Thank You!!! (Openhearted Rebellion Update; Regarding the Next Appeal…)

There are no words to express our gratitude for your help getting us through August, which was another difficult month. It amazes me that there are people who appreciate this digital space enough to help keep it alive, and I plan to continue making content that will hopefully be worthy of your subscriptions and contributions.

I hope for there to come a time when I no longer need to make monthly appeals. But as long as it’s a necessity and there are readers willing to support our content, I’ll do what I must to keep Openhearted Rebellion going.

I will unfortunately need to write another appeal later this month – not for our usual bills, which we mostly have covered, but for two high property tax bills due in October and December. Our appeal later this month will focus on raising funds for the October bill.

I’ve been looking for a part-time job to earn as much as I can in anticipation of these bills’ due dates, but so far, I haven’t found any work. It doesn’t help that I’m without a dependable vehicle, which forces me to look only for jobs in walking distance.

For those who may not know, a property tax is a bill that homeowners pay to the state either once a year or in segments.

I’m not sure how it works in other countries, but here in the U.S., your state imposes a yearly tax bill. The simple explanation is that if you can’t pay, your property is eventually opened to the public. Anyone who wants to assume responsibility for the unpaid taxes can buy it and force you out of your home.

For the last few years, we’ve been able to pay the bill. The problem is that the state of Illinois has been raising taxes every year, making it harder to scrounge up the funds to pay for a home and property I already own.

If I do find a part-time job, it will not mean Openhearted Rebellion is closing its doors. I’ll simply have to balance writing and blogging with working. It will be worth the trouble if we don’t lose our home.

I’ll get into this more in the appeal later this month, but I’m aware that depending on emergency requests for help to pay high bills and higher property taxes is unsustainable. It’s not the best choice for someone with a family to support.

I know part-time work could help us get out of this financial hole, and I trust that I can balance it with writing and blogging. Until I can find work close to home, however, I must ask for your help.

Again, I’ll get into all this in the September appeal in a couple weeks. I just wanted to explain the situation, let those concerned know that I am looking for work rather than relying solely on these appeals, and most importantly, thank all of you who have and continue to contribute.   

Thank you as always, and much love. =)

Wes Annac & Family

If you want to support Openhearted Rebellion, you can send a contribution via PayPal to wesremal@yahoo.com. Or, consider a $5, $8, or $11.11 monthly subscription (credit and debit accepted):

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Original August appeal:

I’m back from an unexpectedly long hiatus only to be forced to ask for support again this month to keep Openhearted Rebellion running. You may recall from my previous posts that I said I would need to make these appeals once a month to drum up the income we need.

The time has again come for me to ask anyone who enjoys this blog to donate or subscribe so I can continue to focus on building it.

My plans for the blog, which admittedly did not materialize this month due to the hiatus, include posting new, original articles on a consistent basis as well as featuring more work from contributing authors. I’ll also be working on side projects that include a possible reworking of the Karma Yoga Daily podcast.

More on that another time.

After my last appeal, we received just enough support to make it through another month. The contributions and new subscriptions not only let us stay above water, but once again showed me how many of you care about this space.

I live in an area with a lot of people who aren’t as open to the ideas discussed here. Sometimes, writing about it by myself can get lonely. I often forget there are so many others who believe in these ideas enough to support the growth of a digital space in which they can be freely expressed and expanded upon.

Since I wrote last month’s appeal, we gratefully received the support we needed but were also hit with some difficult setbacks. Unfortunately, for now, I have no option but to keep writing these appeals every month. The strain of trying to pay bills on a low income is too much, even though to me, the stress is worth it.

Since I was able to take some time this month to spend with family and recharge, I’m more than ready to get back to writing. Along with the side projects, I plan to churn out continuous articles to assure our readers that this blog is worth supporting.

Generally, the less I can stress about keeping the lights on, the more time and energy I can put into creating a body of work that will leave no doubt in our readers that supporting us is the right choice. I believe this blog can become much bigger and make a real difference in the world, but for now, it can’t survive without your help.

I’m willing to do the work. The rest is up to the Universe and any readers who can help. If the day comes when our readers can no longer help or no longer feel we are worthy of support, then I’ll accept it and retreat into the working world.

Until then, I’ll do whatever I can to keep Openhearted Rebellion afloat – even if it means coming to you every month in hopes that you can help. If you believe in this blog’s potential and don’t mind helping get it off the ground, please support us this month with a subscription or a one-time contribution.  

I say this every time, but any and all support will mean the world to us.   

How You Can Help

If you’re able to support us, there are a few ways you can do so.

One is by sending a donation/contribution to us directly via PayPal. My PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com.

Any amount will help right now.

