Superhero Inside – Be Proud Of Your Fast Mind!

When I work with children, I tell them there is a superhero inside their mind who is always there, guiding them and making sure they are able to shine whatever happens.

Part of their personality, the superhero stands for everything positive: happiness, success, kindness, love, respect and achievement!

I find the ‘Superhero Inside’ activity works so well for children who have ADHD as it is creative, intuitive and, most of all, fun! Even though teenagers and adults might prefer other ways of carrying out a positivity exercise, I have found children aged 11 and under enjoy creating a superhero and, importantly, it does seem to have equal appeal with both boys and girls.

So you can have a go at this activity, I have included a free worksheet I designed to help children discover their own personal superhero. Here’s a link to the file and instructions on how you can use it at home:

  1. Ask your child about the most positive parts of their personality. Encourage them to chat about this and give examples of when they showed these positive emotions. Use only positivity and be careful not to mention any negative experiences as this activity is all about personal acceptance and joy.
  2. Encourage your child to draw their personal superhero in the body shape. Explain to them that it is a personal sketch so can be whatever they want. Additionally, ensure they understand the Superhero is inside them and makes up the amazing parts of their personality which ensure they shine like a star whatever happens!
  3. Show your child how to activate their Superhero. Point to a spot on the underside of their wrist (in the middle) and tell them this is the ‘Superhero Button’. Explain that whenever they feel angry, upset, unmotivated or hurt, they can press this for a reminder of all the positivity they have inside. Explain to them that they can use this button whenever they feel the need and that nobody will know they are doing it as it is very discreet.
  4. If your child is comfortable with writing, encourage them to fill in the box on the left-hand side explaining how they will activate their superhero (number 3) and also when they will activate it. For the ‘When I Will Activate My Superhero’ box, encourage your child to think of some occasions when they feel they may benefit from using their Superhero such as in the classroom; during an exam; at the park; or at mealtimes. If your child prefers, let them draw the answers to these questions as this may work more effectively for some children.
  5. Make positivity part of your family routine and ensure your child is given daily reminders of what is positive about them. Encourage your child to see the positives both in themselves and others and, if they have ADHD, ensure they see this as a ‘superpower’ and something which will help them on the road to their own personal success!

Enjoy discovering and using your superhero!

Hadie’s Box – The Gifts Of ADHD

Hadie looks into a grey puddle. All around, the world is blossoming with colour, love and energy, but Hadie doesn’t notice. She has seen a book discarded on the floor and desperately wants to reach down, grab the leather-bound volume and begin reading. However, something keeps stopping her. She is hyper-focused on the puddle and sees her reflection bouncing around in the water molecules like a rainbow which has been washed away to join an unknown stream. She feels sadness, but also joy; confusion, but also perfect understanding. As she watches the pool with deep fascination, a rainbow flower blooms next to the box and sends its enigmatic energy up into the sky with a wave of vibrant petal.

Hadie has never seen her box before. Hadie didn’t even know a box existed until she found a sign and, even though she wants to climb inside and see the world from a new perspective, she is distracted by the magic of the puddle and the beauty in her reflection. This is what it’s like living with ADHD. We are often described as people who ‘think outside the box’ and I have always enjoyed playing around with this idea inside my head. I know I have never really seen my ‘box’ as I’ve always felt as though the way I think is very different from many other people I know.

However, thinking ‘outside the box’ has its advantages and, rather than being a mournful post, this is actually written to celebrate some of the gifts of ADHD!

