What does a thriving autistic life look like?

Come with me on a journey of self discovery around life, work, fulfilment and figuring out what you want, what you actually need to live a happy and authentic autistic life, and where to start.

~ Enrolment is currently closed… but will reopen for another cohort in April 2024. Join the waitlist to get an email as soon as it opens! ~

What does a thriving autistic life look like?

Come with me on a journey of self discovery around life, work, fulfilment and figuring out what you want, what you actually need to live a happy and authentic autistic life, and where to start.

 

~ Enrolment is currently closed… but will reopen for another cohort in April 2024. Join the waitlist to get an email as soon as it opens! ~

If you’ve recently been diagnosed or self identified as autistic, and/or you’re in burnout (or coming out of burnout) and want to explore creating a life and work that will meet your autistic needs, this is for you.

This is a 12-week program of reflections, questions, journalling and exercises that I’ve developed from my own experiences and learning. It’s designed to take autistic women and nonbinary people like you on a journey of self discovery around work, fulfilment and figuring out what you want out of life – and where to start.

I’ve been investing in my own personal development since 2014, when I was still an undiagnosed high school teacher deep in burnout, convinced I was trapped in that role and that life forever.

Since then, I’ve seen first hand the power of both one-to-one and group coaching and mentoring. I’ve had some huge breakthroughs personally, professionally and financially, and I’ve manifested things into my life as a direct result of a combination of mindset work and taking action (that action bit is important!).

I’m not holding myself up as any kind of ‘guru’; we are all on the same journey and in this together. I am the facilitator, there to hold space for you and walk alongside you.

I’m not a millionaire (not even close! 😂). I don’t run a 6-figure business.  But I have changed my work and life to meet my needs as an autistic woman with health challenges. I’ve attracted people who are on my wavelength, who I enjoy working with.

And I’ve managed to thrive, despite being unable to work full time.

I had 2 big lightbulb moments during these sessions. I got clarity on a big career project that I’ve been toying around with in my head for years. And I realised that the work that has to come first for me right now is my own personal work of understanding and self-acceptance. I took away some concrete tools to use in both these areas.

It was so validating to hear the other participants’ stories and struggles that so closely mirrored my own. This was the first time I’ve ever gotten an opportunity like that. If you’ve been recently diagnosed, or if you’re still in the process of figuring out how to rework your life to support your own wellbeing, you will definitely find these workshops helpful.”

~ Elizabeth

I want to share with you what I’ve learned over the past nine years about coming to terms with a late autism diagnosis/self identification, understanding yourself better, self care, mindset, attraction, taking action, and re-imagining (and building) a new life as a newly diagnosed autistic adult after a career-ending burnout.

Let’s get started.

All the details…

🌟 This is a 12-week self-study program, with a private Facebook group for discussion, support and connection with the other participants, and the option for 1:1 support with me.

🌟 ​As soon as you sign up, you’ll get login access to the learning portal, where you’ll find an initial prework exercise ready for you to get started right away. Then every 2 weeks a new learning will appear, with videos, audios and a workbook.

🌟 Over the 12 weeks I’ll take you through a series of exercises (video and audio) and journalling prompts designed to make you think and go deep into your needs and desires in life, figure out what you want and where to start in building your ideal life as a late-diagnosed autistic person.

🌟 There’s a workbook for each session, which you can choose to print out or fill in on your computer (or if you prefer you can use your own journal/notebook, or record your reflections on a voice app, or any other way that feels right for you).

🌟 There’ll be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and observations and discuss the things that come up for you with me and the other Thrive participants in the private Facebook group, should you wish to.

🌟 There’s an option to add 1:1 sessions with me (via Zoom), one at the start of the program, and one at the end.

The program

I’ve created Thrive based on my own journey over the past 9 years – what I’ve learned from experience, from talking to other autistic people, and through investing in my self development.

The program went through two live rounds in 2022 – so the materials are tried and tested, and have been revised and tweaked, based on feedback and my experience of delivering them live with groups.

All the modules are centred around the autistic experience and our particular needs as neurodivergent adults.

Prework: Meet Your Future Self

Who do you want to be? What do you want to be, do and have – if you could have anything? In the Prework I take you through a powerful (and fun!) exercise that has helped me bring about massive change in my own life.

Module 1: Rebuilding and Reconnecting

Who are you really, under the mask? This module is all about beginning the process of rebuilding yourself from the ground up, through reconnecting with your younger/unmasked self.

 Module 2: Bridging the Gap

In this module we look at where you are now, and focus on bridging the gap between past, present and future you. We think about your specific needs as an autistic person, how you can discover/rediscover/tap into your autistic joy, your relationships with yourself and others, and what you actually need to be happy, secure and fulfilled. 

Module 3: Exploring Your ‘Why’

What’s the purpose behind what you do and love? This is important to a lot of people, but seems to be especially so for autistic people. In this session we tap into your life philosophy, higher purpose and special interests and discover how these might connect with your future life and work.

Module 4: Mindset

In this session we examine your beliefs (and self belief), the stories you tell yourself and the stories you’ve inherited and absorbed, and explore how you can empower yourself to improve your self talk, love and accept yourself as you are (while always learning, and striving to be the best ‘you’ you can be) and create a life that feels more like you – one that fits your authentically autistic self better.

Module 5: Toolkit

What’s in your Autistic Toolkit? Some of us will have more than others, but I think most of us late-identified, high-masking autistic adults have probably (consciously or unconsciously) developed a toolkit of strategies and life hacks to help us manage our autistic challenges and navigate the world. In this module we explore your toolkit, evaluate what’s still of value and what’s no longer serving you, and see what else you can add to your toolkit to enhance and enrich your future self.

