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A Not Mad. Motivated. Store/Story : : : End – of – Inventory Alert

It has been a busy week at Not Mad. Motivated. (NMM) as we recently invested in a WordPress Business Plan. Since the start of NMM in 2018, all of our sells have been made in person. We are now expanding our business to accommodate future customers in more distant regions! As we continue building our online store, we question whether to include one of our three styles of tee shirts, since the style has only seven adult shirts currently available. Instead of excluding these seven shirts from our store, we decided to highlight them in a blog post!

In August of 2017, our son was diagnosed with Autism. Although we had expected the diagnosed, the new certainty had a huge impact. When you think about it, nothing had really changed from one day to the other. However, simultaneously, everything changed! What do we need to know? How do we build our son’s team? What must we do differently to increase our son’s ability to learn and thrive? Will he ever be able to speak? Was his Autism caused by something we did? How do we figure all this out, and more, while balancing a full-time career and two other children? To say the least, there were lots of anxiety that came after his diagnosis. We did not have many answers about the future, but a pause became necessary. And our Not Mad. Motivated. mindset was ignite.

The phrase “Not Mad. Motivated.” was initially inspired by the need to grow from a negative situation. This is not to say that Autism is a negative; instead the negatives were the anxieties and worries that came along with the diagnosis. Thinking forward, we knew that it would be ideal to reduce the need of full-time employment in order to be more flexible for our family’s needs. Before September 2017 was over, the Trademark process to protect the phrase “Not Mad. Motivated.” had been started with the idea of creating a family business that would eventually help supplement us financially.

After our trademark application was submitted, we began to worked on a design to incorporated on our first tee shirts. With a few disappointing attempts for the perfect design, we decided to keep our first shirts simple. Just the words “Not Mad. Motivated.”! We had a few shirts made for the family in 2017, and purchased a larger order in 2018 that were made available to the public. We have seven adults tees left to sell and they are now available at our online store. Although our store is not yet complete, we would like to invite you to view and shop during our soft-opening. We also invite your comments and request for additional sizes and colors.

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Size Small in Maroon (1) ; Size X-Large in Brown (1) and Light Blue (2); Size 3X-Large in Maroon (1), Brown (1), and Royal Blue (1)
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You Inspired . . . A Not Mad. Motivated. Poem

You inspired me to grow

by trying to make me feel small.

You inspired me to know

by acting like you knew it all.

You inspired my voice

by telling me to be silent.

You inspired my choice

by you being violent.

– A Not Mad. Motivated. Poem

This poem is not about accepting [domestic] violence; instead, it is about accepting one’s experience of it. This poem is about realization of strength, determination to thrive, and turning someone’s hateful acts into acts of self love because. . .

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No one deserves to be abused! If you are in an abusive relationship, please find the strength to leave it. It is easier said then done, but you are worth it! If you need help, call your local domestic violence hotline, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for support, resources and advice.

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What does ‘Not Mad. Motivated.’ mean?

The phrase “Not Mad. Motivated.®” is very personal to me.  The phrase represents a phase in my life when I needed to dig deep and fight through some of my biggest tests and obstacles.  “Not Mad. Motivated.®” also represents the mind set that I desired to take on once my youngest son was diagnosed with autism.

Many negative feelings can disguise itself within a cloak of anger and madness.  I was never “mad” at autism. I am, however,  worried that my support as a parent would be inadequate for maximizing my son’s development. At times, I feel overwhelmed by the need to balance daily care of my children and self-care, all while nurturing a career and attempting to keep a house in order.  My responsibilities do not cause me to feel mad or angry.  It is the fear of failing at my responsibilities, and therefore failing myself, my children, family, and friends, that causes a self-critical mindset.

“Not Mad. Motivated.®”  is meant to inspire all of us who ever feels inadequate, overwhelmed, fearful, or self-critical.  “Not Mad. Motivated.®” is meant to remind all of us to climb above negativity through appreciation, awareness, thoughtfulness, and hopefulness.  What does “Not Mad. Motivated.®” mean to you?  Please leave your comments below or tweet us @notmadmotivated using #NotMadMotivatedLife.

“Not Mad. Motivated.®” – Inspiring Positive Thoughts to Encourage Positive Actions!