The Strength of Texans

I decided to revisit this blog for a couple of reasons….. We have had some bad weather in Texas again lately, and once again… I saw the best come out in people…. and another reason… because I really hope that people focus on the best… even while going through tough times… that is a Life Lesson for always…Hope you enjoy this blog!

 

 

 

As most of you know this past week or so has been an almost surreal time in Texas. As I was thinking about writing this blog, I struggled with how to write this. I want to make sure I make this about everyone who was affected and everyone who gave so selflessly, not about me.

I have been through other Hurricanes as I lived in Florida for many years. I honestly wasn’t stressed about this one, as I figured it would be a day of storms and then we’d be done. As the storm got closer and the weather people became truly stressed, I started to worry. I didn’t want Peyton to know I was worried, as he tends to really stress whenever any storms are happening. I saw him sitting in his massage chair, quite a bit so I knew he was well aware there was some “danger” heading toward us.

Friday night the storm started, we all started to realize this was going to be big, little did many of us realize just how big. Harvey came and he didn’t leave, he seemed to have a love for Texas, like so many of us. The problem was he wasn’t good to us. No matter how awful Harvey was, Texas was stronger. The will, resolve and love of the people of Texas was shown over and over. That love, that determination and resolve was watched by people all over the world. The people watching decided they needed and wanted to help, I truly believe they helped because they saw Texans as awesome people. No one cared what color skin, ethnicity, religion you were, or who you voted for….they cared that you loved, cared, and believed in the goodness of EVERYONE! A week before Harvey came, this country was coming apart at the seams. The people of Houston and of Texas grabbed a huge needle and thread and not only repaired the tear, but did it with love. I sat glued to channel 13, abc news. I cried, I laughed and I cheered as I watched the “Cajun Navy” and many, many, many others come. People grabbed everything they could and went out risking their lives, to save EVERYONE. The resolve and strength of people was overwhelming to me. Whole families’ belongings were reduced to a garbage bag and even sometimes a small grocery bag. Yet, when many were interviewed they were so thankful to be alive. They focused on the positive, thanked those who saved them, and chose to see the silver lining.

This is what is great about Texans, they see what unites them, not what divides them. Oh I know there are some who choose to be negative, but they are a small number, and like Harvey will fade away into the background. Now comes the really hard part… The rebuilding for so, so many… But just like when Harvey was trying to break our will and our spirit. I truly believe we will see the strength, resolve, compassion and love of Texans. That huge needle and thread will become a hammer, saw and nails. I hope the world keeps watching because Texans believe in actions, not words and the lessons they teach are Huge, because everything is bigger in Texas! We are Houston Strong, We are Texas Strong! I am sure Harvey and maybe even a few others learned….Don’t Mess with Texas!

Friday Cup of Coffee

I absolutely love a great cup of coffee… Mark and I make ours with a French press… We buy flavored coffee and add flavor creamer‘s… I add cinnamon to mine as well, Mark is not a big cinnamon fan like I am… So we have two different containers for our coffees… As well as two different French presses.

Many don’t know it but yeah man what is the “birthplace“ of coffee I actually didn’t know that until I went to Yemen. I was given some coffee as a gift when I was there, and I must say it was some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.

It isn’t only the coffee itself though, the location, countless etc. is part of a truly awesome “coffee break” experience. One of my favorite times of the day when my older kids were younger was to sit with my legs in our pool and drink my morning coffee… We live on an acreage And it was so quiet and peaceful.

It was a nice way to start my day before the stresses of kids, homeschooling work etc. started. My kids used to buy me coffee mugs for presents and to this day I cherish them and other personal mugs! There’s something comfortable about a quiet coffee time. It comes the mind and the body. As my older kids become adults they still didn’t understand why I valued my morning cup of coffee, as they now have their own morning rituals.

One of my new favorite morning rituals… Is my Sunday morning ritual, where I go and sit in the fire side café at the Woodlands United Methodist Church… And have my coffee and listen to the church service… It is a wonderfully comfortable and calming place… There is a big fireplace cozy leather chairs and couches… The coffee is wonderful and the ambience is even better. I cherish my morning coffee… Not so much because of where I have but What it means to me. Do you have a morning ritual that you really enjoy?

Do you have something that helps you face the anxieties and stresses of each day? I’d love to hear it…

Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer Recipe:

Ingredients:
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup Milk
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP brown sugar
Instructions:
1. Add condensed milk and milk to blender and combine
2. To the milk mixture, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
3. Blend until well combined, make sure the cinnamon is well mixed in.
4. Store air-tight in refrigerator.
5. Shake well before each use it as the cinnamon tends to settle at the bottom of the jar.

As always… Thank you for reading my blog and have an awesome day.

Fall destressing

A lot of people I know feel that summer is there time to unwind. They look at it is the season that they go on vacations, the days are longer, so they can go outside more, they can do more… In general the weather is better.

For me it’s very different… I find fall/autumn to be my most destressing/relaxing season of the year. There is something about the cooler temperatures… That really make me happy.

I also really love the food in the fall… I am a massive apple and cinnamon person. I love to make hot apple cider… When my kids were younger, I would always make it from scratch. I love having potpourri on the stove.. and candles in the house.

I really enjoyed baking so I love to make pies and cookies… And there’s something magical about this time of the year when you’re baking.

I also really love to make homemade soup and stews.

I always feel like this time of the year is the most cozy time of the year… It’s not hot out… And living in Texas that he can really get to you in the summer. It’s not freezing cold, where you have to worry about snow and ice like in the winter… And after a hot summer, it’s so relaxing to have a cool evening in the fall.

I also happen to be one of those people that when it’s rainy or cloudy or overcast out, I enjoy working more! I enjoy doing things around the house, I enjoy writing, listening to podcasts and music, there’s just something about it, that makes me destress more!

I also am a big hot bath taker… I’ve talked about this in prior blogs, how I love to take hot baths to relax… In the fall it’s fun to take hot baths… Even more so than in the winter, because in the winter when you get out of the bath, you get so cold quickly.

I love wearing sweaters and warm fuzzy socks… To me these are all very calming.. soothing… Destressing type things. We are all different, and we all have different things that help us with our stress and anxiety… Fall happens to be one of those for me.

Although, I wouldn’t be being totally honest… if I didn’t admit that from a sports perspective, the fall is much more stressful for me… 😂😂Because I am a huge college football, NFL and NHL fan… And since they all play in the fall… I do get a lot more stressed about my sports… But it’s a different kind of stress 🤷🏻‍♀️

I love the cool evenings.. I especially love it when it’s cool enough to put a fire in the fireplace… Of course my husband and I have completely different ideas on what is cool enough! 🤗

What are some of your favorite things about the fall? Do you find the fall to be more of a destressing time? or do you find because we’re going into the holiday season, to make it more stressful? I’d love to get your feedback on that.

Peyton also loves Fall… here is the link to his blog! Why Fall is My Favorite Season

As Always.. Thanks for reading my Blog and have an Awesome Day!

Lynne

Faith it until you make it

Faith it until you make it… I saw this quote a few weeks ago… And I absolutely fell in love with it. You usually hear the term fake it until you make it. I think many of us fake it until we make it to a certain degree, when we are entrepreneurs, small business owners, pursuing our dreams etc. etc. But is that what we really want to be a faker?

The more I thought about this “Faith it until you make it” the more I loved it. The more raw and real it became to me.

I think we all have different versions of what our faith, or what faith is. This blog is not a lecture about what your faith should be by definition… But more about having that positive thoughts and conviction… To stay strong while you work to fill your dreams and passions.

I happen to be a person of faith, I believe in the power of prayer, I believe in a strong inner commitment to do what is right, not only for yourself, but for others.

This is not to say that I am always perfect. I am far from perfect… I make mistakes, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life… But I try very hard to learn from them.

My dad always tried to teach me it was only a mistake if I didn’t learn from it… Otherwise it was a life’s lesson. I do truly try to learn from my mistakes. So let’s just say I have lots and lots of life’s lessons. 😂

I think nowadays, we have developed an attitude of what we want, we better have and we better have it NOW! There are times, I must admit, that I can become very disheartened with the way that we have become in society in general.

Too often I don’t see people actually caring about other people, I see them talking about what they do ….what they have… how great they are.. basically faking it till they make it.

This is not to say that we should do the opposite, which is always complain… And do a “poor me” attitude, either.

