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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$5 monthly subscription
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$8 monthly subscription
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$11.11 monthly subscription

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

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Love Gives Life Meaning

By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebellion

My philosophy is simple. It requires no devotion or scripture reading. No offense to those who believe in these things; they just don’t work for me. I’m far from an atheist, but I see no need to let any spiritual authority tell me how to walk my path.

My religion is built on love and compassion.

I have no desire to appear enlightened or pretend as if I have access to some grand truth. I intend only to be a force for love in my everyday life and hopefully gain some wisdom I can share along the way. In my opinion, this is the best way to counter the hate and hopelessness in the world.

People everywhere seem to be giving up hope. They’re tired of living in a world where the wicked prosper and good people suffer. Perhaps they’ve encountered so many setbacks in life that they think there’s nothing left to fight for. It’s a sad feeling when you no longer want to keep the flame alive. Continue reading

Update #4: New Roof Fundraiser – Great News!

Update #4:

Great news! With help from all of you, we raised what we needed and hired a company for the job. Even better news: they finished the job today! This update is coming later than I expected, mainly due to a dentist appointment that kept me busy most of the day today. But as of this evening, the job is done. We have a new roof!

I will write one more update in the next day or two in which I’ll share photos and thank all of you properly. The sun set before the job was finished today, so we were unable to get pictures. But we will have photos of our awesome new roof in the next update.

For now, here are some photos from yesterday of the materials sitting on our (old) roof.

Thank you all so much again, and much love! 🙂


Update #3:

Happy New Year! I can’t thank everyone who has donated enough. I write this in every update because we never imagined we would receive so much support. Thank you all!

I’m waiting to hear back from one more roofing company, but we’ve received an estimate of $6,000 from a company we are considering hiring. This is the price we anticipated, but we have not yet fully raised the $6,000. We’ve raised more than we expected through GoFundMe and PayPal, but we are now in the final stretch and need a bit more to reach this goal.

As I’ve been saying, we will greatly, greatly appreciate anything anyone can give. If we get a few more donations we could very well afford this expensive repair, which would allow me to focus on writing and making content as a thank-you to everyone supporting us.

For the past week, progress has been stalled in getting companies out to our home to give us an estimate. This is mostly due to an infected tooth that has been causing me a great deal of pain. Thanks to antibiotics, the worst of the pain is past me so I can now focus on the roof, get to the dentist, and of course, write.

If possible, we would like to avoid getting a loan or payment plan to afford the rest of the repair. It would be incredible if we could raise enough funds to afford a new roof altogether, so again, anything you can give is welcomed.

I’ll post a new update as soon as we move forward. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Much love. 🙂

Wes & Family


Update #2:

Thank you again to everyone who has donated and supported us in replacing our roof. We are halfway to our goal on GoFundMe, and I am continuing to call roofing companies for an estimate on the cost of replacing it.

The past couple bids we’ve received are higher than we would prefer – one was around $7,500 and another was around $8,500 – but we’ve received one cheaper estimate that is more in our price range.

The companies giving us the higher bids want to do more than the basic roof replacement. Besides some costly improvements they want to make, they are factoring in the price of replacing some of the wooden beams in our ceiling that have taken water damage.

I am still calling around in hopes of getting a more affordable bid; I’ll post another update as soon as we decide which roofers to go with.

My plan was to have the job done this month (December). But depending on whether we get an affordable estimate from a reputable company in the next couple weeks, as well as the amount of funds we raise in that time, I may need to extend the fundraiser into next year.

I think we will soon have enough to replace the roof, which is something I never thought I would be able to do anytime soon. It is amazing beyond belief that so many people have helped us, whether by donating or sending love and kind words.

We’re not quite there yet, and anything will help. To everyone who has donated and anyone who potentially will: you are teaching me what it means to be kind and compassionate. Thank you again. =)

We are accepting contributions via GoFundMe (link above) and PayPal (my PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com) The first update, along with the original post and photos of our damaged roof, is below.


