I’ve seen this happen so much lately. My friends tell me that they wish they could do what I do in life with my business. My friends tell me they are bored with their lives. I’ve been where they’ve been.
Being a stubborn girl, I didn’t want to see things in a different perspective. Growing up, I was spoon-fed this “ideal” lifestyle that I should follow: get a degree, get a good job, buy a house, get married and live happily ever after.
The turning point
I went to university as expected of me and during the holidays, I worked as a waitress. I remember my manager praising me so much that I worked harder and harder and harder to earn more praise.
One day, I collapsed at work.
In that moment, I realised I was working my butt off for the success of someone else.
That’s when I met the Alpacasso (pictured below).
It was love at first sight and I knew I had to have one of my own. I wholesaled the product, with the plan to keep one for myself and sell the rest on. They sold like hot cakes, so I ordered more and more and more. It eventually turned into a full-fledged business and thus LoveJojo was born. Remember: this was all born out of my love for the product and nothing else. It wasn’t about the money. After this, I launched a Cute Japanese subscription box service which was spawned from my original company, as well as another upcoming secret project (which I shall reveal in the coming few weeks!)
For a long time, I thought I still wanted that ideal lifestyle I had been fed – however, only now, it was minus the traditional day job. Even just a few years ago, I thought my dream and main purpose in life was to buy a beautiful big house to live in. It’s funny; only by relaxing your ego, can you see the truth. It’s similar to how when you stare too hard at a painting, you can’t enjoy it’s beauty – you need to just relax your eyes and it will automatically pick up things you couldn’t see before.
I’ve been asked so many times what I want to do with my life. Each time, my stubborn answer was that I wanted to buy a house and live in it happily forever.
Going really deep
But when I thought deeper about it and allowed my mind to relax, I realised that this life is a gift. I am lucky to be born as a healthy human being, with so many opportunities and blessings. There will only ever be one Jojo that ever existed. No one before me or after me, will ever be exactly the same as me, think exactly the same as me, nor have the same idiosyncrasies as me. I should not waste this chance at life.
And it can’t be that my entire life would only be dedicated to buying a house to live in?
I allowed my metaphorical eyes to relax so that I could see the truth.
In that moment, I also realised that everything I had done in life up to that point had an underlying theme. It was to spread love and joy to those I encountered in my life. I stopped and realised that this Earth is a beautiful place, if you choose to see it that way. Everything we have in this life, came from the Earth. All of the food, clothing, even electronic devices, all originated from materials on or within Earth. This made me have a newfound respect for Mother Earth and the environment. I no longer wanted to use plastics or contribute to destroying the planet.
With this new realisation, there were so many things I was now driven to pursuing in life. I’m still in the process of setting up my second business right now. But keep following my journey and you’ll see what unfolds. It’s going to be exciting, I promise you!
Now what about you?
So back to my original question – how do you know what you’re doing with your life, is what you were put on this Earth to do? Like I said, so many of my friends tell me that they wish they could do what I do – run multiple businesses and work for myself. The truth is, it’s not about the money. If it’s about the money, then you’re in the wrong game. Everything I do comes from a place of love. When you’re doing what you love, it’s like the love of a mother for her child. You don’t even realise the sleepless nights. You embrace the good and the bad, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Because the love is so strong, it conquers everything and gives you the strength and passion to carry on.
Relax your metaphorical eyes, and you’ll see the truth. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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