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Hey Y’all!

My name’s Joe and I'm a Mental Health Journalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Through my struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction, I wish to show others, that everyone is capable of improving their circumstances.

I'm sharing my story, as an experiment, to see if it is possible live a life of health, wellness, and happiness.

Entrepreneurship Stress

Is Entrepreneurship Stress normal? Isanyone else an entrepreneur and feeling stressed out and overwhelmed in the beginning stages, or am I the only one? If you follow my story, you know I'm making the leap into self-employment. It may seem like an ideal life from the outside...but I'm telling you, no path is easy...and leaving a steady paycheck to make a go at your dreams is full of trials and frustrations.

Goodbye Stress and Negativity

I'm going through the baby bumps of starting my own business. Yet, I know that  what i'm doing is the right thing in the long run...because living off a government job is not the way I'm going to achieve success and happiness in this life. We've all been programmed that good benefits and pension are the way towards freedom but at the same time, in my experience working for the Vancouver School Board I've never felt more insecure though it's proclaimed to be king of "Secure jobs". Everyone's always fearing layoffs and by nature a large organization is full of politics.

I don't need that kind of insignificant stress and negativity. Life's too short.

Early Lessons

But anyways now that I've been working on my online business and website- trying to grow an email list and audience, learn about marketing, learn about thetechnical aspects of web-development and still maintain some semblance of a content creation schedule, it can be overwhelming to say the least.

Another mental ordeal I struggle with is that, I've gone back into old habits of doubt, fear and worry about finances. In my first month of launching a new website there were inherently  a lot of expected and unexpected  administrative costs with getting the hosting and registration of the websites setup, as well as business and legal costs to set the company properly setup with the city. And of course I learned a lot in putting a lot up in the front end  towards marketing to begin growing an email list.

Again, the costs and process is overwhelming, but in hindsight I guess the beginning stage is the hardest.

The marketing itself was a huge lesson because i think I overspent on buying clicks for my email list. Lesson learned and now I think I'll turn towards Facebook Ads which could be potentially more lucrative and efficient monetarily as it's much more targeted.

Gotta Keep Learning

Last year I joined an online marketing course with Amy Porterfield, an online-marketing expert, and am going to dive back into the material because she teaches Facebook Ads, and I need to definitelyneed up my skill in that area if i'm to start monetizing this blog and growing my list and audience on a conscientious budget.

These next couple months are make or break for me because I really am determined to never return to a day job...but the fears and doubts of running a business and providing a better life for my family and whether I am capable have been weighing me down.

But I know I am capable of being a great writer and content producer and also I know that I am able to solve problems that I've encountered in my life.

So rather than wasting my time on dwelling on all the issues that are just inherent in starting a business it's time to roll up my sleeves and start taking action again.

I know I can do it...I've never been this far in business...and I've tried many times to become an entrepreneur...I feel like I'm finally knocking on the door to achieving my goals and dreams, so it's not the time to give up now...I have to keep going.

 

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