Christy Mann is creating an opportunity to help others live Life on Your Terms!
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The Life On Your Terms Project

The Life On Your Terms Project is something I’m starting in 2019. It’s a fundraising project intended to do one thing. Help other people get to the point that they can live their life on their terms.

The Mission

The objective of the project is to create and sell a line of Life On Your Terms products and use 100% of the proceed funds to buy tools for artists wanting and determined to live life on their terms. Things like art kits and supplies, laptops, and musical instruments, and eventually, time do it.
I have been fortunate to have the tools and the time. I’ve had people willing and able to take care of me, for 3 years now, and help make ends meet so that I can focus on doing what I love to do until I can afford to do it on my own. They also know that when I am able, I give it back to them and pay it forward. In 2019, and beyond, I want to scale that up and do it for as many people as possible.
I know there are people out there that, with the right tools and/or a set amount of time to focus, would be able to create the life they have always wanted for themselves and their families with it. They would work their asses off and it wouldn’t seem like work at all, because its on their terms and they love it.

The Why

So, in 2019, in honor of the year’s theme of Go Big or Go Home. I’m going to go big, because going home isn’t an option for me. In the sense, that I’ve failed so I have to quit and do something else. That really isn’t an option for me. I love what I do and I love having the freedom to do it. I’d do it even if it meant living in my van next to a library.
I’m beyond blessed because I don’t have to. I have the tools, support, and encouragement that I need to live my life on my terms. I want to give it back not just to the people that have made it possible for me, but to total strangers.
The single moms that want to be home with their kids but have to make money to put food on the table, knowing full well that if they could stop and focus on their craft for a little while, they would never struggle again.
The men that gave up their own dreams and creativity to do what was best for their families.
The young people that got a job right out the gate hoping to earn their way to doing what they love for a living, at a job that is going to suck the joy out of them.
To everyone that has ever had a dream to do something creative for a living, but were told that they would never make money at it, so they let it go and now they hate their lives.
You are why I want to do this more than anything.

The How

The financial goal for the fund for the year is $20,000. I’d like to surpass that, but it’s a starting point. I’m still working on the details, like the selection process, where the gifts would come from, and so on, but I want to start building the fund immediately, because I’m going to go big this year, and even bigger with paying people’s bills for 3-6 months the year after. I expect sales from the LOYT product line in the swag shop to be the main means of building the fund.
Donations are always welcome in any amount via paypal and contributors will receive my sincerest thanks and, as a small token of my appreciation, a thank you gift. Just send the funds and include “Donation to LOYT Project” in the notes section and I’ll deliver it directly to the LOYT Project Account. You can also email me potential candidates and I’ll add them to the list of possible recipients.


Tiers
Level 1
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating at the first level, I'll send you this special coffee mug, a signed copy of my book Fogoyle: A Short Story, and a personal thank you card.  You will have contributed $120 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way. 


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has contributed to the fund to date sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 2
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating  at the second level, I'll send you this special T-Shirt, signed copies of the Fogoyle short stories 1-3, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $240 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.  


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


Also, Recipients receive a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date sending their encouragement and support  of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 3
$50 or more per creation 0 patrons

 As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this third level, I'll send you this special LOYT Tote Bag, a signed copy of each of the Fogoyle short stories and Fogoyle The Beginning, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $600 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.  


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 4
$100 or more per creation 0 patrons

 As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this third level, I'll send you this special LOYT Backpack, signed copies of my Fogoyle short stories, Fogoyle The Beginning, and Death of a Secret, and a personal thank you card.  You will have contributed $1200 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.   


Your support is added to the Life On Your Terms fund and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 5
$500 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this fifth level, I'll send you this collection of the Life On Your Terms items, signed copies of my Fogoyle short stories 1-3, Fogoyle The Beginning, Death of a Secret, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $6,000 at the end of the year, and that will go a really long way. 


Your support is added to the Life On Your Terms Project fund and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 6
$1,000 or more per creation 0 patrons

When you donate at this sixth level, you are clearly all in!   I'll show my gratefulness by sending you this special LOYT Collection of items, signed copies of my Fogyle short stories 1-3, Fogoyle The Beginning, Death of a Secret, a Christy Mann Author Zip Hoodie, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $12,000 at the end of the year, and that will go a really long way. 


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 


Goals
$0 of $10,000 per creation
The small things to keep them going
Things like art supplies, paper, memory cards and flash drives, strings and reeds for instruments and such are treated like hobby items or toys. "Maybe next paycheck I'll get some more and get going again" is the common phrase, and is rarely possible next paycheck. Talents and tools are set aside and forgotten about for the weekly exchange of check to bills. There is no "next paycheck".

