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Victorialand Beauty Inclusive Skincare Line

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ABBY’S CORNER | AUDIO INTERVIEW

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Hi Everyone, yesteday I tried so hard to publish this amazing interview with the brilliant Victoria Watts of Victorialand Beauty. However sometimes content is more important timelines and you’ll see what I mean when you meet Victoria. You won’t want to miss this one! Below the interview is a transcript for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! ~Abby

Abby:

Hey guys, happy Friday to you. It’s me, Abby from Bold Blind Beauty. So excited to see you guys, hope you’re having a great start to your weekend. I’m hanging out with my good friend, Victoria Watts, from Victorialand Beauty. Victoria, how are you today?

Victoria Watts:

I’m doing wonderful. How are you?

Abby:

I’m doing so good. I got to tell you, girl, we have so much to cover and I know that the skincare line that you have is amazing.

Victoria Watts:

Thank you, I knew you’d love it.

Abby:

I know, can you kind of tell me how you created it because I know you told me the story about how you were literally in your kitchen cooking it, but tell me that whole background story.

Victoria Watts:

Well, for years, I’ve used various products to address my skin conditions I had at the time, and I couldn’t find anything that really delivered the results I was looking for so I decided to take matters into my own hand and find my own solution. I began mixing and blending natural ingredients to find a formula that actually worked and helped to improve the skin conditions I had.

Abby:

That is awesome. I’m hearing you are a natural born entrepreneur.

Victoria Watts:

It appears so.

Abby:

Love it, love it. We’re all about power here at Bold Blind Beauty, and that is so powerful.

Victoria Watts:

Thank you.

Abby:

I mentioned in my little bit about the inclusion. Do you want to talk about a little bit more about what about it, about your products, really love? Because I love the fact that your animal cruelty free and what else?

Victoria Watts:

We are animal cruelty free, vegan, we are all natural, very important to have the all natural ingredients. Much better for your health and your skin. And also I felt it was very important to be inclusive of all consumers, and that meant the products needed to be accessible to all consumers, including the visually impaired consumer. My son Cyrus was born blind back in 2016, as a result and just seeing him and the way he navigates his world, it really got me thinking about accessibility in a way that I’ve never thought about it before. It was very important for me and for my skincare line to be able to raise awareness for this importance, and also to adopt the accessibility into my packaging so that all consumers could use these products.

Abby:

That is so awesome. And I want to talk just like a blind user of your product, what I found to be so great about them. When first of all, when you sent them to me, the packaging is gorgeous. And you guys, she uses QR codes and they’re raised so I knew exactly [inaudible 00:02:33]. I know we all struggle with that. I know a lot of you that are hearing me are bobbing their heads like, “Yeah girl, I’m here with you on that.” Victoria, I just loved the experience of when I could take my phone and then swipe it across the QR code, and I was able to hear every single ingredient, everything I needed to know about the product, everything basically a sighted user gets to see when they’re in the throws of wanting to buy a product.

Victoria Watts:

Exactly, and I’m so glad to hear you say that because that is also important. It was not only did the products need to be accessible and identifiable by a touch through the raised symbol system that I created for these products, but also the information needed to be accessible. The power of the QR code and being able to utilize it, and merge the tactile symbols with technology really, we were able to really deliver the idea of accessibility through all aspects of the product.

Abby:

I especially loved it because I’m definitely a braille user, but I when I was listening to that, I know that that would have been so very difficult for you to get all of the information that’s loaded onto packaging. That would have been pretty difficult, I assume.

Victoria Watts:

Yes, very difficult. Which is why once I determined that that was not really the best option for what I was trying to do for this inclusive piece, that’s when I decided to create a symbol system for these products.

Abby:

Awesome. I, first of all, cannot wait, and Cyrus sounds like such a cutie, and I can’t wait to meet him. I love it when we have open heart and open minds, what we can accomplish when we do things for others. The power of a mom is great, right?

Victoria Watts:

Oh, absolutely, no doubt.

Abby:

So tell me, when you were planning it, who did you work with to help you kind of come along with these symbols, and learn about this, because obviously you weren’t aware of blindness until then.

