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My First Grant Award!

After several years of applying on multiple platforms with various organizations, I am so EXCITED to finally have been awarded my first grant. The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD provided me with a $3,500 grant to help me develop and print 1,000 copies of my book I Am More Than My Hair: Bald and Beautiful Me, a social-change coffee table book that tells the stories and celebrates the beauty of girls and women who have lost their hair due to medical conditions.

Although the many rejection letters I’ve received was disappointing, I must admit, I was unprepared for a grant before this. After comparing my previous applications to the one I was awarded, there’s no mistaking the growth between then and now.

Looking at my old applicators I wouldn’t have granted myself an award either. Don’t get me wrong, the art is beautiful, but the execution of it wasn’t planned out as I’ve organized it to be now.

Also, recently being selected as an art panelist, for another arts & humanities council, allowed me to view applications from the eyes of a judge. And of course I was able to give back to the community. For my next round of grant applications I will fully prepared.

With all of the excitement and appreciation inside of me, I’ve also had to recognize that I’ll need to come up with an additional  $25, 870 of my $29, 370 budget, to complete both the book and documentary. Yes it’s that much!

crowdfunding

For this reason I decided to apply for Fiscal Sponsorship (it’s another application process that has to be approved) and will launch a Crowdfunding campaign in January 2017.

I will send the details and status as I get closer to the dates. In the meantime, know that I’ve been working like a mad woman…and learning so much in the process. Thank you for your support and encouraging emails along the way!

I’m still looking for participants for I Am More Than My Hair. Know anyone? Let’s connect!

It’s Finally Here!

Feminine Transitions books and shipment box
Feminine Transitions books have arrived

After 4 years from the start of my project, 3 years of fundraising (yes it’s been that long-both crowd funding and on my own) and many challenges  I’ve faced… It’s finally here!

I am so very thankful for those who showed support, having no clue who I was, yet still believing in my vision.

Grateful for everyone who helped make this possible by funding my dream, sharing my posts and pointing out what needed correcting.

Most of you simply stepped in, again not knowing me personally, and asked “How can I help you?” You can’t imagine the appreciation I feel for ALL of you.

Over a year of sleepless nights and my – OUR persistence has paid off.

I can now say with conviction that when you don’t give up, you simply cannot fail.

You may fall and get a few scratches along the way but it’pushing through is more than worth. The price is seeing your dreams unfold. #priceless

Thank you!

If you purchased a copy of Feminine Transitions, your book will be on it’s way this week. If not, you can purchase a hardcover on my website (scroll to the bottom of the page) or ebook from Amazon.

Do send me your feedback after receiving it. Better yet, take photos and tag me on your social media pages. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Tumblr and Flickr.