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Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris of Safe Space

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Farris

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris of Safe Space

“Most people view blindness as a massive barrier, an insurmountable mountain that can never be climbed. I view blindness as an alternative path, one with perhaps more obstacles, but also more triumph.”

~Jenna Faris
Jenna and Susie on Beach
Jenna and Susie on Beach

My grandmother was a genius when it came to reading people. It was one of many traits she had that I secretly and not so secretly envied. As I got older and remarkably wiser (for a teenager) I would often disagree with her assessments of people. Thankfully, with more advanced years, I continued to gain wisdom and had to admit she was almost always right.

From where I stand today, I think I’ve always had the same ability as my grandmother I just didn’t recognize it. Learning to trust my gut where people are concerned was a process aided by a healthy dose cynicism. In the social media I believe cynicism is a requirement to protect oneself online.

When meeting someone new for the first time, I’m very particular. If a person just messages me a simple one-word greeting I typically delete then block them. While it may sound harsh, this is one of many rules I use to gauge people I choose to interact with. Could I possibly be blocking people who are legitimate? Sure, but with well over 7 billion people on the planet, I simply move on.

A Safe Space

According to Internet Live Stats at the time I wrote this sentence, there were 4,185,806,809 internet users in the world. Skeptic that I am I would need more research to determine if this is a reliable source but I digress. If there is even a remote possibility that these stats are even close to accurate, that’s a lot of people. The world is a huge place and the internet has given us the ability to connect where it wasn’t previously possible. When you add in the speed of information being transmitted by many of these people, well, this is another story.

While I tend to think there is danger lurking around every corner every now and then even I’m pleasantly surprised. Last week, for example, a young lady named Jenna Farris contacted me through our Facebook Page. The way she introduced herself was so outstanding she automatically set herself apart.

Upon visiting her blog Safe Space, I was immediately impressed with her philosophy through her tagline:

“Where everyone is welcome to participate”

When I read her introductory post “This is me ” I was done! Before I go any further I’d like to encourage everyone who reads today’s post to read “This is me.”

Jenna and I exchanged several comments then emails and I’m so honored to introduce you to her. You’ll be hearing more from Jenna as she’s agreed to be a Woman On The Move and I can hardly wait to share her story with you. This young woman is a phenomenal person and one my grandmother would love!

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. The black & white image of Jenna and her guide dog, Susie sitting on sandstone, are on the cover. Blocks of text superimposed on Jenna’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

7 thoughts on “Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris of Safe Space

  1. To an excellent and creative blogger: I have nominated your blog for the Mystery Blogger Award!
    https://teachezwell.me/2019/03/31/mystery-blogger-award/

    1. Hi there how are you? Oh, my gosh, it’s been way too long since I’ve last spoken with you. Thank you so much for the award although I have to decline due to timing constraints but I really appreciate it and appreciate you visiting, commenting and thinking of me. 💖🤗~Steph

      1. I’m good! So nice to chat with you. It has been ages. I’m going to retire at the end of this school year so I hope to be more consistent in keeping up with great bloggers like YOU!

      2. Awe, wishing you a successful and happy retirement!

  2. I truly agree with you on the part that: “In the social media I believe cynicism is a requirement to protect oneself online.” Of course, to survive such a dynamic platform where every minute something or the other gets updated, we too need to update ourselves and for that a little dose of cynicism is a must.

    Also, I laughed hard when i came across the part when you said you blocked people who send one word messages to you. I thought I was the only one with the same thinking. I feel one word messages trigger a sense of disconnect and immediately acts as a mood spoiler. The social media is such a nice platform to connect and relate to people and their stories, a one word reply to this doesn’t even make sense in the first place. Again, each to his own. I’m glad I could read your post and relate to your end of the story and wish you more power for the times to come! 🙂

    1. Oh wow, you made my day! Sometimes I wonder if I’m losing my mind or if I’m too sensitive because the one word greetings really irk me. Those are only reserved for people I know not when meeting someone for the first time. Oooops I just launched right into conversation and should have said: thank you for commenting, it’s a pleasure to meet you! My name is Stephanae (Steph) McCoy. In my defense your comment resonated with me and I had to reply immediately.

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