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Zara's Big Messy Day (That Turned Out Okay)

This Fresh New Meditation & Mindfulness Book for Children Teaches Kids How to Meditate

Zara's Big Messy Day (That Turned Out Okay)

This Fresh New Meditation & Mindfulness Book for Children Teaches Kids How to Meditate

$9,594
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★ NEW REWARDS: I'm adding new rewards and stretch goals for backers every week! Click here to read the updates not posted in the reward details.

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★ AND BEFORE YOU READ ON: I recorded a message about why I wrote Zara's Big Messy Day and what it means to me. You'll also learn all about how becoming a backer can make a huge difference in the lives of kids who read this book. Check it out, or scroll down for more info about this exciting new project! 

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MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS (that adults will love, too!)

Hello! I'm Rebekah Borucki (she/her), a meditation guide, self-help author, and mother-of-five little ones. My oldest will graduate from college in the spring, and my youngest just started kindergarten.

Rebekah Borucki - Meditation Guide and Mother-of-Five - BexLife.com

After having the dream in my heart for nearly 20 years, I'm incredibly excited to announce that I'm self-publishing my first children's book in Fall 2019! And I'd love for you to be a part of the village that will bring its main character, Zara, to life!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Meet Zara, a clever, responsible, and sometimes anxious seven-year-old girl who lives with her mother (Mama) and four-year-old little brother (Sam).

Rough sketch of Zara by Danielle Pioli

Like a lot of kids her age, Zara sometimes struggles with managing her emotions when confronted with stressful situations. In Zara’s Big Messy Day (That Turned Out Okay), an approximately 700-word, 40-page hardcover picture book for readers ages 4-8, children will join her for an ordinary day in her life where she faces three obstacles. 

Sketches of Sam, Zara, Penelope, Mama, Daddy, and Miss Tapper by Danielle Pioli

Guided by Zara’s mother, both Zara and the reader will learn a simple breathing technique—a short visualization meditation—that will help them to find peace and calm in any moment.

JOIN MY VILLAGE AND GET SPECIAL PERKS!

Like the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." It also takes a village to make big dreams come true. That's why I'm asking you to help me bring this big dream of mine to life.

And because I appreciate every member of my village, I want to extend a very special thank you to everyone who shows up big during preorder.

Order three or more books during the preorder period and receive signed copies of your books AND have your name (or the name of a loved one or organization) printed in the front of the book as a "Friend of Zara."

ATTENTION: Check campaign updates for extra stretch goal rewards. Rewards can't be edited at this point, so I'm listing new bonuses in the updates here.

OUR VERY SPECIAL MISSION

We hit our goal in only 14 hours, but we can't stop now. We have a long way to go before we hit the ultimate goal for this project: bringing mindfulness, meditation, and empowered wellness to the most vulnerable members of our communities

Zara can't wait to go on tour and meet new friends!

I've partnered with a very dear friend who is doing great work in the yoga community in Baltimore City to go on a reading tour of Baltimore classrooms and gift them Zara's Big Messy Day.

Check out the reward options for sponsoring elementary classrooms.

For just $250, you can gift 25 students—an entire Baltimore public elementary school classroom—their own book to take home and enjoy (or $100 for 10 students).

That's only $10 per book (my cost), and I'll deliver the books myself!  I'll also bring them extra goodies: coloring pages, stickers, and more!

Your books will be delivered with a note from you so the kids can send you a special thank you.

No matter which reward you pick, you're helping kids get free books. I'm donating one book for every $100 above the goal of $2750 this campaign earns!

Thank you for contributing to and sharing this campaign with your friends, family, and followers. I'm so excited for this book to reach little hands. And my heart is already exploding thinking about all the mindfulness and meditation practices that will be born from these pages.

As of September 20, we've raised enough to send 400 free books to students!

A SNEAK PEAK FOR YOU

Please enjoy some of the first test sketches of the characters drawn by the book's illustrator, Danielle Pioli. We're still in production, so more surprises and reveals are on the way for contributors!  

