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E – Expect More From Yourself

Continuing with our series with what Fresh Outlook stands for we are up to “E”. Many times when a person becomes disabled they may want to give up on their dreams, but at least in my opinion, you should expect more from yourself and not less. Just because you may not be able to do things the way you may have done them in the past does not mean you cannot still do them. Many times you will have a period of trial and error to figure out ways to get things done. When you tap into your imagination the sky can be the limit! Take some time to think about all the ways that one task can be accomplished, frankly it can be surprising.


R Resentment or Resilient

As we continue with our series on what Fresh Outlook stands for we are at R and like I did for the F I’m going to look at two different points of view. We are going to start with resentment since it is only natural that when you become disabled you experience some resentment. I know when I started to lose my sight I was sick and I kept asking why me. I heard of other people with the same condition that I have that went back to work and had no lasting effects. With my condition pseudo tumor cebris only 6% of people lose their sight permantly. Six percent really? Talk about resentment, I had an over abundance of it!


F Fear or Freedom??

In my last article I wrote about how F stands for fear and how it is natural to have fear after becoming disabled. But after talking with a friend of mine who happens to be totally blind why have the negative word? So how about we take a look at the word Freedom.


Sending Prayers

“Today is a brand new day; a day to heal, a day to love, a day to forgive, a day to encourage, a day to start afresh.”

Caroline Naoroji

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”

Mary Baker Eddy

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by yet another shooting.


5 Ways to Stop Feeling Invisible Now!

feeling invisible? T-shirt says I didn't know I was invisible. Has hat, glasses and a mustache to represent an invisible person

Do you ever get the feeling you are invisible? Feeling invisible or ignored can lead to feeling like a child and can be isolating because you feel powerless. Keep reading for 5 (five) ways on how to be heard and start to take back your power.
Sadly, people treat you like you are invisible too many times. I found this out the hard way and now I am here to help you!
for anyone that is new to blindness, people will start to treat you like you are invisible. I’m not sure if they realize that they are ignoring you or just think that if you are blind you cannot talk for yourself.


Happy Ground Hog Day!

Sadly, the most famous ground hog saw his shadow so 6 more weeks of winter.

I live in an area that has several ground hogs and according to the news it sounds like they were about split with some seeing their shadow and some not seeing it.

So, here’s my prediction using the above information – I predict that winter will continue the way it has been all year with some very cold winter weather and some days feeling like spring.



Something funny to lighten up your day – enjoy!

An old physician, Doctor Gordon Geezer, became very bored in retirement and decided to re-open a medical clinic.

He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500 – if not cured, get back $1,000."

Doctor Digger Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.


Amazon Echo

Haye everyone,

I just found out if you want an Amazon Echo you do not need a smart phone or even a computer to get it hooked up!

All you need is a wireless connection and then call the Amazon disability line, and they will help get the echo product up and running!

How cool is that – here’s the number:

888 283 1678

I have only had problems with Amazon’s disability help line once, generally they are very helpful and good.


Tip and Quote of the Day

Tip of the Day:

When putting your clothes away try hanging up an entire outfit on one hanger. That way you know what you are wearing matches. You could even put a note on the hanger to tell you what the outfit is or looks like.

Quote of the Day:

It’s going to be a good day, because I am going to make it a good day! If I cannot look at the bright side, I polish the other side. Nobody is going to rain on my parade.


Uber and Future Transportation

Here’s an interesting article that I wanted to share.


This article first appeared the newsletter of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association. Food for thought.

We often hear these days how Uber and other ride hailing apps are the

future of transportation. They take advantage of the power of technology

to make

getting around convenient and cheap. Perfect, right?

One problem is that Uber is unable to make money. This is a news story


Tip and Quote of the Day

Tip of the Day:

Knowing what you are wearing and its color is important because you don’t want to go out looking like a clown. Here are a couple of ideas on how to keep things in your wardrobe straight: put some small safety pins in the pant leg. Develop a system 1 pin = black, 2 pins = blue, and so on, you could also cut small slits in the seam (I’ve heard of people doing this, but not sure if I would recommend unless you have a wide seam), group the colors together and make sure the separation is well defined.


Tip and Quote of the Day

Tip of the Day:

Let’s beat insomnia! Cut off caffeine drinks by 2pm and go to bed instantly when tired – don’t wait.

I know when I wait I get a second wind and then can’t sleep

Quote of the day:

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one."

~ Mark Twain


Tip and Quote of the Day


When pouring do it over the sink – if you spill you will not have to worry about clean up

This tip has saved me clean up more than once, especially when pouring hot water!

Quote of the Day:

"You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong."

Warren Buffett


Things I am grateful for today: