Love Still Lives Here-My Kickstarter Campaign

Love Still Lives Here- My Kickstarter Campaign

I'm getting ready to launch my Kickstarter Campaign called Love Still Lives Here.  Last week, my friend and colleague Alice with Forever Lola Photography videotaped my interview which will be part of the trailer for my Kickstarter Campaign.  You may have seen some posts about this project, Love Still Lives Here.  

That means I'll have a video taped trailer to share my message and ask for donations to help fund my project.  Love Still Lives Here is a book about people impacted by dementia.  It's a POSITIVE, BEAUTIFUL project about love and devotion.  

LOVE STILL LIVES HERE-HOW IT CAME ABOUT

After 37 years as a nurse and 16 of those as a nurse practitioner, I heard the most beautiful stories and thought to myself- these ARE the stories that MUST be told.  So, I left a great career to tell those stories in a book and share the messages with the world.  I'm a storyteller- photographer, author and speaker.  Once I knew what I wanted to do, I fine tuned my photography and interviewed, and learned about business and....   Love Still Lives Here will have 8-12 interviews with several beautiful images of each family.  

Why Kickstarter for Me?

I'm looking to Kickstarter to help me finish the book, purchase assistance with editing and gift photos and copies of the book to the families.  I'm also building a platform to get the word out about this project.

What is Kickstarter?

What is Kickstarter you ask?  

According to Kickstarter.com:  'Kickstarter is an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project.

Some of those projects come from influential artists like De La Soul or Marina Abramović. Most come from amazing creative people you probably haven’t heard of.

Every artist, filmmaker, designer, developer, and creator on Kickstarter has complete creative control over their work — and the opportunity to share it with a vibrant community of backers.'

What Does Kickstarter Do for Creatives?

According to Kickstarter website:    Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.  To date, tens of thousands of creative projects-big and small- have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.  

 Kickstarter was built to help bring creative projects to life.  They measure their success as a company by how well the mission is achieved and not by the size of their profits. That’s why, in 2015, they became a Benefit Corporation.  A benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders. Radically, positive impact on society becomes part of a Benefit Corporation’s legally defined goals. 

What Now?

Watch for MY KICKSTARTER  CAMPAIGN  and consider donating to my project. There will be options to donate as little as 5$ on up.  You'll get something in return (other than knowing you've done something wonderful!), so please watch and donate.  It will open for 3 weeks and I must reach my goal to receive any of the funds.  It's all or nothing with Kickstarter.

Leap of Faith Part 2

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘NO’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
— Steve Jobs

Back February 7th I wrote about my Leap of Faith.  I told you that I took a Leap of Faith and promised some details.  

So this is what happened in the past TWELVE months.  After years of working with the elderly and especially dementia, I had a revelation one night.  Yep, this all came to me in one night-granted it took years to reach that night, but still.  

Every day I sat and listened to patients and families and did my best to offer what I could as they suffered with dementia. Dementia is a neuro-degenerative disease that has no cure and no real way of even making it better.  Behavioral changes with paranoia and agitation occur along with memory problems.  In any event, families and patients would open their hearts and tell me what was going on even when sometimes all I had to offer was kindness.  I'll have many more posts of the interview/pictures with these lovely families.


What they gave me was far more than I had to offer them in return.  They shared such beautiful stories of love. They demonstrated love even while in the midst of such difficulty.

February 17, 2015 I came home and the idea that someone needs to tell these stories-these love stories.  My husband suggested that I be their voice.  I should write the stories.  I had the idea to write a book, and had even attended several workshops, but just didn't have clarity until then.   My personality is to over do it in a Clark Griswold kind of way so writing a book just isn't adequate if I can add some pictures too!  I loved photography but had never taken classes or anything.  So, I attended a workshop in March 2015 (shout out to Precision Camera University), invested in some gear and by July started doing some practice shots.  That's right- JULY 2015.  

Fast forward- I have a photo studio in my home that used to be our converted garage and I've progressed to the point that I left my full time job in January.  I am pursuing my dream.  I've started the book with words AND pictures and expect it to be published by October 2016.  Wow!  I've met some wonderful people who helped propel my new career, discovered that I had some real talent and am now taking good care of myself.  I'll describe this is more detail in future blog posts.   Much thanks to my husband for having faith in me and supporting me.  His love and support give me strength.

That's me doing an engagement shoot in Waco, TX.  Beautiful couple and wonderful experience.

That's me doing an engagement shoot in Waco, TX.  Beautiful couple and wonderful experience.

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