April 1, 2015 140 comments

Just the most meaningful (to me) post I’ve ever written

by Regina

The Creative Ninja Scholarship by Regina
This post is special to me. It’s my favorite post ever, because I get to do something that I’ve wanted to do for about six years. And it’s super exciting to me that I get to do it on my blog’s one-year birthday. On April 1, 2014, I launched my first byRegina post–but I brought over about 16 posts from a past blog to fill this one out a bit more. #DigressMuch?

Back to what I’ve desperately been wanting to do for the last several years.

For a long time in my life, I had no laptop. When I finally bought my first PC, it didn’t last terribly long and it didn’t have all the creative software I wanted. Not that PCs are evil, they’re not. I just didn’t get the right software for mine.

I remember thinking that if I could just get a MacBook that didn’t crash/freeze all the time, and that had the software I needed, that I could take my business so far. The truth is you can make magic happen with almost any device, but I unintentionally made the MacBook into a symbol of next level possibilities.

I was limited when I didn’t have a laptop and I was limited when I did have one that didn’t work well for me. I wanted a Mac so so bad. Please be honest and confirm that I’m not the only one who would go to Apple.com and daydream about their future laptop. Marveling at the al-ooh-minium exterior. (Hope I’m not the only one who watched the al-ooh-minium video.)

I daydreamed, but I couldn’t purchase it. $1000+ was so hard for me to get together and then put toward something like a computer. I had other grownup expenses.

Is anyone else feeling me right now? Have you ever been in that place?

Yet, a few years ago I got my first Apple laptop. It was a black MacBook and it was the most exciting purchase I can remember (until now, but I’ll get to that in a second, speedy; patience). I bought it used from a good friend. It took me a hot minute to save $900, but it’s impossible to put a price tag on the value I got from that thing. It had Photoshop on it and it inspired my first business that is somewhat close to what I’m doing now. I told you about the eleven different businesses I’ve tried, right?

There are those times when you get the thing you “always” wanted and then you never look at it again, but then there are those times you get the thing you want and you use the crap out of it. I literally used that MacBook until it was cracked and the memory couldn’t handle the software I needed to add for my business.

I had another friend who wanted to start her own freelance business shortly after I started mine and she desperately wanted a Mac as well. My heart broke again and again that I didn’t have my finances together enough to buy her one. She was so talented and had no computer and a simple non-smart phone, from which she couldn’t work. She would go to the library, faithfully and use their computers to get work done.

Regina, we’re waiting for the “most meaningful post ever” part.
Okay Rude-y Huxtable. Here’s my point:

I had the thought then that I could barely imagine any greater joy than creating a scholarship or program where I could give these precious tools of creative business glory away to other people in my situation.

Fast forward.

I’ve been sitting around figuring out when the right time would be to start this program. Would Apple magically read my mind and call me up to donate some computers? Would a message in a bottle fall from the sky? Oh wait, I mean the ocean. Would it float to me from the ocean? Highly unlikely as I live in Austin, Texas.

So, last week, as I was nearing my blog’s one-year birthday, I realized I could walk into the Apple store here in town and buy a MacBook Air with my own money. The bottle will never fall from the sky (because again, that would be weird). I realized you and I don’t have to wait for opportunities to do what we feel called to do. We can create our opportunities.

And I also realized a MacBook might not be your brand’s limiting factor . . . maybe it’s a camera . . . perhaps you want a nice camera to start taking your own product pictures with . . .

So, I’m opening the first round of The Creative Ninja Scholarship . . . and if you win, you can choose . . . do you want a (1) brand new Canon T5i and iPad Air 2 or a (2) brand new 13-inch MacBook Air?

The Creative Ninja Scholarship by Regina
Hope the random picture of me (instead of my standard blog post image) makes more sense now.

I want to give these tools to someone who is in the position my friend and I were in. Desperately wanting to create big opportunities in business for ourselves but without the equipment to help. I truly hope this doesn’t sound [snotty or whatever] of me, but I’m spending my own dollars on this because of how badly I want it to get in the hands of someone like what I’m describing here.

P.S. I don’t even own a computer this new. My computer is now a 2011 MacBook Pro that I’m gonna use until I just can’t use it anymore. Which seems like it will be tomorrow.

I wish I could do this every month, every single day actually, but I’m only doing this one round of our Creative Ninja Scholarship for now. And trust me, the day you receive it and take a selfie with it and start your next level business creations with it will pretty much be the happiest day of my life.

Oh. I think I forgot to mention. If you happen to be located in a city (anywhere in the world) where the team and I can come film an episode of our new show, I’ll be bringing your winnings to you in person and chatting with you about your business for an hour. If you don’t want to meet up, no worries, we’ll ship it to you.

You don’t have to tweet out something special to enter. Though I’d love for you to tweet this post so others can come read. You don’t have to vote for me in the Who’s Your Favorite Online Entrepreneur Awards. Mainly because they don’t exist. But you can certainly make it up and then nominate me.

You don’t have to do anything other than tell me about you, your brand, and what you’ll use your new tech for. I’m really not doing this giveaway to attract a bunch of visitors and traffic to my blog . . . or else I would have named this post “The Super Duper iPad+Canon or MacBook Air Giveaway! Come Look at Me!”