If you want to support us on a consistent, long-term basis, you can subscribe to Openhearted Rebellion for $5, $8, or $11.11 a month. (Subscription options above)

To subscribe means simply to support the blog with one contribution a month through PayPal (credit and debit are accepted). With the $11.11 subscription, you’ll receive the Weekly Awareness Guide – a document with an exclusive article and other segments sent to your inbox each week.

You can also purchase Enlightened Afterlife, an eBook about Spiritualism I wrote to give readers a way to support the blog while I share information about all these topics that fascinate me. You can purchase below via PayPal or head here to get it on Kindle.

Lastly, you can support us via our Patreon page. Head here for information on how to join one of the support tiers. We haven’t had any supporters over there yet, but I’ll soon be lowering the price of the tiers to encourage more readers to sign up.

I look forward to a time when these appeals are unnecessary, but I can’t thank enough those of you who’ve supported us through the years. I have so much love for those of you who’ve been here through all the blog name changes, hiatuses, and lengthy posts detailing how much I was struggling.

I never knew compassion until I became a part of this community. If you can give once again, then I plan to give back in abundance.

Thanks, and much love.

Wes Annac & Family =)

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Emptiness and Life on the Other Side

We need your help to keep Openhearted Rebellion going another month. With a donation or monthly subscription, you can help us keep the lights on and ensure I can continue to put out content. You’ll find more info and subscription options at the end of this article.

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

We’ve all thought about what happens after death. The spiritually minded believe death is a gateway to another state of consciousness wherein the spirit is released from the shackles of the body and free from the limitations of the physical world.

Atheists believe this life is all we get. When we die, we cease to exist. This theory can induce existential dread in anyone who believes it or is afraid that it could be true. The thought of no longer existing is a little scary.

We’re not afraid to sleep, which if you exclude dreaming, is an experience of a similar kind of nothingness to what atheists believe awaits after death.

For most people, however, the scariest thought is that one day, they will never again wake up to this flawed but incredible world. Although it would be great to be free from pain and suffering, the thought of experiencing no more sight, taste, hearing, color, or sensation of any kind isn’t exactly comforting. Continue reading

Help Keep Openhearted Rebellion Going (August 2019 Appeal)

I’m back from an unexpectedly long hiatus only to be forced to ask for support again this month to keep Openhearted Rebellion running. You may recall from my previous posts that I said I would need to make these appeals once a month to drum up the income we need.

The time has again come for me to ask anyone who enjoys this blog to donate or subscribe so I can continue to focus on building it.

My plans for the blog, which admittedly did not materialize this month due to the hiatus, include posting new, original articles on a consistent basis as well as featuring more work from contributing authors. I’ll also be working on side projects that include a possible reworking of the Karma Yoga Daily podcast.

More on that another time.

After my last appeal, we received just enough support to make it through another month. The contributions and new subscriptions not only let us stay above water, but once again showed me how many of you care about this space.

I live in an area with a lot of people who aren’t as open to the ideas discussed here. Sometimes, writing about it by myself can get lonely. I often forget there are so many others who believe in these ideas enough to support the growth of a digital space in which they can be freely expressed and expanded upon.

Since I wrote last month’s appeal, we gratefully received the support we needed but were also hit with some difficult setbacks. Unfortunately, for now, I have no option but to keep writing these appeals every month. The strain of trying to pay bills on a low income is too much, even though to me, the stress is worth it.

Since I was able to take some time this month to spend with family and recharge, I’m more than ready to get back to writing. Along with the side projects, I plan to churn out continuous articles to assure our readers that this blog is worth supporting.

Generally, the less I can stress about keeping the lights on, the more time and energy I can put into creating a body of work that will leave no doubt in our readers that supporting us is the right choice. I believe this blog can become much bigger and make a real difference in the world, but for now, it can’t survive without your help.

I’m willing to do the work. The rest is up to the Universe and any readers who can help. If the day comes when our readers can no longer help or no longer feel we are worthy of support, then I’ll accept it and retreat into the working world.

Until then, I’ll do whatever I can to keep Openhearted Rebellion afloat – even if it means coming to you every month in hopes that you can help. If you believe in this blog’s potential and don’t mind helping get it off the ground, please support us this month with a subscription or a one-time contribution.

I say this every time, but any and all support will mean the world to us.

How You Can Help

If you’re able to support us, there are a few ways you can do so.

One is by sending a donation/contribution to us directly via PayPal. My PayPal email is wesremal@yahooo.com.

Any amount will help right now.

If you want to support us on a consistent, long-term basis, you can subscribe to Openhearted Rebellion for $5, $8, or $11.11 a month.

