"F*CK THE SCALE"
A raw and honest collection of my journal entries through my journey of suffering from an eating disorder, anxiety, depression paranoia and suicide attempts for over 17 years, to being admitted to the Psych Ward and then fighting death to overcome the demons once and for all.
I’ve been EMPOWERING women to say “F*CK the SCALE” for over 15 years. I’ve overcome bulimia along with many of the mental and physical challenges that come with having an eating disorder. I know firsthand just how damn hard it can be to have a positive body image but I also know it is possible.
WHO AM I
I currently live in Fredericton, NB and am the spouse of a military vet (and self-proclaimed athlete), the mother of two girls, baker at heart (published in Oxygen magazine for a potato recipe, boring in comparison to cupcakes, I know), crazy CARMA cat lady (4 and counting), collector of big ass coffee mugs and I love wine for under $15.
MY LIFE's MISSION & PASSION
I have dedicated and volunteered my time building women’s self-esteem, enabling them to discover how powerful their minds can be and celebrating each and every ‘flaw’ shamelessly with them. I truly believe the scale doesn’t measure your worth and I have not owned one since circa 2006. Besides, it’s usually lying anyway.
I am sincerely focused around helping others share their powerful story and ending the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. I have already started writing and collecting research for my next book that will include all the real life stories of the WOMEN WARR;ORS who are brave enough to share their #nakedtruth
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
It has been a dream of mine since I was admitted to the Psych Ward back in December of 2005 to write a book about the raw realities of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicide. This book came to be because during my nail gripping battle for life my only source of peace was to write, A LOT! The pen guided my crazy and erratic thoughts to paper and it helped me get my feelings out because at the time I was not willing to let anyone into my head. If I was scared of my own thoughts, what were others going to think?
To sit here today, I realize just how important the #nakedtruth is and if I can help just one person in the midst of the darkness then I hope their story will EMPOWER another to speak their #nakedtruth too. People with mental illnesses are often treated as though there isn’t much hope for them. I have written this book because I know what it means to go to war with thoughts of self-hatred and anxiety. I understand that mental health can be a battleground and a fierce daily struggle. But I know the war can be won.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
The book came to be because of the journals I wrote over 13 years past. Finally 2 years ago, when I was suddenly hit with a burnout, the demons of anxiety, depression and paranoia had come back in a fury once again I began typing what had haunted me once before. I had lost all self-esteem, self-worth and confidence when it came to journaling and meditation so my only option was to write what had already been written as I figured I couldn’t possibly screw it up.
DREAM COME TRUE
Although I am not new to writing, I am definitely a NEW Author to be! I want to help EMPOWER others to speak out about their own journeys and help create programs to help facilitate those that require intensive healing.
During my own journey, I was part of the Day Therapy Program that was put on by the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Psych Ward and had it of not been for that specific program, I would not be here today. Unfortunately there is no longer a Day Therapy Program which truly saddens me to the core. I want part of the proceeds of this book to help rebuild an intensive program that is much needed in our community especially for young women to realize just how amazing they are. This truly has become my life`s mission and it is a matter of life or death.
I’M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP
I will be the first to admit, asking for help is NOT easy. BUT I am going to put myself out there and ask "Will you help me and my dream come true?"
The book is complete as far as my writing is concerned. Marketing, distribution, printing and advertising are an investment that I never took into account when this dream started coming true - my SMILES are always FREE of course!
DEFINITION OF HELP
1. to give assistance or support
2. to make more pleasant or bearable
3. to be of use to or to further the advancement
4. to change for the better
PAYING IT FORWARD
There is nothing more rewarding than being able to impact another person's life in a meaningful way all the while impacting your own. I know for me, having 2 young girls whom I absolutely love and adore makes me want to publish this book even more because I know when I was 13 years old, I was not the only one going through a mental health illness, yet I felt completely alone.
By donating to this Kickstarter Fund YOU will be making a difference in the lives of young and young-ish Canadians who are living in fear but are thinking about showing the world their #nakedtruth when it comes to their own mental health struggles. It’s time to hold hands, get loud and take action!