I like to connect with other creatives and hear your stories and hopefully add things to this world that will help. You inspire me daily and I want to help motivate you. So, tell me your story on this short form where I can learn about you, your dreams, what tech you currently use, and how this tech can help you. By filling out that form between April 1st and April 10th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central U.S. time, you’ll be entering to win this scholarship/award. The team (videographer, writer, designer, and moi), will review each submission and select 20 . . . from those 20 we will randomly select the winner on April 20th, 2015 then announce it here on the blog in a post.

I know that all of you wonderful creatives I’ve connected with are giving and honest and always looking out for and taking care of others like us, so will you please pass this post onto someone else who might need this if you’re not in a position similar to what I’ve been describing about my past? I appreciate that so so so freaking much. This is really meaningful to me and again, I’ve been waiting for the ability to do this for several years. I hope to grow this into something bigger in the future, but this is the small and beautiful place it’s at right now.

You are important. You are loved. Go forth and be awesome.

140 responses to “Just the most meaningful (to me) post I’ve ever written”

  1. Tracey says:

    This is amazing Regina. The world appreciates your thoughtfulness, positivity, and energy of love you are putting out into the world. I am applying. I also received my Epic Day notepad and your lovely Thank You card, it was a wonderful and pleasant surprise.
    p.s. I commented on your Zero to Blog and was hoping you could take a peek. I was also wondering if you have made any decisions?
    Thank you in advance.
    In kindness, Tracey

  2. Sune Moolman says:

    Regina, I’m totally nominating you for the Bestest-estest Entrepreneur Awards with five golden star stickers! You are such an inspiration and it’s awesome that you can change someone’s life in this way.
    My hubby recently presented me with a new camera and it has made such a difference with my confidence and in my blogging. Having the resources to follow your dream is such a blessing, though.
    Virtual high five, ninja style!

  3. Belinda says:

    WoW – Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary!

    My blog is newish … and I am overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done … Photos, SEO, Pinterest, Instagram, scheduling, etc. …

    Thank you for the giveaway – Have a wonderful day!

    ~B

  4. Whitney says:

    You are the embodiment of love! This is incredible and you are incredible for doing this. Too many times folks are about “what’s in it for me” so its refreshing seeing that you’re taking you success and giving to those who have the potential to be successful too! I’ll share this with my friendshipreteurs! You are a ninja.

  5. Sabrina says:

    This is such an amazing idea. Thank you for doing that Regina. I never saw something similar to this before on a blog. โ™ฅ

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Wow Regina! This is something very special that you are doing. You have an enourmus heart in which I am very thankful for.

  7. Stephanie says:

    This is amazing and wonderful, as are you.

  8. Erika says:

    You are my favorite-est ever, Regina. I love your heart so darn much.

  9. Ivanna says:

    Wow what a great program Regina! This is truly amazing of you. I am so glad I found your blog on Pinterest! I have already learned so much from you

  10. Heidi says:

    You inspire.

  11. Helen says:

    Regina, this is totally and utterly amazing of you. As you know (because we communicated a few months ago, but I was unable to join your program, unfortunately, due to money ‘issues’), I’ve been through this myself….no laptop, no camera, no nothing, basically, for nearly a year….an entrepreneur ‘go getter’ with no tools….it was Hell (with a capital ‘H’ and more)….the worst year of my life, period. It takes you to depths of despair you can’t describe, feelings of failure like no other, mixed with frustration, embarrassment, shame……it’s Hell, basically. Getting just one woman out of that situation, like you’re doing: that’s beyond admirable. I am totally and utterly overwhelmed with joy and happiness that you’re doing this. Thank you (for giving someone hope).

  12. Helen says:

    P.S. *Love* your teenage ninja mutant hero t-shirt……!!

  13. Siobhan says:

    Just when I thought you couldn’t be anymore AMAZING, you do something even more AWESOME. I heart you and I LOVE everything about your blog and business. You’re the BEST!!!!

  14. Deana says:

    Hey Regina!
    I am new to your world, but so thrilled to be here. I am completely blown away and inspired by what you did with your business in one year. Your are – officially – my favorite creative business resource. Not just because you share the most AMAZINGLY useful content, but because you are clearly an authentically kind-hearted person:) Much continued success to you. And happy anniversary:)
    xo – Deana

  15. Briana says:

    You are such a beautiful human being, truly. God bless you, Regina.

    I’m currently in the Mac laptop debacle myself (as I haven’t owned my own computer for years. Never been able to afford it. For the last few years, I’ve been using a borrowed cheap PC from a friend and while it does work and suits my needs with Photoshop and being a 15″ (I’m like Goldilocks, 13 inch is too small, 17″ is too big. 15″ is juuuuust right!). But it crashes alot and truth be told, I really just prefer the Mac operating system. It’s more efficient, better organized, and I still like the aesthetics better (although my Apple-hating boyfriend will argue me up and down on those points). Maybe one day I can afford a 15″ Macbook Pro. But til then…

    This is such a beautiful thing you’re doing. I hope the winner(s) are able to use these gifts to better themselves and their business. Thanks for being our business fairy godmother (again)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Leave it to you Regina to come up with this wonderful idea. I am anticipating for the winner!
    laura.

  17. Chivon says:

    You’re incredible Regina. It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in one year, the awe inspiring value that you give to your community and now this beautiful act of paying it forward. You’re a breath of fresh air and inspire me daily! This is such a wonderful idea.

