Peace Out

The day has come.

New Year’s Eve is here.

A friend shared with me this week if she summed up her 2020 in one word it would be patience.







anxiety and








quality time,




wellness and


We merely had no choice but to find balance in the middle of this crisis and chaos. We were creative with our jobs, graduation, therapies or sending a son off to college or family vacation time.

This year, some barely survived, some created deeper relationships, some created healthy habits and some experienced loss.

The one thing 2020 has done for me was it stripped away all the background noise. Like the news, politics, activities, all of the sports, school activities and all the hustle and bustle with running from point A to point B. It gave me an opportunity to align, rebalance, get healthy, prioritize and be thankful for what was right in front of me, my husband, my children, my home, my pets.

The pure simplicity of family and learning to spend time together, building a garden and doing things I never took time to do like walks or meditation.

Yes I still had times I cried or was frustrated and scared. Fuck, we are in the middle of a Pandemic.

So tomorrow, I have no New Year’s resolution.

No one word for 2021 needed for me either.

I feel fulfilled.

Setting no expectations.

Setting no promises.

I am at peace and know I am stronger because of 2020.

Peace out.

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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