So, what are we usually good at? Here’s a list of my top five:

  1. We are spontaneous! I think most people with ADHD will admit the desire to act spontaneously is hard-wired in our minds and I, for one, don’t enjoy activities which are too regimented. I remember working in an office when I first left school (not a great fit) and I was bored every day because there was no spontaneity in the role. As I have grown older (and I am sure this applies to many of you), I have learnt to embrace my love of the spontaneous and, even though I need to keep a schedule to ensure I am organised, the creative nature of my work means that spontaneity is something I can include in my everyday life
  2. We are creative! Although my creativity manifests itself in drawing (as you can probably guess), writing, singing and running my business, I know other people with ADHD who are inventors and scientists. I’m yet to meet anyone with ADHD who isn’t creative and, like spontaneity, creativity runs through our veins and keeps our brains happy. I set up Bedford Tutor to ensure I could be creative everyday and feel so lucky to have a job which is both imaginative and fun.
  3. We are humorous! All the people I know who have ADHD are great fun to be around and all of them have a great sense of humour. I am frequently told I am funny and I think becoming a professional clown when I was 15 (and still in school) confirms the importance I place on being able to make people laugh. Laughter is a large part of my business and I believe engaging children with humour is one of the most successful methods of educating as it breaks the ice and is also a great way of enhancing memory.
  4. We are empathetic! I think most of us understand what it is like to feel different and I think this really helps us develop empathy for those around us. When I was in school, I always tried to look out for people who didn’t have a close circle of friends and also befriended those from younger year groups who struggled with general aspects of school life. Although back then I just thought I was different, I now realise my high levels of empathy, which I now apply in my job, are down to my ADHD and my constant childhood constant struggle to understand why I was different.
  5. We are persistent! Although being easily distracted comes as part of the package, if hyper-focused, there is nothing as persistent as someone with ADHD working on a project they love. The drawing above was completed when I was hyper-focused and I almost skipped my dinner to finish it – luckily it was a salad and nothing hot, although the ice cream afterwards almost melted! If I am interested in a project, I will persist until the bitter end and my best friend, who also has ADHD, is the same when he is hyper-focused!

I hope this list makes you feel grateful for your awesome fast brain! It may be difficult thinking in a different way when most of the world around you doesn’t, but the gifts of ADHD are numerous and far outweigh the negatives!

Hadie Visits Oz

Hadie is my new character and Hadie has ADHD.

As I develop this character in stories and artwork, I will attempt to paint a picture of what it is like living with ADHD.

In the first picture Hadie is in Oz. She has followed in Dorothy’s footsteps and has attempted to walk the familiar yellow brick road to the Emerald City. However, when she journeys further, she discovers the city is closed and when she finds a newspaper it reinforces this: ‘Wizard Closes Oz’. In the picture, scattered around Hadie, is a brain; a bottle of liquid courage; a puddle of tears; and a heart-shaped flower.

This picture represents Hadie’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis. All around her, normality disappeared, to be replaced by signs displaying things as ‘closed’. In this piece, the Emerald City represents freedom, but also the importance of self-belief. In the original story, the Wizard admits to being ‘a good man, but a bad wizard,’ and this parallels well with how governments around the world have tackled this crisis. Although groups have come together to minimise the effects of the pathogen, the way the virus grasped the world (and continues to), shows how, even though we wish for it, there is no magic cure to stop coronavirus; in order to defeat COVID, we must work together and help one another. This is further reinforced by the objects scattered around Hadie. At the end of the original story, the Wizard explained how the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion already had the traits they wanted and gave them only symbols to represent what they had sought. In this picture, Hadie is unaware these objects belong to her and are within reach at all times. The brain represents the mental toll COVID has taken on the world and the heart shows the effect the pathogen has had on relationships. The liquid courage shows how important bravery had been in helping the collective fight against this virus and the puddle of tears represents the worldwide sadness we have felt for over six months. Additionally, the newspaper represents how COVID has dominated the media for half a year.

Although this picture was drawn with a sadness, its overarching theme is hope. As is made clear, the Emerald City is closed, but it is not destroyed. COVID has closed many things we used to take for granted, but they are still there, waiting for a world where this virus is only mentioned in the pages of history books. Hadie wears her ruby slippers and the brain, courage and heart are within easy grasp, ready to show her a bright future.

Although COVID has been a struggle for everyone, when you live with ADHD it can be even more difficult to adjust to a new world where everything is different. However, with inner strength, community support and the ability to see hope above all else, anything is possible!

Personifiying My ADHD Mind – Please Understand Me!

