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On The Hunt

A blog about autism, life and the single mom

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Maghan

I am a writer and journalist. I currently make sure counties and cities are upholding public contract code, but have been in the media field for over a decade. In my spare time, I run my son's YouTube channel and write books and screenplays.

Finding time

A few weeks ago, I launched Liam’s YouTube Channel, On the Hunt. He’s been very successful and is already up to 11 subscribers and over 100 views on all of his videos. Continue reading “Finding time”

New beginnings

Recently, I decided to help my son create a YouTube channel. After some research and then deciding what to do the videos on, we officially launched the channel today and have posted his first video. Continue reading “New beginnings”

Unexpected surprises

As many of you know, I have a store on Etsy and from time to time I flip furniture. Sometimes through my Etsy store, Sew Fantastic Crafts, and other times through Facebook pages and Craigslist locally.

It is often through these Facebook pages and Craigslist that I come across finds, which on occasion I snatch up to flip. Well, a few weeks ago, a post through one of the local vintage stores caught my attention. I saw this dresser being advertised, it was Mid-Century and looked similar to a piece given to me by a former roommate. Continue reading “Unexpected surprises”

Having a child means lots of toys every where all the time. Having an autistic child means having lots of every where and then having lots of patience to help them put those toys away.

For me, I’ve found having a system really helps, but doesn’t always work. Liam has containers with photos on them of the things that got back inside it, but that rarely happens. Instead, I go through his toys once a month and weed out things he doesn’t play with anymore. This also goes for his clothing too. I make him help me so that he learns the value of donating items, as well as the ability to discern what he needs and what he doesn’t. Continue reading “Organization”

New year, new beginnings

Well, Liam and I finished 2015 with a bang. He had surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids removed to help his sleep apnea. Now one month later and he’s a whole new child!

Having a child with autism is challenging, especially after his surgery. There were times when I thought we were going to end up back in the hospital because I couldn’t get home to drink anything. Through it all though, I had my family supporting me. It also didn’t hurt that I basically gave my son a bunch of bribes to take his medicine. Continue reading “New year, new beginnings”

Change

I’ve been neglecting this blog and its readers now for several months. Every time I have thought about taking it down or doing something with it, I’m never sure where to start.

It’s almost become a character blog more times than I can count. In the minds of most, that would probably be the better idea because I’ve written a few screenplays and am about a third of a way through a book. However, that didn’t seem right either. Continue reading “Change”

Missing moments

I was in Eureka Friday visiting one of the TV stations whose digital properties I manage. I did trainings with the reporters, and then got to hang out with the news anchor after work. It was a nice break from routine, but it reminded me of what I miss.

Have you ever missed a moment in your life and wished you could go back to it? I don’t necessarily miss one specific moment, it’s more like a chapter of my life. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed being a reporter until I accepted a position where I don’t go into the field and create content. Instead, I manage a website for two TV stations, their social media accounts, and their apps. On occasion I get to jump in and help post breaking news and press releases. Continue reading “Missing moments”

Creating order

Horoscopes are funny things. You either believe in them or you don’t. I don’t typically put a lot of stock in my horoscope or what it is telling me about being a Capricorn. Today was different though. I took today off from work, this allowed me to actually sit and enjoy my breakfast. On a whim I decided to check my horoscope, and it said something that resonated with me, mostly because I’d been thinking about this for a while.

My horoscope said that I need to streamline my life and make it more user friendly, and that I also needed to get things in order before I start pursuing romantic endeavors. The reason why this resonated with me is because I have all these half completed projects around my house, but haven’t found the time to finish them. My master bed room basically became a large closet because I didn’t feel the need to put away my folded, clean clothes. My sewing projects had taken over the guest room, and I have a bin in the kitchen filled with mail that needs to be filed. Continue reading “Creating order”

Dating & disappointment

“Everybody deserves somebody who makes them look forward to tomorrow.” ~ Orebela Gbenga

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced when trying to break back into the dating world hasn’t been my career or my son – it’s timing.

I’ve never had great timing. I can look back over the years and see the pattern. In high school, I wasn’t confident enough and this led to much disappointment because I would talk myself out of even going after a guy I had a crush. I would use excuses as a defense mechanism. Then when those excuses turned out to be even partially true, I used them as a brick to build a wall around myself and my heart. By the time I was to the point where I’d work up the courage to ask the guy out, he was already dating someone. Continue reading “Dating & disappointment”

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