Hello everyone and welcome to My Blurred World.
My name is Elin, I am a 19-year-old Welsh girl who is a lover of music, writing and all things beauty and fashion. I am currently a student with The Open University, studying a BA Honours degree with my specialist subject being creative writing.
I created my blog back in April 2015 with the hope of sharing my passion for beauty and fashion with the world, but there is a twist… I am in fact a vision impaired beauty and fashion enthusiast and the aim of my blog is to raise awareness of disability in the hope of changing people’s perceptions of disabled people.
One of my passions in life is writing and I aspire to become a freelance writer in the future. Alongside writing content for my blog, I love sharing my thoughts, opinions and experiences on other websites and publications. I have written a few guest posts and articles to date, those of which you can find by visiting my portfolio.
I was diagnosed with an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when I was six years of age and have since been registered blind/severely sight impaired. My vision is quite blurry and that is where the name of my blog came from as everything I see in the world is blurred. I like to describe my vision as being a camera that is constantly out of focus.
I do suffer with a number of other medical conditions, one being Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E therefore I hope to raise awareness of this condition also.
I try to remain as positive as possible and don’t let my disability stop me from achieving what I want in life. Of course, growing up with sight loss has proven to be very difficult but I try to remember that I am not alone and there are thousands of other people out there who suffer with sight loss also.
I’ve found that many people are totally oblivious to vision impairment and disability in general. I’ve had many experiences where people have judged me for my disability or have treated me differently and this has encouraged me to write about disability as it is a subject that needs to be heard of.
I want people to realise that having a disability isn’t an obstacle and that we disabled people can live our lives like anyone else (with a few adjustments of course). I’ve received many questions both on social media and in my life offline about how I apply makeup if I’m visually impaired, how can I take photos, read and write and how can I be fashionable? This has also inspired and motivated me to write more about disability in the hope of making people realise that I can look presentable even if I do suffer with sight loss.
I aim to write posts on my blog surrounding the topics of beauty and fashion and how I make them accessible for me as a visually impaired person, by doing this I hope to tackle the stigma surrounding sight loss. I also want my blog to be a platform for people to come together, share their stories and experiences in the hope that we can help each other. I also want it to be somewhere I can share my own experiences in the hope of educating others on subjects such as disability.
I am so passionate about helping and motivating others and I hope that people see my blog as being a safe space which hopefully has posts that many can relate to.
I would like to welcome you all to My Blurred World and I hope you enjoy exploring everything it has to offer.