TJE 40: Seeking Coffee Inspiration

A bit more than a year has passed since I shared about my coffee aspirations.  So what happened? Let’s just say that the journey has not been smooth.  I had a recent trip to Baguio, as I sought inspiration to continue the dream. And thankfully, I was rewarded with an experience that sort of healed my wounded soul.

 

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The transition from employee to entrepreneur/freelancer was difficult for me.  First, I felt like I lost an identity.  This website’s name is proof that I have associated myself with the profession so much, that it was hard to let go.  Second, the fear that went along with leaving a good career and venturing to new territory distracted me.  It definitely affected productivity.  It also didn’t help that one venture of the company failed.

I can say the past year, I wasn’t the best version of myself.  I was mostly sad, and by the end, in a dangerous financial situation.  However, I am aware that I was reacting to the situation wrongly.  Opportunities were there, it’s just that difficulty and failure had to be endured.  But I could not help but be affected by worries.  Bullshit – by the time I overcome this setback, I would probably say that to the things that held me back.

Moving on, I still want to be an entrepreneur.  And I want to continue the coffee dream.

I called our coffee supplier and roaster one time, to set a visit.  I told him about my situation, and my intent as to why I wanted to visit, and he gladly welcomed me.  During my visit, we talked and talked, at the coffee shop, at another coffee shop, a farm, and their house.  It was very encouraging.  He talked about his personal struggles while salvaging their family business.  He told stories of clients who almost gave up.  The message is clear: just hang on and figure things out!

So I am hanging on.  My financial situation isn’t any better, but I can honestly say that my disposition is.  I am hopeful and happy again.  How I missed this version of me!

I’ll figure this out.  The coffee dream is still alive!

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A butterfly (?) nearby coffee flower buds

P.S. I recently signed up on Steemit – a blockchain and cryptocurrency social media site.  Cryptocurrency + Blockchain could be the future of internet and business, so I thought I should join early.  Videos that are related to coffee will be posted there, instead of my existing Youtube account.  🙂

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