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Baring Our Souls For A Vision Of Empowerment

Baring Our Souls For A Vision Of Empowerment

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked…that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

~Neil Gaiman

My business partner, Chelsea Nguyen, is from Houston, TX and I live in Pittsburgh, PA. And together we are walking down the street naked.

You see, our accessible online magazine CAPTIVATING!, only 7 months in the making, has received an award from the Texas Rehabilitation Association. The award is for our work in representing people with disabilities in journalism. Isn’t this exciting? But wait, there’s more!

At the time we began our Go Fund Me Campaign we still hadn’t met in person. However, if you read yesterday’s post “Empowering Young People to Soar With Passion & Purpose” you know we met in person.

Chelsea and I envision a more inclusive world—it’s who we are. Changing the perception of disabilities and the people who are living and thriving with them is our calling. Connecting and enlightening people of all abilities is our mission.

If you’ve ever wanted to make an impact would you consider helping our efforts? We invite you to check out our story on Go Fund Me. Help us spread the word. Thank you!!

Baring Our Souls For A Vision Of Empowerment Featured Image Description:

The photo is from our June edition of the magazine. The article was written by Ron Graham of HAVIN. It’s about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Cane and Able which consisted of a group of 12 people, seven of whom were totally or legally blind, and one of them was on a motorized scooter. Visit to check out the article.

Additional Images:

  • Chelsea & Steph – Photo was taken at DFW. We are posing with our luggage and I have my gold cane in my left hand.
  • Level Up Brochure – 2019 Envision program brochure with the theme: “Connect Engage Act.”
  • The Gang – Max, Steph, Chelsea & Jeremy at DFW. Max and I are both holding our white canes.
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5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator

5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator featured image description is in the body of the post.

5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator

Okay, so I have some confessions and now’s as good a time as any to come clean. As some of you may know, I joined forces with an amazing image consultant, Chelsea Nguyen, and together we’ve launched a digital magazine. We ultimately envision developing an accessible online platform where people across the disability spectrum can collaborate, create, and publish professional publications. 

Since CAPTIVATING! is where the power and possibilities of inclusion are limitless it’s a chip off Bold Blind Beauty’s block. As a matter of fact our missions are very closely aligned; CAPTIVATING! is about living and thriving with a disability. It is for all—everyone. Inclusion is the key word for both Bold Blind Beauty and CAPTIVATING!

Now that my workload has practically doubled I’ve been asked what it’s like and how I do it. I thought the best way to proceed forward would be to go through my workflow and share some helpful tips. I’ll wrap up today’s post with some exciting news to share with you! But first, confessions:

Confession #1

This blogging business is hard! Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not whining, although if I do say so myself I’m pretty gosh darn good at. When I say “good at it” I mean whining not blogging. Not that I’m bad at blogging but I’m better at whining when I put my mind to it. However, whining is not the purpose of this post.

When I first began blogging the major concerns from my point of view were content creation and time. If I thought developing fresh content was stressful I didn’t take into consideration:

  • managing the website
  • research
  • writing
  • editing
  • picture taking
  • video making
  • connecting and engaging with fellow bloggers
  • and social media, just to name a few tasks.

Confession #2

It was so exciting watching Bold Blind Beauty grow. With growth came greater responsibility:

  • not nearly enough time to visit my favorite blogs (because there are many and yes, I have a list)
  • curating relevant content to share on social media is ongoing
  • connecting with, scheduling and following up with featured guests is also ongoing
  • sometimes no matter how well I plan things go awry
  • additional features on the back end of the website make managing it a little more challenging
  • as the blog grew so did I as in age, as a result, the way I work has changed
  • growth on social media channels means more connecting and engaging with more people

Confession #3

Upgrading to WordPress Business Plan provides greater flexibility ie plugins, e-commerce solution, access to instant help, and more. On the other side of the upside:

  • it’s more costly
  • even more, time to update and sustain the site
  • learning to use new plugins to make life a little easier
  • because of confessions 1, 2, and 2, there’s even less time to engage with my blogging buddies

Confession #4

Since so much of what we develop as content creators are visual, this can make things a bit challenging. Limited eyesight compounds the issue yet there are many adaptations and workarounds we can use. But what about design elements? More importantly, how do you keep it all organized then post to multiple social media channels?

