Saturday, 17 April 2021

Social Movement for Acceptance for People with Down Syndrome - The GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge on June 5, 2021

Hi There..... Are you up for a challenge? Would you want to take part in a social movement to get acceptance for people with Down Syndrome?

As some of you may already know, at the end of the year, I always write a blog about a good cause. The end of the year is not nearly in sight, I know. As Franz Liszt said, Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day. 😄

Am I talking in riddles? Great, I love a good riddle. Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead. That’s another quote, but this one is from Mary Pierce. 😁

Gigi’s Playhouse is hosting a challenge on the 5th of June, so I couldn’t wait till the end of the year. They want to make the world a more accepting place for individuals of all abilities. 😍

Their motto is to change the way the world views people with Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. 😊

This reminds me of an encounter I had a few years ago. I was in the hospital because I needed surgery on my knee. I booked a room for 2, with a view. Haha, yes, a superb view of the parking lot from the hospital. 😂

When I arrived for my surgery, they brought me to my room, and there was an elderly lady in the bed near the window. She was the worst, not only for the nurses, but for me as well. She was hooked up to an intravenous drip and wasn’t allowed to get out of bed. The nurses had told her to ring the bell if she needed to get out of bed. 😊

She was the most impatient woman I had ever met, and she kept calling the nurses for the silliest things. How the TV worked, how the remote for the hospital bed worked. I couldn’t get out of bed either, but those were questions I could have answered for her too. I was anxious to see what the night would bring. 😨

During the daytime, there had been little opportunity to rest, but nothing could have prepared me for the night. She still kept ringing the nurse’s bell for the smallest of problems. 😒

Have you ever spent the night in the hospital? Yes? Then you already know that there are fewer nurses during nighttime, so less time for silly requests. 😮

Suddenly, in the middle of the night, she got up out of bed. She didn’t think about the intravenous drip. She felt something hold her back. Instead of going back, she just pulled it out. 😲

Blood was spraying all over, but she just kept going. I woke up in an instant and rang the nurses. The room looked almost like a murder scene, and I was ever so lucky to have been a witness to it all. Can you imagine how sad I was to see her go? 😏

I prayed there would not be a new roommate. Well, you get what you deserve when you are a nonbeliever. The opposite, of course. Yay, I got a new roommate. 😟

I could tell she had down syndrome. That worried me because she was making a fuss. She didn’t want her mom to leave her alone in the hospital. By eight in the evening, her mom went home, and she asked if she could watch her TV program. I had no problem with that, so I used the remote control to turn on the TV. 😊

I had seen her glance a few times at the remote control but didn’t realize why. While she was watching her program, I took my crutches and went to the toilet. 😕

As I came out of the bathroom, I could see her hurry back into her bed. I noticed the remote control was missing. She had been rather friendly, and I wanted to keep it that way, so I acted as if nothing happened. When she went to the bathroom, I didn’t feel the urge to take the remote back. 😐

The program ended, so we watched the next one together. During the commercial break, I went back to the toilet. When I came back, the remote control was back where it was before. Again, I acted as if nothing happened. I could see that made her happy. 😃

They discharged her from the hospital the next day, but before she left, she did something unsuspected. Before she got out the door, she came to me and gave me big a hug. It was such a cheerful moment. Something I will always remember. 😍

Oh wow, it's almost 6 in the evening and I haven't even told you much about this challenge from GiGi's Playhouse

They are aiming to get 2,000+ or more individuals motivated to MOVE for change and inclusion. MOVE for your health and MOVE for global acceptance! From March 21 through to our Speedway event on June 5 you can walk, bike, golf, run, lift, play sports, swim, whatever! They challenge people to collectively participate in a physical and social movement for acceptance to prove that everyone is accepted for who they are.

How to Participate    

Register and create a personal or team fundraising page!

  • Upon registration, you can choose to register as an individual or as a fundraising team.
  • Registering as an individual will allow you to select which Playhouse location you would like to support. After completing registration, you will now have your own fundraising page. This page will be your hub for all things fundraising. Share the link to this page with friends, family, colleagues, and more. You should reach out to anyone that can help raise awareness and funds for your GiGi’s Playhouse location! 
  • Registering a team, or joining a team will allow you to combine the efforts of many fundraisers to reach the common goal of raising funds and awareness for GiGi’s Playhouse! The best part is that no team can be too big or too small! Share the link to your teams fundraising page and encourage others to register and join you in helping spread the message of global acceptance for all!

Host Your Own Personal Events

  • An awesome new way to raise funds and spread awareness for the Acceptance Challenge is to host your own community events. These community events can be anything that brings people together. It is a way for our supporters and fundraisers to be able to engage with their network in the manner that is most effective and convenient for them!  
  • The community events can take place any time leading up to the Acceptance Challenge on June 5th. We want to include EVERYONE in the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge!
  • To create your own community event, you must register as either a team or individual fundraiser. Once registered, your fundraising page presents you the opportunity to Host a Community Event. Fill in all the details for your event, select “donation required,” then share the link to whomever you want to invite. It’s that simple! Now, go out there and host the best Acceptance Challenge Community Event that you can!

Donate and Spread Awareness!!

Are you an Influencer? Maybe you can help them, because they are always looking for Influencers with a heart, passion, and compassion, to spread the word about their challenge. Together we can all help to make our world a better place for everyone, no matter what race, color, or ability. 😍

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Heather Spears

Hi There..... Would you want me to cut to the chase? Ask no questions today? Start this blog post about another Fashion Designer Interview right now? 

