Hi guys! So our move date is coming up fast. Like super fast. Like, 12 days away fast. Holy shit. It feels crazy. Unreal. Exciting and utterly terrifying. I just wanted to let all the wonderful people who have donated so far know that I have not forgotten about you. Once we get to Edinburgh and we have settled into a flat of our own, I will get started on your rewards. I know for some of you this is a long time coming, but I hope it'll be worth the wait. For anyone else, it's never too late to donate. Every little bit counts. :)
Hi kids! Sorry it's been so long since I've given an update, but a lot of things have been happening, and as a result, I've been stressed to the max. We sold our house. We sold a bunch of our stuff. We got our visas and we bought our plane tickets. The kids have been microchipped and the vet is preparing their international health certificates. They are in excellent condition and spirits for their ages, so I'm more confident that they will make it through this okay.
That all sounds great, doesn't it? Big adventure coming our way, nothing to hold us back, so we should be fucking jazzed. And we are, but we are also scared. Completely terrified. Vomit and pee everywhere.
A lot of people, including our parents, don't get that. We understand that for them, watching us leave isn't easy, but staying is so much harder. Jon and I aren't super young anymore. Our 20's are behind us, and it's time to get going. We need to start really living our lives, otherwise, what the hell are we doing here? I need to see something else, something different. I've lived in this same city since I was 6. That's long enough. I've gotten everything out of this place I possibly can, and it's time to move on. Same for Jon. There is more out there and no one is going to bring it to us. We have to be willing to put ourselves on the line to get what we want. Adventure, better opportunities, different experiences.
Still, I have a hard time wrapping my head around this. I need to talk this out with friends, but schedules are making this difficult, plus, I'm not sure they know just how terrified I really am. I haven't really been making a point of this though because I have *other* friends who I have confessed my feelings to, and they're all, "WHY???? YOU SHOULD BE SO EXCITED!!!!" Okay, don't get me wrong, I am totally excite, but Jesus Christ, this is huge. I don't even know where we're going to live. No one will rent to us until we're actually there and can see flats with our own eyes. Once we get on that plane, we will technically be homeless. That's scary. Jon and I talk about this endlessly, but we need an outside view. One that isn't clouded by fear, panic, sadness, excitement, and fear again.
Sorry we were gone for so long. I'll try to update more regularly in the time we have left. Only 18 more days of work left to go, then two weeks to blitz through what's left to do, then we're gone. Don't forget, it's not too late to help us out! Any and all donations are fully appreciated and may help with our future therapy bills.
Another sweet donation today from someone I'm a big fan of. (And not just because she helped us out. I was a faithful minion long before this.) Sign yourself up for some good karma and toss a couple of bucks (or pounds, whatever, we're not picky) our way. The more you donate, the less I fill your newsfeed with updates or tweet you for retweets. Just sayin'.
Hi there. Spring is finally here, and I think the perfect way to celebrate that would be to donate to our awesome cause! We have about 6 months to go, and at this point, I don't think we'll be reaching our $7000 goal. I'm actually a little tempted to contact the Scottish media again because despite the flood of nasty comments, it also provided us with the majority of our donations. Hmmmm. Open up that can of worms?
Hey there, boys and girls. Well, we are still stagnating at $445.00 or 6.36% of our goal. To those of you out there who have helped, thank you, you are awesomeness itself. To those who haven't helped...boo. Even if you don't care about our goal, you could potentially score some cheap original art. An original drawing for $50.00? A signed and matted photograph for $100.00? That's a *deal*, guys. Seriously. Look that shit up. Plus, think of the resale value of that once I bite it. If anything, I'm giving money to you. You're welcome.
So, if you're thinking of kicking in a buck or two, or more, and want to see what you might get in return, check out my website at http://moondragonartphoto.webs.com/
Hi guys. So I've had a shitty couple of weeks. I don't want to get into all the gory details, but I've been diagnosed with depression and as a result, lost my job. I'm of course, looking for a new one, as well as trying to get my head together, but it's an uphill battle.
I know there are a lot of you out there who are going through the same thing, so I know you understand the stigma that comes with the words "depression" and "mental health". And I know you understand how scary it is. It's not just a "bad day" anymore. Just know that you're not the only one. I've taken a lot of solace in those words coming from other people.
Love and thanks as always.
Hi kids. Sorry I've not been here to give an update lately, but you know, work, stress, the usual crap. For instance, my oldest cat, Kinoko, got pretty sick. Stopped eating, and slept all the time. It took about a month, but she's back to normal. Eating, running around and beating up her little brother as usual.
Then around Valentine's Day, my dad had a heart attack. He's okay now, but it was frightening and stressful to say the least. Plus there was the added fun of my mom using the opportunity to give me some guilt about moving away.
After that, I got the flu. That, and the fact that this winter has been so long and hard. Unbelievably freezing cold and tons of snow for such a long time. It's made me lazy and completely unmotivated. Blargh. It's made me so depressed to see that while it's been -10C here on a mild day, it's been +5C or more there for ages already. That's how cold it's been here...I'm aching for tropical Scottish weather!
So that's the latest. Exciting, right? Well, if you want cooler, more interesting stories, maybe throw us a fiver and help get us to a cooler, more interesting place!
Love and thanks as always.
So a tv station in town called me a few days ago wanting to do an interview with me and Jon on our campaign. Unfortunately, I was sick as hell, looked like death and had to turn it down. But, that doesn't mean we've disappeared! Tell your friends, and as always, any and all help is greatly appreciated. :)
Another donation yesterday. Thank you so much, Marie!
Hi peoples! The media sensation may have died down, but we could still use your help. We are a little over 6% to our goal, and we'd love to break 10% by the end of the month. Big, huge thank-yous to everyone who has helped us out so far. Remember, no one achieves their dreams alone, and never be afraid to ask
Another 2 donations in the past few hours! Thank you, K and Calum!
Three more donations today! Thank you so much, Steven and Shirley.
So our little campaign was reported in Scotland, and as per the usual routine of the internet, only the mean and spiteful people responded. I'll not be addressing any of the comments except to say here that between my launching this and talking to the reporter, I have gotten a job. This does not however, negate what we are asking for. Any and all help is still needed and appreciated. If people would rather donate to a cause they feel is worthier, then please do. I know that there are a lot of people out there who need more help than us. But, our asking for a hand is NOT taking money out of anyone else's pockets. It is up to all of you out there who you choose to help, and if we aren't your pick, that's okay. I'm grateful for every single penny we get. Yes, I did the interview with the reporter to generate interest in our story and hopefully get a few donations out of it. I did not do it to be called "selfish", "stupid" and "foolish". We all have dreams, and very rarely does anyone accomplish anything alone. If you don't ask for help, chances are, you will not recieve it, and that's all we want...a little help from our friends.
Donation #2! Remember, any and all help is massively appreciated. Thank you!
We got our first donation! Thank you so much!
Almost 3 years ago, my husband, Jon and I had the opportunity to go to Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a dream come true and was the first place that ever truly felt like home. We resolved to save up, and move there forever as soon as we could. We don't make much, but we've been putting aside every cent we can spare and have plans to sell 90% of everything we own.
Moving to another country is a costly undertaking. This is something we want desperately, but we don't want to put it off any longer, either. We've been saving for this since we returned from our original trip. We are making progress slowly but surely, but a little help from you will make things that much easier, and get us there that much faster. I know it's a big ask, but if you can help us in any way, we would be forever grateful.
As an artist, I'm offering some of my original work at certain reward levels. For an idea of my style, and what you might get if you're awesome enough to help us out, check out my website; http://moondragonartphoto.webs.com/