Milestone birthdays are a time to celebrate, reflect, and set new goals.

 

Looking back, there is no way I could have predicted where I would be today, but I couldn’t be more proud.  Losing vision over three years ago really made me see life a little differntly- which I am so thankful for.

 

I set a goal to raise money for LHON and started Dinner the Dark which I host every October.  In only two years we’ve almost doubled our guest list and have raised over $16,000.  Bringing awareness and breaking down the stigma of the word “blind” are my top goals, and Dinner and the Dark truly puts everything in perspective. None of this woud ever happen, though, without a little help from my friends. They help me with email blasts, and fundraising, to ‘day of’ things that’s really make the event seamless for everyone to enjoy. I am thankful because they believe in the power and prosperity of the event as much as I do.

Dinner in the Dark 2016 dr herro

I challenged myself to train for a full marathon. 26.2 miles didn’t seem that crazy until I was 3 months out, then the sound of that mileage started dramatically increasing! I pushed myself both physically and mentally to the limit. I had an amazing guide and friend by my side encouraging me every mile. I ran the California International Marathon as a USABA (United States Association of Blind Athletes) member and couldn’t be more honored to be part of an amazing organization. If you are a runner and are visually impaired – don’t miss this opportunity. If you are a sighted runner – please consider being a guide. I mean, I heard its cool…just saying.

CIM

I moved out!  Whhaaaat! Yeah, it was crazy. I stepped out of that cozy confort zone and moved into a cute little apartment about 30 minutes from home. It is closer to work, I can walk to a grocey store and a Nordstrom – doesn’t this sound perfect?  It was a lot harder than it sounds and took waaay more planning than I thought, but the planning and organization has paid off. I haven’t eaten raw chicken (a fear of mine) and have learned how to label my entire fridge. I can pack a sweet lunch like the rest of us but of course use the help of family, friends and technology to get me through the day. No one said you had to do it alone, right?! Its been fun – and of course being independent definitely gives you something to be proud of.

 

Soooo 30 is totally the new 20! I am so excited for what new adventures life will bring and what new challenges I will find! I am thankful I have an amazing friends that support me and a family I can’t live without! I am ready to take on the next 30 years (insert country song) with some awesome heels, for sure.  *Currently rocking some great wedges I stole from my mom’s closet – she has good taste!

 

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Jessica
http://blindgirlscanrockheels.com
At age 27, I went blind from a rare genetic eye disease - Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. I am here to share my stories of how it is to get hit with a disability and how nothing should ever stop you from what you want to do.
  • Tammy Brooks

    Happy,happy 30th to the most amazing,energetic happy lady I know. We can’t wait to see you!love and hugs.Your Mn mom!

    March 10th, 2016 0:34
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