Why my GAD is my Monday Motivation

I still remember the day that I was diagnosed with GAD… (General Anxiety Disorder) I was going through a really rough time in my life… An ugly divorce, a very contentious custody battle, and so much more.

I was slipping into a really deep depression…  I knew I needed to get out of it,not only for myself, but most of all for my children. My children lived with me,and I was the primary caregiver, as well as provider.

I went to see my physician, and the first words out of her mouth were you have GAD. I really wasn’t very familiar with it at the time… But she knew it as soon as I described how I was feeling, and what I was going through.

The funny thing about it was…. as soon as she told me my diagnosis… I immediately  started to feel better. Part of the reason for that was… Someone actually listened and believed me!

I hadn’t shared with too many people how depressed I was. But a couple of them that I had shared it with told me “you’ll be fine… You’re just going through a rough patch, don’t dwell on it.”

I kept thinking to myself… I’m not dwelling on it by choice, I can’t seem to get past it. I would pace at night from Anxiety, and then be tired all day, which would cause even more anxiety.

I was in a vicious cycle and I didn’t know how to get out of it! My depression and my anxiety got worse and worse.

My doctor prescribed Lexapro… I felt better right away… Not because it really did that big of a difference… But because I knew I was on the road to getting better.

I also knew, that I wasn’t going to stay on the Lexapro. I wanted to be able to deal with my GAD through lifestyle changes.

I found a counselor… Who specialized in GAD, I told her I don’t want to stay on meds, I want to do this by lifestyle change. She was absolutely wonderful… And she helped me through this horrible time, and taught me so much.

When Peyton talk to me about and a few ideas he had for https://teamawesomism.com/…I absolutely loved the idea. For several reasons, but most of all because we were going to be creating a virtual community that actually listens and cares!

This really personally hit home for me a couple months ago… I was speaking with someone who was “mentoring me“… When I brought it up with him that I had GAD… he proceeded to inform me that it was “all in my head”.

While I don’t disagree with him on the surface …that it really is in my head… 😂😂… I found it to be very disrespectful. He told me people look for excuses for not doing things. At first I thought about going through my entire history, and thr fact that I was actually diagnosed with it, but then realized he didn’t care.

At first, I felt like I did years ago… And then I decided I actually feel sorry for him… And I hope no one close to him is dealing with serious stress and anxiety… I also became more motivated to be a voice for GAD .

Dismissing people‘s fears and anxieties, stresses and hurts is easy… Helping people with them is fulfilling. I’ve chosen to be there for others.

I decided to use his negative energy and turn it around…..My GAD is my Monday motivation!

The Glitches are Fixed!

On 19 September Peyton and I launched Team Awesomism  … Even though it was our “major launch” we knew that we were going to hit glitches. Rather than delay it any longer, and try to get everything fixed, we decided to go ahead and launch!

We can’t thank everyone enough for being so patient! And those who were able to sign up for a free email list and/or a membership thank you for trying several times!

A huge thank you and shout out to everyone who reached out to us saying that they were having trouble signing up! Even though we tried to troubleshoot it ahead of time, apparently things still happened.

I wanted  to put this blog out to make sure that everyone knows that we have fix the glitches and to go ahead and re-try and sign up! Should you have any more issues, please let us know

Also, I want to make very clear that there is a difference between the free email list… We will send occasional emails, just to kind of give you an idea of what we’re doing… We promise we won’t overload your inbox.

The membership which is a cost… Equivalent to that of a cup of coffee from Starbucks a month… Includes exclusive videos, a newsletter that will have interviews with not only team members, but awesome guests,as well as people who can really help!

Our focus for is to build a community. A community where you can share your passions, your dreams and come for strength when you’re going through a rough patch be at from stress, anxiety, bullies or just every day stresses.

It will be put to the community for help and support. We have lots of awesome  ways that we’re going to be doing this.

We have a private Twitter account set up that’s on private, only team members will be allowed on there ….where you can connect!

If you have a YouTube channel share it on there, we  will each follow each other, and support each other and share it on our other accounts!

We have an awesome Flipboard  magazine where we will share blogs,pictures, write ups, videos… all kinds of things from team members. Flipboard has 140 million readers… how awesome is it to get your stuff out?

Back to our videos for a minute, we are going to have exclusive videos from people who are professional fisherman, from golfers, from so many other walks of life that will help you find that comfort zone… Your happy place… That when you’re stressed you can go to and relax !

I think the most awesome thing about Team Awesomism is the Community! And we are so excited to have those who already joined us be a part of this awesome community!

Help us spread the word… Tell your friends, your family because together we can do awesome things… We can be there for each other and most of all help each other when we’re down!

Here is our website https://teamawesomism.com/

Mark’s Cheese Enchilada Recipe

One of Peyton‘s favorite meals is our cheese enchiladas. This recipe Mark modified from other recipes, to make it easier and faster to prepare.

We really love making these in the fall during football and hockey season.They are easy to make,  and are great in front of the TV, food. 😀

Next Friday we will have a really super awesome guest blogger…. it is going to be… Peyton! He’s going to share with us one of his favorite breakfast recipes. It also happens to be one of the first things he learned to make, when he learn to cook so make sure you follow us on https://teamawesomism.com/

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. The amount can vary depending on your seasoning brand and your preferred taste. We think less is more for a smoother sauce,but you might go for something spicier.

