Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope your week is going well so far.
I’ve promised several times in the past that this blog is the one place where I will be as authentic, real and raw as possible, and I intend on keeping it that way. Which is why, in today’s post I want to share a little bit of the behind-the-scenes struggles of a new entrepreneur.
Although I started unofficially blogging over a decade ago, I didn’t start the Spirit Life business and brand until January of 2019. That year, I spent much of my time setting up the business, learning the basics and creating my various programs, courses, and pages.
I also did not prioritize Spirit Life as a business, working full-time and treating this as more of a hobby, nor did I put myself out there and share this dream with others. But there is one truth I’ve learned that is essential for any new or aspiring entrepreneur:
It is difficult enough creating something brand new from scratch, and it is even harder while working full time and trying to practice what you preach…but there is no shortcut.
Success requires hard-work, patience, and consistency. It is impossible to feel motivation everyday, which is why it is so important to learn discipline.
Although I continue to prioritize my own self-care and everything I teach, I want you all to see the not-so-glamorous side of things, when I am exhausted at the end of the day but have to push myself to grow my brand.
The most difficult part of it all is often feeling alone in my vision. I know deep in the core of my being, without a morsel of doubt, that this is my purpose and calling, and that I will succeed in my endeavors to share my holistic knowledge with the world.
In fact, as the only holistic nurse at our entire world-renowned hospital, I know I am blessed with the opportunity to help hundreds of patients in this way, and for that I am eternally grateful. (Check out more about Integrative Medicine Center here).
However, there are certain limitations and rules that exist when you are a part of a larger organization that simply do not apply when you are your own CEO. The rest of the world doesn’t always seem to agree, but for me, that is the ultimate dream.
I continue to learn and adjust and grow with every piece of feedback and constructive criticism I receive, as I balance that with maintaining my core values and the underlying essence behind the brand. It is not easy, but I know it is possible.
This year, I have made a promise to myself, that I will always remain authentic, compassionate, and present in my brand, as I strive to use my own personal story and years of professional experience to inspire others in similar situations.
I am fueled by the fire of limitless ideas and endless plans, chained to the confines of very limited time and financial resources to invest. I am proud of how far I have come, but I know I have a very long way to go.
I have only just recently discovered my own fears and limited beliefs that blocked me from moving forward, but the challenges never end. And my favorite part is finally having the courage to boldly and openly share the details with you.
Millennial entrepreneurship is a long and strenuous journey but as I’ve mentioned before, I know it will be worth every late night, every missed social event, every luxury I have to let pass by for now, for the promise of a future with a lifelong dream come true.