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How do we find Happiness? I'm heading over to Africa to see how it's possible for people living in poverty & disease to find happiness.

Terah Rae Taylor
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Hi Everyone,

My name is Terah Rae, I'm a photographer and I am creating a book entitled "Happiness From Nothing". The book will be about being happy despite bad circumstances such as living with high crime rates, dangerous diseases, and extreme poverty.  

How it even possible to be happy under these circumstances and with so little??   In our society, we have been led to believe that what makes us happy are things outside of ourselves such as money, more time, success, romance, and beauty etc..  

Self Portrait, "The Lion" Inspired by my upcoming adventure to Africa!! RRRRRrrrrrrrr!!!
Self Portrait, "The Lion" Inspired by my upcoming adventure to Africa!! RRRRRrrrrrrrr!!!

My Project:  

My project is to capture the images and stories of the African people. Friends that have visited Africa have told me seeing such gratitude, love, and happiness in a world where at times there is not even enough food to fill your belly has changed their lives.  These people have a beautiful message to share on happiness and this book will be a microphone to amplify their voices.  I will tell their stories of hardship, triumph, gratitude, and relationships.

Anyone that has ever struggled with depression, self-doubt, had suicidal thoughts, or even got upsets over trivial matters would benefit greatly from a trip to Africa and see that even if you had nothing, you can still be happy. I am creating this book for those individuals that do not have the opportunity to experience this for themselves.

My project would not be complete if I didn't do what I could to bring joy to the villagers. I’m hoping to bring them a good deal of  essential items and a few fun items for the kids.  I am an amazing photographer and the best way I can give back to them and the rest of the world is to share their beautiful message, that we need very little to be happy.

From Nothing there is Still Happiness
From Nothing there is Still Happiness

Getting Started:  

March 2014 I am off to Tanzania Africa where I will spend three weeks shooting thousands of photos and capturing individual stories. I want to understand where the villagers came from, what they do on a day to day basis and what dreams they have for their future.

My departure date has already been set as a dear friend that believes in the value this book could bring has already purchased my plane ticket and I am departing in March 2014. I will be working hard during this trip while being mindful of the dangers I will face. Once home the post production work begins, from selecting photos, edits and sending drafts off to the publisher for review. November 2014 is my goal date to have the book in publication. The book will be available in two formats, as an eBook and as a hardcover.

How you can help...

Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated!!! If you are interested in speaking to me you can email me (Terah Rae) terahraephoto@gmail.com

What your donations will be used for

  • Travel expenses
  • Post production costs
  • Just in case

All proceeds of your donations will help fund the Happiness From Nothing project.  If I exceed my goal of $3000, every extra dollar you commit to this project will be committed to improving the overall quality and depth of this book. I am very thankful for any contributions you can make!!!

What happens if I do not raise my goal?

If the goal of $3000 is not met then no contributions will be collected and I will look to other channels for funding.

Rewards for Donations:

Pledge of $1 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!! 

Pledge of $5 or More

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me

Pledge of $10 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!! 
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa

Pledge of $25 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa

Pledge of $35 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!   
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa

Pledge of $50 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (eBook Format)

Pledge of $75 or More

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (eBook Format)
  • Your name in the book

Pledge of $125 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!! 
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me 
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa 
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa 
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa 
  • Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (eBook Format) 
  • Your name in the book
  • Signed Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (hardcover) 

Pledge of $250 or More

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (eBook Format)  
  • Your name in the book  
  • Signed Copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (hardcover)
  • 16 x 24 Canvas Print of one of my favorite photos from Africa 

Pledge of $500 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (eBook Format)  
  • Your name in the book  
  • Signed Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (hardcover)  
  • 16 x 24 Canvas Print of your favorite image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project.   
  • Chat with the artist Terah Rae, and receive the Digital files of all images in the "Happiness From Nothing" book with personal print rights

Pledge of $750 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (eBook Format)  
  • Your name in the book  
  • Signed Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (hardcover)  
  • 16 x 24 Canvas Print of your favorite image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project.   
  • Chat with the artist Terah Rae, and receive the Digital files of all images in the "Happiness From Nothing" book with personal print rights
  • 20 x 24 Metal Print of your favorite image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project.  

