Sun Shine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger award (2019)

I was nominated for the Sunshine blogger award by Ski who runs the blog, Outdoorswiththeskis.

As always there are rules that have to be posted:

The Award Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog. (You can make your own award logo)

Here are the questions she asked me:

  1. Why do you love blogging? Because I get to inspire others.
  2. What is your favorite hobby besides blogging? Reading.
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be? England
  4. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog? My name is Amanda Gene. I am 31 years old. My blog was started as a college project and I never stopped blogging. Now my blog’s focus is on mental health, vision loss, other fun tags.
  5. What is your favorite season and why? Fall because of the cooler weather.
  6. How often do you post in your blog? I post every Saturday.
  7. Do you love blogging? Love it!
  8. What is your favorite type of food? Hamburgers.
  9. What got you started in blogging? A college project that I had to do as part of my grade.
  10. How did you choose your blog name? I chose to use my first and middle name because of the unique spelling of my middle name.
  11. What is your least favorite chore? I would have to say yard work.

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. What is your favorite app?
  2. What is one thing that can make you cry?
  3. What is one thing that can make you laugh?
  4. What is one of your least favorite foods?
  5. What is one piece of technology that you can not go without using?
  6. Are you a inside or outside kind of person?
  7. What was your major in college?
  8. Did you get a job with the degree you earned?
  9. What was the last thing you had to drink?
  10. What was the last thing you ate?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

 

My nominations:

  1. @maxwellivey
  2. @LiveAccessible
  3. @WeRCaptivating
  4. @bvwdreamer
  5. @blindlikeus
  6. @BeckieWrites
  7. @lukesamsowden
  8. @BlogbyAilsa
  9. @TIVP_Official
  10. @JoyRossBlind
  11. @BoldBlindBeauty

 

 

 

 

How I am going to spend Veteran’s Day

Happy Veteran’s Day everyone! Thank you to all our current and past serving military that have served and continue to serve to keep our country safe. For those of you who don’t know my father was in the Air Force.  I grew up as a military dependent for the first few years of my life.

 

It feels so nice to get an extra day off in addition to the weekend. I will be taking the day to rest. To be honest I haven’t taken an official day off in a while. I have been working hard on all of my projects. I have plans to read and take some naps. Right now, I am reading, Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke. If you have not checked out this author, I highly recommend her.

 

What are your plans for Veteran’s Day? Tell me in the comments below. 😊

2019: More Movement, Patience and Positivity October Edition

Another month has come and gone. I am so shocked with how fast the year has been coming and going. Soon I will be telling you about the next theme for 2020.

Movement I have been making some positive movement with life. I continue to exercise. This has helped me with my weight management and with my mental health. I had a meeting with my new Vocational Rehabilitation caseworker and business coach. We are going through step four of my business plan. I was nervous about the outcome of the meeting. I am happy to report that I was able to get a lot of questions answered about my business plan. I am waiting to hear about my technology needs.  I have plans to share a special YouTube video on an update on how my meeting went.

Patience has really been tested this month. I have been having some anxiety about the changes with my caseworker. Two of my past caseworkers were not very helpful. Now that I have talked to my new caseworker, I have learned that she wants to help me when it comes to reaching my career goals. I have to remind myself that it takes time to reach your career goals.

Positivity has been pretty good for me this month. My editor and I have made even more progress on my book. I know that I keep saying I want to have it published by a certain date that has already come and gone. I just need to get this book right before everyone sees it. I have to keep reminding myself that the more positive thoughts and feelings that I feel the more positive things will happen to me.

What has been going on with your lives? Has anything positive been going on? Tell me in the comments below.

Disability Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Rare Mama on Facebook for the disability blogger award.

Here are the rules for the award:

Thank your nominator
Recognize Georgina from Chronillicles as the creator of the award
Use logo somewhere in the post
Answer your nominator’s questions
Write 5-15 of your own questions – they don’t have to be illness related!
Nominate 5-15 other disability, chronic illness, mental illness or special needs bloggers Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Thank you, Rare Mama for this nomination. Thank you, Georgina for creating this award.

Here are Rare mama’s questions:

What is the main purpose/message of your blog? To educate others on Nystagmus. That we, despite having, Nystagmus, can live a full life.

What is a memorable moment in your journey and why? When I graduated from college. The doctors thought I would never have that kind of education.

What is your preferred method of engagement in regards to your blog? I love Facebook. You can actually have a conversation with people.

