about anxiety, was unheard of with all the stigma, that exists today. Ryan is a wellness advocate, who has a mission to help men break free from anxiety and live a wellness life. His debut book, Finding Ryan, was the journey he took, to find his way out of the virtual world theme park and back to his truest life.  Ryan recognised the turmoil many men face, trying to soldier on and never sharing the worry or stress of life for fear of ridicule, so he created ROA Lifestyle. A modern way for men, to watch, learn, listen and talk about a life filled with wellness.

ROA Lifestyle plan to have virtual events and physical ones, when restrictions are eased, with podcasts and a regular YouTube channel, to gain a different perspective and open dialogue to live simply and freely. Ryan's upcoming podcast show, Hey Ryan aims at opening conversation and discussion around men's emotional wellbeing with NFL pro athletes to psychologists.  Men need a new and fresh perspective and on Hey Ryan, it will be informative and also insightful to change mindsets and get men to open.