The comfort of a classic!

The last 10 days I have been very sick, just now starting to somewhat get back on my feet. I will spare you the details, but let’s just say don’t ignore a bad tooth. When I am sick I really love to watch classic TV, although I am always a big fan of classic TV. I even wrote a blog in February about classic TV     When I am sick it’s the ONLY thing I want to watch. There is a comfort that they provide to me. Right before I got sick Peyton told us about a new channel to Direct TV, FETV, it’s all classic TV. It even shows Hazel, my favorite show of all time! Trying to take my mind off of how awful I felt, I watched it almost nonstop, when I wasn’t sleeping. I tend to get very introspective, analytical and overly emotional when I am sick. So needless to say, I was thinking about my mission to turn Autism into Awesomism.

One of the themes that I find through so many of the classic TV shows, all the way from a comedy like Hazel, to a drama like Perry Mason is….they support the underdog! It seems the themes of these “classic shows” is to not only give lip service to helping others, but to actually help them in any way you can. People rallied together to make sure negative situations were turned into positive endings! As I expressed in my earlier blog I realize this is somewhat of a ” starry eyed view” but there are true lessons to be learned by this. Too often we express our support and our wanting a solution for problems we see, but we also too often just give “lip service” I am a firm believer that if everyone dedicated 30 minutes a week to working  an issue they feel passionate about, we’d have a better world. Having been basically bed ridden for over a week, I have had a lot of time to think. I feel even more determined to take our Awesomism Mission on the road! I am deeply passionate about sharing the high unemployment rate for Autistic teens and adults and helping find solutions!  I also realize not everyone can “take to the road” to change things, but there are MANY ways we can support others. I say all the time “TOGETHER we can and will make a DIFFERENCE” Mark, Peyton and I are committed to making this work, but we can’t without your help and support! I have written several blogs about how others can help, I’d deeply appreciate your checking them out! Clearly the most important ways for others to help is by being a sponsor! You can do this professionally as well as personally. Also, by retweeting, sharing and following us on social media is a big help. We want to connect with as many people as we can. We will sharing videos and more as well as a Flipboard magazine dedicated just to the trip!

Classic TV shows were my “comfort” during my illness, in their own way they made me feel better. Supporting the underdog and giving more than lip service is my “comfort” in making a positive difference for autistic teens and adults! By having those who read my blog, join in helping us, in anyway they can also reinforces my believe that while “classic TV” may be somewhat “starry eyed” they stil have very relevant life lessons in them!


Coming Soon! Our Awesomism Adventure!

As many of you may or may not know, Mark, Peyton and I are getting ready to head out on a year long adventure! We are really getting excited! My previous two blogs have been a basic outline preview to what we are planning to do. This blog will be a more in depth look at not only what we are planning on, but how you can help us. We really want to be able to make a difference, and realize in order to do that we need to work with others. This journey is not only about raising awareness of the high unemployment rate among autistic people, but to help offer some solutions. I am a big believer that problems only stay problems, when we don’t address them head on.

I am calling this adventure “The Awesomism Quilt” my goal is to take everyone’s Awesomism stories both good and bad,and weave them together to form a beautiful “masterpiece”. Some of my favorite quilts are those that have pieces of fabrics that have a story attached to them. I had a family member who handmade quilts, she would use pieces of fabric that came from baby blankets, clothes, pillows etc..when I would look at the finished product,I felt an attachment to the quilt, as it became a “fabric picture” of special moments to me. Just like those quilts, I want this adventure to be filled with special moments that others can look at and feel an attachment. This is bigger than any one entity or group can handle. This is about helping so many others create a positive future for themselves and others.


There are many ways but these are the most important:

•We are looking for Sponsors..We would love to work with small businesses as well as National brands. If you are interested, or know someone who would be, please reach out and I will send you our sponsorship information, as well as a specific plan on how we can work together.
•If you are an individual and support our cause and want to be a sponsor, you can support us through PayPal… if you don’t have paypal, please reach out and we can work it out.
•We are looking for Awesomism stories, if you know of someone who has an awesome story to share, please reach out. We are interested in both positive and negative employment stories, as well as stories from those struggling to find work.
•We are looking for both individuals and businesses that are looking to sponsor both round tables and ‘meet and greets’. When we come together and discuss issues, we can come to solutions. If you are interested, please reach out.
•We are looking for venues to connect with others and spread our mission..such as groups, businesses, organizations where we can share.
•We are looking for businesses, that are either already hiring autistic adults or are interested in hiring.
•We are looking for ways to help spread our mission, such as podcast, radio spots, Social media etc…please reach out if you would be interested in doing an interview.
•We are looking for suggestions on towns and cities to head to also!
We would really love your support, and we look forward to connecting!
Together we can turn Autism into Awesomism!