Friends, I don’t typically use my blog to solicit funds, but today I have a request. My friend and mentor, Annie Jean Brewer, was in an accident at work and suffered a traumatic brain injury that has left her disabled and with limited capacity to earn an income.
Here is the link to the GoFundMe page. https://www.gofundme.com/anniebrewer
When I first started on my path towards minimalism, I turned to the internet for inspiration. I found a few bloggers that focused on minimalism, and some really inspired me. One of those was Annie Jean Brewer at annienygma.com.
I was amazed at how little she was able to live on, typically spending less than $500 per month. That includes rent, utilities, food, etc. Reading this came at a time when I was making good money and not having much left to show for it. Annie inspired me to move ahead with our plans to sell our house and downsize to an apartment.
I shared Annie’s story with my wife and told her how minimalism allowed her to live off her income from self-published books. This meant Annie was able to stay home with her daughter, and enjoy all the moments before she transitioned into adulthood.
On top of all that, Annie was giving. She gave selflessly and did for others when she could.
When I think of minimalism, Annie is the image that comes to mind. She embodies the core concepts of minimalism and values what is truly important – people, relationships, and life. She does this on a very modest income, in a way that teaches us that income is not important, rather it’s how you life your life, and how you impact others that’s important.
Annie lives primarily off of income from her self-published books. Last year, she wanted some extra money to buy a laptop for her daughter. Computers are so important in society today, and Annie wanted to provide her daughter with one of the tools to succeed. With this goal in mind, and with the plan to save up a little extra for the extra expense that comes from heating her small home in winter, she took a job at a local fast food place.
She was progressing towards her goal, when tragedy struck. She suffered an accident at work that left her with a traumatic brain injury. She has been working with her doctors, but the outlook has not been as she hoped. It looks like she may have some permanent brain damage as a result of the accident. She hasn’t shared much of the accident itself, and I don’t have much info either, as I suspect there is some ongoing litigation.
Annie has shared her status a few times over the last few months, and she is doing the best she can, with a lot of help and support from her daughter. Her injuries leave her unable to write at her previous levels. It takes her a really long time to string words together, and this is devastating to an author and blogger.
Since she is unable to write, she cannot produce new content for her blog, and cannot write new books. A self-published author relies on new content to generate income. Unable to do this, she has been living off her declining book income since late last year.
She’s at a point now where income has decreased but litigation/disability has not kicked in. It’s a very tough in-between spot, and she needs our help. My goal in helping her is to fund the in-between, so she can focus on healing, recover, and therapy. Her minimal ways will stretch your donation for maximum impact. I wouldn’t ask you for a donation unless I thought the cause was worthy, and helping Annie and her daughter is one cause that I truly feel is worth supporting.
You can help in a few ways.
- Donate to her GoFundMe campaign. Any amount you give will have a huge impact on helping her get through this tough in-between time. https://www.gofundme.com/anniebrewer
- Buy one of her books. Annie prefers to earn income rather than getting it gifted to her. Donating to the GoFundMe campaign will have a more immediate impact since those funds are available to her immediately, but buying her books will support her mentally as well as financially.
- Share this blog post or share her GoFundMe campaign. The more people that see this, the more that can offer help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any help you can provide. I hate seeing my friend and mentor suffer and I am eternally grateful for any help you can provide.
If you want to get an idea of how Annie lives her life, check out her blog annienygma.com. Read through her posts and you will become inspired by her story.