Too bad, because I already asked you 3 questions. Did you even read them? 😨

Yes? Great, then you know I am giving some more insight into the Fashion Industry today. I love doing these Fashion Designer Interviews, and I sure hope you do too. 😍

Then again, maybe you would rather skip this first part, but you can’t leave here before you have satisfied that curiosity of yours. You have a burning desire to stay here and keep reading, almost as if you are under a spell. I bet you didn't realize that I could do that with you. 😁

It’s just like watching an extremely boring movie. The title sounds quite promising, so you get comfortable in your lazy chair to sit back and relax. You open your bag of crisps and lean back. 😋

The beginning is boring, but you convince yourself the exciting part will start soon. After half an hour, you have your doubts if it will get any better. However, you keep on watching. As the movie is past halfway, you need to decide what to do. 😯

The film isn’t getting better, by now you are no longer hopeful. You realize the movie will not get any more entertaining. Curiosity got the better of you. Will you turn it off or keep watching because you seriously want to know how it ends. Tell me, I have to know if I am the only fool that does that. 😱

Ok, let's pretend there was no beginning to this blog post and get right to the more interesting part about the answers Heather Spears gave to my questions. She is a 27-year-old independent Fashion Designer who makes costumes for clients. 😊

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?

I always jam my workday packed with a lot of different creative avenues; from design sketches to technical pattern making and garment construction and everything in-between. It feels like I am always on my toes!

Is fashion important to you? Why?

Fashion has always been important to me. I feel like it is a magnificent way to express yourself. What we wear can symbolize how we feel, things we love, and who we are. I feel like fashion has been an emotional support system for me and helps me feel good about myself, even when my mind is telling me otherwise. A cute outfit lifts my spirits more than it should, but I can’t help the fact that fashion makes me happy.  

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

The fashion industry has been full of so many trials for me. It seems like finishing every project is at least a minor success, no matter how big or small, they each have their own little feeling of accomplishment. Being from a background of custom, more elaborate, and “out-there” creations, some of my favorite successes are on the whacky side.

They featured me on Vogue for their Met Gala Challenge from a recreation of Billy Porter’s 2019 The Blondes look. I did that a month before I designed a costume based on the animated series Rick and Morty for Adult Swim. It was a ball gown based on the classic scene of the characters jumping through the show’s iconic portal; this look is so zany, I laugh at it every time I see it. I don’t know if I love it or feel embarrassed of it, but a smile is a smile however it takes your face in the books.

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

The quality I wear is far more important to me than the actual brand name of the product. Brands are fun, but I feel they are something to be careful of. I don’t want to wear items just because of their name, but I wear what makes me feel my best.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

My personal style teeters between very outlandish and crazy to extremely dialed back and classy and nothing in-between. I either love to be that over-dressed showstopper or poised and elegant. I know those things don’t always walk hand-in-hand, but that is the best way to describe my personal style.

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look?

That might be my biggest trouble, I don’t think I ever found my personal style. There are people out there that make your jaw drop and you could point at something and know it’s so them. I have so much respect for that, but know it’s not me. I like so much about fashion that one ascetic will never be just me because I think highly of styling yourself in different ways. Maybe someday I’ll settle down, but for now, I’m going to jump from one style to the next until I can decide on who I want to be.

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

I am the go-to gal in my friend’s group for what to wear. I can’t help but talk about clothes so much that I think the answer to this one has to be as simple as “yes”. Now, I don’t know if I can take credit for being a good style influence… you can just call me the fun style influence if you want to (haha)

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Oh wow, that is a brilliant question! One of the big things I see I am in love with for spring/summer 2021 is painted denim bottoms. When you talk about fashion, expressing who you are, it doesn’t get better than painted denim because that can be anything. I have seen things like beautiful flowers on cut-off shorts to full pant legs done by hand from amazing artists. I love it all and hope to see this continue to grow in popularity; not only does it give an outfit some fun pops of casual color, but in just a second I can tell a bit about the person wearing them I may never know otherwise. I think that’s pretty cool.

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

I am so not a fan of overly small bags. I know they are great for adding little bits of color, but when I’m carrying a bag, it’s like a black hole. You can pull anything out of that thing if you’re in a pinch. I can’t make good use out of a bag smaller than a decimal. As cute as they are in appearance, I don’t think they are functional enough for a girl like me who likes to carry everything and the kitchen sink.

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

When it comes to what you wear, just be you. We live in a time where being yourself is more important and accepted than ever. I feel like fashion walks hand-in-hand with that. Wear what makes you feel good, wear what makes you feel beautiful or cool, be strange if you want to be as long as you can look in the mirror and see the wonderful person who you are looking back at you. When we see someone else killing it with being who they are; smile and know that their expression is a win for all of us.

Who is your style icon and why?

Gosh, there are so many impressive icons in style to choose from. I always lean towards people who go as far as their imagination can take them. Right now, I feel like appreciating Lady Gaga for every eye-turning moment she’s ever made possible through fashion, but also for her ability to keep a collected sophistication in her look. And you can’t forget about her overall support of others being their unique selves, either.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk fashion with you!

Thank you too, Heather, for filling in my questions. You should visit her Youtube channel. She has lots of love and passion she wants to share with the world on her channel.

Check out some of my previous Fashion Designer Interviews.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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