Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Open Topic

Take The Compliments and Be Proud

Recently, I have been greatly complimented about the progress I have made over the past few years. It can be hard to acknowledge the compliments that I am given, especially if they come from those that it takes a great deal for them to acknowledge my success.

Achievements, Open Topic

Being A Better Person

Last week, I had the opportunity to reflect on the last 2-3 years and how much of a roller coaster it has been, yet there have been several blessings that have saved me into being in the better spot that I am today.

Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration Building
A Journal Entry, Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Healthy Lifestyle, Poetry

A Year Later. I recovered and I listened.

I took a picture of my serving of cheesecake last year as the day program was celebrating #NationalCheesecakeDay. Shortly after, due to a multitude of factors, I experienced an intense meltdown because I was Unable to regognize the signs and take care of myself earlier. It was what started the process of learning and growing… Continue reading A Year Later. I recovered and I listened.

Connellsville Welcome Arch and Viaduct April 2022
Achievements, Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Appreciating Non-Scale Victories

Recently, because of the efforts I have put forth in working towards losing weight to being healthier, I am beginning to see some Non-Scale Victories (NSVs). Non-scale victories, also known as NSVs, are health improvements that result from small life changes. They may go unnoticed if you're only focused on the scale as a measure of your success. A bathroom scale shows a number — a snapshot of your weight at a given moment on a given day. 

Family Farm Panorama
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Independence, Reflections

Reflections: Grateful for Independence

In continuing this week’s blog of Independence-Dependence, I had several examples of why it is important to be thankful for the ability to live independently and have a place to call home. After losing my first home, I now realize how close I was to losing the opportunity of ever being independent for a long time.

The Route 43 Searights Mainline Toll Barrier of the Mon-Fayette Expressway
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Dignity & Respect, Equality, Independence, Reflections

Reflections: Changes in Growth

As I have had some time to ponder my own thoughts recently, I began to realize how much I have matured socially over the years and how people realize that I can actually be someone who can carry a conversation for a long time and my ability to mask as a neurotypical when necessary.

ElPatron Mexican Grill
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Adulting, Independence

Adulting: Increasing Maturity and Independence

As I continue to work on my overall wellness, I am beginning to realize that I am beginning to develop my own sense of assurance and maturity as far as being more comfortable making decisions on my own and not relying as much on the guidance of those I have sought for so long to base my decision for me. I am also realizing that despite the opinions of others, I am the one that has to be satisfied with making that decision.

Christian Church Wall Panroama
Achievements, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Expanding My Opportunities

The wellness journey continues. Wellness in general is never ending and is the catalyst in making sure that your body is functioning properly. Sometimes you need to work on things to improve your ability to see more progress. Over the past week or so, I have been striving to expand many things into my overall wellness regimen.

#Hire Autistic Adults, Autism News, Employment, Success of Others

Top Companies Seek Workers With Autism

by Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop | May 3, 2022 Justin Pierce, who has autism and works as an account support associate, sits at his desk at EY offices in Chicago in 2019. EY is one of several employers that are advertising job openings on a new career portal targeted at neurodivergent individuals. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago… Continue reading Top Companies Seek Workers With Autism

Jumonville Looking Down at Spring
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Autism Acceptance Month, Autism Statistics, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Sleep, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: The Importance of Accountability

Recently, I have begun to see the importance of all facets of wellness as it relates to me and my journey that I am on. I am realizing that it takes all facets to work in harmony to be well and the result will provide me the best experiences and opportunities possible

View of the West Yough River Bridge April 2022
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Dignity & Respect, Education, Employment, Equality, Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Independence, Reflections

Reflections: We Change and Grow

As human beings we are often creatures of habit. We cannot often see beyond what we know. Change is often reluctant, being autistic further hinders it. But what if there is a chance to grow and change for the better. We have to sometimes have to lessen our dependence on the things that hold us together because we know it works, there’s a time we have to look beyond what works.

Connellsville Glass Arch 2022
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Adulting, Autism Acceptance Month, Dignity & Respect, Equality, Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Independence, Sexuality

Adulting: Choices As You Grow

Sometimes after we grow, we begin to learn. We begin to feel confident about making sound choices and becoming less dependent on relying on others to accept or oblige by our choices. After all, as long as our mentality is stable, we are adults, so we should be able to choose what we want to do without having to rely on the approval of others.

Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Autism Acceptance Month

I’ve Come A Long Way!

Sometimes, living in the present moment where my life is constantly evolving it can be hard to realize how far I have come since getting my diagnosis 23 years ago. Sometimes it takes until you have a reminder of someone who has helped you get through the worst of times and only do what they knew what they could to try to help get through the day.