I think there is a period in every blogger’s life when, for whatever reason, their blogging activity falls by the way side. Well, I’ve just gone through that period myself which lasted for most of last year I hate to admit.
When I started this blog I was really keen, above all else, to keep it light and positive. Although that is still my intention, it would be dishonest of me to pretend that life for me is always sweetness and light. Of course it’s not; nobody’s life is (with or without autism). So, for the record, let me explain a little of what I was doing last year that kept me away from blogging.
Firstly, my eldest child was in her final year of school, studying for the International Baccalaureate and making University applications. She had an intensive work load, exam stress and a busy schedule of University visits, applications, and interviews which took it’s toll on all of us. All was well in the end though, she gained her IB diploma and secured her first choice place at University which she thoroughly deserves for all her hard work.
At the same time, my middle child (the one who drives my passion to write publicly about autism 🙂 ) was nearing the end of his three year placement in the school he was at and we had to search for another placement for him. To cut a (very) long story short, 18 months of research, visits, consultations, phone calls, meetings, and paperwork resulted in a dead end. Consequently my son is currently not in school. I should add that I have always felt that he would be more suited to home schooling (as autistic children often are), but I live in a country where home schooling is not legal. (We are currently living in a foreign country and I am dealing with bureaucracy in a second language that I’m not fluent in and without an extended family network close at hand for support). The search for suitable options for him is ongoing.
Meanwhile, my youngest child was also getting on with life in his happy go lucky way. With all this going on I kept driving on and on without really realising how much I was running on empty until I found myself sitting across the desk from my doctor telling me I had burn out.
I have taken some time to pause, breath and re evaluate how I can better take care of myself in order to take care of others. This process has included trying to meditate – something I never thought I would be able to do; my mind isn’t the quiet type and who has time to sit still and just be anyway?! – and a new pilates class.
And now, onwards and upwards, and looking forward to getting back to regular blogging – Yay!