Hi. I’m Josh and I started this blog after reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

In his book, Kleon says:

“Facebook asks you to indulge yourself by asking “How are you feeling?” Or “What’s on your mind?” Instead focus on answering the question: “What are you working on? Don’t show your lunch or your latte, show your work.

I thought that was a great idea so I decided to do it.

And so now, “publishing” is something I do on a regular basis. My goal, which I admit I stray from, is to honestly document my journey so I can help others quit their jobs and work from home full-time. I worked in Corporate America for nearly 5 years before I quit in 2011 to freelance full-time.

I’ve made a decent living as a freelance copywriter for the last 5+ years. It’s allowed me to work from home (or my RV) and see my wife and three kids more, which is my favorite part of what I do (my family blog is here)!

But after 5 years of working as a freelancer I felt stuck. I realized I went from the Employee Quadrant to the Self-Employed Quadrant, instead of the Business Owner Quadrant.

In other words, I quit my job and ended up working another job, one I created.

It was an interesting journey going from being an employee to being self-employed. And I wish I would have blogged about that.

But I have a sense that this new adventure of going from self-employed to business owner will be even more interesting. It reminds me of a quote by Dan Sullivan who says:

“The skills that got you out of Egypt aren’t the same skills that will get you to the Promised Land.”

My goal is to be as honest as I can on here so my readers get an accurate view of what it’s like being an entrepreneur. I’ll share my mistakes, my wins, my lessons and my processes with you.

I’m also a devoted Christian who believes anything is possible. I used to have a $500/day cocaine addiction, before I said a simple, honest prayer on a bathroom floor, “Jesus, if you’re real, save me.” Turns out He’s very real.

I was born again on 5/24/04 and since then the trajectory of my life completely changed for the better. To me, being a Christian is not about following a list of dos and don’ts. It’s about a supernatural God who loves people and this world. I’ve seen miracles with my own eyes and seen God’s hand at work in my life so clearly that I know He’s real.

I’m not a fan of “religious Christianity” but I am a fan of the message of “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.”

So one of my favorite churches is Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I started listening to them about 10 years ago and haven’t stopped since! Through their ministry I learned about other ministries and movements that taught a similar kingdom message. People like Shawn Bolz of Expression 58, and Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries. These ministries have had a major impact on the way I think and what I believe.

I also love my home church in Battle Ground, WA called Church on the Rock.  My wife and I have been attending there for several years. It’s a great community of believers who love God, family and their community.

So I feel “called” both to business and to ministry. I’m learning I don’t need to compartmentalize my life so much and put “work” and “God” in nice neat little boxes. It’s not easy for me but I’m learning to merge those two worlds.

I mention my faith because I’m always curious what underlying beliefs people who I follow online subscribe to. I know that mentioning God, especially “Jesus,” is offensive to some, and I’ve thought long and hard about whether to keep God out of this blog. But I keep coming back to my original goal of “honestly sharing my journey” with you. And if I omit God then I’m not being honest about my journey.

So that’s a little about me and about jmonen.com. I hope you enjoy this blog and if you want to stay up to date then make sure you subscribe (I use Feedly to subscribe and read blogs and love it).

– Josh

Here’s my story in a nutshell:

  • I used to have a $500/day cocaine addiction.
  • After completing a $28,000 rehab program I relapsed twice.
  • I asked Jesus to save me while praying on a bathroom floor. He did and I’ve been clean since.
  • I started selling insurance instead of cocaine (not as profitable but a little less risky).
  • In 2009 I married my best friend, Lacie Joy. 🙂
  • After 4 years of selling insurance I quit to become a freelance copywriter.
  • We had 3 kids in 4 years after I quit my job and started working from home.
  • After 5 years of working as a freelancer I decided to become an entrepreneur…
  • …that’s where I find myself today (2017)!
You can view the archives here.
And click here to see what I’m doing now.

– jmonen

Me and my beautiful wife Lacie Joy.