Everything is as vivid as the first flower of spring, which, like organic fire, pierces the frozen ground on its tenacious effort to feel the first rays of infant sunshine.

Also, everything is cluttered like the studio of a scattered artist, who, like a tornado of insatiable creativity, tries desperately to draw linear compositions, yet still paints spiral rhythms on the canvas.

My brain is a metaphorical paint-chart of every colour. Since I was a small child, I have drawn rainbows on everything, from papers to pots, books to bottles. This full spectrum of colours, which defines the way my mind works, fascinates me, and I have always felt connected to each hue. The way I see it, every distinct colour works together to form the unique essence which makes up my mind and personality.

It’s hard to explain to someone without ADHD what it feels like to have a fast brain. Apart from the occasional cup of coffee and herbal supplements, I do not medicate my ADHD as, even though she can be as wild as a fire, my mind also built my business and continues to improve it every day. I am lucky in the fact I have a job which I love and I never stop being grateful for this as I know I would struggle to cope in a more traditional job role. Bedford Tutor is the perfect outlet for my creativity, as well as insatiable appetite for learning, and the way I perceive the world is definitely advantageous in this vocation.

Firstly, she is always creating. She doesn’t want to stop for a rest when everybody else is winding down to relax and she can be difficult to manage, especially in social situations. Moreover, she doesn’t often like engaging in small talk and makes her boredom known when she recognises shapes in the clouds or begins to categorise rocks. People notice her when she wanders in thought, although sometimes she doesn’t recognise what they mean and begins to dominate their small talk with lengthy ramblings about universes and creatures which exist neither in space nor time. Then, along with the clouds and rocks, her ephemeral ideas get lost in a labyrinthine memory which, although powerful, struggles to think in the linear way she so desperately desires at times when small talk is the social norm.

Additionally, she is always moving. She doesn’t want to sit calmly on a sofa when the floor is more inviting and grounds her in a way no chair will ever do. Also, she doesn’t want to stop fidgeting, although everybody else is so still she wonders if they have all turned into statues. She wants to move, not like she used to when she was younger, but the desire to feel the energy of perfect rhythm, to match her constant neural soundtrack, is always there. Of course, people notice her as she tries to engage in the perfect stillness around her, but the myriad thoughts, painting constant narrative in her mind, manifest themselves in subtle movements which focus her already busy brain and allow her to access the linear world around her.

Sometimes all I ask for is a little patience. I will drift off into my own universe when you small talk and I will not be able to sit still for long periods of time. I have ADHD and I don’t go out of my way to annoy people, I just sometimes have difficulty adapting to a world where the majority of human beings don’t have my fast brain.

It is remarkably difficult to explain to someone what it feels like to live with a mind which requires almost constant stimulation. Additionally, it is near impossible to show them my view of the world as, to be able to understand fully what it’s like living with an ADHD mind, a person would need to have an ADHD mind.

My Favourite ADHD-Friendly Fidgets For Children & Adults

Fidget Spinner

The almost ubiquitous fidget spinner, which seemed to take the world by storm a few years ago, has been largely forgotten; the plastic and metal toys are now more often than not discarded, lost under unforgiving sofas. Yet, as anyone who knows me will tell you, my fidget spinner is always close to hand, sitting proudly on my business desk next to my other interesting objects. Having ADHD means I need much more movement than most people and, when I am fidgeting, I am always much more focused in mind. I love the repetitive oscillations of fidget spinners and, when used correctly, they are extremely comforting.

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 4/5

Infinity Cube

A recent addition to my fidget toy collection, the infinity cube is definitely my new favourite! I bought a multi-coloured one (as you’d probably predict) and, from the moment I held this little toy in my hands, I was hooked. Although it takes a little bit of getting used to, the infinity cube is incredibly therapeutic to use and also satisfies my need for scientific stimulation as I am constantly working out how and why it moves in the way it does. It’s a great toy for slightly older children as I can sense it would break more easily than other fidgets if mishandled. 

