How Am I And My ADHD Still Alive?

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
Home away from home?

Home away from home?

I look at cats with their nine lives and I say to them, “Amateurs!”

I mean, really, just nine chances to dodge death? I’d never have made it to kindergarten.

Okay, I didn’t go to kindergarten, there was none in my town when I was the right age for it. Remember, I’m a dinosaur. I started my education in a one room school with one teacher and eight grades.

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ADHD Means Never Being Speechless

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
I'll say!

I’ll say!

I don’t know about you, but over the years I’ve had to learn not to open my mouth every time there’s silence. The result is that I’ve had less things to apologize for.

Note that I said less things and not no things. That’s because, even if I do pause before speaking, I don’t always make the right choice about whether or not to say something. But there are times when it helps.

In 55 years of life I’ve managed to maybe reduce the inappropriate things I say by perhaps half.

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My 8 Totally Doable ADHD New Year’s Resolutions

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
I make resolutions all the time ...

I make resolutions all the time …

So, I realize that the title of my last post was a little misleading. What was I thinking? “In 2015, I Resolve To …

Did I tell you what my resolutions were in that post? No. Which makes me wonder … why are you reading this one? I lied. You should have higher standards.

No, wait, don’t go away. It was a mistake … the title meant that I resolve not to make resolutions that are bound to fail.

And? …

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In 2015, I Resolve To …

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
It's almost next year

It’s almost next year

So here it is. My last post of 2014. And this is the last day of 2014, New Year’s Eve day.

And today is traditionally the day that New Year’s Resolutions are made.

And boy aren’t we good at making those resolutions. We don’t typically wait until New Year’s to make them, either. If I had a nickel for every time I said “I’ll never do that again!” I’d be somewhat better off than I am today.

Better yet, if I had a nickel for every resolution I’ve made that I wasn’t able to keep, we’d be talking about my new car right now instead of resolutions.

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The ADHD Party

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
This is my kind of party ...

This is my kind of party …

So, you want to throw a party. But you have ADHD. How do you make it succeed?

Good question. I may have the answer, but let’s look at the logistics of the problem first, shall we?

When you plan a party, you want it to be memorable. This isn’t an ego thing, though for some people it could be.

The truth is, if you are going to put that much effort into something, you want your friends to enjoy it, right?

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Hey, You, The One With ADHD, Are You Happy?

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
Well? Are you?

Well? Are you?

I know, if you’re like me, you have some problems. You have trials and you have stresses.

You have long bouts of cloudy brain weather followed by sunny, clear, cerebral skies when you suddenly see clearly all the things that you need to deal with, the things that have gone unseen for too long, or almost too long.

I know that you can list off times when you’ve screwed up. I know you often are working from the contingency plan that was put in place when the contingency plan for another contingency plan failed.

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The Night Before Christmas ~ ADHD Style

By Kelly Babcock • 3 min read

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

I know this to be true ’cause I was still up
Wandering round the house trying hard to catch up

For each time I headed in my bed’s direction
I’d see some other thing that was needing correction

But I’m rambling I see as I often do
And tho the tale’s about me, it’s been written for you

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What ADHD Wants For Christmas

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
What would your wish be?

What would your wish be?

All year long I blog about what I learn about ADHD, what I think about ADHD, and what I think isn’t true about ADHD. I also add posts about how I feel people with ADHD should work hard to feel good about themselves.

But I realize that I don’t often write about the thoughts of others with ADHD.

So I went to one of my online support groups and I asked a seasonal question.

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The ADHD Gift I Gave Myself

By Kelly Babcock • 1 min read
The audience, from where I stood

The audience, from where I stood

Last night I sang. I am a member of a choir of over 100 voices, and last night I sang. We did a show, in an old church that’s been turned into a community centre. We did it last night, and I sang.

I didn’t sing a solo part, I was part of the mid range group. In a more formal choir it would likely be referred to as the tenors.

We didn’t do seasonal music, it was more contemporary. It was meant to be cheerful, uplifting, celebratory, but not in celebration of anything formal.

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ADHD, It’s A Wonderful Life

By Kelly Babcock • 2 min read
You say ADHD is wonderful?

You say ADHD is wonderful?

It’s that time of year again. Wild spending on food and decorations and gifts for people to help celebrate whatever it is you and your family celebrate.

And traditions, oh the traditions. Dishes to prepare, songs to be sung, visits to share, stockings to be hung … (I’ll try not to slip into rhyme here, but it isn’t easy, darned holiday excitement).

And the days off are exciting too. And even on the days we don’t have off, there is so much more to do.

There are office and school parties to attend. Concerts, both professional and amateur are gotten up at this time of year. Some of them are benefits, so you feel doubly obliged to attend.

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