Stephanae McCoy’s Vision Through Sight Loss



“The one thing sight loss has taught me is perception is much more profound than seeing. I may have lost my sight but my clarity has increased exponentially, and for this I am grateful.” ~Stephanae McCoy

Stephanae McCoy's professional portrait. Full description is in the body of the post.Stephanae McCoy founded Bold Blind Beauty (www.boldblindbeauty.com) an online commUNITY, to empower blind & visually impaired (B&VI) women. As a blind woman who loves style, she is a businesswoman, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth “blind people can’t be fashionable.”

Bold Blind Beauty brings B&VI women together to celebrate beauty, fashion, and style while connecting sighted and non-sighted people. The site is personified by Abigale (Abby), Stephanae’s alter ego.

Abby is an on-the-move fashion icon who walks in confidence, reflecting the beauty of her blind and visually impaired sisters. “Shopping With Abby” the e-commerce component, is also on the site. The expanding boutique has stylish apparel designed by visually impaired women for both sighted and non-sighted people.

A Clear Mission To Impact Positive Change

The mission of Bold Blind Beauty is to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another.

When Stephanae lost her eyesight, she quickly learned that thriving within the sighted world meant overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The most significant being the misconceptions about sight loss, blindness, and the capabilities of blind people. She accomplished this while successfully serving at one of the Big Four accounting firms after her sight loss. Stephanae attributes her career success to a solid foundation of perseverance and a strong work ethic. Two traits which helped her foster a positive environment motivating her teams to deliver a high level of customer service.

A Vision Through Sight Loss Becomes Reality

With her combined business acumen, commitment to disability advocacy and enthusiasm for style, Stephanae was able to develop today’s successful boldblindbeauty.com where she now devotes most of her time managing the business and her blog – while at the same time continuing her advocacy of empowering blind women interested in fashion. To date, the blog has reached over 100,000 site visits and continues to flourish. Within two years she’s already looking to hire a marketing specialist, publicist, and social media strategist to take the company to the next level.

Stephanae McCoy found that although she has lost her eyesight, she has not lost her vision of helping visually impaired women be all they can be. When we place the focus is on abilities versus disabilities – anything is possible!

Stephanae can be reached at smccoy@boldblindbeauty.com.

Stephanae McCoy’s Featured Image Description:

A professional headshot of Stephanae’s smashing asymmetrical hairstyle with burgundy highlights. The muted Coral Cutie lipstick topped with a peach colored gloss provides a nice contrast against the gray backdrop. She is wearing a black dress and black tuxedo jacket trimmed in faux leather, silver statement necklace, and silver drop earrings.

223 thoughts on “Stephanae McCoy’s Vision Through Sight Loss

  1. I just read this and now I am speechless..
    I am so proud of you I can’t even begin to tell.. I am at utter loss of words.
    I am glad I met you here ❤️

    1. Thank you so much!! I saw your message on my tablet but couldn’t respond until I got to my computer. I’m so happy you stapped past. <3

      1. pleasure is all mine. 🙂

  2. After reading your story I’m doubly honoured that you found and followed me. How inspiring you are. Indeed it’s an nonour to meet you Stephanie and I look forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words Miriam. I was thrilled to find you through Deb and I look forward to many more visits to your blog as well.

  3. Hi Steph.
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Please check it out here:
    https://myhearinglossstory.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/the-liebster-award/

    Take care
    Carly

    1. Awe, thank you Carly 😊 I so appreciate your kindness however I cannot participate per my Awards policy. Thank you for thinking of me.💗

      1. You are very welcome 🙂 and no worries!

  4. I like your blog and your inspiration! Thank you for stopping by mine and for following.

    1. My pleasure Mary. 🙂

  5. Dear Steph, You’re a very beautiful & strong woman. May God’s love be always with you & may he always have your back, amen.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Samia.💖

  6. I found you by way of another blog I follow you popped up in my reader and now I will be popping in and out often. I can’t imagine how scary it must have been and probably still sometimes is. But that doesn’t mean that a sighted person won’t enjoy what you have to say. I hope you get to read some of my stories and join in. Pleased to meet youSteph.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Ellen. I’m backed up on my blog visitations but I will be by to check out yours as well. Thank you again.

      1. You are Welcome whenever. It is a writers blog with stories rhyme and if you are alert… pieces of me. X

      2. I was just getting ready to write you a note on your “About.” 🙂

      3. Thank you in advance.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Steph!

    1. Same to you and your wife Bruce. 🦃

  8. Hey Steph.
    Looking forward to get inspired through your beautiful blog. 🙂
    Glad found you. <3 🙂

    1. Hi, Thank you for your lovely comment! 💖

  9. Wow, what a story. I am wondering do you have some sight? Perhaps only off to the sides. As I am curious how you post? With speech type ability programs???

