Monday’s Potpourri Blog

I absolutely love Potpourri… Especially in the fall and winter. I love having a pot of potpourri on the stove at low temperature, when it’s cold out. Nothing makes the house smell better, than apples, cinnamon etc.…

This blog isn’t really about Potpourri… Although, I do have a surprise at the end. It’s more about a mixture of different announcements in a blog. 😊

First and foremost I want to talk about this amazing podcast that I was on… It’s called “this podcast has autism”. It’s run by an autistic adult and his wife, who has anxiety issues. I had such a good time on their podcast… Hope you take the time to listen to it here. Also, please follow them on Twitter @tphautism and Instagram! Thispodcasthasautism http://www.thispodcasthasautism.com/episode-14-lynne/

I also have another big announcement to make! Not only are we  launching Team Awesomism On September 15!! But I’m going to make some changes to this blog as well. I will be updating the theme and having a little different blogs structure.

Monday blogs… Will be written by me… About my current and past experiences as an Awesomism Mom…  as well as our family experiences.

Wednesday blogs… Will be by guest bloggers on a variety of topics. They will encompass everything from autism, stress, Anxiety and more.

Friday Food blogs… Will be our Friday food recipes … Where I will share recipes that we cook at home… As well as friends and family recipes, that they share.

Soothing Sunday blogs…This blog will be all about getting that “time out”… Even if it’s only for 10 minutes…I’ve got lots of cool surprises and I hope you join me in finding that 10 minute break… And soothing Sunday!

Remember I said I was going to have a surprise at the end of the blog… Well here is my fall/winter potpourri recipe that I’ve been making for years with my kids.

Start out with 6 to 8 cups of water depending on how big the pot is that you’re going to use. Add 3 Apples, I like to take ones that are a little bit past eating, but perfect for potpourri….slice them up into thin slices and put them in the pot. Add a third of a cup of brown sugar, yes brown sugar… A tablespoon of cloves… I like to use lemons, but you can use oranges, or have both.

Believe it or not, I add a little bit of maple syrup in it… Add 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks… And here’s my favorite thing to add… I add teabags… yes you read that right tea bags! My favorite to use is  wild sweet orange tea and Chai tea.  Sometimes I add a little bit of cranberries in it as well.

Turn it on the stove on low temperature… It will make your house smell like you’re baking. But PLEASE  make sure you check the water level, so that it doesn’t burn dry, as well as make sure you turn it off after a few hours. You don’t want to forget it’s on and have a fire.

As always thanks for following us on our blog… And our journey through life… We love connecting with you and reading your comments. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, we would love to have you! Have an awesome day and please spread love 💙life is too short to be angry!

 

Peyton, Autism and My Yellow Laundry Room

I absolutely love shutters, on the outside of houses as well as decorating on the inside of a house. I actually have three pair of shutters in my home! 😁

When I decided that I was going to paint my laundry room… I figured out the color and the Decor based around a pair of gray shutters. I  have a nice size laundry room, but I don’t have a window in it.

I love the old tradition of hanging your clothes on the line. I know it isn’t  a very practical and it Could be  could be a real pain to do. I actually used to do it when my kids were young, sometimes. I love the smell of the fresh air on the clothes, as well as sheets.

Since I couldn’t bring the sunshine in to the laundry room, I decided to paint it like the sunshine. I picked a bright yellow. I remember the look on Mark’s face when he saw the color of the paint. And to be honest, after I got the paint home, I wasn’t so sure myself!

Peyton and I painted the laundry room together, we actually had a lot of fun doing it! We even made a really cool Craft out of wood and door handles, to be able to hang clothes that I didn’t want to put on the dryer.

It didn’t take us real long to paint the room, but it was also a good life lesson for Peyton. He learned how to paint. I love teaching him how to do things by actually doing them.

Although at first I had a little hesitation with the color, Peyton really loved it. The more we painted the room the more I loved it. It was bright, beautiful and bold. It reminded me of a bright sunny day.

