You know when you are on a springboard, you are bouncing up and down a little bit to gain momentum, and finally you make one last push with all your weight in a downward motion only to be launched into the air?  You know what I am talking about right?  Yeah, that pretty much sums up my life right now.
Right now I am bouncing up and down on this springboard, trying to gain some momentum…waiting patiently for the perfect moment to LAUNCH.  I know it will happen.  I will make it happen.
A few weeks ago, I was laid off!  Ugh!  Yeah so now I am an UNEMPLOYED blind girl?  It sounds way worse than it is because I am feeling confident.  Throughout the past few weeks, I have met some amazing people that have come into my life.  These people dont see a disability, they see passion and drive.  They dont see obstacles because they see open doors!  It’s incredible. These people have given me a whole new outlook and re-ignited my fire to keep pushing to find the right career.  I know good things are to come of this!
One of the hardest things I have had to do is perfect my elevator pitch.  How do I say “Hi, my name is Jessica. I am visually imparied, looking for my next career move and I’m AWESOME” in 1 minute?  There is so much I want to say! (shocking, I know!)  So I have to choose my words carefully, speak slower (less coffee that day) and breathe!!
And hey, while unemployment leaves me with a little extra time on my hands I am making use of it by teaching myself some cooking skills! Yesterday I made a delicious chicken salad!  This includes lots of prep work, cutting, slicing and dicing – and I did not chop off a finger. (Bonus!)
Oh and another of my favorite things!  TRAINING.  I signed up for the New York City Marathon!  Oh baby, this is a big one!  One of the most prestigious marathons in the country and I will be so proud to rock my Achilles International gear.  Achilles International actually started in New York City so I should feel right at home.
So I take one day, one application and one interview at a time!  I am learning to balance submitting applications with networking and even a little pool time every so often.  Because life is about balance right?!  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I cannt wait to share what happens next!
To all my blind friends – NEVER, ever give up and never settle.  It’s too easy to settle for an “ok” job or a career you can “just live with.” Don’t settle for that because we dont have to.  Just saying…I am not going to.
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.

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