It’s been a minute since I’ve been here. Life is taking me in multiple directions and to be completely honest, I’ve been struggling.
So much has happened over the last few weeks. There’s been joy, heartache, victories, COVID, setbacks, and even major milestones. Objectively speaking, life in my house of autism is going well.
We had our first battle with COVID since the pandemic began. Elliott, Emmett, and I all experienced mild, allergy-like symptoms for a week or so. Elliott is the only one to actually tested positive for COVID, and Gavin was the only one who didn’t appear to be affected. Thankfully, we’re all out of quarantine. Elliott missed the last two weeks of the school year because he kept testing positive but everything worked out, and most importantly, we’re all healthy.
Emmett just graduated middle school and received his final martial arts promotion. He’s come so far and I could not be prouder. I shared some videos on my IG account. You can find them here.
In other news, I’ve been officially diagnosed with ADHD. I have some mixed emotions about that but overall, I learned something about myself, and that’s a good thing in my book. I feel better in the sense that I have a better understanding of what’s going on in my noggin. Knowledge is power and now I can get the help I need to function more efficiently. I’m pretty stoked about that.
I really struggle with focus. It’s not impossible but it’s harder for me than it should be. I’m not impulsive or hyperactive. You know what, I recorded a video explaining everything.
I do feel better about everything since I recorded this. I’m looking forward to life with ADHD properly managed.
I was sitting here thinking about my life and as frustrated as I can get with myself, the reality is, that I’ve done pretty well over the years. I’m raising three amazing kids and I’m doing it alone. They’re great kids and that means I’m doing something right. I’ve built this platform and business while dealing with all these challenges, both internal and external. To be honest, I feel pretty accomplished that I am where I am today. It’s not perfect and growing a business can be messy at times but despite my struggles with ADHD, I’ve succeeded where many other people fail. I’ll put that in the win column.
I’m excited to see how much better I can do when I’m able to focus without as much effort.
As I’m wrapping my head around these things, I’m accepting who I am and moving forward. It’s honestly not a bad thing. It’s just taking a minute to get my footing, so to speak.
I’m still working on the house. I’m still excited to start this new project I’ve been hired to work on. I’m doing more and more consulting lately. I’m just getting started on another project that’s related to promoting equity in education. You’ll see those things pop up in the near future. Life is honestly good.
The kids are out of school for the summer. I’m navigating the whole teenage social life thing with my kids and that’s a bit overwhelming at times. On the other hand, it’s awesome to see them building their own social lives.
Lastly, I’ve had to make some difficult parenting-related decisions recently in order to ensure the best interests of my kids. Being a parent isn’t easy and the responsibilities are many. I take those responsibilities very seriously and will do whatever is needed to make sure my kids are happy, and emotionally/physically healthy.
When I started writing this post, I was feeling a bit weighed down, but as I’m closing this up, I feel lighter. ☺