  • Canva, a web-based design platform is so easy to use a person without any design experience can create nearly anything.
  • Sendible is a social media management tool that lets you schedule and post to multiple social media platforms. Yes, even Instagram so no more emailing images to upload to Insta on your cell phone.
  • G-Suite like the name implies is a suite of Google products (docs, sheets, calendar, contacts, Gmail, etc.) With G-Suite you can create set up email based on your domain, i.e. smccoy@boldblindbeauty vs. All of my images are grouped into general subdirectories like events, logos, products, quotes, and selfies. These directories are further broken down by more specific topics. For example in my boatload of quotes folder, there are advocacy, authenticity, empowerment, fashion, funny, etc. related quotes.
  • Trello is a project management tool consisting of boards, lists, and cards that I use to keep myself organized.
  • Sales Navigator Lite for Gmail extension allows me to see what contacts are on LinkedIn. This enables me to send them a connection request directly from Gmail.

Confession #5

I draw the line at SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

  • At my age, I choose what’s beneficial for me. Since my eyes glaze over whenever I hear the word “SEO,” Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress has been a lifesaver.

Summary of Confessions:

While the work I do can be incredibly complicated and time-consuming it is by far the most rewarding I’ve had the pleasure of performing. The amazing feedback I get from people all over the world is more than enough compensation. An additional bonus is meeting all of you and featuring some of you here on Bold Blind Beauty.

CAPTIVATING! Celebrates Women’s History Month

You may have been wondering how today’s featured image relates to this post. Well, since my friend and colleague created the image I wanted to brag on her. This amazing CAPTIVATING! magazine cover was created by Deloitte colleague Kelly Stephens. She took existing photographs from 5 beautiful women from all around the world and made it look like they are in the same room. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, @CaptivatingMagazine‘s editing team selected these women to be featured on the cover. The March edition was recently published and it features content about empowering women, Cerebral Palsy Awareness, a lovely children’s book review and more. The edition can be accessed here: March 2019. When you have a moment check it out.

5 Confessions Of A Blind Content Creator Featured Image Description:

Clockwise from the bottom left is:

  • Grace Nzomo is wearing a red scoop-neck sweater and her long wavy red hair is swept over her left shoulder.
  • Krystle Allen who has dark shoulder length hair is behind L.A. wearing a white blouse with a silver and gold medallion statement necklace.
  • L.A. is in the center. She has dark curly hair and she’s wearing a black dressy top and bright red skirt.
  • Kym Dekeyrel has long blonde hair parted in the center and while it can’t be seen in this photo she’s wearing a red and black floral dress with spaghetti straps.
  • Shaini Saravanamuthu is in the lower right corner dressed in a black cold shoulder gown. Her long gold statement earrings are a nice contrast against her jumpsuit and black wavy hair swept to the left.

Do you have any tips or tricks to share that make your life easier? Please do tell. ~Steph

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Worldwide Search For Models With Disabilities!

Worldwide Search For Models With Disabilities! same image as the featured image

Worldwide Search for Models Disabilities! YOU could be on the cover of CAPTIVATING!

Today, CAPTIVATING!, a project of Bold Blind Beauty, has launched a worldwide search for models with all types of disabilities. This global social media campaign is being managed by our newest Staff Writer, Rebecca Holland, of Beckie Writes. Continue reading to find out more, especially if you or someone you know has a disability and is interested in being featured on our March edition of CAPTIVATING!

Worldwide Search For Models With Disabilities! same image as the featured image
Our social media campaign is being managed by Rebecca Holland. Find out more on Instagram! 

Do you have a disability? CAPTIVATING! Magazine is looking for cover models for our March issue! Enter for your chance to be featured on our cover.

CAPTIVATING! is a magazine that is breaking down barriers and helping the world to see that all people―especially people with disabilities―are beautiful. We are looking for people of all ages from all over the world with all types of ability levels.

Not all disabilities look the same and we support people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities. If you consider yourself to be a member of the disabled community, then we invite you to submit your image!

We want to see YOU on our cover! 

Our campaign is focused on Instagram because it has one of the highest engagement rates and is a great platform for aspiring influencers. We would love to see you participate in our Instagram campaign!

