When I attended a curly meet-n-greet brunch hosted by @maggierosesalon in SoFlo back in October, I not only had the pleasure of meeting Jamila (the salon owner) along with so many other beautiful #naturalistas, but I also had the pleasure of meeting Isabella from @curlpop_n_hair. You guys know how fond I am of her but I want to share something that will make you fall in love with her as well. Isabella has known that I suffer from #hearingloss. The brunch was held outdoors in a very lively atmosphere. I was wearing my hearing aids that day, but it can be a challenge sometimes especially when you are around a lot of people. As a matter of fact, if the environment that I am in is too noisy, I usually turn the volume down or just take them off because it becomes bothersome. Well, whenever Isabella addressed the brunch guests as a group, she would say loudly “If you can hear me, clap once.” Some guests clapped, while others were engaged in conversations. She would then say, “If you can hear me now, clap twice” & more people clapped. She did this until she had everyone’s undivided attention. I found this very interesting & effective. In some cases, I didn’t hear her the first few times but by the third time, the clapping grabbed my attention & I was then able to hear her perfectly fine. Several days after the brunch I reached out to her & I mentioned my observation to her. She confirmed that she did that clapping technique for me. She expressed other things that literally brought me to tears while I was at work. There’s a saying that goes, “Some people come into your life to teach you how to let go.” Prior to having my hearing aids, I rarely left my house & had little or no interest in meeting new people or being at any social event. Since having my hearing aids & since meeting people like Isabella who go out of their way to make people like me feel accepted & comfortable, my life has truly changed. She truly has taught me to let go more & to not be afraid to navigate in waters that I normally would not. Isabella is truly a wonderful human being & I am very grateful for her. As a result, I have created the hashtag because I know that I am not the only #curlygirl that has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. Still, it becomes difficult to connect with others like me. I want this hashtag to trend in such a big way because I know that there are #curlies out there who need to let go like I have or who perhaps have stories that they need to share. If you know any #curlies who are dear, or anyone else who is passionate about the deaf community, tag them to this (only if they want to connect, that is). This is only the beginning.