Doom and Gloom

Last week I wrote you a pretty bummer email explaining how 2017 was the worst year of my life.

You can read it here if you missed it: http://www.timothycastleman.com/the-worst-year-of-my-life/

First I want to take a second to thank everyone who took the time to write me with words of encouragement.

To them and to you I say thank you for reading.

But I also wanted to share this – the year wasn’t a total loss because of what I’m about to share with you next.

One of the most surprising things I discovered after my wife left was photography.

Five days after she split I bought a cheap starter camera (the Sony a5000 in case you’re wondering) and started using it to capture various concerts I attended.

(You can see some of my shots here: https://www.instagram.com/timcastleman/)

As silly as it sounds, this cheap camera and forcing myself to go to live shows with it, dragged me out of bed most days when my depression was at its worst.

This little fun hobby quickly turned into a passion project and before I knew it some of my shots were being featured on online blogs and in different industry news stories and I was traveling across the US to capture them.

Not bad for a guy who took a photography class years ago and still (secretly of course) has no idea what the hell he is doing 😉

Anyway, some of you might be saying what’s in this email for me and for you I have the second surprising thing of 2017 which was this:

I made an investment (no it’s not crypto related) a few years back in a small startup.

In 2017 this startup made a major pivot from selling one off products to customers to a recurring based subscription model where we just sell the same customers, the same thing, each month.

And wouldn’t you know it – that investment was one of the smartest things I’ve done.

I can’t share numbers yet, but it looks like my investment has paid off handsomely and will continue to do so month after month.

I’m actually meeting with the founder of this company very soon (this week or next) and they have agreed to answer any and all questions to the best of their ability.

So I figured I’d bring you in on the process as well.

Start thinking of any and all questions you’d like answered (you can reply to this email and tell me) because I’ll be asking for them soon.

Right now I’m off to the doctors.

Talk soon,

Tim

PS: BTW, this new subscription service was started in less than 90 days, for less than $500, and produced a HUGE ROI the first month. I’ll see if I can share actual numbers soon.

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