Rough sketches of story illustrations by Danielle Pioli

ABOUT ME (THE AUTHOR)

Here's a little more about what I do when I'm not writing stories for kids.

I'm a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, birth doula, and best-selling author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life (Hay House 2017) and my brand new books, Managing the Motherload (Hay House 2019) and the Calm and Clear Mindfulness Kit (becker&mayer 2019).  

With my youngest two children, Sunny and Annabel

My mission is to make mental health support and stress management tools accessible to all, and I support that mission through free and low-cost services both on and offline in communities that I've been nurturing for over a decade.

My big dream for this project is to turn it into a series of books with Zara as the star. In each book, she'll learn to overcome obstacle on her own by learning a lesson from a trusted person in her life. Children will have fun learning simple and effective self-help practices along with Zara.

I live with my family and a barn-full of rescued farm animals on our eight-acre homestead in rural New Jersey, where I also host workshops at my Blissed In{n} community learning space.

FROM MY ILLUSTRATOR, DANIELLE PIOLI

I have loved drawing since I can remember. The idea of creating a whole universe—from my mind to paper—made me fall in love with art and storytelling. I also always felt like a healer at some level. As a child, I was so drawn to magic—what I call Quantum Physics now—that I was certain could I heal and help people. So I grew up to become an Artist and Hypnotherapist / Energy Healer.

I'm an artist and illustrator whose mission is to inspire others to create.

I understand the pain and joy of the  creative life and my purpose on this planet is to inspire ideas,  questions, change, and transformation, and to serve others as a conduit and by sharing what I’ve learned.

My mission is to spark  inspiration through my art, illustrations, comics, zines, poems, songs, hypnotherapy sessions and whatever I feel drawn towards.

It's a pleasure meeting you.♥ 

Risks and challenges

This is the first time I'm taking on a publishing project as an indie writer. Though I have a circle of trusted friends and experts helping me to navigate this process, a good outcome isn't guaranteed. It's so important to me that this project is a success.

Funding is the biggest obstacle I'm facing right now, so I'm counting on my community to support me and this book. The bigger dream is to get Zara's Big Messy Day into the hands of school children from marginalized communities all over the United States and maybe even turn it into a series. And I'll need your help to make that happen. Can I count on you?

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    You'll get TWO signed copies of Zara's Big Messy Day and an exclusive Zara bookmark and sticker sheet that are for preorder backers ONLY!

    Buy one for you and one for a friend, and keep the bookmark and stickers as a special gift! All books will ship prior to December 15, 2019 for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

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    Three Signed Books + Your Name in Print!

    Preorder three copies of Zara's Big Messy Day, and you'll get three signed books PLUS a mention in the front of the book as a "Friend of Zara."

    This special printed thank you will only appear in the first edition run, and I won't offer this option for this book again. It will be the perfect keepsake for you or your little one to have their name included as one of Zara's first supporters.

    Don't miss this chance to support Zara in a big way! All books will ship prior to December 15, 2019 for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

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    Gift Zara to 10 Baltimore Students

    I am SO EXCITED to offer this reward!

    I'm partnering with a very dear friend who is doing great work in the yoga community in Baltimore City to go on a reading tour of Baltimore classrooms and gift them Zara's Big Messy Day.

    For just $100, you can gift 10 Baltimore public elementary school students their own book to take home and enjoy. That's only $10 per book (my cost), and I'll deliver the books myself! I'll also bring them extra goodies: coloring pages, stickers, and more!

    Your books will be delivered with a note from you so the kids can send you a special thank you.

    NEW BONUS FOR YOU: A signed copy of Zara's Big Messy Day for you to enjoy as a thank you gift from me.

    Please contact me directly with any questions or post them in the FAQ.

    Also check out the option to fund an ENTIRE CLASSROOM for just $250!

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    Take Zara to School or Stock a Library!

    This very special reward option is for village members who want to gift Zara to a school, their local public library, or a deserving organization of their choosing.

    But if you want to gift them to the kids (and kids-at-heart) in your life, that's good, too!

