Everyone Has Muchness. Let's find yours.
In the Movie Alice In Wonderland, the Mad Hatter says to Alice "You used to be much muchier, you've lost your Muchness" and Alice embarks on a journey to find her Muchness.
Much like Alice, I too had lost my Muchness and I went on a journey to find mine. Now, I've created this book to help you find your inner Muchness!
When I first heard the word Muchness almost four years ago, I could completely relate to it. Years of living below my potential, sidelining my dreams, allowing others to define my level of self-confidence had left me feeling like an empty shell of the woman I was meant to be. But with a young family, a demanding full-time job, never enough time in the day or money in the bank, I just felt trapped in the cycle that I'd created for myself. Then, in September, 2009, I hit my lowest low following the death of my identical twin girls who were stillborn at 24 weeks. Whatever Muchness had been holding on inside me seemed to die with them. It was within the darkness of my grief that I began to look for the light. Grabbing onto the moments of joy, creativity and sparkle helped me light the way back to myself; to who I was always supposed to be. I made the decision to Find My Muchness.
Early on in this journey I had the idea for a Muchness Workbook. It came together beautifully in my mind when I lay in bed at night but when I sat down to write and create it, it never seemed to materialize. My creative thoughts just seemed to crumble to ashes in the light of day. After years of collecting the ideas in a notebook, one day, it finally hit me! I HATE WORKBOOKS! Just the idea of sitting down and giving yourself EXTRA work to do felt so much like a burden to me- it's no wonder I couldn't find the inspiration to create it! I wanted my book to be FUN! I wanted it to be relaxing, empowering and joyful! A place to go to give your spirits a lift, to make you laugh or help you engage a different side of your brain and feel accomplished.
So that is what I created. A Finding Your Muchness FUNBOOK! Like, Duh.
But now, I need help to get it printed, so I am turning to you, Muchness Seekers Worldwide. Please help support this dream of mine, to help spread Muchness to all the corners of the globe.
This full-color, gloss finished book with a magazine style layout is filled with creative exercises, DIY craftables, inspirational stories and engaging contributor insight.
It is totally unique and beautifully designed to help you look inside and see the beauty and Muchness that lives inside you, while also looking outside and seeing the beauty and little Muchness Moments that surround you every day!
You're gonna need some scissors and glue, + a couple of crayons because this is a book you will rip apart, cut to pieces, journal in, doodle in, and make yourself some very useful little gifts. It is an incredible gift for yourself or anyone of any age who could use a little Muchness in their lives. (And really, who COULDNT use a little Muchness in their lives?!?! :) )
It's even got a board game. For real.
I have reached out to some amazing women I know who are not only "In Touch With THE MUCH" but also professional coaches, teachers or therapists. They've all shared a bit of what they know and created beautiful exercises to help you tap into your Muchness!
Who is it for?
The book isn't just designed for people who've had monumental losses. It's for anyone who's lost their Muchness, or for anyone who simply wants to celebrate the Muchness they've got! It's good for your daughter or your mom, your BFF, your kids teacher, or your teachers kid! ;-)
What's the Delivery Goal?
If you back this project you should expect to see the book (+ other rewards) in your mailbox in time for the holidays. I want you to start off the new year ready to explore your Muchness so you can share it with the world!
What are the rewards?
Well, the book of course! Early this year I completed a successful crowdfunding campaign (surpassing our goal 171%!! )
With the funds I created a 30 Day Deck of Muchness Moments Cards. These are designed with inspirational quotes on the front and creative prompts on the back. They are included in the rewards for this fundraiser and, for this campaign only, can come decked out in colorful silk handmade bags if you catch the early bird specials! (Silks are assorted solid and tie dye colors. Otherwise, they come in beautiful black velvet.)
In addition, if you contribute enough for a MAGICAL MUCHNESS HOLIDAY GIFT DUO ($250) you will get a beautifully framed, 11 x 17 signed print of any 1 of the 30 Muchness cards of your choosing.
And because I truly do value and appreciate all the support, Every single backer will get a reminder to CHOOSE MUCHNESS Every Singe Day.
While the fundraising goal of this campaign is $1,613, that is really the minimum needed to produce the shortest run of this book and get it to your doorsteps. The more we raise, the more we can produce and the more people can be touched by The Muchness! To keep the momentum going past the initial goal, there are going to be additional rewards offered to backers when we hit milestones! No matter when you contribute, if the campaign hits a milestone all backers of the noted levels + will get the additional reward!! We'll be adding more goodies as the campaign continues! Check back often, and share with your friends so we can add a ton more awesomesauce!
A personal note from Tova
I'm so filled with gratitude to everyone who has supported me on my Muchness Journey- whether through encouraging emails, sparkly picture tags or by purchasing any of the Muchness products I've created. Your support means the world to me. Please check out the reward options and select the one that feels right for you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Because everybody has Muchness.
Let's find yours.
Risks and challenges
A bit about Kickstarter
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website where artists and creators share the products and ideas they want to create and ask lovely people like you to help them fund their dreams, in exchange for thank you gifts and rewards. In this campaign, the reward is the actual product I want to create, The Finding Your Muchness Funbook, plus some other things I've already created or will create especially for you. Here's the kicker- If I don't meet my goal, I don't get a penny, and you get a full refund, and we're both a little bummed. (Me a little more than you, I'm guessing.) If I do meet the goal, I pop this book over to my Made In America printing house and they print these babies up in high quality glossy beautifulness and I spend a few all-nighters writing Thank You cards, filling out address labels and bringing them to the post office so you get them in time for the holidays.
Some things that might go wrong along the way:
Timing: My goal is to get this to you (US backers only) by the holidays. It's a tight timeline but it is completely doable. Right now the book is about 60% complete in terms of layout. By the time the fundraising campaign concludes, it will be 100% done. I've worked with this printer before and have confidence in them, but nothing is 100% guaranteed until it is at your doorstep. It's a pretty straightforward production process so I feel confident things will move smoothly. If the campaign is super successful I will only be able to guarantee holiday arrival to the first people who were instrumental in helping me reach my goal.... though I will, of course, attempt to recruit enough interns to help me ship them out as quickly as possible!
- (24 days)