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THE FINAL 4 HOURS: Last Chance to support Double Happiness

Tonight is it! If you would like to take part in the creation and launch of a labor of love and tale of transformation, this is it! Your great and final opportunity to participate and receive a pre-release copy of Double Happiness is now. I would love to have you on board.

The Kickstarter campaign ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time, 3am East Coast Time.

    >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << Words cannot express my gratitude to all of you for following this campaign, for reading all my emails :-), and for -- so many of you! -- becoming Backers and supporting Double Happiness. We've reached 10k and 11k, so the Double Happy Book Tour will visit at least: San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC., and New York, as well as Claymont, WV, my childhood home, the place featured in the book's Prologue. If I can reach 12k tonight, I'll add the West Coast cities of LA, Seattle, and Portland! The Double Happy Tour:       9k - [Happening!] San Francisco Bay Area     10k - [Happening!] St Louis, MO     11k - [Happening!] New York and Washington DC (+Claymont)     12k – [Not there yet] Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland

    >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << Words cannot truly express the depth of my gratitude. But of course I'm a writer, so I'll try. I feel as if I set sail on a boat alone, not knowing how long it would take to reach a distant shore, or whether I would make it. You were the strength in my hull and sails that sustained me, you were gusts of wind that propelled me, you were enormous unexpected swells of the ocean that carried me all the way into port. My deepest gratitude to you, Tony

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by Tony Brasunas on June 30, 2013

32 HOURS LEFT! Meet Me in St. Louis, Send Me to New York!

Making the book, going to St. Louis, and closing in on the East Coast: It’s your generosity that is making all of this happen! Thank you!

If you have not yet become a Backer, please consider doing so now! Just 32 hours remain, and I could still add New York to the Double Happy Book Tour. Everything ends tomorrow night at midnight! I would love to share this huge moment with you, to have your support, and to send you a pre-release copy of the book the hot moment it’s published.

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << If you have already become a Backer, and are inspired to send me and the ideas of Double Happiness to New York, please consider increasing your pledge! Let me send you another sweet reward…

  • A trade paperback copy of the book
    (ADVENTURER, $30 or more)
  • An invitation to the Book Launch Party & Celebration, which will take place in late September or early October at a gorgeous urban winery in Jack London Square.
    (PATRON SAINT OF HAPPINESS, $50 or more)
  • Your name in the acknowledgements printed in the book.
    (PATRON SAINT OF HAPPINESS, $50 or more)
  • A hard cover copy of the book.
    (GRAND HERO OF THE TAO, $75 or more)
  • A second invitation to the Book Launch Party for your guest
    (SILVER SAGE OF LEARNING, $150 or more)
  • A trip to China!
    (EMPEROR OF EAST & WEST, $5000 or more)
  • And that’s not all….

    >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << From the bottom of my happy heart, thank you! I’m delighted to be making the book I dreamed of making. I wrote Double Happiness to share a difficult and beautiful story in the hope others might find it useful and find remarkable paths to their own happiness. Now I dream of marketing the book and talking to others all over the country. If you’re inspired, I’d love your support in the next 32 hours!

Meet me in St. Louis! New York area Backers have pulled into third place, and the Double Happy Tour looks currently like this:
    9k – San Francisco Bay Area [Happening!]
    10k – St Louis, MO [Happening!]
    11k – New York and Washington DC [Not there yet]
    12k – Los Angeles and Portland, OR [Not there yet]
    13k – Chicago, Atlanta, Boston or ? [Not there yet]

New Reward! To celebrate the launch of the Double Happy Tour and to thank Backers who might be unable to pledge at the Adventurer level, I’ve set up a new Reward: TEACHER ($22 or more). Claim this if you like, by clicking ‘manage my pledge’ and adjusting your chosen reward or pledge.

    >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << With ever unfolding joy and gratitude, Tony

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by Tony Brasunas on June 29, 2013

Yes, We Did It!: 3 Days Left, Let’s Do a Book Tour

Yes! I’ve reached the mountaintop, I’ve hit $8888! Yes, we are making Double Happiness! This is your doing, my amazing friends. Thank You!!

It’s almost surreal. I can’t believe we’re here.

Are we done? June 30 is still three days away. After some contemplation, I’ve realized my dream is bigger, and I want to share it with you. The inspiration that called me a decade ago was to tell my story in a way that would be a contribution to the lives of others. Double Happiness is intended to inspire people to have remarkable experiences in their lives. I don’t want Double Happiness, when we publish it, to be the proverbial tree falling in the woods. I want to get out and talk about Double Happiness.

The bigger dream is a Book Tour!

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << I've revised slightly the "Stretch Goals" that I outlined when I originally set up the Kickstarter. My new Goal looks like a list of cities. In addition to general publicity and marketing, I want to go to specific cities and do readings and events -- in bookstores for potential readers, and on college campuses for potential teachers and travelers abroad. Which cities will I go to? To make it fun, and so that I can see as many of you as possible, the list will start with the cities with the most Backers. I’ll deliver rewards in person to you whenever possible, and I’ll do several events per city.

What cities are on the list? See the Kickstarter:

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << I can't do this without you! We have three days. Can you send me and Double Happiness around the country? Can you bring me to your city? If you haven’t yet, become a Backer, or if you’re able to increase your contribution level and go for a grander reward, please do it!

