Hello Friends and Supporters,
It has been way too long since I wrote an update for you. My sincerest apologies.
After the push to take care of our house and so many wonderful people donated and helped I was literally exhausted. I think the stress finally got to me. Shortly after that, Juan and I were obligated to teach for the Alaska Salsa cruise (again, we don't get paid, we get our trip and transportation paid for only). We were the only teachers and worked our butts off to keep everyone happy and having fun and busy with dancing! It was a great trip but I just have not gotten my full energy back.
In addition, I started my two part-time jobs to help ensure we have a regular paycheck that will cover the mortgage. I am working for the City of Oakland teaching computer art to kids both 8-11 and middle school. Also I am teaching adults Salsa and Bachata (on Friday nights @ 6:30pm @ Studio One in Oakland). I have never taught kids so this is a whole new experience and so far it's been OK!
My other job is working with a student, Therese Lahaie, who is an artist dealing with LED lighting technology. She gives seminars to architechs, engineers and designers and I am her new Administrative Assistant. It's been going well and I am getting faster at knowing all the tasks. I hope to help her with more marketing soon. I am very grateful to her for the job!
Our renter has not fully committed to the garage space (for storage) so I'll still be lacking about $400-$500 a month to make the mortgage. Plus, I really won't get a regular income until October when all my classes will have started. But I am determined to keep going and even though I know I am not 100% there yet it feels good to be trying new things and keep my brain working in a different way. Of course, the money I am bringing in is not overwhelming amount, but it is something towards the bills!
Juan has started teaching and DJing at Neck of the Woods in SF on Monday nights. We don't know if it will continue, but the gig has been very helpful towards getting stabilized financially. Thank you Evan Margolin!
We are still accepting donations as we did not reach our entire goal and are still a bit behind with the mortgage. I am encouraged by the new work and opportunities though. We have started to see what we can do to repair some things needed on the old house. I am researching grants, funding, low income programs, etc. to help get some repairs done - the house is 113 years old!
So again, if you cannot donate but have the time, resources or energy to help us with those projects, let us know.
Thank you from my deepest heart. I have not stopped thinking about how amazing the help you have given has been and how much it's meant to us! We will organize a get together soon and award the special donations with their prizes too. It's not over yet!!
Ruth and Juan
Alaska, the last frontier!
Juan and Lynn danced Guaguanco in show.
Juan, Ruth and DJ Greg in Vancouver