Kiss5Tigers

The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.


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Crowdfunding

I make no secret of the fact that I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I don’t just tell random strangers on the bus, but I’m not embarrassed about having it.

I would like to help other people with this difficulty to navigate their recovery process. I don’t have the resources for a degree at this time but fortunately there is a certification program that takes only a week for becoming a certified peer counselor. I could do that.

What is a peer counselor? It’s an advocate that helps other diagnosed individuals figure out their recovery. It’s a mentor – coach kind of situation. It is not a therapist, and it is not a doctor. It’s sort of like an AA sponsor.

The training will be in Dallas in April and I would like to take it. However it is $650 and I am between deployments so cash flow is an issue. They don’t have any scholarships available so that’s not an option. I have to come up with this money.

I figured, it would be worth checking out crowdfunding. I have some part of the funds, just not the whole thing. I don’t like to ask family or borrow from friends. But crowdfunding, now, that seems possible. Surely I know several people who can give some money towards this endeavor.

I have posted in a group on Facebook that I trust looking for reviews of different sites I could use. Indiegogo has already come up, and there’s Kickstarter and GoFundMe. I just have to figure out which one of the several choices is the best fit for me.

So, hive mind and dear readers, if you have any experiences or knowledge about this to share, feel free.


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Dreams and Painting

I made a painting yesterday at a place called Painting with a Twist. They walk you through the process so it’s pretty easy and pretty quick. Here is a picture of my picture, I’m pretty pleased with it.

I also had a weird dream last night. I worked in a sort of convenience store, and across the street was a tattoo parlor that was actually part of the same store. That is, they shared sales staff. I had the fortune of working a shift in the tattoo place and I really preferred it. There was a problem in the convenience store so I went across the street to handle it, and I got stuck working there. I was so insulted. I didn’t want to be there. And every time I tried to do any task around the store, a customer would come up and do something crazy, like go behind the counter and try to work the register themselves. I was so frustrated and I didn’t want to be there. Then the owner came in, and it was RuPaul! In man clothes, so I am going to call him “him”. He was, as he seems to be, very nice but not likely to put up with nonsense. I wasn’t able to explain what was going on because I was too busy, cleaning up trash, helping someone work the microwave, that kind of thing. Then there was some kind of staff meeting that I wasn’t able to attend. I just remember being angry and frustrated the whole dream.

So what is this about? Since clearly I don’t work for RuPaul. I think it has to do with frustration in my employment, that I can’t seem to move up or do things that I find interesting. I am stuck doing work I find tedious and unrewarding. Though really I’m quite happy with the government job. So frustration and maybe inability to reach a mentor. Can’t seem to get the guidance I need to move ahead, and failing miserably at the job at hand. Sounds more like my call center experiences than my current job, actually.

It’s pretty obvious I need to do some work on this dream, and on employment.