    It’s so true if you a interested/passionate about something… In life you will always end up working with what you want, if you want it enough.

    Regards Louisa 🙂

    1. Hi Louisa, thank you for visiting my blog. I do have some residual vision. As a matter of fact according to VisionAware.org the estimated percentage of people who are “totally without sight” or no light perception is 15%—the remaining 85% of all individuals with eye disorders have some remaining sight. In the past I’ve used ZoomText (screen magnifier & reading software) however with Windows 10 I use the built-in software and a 32″ monitor. It’s one of those things that people have a hard time understanding, that we have vision issues yet we can use smart phones and other technology. I have totally blind friends who use iPhones like it’s nobody’s business and this speaks to the point that I fight for and that is, placing the focus on abilities not disabilities. With few exceptions, there are blind people who serve in just about any occupation one can imagine.

  10. I’m giving this site link to my neighbor. Oh man. She’s new to her loss of sight, angry, needs her daughter to do a lot of things and has yet to find her abilities. I think this will be so encouraging to her. I have chills My Lady, because this will be so helpful to her.
    We all wish to be dignified no matter our state of living. Paying attention to our hygiene and appearance can make a world of difference in how we feel about ourselves and how we present ourselves to the world. Good work! Thank you.

    Faith (Fibromyalgia, Lupus)

    1. Hi Faith, thank you so much for coming here, reading and for your comment. I saw an article recently where it was summarized that given the choice people would endure just about anything rather than sight loss. Living with it myself I think we place way too much emphasis on the loss which encourages us to lose sight of who we are as individuals. Sight loss is very challenging and you come across situations that you’d never give a second thought to if your vision is intact. There are still days where I get frustrated because my limited vision keeps me from comprehending that a person across the hallway is speaking directly to me-this actually happened to me yesterday. I can honestly say that I am so grateful for my remaining eyesight and that it allows me to continue to promote awareness and prove that when the focus is placed on abilities we can surpass even our wildest expectations.

  11. Hi Steph, I nominated you for an award, you are not obligated to participate but hope you accept it because your blog is lovely and interesting.
    https://alanagabo.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/one-lovely-blog-award/

    1. Awe, thank you so much, I really appreciate it and while I’d love to be able to participate with so much on my plate I am not able to at this time. Thanks for thinking of me <3

      1. Hi Steph! That’s fine :). I just wanted to recognize you for having a lovely blog because you do. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! <3

      2. Thank you so much, it means the world to me to hear you say this <3

      3. It’s true. I hope you are doing well <3

  12. what an inspirational person you are.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Jim and also for the follow as it allowed me to return the favor.

  13. Great feeling to visit your blog and follow!

    1. Thank you!! I’ll return the favor. 🙂 Steph

      1. You are cordially invited for your feedback on my blog!

      2. Thank you for your very kind invitation <3 I just stopped by and followed.

  14. Oh Steph, can I be so lucky to meet such a beautiful lady like yourself through blogging. Wow…I’m teary eyed just reading your About page and not because you lost your sight, but because you such an beautiful inspiration and I’m just so blessed to be followed and to follow such a special wonderful person.
    Love to you!
    Chanty

    1. Thank you Chanty for such sweet words. You’ve made my day 🙂 <3

  15. Beauty, confidence, kind, you really do have it all!

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs.

    1. Thank you for stopping by mine which allowed me to find yours. 🙂 Have a very nice weekend!

  16. Good to meet you here!!

  17. You are a very inspirational and strong woman!

  18. Hey Stephanae!
    I salute your confidence. You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the good work dear.
    Mann

  19. I’m so glad I found you… no, better, you found me… I can’t wait to read more from you!

  20. Hi, Stephanae! Thanks for following my blog! I read the re-blog of yours over at Kerry’s “herheadache”. I’ll look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

  21. I nominated you for “One Lovely Blog” award. If you choose to accept this nomination please follow these rules.
    https://msnubutterflies.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/one-lovely-blog-award/

  22. Hi Stephanae – I wish there were a ‘love’ button instead of just a ‘like’ – you & your blog are awesome!

    1. Thank you Daal!!! You have made my day 🙂 <3

    2. Oh and you can sall me Steph 🙂

  23. Wow, Steph, I am so glad Danny from Dream Big led you to me! After reading just your about I am so glad to meet you. I had no idea about sight loss until a car accident about 20 years ago left me blind for a few hours. I woke up in the ambulance couldn’t see anything and I didn’t know where I was. They tried to calm me and once I was at the hospital they explained I received severe head trauma and my brain had swollen. They said the condition could last a few hours, days, weeks and there was a small chance it could be permanent. I couldn’t see them working on me or the kind nurse who held my hand as they stitched up my forehead and arm.I was so scared as I lay there all alone. Everyone was instructed to announce themselves as they came to my bedside. After what seemed like an eternity but was about 16 hours, I started seeing shadows. Even in that short time I noticed my other senses were more intense. My hearing was clearer, my sense of smell. It was very humbling. Then my Dad came to live with us for the last 4 years of his life. He was legally blind in one eye and had very little sight in the other. His hearing was going and even his hearing aids didn’t always help. He was more scared of going blind than deaf. We got him special software, a keyboard and magnifiers that assisted him with his daily routines. I was able to tell him from my limited experience that it would be okay. Thankfully, he passed away before he lost his sight completely. Thank you for being such a great example. I look forward to getting to know you better through your posts.
    Lydia!
    PS I do not wear makeup because with chronic pain and fatigue, putting it on is a real effort. You just inspired me to try next time I go out!