  18. Amy Maricle says:

    Regina:

    All my internet love to you and your big heart. Good things come your way because while you are trying to run a business, and I think are successful, you ARE doing it with heart. Thanks for always modeling that for me.

    Big Hugs!
    Amy

  19. Ella says:

    Over the weekend, I was so thrilled to come across your post about how to launch a mini course in 12 hours. While watching the videos, I said to myself, you are probably one of the most giving online entrepreneurs I have ever met. And now this! This just outweighed everything. I am filling out the form and praying I will suit best but whoever the winner maybe, you truly have made a special mark in this world. The world is blessed to have you

  20. This was truly uber dope to read. Knowing there are individuals out here with a refreshing heart like yours makes me keep going. I’m amazed by this post and every single word because I truly have been there before also. I have wanted to do something similar when I start making enough money myself. But me knowing that my she-ro Regina is doing this makes me feel like I am also. You are great and full of awesome sauce. –

  21. Milena says:

    You are awesome, super-ninja rock star! Happy blog birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Monica says:

    Regina, this is one of the most thoughtful posts I’ve read recently. I’ve always admired your hard work and dedication to your business but this post brought my admiration to another level.
    You’re such an awesome person and what you’re doing for other people is truly admirable. I wish I could do something like this one day. I wish could help many creative make their dream jobs come true.
    Thank you for creating this scholarship!
    Send you all my love.
    Monica

  23. Marianne says:

    Wow Regina what a wonderful, thoughtful idea. I don’t need either of those items, I would love for someone who really needs it to win, so I’ll be happy to share this in hopes that it will land in the right hands of someone who will make a difference with what they receive.

  24. Feuza says:

    You had me a Rude-y Huxtable, gosh I feel you write posts just for me! this is wonderful! I sure know the feeling, remember when I started my photo business, my mom got me a back drop, I financed a camera and mom got me a PC. Recently a spill ruined my faithful macbook pro and will wait to get one in future as I have my iMac still, I think this is so awesome, it gives hope to creatives who are dreaming so big heart jumps out of chest but pocket has a hole! fabulous, I hope to be able to contribute to this scholarship in the future. and happy anniversary.

  25. Fawn says:

    Regina, you inspire me to be better every single time. Thanks for your beautiful spirit and your great work!

  26. Hey Regina,

    Awesome post and very inspirational.

    I remember when I first purchased by first Apple product. A Macbook back in 2007. Thing cost me $1700 .. that price tag hurt me but I soon forgot about it when I went home ad was on that thing. I was AMAZING. By far the best thing I had bought … until the hard drive crapped out in 2010. I still have it for whatever reason .. and one day will get that hard drive replaced because I mean $1700 is $1700 and I can’t just throw that away.

    Anyway, I have a PC now … *deep sigh* and will get a mac again someday. But I like your story here and I love what you’re doing. I’m not necessarily in a good enough position to do something like this to my audience but I will be one day. And it’ll be the same thing that you’re doing here.

    Continue being awesome.

    – Andrew

  27. Mackenzie says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!

  28. Robin says:

    Regina,

    First, it has been one only year that you first started your blog? O’My, I’m so happy for you and you truly are a ninja!

    Thank you for preserving although being limited without your desired computer, but definitely not limited with the ability to express yourself in a way that inspires others. This was so encouraging Regina!

  29. Rushelle says:

    This is amazing!! I want so badly to be able to offer things like this to other freelancers. It’s so hard to reach the goals you set when you don’t have all the equipment/software you need. It’s not impossible, just so much harder!! Super happy for you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And happy Blogiversary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. This is so sweet of you. I hope the person who will win will have a great success story to tell us later ! Apple should definitely reward you because you’ve done the best advertizing for them. Happy bloganniversary to a wonderful blog and its amazing creator. So happy I found your posts on Pinterest !

  31. Vanessa says:

    You are seriously amazing. You’re my fairy blog/brand godmother in my head. Congrats to whoever receives the scholarship!

  32. Maya says:

    Regina –

    You are so super duper awesome and have the kindest and warmest heart. I guess it runs in our family (since we’re sisters and all).

    I hope the winner uses it to the best of their ability and makes a bunch of money and decides to do a giveaway a year after winning their special prize!

  33. You’re amazing dear. I know the feeling though. My PC isn’t fast enough and I want a MacBook Pro sooooooo bad. But I know there’s so many people out there who just need a computer.

    You’re amazing for putting this together for someone who really needs it. Truly. <3

  34. Ira says:

    dear Regina,

    it is also my favourite post ever;) !!! you are amazing, i heart you! thank you for the Inspiration!

    lots of love from Germany,
    Ira

  35. Jenna Arak says:

    This gave me chills. You’re the best!

  36. Kathy says:

    When does your coolness cease? Never it seems – very cool love!

  37. This gift will be life changing for someone. Thank you for being such a big heart. This is inspirational.

  38. Joymarie says:

    This is what it’s all about! Thank you for paying it forward.

  39. Ariel says:

    Regina, you prove every day that kindness and authenticity is what the Internet is in desperate need of. Every time I think that you cannot be matched, you go an do something even more epic the next time around. Thank you!

  40. Issa says:

    Regina, you are seriously so inspiring! I don’t know how I haven’t run into your website before because for the last couple of days that I’ve been reading all your posts, I’ve learned so much information! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  41. Michelle says:

    Well, you just secured your title as The Most Awesome and Generous Human on the Internet. Thank you so much Regina, for always thinking of your readers and not letting us forget how thoughtful you are. And congratulations on your blog birthday.

