I've been so engulfed in trying to raise money for our little project this fall, that I hadn't fully realized the feat we were attempting. Once we launched our fundraising campaign, my only thought was, "This has to happen. It will happen. There's no turning back." I put my head down, got sucked into social networking and was attached to the internet: Every. Waking. Moment.
After finally getting a good night's sleep and waking up to the 6-digit figure in our PayPal account - it hit me. That's a ton of money. And it all came in 5 and 10 dollar increments from our friends, our family, fans and supporters. It came from people who didn't have $5 to spare, but they believed in us and pledged anyway.
It still doesn't feel real. But I'm counting each and every dollar as a little piece of sunshine. Mostly because each one of those dollars has a person attached.