Victoria Watts:

Correct. And what I did was I worked with a gentleman at the Lighthouse Organization, here in Florida where I live, and my time with him was amazing. And it added so much value to this project because there were things that I didn’t even think of that he brought to my attention. And it was really, really helpful as I went down through this journey, to be able to work with them and really get feedback from someone that’s going to benefit from this system.

Abby:

When you did start to get into the blindness community, I mean, there’s a lot of things that I know took away from it, but what is that one thing that you took away from as far as… Because you’re talking about inclusion and the reality is that inclusion is a barrier that we’re really trying to break down. What is the one thing you came away with when you were dealing with people that are in the blind community?

Victoria Watts:

What I took away was that, just because a blind person cannot see their beauty, they still want to feel beautiful. And it is very important for us to recognize that we are all people, we all have differences. We have different skin types, we have different races, we have different abilities, different disabilities, and all of that should be considered amongst consumer packaged goods so that all of products are accessible to all consumers, because we are all the same, but we’re different in our own ways. But that doesn’t mean that we should be excluded.

Abby:

No, you’re totally right. And what I love about that too, Victoria, is that one thing, back to your skin line, is your skin line is inclusive in so many ways. It’s not just the packaging, but it is for all skin types.

Victoria Watts:

And genders. Yeah, I think it’s very important to raise awareness for this because it is such a need. It’s a growing need.

Abby:

It is. And I have a very good buddy of mine who is in love with the sleep mask, which is my favorite too but-

Victoria Watts:

Mine too.

Abby:

Let’s talk about the product, the symbols, because we haven’t hit that really yet.

Victoria Watts:

Sure. What was important was to come up with symbols that made sense for what the products are. Again, these are symbols that will be seen by the sighted consumer, but felt by the unsighted consumer. We came up with symbols that made sense for the products. For instance, the sleep mask, which is a nighttime treatment, is a crescent moon. The face oil is an oil drop, the moisturizer is a wavy line, which signifies moisture, and the eye and lip treatment is an upside down triangle.

Abby:

Let me tell you what I love about this, you guys. I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago and of course I don’t have the packaging on my products, but I have my [inaudible 00:06:45] bag full of all my staff, and I was telling Victoria, I loved it because these symbols are on the packaging, the actual product itself. While I’m sitting there and I’m like, “Wait a minute, is this my hair oil?” Well I get to my stuff for Victoria, and it’s like, “Boom, this is my face mask. Boom, this is my moisture.” And yes, of course, I’m also obsessed with the eye and around the lips cream as well. That one is another one of my faves. It was so easy to identify because they had the symbol. I get so sick and tired of sometimes like, “Hey, let me call somebody to see,” FaceTime someone and be like, “What is this? Or what is that?” So I love you did that.

Victoria Watts:

And I’m so happy to hear this, this is wonderful.

Abby:

And of course I had to share with all my girlfriends and be like, “Okay, you need to switch, you need to switch products. Straight up. And my guy friends too.

Victoria Watts:

Perfect.

Abby:

Is there anything else you want to share with us? Anything up and coming fun with you or?

Victoria Watts:

Well, we’re working on a new product right now that we plan to launch in 2021, so that’s very exciting. With of course the new symbol that will be released us so we’re very excited about that. And just want to say that, like we’ve said before, this is a need, this is something that is very important and I really would encourage other brands to start thinking about this, and thinking about being more inclusive of the consumer, the visually impaired consumer, because it’s a growing need. We need to start being more aware of this. And I really do encourage brands across the board to start thinking about this.

Abby:

I couldn’t agree more because there are over 25 million people that are blind in the United States alone, blind or vision impaired. And that affects not only us, but our families as your well demonstrating, yeah.

Victoria Watts:

Yeah, and not to mention 1.1 billion people worldwide, that has some form of visual impairment, me being one of them but I have contacts that can correct that. But without my contacts, I can’t see, really much of anything. It’s also beneficial to not just the blind community, but all consumers to some degree. So again, we need to start thinking about this as a society because it is very important

Abby:

Inclusion just isn’t inclusion, it’s innovation. And who isn’t out there wanting to innovative, especially in this world we’re living in right now, right?

Victoria Watts:

Absolutely.