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 5/5

Fidget Cube

I love my little fidget cube as it was the first proper fidget I acquired and, therefore, has become an old friend. As with the infinity cube, I was hooked from the moment I started playing with this little toy and I love the variation of having six different sides – it definitely keeps the novelty-hunting ADHD mind happy! Additionally, I find fidgeting with this cube enhances my fine-motor skills as, in order to use it, you have to constantly switch between different patterns of movement. Again, I’d say this is more suitable for slightly older children as it is small and you need to be relatively dextrous to get the most from it. 

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 5/5

Worry Stone

Although not specifically designed for fidgeting, my worry stone is always on my desk next to its tactile companions. Since I was a small child, I have found stones irresistible as I learn through touch – I am a true tactile learner. When I fidget with rocks, I find the physical art of warming them extremely comforting and just running a thumb along a smooth stone is both calming and satisfying. Although not as ‘all-singing all-dancing’ as the other fidgets, having a stone in this list just shows you can create a fidget toy from almost anything!

Ease of use: 5/5

Fidget Score: 3/5

If you have any favourite fidgets you’d like to share with me, please leave a message below! 🤩

My No-Procrastination Bottle (NO-PRO-BO)

Like so many people with ADHD, I do tend to procrastinate if I am not enjoying the task in hand. Even though my business is my life, there are some things about it which I don’t enjoy, keeping up with fee reminders and general administration duties being two of them. There are also things which I do enjoy, like writing a post for this blog, but may forget to do if I become distracted by something else, so I have included these kinds of tasks too.


After much thought, I came up with an idea to help stop me procrastinating in the mornings when I have to do these mundane jobs. I am a true tactile learner so wanted something which I had to physically do, as I am much more likely to follow through and complete something if there is a tactile element to it – The No-Procrastination Bottle (or NO-PRO-BO) was born!

This is a simple idea which could be used with children of all ages, as well as us adults. It isn’t just suitable for those with ADHD, as I can imagine it appealing to anyone who wants a fun and tactile way of organising their lives and making sure important jobs get done.

How To Make

What you will need: an empty bottle (preferably glass); different coloured ribbons tied into loops which will fit over the end of the bottle; paper; a pen or pencil

  1. Stand your bottle somewhere prominent where you will see it multiple times a day – mine is on my desk as I do all of my admin there.
  2. Decide how many activities you want to achieve each day; I have seven duties and I think this is a perfect number for an adult as it is relatively easily attainable on a daily basis. For children, I would limit to 5 activities. Ensure you have the correct number of ribbons for the amount of duties.
  3. Make a list of the activities you want to achieve each day, ensuring you colour-code each one with a specific ribbon. For example, my rainbow ribbon is linked to ‘writing a blog post’, a task which I enjoy, but also want to ensure I achieve every day without fail. Place the list next to the bottle or in very close proximity.
  4. When you complete an activity, place the specific coloured ribbon on the neck of the bottle; your aim is to have put all the ribbons on the bottle by the end of the day. I always give myself a treat (usually chocolate) if I complete all my activities!
  5. If you fail to complete an activity, ensure you understand the reason why and ensure this becomes a priority in future. Over time, you may have to re-write the list of duties as your life changes, but the ribbons can be used over and over again!

I hope you enjoy this little bottle – it really has enhanced my life! 🤩

Hello ADHD!

ADHD was dancing along the street, fuelled by a creative whirlwind, when she bumped into another mind. ‘Hello, great to see you on such a busy day!’ she exclaimed excitedly, watching everything around her with such fascination she found it hard to give the new mind complete attention.

‘Good morning,’ the other mind replied in a somewhat more calm tone, ‘what brings you out today?’

ADHD giggled enthusiastically and watched a squirrel climbing a tree across the park. She looked at the other mind and quickly recalled what he had asked her, before a wonderful pinkish-white cloud caught her attention. ‘I’m out for a walk to see the world,’ she replied, still focused on the cloud which looked incredibly like a fish swimming in an azure pool, ‘my mind is busy and I thought this park might help me find some inner calm.’