  42. Jeanie says:

    You have my heart! You are really awesome and inspiring. Thanks for being the best!

  43. Okay, at first I was like, this is too generous — must be an April Fool’s joke! You are awesome!!

  44. Meg says:

    You are awesome. Congratulations on your first birthday! You are a huge inspiration, I come back to your old blog posts when I need a kick up the…yknow and they’re always really motivating and refreshing. Now you’re doing this and I’m thinking you’re actually the nicest blogger ever, so there’s that.
    Big hugs for being so awesome!
    Meg

  45. Patricia says:

    Congratulations Regina! WOW I’m really impressed that in just one year you’ve done so much! And so totally awesome. Kudos for you!! Wishing you continued success on your journey. Hugs, Patricia

  46. Kristin says:

    This is amazing! So inspired by the amount you do to help lift others up and help their dreams take off! And congratulations on your blog-iversary!

    Oh, and wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt for a Creative Ninja giveaway? Best. Thing. Ever.

  47. Hanna says:

    Wow! That’s all I can muster right now. That’s so incredibly generous of you, and I know whoever you’ll choose, will get such a boost in motivation not only because of the new gear, but because of your generosity. Sometimes, all we need is that sign of things starting to go in the right direction. Just like you said about owning a Mac being a symbol of success and moving forward for you. I’m in desperate need of a sign like that right now, and just reading your post has given me hope.
    Thank you, Regina!

  48. Stephanie says:

    One day I decided to start blogging. Later I found you and today I read the most generous post ever. I found it just super freaking amazing that getting into blogging can allow us to get to know people like you, even if only in a virtual way, and be reminded that there are lots of generous human beings on this planet. You’re just awesome!

  49. Kortney says:

    So excited to see what you wake up and create! I’ve got the mini-course all set to start later this month. Happy First Year…and many more!

  50. This is such a groovy idea! I love the supportive and nurturing environment you’ve provided here. I feel like you top yourself with every post. I can’t get enough of it!

  51. I think it would be impossible to say how awesome this is. Thank you, Regina!!!!!

  52. Tammy says:

    Regina,
    You are the bestest, coolest, wackiest woman I know (besides myself and my alter egos of course!). It is amazing what you are able to accomplish. You need to go on a country-wide tour, teaching teenage girls that you can be whatever you want, as long as you have the desire and gumption.
    This is amazing what you are doing for a total stranger. Just reading the post makes me even more excited for your workshop starting next week.
    Okay, I get the hint! I need to get a camera for my blog! URGH!
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your heart, and your soul.
    Sincerely yours,
    Tammy

  53. Reva says:

    I am so grateful for the day I stumbled upon your blog. I’m so blown away by your approach to the whole process and to life!

  54. This is absolutely wonderful… I know how much this could help someone! You have a very generous heart and a very difficult task sorting through all the applications!

  55. This is incredible, and inspiring and another reason why you are epic! There are so many people out there with so many dreams and goals, that by you doing this will help even just one jumpstart their life & career.

    Way to go regina! I applaud you and it warms my heart ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lauren | LB Designs
    xx

  56. SeQuoya says:

    Regina,

    This is beyond amazing! Your light truly shines through in everything you do and this is just the icing on the cake. You really are a breath of fresh air in this crazy world. You are appreciated!!

  57. This has to be the best post I’ve ever read!! I’m so excited for this! It’s so hard to save up for these kinds of things. I’ve been using the same camera since 2010 and it’s now at a point where my iPhone 5s takes better images! A new camera and an iPad have been on my wish list for a while now! This is exciting.

  58. Marissa says:

    This is such a wonderful idea! Your passion to expand creative boundaries is inspiring.

  59. Nic says:

    Only a year? Wow. Feels like we’ve been internet-best-friends-in-my-head for at least 14 months. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on your blogiversary and on this wonderful moment. I’m right now sitting here musing on ways that I can connect my upcoming birthday to some type of social media movement, and this pops into my world. Very wonderful of you.

    Giving feels good. Generating good vibes feels great. Being an internet rock star has to feel most awesome. Happy to see this, happy for you.

  60. Chiereme says:

    Yes!

    This is exactly what reaching back and helping other women is all about. Keep up the great work. It’s women like you who continue to inspire and sustain the growth and encourage of women like me.

    Kudos!

  61. *Iris says:

    This is a great idea! You’re very generous God Bless You!

  62. Amanda O. says:

    You are amazing. This is amazing. I am just so incredibly glad to have found your blog and been able to enjoy this with you! Congrats to whoever wins! I have a Macbook Air and it’s the best thing evvverrrrrr ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Happy Birthday. Make a wish. A big one. You deserve it!

    • Nikki says:

      I just wanted to add to my comment. I am an official Regick stalker, and this post made me adore you more. It is so cool to hear where you came from, it seems like you were just dropped on this earth as a fantabulous person, smart, kind, funny, and can I say brilliant. Getting to see you each day on #50Workdays has really inspired me. Although I am older than you, I want to grow up to be my own form of “Regick”. Thanks for everything you do. xo

  64. Julie Harris says:

    Ohh my goodness, Regina! This is truly amazing! I have had the exact same dream about creating a scholarship program for aspiring entrepreneurs, or even graduating college students who want to start their own online business but lack the funding and support to make it happen. I am a few months ahead of where the deserving winner should be since I am just now finally beginning to bring in the income I have been working so hard for, but what a beautiful gift you will be giving to someone so deserving.

