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Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris of Safe Space

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Farris

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris of Safe Space

“Most people view blindness as a massive barrier, an insurmountable mountain that can never be climbed. I view blindness as an alternative path, one with perhaps more obstacles, but also more triumph.”

~Jenna Faris
Jenna and Susie on Beach
Jenna and Susie on Beach

My grandmother was a genius when it came to reading people. It was one of many traits she had that I secretly and not so secretly envied. As I got older and remarkably wiser (for a teenager) I would often disagree with her assessments of people. Thankfully, with more advanced years, I continued to gain wisdom and had to admit she was almost always right.

From where I stand today, I think I’ve always had the same ability as my grandmother I just didn’t recognize it. Learning to trust my gut where people are concerned was a process aided by a healthy dose cynicism. In the social media I believe cynicism is a requirement to protect oneself online.

When meeting someone new for the first time, I’m very particular. If a person just messages me a simple one-word greeting I typically delete then block them. While it may sound harsh, this is one of many rules I use to gauge people I choose to interact with. Could I possibly be blocking people who are legitimate? Sure, but with well over 7 billion people on the planet, I simply move on.

A Safe Space

According to Internet Live Stats at the time I wrote this sentence, there were 4,185,806,809 internet users in the world. Skeptic that I am I would need more research to determine if this is a reliable source but I digress. If there is even a remote possibility that these stats are even close to accurate, that’s a lot of people. The world is a huge place and the internet has given us the ability to connect where it wasn’t previously possible. When you add in the speed of information being transmitted by many of these people, well, this is another story.

While I tend to think there is danger lurking around every corner every now and then even I’m pleasantly surprised. Last week, for example, a young lady named Jenna Farris contacted me through our Facebook Page. The way she introduced herself was so outstanding she automatically set herself apart.

Upon visiting her blog Safe Space, I was immediately impressed with her philosophy through her tagline:

“Where everyone is welcome to participate”

When I read her introductory post “This is me ” I was done! Before I go any further I’d like to encourage everyone who reads today’s post to read “This is me.”

Jenna and I exchanged several comments then emails and I’m so honored to introduce you to her. You’ll be hearing more from Jenna as she’s agreed to be a Woman On The Move and I can hardly wait to share her story with you. This young woman is a phenomenal person and one my grandmother would love!

Blind Beauty 72 | Jenna Faris Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. The black & white image of Jenna and her guide dog, Susie sitting on sandstone, are on the cover. Blocks of text superimposed on Jenna’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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Blind Beauty 71 | Amy Wilson

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Blind Beauty 71 | Amy Wilson

Your confidence can affect so many different aspects of your life. From getting that amazing job to finding the person of your dreams. Or worse, staying with someone who doesn’t deserve you because you think you can’t do better.

~Amy Wilson, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

Who Cares How I Look?

Time after time people say to me, “who cares if I wear makeup or use skin care products?”  Well, I’m going to share something with you, a lot of people do.

It’s one thing to be confident in yourself, I get that, and it can go along way. However, there is something to be said for a person who is well put together. Whether it’s just well taken care of skin or a full-face of makeup. It matters.

Here Is Why…..

The First Reason:

Whether you like it or not people judge. Even those of us who are totally blind or have low vision judge people. Everyone judges, it’s an unfortunate fact of life.

You get judged by the person at the checkout at Wall-Mart, people who drive past you, co-workers, fellow students and many more. People want to look at things that are enjoyable. They want to smell pleasant things and they want to interact with people who make them feel good.

Now you are probably thinking how the heck does this have anything to do with makeup, lady? Here it is, when you take care of your skin and it’s healthy looking and feeling, that builds your confidence. Even if you don’t feel it right away it does. When you receive a compliment about your glowing skin, you will for sure feel it then.

When you add some makeup, even if it’s Basic Jane looks you will feel more confident.

The Second Reason:

You lack confidence in yourself or your ability to take care of your skin or apply makeup.

Your confidence can affect so many different aspects of your life. From getting that amazing job to finding the person of your dreams. Or worse, staying with someone who doesn’t deserve you because you think you can’t do better. I have been there myself. I can’t count how many relationships I stayed in because I thought so little of myself. Man, that was hard to write, but its the truth.

Don’t settle in your life when you’re unhappy. Do something different. And yes it will scare the crap out of you. But life happens outside your comfort zone. I was reminded of that fact just today. I did something that would move my Mary Kay business forward big time and it scared the hell out of me. That told me I needed to do it.

If you lack confidence putting on makeup―Take A Class!!!! There are several different videos and in-person classes you can watch or attend in-person. I do live videos and Zoom video classes about two or three times a week where you can learn and ask questions right away. Since I haven’t been able to use a mirror for years, I do ALL my makeup with NO mirror. So you can learn from someone who understands your struggle.

The Third Reason

You should care. Care about yourself, your appearance and how people view you.

Care about yourself above everything else cuz no one will take care of you but you. You set the standard of how you want to be treated. It took me many years to learn this lesson. I let people treat me how they wanted to and then I was surprised when I felt like crap. I just wanted people to be friends with me, after all, I was that poor blind girl so friends were limited. Note, I said was?

