I've been being incredibly selfish with all the knowledge and wisdom I have gained, and it's time to stop. Or rather, it's time to start.
Tiana Swank here. And I am happy to say that I am finally gathering the courage to ask for some much needed funds from my peeps. The short version?
In a nutshell, I am a psuedo single mom. I am also a devout Christian with a presise knack for hearing the counsel from my Lord. Now, that's just who I am, I'm not just trying to go all "churchy" on ya. That being said, I have chosen to follow what I know is right for my family. You see, years ago, when I was choosing to become a much better person, in preparation for a service mission, I kept receiving inspiration about my future family. At the time, I didn't know who that would consist of. Well, I knew that what I needed to be was a stay-at-home mom. But fast forward a year or two, and that was a tough posibility to believe in when my husband was arrested right after our daughter was born.
But, I did what I could. I lived with family during that time of healing (a struggle for them, I know). And I tried to spend as much time with my daughter as I could. I knew a loving mother's bond was special, and I knew we both needed each other, as each other was all we had...All we had...
Well, fast forward two years and two thousand tears later, and I realized that in spite of all my husband's imperfections, we were meant to stay together. Something I realized just before moving even farther away from his prison-home. And finally, after reuniting through letters, I figured out that I was meant to bring our family back together. After just moving 9 months prior! Oh well, I suppose we are all on our own time table. So, I did so. Now, this whole time I was living far below the US 2-person household poverty line, but I was living with family, so it was doable. I had no clue where I was going to live once hitting California, but I knew what was right would fall into place. So, I did it. I moved. I moved my sweet daughter and I into a place of our own for the first time in over 2 years! I did the math, and I was somehow able to bring in over $1,000 every month before the move (miraculously), so I assumed that would continue to be the case afterwards. Well...much to my amazement, my monthly income was cut in half...
I cried to my Father, who I knew had counseled me to finally bring my family back together, and at the time He did, wondering why things went as such. It was then realized that the reason was to push me to finally get my business off the ground. The one I had been already living for many months. The one people had become pro bono clients of for some time, due to my own desire to merely practice, versus charge. And that is where Time to Start comes in.
I'm not asking for hand outs. I haven't had a GoFundMe the entire time my husband has been put away. I've been able to live off $4.5-$11k a year for the past 3 without one. But now, I have a small rent of $480, with $570 being brought in. I don't think so. We live a 6 hour drive round trip from the prison, and once baby girl saw her daddy the first time, she asks to see him all the time. That service to her alone costs much more (for that would have to be every weekend, which even frugally would cost $50 a pop) than the $80 difference between my income and rent. Now, I say this not to ask for money. Once again, that's not what I want. I am kindly seeking for donations from friends, family, followers, and other loved ones to help me get my online, automated business off the ground. I have worked towards this for some time. I have gathered all the necessary education, and I have all the tools needed. This route will allow me to be there for my daughter, be there for my husband, and show up in the world to empower others who need to raise their children in spite of the card they get dealt. It's as simple as that. I don't do what I do for my family alone. I'm here to help better society.
So, let me breakdown the $5k:
The first $2.5k will be used for all the photos needed for the website, ads, picreels, etc. One 3 hour block to knock it all out and be set for years to follow. Studio, models (people to be in the photos for me to act as though I am coaching them...or really coaching people lol), props (table and chair rental), photographer, travel expenses, etc.
It is ideal that I have this before October 2nd, as that is the date I have my shoot scheduled for. Once again, goals. No time to waste.
The second $2.5k will be used for everything else needed to launch: web hoster, picreel, funneling, email autoresponder, advertising, some web designing, SSL, LLC or Corp (whichever way I need to go), first product launch (probably an audio recording), etc.
Who's with me?
~ Tiana Swank ~
Seize Your Mission!
Thank you, dear one <3
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