Introducing Patrick Kriz To Our Blogging Team!

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Patrick Kriz – Bachelor Degree Honours- Psychology Human Sexuality

Minor in English
The adultsmart blog is pleased to welcome Patrick Kriz as a regular author.  Patrick is a wonderful man that has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to share this with those around him.  He is articulate, educated and the provider or interesting and educational writings.  Having been a regular contributor to this blog for the past couple of months he has consented to add his profile to our ever expanding list of bloggers that provide us with the great content provided to you.   We thank all our contributors and authors and a special thanks to Patrick whom we deem to be an expert on all things relating to sexual wellness and adult lifestyle with quality writings.
Welcome Aboard Partick!

ABOUT PATRICK KRIZ

Canadian born and globally raised. I was very fortunate as a youngster to travel and experience many of the gifts this wide world has to offer. For a large majority of my adolescences, my family lived in a small Mountain town in western Canada, I was the “typical” awkward gay kid who didn’t fit in. I was always ok with not fitting in, I had way more fun that way. I was never tied to a clique, I wasn’t expected to hang with certain people or made to dislike anyone. Ever since I can remember I’ve always liked talking to new people and hearing their stories.
I spent a semester of my Junior year of high school in Japan, and what an eye opening experience that was! This was probably the turning point for me, It opened my view of the world, that perhaps the views and ideologies of my hometown didn’t have to work for me, that there was more out there.As a community leader for my hometown, I was able to volunteer with my local “Community Connections” or Planned Parenthood clinic.  Here is where my eyes opened to the importance of Sexual Health. After a while of simple reception duties, I was moved into peer counselling, where I would talk with those who wanted to talk to a peer or was recommended to talk to a peer by a Dr. Everything from family issues to the matter at hand, Sexual Health.  I took the role very seriously, the vulnerability people felt when coming to the clinic, it felt good to help in whatever little capacity I was helping with at the time.
Canadian Youth Ambassador
Canadian Youth Ambassador
Finishing high school could not have happened soon enough, I was off to Spain to participate as a Youth Ambassador, representing my country and hometown. During this time I was responsible for attending conferences throughout Europe, talking about youth involvement and positive action. It was a real joy and pleasure meeting dignitaries as well as world leaders. Again meeting these people hearing their stories and ideas would form how I would make all my future social assessments and relationships. ( I, of course, didn’t realise this until later.)
During my time in Europe is really where I found my Sexuality, there were no constraints for anything I saw or wanted to do. I remember seeing for the first time, two men Kiss, and I mean KISS! There was passion, there was romance! I had never seen anything like it, in my home town this would just never happen. But it spoke to me, it told me I could do the same and I wouldn’t be lesser of a person for it.
After my time Spain and Europe it was back to Canada for me, only I was a whole new person. No longer the community golden boy. I was self-confident, self-reliant and determined to be and do whatever I wanted.
I knew I wanted a complete education, but where to start? I loved to travel, so Tourism? That lasted a few months before realising I had more experience than the Teacher. (I had worked in a hotel for 5 years throughout high school, the teacher had completed the programme and had 2 years hotel expereince.) I just felt above it and was overly sure of myself. Looking back I know now that I wasn’t challenging myself.
I spent the next couple years finding my passion, too many jobs and professions to list. It was in Late 2007 that I figured I loved helping people, I love all things health related, I was already volunteering with the Men’s Health Initiative across Canada, So I applied to the Nursing program at Thompson Rivers University(TRU) in British Columbia. I got in! As you can probably guess I didn’t stay in that programme for too long. During my first semester, i had to choose an elective to round out my schedule. This proved to be a challenge because anything I wanted to study was either during a time slot I couldn’t attend or was listed as a 2nd or 3rd-year course with pre-requisite in earlier Psych courses I hadn’t completed. I had my eyes on Psychology 255 –Sexuality with Dr Cara Zaskow. I sent her an email much like this one with my life story, telling her why I wanted into her class, and why I thoughts I’d be an asset to her class. To my surprise, she said yes, even though I hadn’t completed the two earlier Psych courses.Day one in a class filled with 3rd and 4th-year students I was debating and referencing with the best of them. I didn’t realise that my entire adult life I had been reading health articles for fun, when in fact I was actually igniting a fire for sexual health inside me.

Editor For The American Psychological Association

By the end of the first semester, I had withdrawn from the Nursing program and had registered for a Humanities Degree… I was unsure to study Anthropology or Health Sciences, I knew I wanted to study Sex, Health and People. However, in 2007 there wasn’t a lot in terms of a “Sex” degree anywhere in Canada. Thankfully TRU allowed me to develop my own degree basing it off a combination of other degrees offered by partner universities. My degree ended up only working within the Psychology department at TRU, I had no arguments for this. The next three years were full of opportunities, including an internship with the Government corrections department as a behaviour specialist for inmates. This internship solidified my lack of judgment. What I mean is, I do not place judgement onto people for their lifestyles, pending they don’t do harm to others. This is something I apply to all interactions and relationships I have in life.
Psychology Writing
American Psychologists Association
After graduating from University, I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute as an editor for the American Psychology Association. Giving me the chance to read and criticize countless papers and theory’s by fellow students and graduates. At this time I also started back with the Men’s Health Initiative in Vancouver working with Sex workers. I worked as a volunteer with rape victims for post trauma care and counselling.
2012 The travel bug was calling, I had to get away, 4 years in one country was getting under my skin and I was itching to travel again. As Australia was one of the last continents for me to have yet visited, I knew this was my time.
Oh Zone Sydney
For the last 5 1/2 years, I have been living between Australia and Canada. Working as an Editor, Writer, Consultant and a Flight Attendant (random I know, but it feeds my travel bug). I have met an amazing Aussie bloke (yes they exist) and have been sharing a life together for over 5 years. I am currently waiting for my Permanent Residency to be approved. Fingers Crossed! I was ecstatic when I saw Oh Zone in my Sydney Neighbourhood was hiring, I knew this was where I needed to be! I have been with this amazing company for just 2 months now and I am so excited with what every day brings. The new and returning customers bring me to life when we can break down their nerves and apprehensions and talk SEX! We can do a lot more than selling you a sex toy.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me.
If you are reading this and live near one of the Sydney stores I’d love for you to come in and talk to me. No question is too out there. If you live further away and have any questions, Please comment or email us!  Ask me anything, I’d love to help in any way I can.
All the Best
Patrick Kriz

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