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I’m Reaching My Goals But I’m Still Depressed

For the last two, maybe three days, I have been in an almost unbearable funk. I’ve written about depression and anxiety here before, so it shouldn’t be a shocking topic, but in my mind I always thought if I reached certain goals than the feeling would just roll away. I imagined the sadness shedding like a second skin and finally I’d be free from this hazy cage. But no. It’s actually been quite the opposite. Even after achieving goal after goal I set for myself I still often find myself paralyzed by my own thoughts, sometimes even more so than before. And when I say paralyzed I mean I physically don’t move. I don’t leave my home, I don’t eat, my phone dies and I…just let it. My business is the only thing that motivates me, and often post office runs are the only times I step outside.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Entrepreneurship is rewarding but it isn’t always fun.

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“Your Input Determines Your Output” And Other Business Lessons Learned from Watching Anime

In case you didn’t know, I watch a lot of anime. So it’s no surprise that my passion for magical girls, epic battles and quests would seep into how I operate my business. Now, I know what you’re thinking- “Jacque, what do cartoons have to do with anything??” – but trust me on this one! Running your own business takes a lot of mental energy. After a while your thinking starts to shift and you see business lessons and opportunities in everything you do/hear. Here are just a few of the lessons I’ve gained from revisiting my favorites!

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“Your Genius Idea Might Actually Suck” and Other Lessons Learned From My First Year of Business

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So it’s been about a year since I launched my second e-commerce business Adorned by Chi! I launched fully understanding that finding my ideal customers would be a bit difficult considering my whimsical branding and even my products (handmade head wear). Heck, I was happy with the $600 in sales I made in 9 weeks. Fast forward to now and  I made almost that much in sales this week!

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While I still have a ways to go before I hit my ideal monthly sales goal ($5K), I’m celebrating the small victories as I go and hey, I’m nearly halfway there! Anyway, when I realized my business-versary was drawing nearer I was mostly excited for the chance to finally write one of these obligatory “Things I’ve Learned in My First Year of Business” posts, so, here goes nothing!:

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“Why Don’t You Do Something Else?”: What to do When the People Who Should Support You, Don’t

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Being a creative entrepreneur is tough. Besides the usual stress of business, you also have people in your ear at every turn belittling the work you do because it’s non-traditional. This includes family. This includes friends. And it also includes other business owners! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been mocked, questioned, or told to “do something else” along this journey of mine with Adorned by Chi. Oh wait, yes I can. The pain of having your dreams crumpled up and slam dunked in the trash is something you never forget.

In college, a “friend” of mine slyly mocked my product shot set up, asking me “who takes these photos of you?” while snickering. A coworker asked me last year why anyone would “buy that (my e-books) from you”. Another entrepreneur told me to move on to another more standard business, that Adorned by Chi can be “a little hobby”. And the one that hurt most is someone I care about scoffing at me when I said this was my passion. My point in sharing these cringe-worthy comments is to show you that you’re not alone, and to empower you to push through the negativity to continue building and chasing your dreams.

After all, JK Rowling was rejected a dozen times when she submitted Harry Potter to publishers, and one told her not to quit her day job. What if she had listened? What if she had given up after the 11th rejection? She wouldn’t be a billionaire, and she wouldn’t have the massive impact on culture that she does today.

So, what can you do when you realize the people who should be rooting for you, who should be your loudest cheerleaders, don’t even bother to pick up the pom poms? You can..

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