: Help me Reach my Educational Goal!

: Help me Reach my Educational Goal!

From Annabele Grace

I am seeking the support of my community, friends and family to help me cover the cost of a 2-year program to become a certified Reproductive and Sexual Health Educator and a Fertility Awareness Educator (FAE)

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over 1 year ago

Last year at this time I was anxiously writing out my application for a two year program to become a certified Women's Reproductive & Sexual Health Educator. I had dreamed of the program for almost two years, reading and re-reading through the website, writing it on slips of paper to place on my altar, envisioning what it would feel like to be studying alongside a group of powerful women passionate about healing the way women relate to their bodies and learning tools for taking charge of our own reproductive health. I fantasized about how and where I would take this information into my community, how I would use it to build curriculum for teen girls, counsel postpartum and peri-menopausal women, and how together we would begin to heal our relationship with Earth as we heal our relationship with our sexuality, our fertility and the process of growing older in biologically female bodies.
My own journey of the last several years had led me into deeper relationship with my own body than I had ever had before, as happens when we face health challenges that radically alter your trajectory and reshape where you thought your life was going. Pain controlled my life, it drove my life, it dictated my choices, it robbed me of joy and of freedom...until I learned to stop fighting it and ask my body what it needed instead of trying to shut it up all the time. And what followed was a series of leaps of faith and awkward surrender...and a new way of being with my body with loving kindness instead of frustration or resentment. I started bringing what had been the biggest medicine for me to other people, teaching yoga. I started painting again - not to share but as a way of painting my way through grief and fear and depression, all of the things that started to come to the surface the more I listened and honored what my BODY needed...the stuff that She was holding was given permission to be seen and heard. Much to my surprise what ended up on the canvas were vibrant and joyful colors - such contrast to what I was feeling inside. Slowly I painted my way back to life and a revival of my true and authentic self. In this new world, I allowed my body to dictate my path not my intellect. I had to find a way to support myself and my son while caring for my body, which some days needed a lot. I needed a livelihood where I set my own schedule and on the days I needed more self-care wasn't chained to an 8 hour day. Disability is not a word that embody or identify with. When I feel good I work hard. I love to work, I need to work, I derive great satisfaction from my work. But my body follows its own time table. Not mine or that of the typical employer. So when I found this program, I saw all kinds of open doors. Establishing my own private consultation practice with my own schedule, being able to offer an invaluable services for pay that can support us.
I didn't know how I would come up with tuition money, much less be in school while also single parenting and working to cover rent. It was a leap That required tremendous faith.

I was accepted to the program. I created a fundraising campaign and my community, friends and family assisted me in covering my deposit and first two payment installments. I am still overwhelmed and humbled. I am seven months into the program and it is more than I ever dreamed it could be. I am endlessly inspired and blown away by the knowledge and tools I am gaining to empower myself and other women. I'm experiencing the culmination of all my past job and life experience preparing me to do this work and I feel that this is most important work I can do with my life. I am SO EXCITED about the road that lies ahead in educating women about their reproductive and sexual health and the many more options available to support us than we can been presented by the mainstream medical model.

Part of the reason I have been able to balance work, parenting and going to school is earlier this year, I was able to reduce our high rent cost when I moved us into a house share. Unfortunately, our living situation which started off rocky has escalated over the last four months into something that is no longer sustainable for us. Although I know the odds against us in the housing market right now I remain convinced that we will be able to find a way to stay in West County and find a safe, peaceful and sustainable rental and that I will be able to continue my studies and pay for my program.

I have about $2000 more to go to reach my goal of $5000 and I have a tuition payment due at the end of this month. Donations of any amount are helpful. I have come this far with so much support. If you can help in any way I would be immensely grateful.

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The skills I will receive from this program will serve women to become more fully aware and proactive in their hormonal and sexual health care.  I envision offering comprehensive education to a diverse population of women, self-care tools, advocacy and support during their reproductive years and beyond, taking this education into schools, health centers and more.

Thank you so much for considering contributing towards my goal. I am deeply grateful! 

In reciprocity, I want to share some of my original artwork with you as a way to say thank you. This mandala I created with deep intention to bring in abundance! It was crafted as a meditation and prayer, charged up in the full moon light and holds the energy of prosperity and joy. I believe generosity and abundance begets generosity and abundance. I have several sizes of prints available at different levels of giving. After you complete the donation process please send me an email at delphinayoga@gmail.com with your address so I can mail you your artwork!

