I have recieved encouragement and support beyond my containment and I want to encourage you now! Please read this!
Here’s a quick update:
As many of you know, I love yoga! I’ve wanted to attend a yoga teacher certification program for quite some time now, but I haven’t pursued it because of financial barriers. My amazing boyfriend Ben, who encouraged me to launch this blog, also encouraged me to pursue my passion for yoga (an by encourage I also mean he wouldn’t get off my back about it lol, thank you <3). After meeting kind soul and owner of Studio On Third, Sarah Pacchetti <3, I launched a ‘Go Fund Me’ in order to raise the money to join the yoga certification program hosted at her studio. Thank you Sarah for the wonderful idea and your amazing open heart!
In only 15 days, $2,400 was raised along with an invaluable display of support from family, friends and unknown angels. As a way to express my gratitude, I have given everyone who donated and pass for a free yoga class with me once I complete the nine-month certification program. I couldn’t be more grateful! Before launching the fundraiser, I tried to obtain a scholarship from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis but I was too late in applying and they were out of funds for this semester. Then I started to seek work-study positions to no avail (but I met Sarah!). After reaching out to Yoga Center again a few days ago…..
I have wonderful news!!! The Yoga Center of Minneapolis has re-opened the scholarship and granted me a partial scholarship for the certification program! My cost of attendance is now $1,600 (originally $3,750)!! Dreams really do come true! If you want to see the fundraiser click here although I am no longer accepting donations because I’ve met my goal. I will be ending this fundraiser and donating the extra love to a low vision organization! Also, I will use some to purchase the books or items I need for the program (I didn’t know I had to purchase books before the information session on October 2nd).
I apologize for not sharing the link on BlindGirlsSee to give you the opportunity to participate. You who read my post and comment/message me mean the world to me and I didn’t want to burden you with the request for help. If you still want to donate in support, thank you! You can send your donation to Lighthouse Guild Vision + Health (an organization that has helped me tremendously and I trust them 100%). Where I will be sending the extra support that I received. If you need a miracle, be one for someone else. It hasn’t failed me yet! Keep being amazing!
NOW MAY I ENCOURAGE YOU?
Sometimes in life you just don’t know what’s next. Maybe you had a dream for yourself that just didn’t work out. I’ve been there! Truth is, we often make up our own plans for our lives and spend so much effort chasing the dream we created that we start to believe it is the only way we can be happy. I think the best way to be happy is to give love, be positive and do what you love. My experiences are teaching me that when you contribute good vibes to the world, the world contributes good vibes to you. Be assured that when something is meant for you, the universe will conspire to make it happen and there is nothing that can interrupt that. When you follow your heart, you follow your purpose.
Do not chase money or prestige. Those things don’t guarantee happiness. Following your passion and being loving guarantees happiness. If you do that, you will feel fulfilled in life. And the journey isn’t easy! Sometimes you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and it feels like a forever struggle. But know that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called to His purpose! Think about that and see what it means to you.
To me, it means it’s not an accident that I am losing my vision or that I meet wonderful people on this blog or that I couldn’t attend dental school. It means you and I have a purpose in life that we cannot ignore. It means the tribulations you experience are shaping you towards your destiny. You have to accept it, be grateful and keep smiling. Your purpose will make you happier than you have ever imagined. Please do not get me wrong; I do not have it all figured out. But I figured out that the secret ingredient is always LOVE! And we can’t put a time limit on the journey.
Maybe you hit the nail on the head the first time, or maybe you made something up for yourself like I did. Either way, staying positive and openhearted will eventually walk you right into your destiny. As for me, I’m exploring yoga in more detail and I’m passionate about wellness overall. Is that my purpose? IDK. But I know how to get to my mystery purpose: keep loving! I can’t believe how simple it sounds. Be encouraged!
“All things work together for good to them who love God and are called to His purpose” – Romans 8:28