With Hope Anything is Possible

Times Gone By, Farewell 2015

Happy New Year 2016 on top of a green decorative medallion graphicDo you ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels? Like there are so many things going on in your head you almost don’t know where to begin and end up feeling paralyzed? During the latter part of this year that is exactly how I’ve felt and at times it got so bad I convinced myself that I’ve accomplished very little.

Hope is such a powerful thing and looking forward to the refreshing and re-energizing possibilities of the New Year is one of the most exciting components of the holiday. Whenever I think about motivation I am reminded that it’s because of hope that I was able to come out of childhood poverty, endure numerous trials (some self-inflicted, some not) and through it all this one biblical passage kept me:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13

Even during my rebellious stage or stages (if we’re being nit-picky) when I came to my senses He did not reject me. I wish I could love like this however I realize I am a broken human being but with hope I will continue to strive to be more like Him.

*Rachel Platten: Fight Song [Lyric Video]
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While I do not make New Year’s resolutions, as I track my goals on a quarterly basis, the one thing I anticipate is the annual year-end wrap-up. It’s during these self-assessments that I can see in black and white what I initially hoped to achieve at the outset of the current year and where I’ve landed at year’s end. Some notable achievements:

Top 10 Posts:

  1. Ankle Boots Outfit Combos
  2. Is It Magic? Nah, Just Color Adjusting Foundation
  3. The Black Blazer
  4. The Eye of the Tiger. er, um, Leopard
  5. Bountiful Boots
  6. Raising the Blind on Sight Loss
  7. Perfectly Pointed Pink Pumps
  8. Shoe Lovin’ Saturdays: Weigh In #7
  9. Is It Boring Being Blind?   
  10. The Unveiling of a Stylish Icon

Collaborations:

  1. Glenda Harrison, So What to Twenty
  2. Mel Scott, BlindAlive
  3. Audrey Demmitt, Seeing Possibilities
  4. Jennifer Barrile, jennifer barrile

Interviews:

  1. The Bold Blind and Beautiful – Tom Reid, Reid My Mind
  2. Quick Q&A | Stephanae of Bold Blind Beauty – Susan, Adventures in Low Vision

Articles I Wrote for VisionAware.org

  1. How Can I Be Fashionable in the New Year If I Am a Blind or Visually Impaired Woman
  2. Living With Glaucoma
  3. Experiencing The Magic of Eye Makeup While Practicing Eye Safety

Special Projects:

  1. Created Month in Review newsletters
  2. Development of the fabulous “Woman on the Move” White Cane Icon (collaboration with Jennifer Barrile)
  3. Achieved my Image Consultancy certification

Community Activities:

  1. Created Golden Triangle Council of the Blind (GTCB) Bowl-A-Thon fundraising website
  2. Participated in the fundraising effort enabling GTCB to surpass our $2,000 goal
  3. Board Member of the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

Upcoming in 2016:

  1. “Women on the Move” Monthly Series featuring blind and vision impaired women
  2. Jenelle Landgraf, Double Vision Blog will become a regular monthly contributor
  3. Exploring the world of organic cosmetics and body products
  4. I will share more of my favorite outfit combinations and how to do it on a fixed income

Interesting Takeaways:

  • I am not and will not be perfect but I will continually strive for improvement
  • I cannot excel at everything but what I choose to do, I’ll do to the best of my ability
  • Over thinking is a motivational killer. Simplicity is key.
  • Losing vision has taught me that appearance is only part of the story. As humans we are so complex and so much more than how we appear which is one of the main reasons I will continue to provide inspiration whenever possible.

When I review my activities for 2015 I can see that while I may have felt at times I was on a hamster wheel, in reality I was productive. Is there room for improvement? Most definitely, but as long as I continue to track my progress I can rid myself of the unnecessary burden of thinking I am insufficient.

Happy New Year Everyone!! I love you all!! ~Steph

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~Ellen Goodman

 

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

47 thoughts on “With Hope Anything is Possible”

  1. 2015 has not been the easiest year (at least for me) but looking back now seems like a productive year overall. You have done well Steph, that is a solid list of accomplishments. I wish you all things good this year too and always.

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  2. Hi. Enjoyed touring your blog a couple of days ago, but just FYI when I tried to return yesterday, I was shuttled off to a web company site. Are you transferring to a new server/host or maybe been hacked? A new year is always a bit of a shakedown cruise Hope it’s all running smoothly shortly (nothing is ever simple ,is it?) HAng in there!

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    1. Hello, yes I wanted to do the self-hosting route but because the theme I am using here is premium it did not copy over all my data and unfortunately WordPress.org does not offer this same theme so I’m back here on WordPress.com. Thank you for stopping by. I’m up and running once again.

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    1. Hey Paul, Happy New Year!! sorry for the inconvenience I had great plans to do the self-hosting gig but once I exported/imported the site and transferred the domain I found out that the premium theme I currently use is incompatible with the one I chose on Siteground. This meant that all my current data did not copy over so I’m remapping the domain back to WordPress so it may take a few hours for it to reappear. Fingers crossed.

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      1. Okay Paul you can uncross your eyes now. It didn’t take the 24 – 48 hours (I’ve done this before and it’s never taken that long) but I was worried about the site being down for much longer. I’m baaaaack!!! 😀

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  3. I believe if we keep Him within our heart and mind we can and will do great things. In many ways this has been a “lost” year for me but I have also “found” much about myself. So happy to have “found” your site in 2015 and here’s to nothing but the best for you and all your readers in 2016. Happy New Year Steph!

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