    1. I’m equally glad to have connected with you as well Lydia. Wow, I can’t imagine what you went through after your accident, that had to be awfully scary–thank goodness it was temporary but I bet it felt like forever while you were going through it. Losing any major sense is difficult but I think it’s especially hard when it happens later in life, afterall we grow accustomed to doing things a certain way and once a disability hits it can rob us of our independence.

      I hear you on the makeup thing and believe me I look all kinds of crazy walking around my complex with my dog because most days I don’t bother with it unless I’m taking pictures or going somewhere.

    2. Wow, what a story!

    3. Dear Lydia, May God’s love be always with you & may he always have your back, amen.

      1. And I pray the same blessing for you!

  24. very beautiful blog you have Stephanie
    I’m glad to discover and follow it
    anita
    https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you so much! 😊

      1. welcome
        🙂

  25. “When you feel good, you look good.” Your mantra says it all- Unique and funny how people encounter leadership roles in life.Thank you for the follow- I followed you back, of course. sincerely, Edu Leon.

    1. Thank you for coming by, reading and following Edu! Life has a funny way of leading us to our purpose.

  26. Stephanae, I am delighted to meet you and honoured that you are following my humble blog. Thank you. You have a quiet dignity and air about you that is deeply inspiring 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Raili. I’m glad we connected 🙂

  27. You write full of knowledge, insight and inspiration. A new fan and follower.

  28. You are a true inspiration!! You are so confident and I love your personality!

    1. Awe thank you so much <3

  29. Hey, Got to learn a lot in a 2 minutes read. I am glad i dropped by. 🙂

    1. Hi Aishwariya, welcome. Thank you for dropp

    2. I meant to say I’m glad you stopped by as well. Thank you and have a nice weekend! 🙂

  30. This is so inspiring. I don’t like wearing make up and I’m not so much into fashion. But reading your “about me” and how confident you sound like, I didn’t even noticed your “blindness”. I’ll keep your quote in mind “when you feel good, you look good.” Thanks! 🙂

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment, coming by and reading my About! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  31. I am so sorry that you are legally blind but I am so happy that you have taken this down turn in your life and using it as a trail of positivity. I am so happy that you found me and I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

    1. Thank you Bernadette and I’m equally glad to have found you 😀

  32. I popped over from BrewNSpew – and just wanted to say ‘hi’ – I can’t wait to read more!

    1. Hi Jude, welcome. It’s so nice to have you here. I will be visiting your site as well. Have a good one! Steph

      1. Thank you Steph 🙂

      2. You’re welcome 😀

  33. Hi Stephanae 🙂 Lovely to meet you. I had to pop over and say ‘hi’ and thank you for visiting my blog and for following me. I love your About Page, it is incredibly inspiring and am excited to follow you too. Take care and enjoy the rest of the day further. x

  34. Lovely and generous reason for a blog. I’ve been following. I see you left me a like on Angry Andrew. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. 🙂

  35. Hello Steph! You have such inspirational articles which, I bet, comes naturally from your heart. No wonder lots of people admire you and your works. I will stay tuned for more of your encouraging posts because those are what I’ve been needing these days. Thank you! <3

    1. Sarah thank you do much for your heartfelt words, they are a source of encouragement for me today. And please do stop back and I will do the same. Have a great weekend!

  36. Hi Steph, I just nominated you for the Liebster award 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day, Jenny
    https://peacefrompanic.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/award-time/

    1. Hi Jenny, thank you so much for thinking of me with your kind nomination, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I have to decline due to tight time constraints. Thank you again for the lovely thought.

      1. No problem Steph, I understand! Take care!

  37. Hi Steph. I too was inspired by you, and found myself reading through the comments, and agreeing with some of them. Thanks for explaining the term legally blind. I always wondered what it meant. You truly have a positive attitude; I wish you good luck in all your endeavors. Lastly, thanks for visiting and following my blog, so that I may discover yours. 🙂

    1. Hi MaryPamela, thank you for visiting my blog, reading and following. As is the case with many of us who live with sight loss I felt the need to increase public awareness on the issue. It’s so gratifying to have an open dialogue to help others new to sight loss while at the same time taking the opportunity to educate the public.

