Jenni -Mt Hermon Writer Conference
I have update my fundraising goal to account for the nearly $1,000 already donated for last year's expenses (I couldn't figure out how to 0 that out, so the first part raised here was already spent for last year), travel expenses and GoFundMe fees.
Thank you for allowing God to help you join in this amazing blessing! Your prayers are invaluable and if God both gives you desire and ability to help with our financial goal, this would be a huge blessing too!
jenni, 6 time stroke survivor
Read more of my story at www.StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com
This remaining $395 request will completely cover the remaining cost of this year's tuition need, account for Go-Fund_Me fees deduction, and provide some funds for meals and travel.
I have dropped my funds request by $3,000 because my travel buddy and I each have received enough outside funds that I am under $400 from meeting my need. My conference buddy is still awaiting God's final provision too, but I'm taking this funds request down to just my need and if extra comes in, I can share with her. :)
So, bottom line, our registrations are in, our deposits are paid, and we have until early March to make final conference payments.
Meanwhile, the final draft of my book is 1/4 completed. After 5 years of struggling to write with brain injury, I started fresh and scrapped the old manuscript. God has blessed and allowed me to get through 1/4 of the rewrite since mid November, even with the holidays and travel happening during this season.
Thank you so much for your love, financial support, and especially your prayers!
The $4,500 requested here includes last year's conference, as I couldn't zero out previous fundraising, so nearly $1,000 of this was already spent a year ago! (I didn't know to request a cushion to account for fees that we be deducted by GoFundMe last year, thus last year's requested amount was lower.)
Of the additional $3,500 requested, I now have $200, less GoFundMe's cut. If I can raise the rest by the end of January, there is a $75 per person discount for registering before Feb. 1, 2017, so that would drop the need by another $150. Basically, the two of us could attend the entire conference if we can raise a little over $3,000 more before the end of January. If we only go for the main conference and not the extra training, this cuts about $400 off each pricetag.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
A friend asked me yesterday how I was doing and I told her I was feeling generally agitated and couldn't figure out why since nothing specifically bad was happen.
This morning, I can put my finger on the reason.
I'm trying not to feel anxious at four days out from my 5th re-birthday (stroke-a-versary), next Tuesday.
Here's where I "should" be today (best case, supposing I had even lived), locked in, not able to lead a "normal" life at all - http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/10/but-for-grace-of-god.html . And here's where I actually am - http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/10/i-ran.html ! I am so thankful. I do not take my abilities nor bonus time I've be granted lightly in the least! And yet, there are sobering losses, very real griefs. A day like Tuesday leaves me processing such a wild mix of emotions!
So, I've been intentionally overloading my life with positive distractions, pretty much all to your benefit. Allow me to recap:
Today is the very last day to enter my giveaway for two Adult Coloring 2017 calendars! (As of this posting, there are just over 12 hours left to enter! Two prizes, with only seven folks who have entered so far! Please join the fun. I would love to smile at your answers about what color crayon you would be and why, and you have fantastic odds of winning a prize! http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/10/coloring-calendar-giveaway.html )
Tonight, 5 (Pacific), I'm hosting the Facebook portion of my post-stroke Grand Re-Opening celebration Boutique for the Lilla Rose Flexi hair clips I had just signed up as Stylist (consultant) a few months before my strokes. https://www.facebook.com/events/187549351653472/
Since I finally have figured out enough coordination and tricks do my hair again, despite some remaining stroke paralysis and lack of fine motor skills, and because I'm working hard to earn my way to the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in the spring, I'm excited to share these beautiful, durable (made of music / piano wire, so highly flexible, yet incredibly strong), ingenious (unique figure-8 design) "hair jewelry" available in seven different sizes and hundreds of designs to fit every length (if you have at least two inches of hair, you can wear a Flexi, even some fun designs like motorcycles that I've seen men wear in their beards!), hair texture (baby fine, pin straight, thick curls, floor length, dreadlocks. pixie cut, any everything in between), and personal style (from simple and practical to frilly and flamboyant)!
Tomorrow, at 4PM, if you are local to Reno, Nevada, please come to my house (need directions?) for the hands-on portion of my party! It will be my very first in-person Boutique and I'm pretty excited to gather some friends together to celebrate five years of stroke survival and the accomplishments these years have brought about. Playing with Flexis will be fun too! :) If you can't make it to my house due to distance or schedule, you are still welcome to join the Lilla Rose portion of the party on my website. You can order hair pretties for yourself or as gifts (holidays are quickly coming!) any time, but to count towards my grand-opening celebration (where it will make the most positive impact for me in sales numbers), all orders must be in before the end of the day Tuesday the 25th. https://www.lillarose.biz/parties/18576
Tomorrow morning, before my Lilla Rose event, I get to spend a few hours with my church sisters at a get-to-know-you brunch. Being the social butterfly, people-person, that I am, even though I know this will cost me in terms of physical and mental energy (thank you, stroke and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), I know it will this time together will bless and encourage me emotionally and spiritually!
On Tuesday, my actual stroke anniversary, I'm scheduled to participate in a research study at Renown, the hospital where I lived for the first two months. I told the study coordinator I had scheduled for that date because I wanted to "do something significant" that day.
Oct. 25th, my re-birthday, is much more significant to me that the actual date of my birth each year, now! I hope to see some of my care team. Mom and I plan to go out to lunch afterwards. I've asked my hubby to take our family out to dinner that evening.
My brain doesn't really even go beyond next Tuesday yet. Starting my 6th year of survival?!
I have no new blog post ideas after Tuesday. Do you have any questions? Anything you've wondered about? Feel free to ask! I need your curiosity right now, to spark future blog content!
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. -Psalm 94:19 (NAS)