Abby:

You guys, I just thank you so much, Victoria, for hanging with me today, I have had the best time. I also want to share that since I’ve started using your products, I was having some blemish issues that are completely gone. My skin feel like butter. And I just want you to start following Victoria and see what she’s doing. And hey Victoria, before we signed off, can you tell us where we can follow you or buy your product?

Victoria Watts:

Absolutely. You can follow us on Instagram it at @VictorialandBeauty, and you can browse our product selection and learn more about the Cyrus System at VictorialandBeauty.com.

Abby:

And you guys, I think she’s pretty open too if you have ideas. Right Victoria?

Victoria Watts:

Absolutely. I would love ideas, feedback, all is welcome.

Abby:

Well, you guys, thanks so much, Victoria. I’m sending you a huge virtual hug down in Florida, which I wish I was there with you on the beach right now but we’re going to make it happen soon.

Victoria Watts:

Yes.

Abby:

And hey guys, this is Abby with Bold Blind Beauty, your fashion icon and fashionista, signing off. Have a great rest of your weekend. Bye bye.

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Abby’s Wind Down Wednesday Tip #3 | Makeup

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ABBY’S CORNER | FALL MAKEUP TIPS

L-A-D-I-E-S!!!

It’s Abby, and today we are talking about the game of make-up! Bring on the color! Where are all my BOLD statement girls? Do you love the lift of mascara to those lashes?!? I sure do! It makes me feel like I have butterfly flutter eyelashes that are fun and flirty!

No matter your style, make-up does not need to be scary. I say this, as a blind woman because this used to send me freaked out and up-side-down! How do I apply? How do I know if this is lip or eyeliner? Wait, what? Did I put on the darker color all over my eyelids or the base color?

We are going to not only shout out the Fall trends but put you at ease to experiment and find your BOLD statement. We ALL have one. This is what I want to really drive home to you! You are BOLD and how you rock your own individual power is all you! It is what makes you unique and fun!

Check out this link to see the top 20 trends for the Fall: 20 Fall Makeup Trends That Will Make You Feel Like a Straight-Up Icon. I LOVE the range of NEON to bronze, the mix of ’80s and ’90s and so much more!!

Much like we saw from the Pantone color report from last week, we see the bronzes, pops of red, gold, blue, plum, and green!! What I want to highlight here is you can give a dramatic look that is confident and calms your fears of application.

What I do for a “run out the door look”:

  • I love the all-in-one powders for my base. It is a powder that sets and acts like a foundation, concealer, and powder finish in an easy compact. Also, here’s a shout out to foundations that have color-matching technology! If powder is not your thing and you need a liquid, for those of you that want to add a bit more moisture to your face, you can finish it off with loose translucent powder! Tip: translucent powder is awesome! It has flecks that pick-up the lighting to give a radiant glow!
  • I swipe my cheeks with a bronzer, making sure I take the brush from the top of my cheekbone, stopping at the apple of my cheek. This contours and creates depth to the cheekbone. Added bonus, it brings attention to your eyes!
  • For my shadow, I am, to quote Megan Trainer, “All about that base!” For my skin tone, I use a neutral cream eyeshade all over my entire eye, let it set, and then use a darker color like a rich plum, gold, green, to make my eye pop and give a smoking effect!! This is easy to achieve with a sideways  “V” motion.
  • Then, I swipe on mascara to get my butterfly lashes rocking.
  • Here is the added touch…lipstick! I love my bold lips! Lipliner is your friend! And the swipe of my favorite color and add a touch of lip gloss in the middle of my bottom lip to give a pouty look!

My friend Melody has agreed to show up in the Bold Blind Beauty Facebook group this weekend to address make-up fears no matter the level of comfort you are at right now! Btw, if you haven’t already joined our group ALL are welcome!

Keeping it real, keeping it natural, keeping it lovely one cane tap at a time! ~Abby

#WindDownWednesday, #HumpDay

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The Power In The Journey Interview With Amy Bovaird

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ABBY’S CORNER | AUDIO INTERVIEW

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I recently sat down to have a chat with Amy Bovaird a world traveler, teacher, author, and advocate. Amy has traveled to more countries than many of us will accomplish in our lifetimes and she did it while losing her eyesight and later her hearing. Her story is one of perseverance and faith intermingled with a great sense of humor. Below the audio interview is a transcript for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! ~Abby

Abby:

Hey everybody, it’s Abby. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It’s uber hot where I am right now. I’m getting the time to spend with Amy Bovaird today and I’m super excited about her story because you guys know I’m a traveler and I’ve been all over the place. And it’s so fun for me that I get to talk to her about travel in different aspects that we’re going to cover. So, Amy, thank you for hanging out with me today.

