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Moving Literally and Figuratively

Woman standing across the street from the New York Times builind holding Abigail Style coffee mug with the slogan "Hey I'm Walkin' Here!"
Abigail Style coffee mug slogan “Hey I’m Walkin’ Here!”

So one of the things I’ve been nearly bursting at the seams to share is Abigail’s hashtag campaign. For those of you who don’t know, Abigail is my fabulous contemporary white cane icon and mascot of Bold Blind Beauty.

At any rate, since Abigail really is a movement to bring people together by encouraging women who are blind or have sight loss to boldly walk in confidence; she is simultaneously building a sense of camaraderie within the sighted and sight impaired communities by bringing about awareness on sight loss. We should not be afraid to face sight loss head on and to talk about what it means to be blind—yes, we are coming out of the closet because there is no shame when experiencing sight loss. 

Phew, okay now that I got that off my chest (at least for today), let’s get on with it. So as you know my online boutique, Abigail Style, is scheduled to open at the end of March and to generate excitement for the upcoming crowdfunding campaign I thought it’d be a gas to do some creatively fun things with Abigail, hence the #AbbyOnTheMove crusade.

Close up photo of the "Hey I'm Walkin' Here!" coffee mug in New York City

This weekend Abby was in New York City!! That’s right, my brother Robert took my first Abigail Style coffee mug to the Big Apple and a random woman (who wished me luck with the campaign) gladly posed with Abby in front of the New York Times building. Geez Abby has only been here since November and she’s already going places I’ve yet to explore. Oh well, it’s all good.

I’m having fun creating images of Abby with tailored messages and was totally oblivious to what my first one represented until my musician son schooled me. The image was one of Abby in the middle of a crosswalk on a city street. I just thought it looked cool but my son was like “oh you did the Beatles album cover.” I’m like “huh?” He’s like “you know, Abby Road.” At my puzzled expression he told me to Google the album cover and there it was, the Beatles in the middle of a cross walk.

#AbbyOnTheMove "Improving humanity by changing the way we perceive blindness/sight loss." Abigail is pictured crossing a city street.

As I mentioned above, the Abigail image included in today’s post shows her crossing the street and along with the #AbbyOnTheMove is the message “Improving humanity by changing the way we perceive blindness/sight loss.” It’s time for us to understand that many people who are blind or have sight loss are highly functioning members of society. The major differences between sighted and unsighted people is the way we take in information and accomplish day-to-day tasks.

Become a part of something big—share, share, share any and all images with the hashtag (#AbigailOnTheMove) on social media.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important awareness effort. Have a great day!! ~Steph





64 thoughts on “#AbbyOnTheMove

  1. Shared on my social. I showed my hubby the icon, Abby and I absolutely think this is a brilliant idea. The image and concept are beautiful and am sending you well wishes. I look forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you so much Jess!! I’ve just now been able to log onto my computer. I was going to send you an email to let you know of the comments on your post from yesterday.

  2. Reblogged this on Hope and commented:
    Fantastic cause….cool image.

    1. Thank you Kimba!!! <3

  3. Reblogged this on Her Headache.

    1. Thank you Kerry!! You’re the best!!

  4. I like that image. And the Abby road connection, too. :O)

    1. Thank you Paul. I couldn’t believe I did it by accident. One of my designer friends said that it was genius marketing even if it was accidental.

      1. I’ve heard how some of the best ideas have come by way of accident. I’d say this was one of those happy accidents. :O)

      2. Yeah, it had to be because there was no way I could have thought that one up on my own 😉 I love music but like movies I can never remember the artists/actors so album covers are clearly off my radar.

      3. I’m getting to be that way too.

  5. oh, that’s great Steph.
    Any reason in particular you wanted to get the photo in front of that building in New York City?
    My brother, a photographer, took a few shots of me for various things, with my cane. I want to feel less ashamed and more proud when I use it. Don’t want to hide.
    I hope this campaign has huge success for you.
    Let me know, please, if there is anything I can do to help.
    I actually just wrote my first song lyrics, for a piece of music my musician brother wrote for a college music class assignment. I wrote it about what it feels like O be losing sight, to remember what I used to see, and to the fear as some of those memories are gradually fading.
    I was also just listening to a YouTube video of a pannel of females with different disabilities. There was nobody there with sight loss or blindness, but they were discussing more representation for all of us in the media and in writing. It was very interesting. I want to do my part in some of that I hope.
    Let me know how this all goes. Reblogging.

