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.
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?
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.