The Blind Girl Beauty Tag

Sirena applies lipstick of a matte raspberry shade to her bottom lip. With the tube in her right hand, her face is tilted slightly away from the camera, her eyes gazing off to the right.

I follow Molly Burke on Youtube. She’s a huge inspiration, and she keeps me going when I don’t think there’s much road for me to travel. To be one of Molly’s friends would be so awesome. You should totally follow her; she’s fantastic.

I’ve not watched even a third of her videos, but one of the videos I have seen is her Blind Girl Beauty Tag Collab with another awesome Youtuber, Fashioneyesta. I found it really interesting, so decided to swipe it and answer it for myself.

Disclaimer: I’m not the most beauty savvy blind female you’ll find on the internet. Inspirational girls like Molly Burke, Lucy Edwards, and Emily Davison know a lot more about blind beauty than I do. I’m honestly still learning certain things, but I wanted to give this a shot anyway.

So, without further ado, let’s do this!

BLIND GIRL BEAUTY TAG QUESTIONS

1. What is the hardest makeup product to apply as a person who is blind or visually impaired?

I would definitely say mascara. I have really poor depth perception, and I’m more apt to stab myself in the eye or paint my cheek before I touch my eyelashes. Smaller, shorter wands are best, and it’s easier for me to turn my head and blink against the wand rather than attempt to move the wand along my lashes. I’ve even taken longer wands and held them really close to the end for more control. You’ll definitely want to wear a powder free latex glove for this though, because you’re likely to get mascara all over your fingers otherwise. It’s not at all an ideal solution, but it’ll do in a pinch.

I have heard that lash extensions can make applying mascara easier, but I can’t afford having those professionally done right now, so I couldn’t speak to that one way or the other.

2. What is your #1 tip for shopping with vision loss?

If you have the option to shop with a sighted person you can trust, do that. If you’re like me and you don’t have anyone nearby you can drag to a store, my tip would be to know what works for you. Know your size, know the colors and cuts that flatter your skin tone and body shape, because you’ll probably be doing a lot of online shopping.

I, personally, use Stitchfix as my first go to. Their customer service is fantastic, and one of their representatives filled out my entire style profile with me, even though I only needed assistance with a few aspects of it.

Stitchfix assigns you your own personal stylist who selects five pieces of clothing, shoes and / or accessories within the styles and price ranges you specify. You can include personal notes to said stylist if there’s something specific you’re looking for in a particular fix. Fixes can be scheduled to arrive at any interval you desire, from bi-monthly to on demand. Your fix gets shipped, you try the pieces on at home, keep what you like and return, free of charge, what doesn’t work. The $20 styling fee charged to your account turns into credit toward your purchases; if you choose to keep all five items, you get 25% off the entire order. (There are even Facebook groups where you can go to sell items you might not want to keep, but that you may wish to purchase just for the discount.)

I’ve never yet kept an entire fix, but I love its vercitility. I love that I can link my Instagram account to my profile so my stylist can use my photos to select items that are most likely to compliment me. I love that I can get fixes for my daughter delivered as well. I love that I don’t need to pay for return shipping. I love the personal notes my stylist includes for me, and how she gets to know me and my style a bit more with each fix. I love that I can schedule fixes on demand for those months when I just don’t have funds to spare for them, and even when I do schedule fixes, I love that Stitchfix will work with me if I need an extension on a return window until a nearby time that’s more financially comfortable for me.

I’m not being sponsored by Stitchfix. If you click the link above, it is my referral link, so I will get $25 in credit when you check out with your first fix, but so will you. Win win. Honestly though, I gush about them because I’ve had such amazing experiences with them. They’re not always the best choice for things, but I’ll usually try a fix first before attempting to fight accessibility battles on other retail sites. Even their iPhone application is accessible.