    I wish I had know about this sooner, I would have loved to contribute to this. Have you ever thought of creating a real scholarship program and having other contributors offer services or products to support a fellow small business?

  65. Sierra says:

    This post made my cry. I’m in that same position – although I can’t buy everything I want just yet, I can get things that I couldn’t have a year ago. I love that you’re passing it on and will share the scholarship so others can check it out.

    PS My business was launched on March 31, 2014. Twins.

  66. I seriously love that you’re paying it forward! What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary.

  67. […] entrepreneur…isn’t that fantastic? You can read all about her story and enter to win here. If you qualify and enter, let us know…and Good […]

  68. Beverly says:

    Congratulations on one year Regina! Way to make a splash like you always do <3

  69. Nicole says:

    You are amazing! And only partially because of this whole ‘helping out someone who needs it’ thing. I really appreciate everything you do. I can’t tell you how much you’ve helped me over the last year. So, thank you. buckets full. That is all.

  70. Laura says:

    Wow, I’m totally blown away by how amazing this is! Regardless of who wins, your kindness and generosity is obviously appreciated by so many people! Keep rocking!

  71. Sophie says:

    This is such a wonderful offer! I remember feeling the exact same way both about having a mac and having a smart phone. And to be honest both have helped a real lot but not as much as my dreaming mind idolised them lol. I’ve now got both, the iphone 6 thanks to my own scrimping and saving and a macbook pro because of my wonderful supportive boyfriend helping me out and I still utterly love them!

  72. Alli says:

    This is so lovely of you! And congratulations on your first year of blogging!

  73. Jackie says:

    This is AWESOME.
    I’m bookmarking this to do in the future when I can. It always feels good to turn around and give back to the world.

  74. Mallory says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are doing this!

    My friend Vana ( http://www.shedesignsherdays.com/ ) recently did something similar – she won a scholarship to Marie Forleo’s B-school a few years ago and made the promise to herself that when her business was at a place where she could afford it, she’d pass on the favor and give away a scholarship of her own to the program. She gave one scholarship this year.

    I’d love to do something similar one day as well. Thank YOU for being a source of light and inspiration to many!

  75. Alisha says:

    You girl, are AMAZING for this!!! I hope to one day be in a position where I can do the same!

  76. Miranda says:

    I have so much love and appreciation for you! You are always looking for ways to help people out. You make my world a better place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Lisa says:

    This is amazing. I’m sure you will find folks who will truly benefit from these gifts. Your blog is having a Hobbit birthday (-: Love it!

  78. Annie says:

    Happy blog anniversary! Only 1 year!? That’s crazy what you’ve been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time! I must read all your archives NOW.
    This scholarship is too awesome, Regina! I’m so excited for you! I’ve been having my own helping-hand-up thoughts percolating in my mind since last summer but I never vocalized or looked into it because I felt like I was being silly/ or that I wouldn’t be taken seriously. Maybe it’s time I started taking myself + my blog seriously…
    … do you offer a scholarship to help with marketing? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep being the awesome Ninja that you are! #inspirational

  79. Stacy says:

    holy toledo Regina that’s super-duper amazing! I want to be in your shoes a year from now and I’m hoping that once I’m done with your course I will be well on my way! I’m not going to enter because I’m typing on my 3 year old MacBook Air that is almost closer to me than my first born child! {I’m thinking you probably understand that statement since you’re not typing on a brand new MacBook but using the trusty ‘ole 2011 one! It’s almost scary how much these things can come to mean to us. . .of course, things don’t replace people, at. all. It’s just my life is on my computer….anyways, sorry to digress. I’m going to tweet the heck out of your post because there’s a few creatives I know who could really use an update. Thank you so much for your generosity and a huge, huge congratulations! I really cannot believe you are only a year old! Wow!

  80. Natasha says:

    What a blessing this will be for someone! You, Regina, are amazing. Continue to be great. Continue to have a great heart. Continue to be You.

  81. Jules Gamby says:

    So proud of you Regina for accomplishing goals like this one. And so awesome that it benefits someone out there that knows their purpose and potential and wants to share it with the world, but just needs the resources to do so.

    Good work Regina! Good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Briana says:

    No longer wearing socks. You knocked them off with your awesomeness. You’re amazing!

  83. Austin Brown says:

    As if the resources you offer us aren’t enough, now you’ve blown our socks off with your generosity. This is really going to bless someone. Love.

  84. Bonnie says:

    Regina, this is seriously EPIC. While I *covet* that T5i – and don’t think that I do not – my resources are, shall we say, more fluid. I’ll boost the signal as best I can to make sure the peeps who need you know where to find you. ๐Ÿ˜€

    EPIC. Srsly.

  85. ella birt says:

    I am seriously crying right now. You are so giving with your content and knowledge, and now this! I’m so glad a friend of mine told me about your blog. I’ve used your blog/brand plan, and will soon be using the mini-course course. Thank you dear Regina.

  86. LucyL says:

    This is just the most awesome thing you could ever do to help someone out, and I just wanted to tell you that you are utterly amazing!

    I’ve already found all your posts so helpful (thank you!) and this is just blew my mind. You are WONDERFUL!!!

    http://www.lucylovestoeat.com

  87. Laura says:

    This is pure fabulousness.