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah, I’m really happy too.

Abby:

I know. I want to talk about your travel experiences because they’re so amazing. And I wonder if I need to know just a little bit about you and all the places you’ve been. Where all have you been during your international travels?

Amy Bovaird:

Well, gosh, it seems like I counted up one time and it was 33 different countries.

Abby:

33? Golly.

Amy Bovaird:

I’ve lived in seven, so yeah, that’s a little bit less. Yeah.

Abby:

Oh my gosh. I definitely classify you as a mega world traveler. That’s awesome. So Amy, what I love about this whole story that you share with us is, when you were traveling, can you kind of talk to us about the time that you started to realize that you were losing sight and your hearing?

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Amy Bovaird:

Well, so when I first started kind of realizing that something was going on with my sight was when I was in the jungles of Ecuador, in the interior jungle, the Amazon. And I noticed that it was always dark and I was stumbling a lot and people just didn’t get why I was doing that and I didn’t get it and they didn’t want to go with me when we were checking out the caiman with the phosphorescent lights. And I was just like, “Why am I always tripping and falling?” And, “I guess I need stronger glasses.” So that was the first time I really noticed a marked change.

And I guess plus probably because in the interior jungle, it’s so dark. So I came home and I told the doctor I needed stronger glasses because at that time, I had a wonderful job opportunity in Indonesia. So I had a couple, two, three weeks between that. So I thought, “Okay, I’ll get these new glasses and I’ll go.” And it was a little bit more complicated than that. That’s when they had found out my condition, which is called retinitis pigmentosa. So anyway, I decided to continue with my teaching overseas and I would just do it no matter what. I was going to pursue my goals, and this was halfway across the world. I could learn another language or languages. So I just did, I didn’t know at that time if I was ever going to see my family’s faces again because they didn’t know at what rate this was going to happen to me.

So I just took my chances and it really paid off. I had such amazing experiences. But in the beginning, I noticed I was a lot more frightened. I had this opportunity to go in another island and we were exploring a cave. And so it’s super dark in a cave. And one guy, There were maybe six or seven of us, and he’s like, “Oh, you’re like my grandma, but 28 years old.” And he says, “Oh, you walk like my grandma.” [inaudible 00:03:50] I didn’t really tell anyone about my sight loss so it was just like, oh my gosh.

Abby:

Yeah no one wants to be told at 28 they’re like a grandma, but I mean, so you found this out, were you using a cane at the time?

Amy Bovaird:

I wasn’t at that time. I was just sort of feeling my way and I don’t think I needed a cane at that point, but it definitely was a decrease in my visual. Yeah so as I got on, as I continued to travel, my field narrowed more and more and more. So I had to, for example, I went to Scotland and I was climbing a mountain and I was afraid I was getting lost on the mountain. So the flashlight was the people ahead of me. They were wearing bright lights, bright-colored clothing. So I just fixed my eyes on them as it started to get dark so that I wouldn’t get lost.

Abby:

There’s so much here, Amy, that I know you and I talked earlier about your love for teaching and your passion for it, coupled with your need for travel. Was it just when you came back and you were told that you had RP which you weren’t expecting, because you’re thinking you’re just going to get your glasses and run to your opportunity, what was that passion that you felt that you were like, “I’m going to continue with this no matter what.” Because there’s a lot of fear there I’m sure.

Amy Bovaird:

There is.

Abby:

What propelled you?

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah. Well, it was actually a scripture in the Bible because there’s Abraham and he was the father of all the nations and God and told him to go to a place that he did not know. And he would show him. And so I felt, “Oh my gosh, he took care of Abram,” at the time it was Abram, then it turned into Abraham, “He can take care of me just as well. He’s not going to let me get hit by a car or,”

Abby:

Or get lost in the woods and climb a mountain and a cave, all the things we’ve talked about here already.