After we were done with the painting, we put the room back together and decorated it. I hung the two gray shutters on the wall left a space between them and hung a pretty yellow wreath.

I love the calmness of gray shutters against the brightness of the yellow walls. They really balanced each other well! It had a farmhouse feel to it. I have some black wrought iron and antique items that I also put in there.

Once we have everything back in place, I step back to take a look. I absolutely love the way it looked. Peyton was a big help, not only the painting, but even with some of the decorating! 

In a unique way this room with its bright yellow sunshine walls… Reminds me of Peyton. He brightens my days in ways that maybe others don’t understand… He teaches me so much about loyalty, perseverance, trust and unconditional love. I love the sweetness of his character, and how it shines through .

I think about Peyton  a lot when I walk in my laundry room… Not only because he help me with painting it… but because he is in many ways is the sunshine of my life. 🌞

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why run when you can walk?

Everyone who knows me knows I am a huge classic TV fan. In fact we got rid of DIRECTV and got Comcast. I love my husband for agreeing to do it!I know many people think that’s crazy. I love the channels that I can get on Comcast.

My favorite show ever is a show called Hazel, Not many people remember the show,but I certainly do. It’s on seven days a week on antenna TV. Which makes me extremely happy.

I Don’t only watch Hazel, I record the show and I also have season one and two on DVD. My awesome hubby bought them for me a few Christmases ago! To say I can’t get enough of Hazel, is probably true! In fact, I actually named one of our dogs after the show.

I’ve been asked many times why I love that show so much…  it’s kind of hard to explain why I do. Part of it is Hazel reminded me a lot of my grandma, who I really loved. I also really liked Don DeFore… I also loved the premise of the show. If you really paid attention to it there were a lot of life lessons in it.

The other day I was watching the show, as I always do, the show was about how we need to slow down. How we are always so busy trying to get somewhere, do something, get ahead… That we don’t really take the time to enjoy what’s right in front of us.

When I was watching the show I thought, wow this is from the early 60s and it still so relevant today. In fact I think we are more that way now than we were then. It’s sad that we decide that we have to get ahead… at the expense of living in the present.

Of course on the show Hazel found a way to get those around her to slow down. I’m not so sure we can get ourselves to slow down, let alone those around us.

I know life is a lot more complicated than a classic TV show, but there are definitely lessons that we can learn from them. The show got me thinking what am I missing in my day-to-day life that I should be paying more attention to. Sad to say, there were more things than I care to admit.

One of the many things that was on my list, was spending time just having Smalltalk. I’m a chatterbox,I admit it. So it seems a bit strange for me to say I don’t spend enough time having Smalltalk.

What I mean by not taking enough time for small talk is this… I don’t sit down with those close to me and just have conversations about what we have planned for the day, what did we do today what are we happy about, what are we sad about etc…

Upon reflection, I made a vow to myself that I was going to take more time each day to have that small talk, especially with Peyton. So Peyton  and I have started a routine of sitting in our office and just chatting. I honestly think it’s good for both of us.

I know taking this time to just chat, laugh and relax has help me feel less anxious. I can also see that it relaxes Peyton , and that makes me happy!

Even though classic TV shows may not always be exactly the way real life is… We can still learn a lot from them. So here’s to you Hazel for helping me learn to walk instead of run. Peyton and I thank  you… For teaching us a wonderful life’s lesson and helping us with our anxiety and stress, by doing such a simple thing as chatting! 💕💕

 

Finding My “Comfort Zones”

I haven’t talked about it much, but I have GAD. Which stands for General Anxiety Disorder. I was diagnosed with it over 12 years ago.

I was going through a particularly rough time in my life. So many things were swirling on around me. I felt beyond stressed with every part of my life.

When I was diagnosed with GAD, the diagnosis itself helped to relieve some of my stress. Allowed me to understand why I had such severe anxiety. Up until I was diagnosed, I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t process my anxiety better.

