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With Hope Anything is Possible

Here's To Hope In the New Year! Description: Happy New Year 2016 on top of a green decorative medallion graphic

Times Gone By, Farewell 2015

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 remember it’s because of hope that I was able to overcome many trials 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 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.

While I do not make New Year’s resolutions, because I’m a goal-tracking fiend, the one thing I anticipate is the annual year-end wrap-up. It’s during these self-assessments that I can see 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


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


  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

  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” Fashion 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
  • Overthinking 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!! 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!! 😀

  4. 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 does not offer this same theme so I’m back here on Thank you for stopping by. I’m up and running once again.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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