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My Journey with God...

One of the opportunities I had at the end of my "Rooted" experience at Grace Church was to share my story with God by either writing it or I think the other option was to tell it in front of a camera. You probably guessed that I wrote it because I'm about to share it with you hence the title of this post, and that the writing option stuck with me since I'm not sure about what the other option was. Anyway, yeah, I'm about to share with you my journey with God to what I submitted to Grace Church. I'm not here to pursue non-believers about my beliefs, I'm just sharing my journey with Him. So enjoy!

    "My name is Andrew Boughner and I was born and raised a Christian. My parents baptized me into the church when I was only about 3 months old and we attended St. Luke's United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis, Indiana. We, along with my two younger sisters, had some great times at St. Luke's from the late 90s to early 2000s. I was involved…
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Sixth Grade: The Worst School Year of My Life...

Yep, you read that right. Everyone probably should have a worst school year in their youth. Now, I wouldn't say it was all bad, but sixth grade was definitely the school year I don't want to relive. This isn't about the big change from elementary school to middle school. No, this is about the people I encountered and some of the unfairness I experienced.

    Being that I was part of the program where some students needed extra time on tests, needed a copy of notes, or just general assistance with assignments, the person who was in charge is one that I never want to see again. I don't want to mention who because I am nice enough to respect everyone. But, I can only think of two instances where this person has become one that I do not like at all.
    First, I'm with her and some of my fellow classmates during lunch hour and we're working on an assignment. The bell goes off to issue the time for some students, including us, to go off for lunch. She doesn'…

What I Desire in Life...

My life certainly seems like a mystery to me. I don't believe I ever knew what I wanted to do in terms of a career. The paths I took so far are areas that interest me, so I've been trying to find somewhere to stay. It has taken me a while, probably more so than others, and I have felt pretty hopeless at times. I even wished to be dead because I couldn't see what my purpose is in life. But there is one thing that I desire most, and that's to enjoy life and to help others however I can.

    I'm sure many of you have heard of this, society tells kids, "stay in school, get good grades, go to college, and get a job". I mentioned this in my last blog and I want to bring it up again because, frankly, I don't give a care in the world anymore about what people tell kids. It may be how society wants things to work, but for those of us that are not able to do what society says, it's discouraging. I've spent a great deal of time this past decade wonde…

How I Found Success and Happiness...

There's no denying it, everyone has those negative voices in their minds that gives them a false sense of reality. I suffered a lot from them this decade while trying different paths and learning how to deal with them. Mine are mainly based on self esteem and wondering if I'll ever be happy and successful. But what I soon came to realize is that there's always a time to feel happy and successful.

    The number one voice I kept hearing in my mind has went along the lines of "Agh,...you are failing! How can you call yourself a member of society if you have failed what you have been told? They told you, 'get good grades', 'go to college', and 'find a good job'. That's how you find your way in society and you're not able to do it!" Pretty harsh, right? Part of what I kept hearing has been true though. Society tells us, especially growing up in school, to get good grades for a college acceptance to get educated on a career you desi…

My New Year's Resolutions for 2019...

Well, first off, happy new year 2019!! I learned a lot about myself and how to handle difficult moments last year. To sum up 2018, I started drinking coffee in the mornings, completed an internship at Eleven Fifty Academy in April, enrolled as a trainee of LEND at the end of the summer, got a job at the startup bakery, "No Label at the Table", and started blogging. I also became interested in baking from watching "Nailed It!", "Sugar Rush", and "Zumbo's Just Desserts" on Netflix. It was a great year for me to try new things and to grow as a person. So, as it's the start of 2019, I have a few resolutions that I hope I can pull off to further learn new things and continue my growth as a human.

    First off, I would love to start reading more books this year. I believe spending more of my time reading and less of my time on electronic devices will make me feel less depressed and worried about the future. There's a quote I recently …

The Challenges in my Life...

Being on the Autism spectrum, there are aspects of life that are more challenging for me than others. I guess since I'm grown up, I have new obstacles to deal with and older ones have either gone away or don't bother me as much as they did when I was a kid. But this generally makes sense for anyone depending on what they have gone through with their youth. Like I mentioned earlier though, my situation is, or can be, different.

One big challenge for me was moving to Florida in 2003. I was excited to move, but to be more specific, I was just nervous and afraid to join any groups or sports teams at school because I thought I wouldn't be accepted. I also just wanted to stay with what I did from where I came from, if that makes sense. To put it better, I didn't want to replace my experiences in Carmel, Indiana with new ones in Florida. But I understand now that nothing will replace any of my experiences I have had in my life, unless I want them to.

Another big challenge I f…

My Story...

Hello, I'm Andrew Boughner! Just to clarify real quick - my last name is pronounced "bow-ner", "bow" as in bowing to an audience. Not the other way "B-O-W" can be pronounced, but that can be funny. It's happened to me once and, at the time, I didn't even know what everyone was laughing about. Well, I did think that they were laughing because it was pronounced wrong, but not the real reason since I didn't know what "boner" meant at the time. You can also think of my last name rhyming with "downer".

Anyway, I was born at 5:20pm or 17:20 on February 16th, 1993. I was the first baby and only boy to be born to my parents, and my full name is Andrew Michael Boughner. I was left with a birthmark on the back of my head on the lower right side that, when seen, looks like a coin-sized mole. I'm also allergic to Nickel, the kind of metal, not the coin. My life began in the great city of Carmel, Indiana here in the United State…