Driver's License Center
Acceptance and Awareness, Adulting, Dignity & Respect, Independence, Sleep

Adulting: Maturing and Growing

Last week was a very challenging week. Yet, part of my personal outcome was the result of my need to become an adult and realize my need to mature. As much as I have learned in this recent journey, I am still at times reluctant to grow up and do the things I need to do to manage the days ahead.

Laurel Run at the Gun Club
Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Employment, Independence

Go With The Flow

As autistics, it can be hard many times to go with the flow. In a week that has been anything but the norm in many cases, the energy that it can generate can negatively affect downtime by putting us out of commission for some time, thus giving us a skewed outlook of the big picture of how things really are.

Pedestrian Underpass
Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Why I Need to Care

As many know, losing weight has been an ongoing battle for decades. I know that I love my body for what it is, but I need to work on losing weight not from a standpoint to impress anyone, but as a means of improving my health. I am the only one that I will be doing it for which means that I am the only one behind the change.

The "downtown" area of my small town
COVID-19 Series

Concentrating On COVID: Sign of Brightness

Recently, some warmer and much more enjoyable weather has been brought upon us in Western Pennsylvania. I am setting a personal goal that in 2022, I am going to make a better attempt to leave my home more and come off the regression that COVID has brought on me because of instilled fear of the virus.

Wesley Church
Acceptance and Awareness, Adulting, Dignity & Respect, Education, Equality, Independence, Sexuality

Adulting: Connection

As I continue down the journey of my personal self-discovery. One of the things that has helped me refrain myself from the process is the ability to make connections with others with similar challenges so the world that I was living in didn’t seem so small although it was physically, it made me be more of a friend that I ever have been.

Kooser Beach House in 2014
Achievements, Dignity & Respect, Employment, Equality, Independence

Recognition Pays

Continuing on this personal growth journey as it ever evolves personally has made me become a well-rounded person in the effects of the many facets that I represent. Part of that has been the ability to accept who I am overall, not just who I want to be, I am learning that I can be who I want to be while understanding and recognizing the need to properly care for myself in the process.

Looking Up at Laurel Hill Beach House October 2014
Dignity & Respect, Equality, Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Independence, Sexuality, Sleep, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Making Strides

Following up with the explanation of my journey of personal growth has made me realize the need to be well along with acceptance, discovery and growth. While I have grown into  a man that knows what is acceptable versus what is not acceptable in the public eye, I realize in order to represent myself properly, I must be overall aware of my total wellness in doing so.

The River in Winter 2019

Special: A Journey of Personal Growth

Lately, I have been on a journey of acceptance, discovery, and growth. It has been astonishing in the past few months how far I have grown into a man and discovering that what I am feeling and what I need to do to be well is possible and acceptable. I can no longer live in shame about what I have to do to stay well and be who I want to be. 

Adulting, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence

Adulting: Consistency

One of the traits that many think autistics have is the need to be consistent. I can honestly say that this is a complete myth because I am definitely not consistent in many things that I need to do in life. Sometimes it can affect my mental health along with many other environmental factors.

Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Bullying, Dignity & Respect, Education, Equality, Sexuality

Don’t Doubt The Possibilities

Many times when anyone is given a lifelong diagnosis, they or those that care for them think of all the things they will miss out on in life and if they will have the same lives as others. They may want to give up hope and the possibilities or continually live in a sense of doubt or fear. I am here to tell you that while in a minimal sense that I can be there, I can also tell you that if you reach out of your comfort zone.

Connellsville Glass Arch 2021
Achievements, Poetry

It’s never too late!

It's never too late! It's never too late!No matter how old you areNo matter if you haven't matured the same as your peersOr learned the same things you learned as they have.It's never too late.To grow and learn and be who you want to be.What you are feeling is happening for a reason.Don't let anything… Continue reading It’s never too late!

Early 2022 Sunrise
Acceptance and Awareness, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Trying My Best

On Monday, I shared with you my burnout. It got to me and I realized the need to be more on point with my need to reset and recharge sometimes. It also made me realize that I need to be more vigilant with my mental health and while I have thought I had been taking care of myself, I need to do better.

Towne Center 2021
Acceptance and Awareness, COVID-19 Series

Concentrating On COVID: Trying to Normalize

We are getting closer to the two year mark of when the world here shut down. Case numbers have decreased some and while we cannot put the thought of COVID away just yet, we must continue to be vigilant, however we must now live in a world with COVID instead of a world scared of… Continue reading Concentrating On COVID: Trying to Normalize

Paradise Church from the Road
Acceptance and Awareness, Adulting, Dignity & Respect, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence

Adulting: Realizing Burnout

Last week was a different week for sure. My schedule was anything but what it normally was. While I can easily adapt, by the end of the week, I had realized how burnout I really was and the need to practice, by fault some much needed self-care. Self-Care is not selfish.


No Room for Hate.

There is no room for hate.Whatever you may think.Whatever you want to believe.Regardless of what you see.Leave your hate at the door.The world needs love.It's been a wild ride the past few years.Whatever you love.It doesn't make you any less of a person.Know that the struggles are real and they're tough.But it gets better because… Continue reading No Room for Hate.

Inter-County Bridge
Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Equality

Life Isn’t Perfect

As much as we want it to be, life doesn’t go exactly as we plan it to be. The world is not a perfect place and life is going to throw wrenches in it. We are going to get frustrated when things don’t go our way or happen the way we don’t think they should. However, that doesn’t mean that the world is over or horrific, you pick up the pieces and move on.