A Rewalk Experience -with Marcela Turnage

A Rewalk Experience -with Marcela Turnage

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Gunda Hafner
Pict by Piotropacki

Hello guys

Few months ago Marcela came to England to visit and we had a photo shoot with Gunda Hafner and we also made a few videos to my youtube channel. She is one of the most prestigious ambassadors of Rewalk and I though it would be an interesting topic to talk with you guys here. Do you know what is Rewalk? If not please take a look at our video to know more about different ways that disabled people can walk.

I hope we could help and if you know some disabled people please send the video to them.

Much love. Sam

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Marcela with Gunda and Piotropacki

Design Your Perfect Look with Caroline London UK

Design Your Perfect Look with Caroline London UK

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Caroline London –
Pict by Ange Harper

Sometimes the combination of being in a wheelchair and loving fashion can be a bit tricky, simply because not all clothing items are accommodating. Simple tasks can be extremely difficult when you’re wearing certain things, which can make shopping tremendously frustrating. Just imagine finding clothing that captures your heart but knowing it doesn’t suit wheelchair users! 

So, to find a brand that produces awesome items that are also perfect for wheelchair users is so exciting. One that I’ve managed to discover is Caroline London UK. Back when I was at the London Organic event, they were there trying to give their brand some exposure. I instantly became fascinated by their vision going forward; it’s a completely unique idea. Since then, they send me their terrific items through the post for me to try out.

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Caroline London
Pict Ange Harper

Essentially, their ethos is to allow people to mix and match, so you can design the look which you’ll love the most. But, the hallmark of their brand is a jump suit which utilizes a zipper mechanism down the middle. It’s split into two parts – the bottom half and the top half – which means you can mix and match between the two.

You can either keep the trouser aspect and switch out the top, or vice versa. In terms of being inclusive towards wheelchair users, the outfit is simple to adorn and allows you to unzip as and when you need to. For instance, during the winter months when the weather is freezing cold, you can go to the toilet without having to remove the whole outfit. It’s so convenient!

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper

Moreover, for those that are severely disabled, such as individuals that are quadriplegic, it’s so much easier to get dressed when there’s a zipper straight down the middle. A wonderful fashion brand that creates outstanding items that look gorgeous, while priding themselves on being inclusive towards everyone at the same time is so refreshing.

Out of all the brands that I choose to represent, Caroline London UK is one of those that I have absolute belief in. I love the quality of their items and the flexibility in the way you select your outfit. Oh, and the range of choice is excellent too, because you’re empowered to play around with casual and luxury items, so you can source an outfit for any occasion.

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Caroline London Jumpsuit
Pict by Ange Harper

I’d highly recommend checking out their brand, which you can do by heading to their website – carolinelondon.co.uk.  

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper
#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Hi Guys
Do you know that kind of podcast you wish some day you would be part of? It’s the Stroke of a Genius. A real glimpse of a genius that started it and is making an impact on many lives. I am so honoured to be part of this journey and I had the chance to help a little with my story. I am sharing with you here what this project is about and a bio of it creators. They make weekly lives on Instagram its so worth taking a look.

#StrokeofGenius is about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life. When you open up and share this, it gives others the opportunity to experience that moment too. 

In 2017 we set out across America to find the #StrokeofGenius in people who have overcome life-changing, traumatic medical events. We documented the stories of 9 individuals from New York City, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. Since the road trip, through online distribution of short clips, a live talk show on Instagram, live events, and speaking engagements, we have built an active online community. We take a unique approach to raising awareness, building community and inspiring hope for those who have lost the sense of life.

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius

 

Right now, as we shape the story into a 9 episode, broadcast ready documentary series, we are using our online momentum and strategic partnerships to create an Internet based video platform for people to share their own story to enrich the lives of others.

 

#StrokeofGenius champions the human spirit.  Ultimately, this project is about sharing stories of triumph and empowering people to share their own stories.

 

Kyle Mengelkamp

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world.

 

Liam Alexander 

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Podcast

 

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist, and Creative Director with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

For Speaking Engagements

 

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius


FINDING your  #STROKEOFGENIUS

Kyle Mengelkamp and Liam Alexander

 

Kyle and Liam are the creators of #StrokeofGenius a documentary series about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life.

 

How do you find your #StrokeofGenius? Well, over the last year Kyle and Liam have been traveling the US, and hosting a weekly Instagram Live show sitting down with people who have not only survived life altering medical events, but are now thriving.  Kyle can relate, he had a stroke at age 11, and Liam having not lived through something like this, brings a unique outside perspective. Together they explore topics of survival, thriving, what it takes to live a triumphant life, the importance of storytelling for our species, and the dramatic impact you can have on the world, just by sharing your story.

 

Kyle Speaking Bio

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-City Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world. Recently, Kyle was on The Conscious Consultant / Talk Radio NYC Podcast, Story Corp Podcast, speaker at House of Genius, CalTrans in California, and the alumni film association at his old universities all sharing his #StrokeofGenius after 21 years.

 

Liam Speaking Bio

Liam Alexander
Liam Alexander

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist and Creative Director, with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression. He has spoken at Wix.com, Projections, B&H, North Shore Art Guild, and throughout the New York area on the topics of creativity, finding your passion, redefining what’s possible in your medium and catalyzing social change through art.  Liam is a contributor to Sharpen, the online Magazine fo ASMP and has also appeared on The Conscious Consultant Rado Show & East Village Radio.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

Adversity Is There To Overcome – Never Give Up

Adversity Is There To Overcome – Never Give Up

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Samanta Bullock Spoken London Fashion Week.

As someone that is frequently in front of a camera with a beaming smile, most people would assume that I’m happy 24/7. But, let me tell you, my life is far from perfect. No-one’s is. A smile in a picture can hide everything that is actually going on in your life, and how you portray yourself on Instagram doesn’t reflect the day-to-day. 

You see, being disabled throws up a plethora of challenges. Chronic pain is a daily occurrence and some days are a lot harder than others. However, just because my life isn’t perfect, it doesn’t mean I don’t pretend like it is. The key to being happy is making the most out of life, regardless of the situation that you’re in.

That’s why despite all of the pain, discomfort and difficulty, I always remain optimistic. The beauty of adversity is that you have a unique opportunity to learn and grow. You’ll evolve as you gain new experience.

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When the pain comes

You can obtain an endless supply of happiness from within, you don’t need to rely on external sources and materialistic things. 

We’re always in a position to smile and have fun, and there’s always hope that things can get better. Never, ever let difficult situations consume you, because the light at the end of the tunnel may be just around the corner. Living with chronic pain is far from easy, but my mind is in a healthy place which is why I’m content. 

Of course, we can only do our best. Bad days are inevitable. But, positivity and optimism are a far better option than choosing self-pity and negativity. So, think about how you deal with tough scenarios…

I tend to value and appreciate everything that I do have, rather than worrying about all the things that I don’t have. I source inspiration from all those that encourage and support me. I distract my mind with an amazing idea, rather than dwelling on the negative. I refuse to let disability and chronic pain define who I am. 

deficiency wheelchair model samanta bullock pain chronic disabled When you get stuck in a rut where everything looks bleak, just remember that it could always be worse. Life is a blessing, so I urge you to remain optimistic and do all you can to take pleasure in all the wonderful things that you currently have. Look at the bigger picture and never give up.

If you’re in interested in how I deal with chronic pain, then check out my previous article here.

Much love

Sam