As I started writing the note of thanks for my social media channels to wrap up the crowdfunding campaign, I realized your generosity and support have brought me so much more than gratitude.
These are the lessons and practices I'll take with me on my journeys to come; maybe you will too.
My initial goal was $5,000. As I worked the plan out with an artistic and ambitious friend of mine, she suggested I raise it to $9,000. I was hesitant but agreed and increased my goal. The thing is, I changed it in number but never truly aligned my intention with that new goal. Surprise, surprise, I raised almost exactly $5,000. $4,210 via the Indiegogo and the remainder sent directly to me (shout out to late supporters!)
The Lesson: When making a declaration, remember to align your intention with your goal, because INTENTION DRIVES RESULTS (all caps because I really mean it).
My struggle with receiving was a direct reflection of 1. my struggle with self-worth and 2. my pridefulness and comfort in doing things on my own. The truth can be perfectly summed up by a mentor of mine: "If your vision doesn't require support - in the form of time, money, energy, etc. - it's not big enough." That one still blows my mind every time I think of it.
The Lesson: Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. If the scale tips too far in either direction, look inward and determine the source of the conversation, because something is out of whack.
The idea of fundraising and making pitch calls initially brought on cold sweats, but in reality, sharing my project and dreams deepened my relationship and created space for authentic connections. I spoke with family, friends, and colleagues I hadn't heard from in years. The conversations were touching and unforgettable.
The Lesson: Allowing yourself to be supported by others creates an opportunity for authentic relationships.
"The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling." I shared my vision with my entire network and asked you to support it with your money. The advice, congratulations, recommendations, introductions, donations and the kind of cheerleading you offered reinforced the fact that my vision has value.
The Lesson: When we choose to live in our purpose, the universe aligns and people, events, and circumstances come together to support it.
Initially, this process felt overwhelming. But at some point, I fell into our conversations, and the deep connections we had and the chore of it all fell away. That moment, when I started enjoying the process instead of obsessing about the outcome, the work became something I looked forward to - something I "got" to do, not something I "had" to do.
The Lesson: "Work" comes with ease the when we find the fun and enjoy the journey. Joy in all things.
My heart is full. My gratitude is eternal. Special thanks to the following contributors.
*If you weren't able to contribute before the crowdfunding campaign closed, it's not too late! ;)