Perhaps that hasn’t happened yet because I’m still walking the path of raising these boys. Perhaps I haven’t learned all of the lessons that I need to share. My journey with them is not complete, and it does require a lot of focus. Just like I tell my son he needs a plan—a plan to move out, be on his own—I too need a plan. It’s time for me to set up my “coffee can plan” and put something away in it every day towards my own goals. I will write something every day. What I’m living and what I’m doing right now is a part of my spiritual journey. And I am learning to cut myself a break, give myself a little grace and stop blaming every issue that my boys have on myself. Just like I am trying to show my son that he is ready, that it is time, I too am learning that I am ready and that it is time for me to conquer the world! Now, if I could only get Oprah and Liz to come live with me to remind me and keep it going. “It’s time for me to set up my ‘coffee can plan’ and put something away in it every day towards my own goals.” Karen Wesley Weaver is a writer, autism advocate, professional wine drinker and grocery shopper. She blogs about her life raising two challenging, unique teen boys at Confessions of An Asperger’s Mom and runs a Facebook community page by the same name. Do you have an inspirational story to share about your journey as an autism parent? Send your 800 words or less first-person essay to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Close Up” in the subject line for consideration.