35-Day Blog Challenge

Day 1: My Purpose

Here I am with my cane!
Here I am with my cane!

Let me introduce myself to anyone who is new to my blog! Welcome! I’m an educator, an author, and a speaker. I am also an animal lover, a traveler and enjoy baking. If you were visiting me, I’d offer you a piece of still-warm apple crisp that I recently took out of the oven. (I do still have enough vision to follow a recipe though most of the words look blurry). 

To learn more about me, check out my About Amy page.

 I have several purposes in blogging this challenge.

First, as a former teacher, I want to continue to educate and bring awareness to Usher’s Syndrome–the leading cause of combined deafness and blindness in the world.  More than 400,000 people are affected by this genetic disorder worldwide, and approximately 50,000 in the U.S.  Currently there is no cure. I can bring awareness through sharing my everyday challenges and examples of how I (and others) thrive and stay as independent as possible. I love it when my readers tell me how much they enjoy my stories and what they learn from them! 

Yet, a bigger goal is to share my personal testimony of faith that enables me to face each day with optimism.

I’ve found that living with a heart bent toward gratitude for all God has brought me through, trusting and watching how He meets my needs enables me to remain positive and to face my challenges. Oftentimes, He sends people to bless me or, as frequently, a humorous disaster to make me laugh! I love God’s sense of humor. 

A third goal is to bridge the gap between the sighted and hearing world and those of us who can see and hear less, or not at all. People hesitate when they aren’t comfortable with a situation and don’t know what to say. That’s a two-way street. Sometimes I don’t know how to express what I do or don’t need. Others are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing.

I just want to open the door to communication so we can understand each other better. 

Fourthly,  I have a great desire to encourage others. I do that through laughter and not taking myself so seriously. Humor is the great equalizer. It lifts a dark cloud and allows the light of hope and sunshine to permeate a darker, silent world.

Additionally, one of my goals is to celebrate my first book, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. As we lead up to the anniversary, October 4, I will be bringing passages to your attention and offering giveaways throughout. I will also be sharing excerpts from my second book-in-progress, Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Facing Vision Loss as I write it.

Finally, I would like to widen my readership to reach more people. Won’t you help me by sharing my link? 

I offer hope, faith, optimism and laughter to my readers as I focus on overcoming my challenges day by day. 

So, continue on with me if you’re already my reader and I’d love to have you join me if you’re new to my writing.


Until tomorrow…


You have just read “35-Day Blog Challenge: Day 1” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright September 13, 2015.

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8 thoughts on “35-Day Blog Challenge – Day 1

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Great blog post, and believe your purpose is great and will bring awareness to many of people.

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Love me a good blogging challenge.
    Looking forward to your second book and so glad I stumbled upon your blog and your writing one year ago.

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Amy, I’m so happy I found your blog in the 35 day blog challenge! I’m so impressed and amazed to see you blogging in spite of your visual impairment! I have a dear friend who is visually impaired and I don’t think it has ever occurred to her that she could blog. I’m going to share your blog with her. I know she will be blessed. I write about special needs parenting and trusting the Lord in all of life. I’m so glad to connect with you! Many blessings! Dayna

  • September 14, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Thanks, Corey! I hope so! Thank you for taking time to stop by and comment.

  • September 14, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Hi Kerry,
    So are you doing the challenge as well? Good! We can support each other!
    I’ll definitely be posting some stories from Cane Confessions. Did you see that I have a giveaway going on now. If you haven’t checked it out, it has to do with my book trailer, and you could win a free book (to keep or give away!) since you already read it!

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Hi Dayna,
    So wonderful to connect with you! Please do share my blog post with your friend!
    You write about special needs? What kind of special needs? It is lovely to meet up with a fellow believer! Looking forward to reading your post!
    Take care!

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Great to meet you and learn about your motivation for participating in the blog challenge. I look forward to learning more of your story as we work through 35 days of blogging.

  • September 14, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Hi Barbara.
    Nice to meet you as well!
    Your website looks interesting–how to make your body language work for you in your business! I’m thinking of taking a Toastmasters course and I recall the leader mentioned how body language is a part of all that.

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