It’s easy to submit a picture! Just do the following easy steps: 

  1. LIKE this blog post on Instagram. You can find it here:
  2. FOLLOW @beckiewrites (campaign manager) and @captivatingmagazine on Instagram
  3. POST a picture to Instagram and TAG@captivatingmagazine and @beckiewrites 
    ―bonus points if you’re wearing red and black (our colors) in your picture!
  4. COMMENT on this post and let us know that you’ve submitted your photo! Bonus points if you tag two friends who might be interested in being on our cover as well!
  5. BONUS: Don’t forget to use our hashtag #WeRCaptivating anytime you’re talking about us on social media!

Not An Instagram User? Not A Problem!

If you don’t have Instagram but would still like to participate, you can e-mail your photo submissions to CAPTIVATING! at:

That’s it! I hope to see you featured on the front of our March issue! The cover model candidates winners will be selected and announced Friday, March 1, 2019.

More great news!

Even if you are not selected for our March cover, we may choose to feature you in one of our future issues. We will also be selecting photos to share throughout our campaign on our Facebook and Instagram feeds! Even if you’re not selected for the cover, you may still get a shoutout!

Worldwide Search For Models With Disabilities! Featured Image Description:

White text on a red background reads, “ | Models with Disabilities Wanted.” Beckie smiles while wearing a red coat and leaning against a bookshelf. She has long dark hair and glasses.

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Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence Featured Image description is in the body of the post.

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence Jessica Cox Image description is in the body of the post.
Jessica Cox

Today, I feel both satisfied and a little guilty. Why? Well, as you might recall, back in December my business associate, Chelsea Nguyen of CN Vision Image Consulting and I launched our dream project CAPTIVATING!

So today I’m excited because we’ve published our second edition of CAPTIVATING! last night. I feel guilty because Bold Blind Beauty will always be my first love and it feels like I’m cheating. In truth, I know my limitations and I decided this year my focus will be mindfulness. Since my purpose is to help make the world more inclusive as long as I remain on this course I’ll be okay.

Bold Blind Beauty’s mission to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another remains the same. While intentionally broad, I believe if we can give people a chance by getting to know them, then we’re all enriched. Is it a perfect plan? No, it isn’t but then again as homo sapiens, we aren’t perfect either. When you think about it, if we can’t get along with all members of our families how can we possibly hope the same for strangers? We are never going to achieve 100% consensus on anything and honestly, I wouldn’t even waste my time trying.

What’s so cool about both Bold Blind Beauty and CAPTIVATING! is the idea of acceptance. Will everyone agree with us? No, and that’s okay. We are here for people who share a mutual desire to improve humanity period!

So what’s the future plan for Bold Blind Beauty? We will continue to publish content in our three main categories:

  1. Women On The Move
  2. Blind Beauty
  3. Cane EnAbled

Since Abby is a very important element here we are also looking to build upon her story. Stay tuned!

Like today, from time to time there will be some cross promotion among our websites and those of our contributors. It really is all about community and being respectful of one another. When you have a moment or two I’d like to encourage you to check out CAPTIVATING!’s January contributors:

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence Featured Image Description:

The cover of the January edition of CAPTIVATING! with the logo and name of the magazine on the top quarter. “CAPTIVATING” is written in white bold all capital letters except for the “V” which is drawn with an artistic style font in bold red and looks like a big check mark. And at the end of the word, “CAPTIVATING” is also a red bold exclamation mark. 

Our featured guest, Jessica Cox is smiling while looking straight into the camera in an outdoor shot. She is wearing a light blue short-sleeved crew-neck top. Her long brown hair, parted down the middle, is draped over her left shoulder.

Jessica Cox Image Description:

A meme of Jessica created for CAPTIVATING! In the black frame of the photo is” “The Gift Of Disability Lights The Way For Others | by Jessica Cox.” Here is a snippet from Jessica’s story that she shared with CAPTIVATING!: “I was born without physical arms but my “arms” are used to lift people up…Disability has become a gift—a way for me to light the way for others. The challenges have become more about how to lift other people up in even stronger ways.” ~Jessica Cox

A close-up photo of Jessica looking into a makeup mirror while applying her mascara with her right foot. She is wearing a light blue short-sleeved crew-neck top. Her long brown hair, parted down the middle, is draped down her back and over her right shoulder.