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << Forwarding this email would also be wonderful, as would sharing with any other potential friends of happiness on social media. In deepest gratitude for all you have already done, To double happiness, Tony

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by Tony Brasunas on June 27, 2013

8 Days to Reach 8888!

Thank you! I’m not there yet, but I’m three-quarters the way up this mountain. And it is because of you, amazing souls. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Double Happiness is coming into view. We’re 74% there, and I’m thrilled. But it’s not enough. I have 8 days left to reach the mountaintop, or it’s all for naught. It’s a humbling and crucial time for me.

If you haven’t already, watch the video. It’s short and sweet, and it’s at the top of this page:

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << In other news, this very Monday, June 24th, is my birthday! All I want for my special day is to summit this peak of four 8's! We're about $2250 away. Here's a little birthday math:

  • If 10 of you pledge $225, we’re done, Happy Birthday, we’re making Double Happiness.
  • If 25 of you pledge $88, we’re done, Happy Birthday, we’re making Double Happiness.
  • If 75 of you pledge $30, we’re done, Happy Birthday, we’re making Double Happiness.

Let’s make this! Check out the video, and if you feel inspired, become a Backer:

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << As a special additional birthday teaser, I've uploaded a reading I did last week at Sungevity:       >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << Note: If I don’t get to $8888 by June 30, none of the contributions matter and Double Happiness gets $0. I do need your help to get to $8888 as soon as possible. Thank you!

If you are planning on Backing Double Happiness, please do so today. I would love your support now. If we can get to $8888 in the next day or two, I’ll have a week to aim for stretch goals, the first of which is 10K and enables me to treat you Backers to a wonderful Launch Party & Celebration at a winery!

If you’re already a Backer, my Double Gratitude to you. Now please forward this email to your friends, send an email of your own, or post this to Facebook or your favorite website! Yes, yes, yes! You are amazing.

With joy in the unfolding,

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by Tony Brasunas on June 22, 2013

18 Days: The Countdown is on for Double Happiness!

Wow!! We’re almost halfway to China! Thank you so much for reading, supporting, and backing Double Happiness! I’m grateful and inspired. We are making a beautiful book together, one that you will soon have in your hands. Thank you!

We still need to dig deeper to get there. We’re at 41%, not quite halfway, which of course isn’t all the way. So if you’re able to, I need your help to create this book. Please jump in right now, become a Backer, choose your favorite reward, and create Double Happiness with me:

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << If you're not sure what I'm asking, or what this is all about, watch the fun video:       >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << I'd love your support today so that I know how close - or how far - we really are from the goal. A pledge of any amount helps, even one dollar! This is how it works, if you don't know:

If your pledges total $8888 or more by June 30, the funds are released, I publish Double Happiness into a beautiful volume, and we share it with the world.

If I don’t get all the way to $8888 by June 30, I get nothing, zip, zilch, nada, no matter how much anyone pledges, and it’s back to the drawing board with Double Happiness.

I want to ensure that the first scenario happens. So jump in, help me publish Double Happiness and share this story of teaching, travel, and transformation with the world. My hope all along, from the very first time I put pen to paper with Double Happiness, has been that this story can inspire both those who can leave everything behind and seek their fortune in a faraway land, and those who for whatever reason cannot but are able to access the story through reading.

Help me share this story:


Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Towards Double Happiness,

ps: If you’re already a Backer, Thank You! Now forward this e-mail to friends who might be interested in books, teaching abroad, adventure travel, China, or coming of age in a foreign land. Thank you, you’re amazing!

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by Tony Brasunas on June 12, 2013

It’s launched! Kickstarter is here.

It is with humility and deep gratitude that I arrive at this moment. The top of the mountain that I have been climbing for years is just ahead; the peak is in view. I need you to help me reach it.

I’m thrilled to announce that the Kickstarter for my book, Double Happiness, just went live.

If you know what that means, without further ado, here it is:

      >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << If you're still reading this and don't know what Kickstarter is, read on. Kickstarter is a website that allows people all over the world to contribute financially to creative projects in order to help make them happen. The range of projects funded through Kickstarter is incredibly vast, from unusual metal spice racks to major motion pictures. If you contribute to Double Happiness, you’ll get some great rewards, you’ll take part in publishing a book, and you’ll make me and other potential readers of the book very grateful.

There are two important rules. Read these twice:

1. I have until June 30, four weeks, to reach the goal, $8888.

2. If we don’t get to $8888 by June 30, I get nothing!

Yes, that’s right. I need to get to $8888, my stated goal, during this month of June. If we do get to $8888, the dream of Double Happiness will become a reality. You’ll take part in creating a wonderful book and share a transformative story with the world and with posterity.

It’s going to be an exciting 28 days!

Much more information is on the Kickstarter page. So please visit the page, read it, pick your favorite reward, and contribute early! And please share the page with your friends via facebook, twitter, email, and good old fashioned human conversation.


I can summit this peak with your help. Join me in the journey and we’ll get there!

Here’s the page:

          >> www.DoubleHappy.be/kickstart << All my blessings and gratitude to you.

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by Tony Brasunas on June 3, 2013