National Puppy Day

Today is national puppy day. Duke is a special pet, and he has helped me in so many ways.

He helps me with my anxiety. Duke has anxiety himself and to help him I give him medicine. We also work hard on getting over his own fears. This makes me want to work on my own fears. Slowly, I am becoming less fearful.

Duke also provides guided pressure to help relieve some of my anxiety. Duke isn’t specifically trained in this task, however at nighttime he lays on my legs. This helps me feel safe and helps me feel calmer.

Duke is so loving. I love to go and give Duke a hug. This makes me feel loved and cared for. Sometimes he gives me a sloppy kiss too.

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Duke’s first pupchino! Happy birthday Duke! #birthday #pupchino #dogsoftiktok

♬ Puppaccino – Tatum Talks

Happy puppy day, Duke. I love you.

Guide Dog Etiquette

My best friend just returned home with her fourth guide dog. Since there working relationship is so important there are some guidelines that the public should follow when they see a working guide dog team.

  1. Ignore the dog. When the dog is working-in harness-their job is to get their handler to wherever they are going safely. Distracting the dog can get the team off course. The best thing anyone can do when they see a working guide dog is to pretend the dog is not there. Remember the dog is only supposed to take commands from the handler.
  2. Talk to the handler and not the dog. If you think a blind person is lost, and they are not in transit, then politely go up to the handler and ask if they need assistance. If they do then offer it.
  3. Understand that we have other interests and hobbies besides things that relate to our dogs/blindness. Blind and visually impaired people have different hobbies and interests. We have other topics we can talk about besides our dogs or blindness. Get to know us as people.
  4. Feed the dog. The dog gets a well-balanced diet and treats at home, so please do not offer anything to them.
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A working guide dog.
  1. Try to pet or play with them while they are working. When the harness is off, they get plenty of playtime. Playtime is a great way for the handler and dog to bond. The dog has a well-balanced life of work and play.

My 33rd Birthday

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”- Jeramiah 1:6

God knew me before I was born. How cool is that? He made me unique in his image. Today, is my 33rd birthday. For those of you who do not know I was born 28 weeks early and I weighed 1 pound 5 oz and was 12 inches long. The doctors were not sure if I was going to survie. However, God had other plans.

God has allowed me to grow and thrive. Growing up I had many challenges such as my vision, CP and Dyslexia. I used these challenges to show God’s glory.

Jesus,

Thank you for allowing me to live and enjoy another birthday. Thank you that I am unique. Most importantly, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins and for giving me eternal life- Amen

2021:More Life, Peace and Goodness-February Edition

February came and went very quickly. There was a lot of Life, Peace and Goodness in it.

Life is one of the words I’ve heard most often. I decided to attend my first Nystagmus Network conference this year. So far, we only have dates of the conference but nothing else. I am excited to find out what the theme is this year and to meet others who have the same condition that I do.

I feel like my room is a lot cleaner because my donations were picked up. It feels good to give to people who are in need.

February held two special events. Duke’s birthday was a fun day for him. He got lots of birthday wishes across my social media platforms and he got a homemade pupachino. Which he loved.

Valentine’s Day was fun. I went shopping on Amazon with a friend, and I got a few things I wanted. I went out to eat to a restaurant called Ivey’s. I had veal and pasta. It was good. That day was filled with laughter and fun.

Peace is something that I am still struggling with. I had a follow up appointment with my nurse, and I am happy to say that my blood work was fine. I just need to continue to exercise to help lower my weight, by choice, and to help me lower my cholesterol.

Goodness, I have seen God’s goodness this month. For those of you who do not know, I lost my mother, from a heart attack, when I was just sixteen. After this, I had plans to go and live with my biological father and my stepmother, however, due to my educational needs he allowed me to stay with my grandparents. For sixteen years, my grandfather has helped care for me. My grandfather has not required me to pay anything back to him for his kindness.  All my grandpa said that I am required to do is to continue to grow and to keep reaching my goals. So, thank you, grandpa for the sixteen years of care. I can not thank you enough for your love and support. God truly has shown his goodness and grace by allowing me to stay with my grandpa. This year, just like years before, I will be treating grandpa to dinner. I love you grandpa.

Even though I do not know why God called my mother home I do know that God has a perfect plan for my life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mom, I hope that you are proud of the woman that I am becoming. I miss and love you very much.

To all my followers out there I can not stress this enough: please learn the warning signs of heart disease and more importantly a heart attack. Get care right away. It could save your life.

Learning to plan and being thankful

Let us face it, coping with the pandemic and being visually impaired while running a business can be quite tricky. This past week I have been off schedule because I got sick, and no it is not the Coronavirus, so what I thought I had planned did not come out. There is always next week where I can get back on task with my content calendar.

This made me stop and think of everything that I am thankful for. I am thankful for my business. This week I made four sticker sales. This makes me so happy.

I am thankful for my clinic that I can be seen at. This past week I had a stomachache-I will be okay- I am so thankful that the staff are so kind and helpful.

I am thankful for my family and friends. My best friends and I are reading the Harry Potter series for the second time and it is a joy to do it with my friends and to be able to talk about the books.

I am thankful for my grandpa and my dog. Next Thursday marks 16 years since my mother has been gone. Even though I miss her I know that she is proud of me. I am thankful for the support that my grandpa has given and continues to give me.

Self-Care on Valentine’s Day

For some of us we do not have a romantic partner to spoil us on Valentine’s Day. So instead of being sad why not give yourself a self-care day.

  1. Do something you love. I love to read. Right now, I am re reading the Harry Potter Series.
  2. Do something good for your body. I am currently trying to lose weight, so I am doing a home workout daily. Working out has lots of benefits.
  3. Buy yourself something. It is okay to treat yourself to something on your Amazon wish list. I have been eyeing a cute sweater.
  4. Cherish the friends and family you have. Even though I do not have a partner, I do have friends and family that love and care for me. That means a lot.
  5. If you have a pet spend time with them. I have a pit bull terrier named Duke. I’ll be spoiling him by doing things that he loves.

I hope you all enjoy Valentine’s Day!

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Five ways my dog has helped me grow…

On Monday, Duke, my Pit Bull Terrier turned five. So, in honor of his fifth birthday here are five ways he helped me grow.

  1. He taught me to love the Pit Bull Terrier breed. Before I adopted Duke, I had only seen the Pit Bull Terrier on TV. When Duke bounced into the house, I was unsure about his temperament. However, I learned quickly was that the tv show was correct and Pit Bull Terriers are extremely sweet and loving. Not to mention full of energy.
  2. Anxiety is not everything. Duke suffers from anxiety, but I have been working with him on that. Over time he has improved. I have started to use this strategy in my own life, and I have found that I am improving with my own anxiety.
  3. Do not judge a book by its cover. When people first meet Duke sometimes, they are scared because of his breed. It is my job as the handler to educate others about Duke’s breed and that he is sweet. Once I educate them and they pet Duke they usually change their minds.
  4. Have fun with life. Most of the time I am uptight and worried about how life is going to work out. Duke has taught me to lay in the sun, watch the birds and enjoy life.
  5. He taught me to let my heart grow. When I first adopted Duke, I was feeling a lack of confidence. Noodles, my beloved Boston Terrier, passed away a year before and I had felt lonely and lost. I thought I could never love another dog again, but I was wrong. As I worked and bonded with Duke, I grew to love him. He is a sweet boy, and he is a joy to have.

Happy birthday Duke! Here is to many more walks, tugs of wars and cuddles. 😊

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