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Out-of-Sync Woman

Future Planning

By Out-of-Sync Woman

Planning for the future is neither easy or simple for anyone. I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. As we get older and our parents do too of course, it’s natural to start thinking about planning for the future because parents won’t always be around. Young adults need to be informed and think […]

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Putting It All Out There

By Out-of-Sync Woman

Have you ever had the experience of telling someone that you have Autism? The reaction I sometimes get is that of “So you’re like Temple Grandin or Rain Man?” Often the conversation ends right there but sometimes they want to know what it is like to have Autism. I find myself trying to explain how […]

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Out of Sync Woman’s Beach Vacation Journal

By Out-of-Sync Woman

Day 3 Before Vacation: It’s a few days before I head out on a trip with friends to the beach. I’m almost done getting everything ready for my vacation. I figured out my budget for the trip, breaking it into categories like food, gas, entertainment and extras. Next up is organizing what I need and […]

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Family Love

By Out-of-Sync Woman

You probably don’t know this but I have several nieces and nephews, and I’m incredibly proud of them. When they were babies, I wondered if any of them would have similar struggles to me as they got older. Not that this would change how I felt about them, but I know how much harder it […]

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Community Connection

By Out-of-Sync Woman

April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. Connecting people with Autism to the community is an important part of having a meaningful life. Being human, I need to belong to a community. Community for me is a combination of physical location, people who are close to me, and people who share some common beliefs. Having Autism, anxiety […]

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Question and Uncertainty

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I was never very close to my grandparents either physically or emotionally. In fact I have never been close to someone who is old and sick. I knew my parents were both saddened and stressed out by their parents which left me with the impression that their parents caused more unhappiness then happiness. Due to […]

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Solo Mission: February the Final Frontier

By Out-of-Sync Woman

There are many things I’ve learned over the years and that I need to keep in mind. I’m focusing in a more inward direction this February. I find the below thoughts helpful and I hope that you find them helpful too. • Everyone has their own unique experiences. Others will try to give you advice […]

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Taking Comfort in Science and Nature

By Out-of-Sync Woman

As far back as I can remember I have had two things that I take comfort in, nature and science. For me they were a constant source of awe, joy and wonder in my life. I’m not sure I have the words to fully describe how I feel but I it’s like the world makes […]

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Hidden Pressures, Visible Explosions

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I think that everyone I have ever met is under some sort of pressure. I think being under pressure for lengthy intense periods of time is not good for anyone. Speaking for myself, I find that I don’t handle pressure well. I personally think my difficulties are magnified by my experience with Autism. Autism colors […]

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Perfectly Imperfect Families

By Out-of-Sync Woman

It would be wonderful if there was such a thing as the perfect family. The myth is that somebody, somewhere, has a perfect family and that person has no problems or, very simple, easily solvable problems. We see this myth in advertisements, television shows and magazines because it’s a common wish that everyone has for […]

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Budget Basics

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I think that budgeting is a cornerstone skill to living as independently as possible. It’s one of the first skills I put into practice before I moved away from home. Budgeting consists of two parts, the first part is getting the “big picture” of what your fixed expenses and priorities are. The second part encompasses the skills […]

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Balancing Act

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I like to think of myself as a thoughtful person but I struggle every day with how to use the money I have to live on. Like everyone, I have fixed expenses that I must pay every month like rent, car insurance, and food, plus unexpected costs. If I don’t pay my fixed expenses, there […]

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On the Move

By Out-of-Sync Woman

Proper preparation and a leap of faith are needed in any big change. Moving out is a big change for anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into an apartment or a house with roommates, or living by yourself, moving is hard work. I was lucky enough to have family and friends who had moved […]

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Summer Vacation: Fun in the Sun

By Out-of-Sync Woman

Vacations are something that most people look forward to and have few problems with. However, there are many people who struggle before, during and after vacations. Vacations can be fun if you plan ahead, know yourself, and have a good attitude. There are times before these events that I “fall apart” due to the stress […]

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Family Ties

By Out-of-Sync Woman

I’ve seen lots of parents’ perspectives on raising children who have autism. I’ve yet to see the perspective of autistic adults like me about their parents. It does seem to be asymmetrical, don’t you think? Let me tell you a little about me. I was diagnosed at a very young age and was lucky enough […]

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