Monday, May 24, 2010

Grant news brings cheescake

None of the grants we applied for went through.

Including National Geographic.

I got an email the other day saying that we didn't get it. Ok, I was bummed out; I cried. It wasn't that I was incredibly disappointed that it didn't happen, it was more that something that has been a huge part of my life for the past 8 months isn't really a part of it anymore.

When we made it past the first level of competition for this grant, I got myself a cheesecake. Yes, an entire cheesecake. It took about two and a half weeks to eat it all but I did that because I love the stuff and I was proud that we made it that far.

Now after finding out that we didn't make it, I am buying myself a smaller cheesecake. I'm celebrating that at 19 years old, I wrote a grant, I took a risk and I knew the amount of work it took to put into it. I was part of the planning process for an expedition and I worked so, so, so hard on this. I'm proud of myself.

I am applying again, and doing another project in the meantime. We are back to square one, and it's good to be positive about the failures. Patience, patience, patience..


  1. Hey Becca, I'm really sorry to hear that you guys didn't get the NG grant. Good work applying, planning the project, dreaming it up, being serious about your work. And don't despair. You are super talented and the world needs you to tell stories through your photographs. Just keep searching for the perfect project and the means to do it ... good things are heading your way I'm sure. Keep in touch, Emilene