  38. I’m glad to be connected to a bold, ‘legally blind’, and beautiful YOU, Steph! Your About page got me scrolling down that I almost read all the comments as well. I can only return here from time to time to read more posts. Your blog content is full of information I hitherto did not know about. Thank you for sharing your story and for all the positve energy you exude in your writings. Blessings to you! 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading my About I really appreciate it. No worries on when you can come (it’s challenging trying to visit all blogs within a given time frame) and I consider myself lucky if I can make the rounds once a month to see everyone so I reserve the weekends for blog visitations and to catch up with my community. Have a great day and again thank you!!

      1. You’re most welcome! I will get your new posts on my reader so it’s easy to follow blog progress that way. Thanks again for your kind words. 🙂

      2. Have a great day!! <3

  39. Hi Steph, it’s a nice blog with a beautiful introduction ( about me). Your grand Ma was right. Beauty is living inside. I think it should be the best definition of beauty.

  40. Hi Stephanae, It’s a pleasure reading about you. You have a wonderful positive attitude. Also, thank you for visiting my blog. Beth

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome Beth. 😀

  41. You are such a blessing, Steph! You’ve inspired me to listen and to follow. 🙂

    1. Awe thank you Michelle and thank you for taking the time to stop by, comment and follow. I really appreciate it 😀

  42. Love your mantra, Steph.💕 Proud to follow you. ☺ Van

    1. Thank you do much and thanks for following too 😀

  43. What you do here is so important. Thank you! <3

    1. Thank you Diane for reading and commenting. It means the world to me.

  44. I am sorry that you lost your sight. I think that would be a very hard adjustment. You have a wonderful attitude and I look forward to reading your blog.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. No need to be sorry. It is an adjustment, the most difficult of which is overcoming some of the negative connotations associated with sight loss/blindness. I’m finding it to be a learning experience and one where I could hopefully bring about positive change. The good thing about is I am not alone. There are many, many people who have varying degrees of sight loss who are equally focused on bringing about awareness.

  45. I am so happy to have journeyed into your great blog.
    Looking forwards intensively.

    All the best, <3

    1. Thank you so much. This is one of the things I really like about blogging and that is the ability to connect with so many multi- talented people, many of whom have become great friends.

  46. I love your mantra and the quote! Well said. It is wonderful meeting you. I am looking forward to reading your blog and being enlightened by your quotes. Best wishes, Koko:)

    1. Thank you for your kind words Koko. <3

  47. Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog to us Steph . I enjoyed reading your posts. Now i’m following you and it’s surely worth every moment. Thanks again.

    1. 😀 You’re very welcome Joel!! Thank you for stopping by and following, I appreciate it.

      1. You’re welcome too.

  48. Glad you follow my blog – http://YourWellWisherProgram.wordpress.com
    Your Well Wisher Program is No NGO setup, No big costs, No team formed, No copyright protected, No solution patented, individual effort in an – Attempt to solve commonly known problems.

  49. I was wonder stuck to come here.
    It is amazing to know of a Bling Blogger.
    But I wouldn’t understand what is ‘legally blind’.
    I follow you I support YOU.
    LOL
    Fond Regards,
    Shiva

    1. Hello Shiva, legally blind is the term used for those people who are eligible to collect disability benefits.

      1. Am very sorry, this morning I was rushing to go to the bank so in a hurry I misspelt the word Blind, please excuse me on that.
        It means people who are blind can take the benefits of their blindness from the government is it. Please let me know from which govt or source it can be availed, I mean from which country.
        Another question arises in my mind being blind how do you read the blogs.
        My Pats to You.
        Shiva

      2. Hello Shiva, no worries I knew what you meant. For sure in the US and I believe the UK as well. I can’t speak to how it works in other countries but broadly speaking when someone says they are legally blind this has more to do with eligibility for gov’t benefits. Additionally people will use the term in an effort to help the public understand the nature of their sight loss but it’s not a measurement for sight and in my opinion because there is such a vast range of sight loss it’s more of help to explain what the functional sight is. For example I have no central vision which impacts my ability to recognize faces, objects, regular size print. I’ve described it as being in a dense fog. Also outside influences like daytime or night, sunshine, gloom, no contrast and other factors can affect my remaining eyesight.

      3. On working on the computer I have a 32 inch monitor and I use magnification. Prior to this I used a software called ZoomText which is a magnifying/narrating program but on trying to use it with my new laptop it ran too slow. But there are a number of programs for people who are blind/sight loss to enable them to use the computer and even the latest technology in cell phones.