PayPal

$5 monthly subscription

PayPal

$8 monthly subscription

PayPal

$11.11 monthly subscription

To subscribe means simply to support the blog with one contribution a month through PayPal (credit and debit are accepted). With the $11.11 subscription, you’ll receive the Weekly Awareness Guide – a document with an exclusive article and other segments sent to your inbox each week.

You can also purchase Enlightened Afterlife, an eBook about Spiritualism I wrote to give readers a way to support the blog while I share information about all these topics that fascinate me. You can purchase below via PayPal or head here to get it on Kindle.

Lastly, you can support us via our Patreon page. Head here for information on how to join one of the support tiers. We haven’t had any supporters over there yet, but I’ll soon be lowering the price of the tiers to encourage more readers to sign up.

I look forward to a time when these appeals are unnecessary, but I can’t thank enough those of you who’ve supported us through the years. I have so much love for those of you who’ve been here through all the blog name changes, hiatuses, and lengthy posts detailing how much I was struggling.

I never knew compassion until I became a part of this community. If you can give once again, then I plan to give back in abundance.

Thanks, and much love.

Wes Annac & Family =)

Back from an Unexpectedly Long Break

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebellion

I’m back after a hiatus that lasted longer than I expected.

A couple weeks ago, a combination of work/financial/life stresses and the end of my child’s summer break prompted me to take some time off from writing to be with my family. For the most part, it was a peaceful two weeks that helped me feel rejuvenated and ready to write again.

When the time came to send my son back to school, my wife and I knew it would be a little stressful as we resumed our normal routine and caught back up with everything. We didn’t predict it would be as chaotic as it has been, but we’re doing our best to keep our heads above water.

My original plan was to resume writing on Wednesday the 14th, as that was my son’s first day back. As you can see, that plan was delayed.

A notice from the city made me aware of how overgrown I’d let my yard become, which prompted me to take a few extra days to work on it. My town doesn’t have high expectations for lawn care, but they consider it a violation if your yard looks like a jungle with vines covering most of your fence. Continue reading

Almost There! (Openhearted Rebellion Update)

Update: To those who have donated and subscribed to the blog, we can’t thank you enough. I know I’ve said it before, but you are helping ensure Openhearted Rebellion has a future in this uncertain time. It means the world to us!

We are close to what we need, but we’re not quite there yet. Anything you can give will help ensure I can keep the blog running for the foreseeable future and will be greatly appreciated. I’ve written that so many times that by now it might sound insincere. But I can promise it’s the truth.

This blog is a passion project, and to me, it’s incredible that so many of you enjoy it enough to contribute to its future. Sometimes it’s hard to believe my writings reach anyone at all, but the support you’ve given us in our times of need shows that they have potential.

For those who are unable to help financially, we will gladly accept love and good vibes sent our way. It means so very much to know there are people who care, even if they can’t support us directly. Trust us, we understand.

You can find information on how to support us below. Thank you to everyone who can help, and much love! Continue reading

(New) Openhearted Rebellion Needs Your Help

The goal of Openhearted Rebellion is to push into the mainstream the idea that love and kindness can change lives and the world as a whole. It also serves to introduce readers to basic forms of spirituality and accompanying philosophies, teachers, and practices.

On that blog, I publish articles written from the heart with an openness that hopefully lets readers feel like they’re in touch with a friend rather than reading someone’s work.

Along with this, I post articles and videos from other content creators that show how our current paradigm is out of control and show evidence of a new paradigm in progress.

This work is close to my heart; I believe in love as a profound force for good that could change the world if more people were open to it.

Although an outsider looking in might think I’m another lazy kid who doesn’t want to work, the reality is that I work very hard to spread these ideas and still often feel like it’s not enough. Continue reading

Openhearted Rebellion Needs Your Help

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

It’s that time again.

The great thing about working on the internet is that it allows me to be at home with my family while making content I hope you will enjoy. Throughout the 8+ years I’ve been doing this, the thought of being with my family and connecting with so many openminded and openhearted readers has kept me going.

Obviously, none of this has been easy. Working, maintaining this lifestyle, and figuring out how to pay bills every month is incredibly stressful and disheartening. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

Sometimes it feels like society punishes those who dare to do what inspires them for a living. You can try to follow your passion, but don’t expect it to be easy.

After so many years writing and blogging in this wonderful community, I’ll admit I expected things to be a little easier by now. Sadly, this is not the case. We continue to need support, and so I begrudgingly continue to ask.

Around five months ago, I was forced to write a post stating that the blog was circling the drain and we needed help from readers to keep going. A couple months later, in November/December of last year, I posted an urgent request for donations to a New Roof Fund because my home’s roof desperately needed replaced.

In between those two requests, I had a massive anxiety attack which was the culmination of every problem, financial and otherwise, piling up and overwhelming me.

Every time, our readers came through and helped us. There have also been other less urgent times we needed you and you were there. In all honesty, I can’t reasonably expect you to do any more for us than you already have.

