It was August 23rd, 2016, when I went in for the first part of my autism assessment, an in-person interview with myself and the person who would be reviewing my childhood history and medical records.
By the end of August, all of the interviews would be concluded, and by early September 2016, at the age of 29, I would be diagnosed Autistic.
At that point in my life, being almost 30 and having such a bombshell of a piece of information dropped upon me, I skimmed a 13 page (actually 14 page) diagnostic report, but was very overwhelmed, and couldn’t process the report in front of me. In fact, I threw the report into a paper shredder, and destroyed the report.
However, recently, more than five years later, I’m feeling more ready to face the information that was in front of me all of those years ago. Continue reading Late NeuroDivergent Diagnosis – Diagnosed Autistic at 29 – Reading my Autism Diagnostic Report
You Can’t Be Autistic Because. . . You Have Empathy – This is one of the autism myths bugs me the most. Have you heard this one? #AskingAutistics #ActuallyAutistic #YouCantBeAutisticBecause #Neurodiversity #Empathy Continue reading You Can’t Be Autistic Because. . . You Have Empathy
Today I am totally going to geek out about one of my special interests, neuroplasticity. Continue reading Geek Out With Me – Neuroplasticity
What a long way I’ve come. I remember a time when trying to be compassionate and patient with the people around me was much harder (not that I’m perfect now).
As we age we become older we grow better and wiser but ONLY if we decide to put the effort into ourselves.
This is an honest video about the rewards that come from years of hard work. Continue reading Developing Empathy & Compassion
I am a creature of habit. I love my little rituals and routines. I am very aware of this and take advantage of my ability to form habits. Continue reading Habit-forming – The Art of Creating Good Habits
Written words are enchanting magic spells, casting thoughts out into the wider world. As I relax into a quiet space behind my keyboard something miraculous happens.
Many people complain about how much they hate writing papers, but my experience with writing (typing) has been very different. Continue reading Coming Home – The Road to Writing
Are you staying in your comfort zone or do you push yourself?
Do one thing every day that scares you. After your fears are behind you THAT is when the magic happens.
All too often we let fear and anxiety control us. Standing on the edge of greatness, frozen, afraid to make our next move. Next time you are stuck, afraid to make a decision, push forward. Just jump! What’s the worst that could happen?
Get out there – chase your dreams. Continue reading Master Your Fears – JUST JUMP!
I’m turning 30 this week and every 5 years I like to do a little inventory of everything in my life – kind of like a life assessment.
I look at my bills, where my money is going, what I’m eating, my self-esteem, the people in my life, my activities – everything. I like to spend a lot of time in quiet contemplation as I think deeply about my goals and how I can be sure to stay on track. Sometimes old goals may become irrelevant as new goals come up. I try to think about all of these things when setting new goals for the year.
This year I am focusing on two main goals. Continue reading Talking About Turning 30 – Setting Goals & Self Improvement
Our joy, and perhaps even our curse, as human beings often come from our ability to chose the way we will view and interpret the world. People who are able to grow a more sunny outlook on things are happier and have less stress than those who tend to focus on their problems. It seems like a no-brainer – always think about the best parts of every situation. Still, many of us find ourselves stuck on the negatives. Continue reading Good Day or Bad Day? It’s All How You Look at it – Six Steps to Positive Thinking