Thoughts on a random Friday in January 

Hey guys and welcome back to YesterdaysWishes! It is January and I am finally getting round to writing a blog post! I have made many resolutions for this year and I thought better late than never to talk about them on here!
I am a very obsessive person in the sense that I always need a new goal and challenge so i have made it my mission to run the London marathon 2017 this year in April. Many people have called me crazy but being obsessed to fulfil a really hard goal keeps me motivated and happy. I have a very obsessive personality and when I had a mental break down last year I learnt a lot about my self and how my brain copes with my lot in life. I need crazy journeys and what seems like unattainable goals in order to function. Some would say this is a technique to distract myself form the inevitable sadness that my blindness will bring me on a daily basis but exercise is my cure. Running makes the bad times seem more bearable and the happy times more happy and worth living through. I have so much more energy andI have made such an incredible friend Steve in the process (my guide runner). If you would like to sponsor me and Steve we are raising money for guide dogs for the blind. Here is the link:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LucyAndSteve4GuideDogs Cheers to replacing all the chocolate and sadness with running and happiness!
My next resolution was to look after myself more i.e. After a long day I would pamper myself and not get too worried about the strrreeeeeeeeesses of the day. I make myself light candles and find my happy place while snuggling Ollie and Olga at night! 

My next 2017 goal is to save save save! Myself and Ollie eventually want a house so that involves a mortgage!

My last goal is to make my channel more of a priority because it makes me happier than anything to talk to you guys. I am planning to start doing live shows at least once a month so we can chat and I can answer anything that you guys want me to!
Please tell me about your New Years goals either on here or my other social media. Because I would love to know! Happy Friday xxxxx

A journey to School

I love this blog post as it provides an accurate account of what blind trainee teachers face. I really feel that it’s important to spread awareness of the barriers blind people encounter when pursuing a career path they love. Laura is lovely, go over and follow her blog!

Inside the Hairy Classroom

It is Monday. It is cold. I am running late. I haven’t had time for any breakfast. I am, in short, in a right mood.

Now although these opening statements may give the impression that our tail is doomed, there is one saving grace to this story. Being blind means that I have kindly been granted a taxi which takes me to and from school. This is funded by the disabled students allowance (DSA) provided by Student Finance England. (A brief note, I believe our oh so benevolent current government are doing away with this allowance at the end of this year. If you are reading this post after 2016, funding is still available however I believe that universities themselves will now be asked to foot the bill, contact the disability adviser at your university to ask about this). Anyway, access to this makes my life so so so much…

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My Struggle With Inviting Music Back Into My Life

To me, music was something I had been associating with my sighted life and I hadn’t let it into my blind world yet. When I was younger I always played the guitar; I used to watch my sister playing in her room and my friend Jess post videos on YouTube. I always watched my hands when playing and, because I taught myself by sight, I still haven’t picked up my guitar since the day I lost my vision. I know it would make me happy to learn again but learning with no vision means I actually have to accept blindness. This thought hasn’t sat well with me.

I want to love music like I once did but I still cannot think of it in the same way. You are probably thinking… She has lost her eyesight not her ears but so many memories are associated with the sighted memories I created when listening to music. For a while I forced myself not to feel anything. Then I felt everything all at once and I had a breakdown. Music is beginning to have a new meaning because I finally realised you can make new memories and forget the past.

Heres to thinking of today and making the most of what you have! Happy Easter x

The day in the life of a blind woman

I thought this post would be beneficial for anyone who has never really thought about how hard the life of a blind person can be sometimes. I have recently been suffering from depression due to my lack of sight and I thought a blog post would raise awareness of daily struggles I face.

The majority of the time I am a positive and happy person but from September to February 2016 I have been clinically depressed after having a mental breakdown. You may be wondering why I would disclose this information all over the internet… I want to help people in my situation and prove to people not suffering with a serious disability that disabled people actually have feelings. We are humans at the end of the day. Just because I cannot see does not mean my feelings should not be valued. My life isn’t as hard as some but over the past few months it has felt impossible. Living in darkness everyday after knowing a world with light is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I still wake up every morning wishing I had it back and it is coming up to the 3 year anniversary of the day I became almost totally blind. Friday 24th March 2013. I dread this date every year as it brings such sadness to myself, my boyfriend and my family/friends. I have recently been to counselling and opening up about my deepest feelings has definitely got easier and is helping me to be happy as a woman without eyesight.

