Tag Archives: Aspie

Limited time & quantity! Discounted Rainbow Brain gear!

I’m trying something new. For a limited time and of a very limited quantity, thanks to Teezily, I am temporarily offering discounted shirts & gear.

These products will only be available for a limited amount of time and will be first come first serve. Get yours discounted NeuroRebel Rainbow Brain gear HERE before it’s too late!

Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 9.51.39 PM

Don’t Be Afraid to Shine

Fear of giving speeches. A baby step for me is reading something I wrote. Today is a first, I am including audio for this short piece.

Don’t be afraid to shine. You were born to sparkle. Refuse to let them hide your light. Be brave. Be bold.

Sometimes you will be your own biggest obstacle. Have faith in yourself and your own abilities. Do the things you love with joy.

Face your fears. I’m not talking rational fears (like bears if you live in the woods). Take on the fears that are limiting your life. Work through them, keep moving forward.

How many of your life’s obstacles are in your own mind? When you say “I can’t” have you given the problem everything you have or did you half ass it? Don’t tell me, be honest with yourself.

Don’t let your dreams die. Be who you want to be. Step by step, piece by piece, and bit by bit. Sometimes the foundations come together slowly, brick by brick.

It’s hard work, gradual work, building a person, but you have a choice in who you want to be.

Build yourself up strong, build yourself up happy. Build yourself out of your hopes and goals. Be yourself and love yourself.

Stop worrying about what people think. If you don’t, it will in-prison you.

Don’t let the haters and the neigh-sayers bring you down. They don’t know what you’re capable of.

While you’re out in the world, be like a fire spreading your light. Shimmer brightly, burn with passion.

Spread infectious joy into the world. Don’t be afraid to shine.

 

 

The Quiet Place – An Addiction to Solitude

I have a deep love for the peaceful quiet that only solitude can create. When the dogs are sleeping, and the only sounds I hear are birds chirping, my introspective mind comes alive.

The blank in between the interactions, where I can find my true self, uncluttered by the sounds and feelings of others. This is my chapel, my holy place, where I speak with my soul.

It is the place I go for yoga and meditation, the place I go when I need to think. At first, I started in my home but, as I grow, I am learning to take it with me everywhere.

I build quite meditation and rest times into my day. Prescheduled breaks give me something to look forward to if I’m not excited about a project in front of me.

I’m a huge believer in positive reinforcement (although taking things away from me worked well for my mother when I was growing up). She called it The Taming of Shrew. For a while, I wondered why she was comparing me to a rodent.

My mother would set a clear expectation of what she wanted from me and what would be taken away if I did not comply. Rewards for good deeds also helped as motivators.

Now, as an adult rodent, I am in charge of motivating myself. I use lists and rewards, many of which are times of quiet reflection or writing breaks. Retreating back into myself, diving deeply, settling in my quiet space.

The atmosphere in my world is pleasant because I control most of the elements. It’s intoxicating and blissful. Why would I ever want to leave?

Careful not to get too comfortable.

This place, where art is born, songs come to life, and birds sing is too perfect, to the point of addiction. It would be easy to settle into a monk-like solitude, giving up speaking, but that is taking the easy way out.

Not speaking is easier. Being alone is often easier. I don’t want to settle for what is easy.

This comfort zone I’m standing in, it’s something I need to push. Walking out of it slowly, step by step, learning new things every single day.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

It is Mental Health Awareness week.

Mental health is often overlooked despite its importance. Let’s talk about taking care of our mental health.

How do YOU take care of YOUR mental health?

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawarenessweek

 

My “Obsessions” – Hobbies & Passions Over The Years

People’s hobbies say a lot about them. In this video, I talk about my “obsessions”, hobbies, and passions over the years.

Throughout my life, my interests have been all over the place. I learned everything about dog training in the fourth grade, and even trained cats to run through obstacles in our back yard. Our cat Rini knows sit and shake – if she gets a good enough treat.

I learned everything about dog training in the fourth grade, and even trained cats to run through obstacles in our back yard. Our cat Rini knows sit and shake (if she gets a good enough treat).

Animal psychology and then human psychology became my next big interests, perhaps because I craved to understand better the motivations of all the creatures around me. I find it ironic that animals often are more reasonable and easy to predict than most people. Is this a glitch in my perception or are humans really that irrational?

I joined the choir in the 6th grade and music was a big part of my life all though middle and high school. Solos, shows, and private voice instruction. I grew up convinced that music would be my life.

At the age of seventeen tragedy struck me. I was struck ill with flu and fever. Even after I had recovered the effects of the fever lingered.

The mystery illness took something very important to me – my voice. For about six months my voice was raspy and harsh when speaking. Singing was impossible for at least a year or two after the illness. My childhood dreams and all the music lessons were in the toilet.

I will always remember that, despite dropping choir and not being able to hit a single note, my choir director invited me to stand and lip sing with my friends. I jumped at the opportunity but found myself crying throughout the entire performance. The gesture meant a lot to me.

Even now my soprano I voice has become much more alto. The high notes are gone and I am not comfortable singing in front of people. I still love music and have been teaching myself piano and playing around with cover songs when my house is empty or I find myself alone in the car.

In the video, I forgot to talk about art. I drew nothing but anime for about 10 years starting at the age of 12. Being creative has always brought me joy – and healing whenever I get run down.

I still draw anime but try to be more flexible in what I draw. Also, I’ve always enjoyed creating digital art with the computer. Art is a great way to relax and unwind. Anybody else love coloring books?

Hooping (hula-hoop dance, sometimes with fire) led me to yoga. Yoga led me to meditation (& AcroYoga then Aerial Silks), meditation led me to Buddhism. Buddhism led me to mindfulness which brought me back to mental health and psychology.

These things have changed my life.

Learning to focus my mind and better comprehend how it works is the best thing I have EVER done for myself. I have more control and feel much calmer. Now that I understand myself (and even other people) better there is more peace and joy inside of me.

These are my “obsessions” the things that keep me up at night. I think they are pretty fun things.