Find what works for you, and use that. Stitchfix works for me. I learn about brands I might not have heard of, I find new cuts and styles of clothing that flatter me, and I can take all of that to other sites and stores if I need to. Again, it works for me, but it might not be the solution for everyone.

3. What is one beauty item you stay away from due to vision loss?

I would have to say hair dye if we’re talking about what we steer clear of independently using. If we’re talking about facial items, I’d have to agree with Molly and say loose powders of any kind, but when it comes to coloring my hair, something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, I would have it professionally done. If I tried doing it myself, the end result would look as though every salon within a ten mile radius went all Independence Day destruction on my head.

4. What tips would you give to a young girl struggling with vision loss who wants to get into makeup?

First, don’t assume you can’t participate in this part of being a girl just because you don’t have 20/20 vision. This door, like so many others is not closed to you. You’ll need to find techniques that work for you, but you can most definitely do this.

Next, I would say know what works for both your age and your coloring. If you have a Maceys nearby or any store with a makeup counter, see if a parent, trusted loved one or a friend will accompany you there. Ask the people at the counter to do a full makeover on you. If you don’t already know what colors will suit your skintone or your age, you’ll find out here. Rely on that trusted loved one to be completely honest with you and to work with the makeup artist to select suitable shades for a flattering and age-appropriate look.

As for applying makeup, there are some tutorials online specifically geared toward blind and visually impaired makeup users. Here are a few.

Makeup Application – VisionAware.

9 things I’ve learnt about applying makeup with a visual impairment.
This was written by Emily Davison or Fashioneyesta (see above) and has some pretty ingenious tips.

How to Apply Makeup if You Are Completely Blind: 15 Steps.

If you work with a state agency, request training in daily living skills. They will teach you some techniques for putting on makeup. Not every rehabilitation instructor is magnificent at this, but most have at least been trained in it.

Read magazines online with your screen reader or magnification program, or subscribe to them in braille, join the NFB Newsline, etc. Listen to makeup tutorials on Youtube. Ask your female family and friends (if you have some you trust implicitly) to have makeup parties with you where you can try different techniques and receive visual feedback on the outcome. Make a night of it!

But most of all, sweet girl, just have fun. You’re young. You’re beautiful. You have got this.

5. How did you learn how to apply makeup as someone who is blind or visually impaired?

I used to perform a lot as a child. Singing recitals or the occasional competition, dance recitals, acting once I got to middle school, weddings (there were a fair few of those growing up), so throughout my childhood, makeup was just something that was applied to my face more often than it is for most children. I got to memorize the feel of it. How it was applied, the angle of the brushes or lipstick as they stroked against my skin, the faces I was told to make that accentuated cheekbones or lips.

When I was old enough to want to try applying it myself, I had various instructors and TVIs (teachers of the visually impaired) teach me different techniques for applying it. The TVI and TA team who taught me pretty much everything about anything was Rosemary and Lindsay. They were my best people when I was in high school. I gave them such a hard time at times (it was a boarding school, something I’ll get into in another entry), but they were just the most incredible women. I love and miss them so much, I really do.

Dianne, a rehabilitation instructor I had several years later, was another huge help when it came to applying makeup. She reaffirmed the techniques I already knew and taught me some new ones. After that, it was a matter of practicing and adopting my own ways of doing things, sometimes pulling from what I’d already learned, sometimes drawing upon something I’d read or seen on Youtube.

6. What is one thing you think every girl should be able to do without looking?

I need to agree with Molly again here and say I think every girl should be able to apply lipstick without looking. I find it so easy and it was the first makeup product I was confident about applying on my own, that I don’t understand why looking is truly necessary. I find it to be just one of those things you get the feel for, you can kiss blot if you’re worried, and getting it on your teeth is really not as common as sighted girls might have you believe it is.

