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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Dec 15, 2020


If You Can’t See, Imagine with John, the Blind Woodsman


John Furniss 


John is an amazing woodworker who is totally blind.  He also has a cooking segment on Tik Tok called Cooking with the Lights Out.  John and his wife Anni, are both talented artists. John talks about how he lost his vision, and how he uses his strengths to create amazing pieces of woodwork.  He explains some of the ways he navigates in a sighted world, as well as some dos and don’ts for people who want to help someone who is blind. This was a delightful interview.


John Furniss is a woodworker, and is totally blind. The blueprints for any of his projects start forming as a picture held in his mind. Because he has previously had vision, it allows him to visualize the design and change it any way he needs until it feels right. In his own way, he still uses sight by forming a physical object that originated from an imagined diagram. The journey in his own woodshop has mirrored his journey through blindness. Each project has brought its own challenge, much like navigating the landscape of a sighted world without sight. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Anni and his "fur kid" Pickle.


Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Coach.  She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller.  Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion.  She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other HSPs know that they aren’t alone, and that being an HSP has amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors us 


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