Quality of Life Project: A FluxCar!
Simply put, I need a car. A car will change my life, make even the best things about it better in every way.
I've tried to save the money myself through jewelry sales, but it all ends up going to food, bills, and necessary jewelry supplies. I need *your* help to make this happen!
I'm sure it seems like something so small & inconsequential to many, but to me & the passion in which I live my life, it would mean *everything* would change for the better!
These are just *some* of the ways my life - and that of my pup, the one who brings me such joy and happiness, would benefit:
* A car will help me get all the gear – tables, displays, lights, and everything else to shows & events where I can vend my hand-crafted jewelry, helping me support myself, grow my business, and become entirely self-sufficient! It will also enable me to consign my work at good stores more easily, getting it there as well as frequently checking if they need more. They will. ;-)
People *love* my work and it makes them happy, but it needs to be seen! My website helps, but not enough.
* A car will let me escape the unforgiving brutality of the sidewalks & the noise of the City, to get away and simply sit quietly in that green stuff called “nature”.
*Me, just outside of Austin TX, Oct/Nov, 2005*
It will enable me to visit my Birth Mother, who lives only 2.5 hours away through a gorgeous mountain pass in a tinly little town called Philo, in Mendocino County. I’ve seen her only four times in the three years since I’ve found her - after a 25 year search. She doesn’t answer her phone, doesn’t do email, and is lousy at communicating – except face-to-face. She just works & comes home, and wants to get out more. I could do that for her. With her.This photo was taken in the 1st 10 minutes of us meeting each other for the first time. (Well - second, I guess, but I don't really remember the first. My Mother ROCKS!
*A car will allow me to take my 85lb. dog to the beach anytime we want, take her to the mountains or coast or anywhere & let her truly experience being a dog. My apartment is tiny, and while I walk her to parks often, it’s far from the same thing, the same smells & beauty & wild exploring as a quiet & wide open spaces only accessible by a car can give her.
Isn't she the most adorable beast? Please donate!
*A car would inspire my writing. I’ve always done my best writing on the road, letting my true nature – that of the driver, the wanderer, shine through.
(Lots of writing, from back in 2005. Driving from San Francisco, Volunteering for a Katrina refugee camp in Austin (& getting there), moving to New Orleans, the magic, adversity, & beauty of uncertainty on The Road...)
*It would make it easier to get to the frequent Dr, appointments I have – and I’m certain that just being able to get out of the city would also do wonders for my health as well. (If you have questions about my health & why I need to go to the Dr. so often, please ask! I'll be happy to answer anything.)
*I could help friends & others by getting them where they need to go, and visit others who can’t go anywhere. I could be there for them, and physically – not just in words.
I wrote this just a couple days ago: It explains it all - in a different way: (Please Read. It's not bad!) https://kseaflux.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/to-go/
Being able to get a car would mean worlds to me, as you can hopefully understand. I will be more grateful than I could *ever* express - though I sure will try to!
All donations I receive would go directly to the car & making it legal - I promise not to spend *any* on chainmaille jewelry making supplies or anything else not related. (Except for food if it's *absolutely* necessary.)
I've been searching sale ads, and for a reliable vehicle in decent shape, including registration, & insurance, I can be on the road for around $4,300, all said & done. I used to be a mechanic (& always will be), so know what to look for in a used vehicle - and I know how not to get screwed.
I am hoping to have at least *close* to that that amount within one month from when this campaign goes live, so please donate now! The quicker I get the car, the more places I'll be able to vend & *add* to the total! (After food, bills, and the other things that have been preventing me from saving.)
I have a handicap placard so that *really* helps avoid parking tickets in the city. With the increase in jewelry sales that a car would bring, I am planning on renting a garage space to keep the car safe, as soon as the income is consistent & reliable.
Please, PLEASE help me feel the freedom of having a car again by donating as much as you can afford, and share this campaign everywhere!
With all of my heart, Thank You SO incredibly much for helping bring back the soul of this incurable wanderer - you're doing a beautiful thing.