Update #1:

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our new roof fund and sent us positive comments. With the donations made to our Go Fund Me and the donations sent via PayPal, we are closer to our goal than I would’ve ever thought possible.

I’m currently calling around, having a few more companies come look at the roof and give an estimate of what it will cost to replace. One roofer said while looking at it that it has taken a great deal of hail damage, which has caused the nails to loosen and water to get in.

This is why our ceiling has taken water damage, as you can see in two of the pictures below. Showing me up-close pictures of the asphalt shingles, he made it clear that hail has significantly damaged the roof. This confirms that it needs replaced ASAP.

I don’t yet have the pictures he took, but I will update this (and the Go Fund Me) as soon as he sends them to me. I have two other companies coming by in the next few days to look at it and give me an estimate, so for now we are unsure what the final cost will be.

As I mentioned, we are closer to the amount we think we’ll need. But we’re not out of the woods yet. I cannot express my appreciation enough to everyone who has donated, and apart from the contributions made via Go Fund Me – for which I have not yet thanked all the donors – I am trying to thank each of you individually.

If we can continue to get contributions, then I’m confident that we’ll have enough for this frighteningly expensive repair. As I wrote in my original post, we will greatly appreciate anything you can give. If you enjoy my writings and want to help support the blog, then right now this is the best way to do so.

I shared the Go Fund Me link at the top of this post, but here it is again: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wes-amp-his-family-get-a-new-roof

We are also accepting contributions via PayPal. My PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com.

Words are insufficient to express how much I appreciate everyone who has donated in our time of need. So many amazing, compassionate readers have helped us either by donating or sending love and support. Because of you, we are inching closer to our goal. Thank you all again, and much love. =)

Wes & family

I’ll post another update for the roof fund in the next few days – likely after Thanksgiving as it will be a busy time for everyone. The original post, along with photos of our damaged roof, is below.


For anyone who can help – our roof is badly damaged and in need of replacement. It is sagging in some areas, and in some rooms of the house, the ceiling has visible water damage.

One roofing company estimated that it will cost at least $5,000 to fix, but it could cost more if the roofers discover more damage.

Here are some pictures of the damaged, sagging areas of the roof as well as two photo of water damage in the ceiling in two of our rooms.

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We currently have no money for repairs, and so I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page with a goal of $6,000. We need to raise the money for this ASAP, as the damage is getting worse. We hope to replace the roof this winter.

If you enjoy my writings and want to help ensure I can continue to write, please donate to the emergency fund we are raising via Go Fund Me. You can also donate via PayPal (my PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com).

This is our last chance to raise money for the new roof we desperately need, and we will greatly appreciate anything you can give.

We would also appreciate if you can share our Go Fund Me page on your social media. The more people who share it, the more who will see it and the more who can potentially help.

Thank you all, and much love.

Wes Annac & family 🙂

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Update #3: New Roof Fundraiser

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Water damage on the ceiling in one of our bedrooms

New Roof Fundraiser GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wes-amp-his-family-get-a-new-roof

We are also accepting contributions via PayPal. My PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com

Update #3:

Happy New Year! I can’t thank everyone who has donated enough. I write this in every update because we never imagined we would receive so much support. Thank you all!

I’m waiting to hear back from one more roofing company, but we’ve received an estimate of $6,000 from a company we are considering hiring. This is the price we anticipated, but we have not yet fully raised the $6,000. We’ve raised more than we expected through GoFundMe and PayPal, but we are now in the final stretch and need a bit more to reach this goal. Continue reading

Anxiety Taught Me to Be a Better Person

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

A recent anxiety attack taught me that there are things in my life I must change if I want to feel better. If I don’t make these changes, I will continue to grapple with the awful feelings that brought me here.

Unless you have a disorder, which I do not, an anxiety attack can signify that there is something – or many things – you’re doing that do not sit well with your mind and/or body.

