Attending Claim Your Power Live
Organized by: Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia via Crowdrise
July 14, 2015
Condensed version: I received a scholarship to Claim Your Power Live! Your donations will help my Mom (Joanne) and I be able to attend the session. I am grateful and feel so supported. Any contribution you can give is wonderful and appreciated! Thank you. Please donate now.
In June a few days before my 33rd birthday, I was watching Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. That's the day I first learned about this website called the Daily Love. It was started by an author and speaker who overcame addiction and found his own spirituality, power, and self through yoga, meditation, and other tools. Right up my alley.
Did you know? It's one of my biggest dreams to be invited to the Oprah show someday. Sitting on my couch, watching Super Soul Sunday, I made it my goal, I made the choice to strive for something better. To do something so meaningful in life--whether it's writing a book or starting a charity, I still have so many ideas--that Oprah would invite me to her show.
The guy who created the Daily Love, Mastin Kipp, was already there! Find out why Mastin was inspired to give back in a big way in the first place. (Hint: it has to do with Tony Robbins and divine timing)
So, I went to his site and immediately, something about his shared story resonated with me. Digging further, I learned about Claim Your Power Live...the event sounded amazing and I was super excited. Until...I saw the price tag. $999?! for a 4-day event?!
"Maybe next year" I thought. But wait! there was hope.
Send in a video about why you would like to attend the event, how you plan to use what you learn there to help better the world, and you can win a scholarship to go.
This was on Sunday night. The deadline was the next day, Monday.
There were a million excuses in between that could have defeated me from trying: technical difficulties, time, worry, everything.
But I did it. I applied.
The video I sent in, was probably the 50th take. I realized, that by trying to be perfect and "get it right" I was not able to be completely honest. (Watch the video on this page or click the link below to see it, it's only 4 minutes long)
In the videos was honest and vulnerable about who I am, where I want to go in life, and why I wanted the scholarship. And that's the video that won me a scholarship for 2 to attend Claim Your Power Live.
Friday afternoon is when they announced the winners. I didn't know I had won. Just saw a notification that my video had a comment. It was a girl named Kimberly who had also won, she congratulated me and wanted to connect about the trip.
My first thought was "no way. she won, but there's no way I could have won too." True enough, we both had won. Her comment inspired me and I am so thankful that she reached out. I will have a friend already before even getting there.
I was so happy when I read the email letting me know that I won and they were so honored to have me. I jumped up, squealed like a piglet and ran around my living room. Half dancing, half crying. And all excitement!
"But wait," said my brain. "You still have to get there and pay for food and housing and all the rest. What are you going to do?"
In that moment, I could have decided not to go. or tried to sell of the tickets somehow. Something in my soul said yes! Yes, you have to be there. You earned it and your time to be there is now.
That's where a fundraiser comes in. I invited my best friend to attend but between grad school, working, a toddler's sleep schedule, and more she wasn't able to make it this time.
Even though she couldn't come, she encouraged me to go and also reminded me of something. That I deserve this chance to change my life and I should go. She talked it over with her husband and they donated same-day.
Then, I told my cousin (who is also one of my best friends since we were kids) and she reminded me about crowd-funding and people do it all the time. For truly worthy causes (like curing Multiple Sclerosis) and seemingly not-so-worthy causes (like making potato salad).
My cousin and her husband also donated. This means a lot--these are my best friends and family who are donating because they believe in me. At first, I felt guilty but after they reassured me I felt absolutely loved and supported.
Then, everyone I talked to about the event--my sisters, parents, friends, and coworkers, they all agreed that they support me in going and it sounds like a wonderful experience. My little sisters both suggested that I take our Mom, since she works so hard and would love to go to something like that too.
And it happened "coincidentally" that my Mom already had those days off and would only have to switch a few things around in her schedule. She was so happy and excited!
The lesson here, is that I already have more of a support group than I'd ever imagined. I know in my heart that everyone I love truly wants me to be happy.
I feel like this cause, my cause, is somewhere in between potato salad and helping find a cure. Although it's not for a charity, it's for leadership and self improvement. It matters to me.
And to my mom who is about to retire from her job of 30 years this August, it matters. We are at a perfect transition time in our lives and what we learn at this event could help point us in the direction of our true passion and purpose. The theme "Your Purpose Brought to Life."
That's the best-case scenario. At the very least, we'll be on a great adventure and help kick off Mom's retirement in style.
Either way, we'll be doing it together and that's another thing that truly matters. We love learning and to be able to take a course like this together is really a dream-come-true for me and her. Who knows, maybe someday we'll get to Oprah's show together?
I would love to be able to gift this trip to Mom the money back to cover expenses and the hotel room.
With your help, I will be able to do that. If you'd like to, please click the button to Donate Now.
Any amount is greatly appreciated. Your contributions matter. We are all fully supported in ways we usually can't or won't recognize.
For me, this experience is all about receiving. In what ways am I willing to receive?
And I learned that it's okay to ask for help. It's okay to share your truth. In fact, that's the best way to be, truthful.
From the testimonials I've seen about the event, it can be transformational for those who really put their hearts into it. It's time. I am ready to put my heart into this. In some ways, I already have. I didn't quit when it seemed impossible and I've already won in a big, big way.
I am so honored to be able to attend, learn, and contribute my gifts to the world, starting now. Thank you for being here and being part of this magical journey!
Much love, Jennifer Anne