It Really Is A Blind New World

Changing The Way You See

Photo on the left is a close-up view of the tank and the second photo is me standing, white cane in hand, wearing the tank, black shorts, black sneakers with white soles and black head wrap.If you read my recent post, Dialing Down Stimulation Can Increase Contentment, you know that I’ve begun a serious purging process in almost all areas of my life. Kerry, a friend and fellow blogger of Postcards From Kerry, made a comment that has become my mantra—”Something goes in, something goes out.” I thought I had a pretty good handle on things until Tuesday.

I was in the zone sitting at my computer when all of the sudden I nearly jumped out of my chair at the unexpected sound of a very loud knock. Mollie starts barking wildly while my mind immediately gravitates to “it must be a serial killer” I mean who else would knock like this?

Fear makes me look at the live video feed to see who, or what is at the door. To my immense relief it’s a small package. Still a bit wary, because I haven’t ordered anything, I peek out the door then quickly grab the delivery.

Safely back inside, I open the FedEx package and pull out a gift from BlindNewWorld, a blind awareness social change campaign, sponsored by Perkins School for the Blind. Changing the way we look at blindness is the central message behind the campaign.

A triple photo collage of me standing, white cane in hand, wearing the tank, black shorts, black sneakers with white soles and black head wrap.

As delighted as I was to receive my new workout tank, I now had a dilemma. Getting my camis/tanks and tees down to one drawer was huge but my mantra dictates I must get rid of something. It really wasn’t very painful at all because I spied a tank that should have been included in my original throw away pile-YAY!

My new white tank top has the words “new” in braille, “change the way you see,” and “#BlindNewWorld” enclosed in a circle on the front. The tank is soft, lightweight, and comfortable enough to layer over another tank which I’ve done in the photos.

When I connected with BlindNewWorld on Twitter, I was thrilled to learn of their campaign because it seeks to break down societal barriers which exclude people who are blind. Through the sharing of real life stories, compelling videos, and engaging content, BlindNewWorld challenges outdated thinking and stereotypes on blindness while promoting inclusion.

Any significant loss in life can be painful and force us to go through a necessary transformation as we learn to adapt to our new circumstances but it can be done. When I began losing my eyesight the one feeling that stood out the most, aside from fear, was shame.

Shame was the reason I decided to describe myself as “blind” versus “visually impaired” because it was important for me to accept the word. Once I did this I was able to get a grip on my fear and move forward. “As part of its mission to demystify blindness, BlindNewWorld seeks to de-stigmatize and reclaim the word “blind,” so that a person who is blind can describe themselves as such freely and proudly.”

Thank you again BlindNewWorld for the work you do!

Have a nice weekend everyone!



Independent motion – can you help?

When we are healthy—and some might describe us as whole—we don’t think about things like mobility or accessibility. However as a friend of mine once said “Accessibility is not a privilege but a basic human right” The cost of aids to help people with disabilities to live life to the fullest are most of the time, astronomical. A little kindness can go a long way in helping one another.

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What would you give to make a dream come true if you woke to find yourself living a nightmare?

What would you feel if you could never again walk on a beach? Or go out alone in the snow…feel the stillness of a wood or cross a field?

And then, you found a way…

In 2009, my son was a successful young man with a bright future… until he was stabbed through the brain in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.

He was found almost immediately by passers-by who saved his life. By the time we arrived at the hospital, Nick was being prepared for emergency brain surgery. We were allowed to see him, for a few minutes, to say goodbye. He was not expected to survive…

Over the past couple of years, many in the blogging community have come to know my son and know…

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Dialing Down Stimulation Can Increase Contentment

Kickstarting The Simplistic Lifestyle

If it doesn't make you feel fabulous: don't do it, don't buy it, don't keep it.A few weeks ago I wrote the post, How Purging Can Lead To A Meaningful Life of Fabulousness. This post was partly due to the outcome of my recent experience cleaning out my mother’s apartment when she was transferred to a long-term care facility.

Going through another person’s belongings to determine what to keep and what to toss is difficult. Sifting through and organizing mounds of paperwork was time-consuming yet necessary. Eventually all loose ends were tied but I was left feeling the need to significantly reduce my possessions.

Posing in a seated position, legs crossed on my bar stool.

The way I approached the purging process was two-fold; tangible and virtual. Breaking each of these segments into smaller portions made the associated tasks less overwhelming and I had the benefit of seeing immediate progress.

Beginning with furniture and decor, I gave away or tossed several pieces. Tackling clothing in closets, dresser, and chest of drawers was probably the most challenging areas but once I got past the “I’m holding onto this why” phase I could let go.

I'm posing in a standing position facing the camera with my white cane in my right hand.

The feeling of narrowing two drawers (one for tees and one for camis) to one was bliss. With the first drawer done, gathering clothing, handbags, shoes, and coats was a cinch.

It was liberating to get rid of linens, towels, china, glassware, flatware, vases, CDs, DVDs, jewelry, makeup, and toys. Everything I don’t use became history. With the exception of food, the decision to no longer buy anything without discarding or giving something away is a good one for me.

Standing rear view holding my red handbag.

Given too many choices, indecisiveness caused me to short-circuit and become paralyzed to the point of despair.  While I still have a long way to go before I’m fully satisfied, limiting spare items is making life a little easier.

I never thought I’d say this but I’m actually excited at the prospect of having less, especially shoes and clothing. Eliminating closet stress will leave room for more productive thoughts.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to reap some of the benefits of purging. For example, the red shoes I’m wearing in today’s pictures I’ve had them for several years but have only worn them once. Getting rid of other shoes narrowed my choices and I’ll enjoy them until it’s time to get a new pair.

Outfit Description:

  • Navy tee with three-quarter length sleeve
  • Dark rinse skinny jeans
  • Beige flyaway jacket
  • Red patent leather shoes with black kitten heel
  • Navy & white paisley print long scarf
  • Multi-strand long necklace

When I began this purging process my intention was to make things easier for my kids should something happen to me. As I kept going it was more about simplicity, leaving me with only those things that bring me joy.

In my next article I’ll discuss virtual purging and organizing. Until then have a great weekend!!

Your Attitude Dictates Your Direction

Let Abby Show You The Way

I am posing in an Abigail Style tee while holding the white tote bag with black handles.

If I was amazed at the outcome of the #AbbyOnTheMove design, created by Jennifer Barrile, then I was blown away by seeing this artwork come alive on Abigail Style. Take the ceramic coffee mug for example, the vibrant colors and size of the design are outstanding!

Whenever I look at this creation I think about the messages Abigail is delivering to the world. Challenging outdated societal perceptions by building awareness on blindness and demonstrating our independence is what #AbbyOnTheMove is all about. Like sighted women, blind/vision impaired women also desire to embrace life at its fullest.

The limited edition products in this post can be purchased on now through October 31 with free shipping to the US and Canada.

Design description: A whimsical image of a blue cityscape with Abigail walking past and the hashtag #AbbyOnTheMove on the bottom.


11 oz. Ceramic coffee mug with the #AbbyOnTheMove design centered on the front of the mug.
11 oz. Ceramic Coffee Mug

"Your attitude dictates your direction. Let Abby show you the way." Quote is above the #AbbyOnTheMove image described in the post.