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WOTM 3 | Featuring Susan and Sherri Rodgers

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WOTM 3 Featuring Susan & Sherri Rodgers

“I was born profoundly deaf with a double hare lip & cleft palate. When I was 3 years old, I attended DePaul Institute where I learned how to talk & lip-read.” ~Susan Rodgers

Women On The Move x2

For as far back as I can remember I have always been fascinated by identical twins. I imagined it would be so cool to trick parents, teachers, and friends with shenanigans by trading places. Throughout my life, I’ve befriended several sets of twins and I also appreciated the differences among each set. Enter Susan and Sherri Rodgers two of the most remarkably fierce ladies I’ve had the pleasure to call my friends.

When facing a new situation do you ever get that stomach-churning feeling that triggers the flight or fight response? That’s how I felt in 2011 when I attended my first local Council of the Blind meeting here in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t sure what to expect and thought maybe this wasn’t one of my best ideas. Even so, I ventured forward into the unknown. Of course, my fears were unfounded and I was thrilled to meet the remarkable Rodger sisters.

Susan and Sherri both have a hereditary condition known as Usher Syndrome. Usher syndrome is a double whammy and is described as “the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision.”One would think a person who is sight and hearing impaired would have great difficulty navigating in a sighted world. However, after meeting Susan and Sherri, both of whom are very active members of the community, one’s thinking would change.

“I’ve been a member of the Western PA Association for the Deaf/Blind (WPADB) for at least 15 years, being a part of the group I knew a few people but had to talk to them through an Interpreter. If you’ve never had this experience it can be quite challenging.” ~Sherri Rodgers

Being visually impaired myself, one of the main issues associated with sight loss is the general lack of access to information. With the advances in technology, access to information has greatly improved but there is still room for improvement. Take for example Sherri’s experience of talking through an interpreter to some of her deaf/blind friends. Or Susan at 3 years of age learning to talk and lip-read; these services and skills are critical to communication.

If not for social services, assistive technology, and mobility devices, people who are blind, deaf or deaf/blind would live life in a vacuum. For example, when a sighted person is suddenly unable to see faces or interpret body language, this becomes a barrier. Without the visual cues of body language, this can hamper how we communicate with one another. So imagine what it must be like for a person lacking two of their major senses. The idea here is not to invoke pity but awareness.

Susan and Sherri did not let Usher Syndrome stop them from living a fulfilled life. Both of them got an education, work, and actively advocate on behalf of blind, visually impaired and, deaf/blind people. They are extremely computer savvy supporters of the disability community.

Susan and Sherri’s Community Activities

The sisters serve in different capacities in the above organizations and if that weren’t enough, each of them, are employed. Susan and Sherri, are powerhouses who work to eliminate obstacles in their day-to-day living.

This post is not intended to minimize the challenges Susan and Sherri face in their lives. Rather it is to honor them as fierce bold blind beauties. I cannot imagine what it would be like to walk a day in the sister’s shoes. However, I can tell you that to walk along-side them is, in a word, amazing!

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Sherri Rodgers & Friend Bill Newland

1 For additional information on Usher Syndrome visit www.ushersyndrome.nih.gov

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WOTM 2 Featuring Angela Winfield

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WOTM 2 Featuring Angela Winfield

“…and I wanted to be a lawyer but I’d never seen anybody out there, practicing law that looked like me a blind, black woman.” ~Angela Winfield 

When I think of the word fierce, words such as bold, intense, fiery, passionate, and, powerful come to mind. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when profiling blind/vision impaired women who fit this description I would choose those, who against all odds, prove that no matter life’s obstacles they face it with an enviable tenaciousness.

As a part of life’s circumstances, we all face trials and situations that can bring us to our knees or cause us to want to throw in the towel. Navigating a sighted world with blindness/vision impairment can be very challenging for many people but there are many who do this on a day-to-day basis with a grace and dignity that is nothing but inspirational. Angela Winfield is one of these women who not only has achieved success for herself but she then does what all of us should do and that is, she gives back.

“I help people get what they want out of life. I help them achieve success and experience happiness both personally and professionally. If you’re feeling stuck, unsatisfied or unfulfilled in your job or inability to find a job, I’m your gal. I’m a certified professional coach, motivational speaker, author and attorney.”

