Want to Be a Part of a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization? Become an Intern at Ramp Your Voice!
WINNSBORO, SC (Sept. 16, 2014) - Going into the second year of Ramp Your Voice!, I decided that now is the opportune time to expand my team by seeking the talents and skills of interns. There is a lot of work that I plan to spearhead within the next year and beyond, and I cannot continue to do this work solo – compiling an energetic team with the skill sets I need has to be a priority. With…
At 7 am this morning, I had an epiphany - I don’t always live in the moment. By that, I mean when something new comes along, or a shake-up in my day-to-day occurs, I worry about the “couldas, wouldas, shouldas” instead of just “being” & trusting that things will work out for my good.
I think that the catalyst of this epiphany has been the transition I’ve experienced this year. I’ve been through a rollercoaster of emotions & changes, from trying to get new hearing aids, figuring out what I want to do career-wise, making baby steps to get on my own, building up my organization, & making time for romance. Each of these situations are chock full of unknowns, and as a perfectionist, that makes me anxious. I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen next, or how I’m going to achieve my goals with the bare minimum resources I have. I feel very vulnerable, & I hate that feeling.
The most recent change, a good one, has been my connection with a fellow PWD. It has been a long time since I’ve connected with someone on this level, though it has been a brief interaction, time-wise. The biggest hurdle is distance, 800+ miles to be exact. I honestly hate that distance is an obstacle, & I know that he dislikes it as well. I’ve found myself worrying if I’ll hold his interest, & allowing that worry to amplify within. I woke up this morning & realized that if I don’t start living in the moment with him, I’ll prevent myself from truly enjoying his company. I can’t worry about tomorrow or the future - my only focus should be getting to know him, & allowing him to do the same with me. I can’t allow worry or fear to steal my enthusiasm in talking to him.
With the recent change, & everything else I’ve experienced this year, I know that I have to truly begin to trust in God’s plan. That means that I will have to actively stomp out worry when it tries to rear its ugly head. When I’m talking to Bae, I need to focus on what I’m reading & seeing, & not get frustrated because we’re eons apart. When things don’t always go as planned, I need to be more flexible and keep a positive mindset. Everything and everyone has a reason & a season, & nothing in life is permanent - easy to say, hard to remember & put into action.
I’m glad that Bae & I have connected because it forced to see what I was doing, & to begin focusing on living in the present, & not stress about the unseen & unknown, in all areas of my life. Sometimes it takes someone special to give you the wake-up call you need so that you can enjoy not only their presence, but start living in the present.
My 29th birthday is in 2 days, & I’m ready to experience life, second by second, minute by minute. Divine 29 will be better that Great 28, especially now that I know what I need to do to be calmer, more full of life, and just be, no matter what curveballs come my way.
Today was the start of a new journey, & it’s looking good on me. ~ V :)
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and I decided to show my support by educating my readers about this disease that affects so many in America, and abroad. As an African American, I am well aware that sickle cell disease hits our community the hardest, and we have to stand in support of those we know and love who live with the symptoms that affect their well-being each and every day.…
A great resource for businesses, schools, organizations, staff training and disability awareness programs. You don’t have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides tips for you to follow that will help create positive interactions and raise everyone’s comfort levels.
HUD Charges University with Discrimination in Failure to Allow Disabled College Student to House Support Dog
A new school year means that disabled college students are adjusting to their new environments, and are making accommodation requests to their school’s disability services department that will allow a smoother transition. Accommodations can range from needing note-taking assistance, placement in a quieter environment to take tests, and/or being able to use service/support animals on campus.…
Earlier this month, I wrote about my college experience as a disabled studentat my alma mater, Winthrop University. That article received great responses from those within my networks; one particular response came from a former professor suggesting that I write a follow-up article for classmates and professors. She stated that such an article would be helpful to those who are interacting with…
Over the past few weeks, the disability community has expressed its outrage regarding the inspiration porn-like meme that George Takei posted on his Facebook page. George Takei is well-known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. George Takei has amassed a strong following online, as many loved him and those who were a part of the…
i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is
because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like
BUT AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH
REAL NAMES WHICH ARE GOOD FOR BOOKS
AND THIS THERE’S MORE????
BAM, PLACE NAMES
AND STILL MORE
SO YOU SEE THESE LITTLE OPTIONS HERE
GO AND TRY TO HELP A GOOD PERSON OUT
For the creative rolling divas. ~ V
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