Being United, Pampering, and Taking Care of Ourselves
#28: Being United, Pampering and Taking Care of Ourselves
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No time for “me time,” pampering or taking care of your self?
Julie says it like it is…we are united!! When we walk into a room of special needs moms, there is this underlying, understanding of “yeah, we’ve all been through it.” And, we’ve all sat in front of a doctor and have had to hear something really hard about our child.
And there is also an underlying understanding that “okay, we don’t have to explain it all, I don’t have to tell you why I kind of smell, and I didn’t actually shower, and I didn’t do my hair. I don’t have to tell you why my jeans are from the 90s. You get it!!!”
In today’s show, Julie tells how she’s working to unite us all and bring inspirational speakers, pampering and fun to us, the “special moms”, all around the world.
Together we are stonger!
Connection not Isolation
Encourage all moms to try and find another mom or other parents to connect with. Dads matter, too. They need to find other dads because men can have different struggles.
This is the reason behind her writing the book, United In Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum. Julie wanted to give parents an inspirational book with different stories from around the world. Her daughter was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. The book’s message will resonate and inspire parents raising children from various parts of the world.
Julie tells us about interviewing one family in particular that left her crying for three days. It touched her so much she could not sit on the sidelines and do NOTHING; she had to do something.
“Tweaking” our perspective on our husbands
Hindsight allows Julie to share about missteps she took with regard to her husband, and NEW thoughts about “tweaking” our perspective. She makes a really important point that will be helpful for many relationships.
In today’s show, Julie tells us about what made her start taking better care of herself and the little tricks she’s figured out to incorporate it into her daily routine. She reveals her secret “lunch hour” and a couple of things she does to get in her “me time” that doesn’t require much money, and don’t make her feel kind of sneaky and bad about it.
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Your action steps
Go pamper yourself
Go do something nice for yourself.
Don’t let too much time pass, because then you’ll forget.
So do it now.
Links mentioned in this episode:
United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum
A diagnosis of autism can rock a family’s world. The toll it takes on everyone involved can be one of isolation; a child who doesn’t respond to the world around them, a parent who gives dedication, patience and love often with no expressible love given back. It’s a messy equation with huge emotional and financial costs. As a mother of a daughter with autism, Julie Hornok has experienced her fair share of these parenting challenges, and now brings together thirty inspiring and heartfelt stories from parents raising children from all places on the spectrum and from all corners of the world. These mothers and fathers have experienced some of the worst of what this disorder can do, but in seeking help, they found it…and more. Now they pay it forward by sharing their accounts and giving back to the autism community. United in Autism: Finding Strength inside the Spectrum offers understanding, comfort and hope as well as global allies and strength to those who feel alone.
Be sure to use Code: UNITED7
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