  88. Meredith says:

    Yet another reason why I adore you Regina. You rock! Thanks for always inspiring me and for your generosity!

  89. Erin Myles says:

    I have to sit this one out because I’m lucky enough to have the tools I need at the moment, but I wish I could win just for the opportunity to hang with you for an hour. I think we could nerd out on several subjects together. Anyway, thank you for writing my FAVORITE blog of ever and being such a kind lady.

  90. Regina, you continually inspire me. Way to keep setting the bar higher and higher, and supporting other creatives in every single way you know how.

  91. As if you aren’t already epic enough…. Giving makes me smile and your heart should feel happiness! Even if you couldn’t afford the computer at first, the time and knowledge you have shared with us is just as valuable. Your blog has changed my blog which in turn has changed my life! #VirtualFistBump #VirtualGiantHugs

  92. Haley says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to hear about the winner.

  93. Sara says:

    Regina, you’re an amazing soul. What you have brought to the world and this amazing community of creative entrepreneurs is so inspiring. You make my heart happy. Good luck to everyone who enters!

  94. Maru says:

    Oh Regina you really are the best! This is such a wonderful way to give back and make dreams come true, you are truly an inspiration and each time I enter this site I’m thankful that we got the opportunity to connect, today in particular.

  95. So… you’re amazing, but you know that right? This is crazy generous of you- and I love your heart behind it ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Jennifer says:

    Happy Blog-o-Birthday! Thank you so much for all of the incredibly valuable resources you provide!

  97. […] The last thing I want to share today is pretty awesome. If you’ve spent any amount of time on my blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of By Regina. She has all kinds of superย advice for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. As in if you’re either of those things you need to take a few minutes right now and head over to her site to check her out. Not only does she has great information, she also manages to share it in an awesomely funny way. The other day she posted about her beginnings as an entrepreneur and her struggles. She’s now in a place to pay it forward, and she definitely is. Check out her post here. […]

  98. Kelly Brito says:

    You never fail to amaze me, girl. You’re such a rockstar! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Mariah says:

    This was so nice to read on a Friday. What you are doing will have a ripple effect; it will come back to you in an amazing way. Congratulations on your blog turning 1 and being in a position to do this for someone else ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Evanthia Rodriguez says:

    Wow Regina, what a beautiful heart you have! Congratulations on year one of your Blog, just beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Ashlyn says:

    Regina, as I was reading this, I found myself nodding my head in agreement and tearing up a little (probably because I’m about to greet Aunt Flo in a few days… tmi?), because I was reading my situation through your words.
    I’m Ashlyn, a new mom to a beautiful 5 month old girl. I live in Hawaii. I have a full-time job. My commute to and from work is a combined total of 3 hours daily. I’m currently working towards purchasing a MacBook so I could use it during my commute time. I blog about celebrating motherhood through the eyes of a new mom. I often see many mom blogs complaining about their lives, so I wanted to add my positivity to the blog world!

    You’re such a generous person. This giveaway is way beyond a kind gesture! Happy 1st birthday to your blog! We need to celebrate with cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Lisa says:

    Hey there,
    this is an awesome idea! I love that you want to empower people and foster their creativity!!
    Keep it up!
    Lisa

  103. shameka says:

    Regina,
    You are such a blessing. You provide so much value to your audience it is so inspiring. I want to be able to do something like this one day. Your amazing. Keep being a light.

  104. Liz says:

    There are those times when you get the thing you โ€œalwaysโ€ wanted and then you never look at it again, but then there are those times you get the thing you want and you use the crap out of it.

    This is so me for about 75 percent of the things I buy these days. A few years ago, I got screwed over financially by two family members, and I’ve been trying so hard to get back to where I was, so I’ve been buying things I’d actually use… sometimes, it doesn’t pan out exactly well, but for the most part… I wear things out.

    This post is the one that confirms everything for me in terms of not only what I think of you, but how I feel about your blog: you’re not sleazy, you truly care, and you’re the type of gal I’d love to be friends with (…if only I wasn’t slightly neurotic and awkward as hell). I really admire how much you care about your readers and how on-the-same-level you are. <3

  105. Whitney says:

    I love that youโ€™re doing this, woman! So happy you could make your vision come to life. Thereโ€™s nothing quite like giving back, is there?

    Sidenote: If my image doesnโ€™t show up to the left of my comment, itโ€™s because Gravatar and I are feuding currently. #bloggerproblems #tothelefttotheleft

  106. Hi Regina,

    This blog post seems, to me, like a message in a bottle, falling from the sky/ocean. Long story short:
    My parents have been working at a private school for 25+ years. When they were newbies, fell in love and got married at the school, the old headmaster offered them to rent a school owned house. I came along and we’ve been living on school property for my entire life. I “graduated” from elementary school and moved on to the 6th through 12th grade school my parents work at. I’ve walked to school ever since my first day in sixth grade, a truly amazing experience I cherish.

    Fast forward to 2014, or my junior year of High School. We (or, the school) got a new headmaster a couple years back. Just last year, he and the Academic Advisory Board asked us to move out of our house (thus find and buy a new one) by Graduation of 2015, so he could move into our house. I fully understand his need to live on campus, therefore, use our house. However, the timing of this was awful for my family. As a junior, I am starting the college search process. Most of the savings my parents had put aside to finance the college of my choice were used to buy our new house.

