happy birthday to me… at the end of this month i am turning 30 years old. the last two years of my life have represented the classic case of a saturn return. i wrote a little about it here … + here.... to anyone that's experienced one, here's my two cents on it… it's awful + there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
i am finally exiting a period of my life that has been an absolute vortex of conflict + re-evaluation. + let me tell you… the re-emerging feels good.
i'm a huge advocate of relishing life + splurging on self. i tend to live life by the personal mantra that it's short, let's enjoy + have no regrets. so 30 loomed + i wanted to do it up big… not only celebrating a marker of three decades, but really celebrating a personal victory of having conquered some of my own demons. having finally made it as a photographer. as an artist. a self sufficient + somewhat accomplished adult. i wanted a kenyan safari, a week in tulum with all my besties, a three month south east asian sojourn, a roadtrip across america, some solitude in a cloister in the desert… the list went on + on. i let myself dream huge… no limits. so i got myself a puppy. but that's another story.
+ then i had my eureka moment… for my birthday, all i really wanted was to give back…. + create some sort of small movement to allow the people in my life to help me do it.
here's the nitty gritty. i'm looking for 100 people to give me $3o for my 3ox3o project. yep, i'm looking for $3ooo total.
in january i'm planning on going to india for 3o days. i'm finding + documenting the stories of 3o women that have started + run a business, as a result of micro lending.
i'm a huge believer in the idea of micro financing. + passionate supporter of kiva.org which helps me make my loans. i'm often shocked at the amount of people i encounter that have never heard of it. micro lending that is. it's so easy. it's so affordable. it takes so little + helps so much. so i want to spread the word. one trip, 30 days, 3o women, 3o portraits, 1 exhibit + 1 book. one small movement by one small 3o year old me.
so if you know me, + were planning on getting me any kind of birthday something… i'm asking for $3o. anyone who gives will get a signed limited edition 8x10 fine art print of their choice from the images to be created. + an eternal bottomless thank you from me. + do good brownie points for a week!
everyone has a story . i'm asking you to help me tell the stories of 3o ladies who don't have the resources to tell their own. click here to make your $3o contribution.
p.s. my birthday is June 24th. but i'm giving my little project a full 30 days of exposure. please repost to anyone you think might be interested. + thank you for listening.