Launch Aaron's Mission
Let me back up.
After 15 years of ministry, I felt a little burned out when I returned to Missouri in October of 2015. Since then, I have learned a lot about what I am not good at. All the while (and long before), I tried to hide the fact that I struggled with major depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. You see, I was always too ashamed to tell anyone that me, a pastor, needed help. All of that came to a head one Saturday afternoon when my loving wife took me to the ER and they admitted me for a few days.
It was there that I learned that my mental health can be taken care of with the right medication and the right therapy. I had some great talks with the staff pyschologist, nurses, general practitioner, and psychiatrist and came out with a great plan for my overall health.
So what now???
This has been a question that has plagued me for a year, but after several conversations with friends and family, I came up with a wild idea.
I want to write a book (another one). This one will be non-fiction. It will be the story of my struggles both with Kallmann's Syndrome and with Major Depressive Disorder. I also want to talk to as many people as possible, because NOBODY should go along being ashamed of asking for help. I was so ashamed for years that it almost killed me.
So here is my plan:
Over the next 6 months, I want to work full-time on this project by:
1) Writing this book.
2) Increasing my public speaking schedule
3) Becoming certified through the John Maxwell team
After that, I will launch my dream of speaking on a national circuit and distributing my book with the hopes that many that remain silent about their struggles will get the help they need.
Here is the money I need for this project:
$21000 - allows me to make this a full time effort for the next 6 months
$5000 - To get all the John Maxwell curriculum that will teach me exactly how to launch a national speaking career
$1400 - To attend the mandatory conference in order to be certified by the Maxwell team.
$4000 - To buy up enough of the published books to take them on the road.
How soon do I need this money?
Ideally, I need to hit these milestones
By November -$8500
By December - $12000
By January - $15500
By February - $20400
By March - $31400
This is more than just me chasing a dream. This is a chance to change hundreds if not thousands of lives. I will be forever thankful (see Reward levels)
How do you know I will use this money appropriately?
I will post weekly updates so that you can see where I am on my training and my writing!
Chances are you know someone that struggles in silence with a mental disorder. Your participation in this project is a chance to help them.
If you donated $25 and received "Street Preacher," you can donate another $25 and I'll send you a signed copy of Baggage Claim!
Of course, you can order copies for less on Amazon (and I don't mind if you do) but by ordering signed copies, you help me spread the word to others!
Thank you for your support and please be sure to review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and anywhere else!
The goal here is to tell my story to as many people as possible. Why? Because every time I tell my story, I meet someone that tells me that they are getting the help they need because they heard me talk about it first. So chip in a lot or a little and let's get this done!