Pledge of $1000 or More  

  • Heartfelt Thank you!!  
  • Wallpaper for you Desktop and a personal thank you email from me  
  • 4 x 6 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • 5 x 7 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • (2) 8 x 10 of one of my favorite photos from Africa  
  • Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (eBook Format)  
  • Your name in the book  
  • Signed Copy of the book "Happiness From Nothing" (hardcover)  
  • 16 x 24 Canvas Print of your favorite image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project.   
  • Chat with the artist Terah Rae, and receive the Digital files of all images in the "Happiness From Nothing" book with personal print rights
  • 20 x 24 Metal Print of your favorite image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project.  
  • (5) 45 minute private photo lessons with Terah Rae (in SLC, via phone, or web cam)

(Soundtrack in video has a royalty-free license.  Photos were used with permission from friends that have traveled to Africa).

Risks and challenges

I will get the full African experience including a change in diet, concerns of contaminated water, Other things I need to be aware of are disease carrying insects, the high crime rate, dangerous animals, and cultural differences.

Luckily, I am a very outdoorsy girl and have educated myself about necessary precautions. I have read the trip advisories and know what to watch out for and I will be staying near a family I trust. I have a multitude of friends, family, mentors and sponsors that believe in me and love the beautiful message of this book. Most importantly, I believe in myself and I'm not afraid of the hardships I will experience or the hard work it will take to get this done. My PASSION to finish this book outweighs my fear.

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    Welcome to the "Happiness From Nothing" family! I'm excited to have you along for the ride and appreciate your contribution!!!

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    I LOVE your Enthusiasm!!! I would like to reward you with a digital photo captured while on my journey to Tanzania Africa including and a personal Thank You e-mail from me. ♥Terah Rae

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    Thank you so much for your contribution!!! For ten dollars, you will receive all of the above and a 4 x 6 print of one of my favorite images from the "Happiness From Nothing" project and of course you will receive the satisfaction of making this book a reality!

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    You are AMAZING!!! I couldn't be more grateful for your support and dedication to this book. I would like to offer you all of the above, PLUS a 5 x 7 print of one of my favorite images from the "Happiness From Nothing" project! (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    Thank you!!! Your support is staggering!! You will receive all previous rewards; in addition I will give you an 8 x 10 print of one of my favorite images from the "Happiness From Nothing" project! (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    I may need to buy some ankle weights because you are absolutely blowing me away! Words can't express my gratitude. I look forward to sending you all previous offers, PLUS a second 8 x 10 print of one of my favorite images from the "Happiness From Nothing" project! IN ADDITION. I will send you a copy of the book Happiness From Nothing (eBook). (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    Now you're just Flattering me. Thank you for contributing your hard earned cash to this project!!! I will not disappoint. You will be receiving all of the above AND your name will appear in the book, "Happiness From Nothing"!! (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    We're really getting serious!! In addition to all the special gifts above I would like to send you a signed "Happiness From Nothing" book (hard cover). (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    Your devotion to this project has touched me!! In addition to all the above gifts you will also get a 16 x 24 canvas print of any image from the "Happiness From Nothing" project, your choice! (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    It's time we met.. I want to invite you to have a chat with me where we can discuss absolutely ANYTHING (but please, avoid any sexual topics). But that's not all! I'm going to send you digital images of ALL the photos from the "Happiness From Nothing" project WITH personal print rights!!! (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    My heart just skipped a beat, Thank you!! In addition to all previous rewards, I'm sending you a 20 x 24 metal print of any "Happiness From Nothing" image, your choice!!. (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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    Wow! My jaw just dropped! Not only should you look forward to all of the above, but you will also get (5) 45 minute private photography lessons designed for your personal photography level by me Terah Rae, (Either in person in SLC OR over video chat.) (International shipping fee includes shipping cost of all previous rewards)

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