Five things you should know about me.
I love my family.
I am blessed with four amazing children. The Big Boy is nearly 10, the Big Girl is 8, my Little Mate is 4 and the Small Girl is 2. Just over a year ago we made the tree change from the outer 'burbs of Melbourne to acreage not far from Ballarat. It was the best decision we have ever made. We are blessed with lots of room for kids to run and shout and ride motorbikes, and I count my blessings every day.
I am married to a Supertrucker who is away from home a fair bit. This can be really challenging for me, but gosh I am grateful that he sacrifices so much himself so that I can be at home with the kids right now.
Autism Lives at Our House.
In August 2011, just shy of his third birthday, our Little Mate was diagnosed with autism and an intellectual disability. A couple of months later our Big Boy received a diagnosis of (the now defunct) Aspergers Syndrome and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. That was a pretty rough year, to be honest.
I don't think anything can prepare you for this stuff. Life certainly doesn't look like I once imagined it would. But hey, that just means I have to try harder to find the great stuff, and there's nothing wrong with that.
I share a lot of our journey here. I have had so much care and support from my online community, and hope that by sharing our autism stories maybe another family might find some common ground and the knowledge that they are not alone.
I love my life. Except when I don't.
I've always been a glass-half-full type person. I look for the good and I embrace it. But life happens. Sometimes being an at home parent is repetitive and boring and mundane. Sometimes you try really hard but it just isn't enough.
The black dog has been known to our family for a long time. Since my eldest was born and life threw the biggest curve ball of all at us actually. Until fairly recently it had stayed clear of me, but late last year I realised that something was really not right, and I took steps to address that.
These days I am doing okay. It can be hard work at times, and I'm still prone to anxiety, but I'm still here and I'm still trying. And that in itself feels like a win.
I am a Runner.
It still feels a bit weird to call myself that, but I am. In September 2012 I started #OperationMOVE because I just needed to do something for myself. I never imagined that it would still be going and growing all this time later.
I am not a natural born runner. I never thought I was even capable of it! But here I am, still hitting the trails each week and slowly slowly building up my endurance and speed.
Running is the only time I am truly alone with my thoughts, and even on the crappiest, hardest runs I am grateful for that time in my head.
If you think it's time you prioritised yourself too, please come and join us! All levels of ability and fitness are welcome, and we have a beautifully supportive Facebook group where we can virtually high five the wins, and help each other back up when we need it.
I write branded stuff on my blog sometimes.
And I get paid for it.
I am not ashamed of this, in fact I am pleased and grateful that I am able to help supplement our family's income while I'm at home.
I know some people do not like sponsored stuff, so I make it pretty easy for you to tell what is going on. As a general rule, branded content happens on the weekends here. Sometimes there is an exception to the rule, but if you are a fan of ace giveaways and comps then it is worth your while checking in on Saturdays and Sundays.
As with all my posts, I try to make sponsored content interesting and fun. Thoughts are always my own, I get paid for my time not my opinion. Just so as we are all clear on that.
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