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah. I mean, there were a lot of instances, but I just wanted to do it so badly that I just said, “It’s okay, we’re going to adapt and we’re going to do that.” So I would take taxis so I didn’t have to drive and everything was doable.

Abby:

Amy, I really want to hit the point though of, I mean, all I’m hearing faith. Faith, like no other and just the confidence that you exude and not letting yourself be held back. But it wasn’t just that, you’re extremely innovative. I mean, you were on your feet thinking about, “Okay, this is what I want to do, and this is what I’m going to do to get it done.”

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah, yeah. That’s right. Yeah. And I didn’t tell people, because I thought that if they knew they would treat me differently. So I just kind of kept it to myself and if they thought that I was kind of an airhead, by maybe walking too closely to them or running into them or whatever, it was okay because I was living my life. So I just maximized what I could see. I used whatever I could and whatever transport I could. And I just continued. And it was easier sometimes overseas because you could take trains and you could take ships and so there were lots of ways to accommodate without really saying I’m accommodating. The hearing was a little bit more of a challenge.

Abby:

Yeah, can we talk about that?

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah. Well, so I’m a teacher and I’m teaching English as a second language. So you have to hear your students when they would read something out loud or they would give me an answer. I’d say, “Sorry, can you repeat that? Again?” Nobody couldn’t know I wasn’t hearing them, but I just thought, “Gosh, I’m going to have to stand closer to these people, to my students, I’m going to have to pay more attention to them, I’m not hearing them.” And then in the back of my mind, I had this idea. I remember reading when I found out about my RP, that there’s another part of it that goes along with it, which is hearing loss. And I was like, “I have that. I must have that.” And so I kind of kept that in the back of my mind, that that’s why it’s harder to hear over the telephone or in context reduced situations.

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Abby:

So how did you adapt with that?

Amy Bovaird:

Well, I just started walking around the room and standing next to my students when I asked them questions, and sometimes I was adapting in two things. I remember being in Taiwan and my teaching platform was like a theater. It looked kind of like a theater with three steps going down. And I walk a lot when I teach. So the steps weren’t steep, they were quite broad. And so I sometimes walk down a step without knowing, I stumble down the steps. And so I’m trying to listen to my students and I’m trying to catch, “Oops missed that one.” So I would just try to make jokes. So that’s how I handled it. And I just kept asking them to repeat themselves and making jokes that I didn’t hear them. They were pretty good about it.

Abby:

That is great. Even listening to you talking about this, I, myself, there are struggles that we all face and I remember a very similar story where I thought it’s okay if people think that I’m, oh, well, you know what I mean, I was without someone and I didn’t want to have my cane and when I didn’t get to this level of acceptance, this is a different story for me, but I think it rings true with a lot of us in this situation, that we think it’s okay for someone to think we’re a ditz or in my case, maybe this person just thinks I’m drunk. And we’d rather them think that about us than thinking they’re going to think less of us because we can’t see.

Amy Bovaird:

Yeah. Isn’t that strange? When you think about it, I think it just has to come from within ourselves that we develop that confidence to share that information.

Abby:

Yes it does. Yeah. When did you come to the point of where it came from within?

Amy Bovaird:

I think it was that year. It was 2008 when I had my mobility training. My trainer was completely blind and he was saying hello to people. And I’m like, “How can he see them?” And he kept telling people, “Oh I’m helping Amy to see better so she could be more independent.” And I’m like, “Why is he telling people?” And I think because being so open about it, I started to become open about it. And I did have a travel, on a cruise after with my cane, and I traveled with people that were not accustomed to being around someone with a cane.

And I remember reassuring them that it was okay. By that time it was two years, it was 2010. So I had gotten used to people seeing me with a cane. So they were telling me, “Oh, they’re wondering about you with your cane.” And I had completely forgotten it by that time. So I had come so far in such a short time and I just realized that it’s okay to have that. And it was my job to make people feel comfortable about it instead of everybody feeling uncomfortable, what do I say? What do I do? How do I show her? And I think that coming, I was more approachable, it made everything so much easier for everyone.

Abby:

Yes. And I bet you your world opened up more.