What is your favorite activity to help you unwind? I love to read.

When you leave the house name five items you can never leave without.

  1. House Key
  2. Wallet
  3. Iphone
  4. Iphone charger
  5. Purse

 

Here are my five questions for my nominee’s

  1. What is the current brand of phone you are using?
  2. What is your favorite color?
  3. Who was the last person you called?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. If you could go forward or backward in time which direction would you choose and why?

My five nominee’s are:

  1. @LiveAccessible
  2. @TheoryOBlindMan
  3. @jazminruiz07
  4. @awareness_blind
  5. @maxwellivey

 

 

2019: October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia was a word that I didn’t understand much as a child. As a second-grade student I went once a day to sound out letters, write letters and to practice reading. I didn’t understand why I was sent to this classroom. All I knew was that I thought the class was boring. Day after day I would go through the flash cards with sounds A Apple, P Preacher. Finally, one day, I asked my mom why I was in the class. She explained to me that I had a condition that effected my learning. The condition was called Dyslexia.

According to the International Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia is a brain disorder that effects two main abilities, and that is to read and spell.

 

 

There are many myths that people generally hear about Dyslexia. I have decided to discuss three of them.

  1. People with Dyslexia can not read. This myth is false. I struggled to read, however with proper support and training I can read very well.
  2. People with Dyslexia see the words backwards. This is false as well. I may get my letters and sometimes numbers backwards, but I don’t see the words backwards.
  3. People with Dyslexia can not be successful. This is completely false. Many famous people have Dyslexia and are successful. I see myself as a successful person. With technology and hard work Dyslexia doesn’t have to control me. I can overcome it.

What are some myths that you have heard about Dyslexia? Let me know down in the comments below.

Nominated for the sunshine blogger award

Sunnshine blogger award

I was nominated by Jessica, who runs the blog, Sorting lives issues with Jess, for the sunshine blogger award.

As with most of these awards you must post a copy of the rules:

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and links back to their site.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  • Nominate at least 11 more bloggers for the award and write 11 new, creative questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Notify your nominees via social media or by commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your site or in your post.

Thank you again, Jessica, for the nomination. Please be sure to check out her website.

 

Here are her questions:

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world where and why? I would love to go live in England and Scotland. I have friends that live in those countries.

.2. What does a day in the life of you look like? Very chill. I tend to do my chores in the morning then work on my business in the afternoon.

  1. If you could be an animal for the day what would you be and why? A dog. Because I would love to find out more about how dog’s think.
  2. Do you have any hidden talents? Not really.
  3. What is a long-term goal you want to achieve? I would love to be a freelance journalist and teacher.
  4. If you could be a celebrity what kind would you be? Maybe a singer. I like to sing.
  5. What are some of your favorite podcast and/or TV series? I don’t watch tv that much, but I love Orange is the New Black on Netflix.
  6. What is your favorite season? I like Fall.
  7. Where is your next vacation? I hope to go to Maryland one day to visit a good friend of mine.
  8. What’s your dream job? Freelance journalist and teacher.
  9. If you could be amazing at one sport what would it be? Soccer

 

Here are my 11 questions for the nominee’s

  1. Do you have any pets?
  2. Who was the last person you called or texted?
  3. What time do you go to bed?
  4. What is your favorite food?
  5. Name your favorite color?
  6. What is your least favorite drink?
  7. Name your worst habit?
  8. Name your best quality?
  9. What is your favorite piece of technology?
  10. What was the last thing you ordered on Amazon?
  11. What is your favorite show on TV?

My nominee’s

  1. @well_eye_never
  2. @VIBlindResources
  3. @DisabledDisney
  4. @lukesamsowden
  5. @Brainsonwheels
  6. @Mind Body and Soul Solutions 
  7. @Disability&J
  8. @Your Canadian Blind Girl
  9. @bvwdreamer
  10. @LiveAccessible
  11. @AmandaBlind1

 

Interview with John Sanders (Guest Blog Post #15)

Hi Everyone,

Today’s guest post is from author John Sanders. He write on all different kinds of topics including the eye condition, Nystagmus. Thank you John for being a guest. Please be sure to check out John’s social media links and his books and posts.

