I haven’t posted on here in some time, because during the past year I have been trying to figure out what I can say that others aren’t already saying so well…Since I’m not currently decorating pages much, it felt a little redundant to keep posting on the bullet journal format.
Given a recent turn of events, I experienced the odd click when a number of seemingly separate pieces tumble into place.
This part’s personal. Not salacious nor dramatic. Sorry! But it’s personal nonetheless.
This year, my daughter…my amazing, bright, and sensitive daughter…was diagnosed with ADHD (combination subtype). In the lexicon of some people, she’s “twice exceptional” — intellectually gifted, with a few…well…challenges such as ADHD and a discrepancy between her understanding and her processing speed. Wait, does that make her “thrice exceptional”?
During the process, I learned about many misconceptions about ADHD in girls. For several reasons, girls are more likely to be diagnosed later, if at all. In fact, many women are diagnosed in adulthood only after their children are diagnosed.
Which leads to my “a-ha” moment. The more I read about how ADHD manifests in women and girls, the more I realized that many of the challenges I face stem from similar symptoms. The why and the how isn’t particularly relevant here, but I will say that I participated in an extensive evaluation process and received my diagnosis about one month after my daughter’s. This was not a haphazard process, and I feel quite confident this isn’t a case of “everyone struggles to focus in this day and age.”
What does this have to with Clarifilo, you ask?
Well…it’s amazing how things piece together when you have the advantage of 20/20 hindsight. It turns out that my love of lists and routines likely stems from techniques I developed to compensate for the untreated ADHD.
I think that in the coming months, I’m going to revisit Clarifilo as I try to incorporate what I’ve learned about structure and ADHD management. It turns out that paper planning suits many of my needs well, so you’ll see posts with the latest version of my bullet journal, more discussions of apps and routines, as well as some information specific to ADHD. I may also address strategies I am using at home to support my daughter. We’ll see. What I do know is that so much makes sense now, and I’m excited to continue this journey on Clarifilo.