May you be blessed!

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Annabele Grace posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #2

Last year at this time I was anxiously writing out my application for a two year program to become a certified Women's Reproductive & Sexual Health Educator. I had dreamed of the program for almost two years, reading and re-reading through the website, writing it on slips of paper to place on my altar, envisioning what it would feel like to be studying alongside a group of powerful women passionate about healing the way women relate to their bodies and learning tools for taking charge of our own reproductive health. I fantasized about how and where I would take this information into my community, how I would use it to build curriculum for teen girls, counsel postpartum and peri-menopausal women, and how together we would begin to heal our relationship with Earth as we heal our relationship with our sexuality, our fertility and the process of growing older in biologically female bodies.
My own journey of the last several years had led me into deeper relationship with my own body than I had ever had before, as happens when we face health challenges that radically alter your trajectory and reshape where you thought your life was going. Pain controlled my life, it drove my life, it dictated my choices, it robbed me of joy and of freedom...until I learned to stop fighting it and ask my body what it needed instead of trying to shut it up all the time. And what followed was a series of leaps of faith and awkward surrender...and a new way of being with my body with loving kindness instead of frustration or resentment. I started bringing what had been the biggest medicine for me to other people, teaching yoga. I started painting again - not to share but as a way of painting my way through grief and fear and depression, all of the things that started to come to the surface the more I listened and honored what my BODY needed...the stuff that She was holding was given permission to be seen and heard. Much to my surprise what ended up on the canvas were vibrant and joyful colors - such contrast to what I was feeling inside. Slowly I painted my way back to life and a revival of my true and authentic self. In this new world, I allowed my body to dictate my path not my intellect. I had to find a way to support myself and my son while caring for my body, which some days needed a lot. I needed a livelihood where I set my own schedule and on the days I needed more self-care wasn't chained to an 8 hour day. Disability is not a word that embody or identify with. When I feel good I work hard. I love to work, I need to work, I derive great satisfaction from my work. But my body follows its own time table. Not mine or that of the typical employer. So when I found this program, I saw all kinds of open doors. Establishing my own private consultation practice with my own schedule, being able to offer an invaluable services for pay that can support us.
I didn't know how I would come up with tuition money, much less be in school while also single parenting and working to cover rent. It was a leap That required tremendous faith.

I was accepted to the program. I created a fundraising campaign and my community, friends and family assisted me in covering my deposit and first two payment installments. I am still overwhelmed and humbled. I am seven months into the program and it is more than I ever dreamed it could be. I am endlessly inspired and blown away by the knowledge and tools I am gaining to empower myself and other women. I'm experiencing the culmination of all my past job and life experience preparing me to do this work and I feel that this is most important work I can do with my life. I am SO EXCITED about the road that lies ahead in educating women about their reproductive and sexual health and the many more options available to support us than we can been presented by the mainstream medical model.

Part of the reason I have been able to balance work, parenting and going to school is earlier this year, I was able to reduce our high rent cost when I moved us into a house share. Unfortunately, our living situation which started off rocky has escalated over the last four months into something that is no longer sustainable for us. Although I know the odds against us in the housing market right now I remain convinced that we will be able to find a way to stay in West County and find a safe, peaceful and sustainable rental and that I will be able to continue my studies and pay for my program.

I have about $2000 more to go to reach my goal of $5000 and I have a tuition payment due at the end of this month. Donations of any amount are helpful. I have come this far with so much support. If you can help in any way I would be immensely grateful.

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Annabele Grace posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

Thank you to every single one of you who have donated to my tuition fund! Thanks to your support I have been able to make the first down payment toward my total balance and I start classes next month! I am so excited. I need to generate at least $2500 by January for my second installment! My program director has been generous in offering me an extended payment plan as she knows I am fundraising for this program. Please help spread the word, help if you can and buy some art!

You can order beautiful prints using the link below. All the proceeds from my art sales are going to help me pay for school. Do some Christmas shopping and keep checking back for more prints added soon. With much gratitude, Annabele
https://society6.com/lulusgrandadventure/prints

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