“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." –Mother Teresa
What I am Doing
I am writing a book about my journey leaving an unfulfilling path and backpacking through Central America.
Why I am Writing This Book
Why fund my project and read my book?
Have you ever felt like you were going down a path that you felt pressured or expected to follow, but deep down, you knew it wasn't the right direction for you?
This happened to me, and I couldn't ignore my inner voice. A few months later, I found myself deep in the Guatemalan jungle, well beyond the outskirts of civilization.
By backing my project and reading my story, I hope you will acknowledge your own story and realize that you can take your life in any direction. My journey is a testament to the fact that there are limitless ways to live our lives, and when we follow our intuition, the universe guides us down a path that is nothing short of our wildest dreams. You will forever be a part of my journey turning this book into a reality and helping me make a positive impact in the world.
Trends and Statistics
After an unfulfilling first semester of college that resulted in major stress, anxiety and unhappiness, I knew that I needed to make a change. Although doing well academically, I had no passion for what I was doing. I realized that going to school and getting a degree might not be the right path for me - at least at this point in my life. I decided to take a chance, leaving school behind to follow my heart and explore other ways of life.
With just a backpack and on a shoe-string budget, I spent 4 months traveling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica without a phone, yearning to disconnect from the widespread dominance of social media. From living in the jungle and teaching English to poverty stricken kids, to meeting inspirational people from around the world, my quest took me to remote and exotic destinations throughout Central America.
While outwardly, Off the Beaten Trail is about my travels and experiences, it is truly about the universal struggles we all face (fear, the possibility of failure, “what ifs,” external expectations and pressures and self-limiting beliefs) and how to move past them. Each chapter contains a new adventure, a new lesson that can be applied to enrich your everyday life.
What your money will be used for:
I have written the book and it is currently in the hands of a professional editor. Here is what I need in order to make this book professional grade, high quality and get it into your hands so you can have it for years to come:
40% - Printing and Shipping (This includes the cost of physically printing each book, labels for shipping and shipping itself.)
20% - Formatting and Design (This includes covering costs of book cover design, interior design, uploading and formatting to fit the compatibility of a professional print and ebook format.)
20% - Promoting (Publicizing campaigns online, media events, advertising)
10% - Editing (This is for finalized edits, in order to review the holistic and organizational structure for my book as well as ensure grammar and syntax are correct.)
10% - Other important fees (This includes purchasing an ISBN number, an LLC for my self publishing company.)
*The benchmark goal is the minimum amount I need. If, by the grace of God, I raise over my funding goal, all extra money will further help me print and distribute more books, create and record an audio book as well as support me in the promotion process and expand to impact more people (book launch, book tour, etc.)
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform. Backers (you guys) are the kind folks who pledge money to join the creator (me) in bringing this book to life. However, Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” fundraising platform. I will only get the funds if I raise my goal of $6,000 or more. By donating to my project, you will be rewarded with different prizes (example: copy of my book) depending on how much you donate (see rewards!)
Follow my journey!
If you would like to follow me as I continue on my journey spreading motivation, inspiration and other positive messages (as well as my daily life), you can follow along on:
My Blog: http://eyesfullyopen.com
Instagram: jakeheilbrunn https://www.instagram.com/jakeheilbrunn/
Twitter: @Jake_Heilbrunn https://twitter.com/Jake_Heilbrunn
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Risks and challenges
As a self publisher, I am fully responsible for creating and promoting my book, and every dollar helps me reach this goal. This is my first book and as exciting as the process is, it’s definitely challenging and there are lots of unknowns. I realize that I can’t do it all on my own, but with your help, anything is possible.
The publication date has not yet been determined. Book rewards for backers will be shipped out as soon as available.
If I acquire more backers and funds than anticipated, this could further delay shipment and publication date.
There is something special about Kickstarter, knowing that I have a community of people supporting me in this mission. This book is not about me, it's about the power of the human spirit, something we can all relate to. For you to be a part of this journey with me is truly incredible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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