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Update posted by Courtney Parks On Sep 23

Hello everyone!

You may have noticed that the target goal amount has dropped from $3200 to $2800. I did this for a few reasons, but the biggest one is that a very small project has come my way. I spoke with my advisory team (My roommate, best friend, and two cats) and we've decided to use the entirety of the funds earned from said freelance task towards the new computer. Which means the total minimum amount needed for my campaign has lowered. Yippie!

I debated on announcing this goal change, but I want to be completely transparent with you on what's happening in my life. It's important to me that you all know where every dollar raised will go.

I'm happy to announce that we're now a third of a way to meeting the new goal and I am so grateful for everyone's help in sharing my story and donating. This campaign has done more than simply raise some money to help me continue creating -- it has introduced me to new fantastic folk, and I've made friends with other creators who have offered encouraging words and opened doors to future opportunities.

I was incredibly shy about and even a little embarrassed by the idea of holding a fundraising campaign for what I felt was a luxury item. I felt that, if I couldn't earn the money to replace my computer, I didn't deserve it... but how can I earn money when my work depends on a functioning computer? This is no luxury item, as my colleagues constantly remind me: a new computer is essential in continuing on my path, both for my career and for my personal growth. If I want to achieve my goals, I'd need the right tools to do it.

So, thank you, everyone. Thank you for helping me with this. You're all amazing people, and I'm one lucky woman to have you on my side.

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