I urge you to visit Angela’s website at www.myblindfaith.com where you can hear her say in her own words how we can take steps to live a life we “absolutely love living.” Angela, who’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive, voted a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star, and recognized as a Zeta Phi Beta Woman of Courage is a fellow peer advisor on www.visionaware.org. On VisionAware Angela shares with us the Four Master Keys to achieving what we want out of life.

“I’ve done it for myself and, now, it’s time for me to show others how to do it too. That’s why I started Blind Faith Enterprises LLC. I believe to get what you want out of life you have to move from self-consciousness to self-awareness. Regarding being and feeling beautiful, I believe the same holds true there. It comes from the inside out and then from the outside in.”

Angela is an excellent role model who is giving back by helping others make a positive change in their lives. Kudos to Angela Winfield one fierce woman!

“When I dare to be powerful– to use my strength in the service of my vision then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~Audre Lorde

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Full body shot of Angela Winfield wearing a black business pantsuit with a white blouse. She is walking with her guide dog in what appears to be a hallway.

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Easy 5-Step Skincare Regimen Before Makeup

Pre-Makeup Skincare Program

Picture of Mary Kay Skincare Products referenced in Steps 1-5.Last week I talked about my preference for Mary Kay skincare products because they work for me. This week I’m sharing the steps I follow for caring for my skin’s daytime needs.

Before I dive in, you need to understand what works for me may not necessarily work for you. I urge you to experiment and find products suited to your skin’s needs.

Timewise is the product line used in each step

Step 1: 3-in-1 Cleanser. I use a quarter-size amount, wet my skin with warm water then apply the cleanser and gently work it into a lather. then rinse and pat dry.

Step 2: Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 35. I apply one squirt from the spritzer bottle in my hand. Then dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 3: Age-Fighting Moisturizer. I use about a half of a dime size (a little of the moisturizer goes a long way). Then, like the Day Solution, I dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 4: Foundation Primer. A dime size amount applied like the same way as in steps 2 and 3.

Step 5: Concealer. I squeeze a little less than a pea size amount on the tip of one finger and apply to problem areas with a finger on the opposite hand.

After the above 5 steps, I apply my Mineral Powder Foundation and complete my look with eyeliner, mascara and lip color.

 

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Why A Good Skincare Regimen Is Important

The Skinny On Skincare 

Trial Size TimeWise Miracle Set and a picture of me without makeup.
TimeWise Miracle Set & a picture of me pre-makeup.

A good skincare regimen is a key factor in makeup application. After all, if you don’t take care of your skin, using makeup becomes a moot point.

Many factors, like what you eat, water intake, smoking, sun exposure, weather, pollution, genetics, and topical products can impact the health of your skin. Knowing your skin type is a critical piece of a successful skin care regimen.

I learned at an early age my skin was really sensitive and would break out for no clear reason. This meant I had to be careful of soaps and other products or risk an outbreak.

In my teens and early twenties, my skin was oily and acne prone. It didn’t help matters (I really hate to admit this publicly) but I squeezed my zits even though I knew better.

So I went from oily/combination to normal/dry and these days I feel like my skin is so dry in comparison the Sahara Desert is like a rainforest. With the exception of my face, I am constantly slathering on lotion and applying lip balm to my lips.

Our skin changes over time and as it changes so should our skincare routine. For the five skin types, normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive, require product specifically designed to meet the needs of each category.

An Easy Timesaving Skincare Solution

My product line of choice for many years was Mary Kay and my daily skin care routine consisted of a cleanser, freshener, moisturizer, and foundation. I also used a facial mask twice weekly.

Since Mary Kay skincare products were so effective for me, I didn’t feel the need to look for comparable products. In recent years Mary Kay developed combination products which not only makes it easier to take care of the skin, it saves time.

I’d like to introduce one of my personal faves, the TimeWise Miracle Set consisting of 3-In-1 Cleanser (to cleanse, exfoliate and refresh skin), Age-Fighting Moisturizer, Day Solution Sunscreen and, Night Solution. In the photo is the trial size set to which I’ve added the concealer, foundation primer, and mineral powder foundation.

Applying the TimeWise Miracle Set is very easy and these products were developed to work together to aid in the anti-aging process. Even though I don’t agree with anti-aging theories I can tell you from the time I began using TimeWise there was a great improvement in the look and feel of my skin.

Be sure to join me next week when I share more skincare tips.