I always strongly encouraged my clients to prioritize self-care. We cannot give to others if we fail to take care of ourselves—not without grave consequences.
In an act of self-love, I took a hiatus from life coaching to focus on my own self-care—to heal, learn, and grow. And now, I’ve decided it’s time to return to helping others do the same. This round, I’m coming at things with a very different perspective and so much more to bring to the table!
One thing that sets a life coach apart from a therapist is the ability to share from one’s own experiences and not be forced to categorize humans into diagnoses and CPD codes.
In the realm of life experiences, I’m infinitely wealthy and have much to share. In the realm of categories, I’ve never found one that fits. The closest I’ve come to a label that fits is one I was awarded 2 years ago.
At 48 I was Diagnosed with Autism
What was labeled Asperger’s Syndrome in the past is ASD-1 in 2023. I suspect there will be an expanding umbrella (or spectrum) of labels to place on my tribe of beautifully complex, incredibly literal, and grossly misunderstood humans.
During my hiatus, I have had innumerable epiphanies and I feel myself being called to share in the hopes I can help at least one human who may be blindly suffering from the kind of angst I have experienced over the years. There are few things more comforting than hearing someone share your story and discovering you are not alone. I find this to be even more healing when your story is so very different than the masses.
I’ve contemplated writing a memoir, and that remains in the forefront of my mind…but for now, I am going to do what I do best (because I am Autistic) which is open up vulnerably, honestly, and wholeheartedly.
One gem I have learned is, my willingness to be open, honest, vulnerable, and deeply caring are hallmark traits of most Autistics. These are the same traits that often lead us into unsafe spaces and make us magnets for narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths. All of which have paved my journey through life this far.
Because of this, I have been on a relentless quest to learn all I can about Autism, the characteristics and behaviors of toxic humans, and why we have a tendency to attract them. Since knowledge and experience hold far more value when shared…
Let the sharing commence!