Module 6: Action!

I don’t know about you, but I know I live in my head a LOT. It’s important that we don’t get stuck in ‘research mode’ – or dream big dreams that we forget to actually take action on.

Now it’s time for some strategy, planning and practical steps to start moving you forward into the next stage of your life and career/business/work. This session is all about taking action – however small.

“I signed up for the workshops to take a look at where I am now and have the space to think about the near future and beyond. Doing the workshops has given me the time to think, and be guided in that process, in thinking about how to live an authentic autistic life going forwards.

My biggest takeaway is seeing how fundamentally important it is to live in an authentically autistic way. It’s focused me into starting to do the necessary thinking about my life. It’s been wonderful.

~ Sue

The most helpful parts were hearing about Amy’s experiences and process, and hearing what other group members were looking to change and adjust. My biggest takeaway was learning to have more awareness of what works and makes me happy, considering small adjustments and tweaks here and there that could make a difference, and changing my mindset around these.

The content of the workshops will continue to permeate and I will keep going back to the worksheets and refine.”

~ Hannah

The 1:1 calls

If you’d like the opportunity to speak with me during the program, I’m offering an option to have two live sessions with me (on Zoom) as part of the Thrive program.

One at the start of the program, where you can share your story with me, and I can help you get clarity around the main areas you want to focus on and what would be a great outcome for you.

One at the end, to reflect on your discoveries over the 12 weeks and talk about your next steps.

This optional extra is for you if…

✨ You’d like to share your story/journey with me

✨ It helps you to have some 1:1 support/input

✨ You’d like to bookend your journey with extra opportunities to reflect and process your thoughts out loud

✨ You’d benefit from some added accountability to encourage you to stick with and complete the program (knowing our second call is booked for the end!).

Enrolment is opening again in April 2024!

If you’re interested in coming with me on a journey of self discovery around life, work, fulfilment and figuring out what you want, what you actually need as an autistic adult, and where to start, you can let me know by popping your details in the waitlist form below:

~ I’ll be in touch as soon as enrolment opens! ~

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FAQs

I'm self identified as autistic - not 'officially' diagnosed. Is that a problem?

Absolutely not!

Personally I believe that self identification is 100% valid. Diagnosis can be unattainable for many people for all sorts of reasons, and people don't tend to identify strongly as autistic without good reason.

So if you're self-identified, you're very welcome to enrol.

Do I have to live in the UK or a nearby time zone?

No, you can be anywhere in the world to do this - it's a self study program with a private Facebook group, so no need to be in the same time zone as me. 

The only possible challenge might be if you opt to have 1:1 calls with me (these are optional) - but I've recorded podcast episodes with people all over the world, and we've always managed to find a time we could both make, so this shouldn't be a problem. But feel free to email me to check.

 

When does Thrive™ start?

The next round will open for enrolment in early 2024.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, there is a 3-month payment plan available.

Is there an option to pay by card if I don’t have a PayPal account?

Yes, if you click on the PayPal button at checkout you'll see an option to 'Pay with debit or credit card'. Click this to be able to pay without using a PayPal account.

What will happen once I sign up?

You’ll receive a welcome email with your login details for the Squarepeg Members site, where you’ll find the Prework module ready for you to start right away.

A new module will appear every two weeks.

You’ll also receive an invitation to the Facebook group.

If you have any questions before we start, or at any point during the 12 weeks, you can email or ask in the Facebook group.

If you’ve opted to have live calls with me, you’ll find the link to book these in your welcome email.

Are there any live sessions?

This is a self-study course, so the modules are delivered in a series of videos, audios and workbooks.

There is also a private Facebook group, which is where you can talk to other participants, share your thoughts and experiences and ask questions.

If you would like to have 1:1 calls with me (over Zoom), there is an option to add these at checkout.

Is the program accessible?

Each module is delivered in a series of videos, audios and workbooks, and there will be transcripts of all audios and videos available to download. So you can choose how to interact with the material depending on your needs and preferences.

Can the Thrive™ resources be downloaded and saved to refer back to?

You can download the workbooks and transcripts, but not the audios or videos. But once you are a Thrive™ member, you'll have access to all the materials via the learning platform for the lifetime of the program, so you'll be able to revisit any part of the program whenever you want.

Would I be missing out significantly if I chose not to join the Facebook Group?

A lot of people who went through the live rounds of Thrive really appreciated the opportunity to hear about other peoples experiences and share with each other. But because not everyone wants or needs this, the Facebook group isn't compulsory. It's there as an extra support and community for those who want it. All important info will be shared in the member portal and/or by email.

Are you planning to do a live round of Thrive™?

I have no immediate plans to do another live round, but it’s possible I may do one at some point in the future. I may at some point add some live group Zoom calls into the self study program – and if this happens, anyone who has purchased THRIVE will be included/invited.

I’d love to have you in THRIVE…

“It already feels worthwhile – I’ve made some changes/decisions and I’m definitely moving forward. Thank you for doing this and for leading us through the sessions in a way that feels safe.”

“I just wanted to say how useful this whole hour has been. These questions and reflections are just so nourishing and needed and necessary. I feel like I want to go over it again in my own time as well, because I’m only just skimming the surface, but I’m pretty blown away by how helpful this is.”

It’s so brilliant to have something that’s made for someone like me, instead of listening to something and thinking, ‘Oh, okay, I need to adapt that, so it fits me in the way I work, my brain.’ Thank you.”

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