Sharing my heart… on my birthday


Today’s my birthday!

As I reflect on my 48 years on this planet, I want to share what’s in my heart.

I’m so grateful for all of my autism parents.

My life is so significantly enriched with you in it.

You are brave.

You are real.

You are aware and open-minded.

You are loving.

You are strong.

You inspire me every day.

What could be better than spending my days supporting you… and learning from you.

I’m grateful.

Life isn’t always easy. We all have our struggles. We all have our wounding. And if you knew mine, you would realize that in many ways we are alike, just with a different set of struggles.

I have methylation issues and anxiety, as many of my autism families. I’m emotionally sensitive and sometimes (fortunately, not too often) I’m blindsided by depression.

Most are surprised to find I struggle as I do. (Life looks so perfect with the “sizzle reel” of Facebook. Doesn’t it?)

Sometimes I find life hard. As I know many of you do.

I’m not comparing my situation to an autism family’s, I’m just saying there is so much we can gain from each other…

Learning about healing. Compassion. Unconditional love.

And I have learned strength from you.

And helping your children and families has given my life meaning and purpose, and strength in my darkest days.

Last week when my husband and I were in Sedona, we came across Robert, the flute player, at Boynton Canyon Vortex.

He gave us hearts made from the red rock, and he played 7 songs. I wish I remembered all of them. The three I remember are LOVE and JOY… along with this one on LETTING IT GO.

I have struggled with this, as I tend to worry a lot.

So on my birthday, I’m going to set a prayer for releasing everything negative that does not serve me. To trust and have faith.

And if it feels good to you, I invite you to too.

Here is Robert perched on top of the red rocks, playing his flute, while I dance poi (a fire dancing, flow art form, that I use as meditation) as Martin, my husband, films.

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Stay the course. There are people who love you and support you.

You’ve enriched my 48 years on this planet. Sending you love on this special day.






Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who received her master’s degree in medical nutrition with distinction from Arizona State University. She is also a published nutrition researcher and has specialized in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD for over 20 years. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism, co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients, and also the founder of Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.


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