Even writing this post is helping me get my feelings out and in turn it is another step towards my happiness. I desperately want happiness because I genuinely don’t think I have been truly happy in 3 years. I love posting videos on YouTube about my life and how I cope but I feel I only cope half of the time. When walking independently with my guide dog Olga, when I am with my boyfriend/family/friends, when I read your comments on YouTube, when I am filming or standing in front of people when motivational speaking – this is when I am happy but when I crawl into bed after a day of happiness it always comes back to my feelings of sorrow. Everyone in my life who I am the most close with has eyesight and will never truly feel what I do on a daily basis. I would never want anyone to go through this if they didn’t have to. However, this does not mean I do not feel desperately alone sometimes.

The day in the life of my darkest thoughts:
I wake up feeling completely worthless wishing I could be the sighted 17 year old teenager I was. I think of all the people I am close to and realise I have now forgotten what they look like. My best friend has grown her hair and all I can recall is her 17 year old haircut. I desperately want to know how my boyfriend looks as a 19 year old not just the 16 year old that has now faded from my memory. I wish I could laugh at silly photos. I wish I could Snapchat my friends. I wish I knew what I truly looked like in a new dress. I want to see my beautiful labrador’s face. I fear in the future I will never be able to see my own children and this devastates me. I wish that people I don’t know didn’t just see me as a blind woman walking down the road with her guide dog. I wish I could run in the park without holding onto someone. I wish that I don’t have to remember where every little thing is in my entire flat. I really just want to walk outside and run where ever I want to and not be afraid of not knowing where I am. I wish I was able to ride a bike on my own. I wish I could see the laptop screen I am typing on right now. I wish I remembered what a beautiful sunny day looked like. I think of the past 3 years and all the things I could’ve seen. All the nights out with friends, my 18th birthday cake, my boyfriend’s smile, my sister’s face when she got into university, all my friends new university friends and the image of my relatively new flat. I will forever miss the sighted world and the beauty I once appreciated. I have never seen my boyfriend’s extended family and will never have an image of the best friends he talks about. I have to live with the fact I have forgotten almost everything I once saw in detail. I can never drive a car and I pretty much always have to plan ahead.

I have now let you into my grieving brain and I am sorry that I am not my positive self. I hate being negative most of the time. Despite all of these bad thoughts I have adapted, finally, to technology for the blind and before this month I was resistant to even type on my laptop. Everyone needs time to grieve a loss and I am working on not thinking of the negatives of blindness everyday. If I can truly accept my blindness and don’t wish for yesterday then I can make a better tomorrow.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, speak soon,

Lucy x

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Sofa drama

Today was eventful. My sister and I want a sofa for our new beauty room that we are designing for the background of our videos, however we have a set budget. We found a perfect sofa on eBay so we bought it as it only had a couple of minutes left on the bid. We secured it for an amazing price and we were really happy. Alice (my sister) texted my mum a picture because we were excited however she reminded us that we had to think about shipping. We kind of overlooked this…

We felt so stupid. The shipping was way more than the sofa! So the conclusion was that I had to phone the seller and ask for a refund! I felt so stupid!

That was our day….oops!

I’m back!

Hey everyone! I haven’t posted in absolutely ages! It feels good to be sitting and writing once again. I feel it is very therapeutic in some way too. I love the thought of sending all my worries out onto the internet. There is definitely something comforting about reading all your lovely comments.

Currently, I am struggling with my blindness. I have mentioned in my YouTube videos that I a, attending counselling sessions to help straighten out my thoughts. I actually said this week in my session that I want to have more good days than bad. Obviously everyone wants that! However before Christmas this was;t the case for myself. I am slowly getting there and you guys being so supportive certainly helps a lot! I was starting to think about when I first lost my vision and I have come a long way but I still don’t feel as if I have finished the grieving process yet. I don’t even know if I ever will finish but it must get better than this!

I tell myself to stay positive as I have a lot to be thankful for in my life.

Speak soon,

Lucy x