    This is where my fashion and lifestyle blog comes in. I don’t own a computer and you’re more than generous offer to give one out would be the message in the bottle falling from the sky for me. I could use it for my blog, but most importantly, for now, to do homework and eventually take the computer with me for college.

    I don’t know who will win the products you’re offering but I hope you know, Regina, how happy they will be. You probably will be getting good karma for the rest of your life!!

    Thank you,
    Emma

  107. Randall says:

    Hi Regina!
    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now (you’ve been UNBELIEVABLY helpful with starting my own blog!), and I think this is one of the most meaningful posts I’ve ever read. I was wondering if you would, if not now then maybe in the future, be willing to accept donations from supportive followers so that you could continue this awesome scholarship. I would be super willing to contribute, and judging from amazing amount of positive, appreciative comments, I definitely wouldn’t be alone in this! Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for all you do!

  108. Shanti says:

    This is a super dope way of paying it forward. Whomever is blessed with the gift is definitely in for a real treat.

  109. Stacey says:

    Regina! I recently came across your site through a pin on Pinterest. That was the best day on Pinterest I’ve ever had! I love your site and I keep coming back to take it all in. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!

  110. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months while I was preparing to launch my own blog and I must confess I’m quite surprised that your blog is only 1 year old. I thought it was much older. It’s amazing what you’ve achieved in 1 year of blogging. Congratulations! (and I hope I can do the same in 1 year)

  111. Hi Regina,
    I love your blog. My daughter turned me on to it! Thank you so much for all that you do! You’re my kinda gal. I will be sure to share your links with all my followers.
    Blessing, Tani

  112. Rick says:

    Smitten.

    Regick, you continue to amaze and impress me. What a fine and generous gesture this is, and how can it not change the world in its own small, individual way?

    Someday that bottle is going to fall from the sky…or the ocean. And you will be delighted to catch it.

  113. Krista says:

    Your such an amazing, talented, and awesome person! This is a great giveaway! I used to have a mac and I LOVED it sooo much then it got stolen from me (on my birthday at that ) and I haven’t been able to afford a new one since soI have been using a PC maybe one day I will own one again but until then PC’s it is.

  114. Kristel says:

    You truly have a heart of gold, Regina. This is the reason you are reaping the success that you deserve right now.

    I am really glad I found your blog through Bloglovin’. This is where I learned about website user testing and the blog article structure. Since I started the blog structure you suggested, the 2 posts are now the most viewed articles in my blog.

    I entered your contest. I have a slim chance of winning but I have my hopes up.

    Cheers,
    Kristel

  115. Daphney says:

    So, your blog literally fell on my lap out of nowhere yesterday, and I’ve been wondering where have I been? I don’t think anything happens by accident because I was just thinking that I needed to do something with my blog. What you are doing is absolutely amazing! I’m definitely putting my name in the hat for the Cannon because I neeeed it in my life, and I live in Dallas so you’re only a drive away from meeting up to share my story. I’m just saying…Anyhoo, absolutely love the fact that you’re doing this. You’re blog is such an inspiration!

  116. Lynnette says:

    what a wonderful thing to do! i find it very inspiring when people give back to their community because of the blessing and success they have received. i look forward to the day when i am in a position to do the same!

  117. Jennifer says:

    This is so cool what you’re doing! I would love any of those tools but I have my own to get by with for now.
    I hope you’re able to continue this program ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Thats so incredible! I love when bloggers are able to give back and help out others in more ways that just holding giveaways of products from companies. I just decided this month to put more work into growing my blog as a brand and you are definitely an inspiration! I spent so much time being like “well it would be nice if one day things took off..” but then I realized that if I make the decision and go for it I can make it whatever I want it to be!

  119. Brooke says:

    Hi Regina, you are amazing! What an incredibly generous offer. I’m in the beginning stages of setting up my online media company’s web site to benefit mamas. I am a stay at home mom. I have a computer but I’m dying for a great camcorder to do video interviews. Like you, I will use my Mac Book Pro until it dies. I’m trying to slowly acquire video editing software and the Adobe CS programs. Thank you so much for your opportunity to enter and to witness your spirit.

    Brooke

  120. Lana says:

    I don’t even know what to say when someone offers something so much larger than I could ever hope for. I don’t know whether to get my hopes up, I don’t know whether I should just ignore the opportunity altogether–spoiler alert. My hopes are slightly up. I have a bit of a sob story that I don’t want to share with everyone, because I know how badly we all want it and need it. I’m praying to get it, but I know that if I don’t, the person who does get it will use it wisely. That’s what matters most. Good luck to you, everyone!

  121. You are simply amazing. I love your website. It has already helped me TREMENDOUSLY with my food blog and starting my private practice. Every time I visit your website I seriously have ten tabs open. Thank you for this wonderful, wonderful opportunity <3

  122. Max Cabrera says:

    I wish i had found out about this sooner! Tho it’s a great cause, i’ve been reading your blog for the past hour -found it on Pinterest- and it’s just amazing how you share your expierence with us, and by us i mean the community you have built through your site, i applaude you.

    Expect me to be around constantly.

    Love,
    Max.

