This blog started off as Finding Ruby’s Father, a place to chronicle my dating stories. From there, it went to doozeedad, which was supposed to be a spin off of my hearing aids, “doo-dads” with a “zee” in the middle, just because I like “z” in the middle of words.
“Doozeedad” was a terrible name for what became a mom-blog.
It sounded like a ditzy dad.
So then when Moxie was born and I came out with disability, it made sense to change the name of the blog too.
“With a Little Moxie” was born.
And that was a great name, until I was covering mostly travel and life in it, and I felt that having a separate space for disability made sense.
I couldn’t think of a way to integrate “disability” into the title, so it was just my name, “Meriah Nichols.”
Gradually though, it became clear to me that what I was doing with this site was unpacking disability. I was taking apart constructs and talking about stuff.
I was digging up and compiling resources. Trying to find the words and pieces to help empower us with disabilities, and find the way to inspire parents to empower their kids with disabilities.
I’m starting the re-branding process, from “Meriah Nichols” to “Unpacking Disability.”
What does this mean?
Well, not a lot, really.
It just means the whole site feels like it’s coming into focus.
It means that I want this site to be hosting a plethora of information that there is no way for only me to cover. I’m actively accepting guest posts – and paying writers – so be sure to check the author bios with all content on this site now!
I won’t be writing everything anymore!
I’m pretty excited by the shift.
Now, I’m still a single mom (with full custody) of 3 little kids.
I am back in graduate school.
I am building a disability parents resource network here on the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am seriously obsessed with gardening.
My point being, all of this takes time – the re-branding, pulling together posts, researching what might be a helpful piece of content. Figuring the access pieces out.
It takes time and I have a lot on my plate. I just do what I can in an hour or two each day, in between my statistics class, taking garbage to the dump, prepping walls to repaint, helping my kids with their endeavors and all the other things that make up LIFE!
So, thanks for your patience while I pull all of this together in a coherent way, using the tools and resources that I have in this moment.
I have anticipated some questions you might have!
The Business of Ads:
I’m working with the Mediavine network.
I love them.
I realize the ads can be a bit much, but it is a steady source of income which I do need.
I pay writers – and myself – from the money that I make through the ads, affiliate links and Patreon.
To make reading through the ads (to the content of the posts) possible (for people with certain disabilities), I read most posts and provide plain-text PDF’s for anyone to download for free.
Patrons get the PDF’s straight off the bat, mailed to them. They also get the monthly collection of blog posts.
You can support this site through Patreon, or just read the posts and share them. The beauty of ads is that the viewer is indirectly supporting the site just by reading the content and sharing it.
I’ve been planning courses for a while now, mostly because I am a career counselor and I love the subject of disability and employment.
I also know my way around benefits, vocational rehabilitation and “the system,”
Stay tuned for that stuff.
I’ll still write some personal things of course!
I just want this to be a useful site, where it’s easy to find information and where it’s not just my own voice. I want this space to be active.
I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I have some – and hopefully together we can create a space that empowers and unpacks disability.
Thanks for sticking around.
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Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.