Friends, family, and incredible community:
I have spent the last seven months (10 if you include the time it took me to build the website!) pouring my heart and soul into this blog. I have been so dedicated to creating content that will help you live a healthier, more authentic, more delicious life, that I have barely looked up from my keyboard in over half a year. But now, the time has come for me to call on you for support.
For those of you who know me personally, you know that asking for help is no easy feat for me. I have been fiercely independent my whole life. It has only been in recent months that those walls have started to break down. I am learning more and more how much easier life is made when we ask for the help we need. And in order to see my vision through of being a full-time blogger and author, I need your help.
A Moral Dilemna
To make a living from blogging, the vast majority of bloggers either lock up their content behind a pay wall, post ads on their website, or use sponsored content (get paid by companies to showcase their products in photos and videos).
I thought long and hard about all of these options. As always, it came down to what felt right. The answer? None of them.
We design our world by how we direct our thoughts, our money, and our energy. I have always had very strong ideals about the world I want to live in. The future I envision sees us taking our freedom and power back from corporations. If I went down any of the typical monetization routes, I would be feeding into a system that I don’t believe in.
As for locking up my content? Usually, the ones who need the most help are the ones who can least afford it, which is why I decided to never charge my audience to view my content. Even when my first book gets published, if there is someone who wants to read it who cannot afford it, I will personally see to it that that person receives a copy. Everyone deserves access to education. That is the only way we will see positive, meaningful change take place on this planet.
Once I realized the typical routes weren’t for me, I pondered how I was going to see this vision through. A few months ago, in a moment of stillness and receptivity, the idea for a donation page floated into my mind.
I have been blown away by people’s generosity my entire life. I myself experience no greater feeling than when I am able to share what I have with others. Giving is what fills our cup, and the more we share with each other, the more we have. So I come to you today with my humble truth – that without you, I am nothing. Without each other, this life is meaningless. And if we cease to support the dreams of individuals, we give in to a world run by corporations.
This has been one of the most difficult posts for me to write, as I am still learning to ask for help when I need it. However, I know that in order to stay true to my principles and turn my vision for the future into a reality, this is what I must do.
I am enormously grateful for all donations, large or small. Even a contribution of $5 makes a massive difference. After all, it is the small steps added up over time that lead to great change.
I thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart for supporting my dream to support others. It continues to be the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and I intend to keep this platform of knowledge and truth going for as long as possible.
Sooo much love & gargantuan bear hugs,
**Note: I created the donation form by myself, so please bare with me if you encounter any technical difficulties! Should you have trouble processing a donation, please send an email with the details of your issue to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!