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From Despair To Captivating A Podcast

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The naysayers said you couldn’t succeed. What they didn’t know was their definition of success was not your definition. Creating your path by believing in possibilities has brought you to where you are today and will continue to guide and sustain you.

From “Dear Stephanae”

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in? For most of my life, I knew I was different and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t “normal.” Then I read The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney and to my surprise was thrilled to find I’m different, not abnormal.

If you’ve been following Bold Blind Beauty for a while I’ve remained on message partly because of my introversion. The other reason why I’m consistent is because of the path I’ve been forging for myself.

A few months ago I was honored with a scholarship to attend a life-changing Daring To Own Your StoryTM retreat. The retreat, for blind and visually impaired women, opened the door to reveal a side of me I didn’t know existed. One of the tasks we were asked to complete on the retreat was writing a self-compassionate letter to ourselves. Needless to say, the introvert in me seized up and I was unable to finish my letter. Thankfully, I made a promise to myself to finish it at the right time. That time was yesterday and the opening paragraph to this post is from my letter.

Creating The Path

The thing with creating your own path is there is no blueprint or navigation system to direct you—only your gut. Outsiders won’t understand and will try to convince you that you’re delusional. Your inner self-critic incessantly keeps you second-guessing yourself and you’ll feel so lonely and afraid.

It cannot be a coincidence that this quote from my childhood has remained my favorite:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead

where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s no coincidence that the people I’ve connected with on my journey would be instrumental in keeping me on my path. Today, Thomas Reid of Reid My Mind, sent me the link to the podcast we recently recorded and it warmed my heart.

In the interview, Because We Are Captivating, Tom and I talk about the path I’ve created and he did such a great job pulling it together. The timing is perfect as I’m preparing for two speaking gigs next week and am solely focused on the upcoming events.

I’ve included the direct link to the podcast below.

When you have a moment check out Tom at Reid My Mind who is sharing his talent as host and producer of the show. Thank you, Tom, for featuring me a third time on your podcast—it was a blast!

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WOTM 41 Featuring Maria Johnson

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WOTM 41 Featuring Maria Johnson

“Truth is, I CAN still laugh, smile, listen, talk, teach, dance, hug, love, and live happily. Vision loss can hold you down, but the truth will set you free.”

Maria Johnson, Girl Gone Blind

I Got This!

Maria Johnson
Maria Johnson

Each person’s walk through the loss of eyesight is different. Today’s Woman On The Move, Maria Johnson, of Girl Gone Blind, is a powerhouse. And you get to personally meet by way of her podcast interview with Thomas Reid of Reid My Mind Radio.

I recently spoke with Maria by phone and was immediately taken with her energy and how much we share in common. We are in the same age bracket, are parents, and we are passionate about our missions.

“I realized I needed to get my head wrapped around this whole “I’m now blind” thing!” ~Maria Johnson

Maria suddenly lost her eyesight to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a condition that can cause the optic nerve to atrophy. As a result, she began to publicly share her journey three months after sight loss. Three and a half years later she’s attained a huge following and is featured weekly on RNIB Connect Radio.

When you have a moment take a listen to the podcast and visit Maria over at Girl Gone Blind

Connecting With Maria:

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