Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SOS: It's not what you think

After a year of stalling and hemming and hawing and yessing then noing, I've made a decision: I've enrolled in Shiny Object School (SOS).  Judging by the name of my blog and the name of this academy, I'm guessing I don't need to spell out what this endeavor is about, but for those of you who haven't had your eighth cuppa, let me enlighten you.  Shiny Object School is a virtual, self-guided ADD coaching brainchild of Sarah Wagner Yost, a hilarious life coach.  How hilarious?  Well, I signed up for her email newsletter a year ago based on the name alone: Better Than Valium.  She also has blog posts with titles such as "How To Win A Fight With A 4 Year Old" and "How Not To Be Embarrassment's Bitch."  I love this woman even though she is but whispy magic on my computer screen.

I have been down the therapy route.  I've tried medications that made my heart feel like the bullet train.  And I'm tired of feeling angry/grumpy/depressed/frustrated/annoyed/disgusted with myself for not accomplishing all that I want, for getting sidetracked or just giving up.  SOS may not be a panacea for ADD, but Ms. Yost offers her own story as proof that you can make peace with yourself and move forward.  She also claims to be able to cut straight through to the heart of what's gumming up the works and promises to help you make changes at lightening speed.  I don't often fall for voodoo or magic pills, but something about SOS caught hold of me a year ago and I have to listen to that.

Why am I telling you this?  Because you're coming along for the ride, dear readers!  I'll let you know what my plan is, what wisdom I learn along the way, and whether I think SOS is a good fit for the likes of you, too.  Once I get acclimated I will share and make this a weekly feature of the blog for the short time I am enrolled (6 weeks).

Until then, stay focused.

Or pin a bunch a things.  It's your party.


10 comments:

  1. Carter recently diagnosed me as having ADD. And he would know. It makes sense. I'm curious about this SOS training of which you speak.

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    1. Um, is Carter a medical doctor? Because I'm pretty sure he's not allowed to diagnose you. Guess what, though. You might be able to get an assessment through your work or through his. I did mine through school because it was a service that I paid for with my tuition.

      Check out Sarah's site. It's really funny and inspiring. I've worked with a coach once before, but this feels like a better fit.

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    2. Carter is not an MD. Unfortunately for my shoe habit and student loan debt. Le sigh, right? I have a physical coming up anyways. But I have been doing a lot of reading and think that it might explain a LOT. I dunno.

      I will definitely check out her site.

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    3. Also, the book You Mean I'm Not Crazy, Lazy or Stupid? really helped me. You can Google it and find the co-authors' website.

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  2. This sounds like a great idea! I've worked with students who have struggled mightily with ADD and hate the medication option. I'll be curious to see how you feel about this process.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I've reached a point where it's just getting in the way . . . of everything. My husband does great on medication - yes, we're a multiple ADD family - but not me. So, I flounder and beat myself up. I appreciate your support.

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  3. despite my great love of medication, i wholeheartedly support your decision to pursue this safe, healthy alternative. xxxx:)

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    1. Oh thank goodness I got the Bev approval!! Seriously, your support means a lot. I'll take meds for my other ailments, trust me. I think this lady is going to give me a kick in the ass without shaming me in the process. Plus, she cusses like a sailor, so I'm already in coach love.

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  4. This sounds awesome. Might have to do it with you. I am right there with you on meds. It can make me effective, but damn, I am an INTENSE person on them. I scare my husband. So, uh, no meds. Coffee helps ;-)

    Anecdotally, I have noticed that ADD meds seem to work better on guys a lot of the time. ADD presents in a more complicated way in women it seems.

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    1. Hi Beth,
      Lovely to have you here (since we can't get our acts together to meet in person!). Yeah, I think you may be right about the difference between women and men on meds. Would be interesting to look up the scientific data on this.

      I'll share my first week of impressions with the program and you can decide whether it's right for you. She has videos and pdfs and worksheets. All of it is very sensible and I love her don't-take-shit attitude.

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