  50. I have to confess, I put the cart before the horse by reading your other posts before reading this (About) and I now understand much better what your focus is in running your blog. I take my hat off to you Steph and have to say I have a million questions I want to ask and so much I want to say as well. Taking a deep breath here so that I can organize my thoughts and sound coherent. 🙂
    We have a lot in common … you may have noticed that I end all my posts with a quote that suits the subject matter and I’ve noted that you do the same (great minds think alike – lol!). Like you, I love fashion and have to thank my mother for passing on her sense of style. Kudos to you for maintaining your style and not abandoning your fashion sense despite being declared ‘legally blind.’ I hope I will manage to keep mine should I ever lose my sight.
    Although I’m repeating myself, thank you for stopping by and connecting with me Steph.

    1. Hi Wendy, I’m getting a little bit of a late start this morning. It’s just after 6:00 in the morning here in Pittsburgh but what a surprise to see your lovely message first thing. No worries on reading other posts first, lol, many times I’ve done the same thing.

      Thank you for your warm comments and encouraging words and any questions you have please feel free to ask. I encourage this because this is a critical piece to building awareness by helping people understand what blindness/sight loss is. The terminology can be very confusing and at times may sound conflicting, however as I’ve come to learn there is a vast range of vision loss and most people who are considered “blind” have some amount of vision although it’s severe enough to impact day to day living.

      And yes, along with a love of style I’m a lifelong lover of quotes. The Emmerson quote on my About has been my favorite since I was very young and has remained so all these years.

      I can hardly wait to get to know you better Wendy. If at any time you want to talk offline my email address is smccoy@boldblindbeauty.com. Have a wonderful day!! <3 ~Steph

  51. Hello there,

    My name is Demarco and I started a low visions blog a few months ago. I am trying to produce good content like yours. I am reaching out because I wanted to know if you would like to work together in doing guest post or even interviews.

    Here is a link to my blog and look forward very much in hearing from you!! Thank you
    http://demarcocastillo.com

    Demarco Castillo

    1. Hi Demarco, nice to meet you . Let’s communicate via email to see how we might assist one another. ~Steph smccoy@boldblindbeauty.com

  52. You have an interesting blog Steph and I will follow you too 😀

  53. I was surprised to discover I’d never visited your “About” page before, Steph. It was very interesting to learn why you started your WordPress site. That’s a great Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, by the way, and you’ve certainly blazed a new trail with your blog.

    1. Oh gee I just assumed you had oh well it’s great to have you here Bun. Thank you. The Emerson quote is my favorite from when I was young (back in the dark ages)

      1. The “About” page is usually the first place I go. I think the reason I may not have thought to visit yours before now is that your blog has such a clear focus and you are so generous in your replies to comments that I had a very good sense of who you were without needing to visit it. 🙂

      2. Awe what a nice thing to say. Thank you Bun!

      3. You’re welcome, Steph. It’s all true.

  54. My Mom is going through this right now, she’s 83 and her vision is becoming very impaired. She’s having such a hard time seeing, she can no longer drive, she hates to go shopping, which was one of her favorite past times,but because she cannot read the labels on the clothes, she doesn’t know the size nor the price and she hates to keep asking the sale women to help. She has a hard time putting on her makeup and doing her hair and she has become so frustrated and more than that depressed about it. My Mom is a very independent woman and this has really limited her. I was just talking with her tonight and told her how I have come upon your blog and am looking forward to seeing what tips you offer. She was anxious to hear too, so I truly look forward to learning from you and being able to enlighten my Mom. Thank you for doing this, I’ll bet you don’t even realize how many people you are helping, bless you!! 🙂

    1. Thank you Deb. it always does my heart good to hear remarks such as yours. I can only imagine how frustrated your mom is from going through vision loss later in life. I was in my mid 40s when I began having issues and it wasn’t easy adapting. What I found though was plenty of help through state and local agencies geared to assist people dealing with the loss of sight. I’ve talked about visionaware.org many times on my blog because they are a tremendous resource. They have a pretty comprehensive packet of info for those new to vision loss. They also have a section where people like me offer support by writing helpful articles many I’d which are from our own vision loss experience. The loss of sight can seem like a very isolating situation but there are many people going through the same experience willing to offer our support. Please let me know if there is anything specific that I might assist with. My email address is smccoy@boldblindbeauty.com.

      1. Thank you so much Steph, I will pass along the website. She does have a computer type of machine that allows her to put reading material, books, newspapers etc on it and then it magnifies it so she can read it. She also has her computer enlarged so that she can read facebook or websites but that’s starting to become more of a challenge but I will definitely inform her of this. Yes I know she feels very isolated and I feel sad that there isn’t more I can do to help. She does get shots in her eyes every 3 months but it doesn’t seem to be helping with the loss of vision. Thank you for your email and I will certainly take you up on your offer if necessary! My heart thanks you too!! 🙂

      2. It sounds like she has a CCTV (closed circuit TV) that magnifies reading material, it can even be used to apply makeup but I couldn’t get the hang of using it for that purpose. There is a software program called zoomtext that magnifies and reads. I used it for many years but had to stop when I upgraded to Windows 10 but I have a 32 inch monitor so I can make do. Zoomtext is madd by Ai Squared and they offer a 60 or 90 day trial.

