Peace everyone. Welcome to Elevated Thoughts' Latest. This blog serves as updates and/or changes I've made or have been making with the brand (if any).
And...there aren't any updates, so why lie?
I've taken a long hiatus from focusing on the brand, I stopped focusing on it in early 2022. I’ve disabled online ordering on the brand website and will remain that way for a while. I've been focusing on life, but not in a bad way. I've been investing my time into my family, work, school, health, and overall mental well-being. I was still doing this stuff before shifting focus away from the brand, just not as focused as I am now.
Throughout the years, I've invested a lot of time, money, sweat, and tears into the brand. I've made many sacrifices to create the brand and keep it alive throughout its active years. But, to tell you the truth, I did not see the results I wanted to see from the brand (financially). It's been an amazing experience as an aspiring entrepreneur, a business owner, and managing a brand with a socially conscious purpose. I've made amazing friends because of my brand, it's been a spiritually satisfying experience to say the least.
The (Temporary) Falloff
However, I invested thousands of dollars into Elevated Thoughts and didn't make a profit. I take full responsibility for it, I never learned how to properly manage a company. I never seeked help from anybody when the workload became overwhelming. I was stubborn but I still made the effort, trying to learn as I went. However, that wasn’t enough and I realized that Elevated Thoughts’ success is further away than I would’ve wanted it to be. Eventually, I became exhausted with not seeing the fruits of my labor grow.
At the end of the day, it's not just about the money. But in any business venture, it's important to see profits. How could a business succeed without turning profits?
Besides financial reasons, I had to take a mental health break for personal reasons too. I also put personal goals aside because I was so engulfed into my business, I was determined to succeed. But success isn't achieved by sheer determination alone. I can go on about the mistakes I've made, but I won't. Instead, I'll mention personal (positive) changes I've made since I took a break from the brand.
I started investing into several investment accounts to build wealth; including a Roth IRA, a leisure spending account, a dream account (to become a homeowner ). I want to own multiple properties to have passive income and create generational wealth. The majority of inspiration knowledge I received came from a book titled The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach, I highly recommend you to read it!
I returned to school earlier this year with the goal to graduate with an Associate of Business degree then earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. I chose this career path because not only would this degree help me attain a good paying job as an administrator or a managerial position, but it is also to help guide me through the perils of entrepreneurship. It’s so I can learn as much as there is to know about entrepreneurship; hiring employees, knowing my target audience, managing the legal aspects, etc. I know that I can still learn all of this without a degree via the internet, but I’ve tried that and it hasn’t worked for me. At this point, school is my only option, I’m determined to earn my degrees and continue to spread the message of Elevated Thoughts.
I became more mindful of my health; going jogging and hitting the gym more often. Although I do have times of inconsistency with my physical activity routine which is understandable, I’m only human and I’m still learning to balance the different things I’m doing. I’m learning to live in the present moment more, enjoying life as much as possible. I’ve been drawing more often too, creating designs for the brand and some for pleasure.
The Saga Continues
As for a date on when Elevated Thoughts will be back up, I don’t have an answer to that. Could be in one year, could be in three. Only time will tell. But, on a positive note, Elevated Thoughts is my passion, I’ll never give it up. This is only a minor setback but the brand will be back and better than ever before.
I want to thank everyone whose supported the brand over the years, I appreciate you. To everyone still supporting the brand and promoting the message, much love. I have more plans in the works, a lot more designs that I’m working on behind the
scenes. Keep spreading the message, I won’t let you down.
Onward and upward, until next time. Stay tuned and stay elevated.