Saturday, February 16, 2013

Embracing All The Good

When I awoke yesterday and checked my email on my phone I found that there were a few new backers to the Kickstarter project and that there was still quite a ways to go. I felt sad for a moment but then reminded myself that, hey, it raised over $6,000. That's nothing to sneeze at. Plus, it's gotten a lot of media attention. There's always a plan B and both of those things will help with plan B. Still, I wasn't going to give up on the Kickstarter itself until the clock had ticked down, ending the campaign. It still had 6 hours to go and anything could happen in the span of those hours.

So, I got up and did my normal Friday morning routine while trying to take my mind off of it for a bit. Put on my swim suit and headed to the community center pool. Swimming has become a form of meditation, as well as exercise, for me.

When I returned home I checked my email again. Still no luck. More gentle reminders to myself.

Going about my morning, I took a shower, boiled a couple of eggs, made a piece of toast and a cup of coffee then sat down to eat. After breakfast, I looked at my phone again. The email from Kickstarter hit my inbox at 8:30am. It was shortly after that time when I opened it and read that one of the backers had increased her pledge from $100 to $3,300 and that "$10,061.01 is currently pledged toward the $10,000.00 goal." I had to re-read it to be sure I wasn't reading it incorrectly because I just couldn't believe it.

Then my phone started buzzing with text messages and Facebook notifications. I had to sit down and open my laptop to look at the email again. Then the Kickstarter page. It was incredibly difficult to convince myself that it did, indeed, just happen. My project fundraiser had reached it goal. It was going to happen. It was going to fund. I was really going to be able to travel and photograph and document and do my heart's work. 

Then it hit me and the tears started flowing. Tears of joy. I must have cried for close to an hour while responding to everyone's text messages and Facebook posts and posting on Facebook and Kickstarter my sincere gratitude to everyone who is helping me along this journey. At this point, I feel like I can't say "Thank you!" enough.

Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for believing in and supporting this project that I hold so dear to my heart. I am so excited to take this journey and create a beautiful piece of art for all to enjoy.

As one of my very wise and wonderful friends said to me yesterday via text message, "When you do your heart's work, the Universe steps up." It most certainly has and in a very big way. My heart swells with gratitude today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Clock Is Ticking Down!

There's only 41 hours to go on the Kickstarter campaign and thanks to a very generous donation of $1,800 within the last hour, it's now past the 60% mark! Please help in any way you can! Donate! Share the link! Send me encouraging words! I can't express my gratitude enough! You all ROCK!


Blog Typealyzer

I've seen this on a few of the blogs I'm reading (Mo' Homo and The Musings of A Lesbian Writer) and thought I'd give it a try. Seems pretty accurate, surprisingly. If you've got a blog, you can try it, too, over here at Typealyzer

ESFP - The Performers

The author of http://astrangerinthisplace.blogspot.com is of the type ESFP.

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft beautiful textiles, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves. ESFPs love being around people and having new experiences. Living in the here-and-now, they often do not think about long term effects or the consequences of their actions.

ESFPs live in the moment, experiencing life to the fullest. They enjoy people, as well as material comforts. Rarely allowing conventions to interfere with their lives, they find creative ways to meet human needs. Active types, they find pleasure in new experiences.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions. ESFPs are excellent team players, focused on completing the task at hand with maximum fun and minimum discord.

Common satisfying careers: Artist, Performer, Actors, Teacher, Social Worker, Nurse, Event Coordinator, Chef, Fashion Designer, Jeweler, Retail Manager, Recreation Worker and Interior decorator.

Notable ESFJs: John. F. Kennedy, Richard Branson, Hugh Hefner, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Quentin Tarantino, Mel Gibson, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox, Jamie Oliver, Robbie Williams, Dan Brown and Chewbacca.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Self Evident Truths

I stumbled upon this amazingly brilliant photo project that is similar to mine but on a much larger and grander scale. It's incredibly beautiful and it's happening all across the U.S. Take 18 minutes to watch this video then check out the web site. It has me in tears from the beauty of it.

My project may not get funded but this one is and it's happening and it's tremendously important so donate if you can.



Self Evident Truths

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Good Stuff & The Bad Stuff

So, I've been having kind of a hard time with the world lately. Crazy drivers, unfriendly people, self focused and completely oblivious people seem to be all I've been able to see lately. Having this focus really brought me down and I hadn't realized it until last night just before drifting off to sleep.

This morning I awoke at 0500, got my swim suit on and was in the pool at the community center shortly after 0530. While putting my towel and sweats in a locker before getting into the pool, a very smiley elder woman behind me sang, "Good morning!" I turned to see her great big smile and returned the greeting with a great big smile of my own. It was a welcomed and wonderful moment. A brilliant way to start the day.

It's true, you know. We see more of the things we're focused on, whether it's the good stuff or the bad stuff. Today, I'm going to choose to focus on the good stuff.