I am self-employed and write articles about parenting and my son who has ADHD.
A great day starts with coffee! I head to my home office and begin doing research on new ADHD findings and information. If I find something interesting, I post it to my ADHD Facebook page. I then jot down ideas for articles on parenting my ADHD son that other parents might find helpful or relate with. I also work on new articles, submitting them to various sites for possible publication and promoting my currently published articles. There are frequent chocolate breaks.
Passion is key. I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding of ADHD life. I believe there is a wealth of information out there for parents but it can be overwhelming for some, so I am dedicated to getting information out in a relatable way. You need to have drive and be fearless. People will tell you no, people will say ADHD is not "real." My job is to write compelling, easy to understand and relatable content that gets people talking and sharing. I have to remain passionate.
Here's the first step for high school students
Read! Read as much as you can in as many different subject and genres as you can. The written word is an amazing teacher. While reading, the basics become ingrained like spelling, punctuation and grammar. Next, you begin to understand people. You learn empathy, love, hope, fear and more through the stories you read. Your focus moves from narrow to wide; you gain new perspective. And when you find something you're passionate about, you'll be able to express yourself in a genuine way.
"Why are you majoring in English? You can only be a teacher with that degree. There's no money in teaching. EVERYONE wants to be a writer but it hardly happens. Unless you're Stephen King."
STOP LISTENING! Everyone has an opinion but you have the choice not to listen to them. I'm always polite but I stay true to me. I know I have something important to say. I know my writing helps people. And this is all I have to know. All I need to listen to is me; what do I want, what is right for me and how will I feel after doing what I chose. You will never be able to please everyone no matter how hard you try. Make you happy.
I've heard people say ADHD isn't real, it's wild kids whose parents don't discipline. I've heard I'm a bad mom if I medicate & I'm a bad mom if I don't. I had to ask myself, what was best for MY son. Not everyone agrees. They don't have to.