      3. Hmmmm interesting, I’ll have to check into for her, that would be marvelous. She has a large monitor and is on Windows 8 right now. Not sure what she is using to enlarge her screen whether it’s just the + sign or what, but another great bit of info from you…I will be investigating that too!! Oh this is wonderfully exciting!! Again thank you!! 🙂

  55. Thank you so very much for the follow on my travel blog. I feel extraordinarily blessed that it led me to your remarkable blog. Several people in my extended family and circle of friends are legally or partially blind. One is a 94-year-old woman I take to seniors’ gym twice a week.

    1. Hi Peggy, you’re so welcome. Thank you for your very kind comment. I’ve heard from several people who know people experiencing vision loss and it’s such an uplifting thing to not feel so isolated. 94 years old and going to senior’s gym, bless her heart because she’s doing better than a number of us who are younger. I hope that you’ll be able to glean some useful information from my blog. While the original intent was to discuss style related matters I always try to incorporate some substance because we are more than how we appear and I think it’s far more important to have confidence then everything else will follow.

      1. Rhodanthe is amazing, She lost her sight to macular degeneration, but that barely slows her down. She’s written a wonderful book for young mothers. Four years ago she was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to midwifery and the well being of young mothers and their babies. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/guru-saviour-doctor-our-early-settler-honoured-20120327-1vwx6.html
        She still gets her hair done at one of the most expensive salons in town, but you should see what she wears to the gym. 🙂

      2. Thank you for sending me this link Peggy. Rhodanthe is amazing. Changing tires and dodging angry bulls? Even when I drove I never changed a tire (I probably could have but never felt the urge) and as for dodging bulls as a self-professed coward I couldn’t place myself in a situation where bulls would likely be present because heaven only knows what I’d do. I like her philosophy on could vs should because as I was reading the article it actually could be applied to many areas in life.

  56. One of my best friends in school from grades 8-12 was a blind boy who was fiercely independent. He defied everyone an refused to use a cane or dog. Spent a whole week coming in to the school after we all left and memorized all his routes to classes and just about the entire sprawling campus – then he showed up in home room. Sometimes – like fire drill’s he’d ask to put his arm on your shoulder, but other wise he was confident and on his own. Brilliant mind, quick wit, and quite social. He was voted class president multiple times in high school (our class had over 1,000 kids in our grade level). Everyone loved Glenn.
    And it was hard to whine about anything considering all that he accomplished.
    All about attitude and belief in yourself. He taught us all a lot.
    Enjoyed touring your blog. Nice to see you around the neighborhood

    1. Your friend Glenn reminds me of one of my friends who passed away a couple of years ago. Bill was born blind and he too refused to use a cane or guide dog even in his neighborhood. He once told me that he did have to break down and use a cane when he went to college because the campus was so large but even when a group of us would go to meetings/conventions once he got the lay of the land he put his cane away. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!! 😀

  57. Happy to be a new follower of your vibrant website.

    1. Thank you JoHanna!! I’m so happy to have you here! =D

  58. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. The nominees are under no obligation to pass on the award. I pass the award to those that I follow and enjoy their talent, as well as those that are supportive of my blogs. Instructions are posted in my blog: http://amanpan.com/2016/01/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    1. Thank you so much!! It is so kind of you to nominate me for this award and I am so honored. Regretfully I am unable to participate due to timing and I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Thanks again <3

      1. I understand as they do take a long time. 😊😊😊

  59. Greetings Steph,

    Your blog is really inspiring. Will be looking forward to your posts…:)

    1. Thank you Pankaj!! 😀 It’s always good to hear that someone has found a bit of inspiration.

  60. As I said in my previous comment, I’m so happy you decided to stop by blog and comment. I believe I’ve made an awesome new friend.

  61. Hi Steph, I’m so glad we met through our blogs. I look forward to your posts.
    You are an inspiration! Take care, Jenny

  62. I am very happy to meet you here in the bloggerworld. Yes, I agree that the real beauty is inside. I am looking forward to follow your blog 🙂

  63. Hey there Stephanae! Just browsing around the blogosphere, finding some fun and interesting blogs to follow to make some new friends in 2016. If you like, hop on over to my world at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and if you see anything you like, comment or follow! Have a great day and happy new year!

  64. Stephanae, this is amazing, actually. I never would’ve thought that a visually impaired person would think about his or her appearance. It’s such a small part of our identity that we probably take for granted.

    1. Yes, I can attest to this because I’ve taken so much for granted. I never thought there would come a day when my glasses/contacts would no longer correct my vision. I just assumed that I could continue getting new prescriptions each year but then again, what happened to me was a bit unusual and I’m sure there are many more crazy issues lurking out there that I’m not aware of. Thank you for your comment.