Amy Bovaird:

Yes, it did. It absolutely did. And it made me very courageous to travel. I mean, I felt like I had the best of two worlds. I was able to have special accommodation. I was able to do it, to go. I remember there was a really interesting thing, my friend was in the water and she was really good at paddling, I don’t know what it was, paddling something, kind of a boat. And they’re all talking about how beautiful these fish were, and it was in the Caribbean, and I couldn’t see any of the fish. And when we went to get me on this canoe or whatever it was, they were like, “Be careful with her, be careful with her.” I’m like, “It’s okay. It’s okay.” And I started being afraid because they were afraid. But then when I was in the water and I couldn’t see any fish, and I was kind of putting my hands in the water. I go, “I’m wet. I’m getting wet. I’m going back to my travels.” And it was such a marvelous moment.

It was like complete joy because these people were enjoying themselves so much and I was part of it and I wasn’t being held back. I was still living my life with my cane. So it was a kind of eye opening moment. It was a moment where I realized that this was going to be my future. It wasn’t going to impact me.

Abby:

Amy that is the most beautiful story, I am speechless, which is hard for me to be. And I love that you shared that with us and wanted to share with me the power that just comes from that. There’s too many times that we in our lives hold our own and you realize that the end of the day, it’s holding yourself back when you don’t accept the things that are challenges. But knowing that when you do, and the minute the light hits in your heart, that you can be what you want to be, and you continued your travel. What are you doing now? Because you’re doing a lot I mean, you’ve written books, what do you do now? I feel like advocacy is totally in your heart and can you talk to us a little bit about what you’re doing now?

Amy Bovaird:

Well, mostly I’m writing and I’m kind of advocating for sight loss, but I’ve got some plans in my mind about where I want to travel overseas. I want to take my brother and show him some of these places. One of the places I want to go is Mexico. And just to really let my brother have that opportunity, my older brother, have that opportunity to just see what he hasn’t been able to see. So together, we will help each other. So that’s one of my goals and just a kind of a closer one, and instead of being in Africa or something, but I just wanted to start small and just help my brother to see what I’m so passionate about.

Abby:

Oh, that is beautiful. Because we all need to be sharing what it is that we’re passionate about. I mean, that is so critical. Don’t you think? Because it inspires other people to do it.

Amy Bovaird:

Yes. I think so.

Abby:

No matter our circumstances. Oh my gosh, can you tell us a little bit about the books that you’ve written? Maybe one piece or what it means to you to share, to write?

Amy Bovaird:

Okay. So really, the book that emerged first was the story of my white cane, because that is what gave me the freedom. And so it was that idea of what, I remember there was a moment where I was dropped off in the middle of nowhere and I had to find my way to the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services and only ask three questions, and I would pass go and collect $200 or whatever.

Can I ask this? Is there a person? Can I ask them? And my trainer said, because I would just go, I was really abrupt. I’d say, “Okay, what street are we on?” When I got to the Bureau of Blindness, I made my way there, a little bit late, but I made my way there, and I was so excited. I asked for my caseworker and I told her, “I made it, I made it, I found them.” And then turned around and walked into the wall. I thought that was really humbling. We are always small, not too big for our britches. And I think when we realized that and we’re able to laugh at ourselves and just see that we are all so imperfect in all of our strivings, then we’re going to enjoy our life.

Abby:

I agree wholeheartedly. If anybody wants to read your books, Amy, where could they find them?

Amy Bovaird:

On Amazon dot com, I have my audiobooks on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. My website is Amy Bovaird dot com, they’re there. All of my books are in large print and Kindle, eBook, and they are regular print. I have a couple of recent eBooks that just went out about my diagnosis and I have some other issues and so the other ones are overcoming and finding joy in little things, family, and how God kind of gives us surprises. Stuff like that. I’m working on a book right now called Second Sight, which goes through some of my early travels and it goes through now what I’m coping with, like going to the wrong seat of the car, the backseat, thinking I’m in the front. All those kinds of things and looking at it from a perspective of acceptance.

So it’s called Second Sight because it’s like looking in the mirror. And instead of looking out of a situation of continually adapting, it’s more inside us. Instead of before, it was mostly outside, like the physical, we tried to get to [crosstalk 00:19:58] using a cane and now it’s more working on my perspective and how to change a negative into a positive and looking for the blessings and things, looking for the good things that arise out of my situation. There’s always something to be thankful for.

