Blogger: Janis Gaudelli – “Champion of Truths, Unicorns & AWE-tism”
A week from today we’re throwing two different celebrations at The Daily Feels.
First, it’s our one-year anniversary at The Daily Feels! In January of last year, I made a pact with myself that I was going to invest time in a passion project that brought people together for a common good: to honor the truths of storytelling. I called on eleven individuals from all walks of life, each with a powerful narrative to share.
As the creator of The Daily Feels, I had three goals to conquer:
- Face my fear of writing
- Eliminate shame and stigmas by sharing vulnerable truths
- Build awareness and acceptance of Autism
Whereas there is still work to be done on all three goals, I am forever grateful I didn’t have to do this alone. Those eleven bloggers who took the initial leap with me to share their stories, the nine more who joined us throughout the year, and all our Guest Bloggers have been my inspiring guides.
And then there’s you, the reader. We are truly grateful for the love and support you have provided. It’s a terrifying free-fall when you start putting your life in words for the world to read. But when those words fall upon those who support and relate to your journey, well, that’s when the stars align. We’re honored to keep on this path for as long as you’re willing to walk with us. As Ram Dass so beautifully put it, “We’re all just walking each other home.” To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we will have a new look and feel on the blog. Make sure to check it out on April 1st and tell us what you think.
The second celebration will take place all month long, as April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month. Did you know that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If you have been with us at The Daily Feels, you know that my moniker is the “Champion of Truths, Unicorns & AWE-tism.” I am mom to a 7-year-old boy with Autism, who was diagnosed when he was 3. Since then, he has guided me to see the AWE in Autism (which wasn’t always the case, believe me). I spent the first couple of years playing victim to this disorder until I chose to see the gift, the awe that was being presented to me on the daily. Autism has made me a better person and therefore a better parent. I have learned so much about compassion, patience, and the true meaning of unconditional love. I have the best life coach in my son Kellan, sharing his lens on what is such a fascinating world. I have had the privilege of meeting warriors in the form of parents, caregivers, therapists, teachers, advocates, coaches, and of course all the amazing individuals living with Autism. I continue to stand in awe of this community and the world we navigate together every day.
We’re amplifying the AWE in Autism this month at The Daily Feels, by celebrating those warriors I speak of above. Take a look at the incredibly cute video our very own blogger and Autism Warrior Mom, JB McCann put together for the details (special cameos by both our boys).
Each day, we will highlight an extraordinary human who is either living with or supports those living with Autism, thanking them for all they do in making the world of Autism AWEsome. These folks tirelessly forge ahead each and every day, putting EVERYTHING else before themselves, honoring is the least we can do.
So, here’s my ask: if you know a warrior who puts the AWE in Autism, please take some time to honor them on The Daily Feels. I guarantee you will make their day— and ours. All you need to do is follow the instructions below and we’ll take it from there.
Step 1 – Think about who you know living with or supporting someone with Autism. It can be a parent, therapist, doctor, caregiver (babysitter/family member), teacher, coach, etc.
Step 2 – Reach out to this individual and let them know that you’d like to honor them (you can say something like: “The Daily Feels blog community is honoring those living with and/or supporting individuals living with Autism for the month of April. I would like to honor you. Are you ok with that? If so, all I need is a picture of you for the post and I will take it from there.”)
Step 3 – Once they approve, you get to write 3-5 sentences telling us why/how they put the AWE in Autism. Why are they so special and how do they make the world of Autism more AWEsome?
Step 4 – Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your write up with their picture and we will design a post highlighting the honoree, celebrated by you.
Step 5 – I will give you the date your honoree will be celebrated so you can let them know when to check out the blog.
That’s it! Such an easy way to make an incredible impact on someone who truly deserves it.
Thank you, Daily Feelers, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting this chick’s passion project. Here’s to another year of amazing story-telling at The Daily Feels and building awareness & acceptance for those living with Autism. #DifferentNotLess
Janis Gaudelli is The Founder of The Daily Feels. She started this passion project to reveal the magic behind storytelling, and how truth-based narratives bring people together in the most heart-warming of ways. Fascinated by soul, depth, intellect, raw truths and rebellion with a cause. Often captivated by the awe of nature: star gazing, moon manifesting, sunset chasing, waves crashing, crickets singing. Fiercely curious about the inner-workings of the human psyche… she professionally studies human behavior for a living. Forever proud and grateful for being a mom to the force that fuels her life: her 7-year-old son, and greatest professor, Kellan.