"Find yourself in the service to others." Mahatma Gandhi
As the requests keep coming in for visits during the tour I am reminded of how much each stop means to the community I serve. In addition those I have visited continue to inspire the journey with their new found BAM's that happen almost daily.
The truth is the tour changes lives with my own included. So much so that this crazy girl decided to extend the tour to 5 years & all 50 states. BAM.
Since touring the last 11 months I have learned a lot that I would like to share with all of you hoping you are inspired to answer the "How Can I Help?" question on your own.
The "Taking it to the Streets Tour" is a no judgement tour that says yes to anyone who asks for a visit. Many times the community I serve cannot offer me & Gidget a place to stay. Regardless we will visit if you ask.
Within the 1st year of the tour I personally will have traveled over 30K miles, 90+ cities living with close to 50 strangers which is a huge BAM.
To date over 200+ requests have come in for me to visit, talk or work with the community & there appears to be no end in sight. The need for the work that I do is beyond real.
After having an honest conversation with myself about why I started this tour it has become clear that there can be no stop date as long as the need exists. However some changes are needed for the tour to continue & this is where the "How Can I Help?" part comes in.
Touring involves changing locations almost every 3 days which means I am loading & unloading quite often. For those who don't know many with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often have issues with their rotator cuff & as luck would have it I am one. Lifting & carrying my stuff are extremely taxing on my body which is something that will need to change in order for me to have longevity on the tour. The last words my PT said to me before touring was that I can end this real quick by lifting a lot. I heard him & have only light small bags, but it still proves hard for my body to handle with MS on board. This needs to change for me to continue long term there is no doubt.
Remember how I mentioned if you ask me I will come? Well this is regardless of anyone's ability to offer a place for us to live. Since I am homeless & still come to visit no matter what this translates into housing costs that average more than I can afford living on social security.
Not complaining, but costs like this leave me with days of forced fasting due to no money for food.
Yes fasting heals inflammation & my body does well, but the psychological element of not having money for food is not a best look & often my body needs food to put forth this huge effort making fasting not the best overall look for me while touring.
"How can I help?" is a question others have asked & I finally have the answer.
I am hoping to buy a trailer & small SUV to be able to keep my costs down, save my body & allow the tour to continue as long as the demand is present. These purchases will stop the need to carry in & out saving my body which is huge. It also cuts any housing costs down tremendously.
Did you know small considerations like $25 a month are a BAM for this tour?
The 'Taking it to the Streets Tour" is about serving the community 100% & I hope you will consider being a part of an initiative personally or as a company. The 'Taking it the Streets Tour" provides hope, tools of empowerment & community resources to all of our brothers & sisters whom I visit.
The tour to date has served ages 6 months to 99 years old supporting mental, physical and age related issues. It does not discriminate, judge or have any preconceived idea's of how to support the community. All of the work I do is customized to the needs of each individual.
In addition It would also mean the world to me if you would consider sharing the tour with others. With 1-5 in America disabled we all know many who can use help tapping their miracle life.
Hopefully this speaks to some of you to take action today & commit. Imagine the satisfaction of being a part of the tour that is building a grass roots movement of consciousness changing lives daily for the cost of about 2.5 lattes.
If this speaks to you please click here to learn more about the tour & to join me in changing lives with each mile I drive. You can also use the tab on the link or if you prefer I accept both Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org or Vinmo: diane-capaldi
Namaste. I honor each of you & really hope you will consider joining the "Taking it to the Streets Tour" which was nominated by Paleo Magazine as "Best New Idea." BAM.
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