7. Do you think not being able to see yourself affects your self confidence?

So far as appearance goes, yes, I do. I grew up in an environment where I was more likely to be insulted than complimented, and in addition to that conditioning, being unable to see myself in a mirror, having to gage my appearance solely by feel can often be very disheartening. I’m not the most fit of females due to medical reasons and, until recently, the inability to use touch screens on gym equipment. I’m very aware of this, I’m working on it, but it’s been thrown in my face many times. When I can’t look into a mirror to reaffirm the positive aspects of my appearance I feel I might have, I do find my confidence tends to slip.

8. Name one thing you need help with when it comes to makeup or fashion.

I need a visual check after I do my makeup, whether that check comes from calling Aira or sending my sister a selfie. I want to ensure everything’s blended well, within the lines it needs to be in, not to heavy or caked on, etc. With other products, I still need assistance touching up my nails after painting them myself, and of course, I need assistance dying my hair if it’s going to be done at home.

That’s three things. Oh well. You guys know me by now. Asking me to talk about only one thing generally doesn’t work.

9. What is a blind girl beauty or fashion essential?

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All right, so, again, I’m agreeing with Molly here. cotton swabs are a must have, both for touching up makeup and for removing excess nail polish from cuticles. For the latter, I like to keep nail polish remover on hand, and there are some swabs specifically geared toward this task.

I also think blending sponges are an absolute must have when it comes to applying certain makeup products.

10. What is the best part about applying makeup as a person with vision loss?

I can apply it anywhere. In the dark, on my bed, in the car, on a sidewalk before heading into a meeting or a concert, etc. I don’t need to juggle makeup products and a compact mirror, and that’s a freeing feeling. I’m not a huge fan of people pressing in on me at all sides, especially people I don’t know, so not having to crowd around a bathroom mirror is such a relief to me. So long as I can get that confirmation thumbs up or thumbs down at the end, I’m able to make myself up just about anywhere.

11. Have you ever experienced any major fashion or makeup disasters in the past that are due to having vision loss?

Not publically. When I was about twelve or so, I was messing around with an unlabeled makeup kit in my bedroom. I wasn’t so great at identifying things by feel yet, so I ended up putting on way too much foundation, the lip liner on my eyes, the eyeshadow on my cheeks, the eyeliner on my lips, having mistaken it for lip liner… you catch the idea. My older sister came in and was all, “Oh my god, what did you do to yourself!” It was embarrassing then, but I look back now and giggle like an idiot. Such a disaster! I’m glad I didn’t try going out anywhere or I’d probably have been traumatized for life. Or, you know, traumatized anyone who, like me, was terrified of clowns.

12. Do you ever have people commenting that you ‘don’t look blind/visually impaired.’?

Oh yes. Not as much when I have my cane out because that’s sort of like waving around an ‘I’m blind, you may commense feeling awkward’ sign, but if I’m sitting with family or friends, it’ll happen more often. Someone will try to hand me something or hold out a pad for me to sign (I get that a lot with the USPS guys) and when I explain that I’m blind, it’s usually like, ‘I’m so sorry! I couldn’t tell!’ Or ‘Oh, wow, I’m sorry! You don’t look blind!’

My love has told me he finds it easy to tell by looking at me merely because I don’t fixate my gaze on anything, so I often wonder how others can’t tell if I’m not immediately focusing on them, but maybe they’re just not quite as observant.

Society and the media often portray blind people as needing to look a certain way to be identifiable as blind, but the reality is that we often just look like everyone else. Surprise! It’s not always immediately obvious.

13. Do you use any pieces of assistive technology or apps to help you when putting outfits together or doing your makeup?

As I’ve mentioned above and in previous posts, I use Aira for a lot of the visual tasks I’d usually need to bother family and friends into assisting me with. I know there are many of us explorers who are not entirely convinced Aira will stick around for the blind community once it has enough funding to grow beyond needing us, so my eyes are open to that. I will use it for as long as it deems us worthy of its service, and if / when the sad day comes that it leaves us behind as most other applications, services and companies tend to, there may be something new to assist with visual feedback. There is always Be My Eyes, though the volunteer aspect of that service means the visual feedback isn’t always terribly consistent.

