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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.


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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

 

47 thoughts on “With Hope Anything is Possible

  1. Simplicity is the key!! seriously I have begun liking your blog more! I usually do not like fashion blogs but your blog has life in it… Beautiful blog!! 🙂

    1. Awe thank you. I try to interject deeper thoughts into my posts because while style is something that blind and vision impaired people do care about we are complex creatures.

      1. haha that’s true!!

  2. You remind me how blessed I am. I’m inspired by your posts Stephanae.

    1. Thank you so much Robyn, that means a lot.

  3. Happy new year to youu

  4. Loved the hope message in this post. I missed this one while I was traveling for the holidays and was glad to catch it. Great breakdown and takeaways from your 2015, Steph! 2016 will be terrific.

    1. Thank you Susan!! Agreed 2016 will be terrific!!

  5. Hope is very powerful! I often lead groups on this topic.

    1. Yes it is. Hope has gotten me through many trials.

  6. 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.

    1. Thanks Khaya! Retrospect can be a good thing and it certainly helped me put things in perspective because like you, I felt that 2015 was grueling.

  7. Hope you had a fantastic new year!!!

    1. Thanks Kally. It’s beginning very well!

  8. wow! you’ve done so much… I’m tired just reading it. Happy new year Stephanae xxx

  9. 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!

    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.

  10. For some reason I am no longer able to access your full posts, Stephanae. But, I still want to wish you a Happy New Year. :O)

    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.

      1. I have my fingers crossed too. Just thought you should know. If it helps I’ll cross my eyes. Thanks Stephanae. :O)

      2. 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!!! 😀

      3. Yay!!!! Welcome back, Steph. :O)

  11. Wow, you’ve done a ton of things this year! You’re like a super-concentrated ball of energy. Anyway, Steph, it was great to get to know you in 2015. I hope you have a wonderful 2016 too.

    1. Hahaha, I would consider myself a super-concentrated ball of energy but thank you for the compliment 😀 Bun. It was great getting to know you as well and I wish you and your family the best in 2016.

      1. Thank you very much Steph and the same to you. I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you. 🙂

  12. Wonderful post. Happy New Year. Note, in my next blog, I am nominating you for an award. x

    1. Thank you Tosha!! Happy New Year!!

  13. I know all about that wheels thing.
    🙂
    Every year holds not only the good, but the bad too. There’s always hope. Happy 2016 and all the best to you and this wonderful website and the work you do here.

    1. Thank you so much Kerry. This means so much coming from you because we were connected almost from the beginning. Have a Very Happy New Year!

  14. What a list of accomplishments, and discovery! I am wishing you a year of new experiences that will cause you to rejoice and share with your readers.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

    1. Thank you Theresa, I am so glad to have found your blog as I draw so much encouragement from you. Happy New Year!!

  15. Well my goodness Steph, a hamster wheel you most certainly were not running. A very productive year indeed. Happy New Year my friend.

  16. 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!

    1. Ditto to everything you’ve said here Bruce and Happy New Year to you and your wife!!

  17. Great post. Seems to me you’ve accomplished an amazing amount of things this last year.

    1. Thank you Katelon!! Yeah, I can’t believe I was beating myself up but of course the older I get the more I tend to forget day to day things and it’s only when I look back that I can gain proper perspective.

  18. I love the Ellen Goodman quote. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

    1. Thank you Candace!! Have a blessed New Year.

  19. If He still guides you, I think it’s wonderful. I used to believe “in Him all things are possible.” Somewhere, I stopped. I think He must have had better things to do.
    Here’s hoping for a wonderful new year for you.

    1. I hear you and I still have days when I too have my doubts but then I remember the mere fact that I have breath is a miracle, life is a miracle and I try to hold onto that during the rough patches.

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