I’m Andrea Toole.
I know that ADHD goes beyond forgetting things, misplacing keys, and having trouble completing tasks. The jokes about ADHD get it wrong and perpetuate stereotypes.
The meme of Dug the dog from the movie Up crying, “Squirrel!” is funny and true, but to reduce ADHD to that kind of distractability is simplistic. ADHD is a neurological condition that relates to brain health. It’s a real issue that affects every part of your life.
FEEL LIKE A FUCK UP?
When ADHD flares up you might feel like a failure, an imposter or a fuck-up. It doesn’t have to be that way.
You mess up at work because of issues with what’s called “executive functioning”. Your job is on the line. You get reprimanded and you panic. This causes your brain to malfunction. Your boss asks you rapid-fire questions, you panic. Same thing. Your co-workers stand near you chatting about last night’s episode of the reality TV show you watch and you want to tell them to shut the f up so that you can do some work in quiet. It’s not just an ADHD experience, but it’s amplified through ADHD.
You get fired from job after job because you missed something important, or you’ve been trying to build a business for years. Both are a challenge because you can’t get past your imposter syndrome and OMG, you can’t get out of your own way.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.
You are not your ADHD!
ADHD is not an impenetrable barrier to success. It’s a challenge that can be overcome. It’s a reason, not an excuse. Plenty of successful people have had ADHD. People such as Richard Branson (worth 4.1 billion USD), Henry Winkler (actor), Pete Rose (baseball champion), Simone Biles (Olympic gymnast), Jim Carrey, Woodey Harrelson (actor), Emma Watson (actress), Dave Grohl (musician), Michael Phelps (Olympic swimmer), to name a few.
How would it feel to
- …clear the mental fog?
- .. have a system for everything?
- …follow through?
- … focus?
- …feel accomplished?
- …feel like a winner?
What would your life look like? What could you accomplish?
Feel free to write down those answers. Notice how you feel right now thinking about it.
An approach uses simple, manageable lifestyle adjustments that will make a lasting impact. That’s it, but the program only works if you work the program. It’s simple if you take action.
I create a plan – then adjust as needed, together
When I coach, I co-create the best plan for my client, and then we modify as needed. When you’re cooking, you use flavors that you enjoy, taste and adjust seasonings as you go. What’s how I approach your wellness plan.
After you book a Discovery Call and we agree to work together, you’ll receive a questionnaire that tells me about your current lifestyle, helps me determine your needs and reveals your likes and dislikes. I will then create a customized plan that I will discuss with you during our Strategy Session over Zoom. It is a collaborative process. The document will be shared with you via Google Drive so that during that meeting we can add or remove recommendations.
Then, we will have weekly check-ins for the first month, during which we can adjust the plan, followed by more sporadic meetings.
I’ve got you.
PRIMED IS FOR YOU IF
- You’re serious about taking control of your life instead of your ADHD taking control of you.
- You feel like your ADHD holds you back.
- You want tools that will either work with your ADHD medication or instead of them. (Note: If you’re on meds and want to stop taking them, talk to your doctor about tapering off.)
- You’re done using ADHD as an excuse.
- You’re willing to do the work, right now. I offer easy, actionable advice that suits your life but a plan only works if you use it.
WHO AM I TO TALK ADHD MANAGEMENT?
I understand the anxieties above because I’ve experienced them too.
I know what it’s like to feel like I don’t have my shit together.
Psst…Want to know a secret? No one really has their shit together.
I know the panic from reprimanding, the firings, the feelings of failure, being stuck in my own mind or worrying that I’ll never succeed.
Yet here I am, offering coaching services to you after years of research, planning and testing. It worked for me and it has worked for others. My motives are selfless and selfish. I’ve always felt that my role in life is that of “helper”. One of my Love Languages is “acts of service”.
Creating a system based on the tools I’ve used was a no-brainer. Thinking up an acronym that summarizes these tools – because everyone likes an acronym – was the hardest part and yet, PRIMED is a natural fit. It’s one of the reasons I know that this program/concept is meant to work.
I want to teach you the tools that helped me. Learn my secrets.
Diagnosed with ADHD when I was in my early 20s, a recommended book about nutrition changed my life. Within 2 months of implementing some nutritional changes – what I call “intake” – I experienced significant improvement.
One day I was interviewing for a retail job and noticed that I was making eye contact interviewer. Holding eye contact had previously been a challenge.
Rapid Random Truths About Me
- I’m an introvert. The whole pandemic lockdown has been introvert heaven, even though I long for hugs.
- I have a dog named Bourbon. When asked her breed, we simply reply, “She’s a brown dog.” Of course, she has her own Instagram account.
- Water is my happy place – being in or near it. I’d like to live near water or mountains. As a child, bathtime was my favorite.
- My new hobby is off-roading in my boyfriend’s Jeep. It practices risk assessment, teamwork, planning and other skills.
- While technically I know how to ride a bike, I never took to it because of the whole falling thing. This is something I rarely admit. I’m glad that I learned to swim & love being in the water.
- As a child, I called my invisible friend “Mr. Nobody”. As in, “Who are you talking to?” “Um, Mr. Nobody.” I don’t know if he was really an invisible friend or if I was talking to myself, as I do.
After years of being a wellness nerd – researcher and writer – I studied and got designated as a health coach. I did it for the credential. CTNC stands for “Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach” and I felt that people would perceive my wellness writing as more credible if I had letters beside my name. At the time, I didn’t think I wanted to coach.
I eventually realized that it’s not the letters that matter, it’s the content. It’s the everyday experience. It’s the research. It’s the lives affected. It’s building credibility. And yes, more letters might be persued.
Doctors aren’t always right, and neither is the celebrity that calls themselves an “expert”. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet.
Furthermore, we are all our own experts. We know our bodies best, but we need help and guidance. We need information to help us intuitively decide. Sometimes all we need is validation that our intuition is correct, and someone to be accountable to.
I learn from my clients as they learn from me.
I’ve managed my ADHD symptoms and I can help you manage yours.