For now though, if I need help identifying a new piece of clothing or checking on my makeup, I use Aira or Be My Eyes. Once I know what I have, I’ll either memorize the item of clothing / makeup or label it accordingly, so that in the end, it’s just the final check I need help with rather than the day to day matching and selecting.

There you have it, my Treasures, the Blind Girl Beauty Tag! For this one, I’m only going to tag one other blindie I know of who is following me, my beautiful little heart sister, Jenna Faris. I’ll include the questions below. Anyone can copy and paste them if you want to do this tag. Credit, again, goes to Molly Burke and Emily Davison or Fashioneyesta for coming up with these questions. They’re not mine, and I don’t claim to know either of these amazing young women. I just like their tag.

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BLIND GIRL BEAUTY TAG QUESTIONS

  1. What is the hardest makeup product to apply as a person who is blind or visually impaired?
  2. What is your #1 tip for shopping with vision loss?
  3. What is one beauty item you stay away from due to vision loss?
  4. What tips would you give to a young girl struggling with vision loss who wants to get into makeup?
  5. How did you learn how to apply makeup as someone who is blind or visually impaired?
  6. What is one thing you think every girl should be able to do without looking?
  7. Do you think not being able to see yourself affects your self confidence?
  8. Name one thing you need help with when it comes to makeup or fashion.
  9. What is a blind girl beauty or fashion essential?
  10. What is the best part about applying makeup as a person with vision loss?
  11. Have you ever experienced any major fashion or makeup disasters in the past that are due to having vision loss?
  12. Do you ever have people commenting that you ‘don’t look blind/visually impaired.’?
  13. Do you use any pieces of assistive technology or apps to help you when putting outfits together or doing your makeup?

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Until next time, my \Treasures, I bid you a fond adieu.

Answering Ten Of Google’s Most searched Questions About Blind People

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What do people do when they don’t know the answer to a question these days?

They ask Google.

My Google Search Terms:

  • Blind people.
  • Questions about blindness.

Some of the asks within the top ten returned results, under the ‘people also ask’ heading of these searches weren’t different questions, merely rephrased ones. Between the two searches, I managed to find some of the top googled questions about blind people, and I’m here to answer them, because as you all know, I am a blind person, and I love to talk. So, let’s do this!

Answering Ten Of Google’s Most Searched Questions About Blind People

In order of how they were found.

1. Do blind people see black?

It’s a very common misconception that individuals who are considered totally blind see only blackness. Some do, but that’s rarer than you might think. The spectrum of visual impairment is huge. You can be considered legally blind and still be able to read print and navigate with no assistance whatsoever, or you can be legally blind without being able to see anything much at all. Most blind people do have some residual sight, be it the ability to see mere light and dark, shades and shadows of things, contrasts and indistinct shapes, etc.

So, the short answer is no. Not all blind people see black. Some do, some see whiteness or a world of fog, but many who consider themselves totally blind are not, in fact, living in darkness.

2. Do blind people dream?

The ability to dream doesn’t come from the eyes, my Treasures. Dreams happen in the mind, and an inability to see does not remove the ability to dream. Some people are more prone to dreams than others; I myself don’t do it often. Or, well… I did read a study once that claimed we all dream at least nine dreams a night, even if we can’t recall them. I’m not certain if that’s true, though it seems logical to me, so I’ll say that it’s rare I remember my dreams, but I suppose I might still have them.

Not only can blind people dream, but some of us do dream in visuals, not merely sound and touch. I’m not sure how common this is, but I find it logical that if someone once possessed the ability to see detail, even if that detail was never 20/20 detail, it might return to them in dreams. In dreams, the mind reigns, and I believe it taps into memories we might not even draw upon while awake.