GAD is not something that you get over, it is something you learn to live with. While it can be a daily struggle to deal with, I actually can see positives in it.

I honestly believe that my GAD has allowed me in some ways to understand Peyton better.  I understand his triggers better. I have my own triggers, so I’m a lot more compassionate when he is really stressed.

Severe anxiety is no walk in the park. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to explain to people how my anxiety is affecting my day. It affects my sleep, My daily routines, as well as every other part of my life.

I’ve learned to cope with it in different ways. One of my favorite coping mechanism is to take a hot bath, I especially love taking hot lavender baths.

I’ve come to understand that when I get really stressed I need to do one of three things to my find my comfort zone:

1.  Talk about my stress, exactly what/who is stressing me, so that I can verbally and mentally work through it.

2. Distract myself with something positive that I absolutely love doing. This many times will  allow me to focus on something different …. the original stress actually works its way out naturally.

3. Sleep… Sleep… Sleep !! Yes, sleep helps me a lot. Remember when I said it affects my sleep? If I allow myself to become too tired, I have anxiety issues much quicker!

I’ve also learned that I have to remove toxic people from my life. I can’t allow those who just want to throw negativity at everyone all the time to be in my life on a daily basis. I take things way more to heart than people many times realize I do.

One of the reasons I love my husband so much, is he understands my GAD and works with me, when I’m going through my rough patches. He has this great expression “Shake it off” he knows EXACTLY when I need to hear this…..

He’s a strong support system for me, he plays at my strengths, works through  my weaknesses and shows me unconditional love through it all! He truly is my rock.

I discussed in prior blogs, how Peyton and I are starting team Awesomism ! This project is going to be about “conquering your fear’s and finding your comfort zone.”

One of the biggest things that I’ve learned since being diagnosed with GAD, is how I need to face my anxieties and find my comfort zones! I know I’m far from perfect, and I also have learned not to let others opinions of me, to define me.

I’m a work in progress, but I’m Learning to face my fears, anxieties and stresses and find those awesome comfort zones!

Here is a link to my book…. it’s full of ideas for “comfort zones” 

#Kindle edition:

http://amazon.com/dp/B072BWWCDJ/

#Print edition:

http://amazon.com/Mom-Awesomism-

http://amazon.com/dp/1546641653/

 

 

Light in the Dark Days

I am so happy to have Jay as our guest blogger again! I absolutely love his writing! His blogs are from the heart…. his honesty about his anxiety is refreshing… please follow him on twitter… @stealtheMGaming  as well as his blog….https://beardedigor.wordpress.com/
As I sat on the bus home, headphones in and music blaring, I find myself reflecting on my last few days. These last few days were some of my worst mentally for me. But I take a deep breath and realise a tide is turning.
It all started last Wednesday. I woke up just feeling down. I wasn’t my usual self. Was it the lack of sleep for another night, the humidity or my anxiety. All I know is something is different. I get through work with few problems. Not feeling too bad but I was excited to see my friends for the night.
Thursday however was a different matter.
I spent the whole day shut off. I went to work as normal. But I wasn’t myself, I didn’t talk to anyone, I want smiling or talkative as I can be. I was also snappy. I was truly feeling low. Anxiety was kicking my butt. This continued throughout the night and through the next day. Although by Friday night I was starting to pick up a little I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.
So Friday night. The night my ex blocked me. Now I know I say ex. But I had been waiting for her for 10 weeks to get sorted and come back. That was the deal. But yeah that happened. I felt lost, foolish and idiotic. It really pushed me back down. But it also has an alternative effect. I became motivated. I became empowered.
Despite my anxiety pushing my down and life on top of me. I had a clear goal for the first time in my life. It was me and my blog. I want to be better and I want to be successful. I can’t get rid of anxiety but I plan to use it to push me forward.
Thank you for reading and thank you so much AwesomismMom for letting me be a guest.
Bearded Igor x