    1. Hi Kerry, There was no particular reason why I had a picture taken in NY other than it fit withing the message of this woman (Abigail) literally being on the move. I was thinking about perhaps sending the mug out like a chain-type deal where whoever gets it next takes a photo with it thus Abigail will really be on the move. I’ll be reaching out to you and others because the other piece of this process is the sharing of the messages. I believe for this to work it has to be a collaborative effort. Sometimes I think we forget that our sighted friends and family are our biggest allies and their contribution will be huge. There are always going to be people who will not be interested in understanding what sight loss is about but I believe that those people are in the minority.

  6. Good luck and here’s wishing success at every corner 🙂

    1. Thank you Cameron!

  7. This is so wonderful! Best wishes for your success!

    1. Thanks Paula!! 😀

  8. Hey Stephanae! I want to use this for my Other People’s Quotes category. I hope that’s okay…

    1. Wonderful!!! I could just hug you💕

      1. It won’t post until the 28th – virtual hugs…I’m so happy for you and your campaign!

      2. Thank you !!

      3. You’re welcome!

  9. You are so creative Steph! What a clever and thought-provoking campaign. I love it. Good luck!

  10. No stopping Abby now. Geez, she’s already taken over the Big Apple. Keep on movin’ on Abby (and Steph)!

    1. Hahaha Tnhanks Bruce😁👍

  11. You are so creative Steph! What a clever and thought-provoking campaign. I love it!

    1. Thank you Caroline 😄

  12. This is awesome! Continued success.

    1. Thank you <3

  13. Hi, Fab blog! I have just set up mine, but still in the very early stages! Just making efforts to link in with fellow bloggers to improve our followers and get the word out there for us both. I would appreciate you having a peek at my blog, as I have just published my first post. Feel free to like, comment, follow or just take a peek. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Melanie , I wanted to apologize for not responding to this comment sooner, it somehow ended up in my spam folder. At any rate I do follow your blog and I think it looks great! Have a good one! Steph

      1. Hey, no worries at all Steph. I totally understand. Btw I am arranging a local bloggers meet up in Manchester city centre, so if you are local give me a shout x

      2. Unfortunately I’m in Pittsburgh PA but if you ever have an online event please just let me know. Sounds likd fun.

      3. Course I will 🙂 x

  14. Abby is on the move and having fun! I love the mug!

    1. Thanks Jen 😀

  15. Did you get my message?

    1. Hey Laurel, when did you send it? I’ll check my email.

      1. Yesterday. I went to your main page and hit “contact me.”

      2. oh okay for some reason when I get messages from the contact page they go into my old email address. I’ll check there. Thanks

      3. Let me know if you find it. 🙂

      4. Hey Laurel I found it, forwarded it to my current email and responded to you.

      5. Oh, good! 🙂

      6. Thank you 😀

      7. You’re welcome! 🙂

  16. I took the liberty of sharing your photo and blog info on my Twitter site this morning. Check it out if you like. I hope that was okay. @grector71

    1. You are awesome George!!! Thank you so much and by now you know it’s totally okay to share these images. Thanks again for your support I really appreciate it. 😀

      1. My wife says she loves Abby’s cane.

      2. Please tell her I said thank you <3

  17. Wonderful! I can’t wait. Good luck, Abby.
    Sherri Rodgers

    1. Hugs to you Sherri!!

  18. Now that you mention it, I can see the resemblance. (Is that a bare-footed Paul McCartney behind Abigail?) 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness Bun!!! You have a keen eye for observation 😉

      1. A-ha! Thought so! 😀

      2. I see I’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool you Bun 😉

  19. What a great campaign, Steph! Wishing you all the best of luck. Let me know whether #AbbyOnTheMove will be available to Australian supporters 🙂

    1. Thank you Kim. It most definitely will as I have several friends in Australia who will be helping me with creating the video for the crowdfunding campaign. I’m real excited for the crowdfunding piece because there will be limited edition items that will not be available at the boutique.

      1. I’m pleased to hear that, Steph. I’ll keep a close eye on your blog so I know when it’s launched 🙂

      2. Wonderful!! Thank you again Kim <3

  20. This is truly wonderful. Wishing you much success.

    1. Thank you Tosha 😀

      1. You’re welcome xo

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