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Friday, June 8, 2012

How To Fund A Journey - Be Creative

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When I was thinking about embarking on a journey across the country I didn't have a dollar to my name.  I had just spent everything in a series of 'catching up on bills' process.  I had just settled into what I thought was another 30 days of grace (where I could work to raise enough to address the next month's demands).

So, was I stuck?  I could have sat on the couch and went through the grieving process.  I could have reflected from the vantage point I had.  I could have let myself believe I was stuck and I might have even rationalized it all ... but something in me kept whispering "there is a way"  and more compelling there was a voice within me saying "There is much work to be done before you make decisions about the next chapter in your life"

It is as if the new doors were not open yet, but, the truth is the Journey IS the new door.  It is a time to contemplate and grow.  To stretch my perspective, to share and learn from others, to process the old and welcome the new.

I came up with the idea to ask for sponsors. Well, I had a dream really.
Would you give a lens?
Would someone else buy it?
Would this collaboration collectively create a resource which would fund a few tanks of gas?

As I thought this process through and received a few sponsors I began to grow in faith.  I took a sheet of paper and started looking at the possibilities.  I evaluated the miles (before even knowing where anyone I would meet up with was located) and I came up with a 40 Day plan.  Each day would be assigned one sponsor (or a collaborative sponsorship).

As people began to reply, lenses began to materialize, sponsors showed up... then another thing began to happen... people started asking to 'be a part of this'

I started receiving invitations to stay with people.  Note: Everyone of these folks has been close friends online for several years.  They have worked closely on projects, in communities, etc.  I don't think I was aware of how many people I had built amazing relationships with until the messages began to arrive.

It turned out, my journey map was relatively close to the locations of people sending invitations.  Some were right on the exact path I had originally drafted.

The next set of miracles would be every step of the way there were resources materializing and things I didn't even know I would need were coming into the picture right before I needed them.  A sun hat, travel goodies and snacks, a camera, an umbrella, a swim suit, funds for other bills (bills continue to happen even when you are on the road), the list seems to go on and on.

The journey has been an amazing lesson in faith.
The journey has been an opportunity to meet in real life with people whom I have developed life long friendships with.
The insight of these amazing friends, along with prayer, contemplation, and an open honest heart, have given this journey so much more than I could have ever imagined.

Any thoughts I may have had in thinking I was 'running away from the problem' have been replaced with thoughts like 'this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life and this journey is preparation to enter into that chapter with a more developed perspective on everything'

Learning to ask for help in a way that will benefit every participant is a challenge. But if you think about it there is something (possibly many many things) you can offer and coordinate in order to meet the resources needed to embark on your journey.  You journey may not be a 6000 mile drive across the country (which by the way I am at mile 3950 so far -- and completed day 22 of the 40 days), your journey may be closer to home.  Getting out and meeting someone who needs you as much as you need them to accomplish the next chapter of your life.
Update: I wrote this blog post to auto post and it didn't (I have more to learn about that process).  In the meantime I have another 1000 miles behind me and day 40 will ''happen'' on June 28th.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Recent Comments

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I am always so grateful for comments on my blog posts.  I would like to review some of the most recent comments to share reader's insights and inspirational submissions.  

