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Inspirational tales that go far beyond the bucket list proving you don't have to hold the winning ticket to live your dreams. There is life before the lottery...one girl proved it.
Inspirational tales that go far beyond the bucket list proving you don't have to hold the winning ticket to live your dreams. There is life before the lottery...one girl proved it.
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30x30 List: Life Before the Lottery

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It's time to publish the stories. 

Life before the lottery. Dream big before you win big. It can be done.

The 30x30 book has been a work in progress for the past two years...ever since the official "30x30" list was completed. It all began with one girl's smile-worthy story of determination and motivation in crossing off 29, yes 29, of the 30 items on her 30x30 list (and all before turning 30 years old!) 

Figuring out how to live life before the lottery is no easy task, but dreams weren't meant to stay in our head. One does not need to win the lottery to live out one's dreams. Think "bucket list" with a very real expiration date. Skydiving, scuba diving, act in a play, master's program? Check, check, check. For more on the what--and more importantly the entertaining and heartfelt how--read the book! (Launching this summer if all goes well!)

Celebrating the completion of #29...hot air balloon ride!
Celebrating the completion of #29...hot air balloon ride!

Note from Ashlee on the 30x30 project--

I've been approached on doing a book project. The next part is to tell the stories and get it into the hands of people who want, need, and desire to see and experience the 30x30 journey and create dreams and lists of their own. 

One does not need to win the lottery to live their dreams. There is life before the lottery.  

The simple tales of successes and failures have inspired more than I dared imagine. This project has been self-funded thus far, but now I need your help so we can make this ambitious plan a reality and print and share this book with the right audience. 

What's in the book? Not just my stories! Here's a sneak peek at some of the characters profiled in the chapter on failure…take a stroll down the failure hall of fame.

· Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded with his motor company. He went on to revolutionize the assembly line and become one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.

· Beethoven’s teacher called him “hopeless” as a composer. He went on to write 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 5 piano concertos, and 1 opera.

· Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He was defeated in every public office role he ran for. He then became British Prime Minister at the age of 62.

· Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was "too stupid to learn anything." Edison also famously invented 1,000 light bulbs before creating one that worked.

· Steven Spielberg was rejected from his dream school, the University of Southern California, three times. He sought education elsewhere and became a director of over 50 movies, producing over 111 films.

· Harland David Sanders, the famous KFC "Colonel," couldn't sell his chicken. More than 1,000 restaurants rejected him. He went on to have over 600 KFC restaurant franchises throughout the country.

· Vera Wang failed to make the U.S. Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue and was passed over for the editor-in-chief position. She began designing wedding gowns at 40 and today is the premier designer in the business, with a multi-billion dollar industry.

· Walt Disney went bankrupt at age 22 and was fired by a newspaper editor because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He created 81 feature films with 48 Academy Awards.

· Fred Astaire's first screen test, the judges wrote: "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." Astaire went on to be the most famous dancer of all time and won the hearts of American women forever.

· Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected by 27 different publishers by age 33. He's now the most popular children's book author ever. · Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire life, to a friend. He sometimes starved in order to create the 800 paintings he'd eventually do. Today, his works are priceless.

· Sir Isaac Newton was tasked with running the family farm but was a miserable failure. Newton was sent off to Cambridge University and became a physics scholar, discovering many of the laws and theories that not only furthered our understanding of the universe, but also gave future scientists the tools to discover how to enter space. He discovered gravitational force and established the three Universal Laws of Motion.

· Abraham Lincoln failed in business in 1831, lost his job and couldn’t get into law school in 1832, was defeated for state legislature in 1832, defeated for Speaker in 1838, defeated for nomination of Congress in 1843, lost re-nomination in 1848, defeated for U.S. Senate in 1854, defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856 and again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, ending the Civil War and slavery during his presidency.

Every single one of these people failed. Multiple times. Every single one is a success story of someone rising up and overcoming hardship to influence the world around them and is an example of what can be done when failure is refused. Persistence pays off. Facing fear and refusing to give up is what defeats failure. Do not be afraid to fail. Do not be afraid of the tough stuff.

Author U Team
Author U Team

Your contribution and your support will help in doing the following:

1) Continue the editing and polishing process needed for the book. The 30,000 word book monster needs professional slice-and-dice help.

2) Work with an amazing graphic designer and editor to create a beautiful and sassy final product.

3) Pay for a first run print of at least 1000 copies (will print a larger number if we go beyond our goal.)

4) Market and publicize the book properly. There's a game plan, now we just need the financial oomf to get it done. 

Book publishing is no easy medium. You can't write, edit, layout, produce, illustrate, distribute, and sell an entire publication by yourself. This is a team effort, not a solo tale. From start to finish, the process is time-consuming, tedious, and daunting, but we maniacally enjoy every minute of it. That enjoyment leads to the knowledge that what has been started will be finished!

I am so fortunate to have found an amazing collective of people who have dedicated more than I could ask for to this project and will continue to add the best and most committed crew to see it through to the end! From the artwork of graphic design artist Amanda Swanson (graphic design guru of Colorado's Vail Daily newspaper), to editing and publishing implementation of Judith Briles and the Author You team--the talent pool has been researched, recruited and ready to be set in motion. 

Thank you for your time, support and financial contribution. I cannot do this without you. Once the fundraising goal is met, it's on to the next part of the journey...getting published and seeing the dang thing in print! Please help in spreading the word about this project. THANK YOU!

For more info and updates, check out the 30x30list blog. www.30x30list.com

We all have a story...this is one determined girl's tale and proof that living life before the lottery really can be done.
We all have a story...this is one determined girl's tale and proof that living life before the lottery really can be done.
It's Time To Publish The Story
It's Time To Publish The Story

Risks and challenges

The 30,000 word book monster is currently going through the slice-and-dice edits and refining process needed to make it a story worthy of telling...with all the fun "bookie logistics" that go with that. (Think ISBN #s, artwork, copyrights, layout, distribution, websites, etc.) The team players, bids, and pieces of the puzzle on who to go to for those things are ready to be set in motion, it's just the invoices that we'd love to slap a "paid in full" on in order to move forward.

That's where funding comes in. That's where you come in.

Believe in dreams? Here's one that you can be a part of. Currently the plan is to print 1,000 copies--and hopefully more if we go over our funding goals. If all goes according to plan, rollout of the printed product should be this summer. (And if all REALLY goes according to plan, possibly sooner!)

Be sure to follow the progress of this project on Ashlee's blog, www.30x30list.com, along with some funny stories as she ticks off her "Next List" items and what's to come.

Kickstarter is an amazing platform that helps us get our project funded by bringing you and us together so we can create something awesome! Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, which means that if we don't reach 100% of the funding goal then absolutely no money is exchanged. Not even what's already been pledged. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

By meeting our goal we can successfully complete our mission and place this project in your hands. Besides pledging for your favorite reward, you can also help us by sharing this link with friends and family. Go forth and share!

Keep in mind that roughly 10% of funds are split by Kickstarter and Amazon for processing payment and operating expenses, which leave us 90% of the amount collected. We're already working on a shoe string budget to see this publishing dream come to life, and every bit of help and support is needed and appreciated! Thank you for helping us achieve our stretch goals to be able to deliver all these awesome projects! THANK YOU.

When all is said and done, we're throwing a party. (Can you say summer book launch?!)

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