Personal Development: a pre-employment class

Hi Blog world,

This past week I attended my first pre-employment  class. The reason I am taking this class to help me gain knowledge and skills that I will need to help me be successful with my career.  My first lesson was on learning styles and how these styles can be used in the job setting and during teamwork projects. I learned that I am an auditory, visual and sometimes tactical learner.

The second lesson was on setting goals. To be honest, I think that this is one of my weakness. I really have been struggling with setting goals this past year. However, having this goal setting lesson presented in a different way has made me realize that I can set and achieve goals.  This has also helped me have a clearer picture of what I want my future to look like.

I am looking forward to the other lessons in this class, and the skills and knowledge that I am going to be gaining from it.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

My goals for 2015: Breaking down the wall of fear!

Hi Blog world,

As the title says, this year I want to break down the wall of fear. Last week, my friend had me write down a list of my fears. There are three pages. Some of them, like the fear of needles, are small. Like my friend pointed out, getting a blood test only takes about 10 minutes, and I shouldn’t worry about it until it happens.

She also had me write down a bucket list of things I would like to accomplish during my lifetime. Some of these goals are going to have to be modified so I can reach them.  I know that each fear can be overcome to equal success. Even if it’s going to take time to do that. The same for the goals that I want to achieve during my lifetime.

So, what are some goals or fears would you like to accomplish or overcome this year? Tell me in the comments below!

Here’s to a great 2015!

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Wobbly Wednesday Follow up….

Hi Blog world,

Yesterday, November 5, was Wobbly Wednesday and in honor of that day I was going to blog a Q and A session. So here’s three common question I get from people…..

1. What is your vision like? It’s kinda hard to explain so I use this analogy, It’s like looking through a piece of Saran wrap. It’s blurry, and as the day goes on I lose the “Good” vision I have.

2. Can you see color? Yes, I can. But some colors are harder to see than others. The colors I struggle with the most are yellow and green, particularly if they are on a white back ground; this made going to school difficult for me because I had to remind my teachers to not to use those colors and to use something darker, like black, so I could see what they were writing.

3. You don’t look visually impaired.. So how can you be? This is the question that hurts me the most. Even though I don’t look like I’m visually impaired, the fact is, I do have an eye condition that makes it hard to see and the result is I do have a visual impairment that makes some daily task difficult to do, and the fact that I’m not going to be able to drive.

If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to leave them down below….

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Wobbly Wednesday: Ask me a question….

Hi Blog World,

Today is Wobbly Wednesday.  For this day, I’m doing a Q and A session about my life with Nystagmus, but I can’t do it without questions….So go ahead don’t be shy, and ask me any questions that you may have about this condition and how it can affect my daily life. Ask your questions either down in the comment section below, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

To ask your question on Twitter you can find me at: @AmandaGeneN

To post your question on Facebook you can find me at:https://www.facebook.com/AmandaGenesBlog/#

I’m eager to answer your questions, so don’t be shy and ask away!

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Topsy-Turvy Thinking Day

Hi Blog World,

This past Friday, Carol, challenged me to do a Topsy-Topsy Turvy Thinking day. What this meant was that I could not use the words, I, me, my or Amanda. The reason, Carol, wanted me to do this was to have me think outside of the box and to change my way of thinking, and to have me think before I spoke to other or even when I wanted to include something about myself.  Sadly, I did not do well, in fact, every time I said I, me, my or Amanda, I had to give Carol a penny.  I lost 14 pennies in all.

I was so scared of failing at this task, that at first, I didn’t even want to talk or to even try.  But with encouragement from Carol, I started talking.  One thing I did was over thought.

During the day, I found out that it was hard to give my opinion about the news, talk about other things than about my life, writing ect.  Part of the problem is because my world is so small the other part is because these words are so commonly used in our daily vocabulary.

By the time, I lost six pennies I was getting frustrated and angry.  Because of my change of outlook, Carol, became disappointed. We then talked about how this was supposed to be a positive and not a negative day. Then I started to think about how I haven’t made very much progress this year with my goals or even some of my past goals, so I decided why can’t I start doing something positive instead of negative now? So I changed my outlook and felt better.

Here’s the lessons that I learned:

1. Think positive

2. Work on expanding my world and my way of thinking about it.

3. I over think too much

4. Carol, has said this time and time again find other things to do because being idle it is not getting me anywhere in life…which related to point learned number 2.

Lastly, Norwegian sandwiches are awesome!


Yumm....A Norwegian sandwich-which I later learn that I had eaten it wrong,it is only eaten on one piece of bread not two. 

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

My trip to the bookstore

Hi Blog world,

Today, I went to the bookstore. The ADA community van was very early, so consequently, I got there early.  Since I didn’t have lunch with my grandparents I went to Starbucks to get some lunch. The lady was so helpful when she told me about the soups and sandwiches they had. I had the chicken and Pesto with broccoli and cheddar soup. The sandwich was toasted, cheesy, and hot. The bread had a nice crunch to it.  The chicken was tasty because of the cheese and pesto, however, the chicken kept sliding off my bread so I didn’t eat all of it. The only other thing that I didn’t like was the taste of tomatoes. The soup was creamy, hot and tasted hardy on an empty stomach. The soup also came with oyster crackers  which added an extra crunch to my soup. I also had a lemonade to drink. It was sweet, but it felt hot to me.  The environment was good too. There was a lot of college students studying. It was nice to have some nice noise while I enjoyed myself.

This is a picture of my lunch

 

The price of the soup and sandwich was $6.50 and the lemonade was 1.95.  All in all, I feel it was a good meal and it was a good start to my adventure.  After lunch I sat in the Cafe and wrote for an hour. I also texted my friend.  After I got done with that I started shopping. I first looked at the puzzles, then to the children’s and youth section, because my friend and I sometimes read books from that age group. I also looked at the cute stuffed animals.

Then I went and got the book that I had on hold. It looks like a good book and I can’t wait to start reading it.  I looked at the writing books, history books,  Bibles, and other types of books. After a few hours, I went and checked out. I went and got me a hot chocolate from Starbucks and enjoyed it while I waited for the bus.

If was a fun day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene