Book Kristin Smedley for Your Next Event!


What exactly is this Hope thing and what does it do for me?

Where there is hope, there is faith.

Where there is faith, miracles happen.

I would love to deep dive into this topic and give my perspective on hope and faith and miracles from the experience of my journey so far, being that this is the season of hope and miracles and all.  But this season of hope and miracles is also the season of wrapping and baking and cleaning and… there is too much to list, you get the chaotic picture.


My time is limited but this topic is important to me so I will simply say this:

I have said before that hope can carry you a long way.

I have been in hopeless situations a few too many times thank you very much.  Being without hope drains my energy, it suffocates my smile, it sucks the life out of me as I dwell in the negative… feeling quite abandoned by the positive.

But where there is hope, there is possibility.  And knowing that there exists possibility gives me energy to keep the faith – to keep going.

And with that energy, that faith, I can find all good things, even itty bitty small things, still good things that confirm I am getting there. Finding the good things = miracles.

[Tweet “I wish you a season filled with hope that will strengthen your faith enabling you to see all the miracles that are all around you.”]


Thriving Blind Academy!

Join the community with a vibe of THRIVE! Our mentors, live programs and online portal guide Parents of blind/VI children and blind/VI young adults and adults to create lives they are excited to live! 

the book thriving blind

Find out how Kristin went from crying on the couch over her two son’s diagnosis of blindness, to raising them to thrive! Download the Introduction chapter of Kristin’s Best Selling Book Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight. Click the button below!

Cover of What I Can Be IS Up To Me children's book

Get Kristin's NEW inclusive, accessible children's book, "What I Can Be Is Up To Me" is here! Pre-Order the book OR donate one to a teacher/family!

Kristin Smiling a huge smile with autumn trees behind her
About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is the Best Selling author of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance. A recognized expert in the blindness and rare disease communities, Kristin won the highly regarded Champion of Hope Award and was named an Ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Kristin is a popular, in demand speaker who has been invited to share her message internationally.


As CEO of a global patient organization, she coordinated legislation (H.R. #625) that became the first in US history to be submitted in Braille. Kristin spoke at the FDA to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Her TEDx Talk, book and international summit change perceptions of blindness, and sparked a global movement, Thriving Blind Academy, that is solving the unemployment, literacy, and financial crisis in the blind the community.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin co-founded Brilliantly Resilient to help people come through life’s challenges and setbacks brilliant, not broken.