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Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

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Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

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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.

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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

As we celebrate this Memorial Day, let us remember the people who have given their lives in service to our country.

No one knows the true cost of freedom more than those who’ve lost loved ones to war. No matter our personal opinions on why war occurs, the people who sacrifice themselves for our liberty are heroes. As a mom whose son served overseas and returned home, I am beyond thankful for his service, and the service of others. My son came home but he served with brothers in arms who did not come home.

The following poem touched me deeply because it speaks to the reality of sacrifice and heroism seldom talked about. Our nation’s heroes, people in uniform who serve our country, and their families carry a burden of unimaginable proportions. ~Steph

A Mother’s Tear

© Amy Peterson Published: June 2014

There’s more to the story,
than what just appears.
A war written story,
from blood and from tears.
My son went to war,
a very proud man.
He fought in Iraq,
on the hot desert sands.
He witnessed his buddies,
his comrades, his men,
bleeding and dying,
he witnessed their end.
Where is Pvt. Tommy?
He’s blown up all around,
his comrades spent hours,
picking him from the ground.
Sleeping in holes,
dug in the sand,
dreaming of home,
but it’s become foreign land.
He can’t tell his enemy,
from family or foe,
as he watches his friends sent out,
with tags on their toe.
He knows his Mama,
is sleepless like him,
and he tries to send word,
whenever he can.
He tries not to worry,
his family at home,
the horror that he faces,
he faces alone.
His mission is over,
he’s sent back to me,
he fought for our freedom,
but he’ll never be free.
He yearns for his buddies,
that died over there.
He’s caught with the living,
in a doubled looped snare.
He screams in the night,
for the battle still roars,
as he lays in his bed,
he re-lives all the horror.
Nobody heard the fight,
he still fights,
except for his Mama,
who comforts him every night.
He never will be,
the son I once knew,
the war killed that part,
for freedom, for you.
Great Nation, Great Leaders,
and all those who will hear,
Freedom began
on a mother’s first tear.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-mothers-tear

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A waving American flag almost fills the entire frame of the photo against a backdrop of blue skies and puffy white clouds.

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Moms Around The World

To Moms Around The World

Moms Around The World

A quick shout out to moms around the world. Happy Mother’s Day!

From Bold Blind Beauty

Interesting Tidbit:

Did you know the woman responsible for Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, lived to regret it? Today’s Mother’s Day is a far cry from its original intended purpose. Before her death in 1948 Anna fought against the commercialization of the holiday. The article in National Geographic provides an interesting background on the holiday.

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A greeting card with a cuddly brown teddy bear. The bear is holding a plush red “Love You Mom” envelope with a heart on the flap.

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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

“Did you know membership within the largest minority group in the world is always open to everyone? It’s true, yet somehow the world still excludes the majority of us because of our membership status.”

Membership Has Its Rewards Or Does It?

Today there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. Of this number, 15% of the population has some form of disability.

Our minority group; people with disabilities (PWDs) that is, don’t care about gender, religion, education or other characteristics that define a person. We are the only minority group where anyone at any given time of their lives can become a member.

I wonder what the world would be like if the majority of the population were PWDs? Personally, I think we would still be as discriminatory as we are today because of the majority numbers game. With so many people on the planet, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be accepting of everyone but why don’t we celebrate our differences?

Instead of looking at PWDs with pity or disdain why not let’s try to be kind? Whether we are born with or acquire a disability later in life we are no more or no less human than anyone else.

We can transcend barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. The way we will achieve this goal is by sharing our stories, getting out there and living our lives.

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A white, teal and gray boldblindbeauty.com template uses the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image. Abby, sporting her signature explosive hairstyle is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). She is using her teal Abby logoed laptop with a headset/microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.