Last month was Autism Awareness Month. I took a moment to reflect on the first time I heard Jaden say “Mommy”. The immense joy I felt continues to be one of the important factors why I will continue to fight for inclusion, support and healing for all individuals on the spectrum. I hope you took time out to celebrate your loved ones as well. Autism is Beautiful!
This month we celebrate Mothers all over the world. Like most mom’s one of the challenges I’ve faced is self-care. Self-care is essential to our well-being. It should be on our basic needs list. Self-care is defined “as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” While that may be true, self-care can take on a number of meanings depending on who you are speaking with, on any given day. Regardless, of how you define self-care, one thing remains consistent in all definitions…IT IS NECESSARY!
I started writing when I was in 3rd grade. I primarily wrote poetry, and occasionally I wrote a song or two. Eventually, I began to write out my feelings; not realizing during that time, composing my thoughts was extremely therapeutic. It helped me cope with some very tough challenges I had to face in my younger years and even today. It became one of the ways I managed self-care.
As a result of this, I wrote a book called “I Will: A 30 Day Devotional Journal of Self-Reflection and Transparency”. Understanding that we control the power of our words to influence and heal ourselves, this journal is a great place to start your journey of self-reflection, self-care and healing. I hope you will join me on this journey and purchase your copy of “I Will” today. Click here for your copy: https://shop.terrimatthewsonline.com/
Terri Matthews, Founder & CEO