I know it's been a while, but there's been a LOT happening! Keep reading for exciting news!
First, thank you all *so* incredibly much for all you've done & have been doing to help me get a vehicle! We're getting closer, but need to keep rolling towards the goal - and we can DO it! I am *not* giving up.
I've worked so hard to get here from the hospice, & there is so much *potential* from this point, that being too ashamed to ask for help in getting this car would be like if Harper Lee had never had never given her first book to an agent.
Now, I'm not saying that I'm going to change the world the way "To Kill A Mockingbird" did... but I'm sure as hell going to try.
A car would be my new fitted suit for a life-changing interview, the strong & steady wind that fills the sails, the arrows for my bow.
It would be the key that releases the shackles binding me to only the most local possibilities.
Please - help in any way you can! By donating, by sharing this fundraiser, by letting others know that a car, in this instance, is FAR more than only that!
Now, with updates!
a) My 50th birthday & party. (Best EVER!)
b) I. QUIT. SMOKING!
c) And my jewelry business is still rocking! (Just slowly.)
...I think I can fairly say that my 50th birthday party was the best one I've ever had, & I wish you could have been there!
The people, the food, the cakes, and the LOVE that was virtually saturating the air around us in my friend's beautiful little house & back-yard was much more than I could have ever hoped for, and over two weeks later, I'm still glowing.
Unfortunately not too many pictures were taken as everyone was far to engaged in enjoying themselves, but there were a few taken of the cakes, specially made for ME by a very dear & insanely talented friend, Angie Avilla - I mean, LOOK AT THESE!
Even the picture of Ruby & me was edible - and check out the little top-hats & fleur de lis!
And - after 34 years, I have stopped smoking. I never expected to get even *close* to 50 years behind me, but it happened! Beating nearly *every* odd to do that, I figured quitting smoking would be a cakewalk - and it's been close!
Whenever I get the urge for a cigarette, I just start playing with Ruby & notice how fast I run out of breath. That, and at $10/pack - well, screw that! I can't drive cigarettes, y'dig?
Business is rocking as well, people absolutely LOVE my work! - But it's mostly just friends. I need to get it out to the world! Right now it's like smiling at a woman in the dark; *I* know what I'm doing, but no one else does! ;-)
Okay, so that's it for now - PLEASE, help with what you can! Tell your friends, share this fundraiser, and cheer me on - this WILL happen with your help.
THANK YOU SO INCREDIBLY MUCH!
With oodles of love,
I finally let myself look at the campaign (I was intentionally avoiding it, not allowing the help - or lack of it - toy with my generally good attitude & hope for a better life) - and though it's moving only slowly forward, it's creeping along!
And ya know what? I'm *staying* optimistic, as I know that, as always, I have the Universe on my side, wanting and working in ways only it knows to help me achieve my goal: the freedom & ability to increase my business, and through that being able to *really* help others in ways that just supportive emails, hearts and smiley-faces just aren't able to accomplish. There is SO much this can do, and it's so much more than just "a car".
It's like a car is a cupful of water, and the ways it will improve my life (& others!) is the entire SEA! ;-)
For all of you who have helped make this happen for me so far, THANK YOU! Truly, with all of my heart.
Please, please keep sharing it if you already have, and if you haven't - well, now is an *awesome* time to do so! Try it - it feels really good. ;-)
I'm putting everything *I* can into the car fund, but it's little more than a gesture compared to what *you* guys can do. I'm trying though!
Anyway, there's the first update, which was mostly gratitude & inspiration to keep this thing moving forward instead of any exciting news - but I have what looks like a HUGE vending opportunity this weekend at the Citadel Fetish Flea, so hopefully I'll have something exciting to bring to you next time!
Again, thank you ALL so incredibly much - now it's time for me to get back to work making things for the Flea & figuring out how to get there!
I LOVE YOU ALL, and,
Until again, share share share! Rah rah rah! GO FLUX-FREEDOM TEAM! ;-)