When I was diagnosed with ADHD last November, in some ways, it was really overwhelming, wondering why it took me 3 decades to figure it out. But then on the other hand, it felt really validating to finally make sense of some of the ways my brain works. And since I'm starting to understand these things about my brain, I can stop trying to fight against them, and work with them instead. To me, it’s actually pretty amazing how much just knowing and understanding how my brain works helps it work better.
When I started researching ADHD, before and after my diagnosis, I found a community of other people on the internet also living with ADHD. Including content creators and coaches who have now dedicated their careers to putting out information about ADHD, sharing their own stories and things they’ve learned along the way.
And one of those people - who I have since learned a LOT from - is René Brooks!
René is the founder of Black Girl Lost Keys - a blog that empowers black women with ADHD and shows them how to live well with the disorder. She’s written 6 e-books about living with ADHD, covering topics from cleaning, guarding your YES, style, and time blindness.
So I loved talking to René about cleaning with ADHD, how to set realistic routines, and how getting a diagnosis later in life can be like meeting a version of yourself you didn’t even know existed.
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