  65. Hey Stephanae, I hope you are doing well! I nominated you for the 3 day quote challenge. I look forward to reading your posts! <3

    https://abm97.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/day-1/

    1. Hi Allie, Thank you so much for the nomination, I really appreciate you thinking of me. Unfortunately with so much stuff on my plate (I’m constantly working to streamline and rid myself of unnecessary tasks) I cannot participate in the quote challenge. Being a lifelong lover of quotes this sounds like fun but for now I’ll enjoy reading the posts of you and others who take on the challenge so beautifully. ~Steph <3

      1. Don’t worry about it dear. [=

  66. What a beautiful person you are! I’m sure you’ve inspired countless people; including me! Nice to meet you 🙂

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog C.M. I really appreciate it. Nice to meet you as well! =D

  67. Stephanae you are a very special woman. Most of us can’t imagine how we would feel if placed in a similar circumstance. You are inspiring and truly motivating others who live without hope for a brighter future. Bold and yet beautiful using your gifts to help others. Keep keeping on…..

    1. Thank you Pat. Believe me it seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I too imagined I could never live with losing sight yet here I am today. It’s amazing what we can do when our back are up against the wall. <3

  68. Beautiful quote by Emerson and you are a beautiful lady! There are so many inspiring blogs in the internet world…and yours is one of them! 🙂

    1. Thank you Ms. Šahíyena!! <3 Emerson is one of my favorites but this particular quote has been with me since childhood.

  69. Hello Stephanae, you have gorgeous blog <3

  70. Hi Steph, I’m so glad I decided to check out your blog after reading an intriguing comment you left on another blog. It’s very refreshing to stumble upon something that was off my radar screen and be inspired by it. Your posts are beautifully captivating. I will enjoy reading more. Thanks for following my adventures.

    1. Caroline, thank you once again for your kind remarks. I was so blown away by your blog, it literally took my breath away. And yes, I agree with you on how exciting it is to meet people who aren’t necessarily in your niche but are so very interesting. I’m learning so much about other people and the world. Just when I think it can’t possibly get any better then I come across yet person who inspires me. Thank you again for visiting. 😀

  71. You have a powerfully positive and inspirational blog site. I will follow your journey. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. To hear that you find my posts inspiring and positive means that I am achieving my objective and I’m so grateful. Thank you 🙂

  72. An amazing blog you have here Steph. You are an inspiration.

    1. Thank you Khaya! I tried to leave a comment on your blog but it was strange b/c I was being asked to log in and when I did it was like I was on your dashboard. So I logged out. I like your blog but it looks like I can only “like” posts without commenting. I wanted to thank you for visiting me here.

      1. Thanks Steph for visiting my blog and following. Also thank you very much for letting me know that the blog is acting strange, I’ll look into it. I certainly value comments:-)

      2. You’re most welcome.

      3. Aah! I think I’ve found and fixed the problem with commenting. The login for comments is meant for non-WordPress readers who want to comment using other social media, e.g. google+. I hope this part works well now. Also I see you one of my subscribers, only I’m not sure why it led you to my dashboard, joys of self-hosting:-P. But thank you so much for subscribing and for being kind enough to point out some problems on my blog. I can’t thank you enough. Have a lovely weekend:-)

      4. Yes this makes complete sense to me. I think yours was the first self-hosted blog that I’ve come across where the only thing I saw at the top of the screen was “My Sites” and “Reader”. But then after following you a few other self hosted folks stopped by with the same set up.

        I wish I could do self-hosting but I’m not well versed in coding.

        You have a great weekend as well! 🙂

  73. Interesting things to be venture into and leave your own trail. I believe you’re leaving your trail.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Albert!!

  74. Hi Steph
    I think initially I stumbled upon your blog while looking up the words perfectly flawed beauty and I found you. I am constantly fascinated by how the internet magically fills the space and boundaries between people instantly making strangers feel like old friends. Thank you for looking me up and taking the time to stroll through my blog 😉 I heart your mantra “when you feel good, you look good’ and you do good too

    you my new inspiration and now the phrase more than meets the eye is stuck in my head 🙂

    ~B

    PS I come bearing coffee

    1. Thank you for your kind words B. Yes the internet it really does seem magical at times. I do feel so blessed to have met some of the most amazing people right here in this space. It’s outstanding.

      1. oh and I have gien you a shout out in my post dont worry I didnt nominate you just a mentioned your blog
        ^_^

  75. I am looking forward to reading your blog.

    You mentioned me in a comment at “Cardboard Express Blog, and when I saw the name of your blog I was intrigued. My husband is also legally Blind, and is a graduate from “The Arkansas School For The Blind”.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I do the same thing as you when reading the comments then I find myself visiting blogs that intrigue me. What a coincidence that your husband is legally blind as well. It seems since I’ve started blogging that I’ve met many more people who are blind/vision impaired which was the purpose behind the blog. But I’m hoping that for people who are new to vision loss that they may find some comfort in knowing they are not alone and life can go on in a meaningful way.

