Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Look what's happening!

Okay.
 
Now I'm charged!
 
Psyched!
 
Exhilarated!
 
Electrified!
 
Motivated!
 

And how do I feel?
 
ALIVE!
 
PASSIONATE!
 
HAPPY!

My post yesterday, and all your responses, ignited something in me. Well, I guess I was already ignited with some passion after that Ken Burns film. Plus, maybe some of my passion has been simmering for a long time due to the writing I've done here on my ADHD.

But yesterday when I posted about my intention to give serious thought to writing something for kids who have ADHD, my brain WILL NOT STOP COMING UP WITH SO MANY IDEAS!!!

Not that I'm complaining! I'm not. But I've been almost flooded with so many thoughts about what I can do with this!

Maybe I'm just in an initial excited stage that will go away at some point. I mean, THIS is what happens when I discover something new that highly interests me and that little ol' ADHD brain of mine goes into overdrive! I'm ALL OVER THE PLACE! In a good way.

I LOVE all the ENERGY that comes from something like this. Something that grabs my attention and I run with it. It's almost like my brain becomes a "heat-seeking missile" locking in on it's target. And it almost literally feels like NOTHING can stop me!

Okay. Take a deep breath! Get your emotions and rational brain working together. (You just got a little glimpse into my hyperactive brain at work!! HA HA!)

But right now I'm just going to stay a while in the Happy part. This is fun and exciting.

Brad was telling me last night maybe this is how he's been feeling about how his Chef is mentoring him. There's all this excitement that makes you feel an important part of you is opening up and coming alive now.

And how his dad is finally making the effort to repair or improve their relationship. Brad has been feeling so energized by all this. And rightly so! It's been really nice watching him go into this new energy where he begins to see all the possibilities of what might be.

Here's something my brain came up with at this exact moment:

Write something for teachers. I mean, I think I could explain what helped me settle down and helped me learn and be more engaged. And how to get my attention and keep it. And if my attention span shuts down, here's how to get it back. And I know it's hard to be patient with me when I'm bouncing all over the place, but here's how you can focus me without even one ounce of shame...

I won't bore you with all the things going on inside my head, but if you look up there at that little graphic thingy at the top, the one on the right is sort of how my brain feels to me right now!

I know I'm right at the beginning stages of this project and I have my work cut out for me as I research what's been written and what kind of market there is for this kind of thing, but right now...  

 I'm charged!
 
Psyched!
 
Exhilarated!
 
Electrified!
 
Motivated!
 
 ALIVE!
 
PASSIONATE!
 
HAPPY!
 
Can you tell? LOL

23 comments:

  1. Haha! I can tell, Matty. It's fun to read about you getting so excited about this.

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  2. Wow, reading this exhausted me! You go boy! I like your thinking process. It's a lot more interesting than the so called norm :) Passion is a wonderful thing, try not to lose it.
    Deedles

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  3. How did I miss your post yesterday? Geez, that is SO exciting! I think this is such a wonderful idea. You are going to be so great at this. Nothing better then a help book from someone's personal experiences, who knows what their talking about. I think all your ideas are great, but it like the idea of starting with a book for teachers the best. I totally think you could expand on that in the future and go on to write books for little kids, big kids teenagers, etc. the sky's the limit and you already have a huge group of people who support you :)

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  4. I have no doubt you'll accomplish this. What's wrong with the 'initial excited stage'? Nothing would get done if we didn't have that first spark. :)

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  5. Hi Matt,

    So exciting to see all your enthusiasm & excitement - your brain at work lol. Glad it is giving you this burst of energy. From my own point if view, I'm torn whether your initial effort would be vest targeted towards kids or teachers. I do agree that a book for teachers could be expanded or rewritten for other audiences later. I am wondering though if it is worth your effort to undertake a search online & see what is already out there for teachers. (I'm thinking there might be resources there, but I could be totally wrong). But I think you have plenty of ideas and 1st hand real life experiences (not to mention your prolific writing skills) so that you could actually put together several books.
    Good luck, sounds like idea-wise uou are off to a running start !
    David Eaton
    San Jose, CA

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  6. Woohoo! I LOVE that you're excited and bursting with energy! Go, Matty!

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  7. EXCELLENT!
    How about this? You can throw a huge piece of paper on your living room floor, walk around it, jotting down important pieces that you want to include in your writing. Make it into a HUGE MINDMAP! Then you can start connecting those ideas, gathering the ones that teachers need in one color, and the ideas of info that small kids need in another color, just connect the ideas and BAM you have a whle series of books outlined!!!!

    I love how your mind works, I've said it a million times. You are electrifying! ENERGIZED!

    GO FOR IT!!!

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  8. Haha LOVE this, Matt!!!! :D And, I LOOOOVE the idea of you writing something for teachers. Absolutely love it. I know a few of the teachers that worked with my son over the last few years would really, truly appreciate something written by someone who knows best, firsthand, what helped him. I think that is an amazing idea. <3 Anything you write will be fantastic. But, I particularly like that idea that's rolling around in your head right now. :D You are so wonderful!! I adore youuuuu!!! xoxo - Jules

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  9. I've got an ear-to-ear grin after reading this! I love how your excitement and passion for this bursts from the post. I can't wait to see what you do with all your ideas because it is going to be amazing!