WITH YOUR GENEROSITY
With your generosity you will see lives transformed, hearts touched and hope restored! Together we can show the world that there is hope no matter how dark and complex situations may appear. It would be great to get a kickstart and spread this message of hope and recovery to the people who need it most. Mental illness is a battle that is not easy to fight or win. It is a lonely, misunderstood and painful war that so many people are trapped within.
It starts with YOU and YOUR generosity. From the bottom of my heart, Thank-You.
I know if I were helping to support someone (which I have done many times in the past), I would want to know where my hard earned money was going. I am going to be as transparent as possible and list every possible expense that is being incurred during my book printing and launch.
BREAKDOWN OF MY $4100 CAMPAIGN
War;or bracelets, T-shirts, Facebook & Instagram Ads, posters
PRINTING - $2200
First print run of books – Amazon.ca Bookmarks, journals, stickers, postcards, posters, banners - Six Colour Copy in Fredericton, NB
PHOTOGRAPHY - $150
Book Cover and launch pictures - Denise Trask Photography in Fredericton, NB
DESIGN - $300
Book cover design, logo design, promotional material creation - Cap City Creative in Fredericton, NB
BOOK LAUNCH - $950
Venue costs, food, drink, decor.
***Please note that Kickstarter will also receive a percentage of the total funds raised which helps them continue the incredible work they do in helping people see their dreams come to life.***
DAY THERAPY......SAVED MY LIFE
IN DONATING, YOU ARE……
• Giving hope to those who have none left.
• Helping family members, friends, teachers and professionals understand the complexity of mental illness.
• Encouraging people who are struggling with eating disorders, depression and anxiety to imagine a future.
• Sharing my treatment that helped me to fully recover and move forward
• Comforting people that they are not alone and isolated in their experiences of mental illness.
• Inspiring people to move forward and see their story as valuable.
• Encouraging people to value their bodies and who they are.
• Preventing people from believing that suicide is the answer.
• Empowering others to share their #nakedtruth
- Launch of the Kickstarter campaign. My project will be live during 30 days in which you can become a backer and claim Kickstarter-exclusive rewards!
- Remember sharing is caring – There are so many women who truly need to hear this story in order to be brave enough to share their own #nakedtruth journey
- Kickstarter campaign will end on a successful note, I am confident of that with my mission and your help.
- Book order will be placed with Amazon for the 1st copy to proof and make sure it is EXACTLY what I want for me and my readers to see.
- Kickstarter rewards will begin to be emailed and snail mailed out to backers
- First mass order of books to be placed with Amazon.
- Mail out of kickstarter rewards to backers JANUARY, 2019
- It’s like Christmas all over again, when I get to open up the first HOT OFF THE PRESS books from Amazon
- Mail out of kickstarter rewards to bakers
- Naked Truth Talk and Book Signing at Lieutenant Governor’s House in Fredericton, NB
- VIP Launch party in Fredericton, NB.
- Book Launches in local businesses including Chapters
- Mail out of final kickstarter rewards to bakers
- Guest Speaker at Women and Wellness event and Book Signing in Moncton, NB.
I didn't want to keep you waiting, I think 13 years is enough so I’ve already completed research, writing, and found the publisher of the book, ME! I’m ready to go to press and deliver your rewards in time for the post-holiday blues. From the bottom of my ♥heart♥, I cannot express how truly grateful I am that you have come to this page, learned a bit about me and my story and will be forever grateful for your backing to my project. I truly feel “F*CK the SCALE” will be THE 2019 New Year gift of life!
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Risks and challenges
There's always a small possibility that the time schedule will need to be updated due to problems regarding health, production delays or print malfunctions. I have taken these matters into account when creating the schedule, so there is already a buffer built into my timing. When delays do occur however, I will update you in a timely manner.
I will always strive to be 100% transparent about any challenges that are faced along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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