This past May, on Memorial Day, I have launched my own business that sells activewear for women. It has indeed been an interesting journey , which has caused more stress and anxiety than anything I have ever endured in my whole entire life.
But first, let’s rewind. Why entrepreneurship if there are so many other careers/occupations out there in the world ?
I don’t know. I have always had a artistic/creative knack for drawing and making projects for as long as I could remember. I also like to solve problems. I could spend so much time writing papers and figuring out plans for projects that I could get so lost that my whole day flies by. Some people would say that this is boring, but I think otherwise. Its honestly where I get most of my energy from. I like drawing , creating , reading and researching. As I consider myself an introvert, so this is very much an applicable factor.
I volunteered , and interned at several different places that I didn’t feel worked for me . I switched my major about 3 times after starting college. I did an extensive amount of research on careers, but no matter what I came across there was always something that I did not like about that career. So I became confused and lost and left college. What the hell was I going to college if I didn’t know what I wanted to do ?
I found a job and started working and I found my self going to meetings and seminars talking about all kinds of ways to make money by creating something of your own that you are passionate about, while helping others. I fell in love. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. I love being creative , working on projects and helping people. Isn’t that essentially what entrepreneurship is?
I mean you could describe other careers with the characteristics I used, but this is basically my definition of entrepreneurship ; using your passion to creatively solve problems and change the world. Yes it is risky to do this as it takes an extreme amount of work , dedication, motivation, mentorship, and PATIENCE for extended periods of time to be successful, so not a lot of people run towards this type of career or lifestyle. For I learned entrepreneurship is not for everyone.
I felt it was right for me , and I still do. So I went back to school and decided to work on my associates degree in business. Using my creative ability and my passion for fitness I wanted to create bold activewear for women to stand out, that reflected nature while creating positive energy. With this I want to encourage others to exercise as it creates so many benefits to the body mentally, physically,emotionally, etc.
That’s when E.C.Athletix was born right after I finished my associates degree in business. I was studying for finals, interning, working while driving back and forth several times a week to check on the status of the launch of my first garment. IT WAS LITERALLY A MESS !! I didn’t know anything. I ran into so many problems, I lost a lot of my savings, I showed up to work late several times because I was at appointments in the city. I was embarrassed because I got yelled at about things I should’ve known about the creation of my product . AND AFTER ALL THAT, ALL OF MY LEGGINGS WERE MADE WRONG. The way everything came down to was that my leggings had to be made wrong or they wouldn’t be made at all. I cried several times. I was angry , I was depressed, I was tired , I was stressed all while studying for finals. At this point , I’m thinking about not launching and of thoughts like, ” Why am I still doing this? Why am I wasting all this gas money? What am I doing here ?” would just appear in my head.
And that’s what usually got me through those hectic times, thinking about my “why”. I had to finish what I started. I had to get over my feelings and focus on the bigger picture. I eventually graduated with honors and launched my product one week after I graduated.
Did I have huge expectations for my first product? Of course I did. That’s what almost all new entrepreneurs do. Even though we know business will be slow in the beginning, we still have huge expectations. We are so excited and convinced that our product is so good and everybody will want it , but that is not entirely the case. Since launching 6 months ago, I can surely admit that I didn’t meet my expectations. I had lot of fun working with models who were my friends, seeing other people wearing my product and getting great feedback about it. I enjoyed going out to events and meeting other new entrepreneurs as well. I love drawing up new designs and getting inspired by different interactions I have with people and settings. This takes me back to when I remembered saying to someone that I wanted to be an artist one day , a very long time ago. This isn’t the traditional way to be an artist I guess , but I’m doing it anyway lol
All in all, it has been a learning process, and still is, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I learned that 90 percent of my plans while building my business never went my way, that it is okay to be uncomfortable and to learn something new, that it doesn’t matter how old or how much experience you have , thats you will never know everything, that you must have extreme patience, that MUST ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST, that you must place yourself in the right environment , that it is very easy to doubt yourself, that you must have a positive mindset , and that it doesn’t matter what level of education you have that it is possible to launch and have your own business. Being successful at it is a whole different ball game lol but I hope to get there one day. I still have quite a journey left. There is so many things I did wrong , have to change ,and do again. It is a never ending to-do list.
Currently I am working on new projects that I will be talking about in upcoming blogs. So for now thank you for reading until the end, and I while catch you in the next blog !