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Learning How To 'Be'

Updated: Mar 12

*TW* - Suicide and sexual trauma.


Hello, my name is Kathleen. I am a neurodivergent artist, writer, author, Intuitive Life Coach and sit on the Alora Farm Advisory Board.


While conversing over Italian food on a weekday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, Yvette told me about her idea to create a safe, holistic place for autists that included residences. As I listened, it came as a breath of fresh air and an obvious solution to the lack of proper support for the autism community. It struck me personally since my son, and I are autists and like any other caregiver, I'm concerned about my son's future and want to contribute wherever Alora needs me to do my part. It is important for me to help manifest it.


My role initially began on the Board of Directors for Alora Farm, then at the start of 2022, demands for my time began to increase, and I transitioned onto Alora's Advisory Board, where I contribute my guidance, talents, and skills to further continue the growth of this compassionate nonprofit.


Over the course of my life, I’ve worn many hats and in fact, still do! I am a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, my work has been internationally published.


I had a modeling career for over 17 years that led to acting and directing, which I still may pursue in the future.

I’m a published writer and photojournalist, and at this point in my life, my literary focus has shifted to being an author. You will find my children’s book series and less serious books for grownups under my pen name, Guy Wednesday. I own The Imaginarium Wonder Emporium, my vintage circus-inspired online boutique founded in 2017.

For supplemental income, I am a creative brand consultant.

And since 2014, I have been an intuitive medium and life coach with a niche specialty in trauma, PTSD, shadow work, and creative blocks/life obstacles.

Juggling these trades has been a dream and a curse (welcome to ADHD). And yet, everything I do serves to enrich my life, give me purpose and satiate my ever-growing curiosity about the world around me and human behavior as a whole.


I’m a mother to a beautiful, brilliant autist son with a cognitive disability. Raising Aiden - growing together has illuminated why I am the way I am. I have a first-hand education on the wide range of neurological diversity. It was, in fact, my son’s neurologist who first pointed out to me that I am autistic when I was 31 years old and Aiden was 3. This late understanding of my brain function and neuro pathways changed my entire reality.


After that followed a few years of grieving. There was also a deep relief. I understood that there was, in fact, nothing wrong with me. I wasn’t “lazy” or “immature” or “stupid” or any of the things I’d been called and treated like since childhood by certain family members and peers. But with this understanding came the heat of anger and resentment that no one caught this sooner. Because I was raised in the ’80s and ’90s, I was instead viewed as “weird” or "unstable," and many other things in my heart I knew were incorrect.