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  10. I can hear you shouting all the way in Arizona! It is truly fun to see you and Brad so excited about your passions! I think that a handbook or fieldwork for teachers is a great idea. Don't forget illustrations like the picture above that let's them see what it's like. And think too about student version too that could accompany the teacher's edition! I'm so excited for you!! ❤️

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  11. yes, I can tell and I am super happy for you!
    ❤️ hugs!

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  12. I could feel your excitement while reading that post and it put a big grin on your face. Allow all those ideas to jump around in your head for a while. Combined with the research you're talking about sooner or later one idea will bounce a bit higher than the others and you'll know where to start. I can't wait to see what you will come up with because I have no doubt it will be extra-ordinary.

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  13. As a teacher trained to work with ADHD I had to constantly keep telling other teachers what to do about this or that behavior the ADHD kid on my caseload was exhibiting in her class. A book written by you for teachers helping them understand by using clear examples and techniques would be nothing short of stupendous, Matt. Someone like me could give the other teachers your book and then they might not keep pestering me. Ha! It's a great thought and just the idea makes me excited and electrified, too. Go for it!

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  14. I think your ideas to write something is wonderful and much needed. If your curious about whether there is a “market” for this than let me reassure there is. A HUGE one. The most common conversation I have with other parents especially other moms of younger kids is; does my child have ADHD, what is it exactly, can I fix it with diet, how will it effect them as they get older, are they just active? Its ironic that you mention teachers. A picture book for young kids and parents as well as something for teachers would be incredibly beneficial. When my son was in 2nd grade (he is now in 4th grade) a classmate of his was diagnosed with ADHD. His classmate had been having trouble since kindergarten and his past teachers wanted to keep him behind but his mother said “No”, his intelligence is not the problem, keeping him behind will not fix anything. In a conversation with his mother she said that her son would get so frustrated breakout into tears and ask why it was so much harder for him to figure out his school work than his classmates. It broke her heart. Luckily in 2nd grade he received a teacher who had ADD herself and knew what it was like to struggle. By winter break she had spoken to his parents, he was tested, started on a medication and was receiving specialized help in school. He is doing much better. The ironic part was his mother was also a 2nd grade teacher. I applaud your energy and more than anything your desire to help. It takes a village to raise a child and any help parents or teachers can get is a blessing.

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  15. Well, I'am not bored, keep talking :).
    it's fascinating to see the way your brain works.

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  16. Can I tell? I feel like you're in my living room talking in my face! :) If this how you feel while taking your meds, please stay on them. :-) You have focused excitement and that is wonderful to see. I hope this initial exuberance stays with you. You have so much to give, whether it's to kids or teachers. Good luck with whatever route you take, Matty.

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  17. WOW!!! This sounds wonderful. I see more than A book -I see a series being written by you and all very educational. Best of luck.

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  18. Go, go go!!! Do it!! OMG, this is brilliant, and I can't even give words to express my support!!!

    My eldest daughter (a primary school teacher - she teaches 7/8 year-olds) always complains that there's nothing for her ADHD children to catch on to - and she has a fair amount of difficulty keeping them focussed! but she 'manages' - just!

    Keep thinking; keep wondering how to 'deal-with'; - everything you come up with will HELP!! Knowledge, experience, coping - will ALL be useful!!

    {{Hugs}} for everything you do

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  19. As a teen counselor ... WE NEED THESE BOOKs ... The kids NEED THESE BOOKS so there are no more tears wondering what is wrong with me! PARENTS NEED THESE BOOKS! Great idea for paper on the floor to add your thoughts as they pop up! Excellent strategy! Illustrations tell the story Sweetie ... everyone can 'see' the design up top & grasp what is going on inside! *** PLEASE *** try to do this! You are made to do this in every way possible! Kickstarter can help you fund the money to publish. Michael Bowler would be a great start for help & editing. I'll be glad to help ... As I think everyone in your community of friends would ... esp. parents dealing with their kids & the kids themselves. What a gift you would be giving us all & for the kids .. A sense of worth & acceptance to be 'heard'. So excited about this blog! Love you guys from Alaska ... so PRO of you from Alaska Ann Alaskan

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  20. OMG Matt you're brilliant. Books for parents, teachers and kids of all ages. Love the idea of visuals as well. It speaks a thousand words in 5 seconds. I suffered with ADHD growing up and I'm finally getting the help I need as an adult because you've inspired me to seek help and face my condition. I've always hated how my brain operates but thanks to you and others I see the advantages too. My only advice is to keep it simple. Use illustrations. Use examples. Love you, Brsd, Sam and now Rick. You guys are awesome. Thanks for sharing your lives and inspiring others. Ethan

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  21. This is gonna be GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  22. LOL.
    Go for it, Matty. I love the way your brain works.
    ~Whitley

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