Josh Monen

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Month: May 2017 (page 1 of 7)

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Focusing More On Cash Flow These Days

As I continue to make the journey from being a self-employed freelance copywriter to an actual business owner I’m realizing I have a lot of old “self-employed” mindsets I need to change.

One of them has to do with how I think about money.

Even though I’ve always maintained separate bank accounts for my business and personal finances it all sort of felt the same.

When I needed to pay myself I would just see how much money was in the business account and then I’d subtract any upcoming expenses (there wasn’t much) and then I’d decide how much I could pay myself that month.

I never really paid attention to how quickly clients paid or how much profit I was making, because frankly it all felt like profit since I was just a one-man show.

But now things are different.

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The Greatest Trick of the Devil

dont waste time

Clock I have hanging in my office.

Before I was a Christian my life basically consisted of doing, buying and selling as much cocaine as possible every day.

I was also addicted to sex and pornography, but eventually my coke addiction even overtook those cravings.

So when I got saved my life changed in a big way.

Doing and selling drugs were the first to go. It took another year to finally be free from sex addiction.

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How Gardening Helps Me Unwind and Recharge

Our new garden!

Today was one of the best Sundays I’ve had in a long time.

My wife and I picked up some top soil today for our new vegetable garden we’re planting.

It’s been a long time since I’ve “played in the dirt” and it felt good. It was freeing to be away from my phone and laptop all day.

I could feel my brain relax as I shoveled dirt for hours, pulled weeds and got my hands dirty.

I don’t know why it felt so good but it did. Maybe because I live so much of my life staring at screens that it was refreshing to just be offline for a change.

A chance to breathe, think and just enjoy the moment.

If you’re a busy person and you feel like you want to chill out then start a garden. Build some raised beds, by some top soil and plant something. The “something” is not as important as the process.

So anyway, I just wanted to share because it was such a good experience for me today.

Plus, I got to spend hours with my wife and my 2-year-old son Benji (he loved riding the lawnmower around as we towed a little trailer of dirt back and forth from the truck to the garden.)

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Teaching My 5-Year-Old About Work

Emma Grace (My Oldest)!

Yesterday my 5-year-old daughter Emma came into my office and asked, “Daddy, what are you doing?”

“I’m working.”

“Why do you have to work all the time?”

At that moment I looked at her and felt like it was important how I answered.

I had a couple thoughts and feelings swirling around… On one hand I thought, Man, maybe I do work too much. Do I tell her, “I’m working hard now so I can spend more time with you later”?

But then I reminded myself that no, I’m not a workaholic. In fact, it’s rare if I work over 40 hours in a week. And I work from home so I see my family in the morning, on my coffee breaks, at lunch and 45 seconds after I stop working.

Of course there are some days I have to put in some longer hours, but it’s the exception rather than the rule. So I realized that this feeling of guilt was not grounded in reality, so I dismissed it.

The other thought I had was to take this opportunity to help my daughter understand that work is actually a good thing. Not a “necessary evil” that must be avoided at all costs.

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