3. Why do blind people’s eyes move so much?

This condition is called nystagmus, and while it’s common in many blind individuals, it’s not a trait we all share. I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be an ophthalmologist, but from what I understand, it’s more common in blind individuals with degenerative retinal eye conditions like LCA, the condition I possess.

Nystagmus can be caused by many factors, but in the case of most blind individuals, it’s caused by an inability to fixate our vision from an early age. I liken it to a web browser when it’s stuck loading a page. I think there’s an hourglass on the screen that just goes round and round and round. It keeps moving because it can’t find the page. It’s got nothing to lock onto. That’s how my vision is, and my eyes tend to dance more when I’m trying, and failing, to fixate on something.

If a vision expert reads this and wants to correct me because you’re like, ‘oh my god this woman is so far down Wrong Answer Lane it’s scary’, please feel free to set me straight. I don’t want to give away misinformation. Nystagmus has been such an integral part of who I am, like my hair color, that I’ve never thought much about the why of it before.

4. Can a blind person live on their own?

Absolutely. I do. Most of my blind friends do. There are so many devices, applications and services out there now that living alone as a blind person isn’t a hardship. I’ll do a blog post / podcast episode / Youtube video on some of these if you’d like to read / listen / see that.

Even blind people who have no applications, no assistive devices and no paid services can live on their own. We learn to adapt. We invent our systems when the mainstream offerings don’t fit our lifestyles / personalities / budgets. We’ve got this!

5. Can a blind person cry?

Yes. Most of us do still have tear ducts, so shedding tears is very much possible. Now, if someone has gone blind due to eye removal, then no, I don’t think they have the ability to shed tears because their tear ducts are gone.

I want to decipher between crying and shedding tears. If you lose your eyes, while you might not be able to shed tears, I believe that crying is more than that. When I cry, it isn’t all in the eyes. My eyes shed tears, my face scrunches up, my chest heaves. I don’t believe the absence of tear ducts removes the ability to cry. It just removes the ability to shed tears. To many, these two things are synonymous, but I don’t subscribe to that belief. I believe that if you have so much emotion, whether you cry tears or not, letting that emotion out through the act of weeping is a release. It’s the emotion, it’s the sound, it’s the trembling of the shoulders, the heaving of the chest. I don’t believe loss of tear ducts strips a person of the urge to weep.

I do cry tears. If you read this and you haven’t any tear ducts, and I’ve gotten it all wrong, please let me know in the comments below. I can only speak to my own experiences and opinions.

6. Can a blind person work?

Society would have you believe otherwise, but yes, we can work. Around 75 percent of the blind community is unemployed, not because we are incompetent, but because employers are not educated on blindness and believe that because we lack sight, we lack competence. It’s a staggering statistic, and it needs to change. I’ve been rejected from even interviewing many times over the past few months due to my blindness. It’s easier for sighted employers to hire a sighted employee. It doesn’t require any extra time, effort or accommodation, and most employers prefer that.

Blind people can work. There are blind customer service representatives, blind lawyers, blind musicians, blind woodworkers, blind radio hosts, blind mechanics, etc. If you’re willing to find a way to pursue your dream and you persevere, you might just find someone who will give you a chance.

A lot of blind individuals run their own businesses because of the rampant discrimination within society today. I do. I have this speaking business I’m attempting to build, and I also have an Avon business I run on the side. (Yes, this is a shameless self plug! Hahaha!) You can check it out at SirenasAvonEmporium.com if you’d like, and if you find anything you want, enter coupon code ‘welcome10’ at checkout for ten percent off!

All right, shameless plug over. Haha. Honestly, Treasures, many of us have no choice but to go this route, not because we’re incompetent, but because employers are unwilling to be inclusive.

I apologize if that answer felt rather negative. This is a huge sore spot for me right now, though it’s also one of the main reasons why I decided to become a motivational speaker. I didn’t want to just sit around and complain. I wanted to take active steps to eradicate the ignorance society is prone to, most of the time through no fault of their own. It’s still difficult to handle, however. It’s insulting. It’s discouraging. It’s hurtful when all you ever face in the adult world of work is rejection.

