My birthday wish this year is to have a stable year of healing and nurture. I am trying to raise money to fund a years worth of therapy and housing expenses for myself. (This fund will be extended to my family as well.) I am a 26 year old black woman living in Los Angeles, CA and it’s difficult living a balanced life when there are so many systems in place to keep me down. I am determined to fully pursue my writing (poetry, short stories) creative direction, and acting. I work many jobs to make ends meet and in that process I lose valuable time and energy for myself and the creative practices mentioned above. If I am able to have the security of housing and therapy for a year and get to wholly focus on healing myself and creating meaningful work it would be the greatest gift I’ve ever received. I know if I could dedicate myself full time to my art practices I’d be able to generate enough work to live off of moving forward. I am optimistic and have many plans but I am also realistic in knowing that I am pushing against systems of socio economic oppression, misogynoir and colorism.
I've tried applying to many COVID relief grants but since March have only received a $500 grant. I am in need of mutual aid. Other than basic living expenses such as rent + utilities, I am also in need of a new laptop so I can work, and car repairs.
This go fund me is for many things but overall dedicated to my healing and while part of that therapy is my creative work, I deeply respect the professional space and think everyone should have access to a therapist. I have been in a flux state of mourning from familial loss, community loss, and the uncertainty of my life post COVID. I feel it’s imperative that I make the decision to get professional guidance. This is something that is vital for me to thrive in life.
I feel confident in what I have to offer to this world but it is discouraging trying to win in a world that is built on the oppression of black voices--specifically dark skinned women.
To thank you for your donation, I will be releasing a collection of poetry + visuals that I will send out to everyone that donates to this Gofundme. You all are a part of this journey now and so I want to share this process of healing and creativity. I am excited to create this piece of heart and soul to share with you all as a token of my gratitude.
Once you've donated, send me your email address here so I can have it on file. When the work is ready to be published (spring of 2021) I will reach out so you all can send me your addresses. I'm also working on writing a play with a friend ,which we'd like to put on in Los Angeles, so if you're local I'll keep you in the loop with that as well. Again, I want to share this journey with those who invest in my dreams and wellbeing.
Break down of funds:
$5,200 for a years worth of therapy
$18,000 for a years worth of housing expenses
$1,000 for a new laptop
$4,000 for total repairs my car needs to run securely
Here are samples of my work so you can get a feel for who I am and what I want to continue to share with you all:
1. The Validity of Love at First Sight
2.Evolving and Breaking Friendships
3. Overnight You Will Transform:
The ground is breaking
There's a crystal orb beneath the rough earth
The truth I seek
Scattered about in small blue pieces
Awaiting my touch
There's fire in my fingertips, be careful
What happens when the vibration stops?
4. Entries on Molting:
I want something stronger than the weight of my ego to Crush me
and all these bones
Pleasure finds its way through my toes
I ignore it
stomping on crushed red velvet
until it becomes gravel
scratching at my soles
Have you ever been burned by your own spark? It hurts
The flames will keep licking you until you are wet with destruction
An apparition appears and gifts you Truth
It's made of stone and too heavy to carry.
- Mary Clark
- Rachel Craig
- briana gizzi
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