Once I began caring about myself and how others treated me, my life changed. At first, it was hard. Not all those people who took advantage of me were around but then something happened. I found people who treated me with respect. It takes adjustment but is it so worth it.

Once you begin practicing caring for yourself then you want to up your game on your appearance. Because ultimately you feel the need to look as great as you feel.

Now don’t go thinking I’m telling you to go from zero to a hundred on the makeup thing. That’s too much work, lol. What I am saying is to start small.

Girl wash your face, put on some foundation and either lipstick or cream eye shadow. This is all I did for years. You have to start somewhere.

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Now going back to caring how people view you. I’m guessing like most people on the planet there’s something you want and you probably can’t do it alone? Yup, here’s the thing:

  • you can’t get that job,
  • land that hot guy,
  • start your own business
  • or just make some friends without people looking at you and your appearance.

The whole world is not blind. We don’t live in that kind of a world, but if it was it would be an interesting place. Anyway back on topic, lol.

Now for me, my appearance is a massive part of my job. No one wants to buy beauty products from someone who wears sweatpants, never wears makeup or has bad skin. Not that I don’t wear sweatpants when I’m at home—like all the time, lol. When I leave my house though I AM my business.

Not only am I my business but I am a representative for our blind community. That’s right you represent your fellow community. If you’re not blind I promise there is another community you represent. So represent it strong and with pride. Let’s show the world our #BlindPeoplePossiabilities.

I truly hope this article is helpful to you. One of my biggest missions in life is to build confidence and courage in others.

My Mary Kay is more than just products. It’s about allowing people to find themselves, grow and spread across the world like beautiful Wildflowers. If you’re interested in getting to know more about me, you can find me on Facebook under Amy Wilson. You can also join my Facebook group called Wilson’s Wildflowers to check out FREE classes and videos.

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Blind Beauty 71 | Amy Wilson Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Amy’s image on the cover is black & white.
She is smiling in this photo as a first-time attendee at the 2018 Mary Kay Seminar. Her sunglasses are on top of her head and she has a strand of pearls around her neck. Blocks of text superimposed on Amy’s photo say: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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Blind Beauty #69 Kay Haines

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Blind Beauty #69 Kay Haines

“I was diagnosed in 2014 with Stargardt’s disease, registered severely sight impaired (blind) within a month of diagnosis! Day-to-day is a struggle, I am a mother of 3, doing everything I can to help raise awareness of this disease.”

~Kay Haines

Kay Haines was recently featured as a Woman On The Move here at Bold Blind Beauty. Today’s post shared with her permission from Instagram is so relatable to me on several levels:

  • First, it was shared on February 28 which was Rare Disease Day
  • Second, her diagnosis came out of the blue
  • Third, before being diagnosed she’d never heard of her eye disease

While Kay and I have two entirely different rare eye conditions, we share some similarities. The major parallel Kay and I share is our mutual desire to build awareness of blindness. She went on to say:

“Before I was diagnosed I never heard of it, I was also never aware that you could be registered blind and still have some vision. I set up this page (Instagram: @me.myself_and_eyes) to help raise awareness for both the disease and what means to be blind! I hope by sharing my journey I can educate others but also be a support network for someone.”

Blind Beauty #69 Kay Haines Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. The closeup cover photo of Woman On The Move, Kay Haines is black & white. She has long dark hair framing the right side of her face. Blocks of text superimposed on Kay’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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Amanda Gene Nelson | Blind Beauty #68

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Amanda Gene Nelson | Blind Beauty #68

“Despite my visual impairment, in 2019, I decided that with more movement, patience, and positivity I could achieve anything- including running my own business. Nothing is going to bring me down.”

~Amanda Gene Nelson
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Amanda Gene Nelson

What I love about our featured guest’ quote are her words. Amanda says “I decided…” which means she is making a conscious decision to obtain her goals.

On Amanda’s Instagram profile she says “I am a blogger, coffee lover, dog lover, and dream chaser…” A graduate of the University of West Florida with a BA in Print Journalism she certainly is a dream chaser.

Amanda is a beautiful young woman who, in addition to running her blog, is also very active on social media. On her blog Amanda Gene, she talks about a range of topics like the recent viral and controversial Bird Box challenge. What I like about the way she presents her content is she gives an overview then offers her perspective. Even though her opinions may differ from others she’s very respectful of alternate viewpoints. Generally speaking by the way, I do not agree with blindfold challenges unless they are done in a structured and safe environment.

During our email exchange, I was delighted to learn that Amanda is on the entrepreneurial track. Later, when I received her quote it all made sense to me. The first step in goal planning is making the commitment followed by writing them down.

I wish you the best of luck in reaching your goals Amanda!

Connecting With Amanda Gene:

Amanda Gene Nelson | Blind Beauty #68 Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Amanda’s image on the cover is black & white. In this selfie, a smiling Amanda is wearing eyeglasses and her face is framed with bangs and wavy blonde hair.

Blocks of text superimposed on Amanda’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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In this color selfie Amanda is smiling broadly and she’s wearing a bright blue shirt.