My story started in 2017 when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy that I was apparently born with. Over the years no-one believed me when I said I felt unwell and had unexplained blackouts. At last, I ended up with the right doctor who ran a lot of tests and determined that I have stress-induced epilepsy and I was put onto medication.
Fast forward 2 years, I start falling into this manic depression and end up being admitted to a depression clinic. Depression is something I know all too well, as I have been suffering from it for many years. I always felt unworthy, incompetent, and mostly alone. After seeing a psychologist and psychiatrist, it was determined that I also suffer from PTSD from childhood. Putting all the puzzle pieces together, it all made sense. The life I had as a child and the life I chose as an adolescent was not ideal.
Once again my medication was changed and by now I am taking so many pills that I can hardly keep up with it all. In October 2019 I decided to wean myself off everything. No epilepsy meds, no depression meds, no anxiety meds, no nothing. My doctors warned me to not do this and still, I went ahead. In February of 2020 I felt good, I felt alive and I had this tremendous energy that I have not experienced in a long time.
I got this idea of working for myself …
.. and wanted to show everyone that I am a capable young woman that can take care of her family, herself, and run a business. I resigned from my job with immediate effect and went off into the big wide world.
I had no plan, no money saved, and no idea what I will be doing, but I knew I had to do something fast. I started searching the internet and having only 1 part-time accounting client I started ExecuStreet and have never looked back. Yes, there were days when I was scared, that I thought I should go back to corporate and just give up. I stuck it out. The words “You will never grow if you stay comfortable” stayed with me and I just pushed through.
As time went on and I got more settled in my new role, I started to make business connections and changed my service offering 3 times. Now 7 months later, I have a training program that helps new Virtual Assistants start their business, I have a thriving Facebook Community that find value in my offering, I have clients I adore and I have collaborated with a group of amazing women and started ExecuStreet Academy.
As of today, I offer the following services:
Virtual Administration – I provide accounting support to many South African clients
Website Design and Maintenance – I have 2 retainer clients
ExecuStreet Academy/Coaching – I have a training course that is in its second run
Mentorship – I have 4 people in my mentorship program
Somedays I think, how is this possible? How have I made it thus far? Then I remember why I did this.
I wanted to be free, I wanted to make the rules, I wanted to show the people that have doubted me for years that I am not a mistake, that I am worth it. And, I have done it. I know I still have a far way to go, but I also know that I have made a difference in a few people’s lives and that is good enough for me.
The future I envision for myself and my family is to be able to travel the world and meet the friends I have made face-to-face. I want to be able to work when I want and sleep in if I need to. I want to attend my son’s sports matches and be there for him when he needs me and not when a boss says I can. And mostly I want to show some naysayers that:
“THIS IS ME, I AM A SUCCESS, I AM WORTH IT, AND I WILL PROSPER EVEN IF YOU THINK I CAN’T. THAT YOUR OPINION OF ME, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME, BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOU”.
I am Chantelle Venter, the founder of ExecuStreet and ExecuStreet Academy, and my mission is to help new entrepreneurs to the Virtual Industry start and grow their online empires.
All info in this post is about my person experience and should not be taken as medical advice.