Susan Levin, a Harvard graduate and native New Yorker, explored careers in law and design before unexpectedly discovering that her passion lay in her family when her toddler was diagnosed with autism and she changed her life to help him. Susan shares how her son’s diagnosis changed her life and redefined her priorities. She talks about common concerns and struggles every mother goes through: the guilt, the self-judgment, the loss of direction… Stop beating yourself up! You are not alone! Susan continues to embrace her passion by writing, lecturing, and coaching families with Susan’s new online program – Autism Moms’ Self-Care Workshop! You have to start caring for yourself, and by listening to this podcast, you will begin to get the tools you’ve been needing.
[:22] Susan Levin´s personal life story
[1:28] Practice extreme self care.
[1:40] Mother of a child with autism.
[2:16] The loneliness
[3:01] I did not know how to relate to my child.
[3:18] Uncomfortable and ashamed of my kid.
[4:22] Self-judgment is a prison.
[4:42] Autism is epidemic.
[5:17] How do you get through this?
[5:43] Moms that look uncomfortable and unhappy
[6:33] We are all affected.
[8:02] How you take care of yourself?
[8:10] My well-being will have a huge impact in my child’s well-being.
[10:12] Start talking about your feelings.
[10:30] Talk about fears and rage.
[11:03] Is there hope?
[11:29] I blogged every night.
[12:33] Start taking care of myself in a very practical level.
[13:45] I learned how to change my choices.
[14:18] Learning how to connect with myself.
[14:40] Breathing technique
[15:13] Mindset hacks
[16:19] Beating myself up.
[17:12] Being honest about what is inside.
[18:11] What is the one thing you do, that makes the biggest difference in your life?
[18:27] Crying is a liquid prayer.
[19:39] Free download of tools for the whole family
[21:07] Breakfast sets the pace for the entire day.
[21:39] Listeners’ question
[22:50] JJVirgin bars and shakes
[23:25] Healthy take out
[24:30] Set up your life for success.
[24:38] Facebook fanpage JJ Virgin
As always, remember:
You are worthy. Dare to live a life that matters.