Blog Posts by Angela Winfield

July Is A Powerful Month of Independence

In the U.S.A., July is a powerful month of Independence. We started the month with Independence Day- the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th, which represented the end of the control, authority and jurisdiction of Britain over the colonies, and, this year, we end the month with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) on the 26th, which marks the legal prohibition of discrimination and exclusion of people with disabilities (dubbed the "civil rights act for people with disabilities"). My question for you, have you signed your own personal Declaration of Independence in your

Celebrating the Holidays Alone? Three Tips for Keeping Your Spirits Up and Enjoying Yourself

Celebrating the Holidays Alone The end of the year brings the holidays which can be a joyful time, but for many it also brings added stress and feelings of depression- especially if you are celebrating alone, and coping with vision loss. Here are 3 ways to beat the holiday blues and have a blast. Beating Holiday Blues Remember the true meaning of alone. Alone actually comes from Middle English meaning all (wholly) one. Even though you physically may be by yourself, you are entirely complete and all one. One of my favorite musicians, Bob Sima, sings “Alone is not a time, alone is not a place, alone is where you are witness to your loveliness and

Seven Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Spring Brings New Beginnings Angela Winfield In the northern hemisphere, spring is here and, although it’s not quite warm enough yet, I feel the spring itch to open all the windows and air out my house. There’s something about the melting snow, thawing lake ice and birds chirping that makes me hopeful and eager for growth and new beginnings. Spring is a perfect time to get out of the house, pull out your white cane and go walk around. Spring is also the perfect time to check in with yourself, clean up and clear out anything that’s stunting your

Rock Your Resolution for 2014

Making a New Year’s Resolution Angela Winfield Have you made a New Year’s Resolution for 2014? If so, wonderful. If not, that’s fabulous, too. But since it is the beginning of a New Year, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about how to rock your resolutions whether it’s one you’ve made for New Year’s or one you’ve made for life. A Perfect Time for Resolutions New Year’s is a great time to set a personal or professional goal for yourself because it is a fresh year and gives you a specific period of time for accomplishing your goal. If you are familiar with the business management concept of

Plan Your Journey Through Life With An Open Mind

Angela Winfield Editor's note: This is the second installment in the OPEN series begun last month by Angela Winfield,Esq. It is a fitting post to launch Thanksgiving, a holiday that is full of hope. As W.T. Purkiser said, "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." Where Do You Begin Your Journey At times, you may feel lost, like you have a long way to go. Or, perhaps, you don’t know where to turn or where to go now that you are visually impaired. I know that was the case for me. Sometimes even the

Open Yourself to Life as a Person Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Angela Winfield Editor's note: New peer advisor Angela Winfield, Esq. who lost her vision from complications with cataracts, glaucoma and uveitis, is a practicing attorney at a prestigious firm, but does much, much more. In her own words,"In my different roles as attorney, author, motivational speaker and professional coach, I help people break through barriers, overcome obstacles and resolve conflicts so they can succeed in

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