This goal will allow me to stock up on these items and more to give away like candy to those that are works in progress already but need the small things to keep going.  They will put them to good use and stay motivated.

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The Life On Your Terms Project

The Life On Your Terms Project is something I’m starting in 2019. It’s a fundraising project intended to do one thing. Help other people get to the point that they can live their life on their terms.

The Mission

The objective of the project is to create and sell a line of Life On Your Terms products and use 100% of the proceed funds to buy tools for artists wanting and determined to live life on their terms. Things like art kits and supplies, laptops, and musical instruments, and eventually, time do it.
I have been fortunate to have the tools and the time. I’ve had people willing and able to take care of me, for 3 years now, and help make ends meet so that I can focus on doing what I love to do until I can afford to do it on my own. They also know that when I am able, I give it back to them and pay it forward. In 2019, and beyond, I want to scale that up and do it for as many people as possible.
I know there are people out there that, with the right tools and/or a set amount of time to focus, would be able to create the life they have always wanted for themselves and their families with it. They would work their asses off and it wouldn’t seem like work at all, because its on their terms and they love it.

The Why

So, in 2019, in honor of the year’s theme of Go Big or Go Home. I’m going to go big, because going home isn’t an option for me. In the sense, that I’ve failed so I have to quit and do something else. That really isn’t an option for me. I love what I do and I love having the freedom to do it. I’d do it even if it meant living in my van next to a library.
I’m beyond blessed because I don’t have to. I have the tools, support, and encouragement that I need to live my life on my terms. I want to give it back not just to the people that have made it possible for me, but to total strangers.
The single moms that want to be home with their kids but have to make money to put food on the table, knowing full well that if they could stop and focus on their craft for a little while, they would never struggle again.
The men that gave up their own dreams and creativity to do what was best for their families.
The young people that got a job right out the gate hoping to earn their way to doing what they love for a living, at a job that is going to suck the joy out of them.
To everyone that has ever had a dream to do something creative for a living, but were told that they would never make money at it, so they let it go and now they hate their lives.
You are why I want to do this more than anything.

The How

The financial goal for the fund for the year is $20,000. I’d like to surpass that, but it’s a starting point. I’m still working on the details, like the selection process, where the gifts would come from, and so on, but I want to start building the fund immediately, because I’m going to go big this year, and even bigger with paying people’s bills for 3-6 months the year after. I expect sales from the LOYT product line in the swag shop to be the main means of building the fund.
Donations are always welcome in any amount via paypal and contributors will receive my sincerest thanks and, as a small token of my appreciation, a thank you gift. Just send the funds and include “Donation to LOYT Project” in the notes section and I’ll deliver it directly to the LOYT Project Account. You can also email me potential candidates and I’ll add them to the list of possible recipients.


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Tiers
Level 1
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating at the first level, I'll send you this special coffee mug, a signed copy of my book Fogoyle: A Short Story, and a personal thank you card.  You will have contributed $120 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way. 


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has contributed to the fund to date sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 2
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating  at the second level, I'll send you this special T-Shirt, signed copies of the Fogoyle short stories 1-3, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $240 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.  


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


Also, Recipients receive a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date sending their encouragement and support  of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 3
$50 or more per creation 0 patrons

 As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this third level, I'll send you this special LOYT Tote Bag, a signed copy of each of the Fogoyle short stories and Fogoyle The Beginning, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $600 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.  


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 4
$100 or more per creation 0 patrons

 As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this third level, I'll send you this special LOYT Backpack, signed copies of my Fogoyle short stories, Fogoyle The Beginning, and Death of a Secret, and a personal thank you card.  You will have contributed $1200 at the end of the year, and that will go a long way.   


Your support is added to the Life On Your Terms fund and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 5
$500 or more per creation 0 patrons

As a symbol of my thanks for donating at this fifth level, I'll send you this collection of the Life On Your Terms items, signed copies of my Fogoyle short stories 1-3, Fogoyle The Beginning, Death of a Secret, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $6,000 at the end of the year, and that will go a really long way. 


Your support is added to the Life On Your Terms Project fund and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms. 

Level 6
$1,000 or more per creation 0 patrons

When you donate at this sixth level, you are clearly all in!   I'll show my gratefulness by sending you this special LOYT Collection of items, signed copies of my Fogyle short stories 1-3, Fogoyle The Beginning, Death of a Secret, a Christy Mann Author Zip Hoodie, and a personal thank you card.   You will have contributed $12,000 at the end of the year, and that will go a really long way. 


Your donation is added to the Life On Your Terms and used to purchase  things like SD Memory Cards, musical instruments, and even laptop  computers. 


The recipient receives a letter from me, explaining the intent of the  gift and a list of the first name and last initial of everyone who has  contributed to the fund to date,  sending their encouragement and support of people Living On Your Terms.