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken broth

6 to 8 corn tortillas

Two cups (or so) shredded cheese. We like the Colby Jack blend,but other cheeses work well also it depends on individual taste.

1/2 cup finally chopped onions

Heat the oil until it shimmers and add the spices. Stir together and let cook for one minute. Add the flour and stir into mixture. Add the chicken broth and whisk to get the clumps out. Let this simmer  and thicken for eight minutes or so.

After sauce has thickened slightly, pour into container… I use a large 4 cup measuring cup. Spray the bottom of your 9X9 inch pan with cooking spray and add a small layer of the sauce to the bottom of the pan.

Heat your tortillas in between two damp paper towels in microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to make them easier to roll. Build your enchiladas by inserting about 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese into the corn tortillas roll and placed seam side down into the pan, repeat until pan is filled.

Poor remaining sauce mixture over enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese and onions over top. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and gooey.

Serve with refried beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and Spanish rice.

If you have some sauce left over use it for other quick meals. I recommend rolling some refried beans into a flower tortilla and covering with the sauce and cheese. Makes a great quick meal on the go!

As always thanks for reading her blog! And don’t forget our book is available on TeamAwesomism website in the store! … It has even more recipes, as well as other awesome tips of how to take care of yourself.…… Please check out Peyton’s website… We are so proud of him being an autistic Teenpreneur small business owner!

 

 

 

 

Autistic Teenpreneur Small Business

This blog is going to be a little different than my previous blogs. I’m going to be doing a short “interview” with Peyton  in this blog . He’s the star of this blog… And when I say star I mean the star!

First let me give you a little background. Peyton graduated from high school in June of this year. He did extremely well his senior year of high school, his dad and I were very proud of him.

We sat down with him, asked him what he wanted to do this year. We wanted him to be comfortable in whatever he did. We discussed several options.

I knew he wanted to do something with computers… He’s very fascinated with coding, and has taken some amazing coding classes. He wants to learn how to do apps, as well. However; what he wanted to really do with that skill set was really awesome to me.

Rather than me tell you… Here is my short “interview” with Peyton,  you can see it in his words!

1. If you could do anything, what would it be?

Be a Teenpreneur! 

I wanted  to start an online business for teens and adults, who feel like outsiders.

2. What do  you mean by outsiders?

People who don’t feel like they fit in, people who have autism, anxiety, GAD, ADHD, down syndrome and other special needs.

3. What are your goals for Team Awesomism? 

I wanted it  to be a supportive community. Where people can go find friends and support, but most of all where we connect and help each other when we’re going through rough times. The one thing you won’t find in our community is bullies. We won’t tolerate bullies

4.  What was your favorite part about building the website?

That I got to design it the way I wanted, and I learned a lot by actually doing it. I also really like that it talks about the community I’m trying to build.

5.  What do you want people to really know about Team Awesomism?

That it’s a Supportive Community! That we have all kinds of member benefits. We have a private Twitter account where only members can connect, a really awesome Flipboard magazine where your blogs, pictures, write ups and so much more will be highlighted and put out to the world! I’m really excited about the Flipboard  magazine because over 140 million people read Flipboard!

I want people to know that we are a supportive community that will be there when you go through rough times. That we will have all kinds of cool videos and other learning items to help people find their comfort zone’s and/ or help them with their comfort zones.

We are going to have experts like professional fisherman teach you how to fish better, and so so much more, I don’t want to give away too many secrets or people won’t join ha ha!

We decided to only charge the price of a cup of coffee …well maybe 2 cups, but isn’t that worth it to be a part of a supportive community?

Thanks Peyton!  I know how passionate he is about making this community work! And I as his mother and just as passionate to help him make it work.

We’d love your support! Check us out at and if you’re not ready to become a member yet please feel free to sign up for free email list so we can keep in contact now and then. We promise we won’t overload your email box.

As always, thanks for reading her blog and all your support! And Go Team Awesomism https://teamawesomism.com/

 

 

Easy Chicken Salad on Naan Bread

Living in Texas it gets really hot… And sometimes I just like a really nice cold salad… And I love a salad on a great piece of Naan bread. I made this recipe one night when I was really in the mood for  chicken salad and Naan Bread! So I threw this together with items I had in the pantry and refrigerator.. it was quick,easy and super delicious.

It’s great for lunch and or dinner, it’s perfect for days that you don’t have a lot of time, but want something semi-healthy, and really flavorful! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

•You can either use one can of 12.5 oz chunk chicken or Pan fry a chicken breast, cut up into chunks. I love using extra lean chunk chicken from the can.

•1/3 cup chopped red onion

•1/3 cup Reduced sugar Craisins

•1 small tomato chopped in small cubes

•1/3 cup skim mozzarella shredded cheese

•3 heaping Tablespoons of olive oil mayonnaise

•1Tablespoon of lowfat Italian dressing

•Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Mix all the above ingredients together in a medium-size bowl. Cover bowl with lid and put in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours to chill.

Serve on fresh Naan bread. This recipe makes enough for four chicken salad Naan bread servings.

I love serving fresh peaches on the side with this… And a little bit of cinnamon to the peaches, and you have a perfect meal!

As always, thanks for reading our blog and we hope you enjoy the recipe, please feel free to share! All the normal exemptions etc. apply such as watch for food allergies, make sure your food is fresh etc.!

Please check out our latest project https://teamawesomism.com/we are going to have a lot of recipes, cooking tips, cooking videos and more in our membership newsletter TeamAwesomism