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Mental Health Begins with Me | Hawaii Wedding Photographer

Today, October 10th, is knowns as World Mental Heath Day.

Any talks about Mental Health and breaking the stigma is very near and dear to my heart.


Because I am a person who suffers from anxiety and depression.

Usually when I say this, I get the same thing said to me that I’m sure many do…

“You don’t look depressed!”

“Your life seems great! Why are you sad?”

It is something that I am open about, and something that I do believe needs and should be talked about more, without the fear of judgement of any sort. I was diagnosed a few years ago, and with proper medication and therapy, and my amazing support system, it is something that I successfully live with everyday.

I wanted to share this amazing blog post that I read recently titled “The Mental Cost of Owning a Business That We Need To Talk About.”

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When I read this article, it really hit home with me.   I’ve blogged before and shared with you all some of the things that I was struggling with personally and professionally- my fear of failure. Then reading this article, I realized that I am happy that I am not alone with my doubts and such, and what can I do to not only help myself, but other entrepreneurs struggling with the same thing!

One of the most hard hitting parts of this article for me was this, because it rings so true:

““Many entrepreneurs tie their self-worth to their net worth. When the business is doing well, their self-esteem skyrockets,” explains Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. “But when they lose a little money or fail to meet their goals, they find themselves struggling with their identity because their business isn’t what they do — it’s who they are.” Every day you go for a ride on a mental rollercoaster and when you wake up in the morning, once you can muster up enough motivation to get out of bed, you never know what is going to trigger an exponential rise, or a sudden drop.”

— Allyn Lewis- The Mental Cost of Owning a Business

I know when I had a corporate job, working a typical 9-5 with a steady paycheck, I didn’t feel this rollercoaster of things like I do now (but of course there were other things I struggled with too- not being home enough, kids missing me,etc!).

So, for today, if you are an Entrepreneur who feels alone, struggling with depression, or may not know that you are, know that you are not alone. Entrepreneurship is hard, but the benefits of it when it is successful is so great! We are all in it together, and I am always here for you!

xoxo, Vanessa




  1. Sara

    March 4th, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    SOO good!!! I love this whole post.

  2. Amber Abbott

    October 12th, 2017 at 12:29 am

    This is such an important topic and I admire you so much for sharing! 😊

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