Abby:

Yes, there is. Amy, I could just sit here and talk with you for hours and hours. And I just want to thank you so much for your time with us today and sharing just pieces of priceless ways that we can live our lives and realizing vulnerability and realizing that we are human and accepting every bit of who we are and looking for those moments of joy. And, gosh, wow I’m super excited to be here with you today and thank you so incredibly much. You guys, I just want to hug you. I can’t wait until we can do that. So thank you so much for being here with me today and sharing your story and we’re going to definitely look you up and I’m going to get to reading your books, stat. So I can’t wait.

Amy Bovaird:

Oh thank you, that’s great.

Abby:

I hate to go, this was so wonderful. We’re going to go grab some lunch or something soon. It’s going to be awesome. You guys, this is Abby. Thank you for joining Amy and I today. And remember, just stay strong, stay natural, stay lovely, stay beautiful, one cane tap at a time, and we can do this together. Guys, take care and have a great one.

Connecting With Amy:

Image Descriptions:

  • Header photo from Amy’s visit to a small village in Kenya where she sponsored a child, Betty Mueni, through Child International. These are the villagers in her area. Amy is in the center. Sweet memory.
  • Amy’s official author photo with her white cane.
  • Park Bench – Amy is seated on a park bench smiling and happy in a park.
  • When she lived in Indonesia. Here Amy is carrying a backpack and pointing to the street name Jalan Salam with another teacher from her school. 
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Abby’s Wind Down Wednesday Tip #2 | Fall 2020

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ABBY’S CORNER | TIPS

Editor’s Note:

Hey, guys. It’s me, Abby. I hope you’re all having a fabulous Wednesday!

I’m so excited to let you know that I’ve been working really hard finding all kinds of tips and tricks to share with my beauties! So set a reminder for every Wednesday, I will be coming out to share my wonderful hump day finds!

The Color of Fall

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Passage Cardigan

As the sunsets on Summer, we carry the memories we created with us and enter into the wonder of Fall. Personally, it is one of my favorite seasons! We get to experience new textures, mix long sleeves into our wardrobe, and bring out our own personal style. What about color? Have you ever wondered how the runway is able to showcase different expressions through color and design?

Let me introduce you to the Pantone Institute! Each year the Pantone Institute sets the stage for the trending colors for their creative minds to set the stage for the runway! This Fall, you can expect to see a range of reds, from mandarin red to a burnt red, that gives a earthy feel without losing the classic statement of red. We can also expect to see softer colors like almond, oatmeal, and muted blues and greens. It is a time for us to explore our personal style with mixing and matching. I have included a great article here to give you an overview of Fashion Fun:

What does fashion mean to me as a blind woman?

Fashion is an expression and I love that it is a place where I have full control of how I want to “show-up.” When I step into my closet I have a range of suits to active gear that still gives me the bounce in my step! How did I get here? Well, I started by checking in and seeing how I am feeling when it is time to build on what I need that day to match or elevate my mood. If you see me decked out in a range of sparkle and bold colors, you can bet I needed a lift in spirit. In our current climate of zoom and mask-wearing, how does one get that expression of fashion? All questions I have asked myself along the way. I come back to the same answer prior to COVID 19. What I wear has a direct effect on my production at work, my mood, and my confidence level. Trust me, I love my yoga pants, but do I need them every day? Personally, no, as I have fun jeans and colors that are feeling neglected. Yes, I just gave my clothes feelings! Smiles!

The point being, we live in a world that is so full of color and we all have our own unique style that we can harness and elevate to the next level. What does color mean to you? Lets get a lively conversation on this topic!

Keeping it real, keeping it natural, keeping it lovely one cane tap at a time! ~Abby

#WindDownWednesday, #HumpDay

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  • Image credit Cindy Jancich Cabi Stylist
  • Our lovely model, Melody Goodspeed is posing in a CABI Jacket. The Citizen Jacket looks like it is the Pantone color Saffron
  • Melody Goodspeed is wearing a CABI sweater. The Passage Cardigan looks like it is probably the Pantone color Flame Scarlet