mylifeautistic was built through passion and resolve. The value of people, inclusion, representation and acceptance ... the bricks. Hope and a belief in a New Life Autistic, the mortar. I don't know how to describe this last year. I was having to focus day by day to keep going through the meltdowns, and other issues common to an autistic person.
I hit the mat so many times, felt like I couldn't go on another hour, nevermind another day. However, I had so many people asking me to keep going, to not lose hope because I'm giving it to so many people. I know that it doesn't take a lot to make me fall, but I also know that I never stay down long. I don't know what my last words will be ... but I suspect they will probably be "Don't worry, I got this...".
When Jeni Curtis joined she became a part of what I always hoped would be a legacy for the community. A home where you are understood, accepted and really appreciated for the individual you are. The authentic you.
However she gave me hope because I knew that the winter was going to bring more challenges. Jeni becoming Chief Operating Officer was for many reasons. Mainly technology and my health, but I truly believe she was made for this role. That given time, she will soar and ensure mylifeautistic becomes the "lighthouse of hope" to every single autistic person and caregiver in the world.
I can't describe this past year because I didn't really look back until last night. I was focused on the massive mountain I knew that I would have to climb to achieve this. I am still stunned that about 20 celebrities/public figures have shared a mylifeautistic post. I kept my promise and gave my daughter, her picture book, Kaleidoscope. Helped show autism in a different light. Linked in with the Scottish government, and had a truly unforgettable year.
We appreciate everyone that has made mylifeautistic what it is. This was 2022, we can't wait to see where the journey takes us in 2023. Hopefully we keep moving forward, onwards and upwards.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Curtis
The incredibly grateful team at mylifeautistic.com