I used to run a small indie press called ‘small leaf press’ and at first, I absolutely loved it. Then it made me understand what burnout felt like first-hand.
After working on this press and eventually morphing it into a self-discovery magazine, telling myself this amount of stress was normal for a couple of years, I decided to stop. I quit the small business hustle altogether because it was causing me more harm than good.
I was able to rest and give my mind a break from constant racing thoughts on how to make my small business a success. I got a 9-5 and I got my life back.
But then I started to miss it all. I missed getting ready for “submissions open!” season, designing the magazines and packing them up in cute tissue paper to send overseas and seeing how happy I made people when they’d see their names in print. But I also knew how stressed I was and how the work wasn’t fun anymore.
Until I got a full-time job?
Now that the majority of my day is taken up by being a full-time copywriter, I feel like I have more time?
My days finally have a real structure that I can work with and easily recognise when I need rest and when I am capable of doing tasks, something I’d never even thought was possible with a full-time job until now.
I am able to recognise the parts of “running a business” I don’t like and can do without when working on JADEN magazine a much smoother process. For example, using Trello which is just a bunch of easy-on-the-eyes lists instead of Notion which is way too customisable and overwhelming for me right now.
So, I’m a bit of a hypocrite because I did this whole thing about how I’m done with side hustling and small businesses and bla bla bla. But this time it feels different. This is coming completely from a place of joy, something that I can just call a hobby (a huge one no doubt) that I can do on the weekends and get to express my creativity when I design the mag interior.
I’ve just opened submissions again and I’m really excited to get this process up and running again! Definitely terrified that I took too long of a break and everyone’s forgotten about this mag and no one submits but manifesting that doesn’t happen I guess!
If you’re a writer looking to submit some self-reflective pieces, then JADEN may be the perfect place for you! Have a look at the web page and feel free to submit something to me!
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