The Tip Jar

For: Stephanie May
Spokane, WA
Organizer: Stephanie May
The Tip Jar (Stephanie May)
$85
of $500 goal
17% Complete
Raised by 3 donors

The Story

Have you ever had a dream and just needed a little bit of help to make it come true for you? We all have something that we wish would happen, but sometimes we need to ask for help to make it to the finish line. I have one of those dreams and I know you can help me achieve my end goal. 

My dream is to live comfortably with my husband in our RV being able to travel and enjoy the little bit of life that we are able to enjoy. Since we lost Joy, our lives have been in turmoil. It seems like no matter where we are, we are not happy there and we leave within six months of beginning to settle down. The PTSD that we both experience makes it difficult for us to focus on simple tasks that other "normal" people do like goal setting and saving for the future. When your future was your beautiful baby girl, trying to figure out what to strive for is impossible. And the guilt associated with even the thought of trying to make your life better rips at your heart all the while you know you have to move ahead with life. Not without her. Never without her.  

I started this website as a place to sort out my thoughts as we tried to achieve this somewhat impossible goal. Since I started it, I have found that I really enjoy blogging and I am learning more and more about all the aspects of running a successful blog all the time. It excites me when I have a new subscriber that wants to have my posts sent directly to their email; makes me feel like maybe what I have to say does benefit someone in some small way. 

I have applied to the local Community College here in Spokane and would love to be able to take my classes online so that I can learn in the comfort of my own home and not have to be faced with meeting new people which are a large part of my anxiety issues. Anytime I meet a new person, I know that the dreaded "Do you have any kids?" question is going to come up and I am going to ruin someone's day. 

Starting college after 21years is going to be a challenge, but I am up for a challenge. I am sick and tired of struggling. I know that if I gain the education, I will be eligible for higher paying jobs down the road. But mostly I want to learn how to set goals for myself again and learn how to provide more for myself and my husband. 
This Tip Jar helps me to keep my blog running. It helps with the monthly costs of operating a blog like Website hosting and advertising. Any additional funds help me pay for internet connectivity and the occasional campaign boosting to drive traffic to the website. All tips are greatly appreciated and will be used to improve the quality of life for my husband and me. 
Thank you to those who have helped me get this far, for you, I am forever grateful. When the day comes that I am able to repay you, you will be rewarded consequently. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 6, 2016

Posted on March 6, 2016

I am so excited to announce that I purchased a new laptop just the other day, and also enabled web hosting for my site Paycheck To Freedom!  That brings me two steps closer to being able to blog more often. For now I can use public wifi until I can obtain a wireless hotspot. Thank you everyone for their support!

Posted on December 28, 2015

Posted on December 28, 2015

We have made progress on winterizing the trailer but still have a way to go. We need to insulate the underneath so that the wind does not blow through any of the cracks that we have missed. There is already 8 inches of snow on the ground and more expected to fall in the coming weeks. 
With the donations that we have received, we have been able to upgrade our small heater to a more powerful one that heats up pretty quickly and also insulate the floors and windows inside the trailer. Thank you Dawn and Jenny for your help!
And thank you to my Family for your support this Holiday season! 

Posted on December 1, 2015

Posted on December 1, 2015

Thank you to those who have helped us so far. We were able to purchase a stronger heater (Yay!) that heats our trailer much faster than the little one we started with. We have also been able to insulate the windows and floors with styrofoam which keeps the drafts out much better. We are not 100% gap proof yet, but definitely making strides. Thank you so much for your help. 

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