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself? – Born in the UK in the late 1950s, I moved around a lot as a child which was an education in itself. I worked as a translator, journalist and manager of the Nystagmus Network. Now I live in Wales and am fortunate enough not to have to do paid work anymore. That said, I still give the occasional talk about Nystagmus and volunteer with several charities. I also try to grow vegetables and fruit on an allotment which means struggling against slugs, pigeons, weeds and weather.
  2. What made you want to choose a career in journalism or writing? – No great plan. It was mostly by accident. My mum saw a job ad which didn’t involve driving. One thing led to another and I became a translator. Eventually that opened up an opportunity to become a journalist where the pay was better and the work more interesting. I missed my colleagues from translating though.
  3. What has been one of the hardest pieces you have written? – Not so much written, but the Dunblane school massacre in Scotland in 1996. That day I was sub-editing for an online news agency as the story unfolded. That meant I was the person checking the copy and pressing the button and sending the story out to screens around the world piece-meal as it happened. Initially all we had were reports of an incident at a school in Scotland. As the minutes and hours ticked by, it became apparent that children were dying and it wasn’t accidental. That was a horrible day. The British Government changed our gun laws following the Dunblane massacre. We’ve not had an event in a school like that here since.
  4. What made you want to write the Northwick stories? – Through fiction and drama you can often reach a larger audience – and have a greater impact – than simply trotting out facts and producing information sheets (although these have their place). Opinion-changing films about illness and disability that spring to mind are “My Left Foot”, “Rain Man”, “The Elephant Man” and “Children of a Lesser God”. One year I had to write up the Nystagmus Network annual open day for the charity’s newsletter. I was fed up (as a journalist) of reading dreary reports about meetings and events. So from almost nowhere sprang the idea of taking a humorous look at the open day through the eyes of the bear we’d raffled to raise money. Some people liked the story (others didn’t), but there was enough support for me to carry on writing about the world from Northwick’s flickering perspective.
  5. What has been the most challenging part of having Nystagmus? –What has probably frustrated me most is how hard it is to learn about how nystagmus affects us. And I’m sorry if this upsets anyone, but after years of thinking about this issue I’ve concluded that – based on the evidence available — much of the blame lies with the medical profession. I know some wonderful people in the medical world who are exceptions to this rule. But so many people’s lives would be so much easier and less stressful if the world of ophthalmology in particular changed the way it communicates to patients who have nystagmus. And, from talking to other people, this applies to other eye conditions too. Instead of simply complaining, I’m one of a small group of people developing a Nystagmus Care Pathway (see https://www.bioj-online.com/articles/10.22599/bioj.126/) which we hope hospital eye departments will adopt one day.
  6. If you could give any piece of advice to a beginning freelance writer what would it be? – A few things: Read good writers. Write short sentences. Be wary of how you use adjectives. And try to write something every day.
  7. What was one of the hardest things that you struggled with in school? – Sport obviously (because of dodgy sight), seeing the board, having to take part in activities I couldn’t see, glare from windows. But also the dreary uniformity — which contributed to making life harder for anyone who didn’t quite fit the norm.
  8. Has Nystagmus impacted your career choice? – I suppose so, but I think most of us are limited one way or another: for instance where we are born, who our parents are, where we live, the subjects we choose to study and to drop early on in school. I was lucky to find work I could do and enjoyed (most of the time anyway).
  9. Has Nystagmus influenced you as a writer (as in how you actually get the writing done, etc)? – Possibly in more ways than I realize. If you’re vision impaired and going along to news conferences you have to develop strategies to get hold of information other people can see and take for granted. On a positive note, not seeing very well has made me more aware of other senses and therefore not limiting myself to describing the world purely in visual terms when I write. Nystagmus was one of the factors that prompted me to go freelance and work from home, mostly by phone and email. It’s so much easier than working in an open plan office (crazy environment for writing anyway) where people generally forget you don’t see the way they do.

Let’s have some fun with these last few questions!

  1. Sweets (which is the British word for candy) or Biscuits (which is the British word for cookies)? – Dark chocolate (candy).
  2. Tea or coffee? – Both.
  3. Bed made or unmade? – Not something I ever think about!
  4. Favorite author? – I’m impressed by people who can choose favourites (English spelling). I’ve read a lot of books by very different authors and know that my tastes have changed and continue to change.
  5. Favorite Food? – See my answer on books. Maybe I’m just indecisive?

Please list your links where people can find your work or if you want how people can reach you:

http://www.northwickbear.com/index.html

https://cvisociety.org.uk/news.php?cat_id=143

http://www.wcb-ccd.org.uk/roundup.php

http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/858/1033

If you would like to be featured on my website feel free to contact me at: amanda@amandagene.com