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For two-thirds of my life, I've suffered from mental illnesses like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and Depression. I fought with symptoms that caused other issues like incredibly low self-esteem and self-mutilation. I lived in a very dark place for a long time, but made it through to the other side where I landed on a pile of glitter.
Since then, I've realized how wonderful life is, even when it's hard. I've learned how to embrace who I am, whether that person is grumpy, overweight, or down-right strange. I've figured out how to love myself unconditionally, even on the toughest days, and that makes everything in life much more beautiful.
My purpose on this earth is simple: to make other people happy. I want to show you short-cuts, but help you learn to appreciate the scenic route. I want to leave you surprises on your doorstep and remind you what it's like to play out in the street with the wonder of a child. I want to take your hand, and tell you sincerely that you are beautiful.
I quit my day job at a psychiatric rehabilitation center to focus on the things I love the most in this world, and over time I've created a space on the internet that I try to use to empower people to live their lives loudly, the way they want, without letting others influence them one way or the other. I've put these thoughts down into a book that I know will make you feel inspired, revitalized, and full of life if you read it.
The book will be a combination of personal essays, advice, and homework assignments. There will be room designated for you to personalize the book, adding your own thoughts, goals, and musings. There will be color photographs, intended to make you soar out of your bed and onto the page, where you will dance with excitement and color.This book will be soft-cover and self-published. The money from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to cover the costs of photography, editing services, publishing and printing, ISBN codes, audio recording services, advertising, shipping materials, postage, and fees from Kickstarter and PayPal. If I meet more than 100% of my funding goals, I will use the remaining money to throw a book release party that you'll all be invited to!
I greatly appreciate any support you can provide to this project of my achieving my dream of publishing my first book. Can you help get this self-published book about self-love get on the self-help section of your bookshelf? I so strongly want to get my ideas into your hands in a tangible way!
Risks and challenges
Publishing a book is tricky, and there are a lot of variables since I will be relying on the services of third parties to assist me in the final stages of publishing. I promise you that this book WILL get published, and the worst case scenario is that it's just a couple months late. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I am highly motivated to achieving that goal.
Besides the physical book, everything else I have promised you in terms of rewards are already in my possession. I am a snail mail enthusiast, and am no stranger to the post office, so you can trust me when I say that I know how to handle getting your packages to you safely.
If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free let me know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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