I'm visually impaired and have a guide dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind. I live in Texas here in the United States. Chelsea invited me to contribute to this blog and I'm really excited about that! I thought I would start with an introductory post about myself so that you could get to know me a bit. I am 22 years old, almost 23 and a college student. I'm currently studying French, Arabic and Russian and will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall to finish my degree. I also have 2 businesses that I am part of.
The first one is with scentsy Wickless selling wax warmers.
scentsy is the safe alternative to real candles. I also recently started as a designer with Origami Owl jewelry. My goal with these 2 businesses is a 2 part goal. First I would like to support myself and lessen my dependence on government benefits. While I am grateful for help that the government provides me as a blind person, I would still ultimately like to be self supporting. The 2nd part to my business goal is that I would like to show other blind and visually impaired people as well as others with disabilities that we can support ourselves, we can do something productive and of value. I know most of us have been told either that we'll never do anything worth while in our lives, or that we'll always need somebody else to support us, but I want others to know that this isn't true. You can support yourself and you can do something of value! You may not immediately be able to be self supporting, but you can do something to start down that path. I think if you realize this point, that you can better your own life and you do have something of value to contribute to others, it will be an incredible boost to your self esteem and self confidence.
Anyway, I hope that through me and others contributing to this blog, you the reader will be inspired and uplifted. I would love to hear from you, the reader, with any questions or suggestions you may have as far as what you would like me to write more about or elaborate on. I would also like to get to know you and connect with you and form new friendships! That's all for now, I'll write again soon.
If you'd like to get in touch with me, Laurel and guide dog Stockard Scentsy Independent Consultant you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Scentsy Facebook Page