    You'll get 10 signed copies of Zara's Big Messy Day at a giant 20% discount.

    You'll also receive a set of 10 Zara bookmarks and sticker sheets, and your name will appear in the front of the book as a "Friend of Zara."

    And as a very special bonus, shipping is FREE to all 50 United States. All books will ship prior to December 15, 2019 for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

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    • Special Mention as a "Friend of Zara"
    • Free Shipping to All 50 States
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    I am SO EXCITED to offer this reward!

    I'm partnering with a very dear friend who is doing great work in the yoga community in Baltimore City to go on a reading tour of Baltimore classrooms and gift them Zara's Big Messy Day.

    For just $250, you can gift 25 students—an entire Baltimore public elementary school classroom—their own book to take home and enjoy. That's only $10 per book (my cost), and I'll deliver the books myself! I'll also bring them extra goodies: coloring pages, stickers, and more!

    Your books will be delivered with a note from you so the kids can send you a special thank you.

    NEW BONUS FOR YOU: A set of signed copies of all three of my books for you to enjoy as a thank you gift from me: Zara's Big Messy Day, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life, and Managing the Motherload

    Please contact me directly with any questions or post them in the FAQ.

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    Become a Character + Sponsor a Classroom

    ONLY THREE AVAILABLE!

    Have you ever wanted to be a character in a book? Well, here's your chance! For your $500 pledge, my illustrator will draw your likeness (or the likeness of a child in your life) as one of Zara's playground playmates at the most pivotal scene in the book.

    This will be a cherished keepsake that you can enjoy forever. You're a character in the very first "Zara's Big Messy" book!

    But that's not all! Your pledge will also send 25 books to elementary school kids along with goodie bags filled with tools to reinforce the lessons from the book.

    And as a thank you from me, you'll get your own signed copy of Zara's Big Messy Day along with signed copies of my first two books, You Have Four Minutes to Change Your Life and Managing the Motherload, PLUS two more copies of Zara's Big Messy Day for you to gift.

    Finally, your name will be listed on the dedication page as a "Friend of Zara."

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    • Every Kid in the Class Gets a Free Book From You! (25 books)
    • A Signed Set of All 3 of My Books
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    Custom Portrait + Sponsor 2 Classrooms

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    This premium backer reward is for a custom portrait of you or a child in your life drawn in the style of Zara. You can also choose to have Zara in the portrait with you!

    You'll receive a digital version of the portrait as well as a physical archival pigment print.

    Your pledge will also send 50 books to elementary school kids along with goodie bags filled with tools to reinforce the lessons from the book. That's two whole classrooms!

    And as a thank you from me, you'll get your own signed copy of Zara's Big Messy Day along with signed copies of my first two books, You Have Four Minutes to Change Your Life and Managing the Motherload, PLUS three more copies of Zara's Big Messy Day for you to gift.

    Finally, your name will be listed on the dedication page as a "Friend of Zara."

    Includes:
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    • 50 Free Books for Elementary School Students
    • A Signed Set of All 3 of My Books
    • Zara Bookmark & Sticker Sheet (4 stickers per sheet)
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    Give Zara a New Name + 75 Books for Kids

    There is only ONE of these available for an extra special Zara VIB (Very Important Backer).

    I'm going to let you give Zara her last name that she'll have forever in this and all future "Zara's Big Messy" books. It will also appear on her official social media (find her at Instagram.com/zarasbigmessyday).

    That's not all, of course! Your pledge will also send THREE CLASSROOMS full of books (75 books!) and goodie bags filled with valuable tools to elementary school students.

    And as a thank you from me, you'll get your own signed copy of Zara's Big Messy Day along with signed copies of my first two books, You Have Four Minutes to Change Your Life and Managing the Motherload, PLUS five more copies of Zara's Big Messy Day for you to gift.

    Finally, your name will be listed on the dedication page as a "Friend of Zara."

    PLEASE NOTE: I reserve the right to cancel or reject a pledge based on the proposed character name being unsuitable or inappropriate for the character.

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