Challenges do seem to open the door to new beginnings and a time to learn, expand and grow. Thanks for sharing the significance around the turning lemons into lemonade because it can have a greater meaning to each situation or journey that we are in. on Lemonade, The Lighthouse, And The Drawbridge
on 5/30/12
Many years ago I was at bible college for a short time. One of the tutors used to say 'We can't be overcomers unless we have something to overcome!'. As life goes on I realize how true this is. But there have been times it feels as if I cannot take a step further. The problems and pain of life seems to be too much. I lost my health in 2005 which meant I had to give up work. It was tough. I loved my work. But I manage to trust God in it, believing that everything that happens in our lives has a purpose, and every life experience is a lesson and a way of shaping me to be more like Jesus. But then in 2008 my eldest son died in a accident, he was 25 years old. I have written about it here . This has been the biggest challenge to my faith. How do you find meaning in the loss of your child? How can you see 'good' in something that is evil? It's a struggle. It challenges your faith deep to the core. One thing I decided early on was that I would on Lemonade, The Lighthouse, And The Drawbridge
on 5/30/12
Your bridge theme fits your journey perfectly! And yes, without challenges, we cannot experience the joy of victory! Wow! what a post! on Lemonade, The Lighthouse, And The Drawbridge
on 5/30/12
Of course, a swim with your precious granddaughters! Delightful! I remember your saying "I wonder where I am going to swim." :) Oh yes, everything is working out perfectly and in Divine Order! on The Swim Suit, The Swimming Pool, and The Scenic Route
on 5/23/12
I so deeply admire you for what you're doing in this situation. I am certain that someone "out there" will be drawn to your words and will receive the nurturing and the knowing that they are not alone. You are leaving a trail of lights to help another as they journey through their own dark night of the soul. May God richly bless you and reward you for your service. on No Time For Tears -- Until We Meet The Sea
on 5/20/12
Enjoying reading about the journey and all the friends that you have met along the way. Hope the journey continues to go well, and that it's a wonderful experience to look back on. on No Time For Tears -- Until We Meet The Sea
on 5/20/12
Oh yes, Deb, God's provisions for your trip - physical, spiritual, emotional were a joy to watch. Every time I think about your visit here, I smile! From fragrance lessons to spiritual experiences, I learned something every day. Your journal will be a treasure of real life experiences and lessons for us all! on Faith, The Umbrella, and Lavender Bath Salt
on 5/16/12
I am looking forward to your book, and even more to that point in time when we can meet face to face. Wishing you only the very best, now and forever. on The Hat, The Camera, And The Journey Poem
on 5/11/12
Wishing you an interesting and amusing trip where the interest doesn't come from solving problems and the amusement is immediate, not "we'll laugh about this later." on Start Your Engines...
on 5/4/12
And so you're off! I am so excited for you and will pray for you every day of your 40 day journey. :) You're amazing, Deb...have fun! on Start Your Engines...
on 4/30/12
Thank you Joan! I am looking forward to meeting you. I'll be sure to take pictures at the beach. ♥ I'll keep my eyes open for natural wonders. on What Would You Like To See?
on 4/29/12
Oh you will have such a wide range of things to see on your travels. I would opt for natural wonders in each part of the country, treasuring the differences as you travel. I would also want to see a few historical sites, but I like that kind of thing! And then there are all the funny things too! would be fun to have a series of funny photos -- people are just funny! and so are animals! and you will meet so many! Looking forward to your arrival in South Carolina - enjoy the beach! onWhat Would You Like To See?
on 4/29/12
Following your journey with anticipation of blessings for you and for those for whom you are shining a light. {{hugs}} on When God Prepares The Way
on 4/24/12
Thank you for sharing your personal and inspirational story. You are awesome! on God Knows What We Need -- HIS Plan is Always On Time
on 3/4/12
This story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I love that you're moving in this direction with your blogging - I think the world needs more stories of hope and encouragement, and you are just the person to deliver them. May God Richly Bless You and This Endeavor. onGod Knows What We Need -- HIS Plan is Always On Time
on 12/20/11
This is awesome, Deb. Thanks for sharing your God conversation. And thank you for following my blog, Tickell Expressions. I hope you were able to add your link to my contest for a digital scrapbook software from My Memories. The draw is this Friday. Blessings, Teresa on Letting Go – With or Without Hesitation – One Day at a Time
on 9/14/11
on 5/3/11
I talk to God like this too. This is life. It is not easy. I feel like this with things in my life also... onLetting Go – With or Without Hesitation – One Day at a Time
on 5/1/11
Thank you Jenn, I really appreciate your comment. I hadn't thought of it as a revelation, but you are right. I just know I was not happy with the way I was feeling and I was desperate to find the "real" solution to whatever it was. ♥ Thank you Mari, I like your spiritual teacher's idea "just drop it" and I am delighted this message has helped you today. I know it was helpful to me and I felt it might help others as well. Glad you found it (You are right - somehow we sift through the mass amount of information and stumble upon just what our heart desires). Brightest Blessings, Deb onLetting Go – With or Without Hesitation – One Day at a Time
on 5/1/11
This is so beautiful and profound. It is exactly what my own spiritual teacher tells us to do. It sounds so easy--lol! One time when I was with my spiritual teacher someone asked her how to let go of anger. She took a glass of water and literally dropped it to the ground as a demonstration. She then smiled and sweetly said, "Just drop it!" I tend to perseverate when I am upset about things so this can be challenging for me at times. I am learning as I am going! Meditation, prayer and going for walks helps me! Amazing write and just what I needed--funny how that happens too! on Letting Go – With or Without Hesitation – One Day at a Time
on 5/1/11
Wow Deb, what a revelation! I enjoyed reading this. I never thought in terms of holding on or letting go. I need to think about that for myself. Wonderful write :) Cheers Jenn (aka Duffee from RG) on Letting Go – With or Without Hesitation – One Day at a Time
on 5/1/11
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on 7/29/10
Thank you, GypsyOwl! I am excited and having fun with the Zazzle lenses -- so many beautiful products -- and original, too! on Squid Joan - Your Squidoo VA
on 10/29/09
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on 11/22/08
Thank You MOM! on Can You Count Your Blessings?
on 11/22/08
Very cool button, GypsyOwl. Nice job! I'm coming to you when I do my next launch! on Say Thank You To Top Producers
on 11/1/08
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on 10/18/08