However, this doesn’t change the fact that I am once again at risk of losing the ability to write for Openhearted Rebellion for a living; much less put work into a podcast, a new blog I’m working on, or other side projects.

You might be wondering: if the blog has received so much support in the past, then why are we still struggling to keep it afloat? Put simply: the financial help we’ve received in our times of need, as amazing and unexpected as it was, has always been on a one-time basis.

I try to keep quiet about our financial needs until I have no choice but to make a post explaining that we’re in trouble. So far, every time, we’ve received the help we needed after I wrote such a post. I can’t express enough how much that means to me, and I’ve said this to the donors themselves.

But then, once the crisis passes, we are back to the regular monthly income we receive from the blog. In case you’re wondering, this income is generated from ad revenue and subscriptions to the Weekly Awareness Guide, which is a document I write that’s comprised of 2-3 extra articles you won’t find on the blog.

I offer the guide as a way for readers to support Openhearted Rebellion if they enjoy our content. We haven’t made an actual profit from ad revenue in months, so the guide has been our only source of income.

We do have a base of dedicated subscribers, but income from the guide has recently become too scarce to really be feasible. Bills are going unpaid and maintaining a dependable vehicle has long been a fool’s dream for us. Having to walk everywhere in the middle of a rough winter is no fun.

Obviously, none of this is your problem.

It all stems from my choice year after year to risk comfort and financial security so I can write and be with my family. I’d like to think, however, that after all these years I’ve amassed a big enough base of readers who love the blog and want to see us thrive even if it means I ask for help a lot.

So far, you’ve proven me right every time I’ve been forced to ask. None of the times I’ve asked did I expect the amount of love and support you all gave us, and yet, there you were. This is precisely why I hate asking; you’ve helped so much already and by now I feel like I shouldn’t have to burden you.

Sadly, I’ve been hit with the reality that if I want to stand any chance of continuing this blog, I need a solid enough monthly income to pay bills and start a nest egg. Call it growing up, but the need for money is standing in the way of doing what I love.

My only options are to give up or make one last desperate request with little expectation for it to bear fruit given how much you’ve already helped. And so, here we are.


If you can give to ensure this blog has a future, anything will help. If not, or if you’re tired of seeing these requests, then believe me, I understand. I’m tired of writing them.

For those who can help, I want to do something different. We will gladly accept any one-time donation you can give (more info below), but this time, we’re aiming for regular monthly contributions so we can maintain a reliable income.

If this method works but we’re still in need, I may write posts like this on a monthly basis from now on.

Beyond subscribing to the Weekly Awareness Guide, which always helps, there are two ways you can support us monthly: through PayPal or Patreon.

Donation or Monthly Contribution via PayPal

If you’d like to make a one-time donation via PayPal, please send it to wesremal@yahoo.com. If you have a PayPal account but wish to donate from a credit or debit card, I believe you can do so.

Below, you’ll find a few PayPal “subscribe” buttons with different options. Be aware that subscribing means your contribution will be recurring until you cancel it. The same is true with Patreon. This is what we’re aiming for: a steady monthly income that keeps the lights on.

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Monthly Contribution via Patreon – Includes Rewards

Supporting us through Patreon comes with rewards depending on which tier you subscribe to. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/openheartedrebellion

Becoming a Tier 1 subscriber, or a “Love Truther” ($5 a month), will give you a discount for a subscription to the Weekly Awareness Guide, exclusive personal updates, and early access to some of my articles, videos, and podcasts before they debut on any other platform.

Becoming a Tier 2 subscriber, or a “Love Rebel” ($11.11 a month), will give you a full subscription to the Weekly Awareness Guide, exclusive updates, and early access to ALL of my articles, videos, and podcasts before they come out.

Important: If you plan to subscribe to the Weekly Awareness Guide through PayPal, I’d recommend subscribing to this tier on Patreon instead. For the same price, you’ll get the guide along with these rewards.

Becoming a Tier 3 subscriber, or a “Love Revolutionary” ($20 a month) will give you all the aforementioned goodies plus a behind-the-scenes look at how I make my content and your name featured at the end of all my articles, videos, podcasts, and any other content I make.

The idea behind this is that I give back something extra in exchange for your monthly contributions.


Not to sound dramatic, but the blog doesn’t stand much of a chance with the income it currently generates. We’ve needed our readers time and time again, and each time, you’ve come through. I understand if we’ve overstayed our welcome or you just don’t have anything to give.

It doesn’t take away from everything you’ve done for us.

For your compassion and generosity alone, I’ll never forget this community even if I am forced to call it quits. Whether or not you can help us now, you guys and gals are amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring.

Much love,

Wes Annac & Family