[T]hank you for generously giving to support my work. It’s easy to ignore fundraising banners, and I’m really glad you didn’t. This is how I pay my bills, people like you giving money, so I can keep this program freely available for everyone. People tell me that they donate because this program adds value and meaning to their lives, that they are finally journaling after years of false starts and trying, can see the improvement in their own drawings, have discovered some great new natural areas, are learning more about local nature, and love the growing nature journaling community.
I appreciate your gift on several levels. First you help make this work sustainable for me and my family. I have cut back on the fee based workshops that I have taught for years to make room for the workshops and field trips of the journal club. As I am offering free programs, fewer people sign up for the fee based workshops. Now that I am a father, making my way financially is really important and more difficult. This donation makes a big difference in my finances and creates an example that I hope others will follow. I also appreciate you gift as a sign that this is something that you value. This reaffirms my commitment to this project. I look forward to sketching and drawing with you over the coming year and further into the future. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you with your journaling efforts.
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With Gratitude, John Muir Laws