The other mind looked confused, although his focus remained on ADHD and he didn’t seem to have noticed the squirrel or the cloud. ‘I am out to clear my mind too,’ he answered softly, ‘I have a meeting to go to in a few minutes and I’m preparing what I need to say.’ ADHD watched as he pulled a paper from his pocket which had a long speech written on it.

‘What’s that?’ ADHD asked, curious about the paper, but also curious about the squirrel, the cloud and, now a brown-spotted dog which was rapidly approaching them.

The other mind folded up the sheet and returned it to his pocket. ‘It’s my speech for the meeting,’ he replied, still totally focused on ADHD, ‘I need to do a presentation today and I need to ensure I am well-prepared. ADHD grinned at him and watched as the dog walked past, its paws making a soft thud as they engaged with the concrete path.

ADHD looked at the other mind and the other mind looked at her. They both smiled at one another and shook hands, aware that they may or may not meet again in the future. ADHD walked away, watching the squirrel (which was now collecting nuts), the cloud (which was now shaped more like a seal pup), the dog (which had stopped to sniff an empty food wrapper), and the other mind (who was now walking away in the opposite direction).

The other mind checked the speech was still in his pocket and walked towards his work, unaware of the squirrel, the cloud and the dog. He wondered who he had just met and felt curious as he crossed the busy street. For just a second, a passing car caught his attention and he smiled as he watched it travel on its journey down the road. ‘I wonder if I’ll ever meet that other mind again?’ he pondered, ‘she seemed happy.’

ADHD sat down on a bench and closed her eyes. Inside, the rainbow of energy bounced around, forming idea after idea in a creative whirlwind of infinite possibility. As the concepts raced, she metaphorically bottled one particular thought which shone golden in the chaos of her imagination. A narrative developed, quickly followed by the urge to write. She sprinted home, her mind alight like a firework on the eve of a New Year and, as she sat down at her computer, on the edge of perfect hyper-focus, she knew what she must write.

The Two-Sided (Or Multi-Sided) Coin

As you are probably aware, if you have been following this blog since its conception last Thursday, I have become hyper-focused on it.

Hyperfocus. That four-syllable word which is flung around the internet like a beanbag of perpetual fascination – the flip-side, the antithesis of chronic distraction. As I sit writing this, I am bitten by the bug of hyper-focus, suddenly unaware of the outside world around me, trapped in a timeless loop of constant productivity. 

Hyperfocus got me through school. Before I can even remember, I was hyper-focused on learning. Well, I was hyper-focused on learning things which interested me. I bounced from topic to topic like a labrador at a trampoline party (yes, my analogies are getting ever stranger) and I never remember sticking to a hobby for more than a year. For a while in primary school I was obsessed with The Chronicles of Narnia and then I became hyper-focused on outer space. I have always enjoyed drawing and playing musical instruments, but I fixate on things for so little time I never become a true master at anything. I am either totally obsessed with something or totally disinterested in it. Luckily, my obsession with filling my brain with as many random facts as possible seemed to do me well in school! Nowadays, if a film doesn’t interest me, I switch it off and I will zone out of activities if my brain decides it isn’t to my liking. Yet, if I am fired-up, I am the sharpest lens of concentration, with an enviable level of focus and determination to succeed. My customers will definitely be comforted to know Bedford Tutor remains my hyper-focus and I will do anything to ensure the success of this amazing business which brings me so much joy everyday!

Moreover (and I moan at myself frequently for this), in order to succeed and stick to something, I do need deadlines and guidance. It’s hard to admit you need someone (or people) keeping you going, but for many with ADHD that’s just how it is! When I was younger and before my diagnosis, people used to say I was a ‘show-off’ and ‘attention-seeker’. Yes, I probably am both but it’s only because I am unlikely to follow things through without knowing someone is there overseeing it – gaining attention definitely gets that dopamine flowing in my brain! When I was in my early twenties, I wrote two children’s novels and people always say ‘how can someone so fidgety and frenetic as you write two books?’. Well, interesting that one… Even though I managed to write two whole books, I did have a fellow writer overseeing the whole process. I have since tried to write another book (or books) and have failed dismally; I have at least ten partly-written novels on my computer this very moment! On the other (slightly more frenetic) side of the coin, I am a total free-spirit and can’t imagine a world where my creativity is undermined by schedules and deadlines. Yet, I need this structure to ensure creativity flourishes. The more I think about it, the more ADHD really is a story of contrasts. 