      1. That is such a wonderful thing! I am sure you will inspire and instill confidence.

  76. Hi Steph,I’ve found your blog so special and reliving. My younger sister has just been diagnosed with stargartz disease which means for now she is partially blind,however it will get worse. She’s 13,the start of her teens and she is finding it very hard to fit in at school and is worried she will get made fun of. I will definitely show her your blog to try and build her self confidence on the issue. Xo

    1. Hi Danielle, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. A diagnosis of a blinding eye disease is never easy to absorb. While my heart breaks for her but she needs to know she is not alone and she can go one to do magnificent things. I’m always so impressed with young people who make a difference in our crazy world. Please show her my blog and if she needs someone to talk to you can give her my email address at boldblindbeauty@gmail.com and I can talk with her and give her additional resources.

  77. Lovely to meet you Stephanae. Do feel free to visit my blog when you have a moment or two. 🙂

  78. Very neat that you want to celebrate your femininity, S.

    Xxx
    Diana

  79. Hello, I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! Check it out here: https://jaanethough.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/creative-blogger-award/

    I hope you accept it but if you don’t,it’s okay. I would love for people who drop by my blog to check out yours. =)

    1. Hi Jaanethough, thank you so much for the award nomination. I so wish I could accept it because of the reason your outlined and it looks like plain fun. But I’m working on launching a business, blogging and community activities I just can’t take on any new tasks at this time. Thank you for thinking of me 🙂

  80. You have very beautiful blog! I enjoy it! I will be glad to see you at me in the blog.

    1. Thank you very much Vlad!! 🙂

  81. Hello Stephanae, I’ve nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! =) Your blog is truly amazing and inspiring!

    https://jaanethough.wordpress.com/

    xx
    Jaanethough

    1. Hi Jaanethough, thank you so much for your kind words the wonderful nomination. Unfortunately at this time I’m not able to accept due to tight time constraints but I wanted to reach out to thank you for thinking of me. 🙂

  82. What an awesome blog you have, Stephanae!

    1. Thank you so much!!! I just went over to your blog and love your “About” page and your philosophy on life!!

  83. Hi Stephanae! Thanks for visiting my blog! 😉

    1. Many thanks to you as well =D

  84. My mother was legally blind, and she could see better than most. Her makeup, scarves, and hair were always perfect (except when I accidentally dyed her hair blue). She made sure that the back of my needleword was perfect. She taught me how to count coins without looking, and to arrange things in drawers and on shelves so I can find ANYTHING without looking. It’s great for telling others how to find something that I had put away, and freaks them out when I’m right.

    I’m INFJ, so feel free to think things through 🙂

    “how I respond” is the kind of people I actively seek. “how I respond” = empowered. I look forward to reading about how you respond to challenges.

    1. Hello again Grace. I’ve met so many kindred spirits since I’ve begun blogging. I procrastinated for about a year because I was so afraid. I mean, how can I put myself out here like thins? But once I got started and began talking with others, well it’s gotten considerably easier.

      I still have my fears (it’s part of my quirkiness) but it’s good to know that I’m not alone and I really enjoy exploring other’s worlds and absorbing their words.

      1. I know what you mean. I started 2 other blogs that centered around mundane topics, A friend urged me to get into WordPress, and what I found inspired my current blog. You can get a sense of the difference when you compare my first post to my most recent. Sure feels good!

        I was thinking today that all that I learned in my life isn’t relevant to my kids. I will probably never have opportunities to share with them all that I want to tell them, at least, not while they are listening attentively. WordPress is a great place to express what I hope someone else will learn from me. Likewise, my friends and family don’t share all of my interests and concerns. I am glad to find people here who fill in the gaps.

        Thanks for sharing your world.

    2. Forgot to mention you accidently dyed your mom’s hair blue? Thank goodness I haven’t had that happen although give me time I’m sure I can come up with something. I do have a couple of hilarious situations that have arose out of my blindness that I’ll have to share sometime.

      1. Moral of the story might be: don’t dye your hair. I never have, even when my hair stylist called it “salt and pepper” at my last visit.

  85. i was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and i have in turn nominated to you to be part of the Sisterhood. i wanted to share your blog with those that stop by my page. best wishes, shelley
    http://livingwithshadows.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
    i know these things can be time consuming so if you don’t want to take part just let me know.

    1. Hi Shelley, I am so flattered!! Thank you and I’d love to accept your nomination. One of my gripes is the amount of time it takes me to do anything but I will participate. Thank you again =D!!

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