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  124. Feggie says:

    Hello Reg.
    A very thoughtful friend just sent me a link to your page a few hours back. You’re great. In between reads, I had to go check some of the links within your write-up. You do have a large heart I must say.
    This is one time where I pray some loophole in a decision would shine forth. I had hoped to be able to get in on the Creative Ninja Scholarship. My joy at been able to get an opportunity as this, didn’t let me see that I had missed the deadline. I sooo need a camera and a tablet. I’m a designer. My MAJOR drawback being my online ABSENCE… (I’m probably not allowed to do this here) I currently use a BB9300 (a.k.a. Curve 3…yeahhh that back). Never OWNED a laptop. In this age, I see lots of jobs pass me by because my prospects can’t get to see pictures of dresses I’ve made (Canon’s T5i would change that) on a relatively large screen (an iPad Air 2 would kill that)…
    I’m doing this because I’ve listened to you…
    ‘Listen to me
    please: You are not a fraud. You are
    simply fighting for who you know you
    are. You are fighting for what youโ€™re worth.
    You are fighting to make a difference in the
    world while other people are sitting around
    laughing. They wish they could have your
    courage. And maybe one day you will help
    them get it, but for now, YOU MUST
    FIGHT. Please, you must continue to fight.’

    That’s a clip from your post on blogging income making.

    I know I’m good. I know some peeps think I have lofty dreams. But I do know I have so very much to offer my world.

  125. Angela says:

    I scrolled all the way down to right this post! I remembering being in the position a few years ago. A friend bought me my Macbook Pro because I worked on his blog and all of his social media (even putting up and writing his Youtube videos). I was just thinking last night about a friend I would like to do something for.

    Wow, you’ve really amazed me.

    Can’t wait to see who the blessed receiver is.

  126. SO, I have been following along on your blog for the past month. Dare I say, I AM HOOKED! I have several email subscriptions that are in my inbox from other people who help others create content, yet YOU Regina are the only person’s emails that I never let go unopened for more than a few minutes. You have been so helpful and giving that I couldn’t wait until my tax return came and I could finally purchase your workbooks. I am hitting the ground running, HARD, because of you. This opportunity is so awesome and I hope that whoever is picked can benefit someone else afterwards. That is what it is all about. Yup! You have a force behind you of ninjas and I couldn’t be more grateful for all that you do.

  127. Shari says:

    Hi Regina, I really wish I had gotten this email earlier, since I just realized today is the 13th and your contest is done :(… I truly hope that it goes to someone in need. I am disabled…very long story, but I’ve kept a blog going through all of the tests, doctors that treated me like it is all in my head and so on. I had to file bancruptcy because I had amassed over 240k in medical bills, which are still continuing to come in. I have been helping my daughter with her etsy store, that has pretty much turned into my store, as long as I can keep working on my “good days. ” Congratulations to the winners.

  128. Maia says:

    you have changed my life! xo

  129. Reem says:

    the fact you want to give an opportunity to success for every one pass some difficult ..
    How Inspiring !
    You make me feel grateful every post you share with us .. you have the most loving and caring heart ..
    I can’t say more .. Keep going Regina , Love you ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Love the tank top btw. Can I confess that I used to love the ninja turtles as a litle girl while all the others loved barbie….Congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

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  132. Rain says:

    OMG! You’re sooo awesome! I wish I saw this earlier I could have joined. More blessings to you Miss Regina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. christopher says:

    So every now and then over the last 5 years, I find and check up on how things are going for you. not in a stalker-ish way, but in a caring from a safe distance kind of way. This current blog and business you have going is fantastic and I have learned a lot when I have stopped by. This that you are doing now is… i don’t know the word, whats better than “awesome”? I mean you already help legions of people with the info you publish here for free and now taking your own hard earned money to give someone an opportunity to chase their dreams? My heart literally wanted to burst while reading this. I feel compelled to do this also, in my own way. I have a decent amount of experience with photography and would gladly offer a full day, one-on-one portrait workshop if the winner of your contest selects the camera Or commercial photography services in whatever capacity if the winner selects the laptop and starts a business. (I’m in central Texas so I completely understand the limitations of my offer if the winner happens to be outside the region however an online workshop or some other use of the photography can be arranged) ABSOLUTELY NOT trying to steal thunder or precipitate on anyone’s street based celebratory gathering, simply wanted to give what I can to the lucky someone.

    Thanks for all you do. You have built something amazing here.

  134. Tors says:

    You never fail to amaze and inspire me lady, your generosity is unfailing.

  135. Wendi says:

    Wow! Super generous and incredible offer! Awesome website as well. I only just found you today – is this ninja offer still open? I clicked on the form to complete and it took me to an “oops” page, so I was wondering. I will be back, very very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  137. Sarah says:

    So sad I missed the deadline, but SO happy you’ve created an excellent opportunity for someone else! What a great idea!

  138. stephanie says:

    Hi Regina ! I just wanted to say that I have been reading many of your post and all of the resources you have shared and I just want to say thank you !!! Thank you !!! This is really helping me connect the dots on what I want to do for my website which I have not launched yet. I still don’t have the professional camera nor the Mac I wish I had but I am working towards getting it. What you are doing is really great and it is something I would like to implement for my brand as well when I have the opportunity. Right now I am a little bit challenged by not having these items but I am doing as much as I can to get there. I have quick question for you: Do you think creating a scholarship like this to actually launch a site would be a good idea or would it be just too much to start off? Thanks in advanced for your feedback !

    Love your work !

    Stephanie

  139. Fufoon says:

    Wonderful site. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to
    several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.

    And of course, thanks on your effort!

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