If you repeat this behavior every day, you do so at the mind or body’s increasing discomfort. Your body will communicate this, and if you ignore it, the day will come when these feelings erupt on their own.

Along with alerting you to the consequences of destructive behavior, an anxiety attack can signify that there are unresolved and deeply-rooted emotional problems you must address. Continue reading

Update #2: New Roof Fundraiser

Water damage in the ceiling of our front porch

Go Fund Me link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wes-amp-his-family-get-a-new-roof

Update #2:

Thank you again to everyone who has donated and supported us in replacing our roof. We are halfway to our goal on GoFundMe, and I am continuing to call roofing companies for an estimate on the cost of replacing it.

The past couple bids we’ve received are higher than we would prefer – one was around $7,500 and another was around $8,500 – but we’ve received one cheaper estimate that is more in our price range.

The companies giving us the higher bids want to do more than the basic roof replacement. Besides some costly improvements they want to make, they are factoring in the price of replacing some of the wooden beams in our ceiling that have taken water damage. Continue reading

New Roof Fundraiser Update

Go Fund Me link: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wes-amp-his-family-get-a-new-roof

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our new roof fund and sent us positive comments. With the donations made to our Go Fund Me and the donations sent via PayPal, we are closer to our goal than I would’ve ever thought possible.

I’m currently calling around, having a few more companies come look at the roof and give an estimate of what it will cost to replace. One roofer said while looking at it that it has taken a great deal of hail damage, which has caused the nails to loosen and water to get in.

This is why our ceiling has taken water damage, as you can see in two of the pictures below. Showing me up-close pictures of the asphalt shingles, he made it clear that hail has significantly damaged the roof. This confirms that it needs replaced ASAP.

I don’t yet have the pictures he took, but I will update this (and the Go Fund Me) as soon as he sends them to me. I have two other companies coming by in the next few days to look at it and give me an estimate, so for now we are unsure what the final cost will be.

As I mentioned, we are closer to the amount we think we’ll need. But we’re not out of the woods yet. I cannot express my appreciation enough to everyone who has donated, and apart from the contributions made via Go Fund Me – for which I have not yet thanked all the donors – I am trying to thank each of you individually.

If we can continue to get contributions, then I’m confident that we’ll have enough for this frighteningly expensive repair. As I wrote in my original post, we will greatly appreciate anything you can give. If you enjoy my writings and want to help support the blog, then right now this is the best way to do so.

I shared the Go Fund Me link at the top of this post, but here it is again:

We are also accepting contributions via PayPal – my PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com.

Words are insufficient to express how much I appreciate everyone who has donated in our time of need. So many amazing, compassionate readers have helped us either by donating or sending love and support. Because of you, we are inching closer to our goal. Thank you all again, and much love. =)

Wes & family

I’ll post another update for the roof fund in the next few days – likely after Thanksgiving as it will be a busy time for everyone. The original post, along with photos of our damaged roof, is below.

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For anyone who can help – our roof is badly damaged and in need of replacement. It is sagging in some areas, and in some rooms of the house, the ceiling has visible water damage.

One roofing company estimated that it will cost at least $5,000 to fix, but it could cost more if the roofers discover more damage.

Here are some pictures of the damaged, sagging areas of the roof as well as two photo of water damage in the ceiling in two of our rooms.

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IMG_0170

IMG_0175

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RoofCoverPhoto

We currently have no money for repairs, and so I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page with a goal of $6,000. We need to raise the money for this ASAP, as the damage is getting worse. We hope to replace the roof this winter.

If you enjoy my writings and want to help ensure I can continue to write, please donate to the emergency fund we are raising via Go Fund Me. You can also donate via PayPal (my PayPal email is wesremal@yahoo.com).

This is our last chance to raise money for the new roof we desperately need, and we will greatly appreciate anything you can give.

We would also appreciate if you can share our Go Fund Me page on your social media. The more people who share it, the more who will see it and the more who can potentially help.

Thank you all, and much love.

Wes Annac & family 🙂

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