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Like a nuclear bomb to the skull: One day I woke up and everything I thought I knew had been destroyed.

I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. My friends looked and acted differently. Strangers were looking at me. I had so many choices that I was paralyzed and I was demonized.

This was not the product of war or science fiction. This was my life. I bought a 1 way ticket from Newark, New Jersey to LAX. No place to stay. No rich parents. No family. No friends in town.

My life has never been that empty before.

I was once a supposedly powerful woman in charge of 3 international events and an elite technology innovator, sought after by the biggest companies in the world.

Now I was in an Airbnb horse ranch north of Los Angeles. I was staring at a washing machine, crying because I didn’t know how to work it. Outside, a horse named Tilly whom I was warned, “likes to bite heads” stamped around.

I was afraid. Afraid of a washing machine. (The head-biting horse was fine by me.)

August 2017. That was my story. This blog is my ongoing adventure into the sighted world after having surgically gained my vision in 2016.

I’m Olivia and I know that Resilience and a Self-Improvement Mindset are the keys to seeing and building your second chance.

So let’s get going and let’s keep improving.