Life in general can be really tough… Being a small business/entrepreneur/independent contractor can make it even tougher.

Having other issues in your life such as.. being a single parent… A child with special needs… Serious financial difficulties etc. etc. can also make being positive, a little more difficult at times.

This is why I love that saying… Faith it till you make it… Because I think when things are really rough, we have to lean on our faith! We need to reach down deep inside of us and find that Faith… Be it Faith in a higher being.. Faith in ourselves or Both!

The Definition of Faith is: ( from Oxford)

faith
1.
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
“this restores one’s faith in politicians”
2.
strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

I have made this my personal new motto…meaning when tough times come… and they always do…especially being a Mompreneur/Entrepreneur and Autism Mom… I am going to challenge myself… Faith it until I make it! Will you accept this challenge too?

Thanks for reading my blog

Have an Awesome Day!

Lynne

Lemons, Lavender, Anxiety, Autism and Awesomism

 

I am sure by now if you follow me on social media you have seen these five words… all over my social media…Lemons, Lavender, Anxiety, Autism and Awesomism

Last week I launched in all natural, plant-based product line… Our Products are truly All Natural! no chemicals…The launch of this product line was so much bigger than just the six products we’re launching!

All six of the products that we launched smell of lemon and lavender. Lemon and lavender are proven smells that promote relaxation/are soothing…I designed this product line with Native Organics, LLC. They are an awesome all natural. plant based product line out of New Jersey. Please check out their website here! I love their products because you never have to worry about having chemicals, you don’t want or need

I am writing this blog so that I can explain my vision behind my AwesomismMom product line!

I have been blogging for several years now, and nothing makes me happier than when others reach out to me and tell me they have “learned” from my blogs! I started blogging as a labor of Love and as a way for me to work through my anxiety. I also, wanted to share our lives as an Autism Family…. I now decided I wanted to take my “activism” even further!

If you follow my blog and/or my social media accounts… You will know as I’ve shared with you, that I suffer from GAD. There are times that my General Anxiety Disorder really gets to me… I have a hard time even getting out of bed, some mornings.

It isn’t always easy to work through my anxiety… But I try, because I know I have to. I find a hot bath… Especially with a lavender candle, and lavender bath salts really helps me. Peyton loves the smell of Lavender, also. We both find it to be very soothing!

Life can be stressful full of up and downs, I’m sure you have heard of the expression.. when Life Gives you lemons make ( fill in the blank) ……We have our version on that … It is When Life Gives You Lemons make Lavender! I decided to take that expression and carry it farther!

I wanted to have a product line that was an actual “true example” of this! We all have tough times in our lives, and we all have to find a way to work through those times…the expression “when Life Gives you Lemons” is often associated with tough times. Lavender on the other hand is associated with calming, soothing etc…There have actually been Studies done that show the combination of Lemon and Lavender….improve a person’s mood and decrease stress levels both of which impact the special needs community and people with elevated stress and anxiety.This is how and why we came up with the type of products… Lemon and Lavender!

If you look at the labels on our bottles you will see that we talk about how we want those who purchase our product, to stop and think about how they can help raise Awareness,Acceptance and Activism for those in both the Autism and the Anxiety communities!

My hope is that when people are using our product line, they stop and think about how they can make a difference! Maybe it is reaching out to a friend or family member that is autistic.. and offering support.. maybe it is helping the family of an autistic child, teen or adult. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help those in the Autism community, and I truly hope that when people use our Products.. it helps “remind” them of how together we can and will make a HUGE difference!

My hope is also that our products help bring acceptance and awareness and activism to the Anxiety community! living with any form of severe anxiety is NOT fun…and many times just a simple show of kindness and support, can make a lot of difference!

We’re proud to partner with UnderdogKids Foundation in promoting Awareness, Acceptance and Activism on their behalf. 10% of every bottle sold will go the Foundation to help Special needs families that are in need!

I hope that you have a clearer understanding of what we are trying to achieve! our goals are big… but we will never get to where we want, if we don’t start!

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you will visit my store and help us spread the word! Also, Please check out Peyton’s Store as well! 10% of everything he sells will also go to UnderdogKids Foundation!

Lynne “AwesomismMom”