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Last Mile of this Journey! 08/26/18

$7,807 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 78 people in 7 months
August 26th, 2018

Dear Friends,

I want to express my gratitude for everyone who continues to contribute to this campaign, with donations and by spreading the word. Without your assistance at this difficult time, I don’t know where I would be. It is time for a progress report to tell you how much of a difference you have made so far.

In a few short weeks, I have progressed immensely from the Social Media Marketing course I have been upgrading with. I am happy to say that there has been significant progress in terms of skill-set and the ability to apply that skill-set to my own socials. I'm already getting (albeit small-scale) interest in my skills and ability to generated a healthy ROI (return on investment) for potential clients. However, I am still in the process of trying to finish up this course and financially secure new (potential) clients. I have begun marketing myself everywhere possible and I am very confident that I will be able to secure clients in the coming weeks to month. 

This means that we are in the home stretch in terms of bringing this gofundme campaign to a close once and for all. It has been incredibly humbling to have been in a position where I was literally being told that my skill-set was not enough (or in some cases, too much!) which meant struggling like crazy to secure employment. I also got very sick in that time as well and I contribute that to stress in the job search. I have always had gainful employment alongside my hobby of writing on my blog so there was never the need to 'enhance' my skill-set since I was always fully capable of covering any costs associated with my extracurricular activities. The past few years while writing and in working on my own social media, I began to see the merit in having social media management skills but sadly, it wasn't enough because there were still a few grey areas in this career path for me and I lacked the ability to take on the role of Social Media Marketer with confidence. Now, it has been incredibly inspirational in terms of taking charge and aiming to get myself back on my feet again because I have already begun spearheading my destiny by taking a social media marketing online course.

As I had originally projected, getting as close to my goal with this campaign ($13,000) will allow the breathing room to finish off this month with the Social Media Marketing online course so I can begin actively seek & recruit clients in September, 2018 without having interruption (in services) because of a bill not being paid. I am asking all of my friends and loyal supporters of what I do to please help me in giving this campaign one last push so that I can ensure rent & immediate bills are covered so that I can use the resources like power, internet, etc to be able to successfully transition into my role as Social Media Marketer/Strategist. 

Words can not express how grateful I am for those who have donated and to those who continue to support this campaign whether it was with a $5 donation, a share, or even a $1000 donation. I will never forget your kindness! 

If you can continue to help by contributing anything at all, if you can share this campaign with people who can help, I would deeply appreciate the breathing room to give it my all to finish conquering this challenge, and come out stronger. I have always believed in giving what I can, paying it forward, and supporting others who are struggling in life, or struggling to create and build something in the world. I look forward to being once again in the position to pay it forward, as I know this chapter in my story is not the end of my ability to make a difference in the world. 

Thank you for everything you have done, anything you can continue to do, and any connection you can make to others who could help for a few weeks to month longer. 


Sincerely,
Candice Anne Marshall
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Dear Friends,



I want to express my gratitude for everyone who continues to contribute to this campaign, with donations and by spreading the word. Without your assistance at this difficult time, I don’t know where I would be. It is time for a progress report to tell you how much of a difference you have made so far.



I have recovered from the infection, thanks to the bed rest and a short period of reduced stress thanks to being able to pay some of the most pressing bills while I was on bedrest. Freaking out about not having the rent makes it impossible to rest, impossible to sleep, which is essential when you are very sick. Investigating the other heart condition issues will have to wait until I am able to afford the testing. The rest and some regular food went a long way toward getting me back in action.



Some other family issues have settled down, further reducing stress, and helping my to focus more on what I can do next to get results on this challenge to regain my footing.



I was well enough to go on a series of interviews for what seemed like a dream job, perfectly suited to my skills and experience. It was heartening to be as equally excited as the interviewer, and I felt I had every reason to be very hopeful I would get the position. Unfortunately, after the last round of interviews, they chose another candidate. It was a crushing blow, as I felt so confident we were a good match and they seemed to agree. Another position I was pursuing at the same time, not ideal, but still promising, also fell through after raising my hopes. That was a tough few weeks, and the frustration and despair is so disheartening. Looking for work is an exhausting, full-time process, but coming so close, but not getting the job, is so depressing on top of that.



After 18 months of fruitless searching and applying, it has become clear that I need to build my own boat instead of trying to find a place in someone else’s. There are just not enough jobs available in my field in this area for full time positions. And it seems that applying for all the other available even marginally appropriate positions isn’t working either.



I was fortunate to have a friend and colleague offer to pay my fees to take some additional training to add to my skill set, along with some training in how to build a more robust freelance business model, so I can have more agency in my career, with the goal of finding regular paying contract clients. We also found another income producing opportunity, but I need to take another training and pass a certification to take advantage of it. That is a lot of training, but I am determined that I will see more stable and longer lasting results, that I can build up over time, so that I will never find myself in this position ever again. Even better, these new skills will strengthen and add to my foundation of current skills and experience, and pave the way for career growth. I am excited about having something concrete and proactive that I can throw all my energy and focus into, instead of this agony of applying, waiting, interviewing, and often never hearing back, or worse, being told they can’t pay me what my skills and experience are worth. I am positive I can find people willing to pay for skills and experience who are not so short sighted.



These trainings will take me between 6 and 8 weeks to complete. I plan to push myself to accelerate the process as much as I can, and to start applying everything I learn immediately. I hope to be earning money through these new skills sometime after the 6 week mark, if all goes well. I will also be updating my resume to reflect these new skills and be sending out fresh applications to any positions they fit. I will be expanding my job search to other cities, leaving no stone unturned. If I have to move and my daughter’s last two years of high school are in a new school, that will be difficult, but I have to do what I need to do to support us and provide a better future for us. I can keep beating my head against a brick wall, behind which there are no jobs to be had, or I can go find greener pastures once I have more skills to offer.



