Last April 12, Japan Lover Me turned 4 years since our first launch. A lot has changed since then! : )
So happy that this baby of ours has been consistently progressing over the years! 🙂
It’s been a very challenging adventure but we’re all in for the fun ride!
Just yesterday, the actual boxes for JLM STORE & souvenir jacket samples from our partner maker have arrived!
I’m so proud of this design project because it used to be just an idea before even when we were struggling to setup JLM STORE.
Many thanks to Chichi / Little Miss Paintbrush for always putting your 1000% effort into everything that we all do. :”)
Souvenir jacket preorder will start soon at Japan Lover Me Store! Make sure to subscribe to our mailing list 😉
During my free time last week, I grabbed the opportunity to hanami at my neighborhood’s park. Oh the simple & free things that make me incredibly happy ~
Finally, here’s the blog entry I’ve promised before! I really miss writing reflective blog posts such as this. Hopefully, this will be useful to anyone out there who is currently struggling or confused about his / her path. ^^
Before I give some advice, let me share a bit of my personal struggles a year or so ago. I feel comfortable in sharing some of these because I’ve already overcome some. : )
YAY story time ~
I think that everyone will arrive at some point wherein he / she feels lost about his or her career path. More than a year or so ago, at our company (which is being run by my older brother Eric), I was given an insanely BIG task. I had to setup a successful and profitable online store for JapanLover.me (which is Japan Lover Me Store now). I had to find the formula from taking pictures, listing the items, promoting the products, taking care of our clients, generating sales, and so much more (of course, with my brother’s assistance). We were only THREE in the company that time (my bro, my cousin, and me) who were juggling all these jobs (physically) in Japan. I am very thankful of my teammates from Manila (Chichi and Kaye) because they really have been so HELPFUL right from the start regarding other responsibilities such as graphic design help and social media boosting. We couldn’t hire more people because we had to sell our first batch of souvenir jackets first before investing in more hands. From 50, it became 100 sukajan, then 500.. and now, it’s around 2500+ souvenir jackets. Eventually, we have become more financially capable to hire part-timers (hi Shinanoさん and Justin) and more people (hi Anne) in the company. To cut the story short, there were many times that I wanted to give up (add my self-diagnosed PMDD for more stress.. omg T_T.. )… and at the same time, I was being torn between doing this “day job” of mine (which was like my 24/7 job before haha) and pursuing my content creator dream / path which in the end, I am still fighting for even up to now.