7. How do you walk with a blind person?

The short answer is, it depends. If a route is familiar to both sightie and blindie, then the blind person can just walk beside the sighted individual using their cane or dog guide. If the environment being navigated is unfamiliar to the blind person, loud, crowded, open plan, etc., we use a little technique called sighted guide.

I’ll link you over to my heart sister’s blog, because she describes the process far better than I ever could, and because she’s awesome. You should totally subscribe to her. She has a lot of important things to say.

Sighted Guide: What is It and How Does It Work?

8. How do blind people use phones?

I’ll do a podcast and a youtube video on this process one day, but most blind people I know have iPhones. Apple’s built in accessibility is beloved by the blind community. Oh, sure, as a huge company, Apple has its flaws. Its products are hideously expensive and unless blindies have an incredible job, agency assistance or a generous family member, chances of us being able to pay for them in anything but small monthly installments are slim to none.

Still, their screen reader, Voiceover, is fantastic. A blind individual can walk into a store, pick up an Apple product, turn on Voiceover with a few clicks of a button or by asking Siri to do it, and play around with it. We can test the devices just like sighted people. We can purchase one, go home, open the box and set up that device independently, and that kind of freedom is huge.

For the sake of inclusion, I will say that Android has Talkback, and I do know many blind people who use Android phones as well, but I’ve not found Android-based products to be easy. They frustrate me more often than not, but in Android’s defense, it is possible I’ve not used devices that have been optimized for Talkback. To my knowledge, some Android phones and tablets are better with Talkback than others.

I know some Windows phones have software one can purchase and install. Its possible Windows has its own built in accessibility at this point, but I can’t speak to that with any degree of reliability. I don’t know a single person who owns let alone uses a Windows phone. For the blind community, Apple and Android phones are the two most popular.

9. Do people who are blind blink?

Blinking isn’t a conscious choice, my Treasures. To my knowledge, blinking is instinctive because it keeps your eyes both moist and free of harmful or just plain annoying particles. If you’re still a bit skeptical, I charge you to enter a pitch-black room and stare into the darkness. Keep your eyes open. Not wide open, just normally open, and try not to blink. Eventually, you will; it’s nok a thing that is under our control in the end, rather like swallowing.

10. Why do the blind wear dark glasses?

This is another common misconception. Some blind people do wear dark glasses in overly bright situations. I’m one of them. If the sun is beating down relentlessly and I need to walk somewhere, I’ll pop on my sunglasses because my eyes are extremely light sensitive. Without them, I can’t open my eyes in overly bright areas because it’s physically painful to bear the light.

Those of us who wear shades in bright situations don’t generally wear them everywhere. We’re much like sighted people in that way. Sighted people might don their favorite pair of sunglasses when it’s bright out and remove them when they exit out of the sun. I do that, and I know a lot of other blind people who do.

Some blindies do choose to wear glasses day in and day out. I’ve only ever met one person who did this, and she did so because she was self-conscious about the appearance of her eyes after surgery. It is definitely not the norm, and it is far less common than otherwise.

That’s it for questions! I hope this was informative, and if you’d like me to do another People Also Ask post, please let me know in the comments below! And remember, if you have any questions or requests for future posts / podcasts / videos, please feel free to do so either by using this site’s contact form, by sending me an email at SirenaRayLind@gmail.com, or by mentioning me on Twitter with the hashtag #TalkAboutItRena.

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Until next time, my Treasures, I bid you a fond adieu.

Tag, you’re it! Answering Five Random Questions About Myself

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Whenever I’m watching my favorite Youtubers tubing it up, some of the videos I adore most are question and answer videos. I will do this again for my podcast and Youtube channel once they are up and running, but because in depth questions need to be tempered with some fun from time to time, I’ve decided to post one here as well.