While the trainings will be paid for, I still need help financially to pay the bills for rent, utilities, phone, and internet, since the courses are online, as will be my path to continuing my job search, and then finding contract work. If possible, I would also like to get the website back up, and the podcast platform subscription renewed, so I do not lose all the content, and disappear from view online. Those are my portfolios and showcases for both my versatility and work history, and right now they have been taken down due to my inability to pay the domain registration and other monthly fees. My biggest priority is to stay healthy enough to give 100% effort to the trainings, which means having the bills paid, so I do not risk relapses of the stress induced illnesses that resulted from the inability to sleep or keep food down while consumed with extreme anxiety and panic attacks.



This current campaign total is not quite halfway to the financial goal it was intended to reach, and if continued contributions and sharing of the campaign can get the amount the rest of the way, I know it is enough to see me through the next 6 to 8 weeks, so I can focus on learning as much as I can as fast as I can, and put it all into action immediately. I want more than anything to be rowing my own boat again, even if I have to build that boat myself from scratch. I cannot express the depth of my gratitude for the financial and emotional support you have blessed me with. The sharing of the campaign with your communities has been just as appreciated, for many reasons. It warms my heart to feel love and support when my situation has been so dark, and I have felt such isolation and despair.



Rereading my original posts and updates breaks my heart and hurts my pride. I never believed I would be in this position, always having found a way to retool, work harder, longer, take on any challenge to support myself and my kids… all while building a huge community of independent musicians and their supporters while introducing them to, promoting and connecting them to new listeners. I still plan to continue that avocation when I regain my financial stability and am solidly healthy again. I just need a few more weeks of training wheels and financial assistance.



If you can continue to help by contributing anything at all, if you can share this campaign with people who can help, I would deeply appreciate the breathing room to give it my all to conquer this challenge, and come out stronger. I have always believed in giving what I can, paying it forward, and supporting others who are struggling in life, or struggling to create and build something in the world. I look forward to being once again in the position to pay it forward, as I know this chapter in my story is not the end of my ability to make a difference in the world.



Thank you for everything you have done, anything you can continue to do, and any connection you can make to others who could help for a few more weeks.



Sincerely,



Candice Anne Marshall
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Hi friends,


I had really hoped that things would have by now improved. Instead, they have gotten much much worse. I am very sick and have been for four days now. I’m in bed and praying something changes very soon. I can’t even begin to do courses in the state I am currently in because my Doctor said a lot of this is brought on my stress and I am ordered to have bedrest. I just want to cry at this point and I don’t even have the energy for that! He is also concerned about my heart as there have been a bi-Gemini beat discovered. I will be getting more tests on that in the very near future once my infection has cleared. I really want to get better so I can get back to doing what I love. I need help to meet my campaign goals now more that ever! Please keep sharing and donating if you can. I hate being in this position because I was really confident I would have had the job last week and not have this be a continued worry at this time. I can’t even afford a prescription to get better so please help if you can. I’m tired of living this way as much as you are all tired of seeing this campaign but if we can get it to its goal, I won’t have to keep spamming the newsfeeds with it. Rent is due in another 5 days and my bills don’t go away. Please find it in your heart to continue helping. I need to get better so I can get on with life and job interviews.

Please please please continue to help.

Kind Regards,
Candice
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Hey friends. It has been almost 6 weeks since I have begun this campaign and it has been a very slow process. I realize that there are a lot of people out there but now more than I did in the beginning, I really need to meet my campaign goal. My daughter and I have been holding tight to keep things together and we are very grateful for all of you who have supported, retweeted, and shared this campaign to get the word out. I have been continuing my job search in the meantime for supportive income so I can continue bring you what I do best - journalism, stories that matter, campaigns like mine which need attention, and other important news stories both personally and musically.

I had hoped by now that the goal would have been reached and I can stop sounding like a broken record at this point, but the fact is, we are no where near this goal. I still have things needing to be paid that require my immediate and prompt attention like the basics: food, rent, utilities, etc. Please know that for the last several years, what I do has come from my own pocket and I am very proud to say that I have funded these initiatives while building my own personal resume. It takes money to make money. We all know this, and I have always been able to keep the ball rolling. However, in my area, there hasn't been anything come up in the way of supplemental income as of yet despite my attempts to make it happen, it isn't. So - I still need your support by continuing to share and retweet this campaign so that others who are in a position can help.

I will maintain that whether it is $5 or $500 or a simple share and retweet is appreciated more than any of you will ever know. $5 buys milk and eggs. $500 pays a much broader spectrum of things, for sure, but it all matters.

I lastly want to thank those really amazing loyal friends & love who have been sharing this non stop since the campaign began. Some of whom, don't have much themselves but yet, the continue to do this selflessly. Some even donating 2, 3 or up to 5 times. Its been humbling to say the least, but I don't have any other choice or options at this time. I have always prided myself on being self-reliant with my venture and I have always had the resources to do so. At the moment, I am just not in the position to do that despite all the talent and skill I have, I believe it takes a team to accomplish these things and it is only now I am realizing who I want on my team when things go awry. You all know who you are also. I will never forget your kindness.

Thank you,
Candice Anne Marshall
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I have worked more than 7yrs 4 everyone for free. There have been many who have helped me so far & I am grateful. But I am STILL nowhere near my goal. I have never felt so humbled, stressed, and upset in my entire life as I am now. Please #Help if you can.
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