Living with my universe mind is certainly not dull and, the more I discover the inner workings of my psyche, the more I realise I am living a life of contrasts – sometimes I wonder if, eventually, they will cancel each other out and I will cease to exist? Scary, eh?

Just for your amusement, here are the contrasts I wrestle with on a daily basis:

  1. Tidiness: You find tidying horrifically boring and there are so many more interesting things you could do. For example, you could imagine whether flamingos would go to the effort of dying their feathers if one, they had the intellect and two, pink wasn’t their colour of choice. However, you have to constantly tidy because anything which isn’t in its designated spot is a distraction and, with my brain, it will become a narrative.
  2. Distraction: Those irritating flamingos always pop into your head whenever you need to get some important admin done and catching focus when you are unstimulated is like fishing in a dried-up pond. However, you never seem to have a problem with hyper-focusing on describing those same flamingos when given half the chance. My brain really does hate monotonous jobs and I have to reward it with frequent squares of serotonin-inducing dark-chocolate if I have to do something mundane. 
  3. Time: You leave for the gig at least an hour early because you may be late if you don’t plan ahead and anything could happen (zombie apocalypse?). Then you almost miss the gig because you got the wrong location (this actually happened).*

Reading this back to myself, it is clear I am usually stuck somewhere between hyper-organised coping mechanisms and complete creative chaos. If you spend a day in my shoes, organising, checking and double-checking, you will realise ADHD is no walk in the park. It’s a story of contrasts. Meet me and you’ll see a vivacious, talkative person who constantly fidgets and makes so many turns in conversation it’s like riding a roundabout. Yes, I am happy. I have always been happy in that I am ‘the life and soul of the party’ kind of person. However, I am also constantly having to keep this fast brain in order and that, my friends, can take some doing!

Living With A Fast Mind

Finding out I have ADHD was almost like the missing puzzle piece. For so many years, I had danced through life surrounded by a world I thought everyone perceived in the way I do. I’d always thought everyone found meaning in everything, made stories out of everything, saw magic in anything and everything…

Then, a while ago, I found out I was wrong!

As a child, I was probably the most energetic girl at the party. Apparently I was filled with a chaotic energy and moved from thing to thing with a rapidity not seen in others my age, (mum now admits she always suspected ADHD). I was actually very successful at school (academia-wise), but even now, I don’t think I truly lived up to my potential. For example, I hated maths from year nine onwards and remember spending most of my GCSE years either talking about my favourite pop group of the time or doodling on my books. I’ve always had a problem focusing on things I don’t like. I know everyone feels the same, to some extent, but for me it truly is painful to pay attention when I am bored. There is a constant motor inside my mind driving me to engage in something interesting and, if my engagement is not high, I will become restless and fidget. I always remember back to the days when I used to swim once a week in a lovely little village pool near my home. My teacher was the best swimming teacher you could have wished for and I was a talented swimmer, even though my problems with focus were clear even then. Julie used to say I was having an ‘on’ or ‘off’ day according to my levels of concentration. Apparently, some weeks I was just in a trance-like state for most of the lesson – I still did all my badges regardless of this! I also remember struggling intensely when I went to places where I couldn’t move around; my parents admit they avoided a number of activities because of my constant need to move. Moreover, I was miserable when bored and mum says I needed constant stimulation in order to be relatively well-behaved.

When you have ADHD boredom is an enemy. You spend your life trying to avoid it and, for me, finding a job with constant variation was always the aim. It’s difficult trying to describe to a neuro-typical person what my brain feels like as I’m not sure words would do it justice. Ideas bubble constantly and I see my mind as an elaborate universe circling above me, with all the ideas formed by my engagement with the world making up this fantastical place. Every so often, the universe stops its orbit and pauses for a millisecond. In this time, I am able to take something from inside. If it engages me, I place this idea into a miniature glass bottle where it glows like a firefly. I always see my ideas as glowing and I use the metaphor of a bottle as, to make my ideas reality, I do need to create a physical barrier around them so they don’t escape and join the universe again.