Each of these questions has been randomly generated from ConversationStarters.com and are not of my own creation. I’m doing this in Realtime, so you guys know what questions are coming just as well as I do right now!

Ready? Let’s do this!

Five Randomly Generated Questions

1. Who was the last person that you called or texted?

The last person I texted was my best male friend, Chris, and the last person I called was actually an Aira agent. See, those calls show up in my phone’s recent list, but I’m not sure they should count. So, before the Aira agent, my last call was to my sister.

I actually had to check my phone for this stuff, guys, because I have no memory. It’s so bad.

2. What is one of your favorite words or phrases?

I’m only allowed to pick one? See, this is just cruel. All right, I’m copping out. I’ll choose a word and a phrase! Take that, question! (Because the question apparently has feelings. Whatever. Don’t knock my delusions, guys, it’s totally impolite.)

A Favorite Word: Fathom.

“The fathoms below”, “my love for you is unfathomably deep”, “I cannot fathom why anyone who wasn’t promoting ‘ridiculous’ as the word of the day would record a Youtube video while wearing a mixing bowl on their head!”

There is a depth to this word, not only in its definition, but in its very utterance. Fathom. It rolls off the tongue with a sound both weighty and pleasant to the ear. There is something about its depth mirroring its own meaning that I really, really like.

A Favorite Phrase: “Mommy, I love you to Andromeda and back a hundred million million jillion billion times forever and ever!”

What? I don’t see anything written in this question that says it had to be grammatically correct. It is totally a coined phrase at this point because Rosie says it every day and it is the best phrase ever.

3. How often do you use your phone?

How often do you breathe? Haha! My phone isn’t glued to my hand all day because I bounce between it and my computer depending on where I’m working at the time, but with a new iPhone in the works, I’m likely to use it a lot more for blogging, recording and filming.

4. What do you do for fun?

I work. I know that sounds like a copout answer, but this right here? What I’m doing now? This is fun for me. I know it isn’t work in the traditional sense, because I’m not getting paid for it. To most, Rose’s father included, that isn’t work. That’s just wasting time following an unrealistic dream. I call it marketing myself, and this kind of marketing, let me tell you, is a lot more fun than the dry and boring sales kind.

5. What is the first thing that you notice when meeting someone new?

I notice their voice. As a blind individual, someone’s voice, their tone, the words they use, it’s all akin to glancing at a face and gaging their expression. Only a voice can often tell you a lot more about a person’s emotions than a mere glance can. Yes, some people are incredible at masking their voice so that it gives nothing away when emotions run high. My significant other is a prime example of this. But for most, it gives me that snap insight, and I have been put off by peoples’ voices before. I’m not shallow enough to be put off by the sound, but if someone is uptight, irritated, snobbish, rude, etc., it comes off quite clearly in the voice, and I’ve been put off pursuing acquaintances with people due to that vocal snapshot.

So, there you have it! This was a lot of fun. Maybe I should do one every week. I’ll need to think that one over!

Because I’d love to keep the random fun going, I’m going to tag three people in this post, and if you’re up for it, feel free to answer five random queries of your own, in any form of expression that comes naturally to you, using the questions from ConversationStarters.com!

Meet The Tagged Ones!

For what I will dub the Five Random Question Tag (don’t you love my originality), I call upon…

Jenna Faris!

Do I really need to explain why? You’re my sister. You get picked first for all the deer in headlights moments! Besides, you’re writing is incredible and I want to read more of it.

Liza Lane!

Liza, I absolutely love the way you word things, so I am totally throwing your amazing artistic self under this bus.

A.M. Molvik!

A.M., you wrote a whole post on personality traits and Harry Potter characters. You’re awesome, and I know you’ll kick tush at something like this. Feel free to tackle it in whatever way appeals to you! (If this appeals to you at all, of course.)

I will be reblogging your responses!

Until next time, my Treasures, I bid you a fond adieu.

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