If you’re not already a member of ADDA, then I encourage you to become one. It’s a truly wonderful organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults with ADHD, and I’ve been involved with it for many, many years! And if you missed the ADDA conference, then you can purchase the recordings here, including the recording of my session, Mindset Matters: How to Program Your Brain for Advanced ADHD Management. (Note: You can buy recordings for the whole event, or pick and choose the ones you want.)
I wasn’t expecting much out of the conference, simply because I’ve been MIA in the ADHD world for quite some time. Difficulties before my twins were born, followed by the major life adjustment of going from one kid to three kids, has resulted in me working only about 1 day a week. And most of that time is spent with coaching clients.
For the very first time in my life, work is not my #1 priority! (And that’s a good thing!) So my goals for the ADDA conference were few: 1) to give a great presentation; 2) to see all my friends and colleagues; 3) to get some uninterrupted sleep! I met those goals. And, to my surprise, I ended up getting so much more.
I assumed that I had slipped off the radars of most ADHD adults. I’ve barely updated the blog this year, the podcast has been paused, and I haven’t sent out a newsletter since the fall of 2013! (Ugh. Believe me, I feel guilty about that!) Yet, to my amazement, lots of people that I had never met made a point of finding me at the conference.
The following may seem like bragging, but please indulge me because there is a point to sharing these stories:
- One woman told me that she read my book a year ago, and that I was the reason she was at the conference. I was so happy to hear that, because she got a lot out of the event, and was truly in need of connecting with others in this ADHD tribe of ours.
- One man told me that he has been following me since before my book came out 7 years ago, and that I introduced him to ADDA, too. He has since gone on to become an ADHD coach, and an ADDA volunteer!
- A bunch of people told me that they loved my book and asked me to sign it for them.
- A number of people, whom I didn’t know, asked me how my kids are or asked to see pictures.
- And one man who was sitting in my presentation with his eyes closed (it was late in the afternoon on the second day and I think all of us were beat) came up to me afterward and thanked me for the presentation, saying that he really got a lot out of it. “That’s great to hear,” I said. “Because I thought you were asleep!”
So here’s why I’m sharing these stories with you: Before I went to the conference this past weekend, I was feeling burnt out. Partly because of the demands of family life right now, and partly because, after 12 years in the ADHD world—coaching, writing, producing the Virtual AD/HD Conference®, etc.—I was starting to wonder if I still had anything relevant left to contribute.
And I know this sounds ultra-corny, but being at the conference and connecting with so many people whose lives I’ve had a positive impact on made my heart swelled. It was so good to be reminded that I have, and continue to, make a positive difference in people’s lives.
There is nothing like it in the world when someone you don’t know comes up to you and says, “I just wanted to tell you how much I love your book,” or “I’m so inspired by the personal stories that you share,” or “from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do.” I’m tearing up just typing those quotes!
And I thank YOU, all of you, everyone who has ever shared your positive feedback with me, because it truly makes a difference to me.
So, ADHD world, you have inspired me. This past Monday, Erin and I got away for a few hours to make a plan for the rest of the year, and for 2015. I won’t share too much right now, but I will tell you that I’m committed to more blog posts, monthly podcasts, and some upcoming online events. And… I’m working on that second book!!
I’m feeling good. I’m feeling inspired. I’m back in the groove. 😉