My mind is a factory of ideas and I never remember a time when it stopped, even for a moment. Of course, I was a messy child and I also remember having great difficulty learning to tell the time, as well as differentiating between left and right (I still have problems with this even now). I was a chaotic force of nature, but as I grew older I learnt coping mechanisms to overcome the difficulties caused by ADHD. Even though I was never a particularly disruptive child, I was moaned at for starting tasks impulsively before instructions were given, and I also remember struggling intensely with social interaction so chose to have friends who were 2-4 years younger than myself. As schoolwork became more intense, I developed a perfectionism which did, at times, cause great anxiety. Sometimes I ripped up work because it wasn’t ‘my standard’ and I remember focusing intensely on ensuring I didn’t make any mistakes. My often scruffy work became neat and I became more and more anxious as I covered up my internal chaos with the common ADHD coping mechanism: perfectionism. Additionally, I developed an intense fear of being late and, even to this day, I am usually ridiculously early for appointments. I don’t want to be ridiculously early, I am just terrified of being late. Everyone thinks I am hyper-organised but it’s a coping mechanism and not something which brings me joy! I am also incredibly tidy and nowadays anything out of place is a distraction. When I was a child, I was ridiculously untidy, and now I am ridiculously neat. However, my true form always makes itself clear when I am being creative; I love to draw and paint on the floor and creating a doughnut of scattered supplies is my preferred way to work even to this day.

I am so lucky and I am happy with my brain. Yes, it can be tiring, but it’s part of me and it made me. If I didn’t have ADHD I wouldn’t be the tutor I am today and I also wouldn’t be able to teach in the way which has made my business successful. ADHDers are often seen as ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers and this describes me extremely accurately. I find it incredibly easy to think of unique ways of carrying out activities and my vivid imagination makes it easy for me to engage children in imaginative learning. I do struggle to motivate myself to do the administration, but I have developed a resilience and discipline which I know is partly down to my mother’s careful parenting and also down to the fact that I have ALWAYS wanted my business to succeed above anything else!

If you have ADHD you have an awesome view of the world! Inside my brain, everything is linked and everything is waiting to be explored!

You are awesome – go out there and shine! ⭐️

Enjoying Creativity!

When I was younger, I was often found lying on the floor surrounded by a myriad of art materials: pens, pencils and paints! Always told off for being untidy, even now I secretly wish I could escape to a room full of wonderfully colourful art supplies where creativity is unlimited and materials never run out!

Creativity is there to be enjoyed and my mind never runs out of ideas! However, in order to get these imaginative thoughts down on paper, I ensure I do the following:

  1. Go out with a notebook and pen/pencil: Yes, I’ll be honest I do sometimes forget, but having something to write in is a great way of ensuring you never miss the chance to be creative and, more importantly, bottle a good idea. The outside world, distracting as it is, fills my senses with constant creativity and having a pen and paper is a great way of ensuring ideas are easily recalled at a later date!
  2. Go out with a childlike curiosity: Other people I know with ADHD say they still see the world with a constant insatiable curiosity and I’ll admit my fascination with everything I see, hear, smell, taste or feel has never waned even now I am in my early thirties. I always encourage children to be curious, as curiosity equals creativity and with creativity problems can be solved and, on a larger scale, the world can be improved!
  3. Never be afraid to laugh: I laugh at myself very frequently (as do the children I tutor) and I love making others happy through the simple joy of shared laughter. Happy brains are learning brains and any human is more likely to remember something if they have a positive association in their mind. Humour is included in all my lessons and it’s vital that fun is used to develop creativity!

Go out today and be creative! Never let anybody tell you that you’re not creative as every human has a wonderful, imaginative mind and those of us with ADHD have a superpower creativity just waiting to be activated!

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