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