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Here's to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit - Oh Look! A Chicken! Kindle Edition
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Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who earned her degree in broadcast journalism from Wichita State University. She co-produced and hosted a TV show for a FOX affiliate before pursuing a career in advertising, then graphic design, then market research, then photography, then IT, then acting, then...
In 2006, she became certified to teach Yoga but didn't, then founded pawsforpeace.com, an online, holistic pet-health site, with an iPhone app called Dr. Shawn's Natural Pet Therapies to match. In 2010, she developed a course to teach families how to live more natural lifestyles, which she taught for about a month. She then started a Facebook page called ADHD - Tales of an Absent-Minded Superhero, for wacky folks like herself. That is still exciting enough to hold her interest.
She has, through the years, unsuccessfully started twenty-seven businesses but can't remember most of them. She loves speaking to groups of the same kind of wacky folks, where she's not afraid to stop mid-speech and ask, "What was I talking about?" She lives in Texas with her husband, two kids, a dog, three cats, and eight goldfish.
Top Customer Reviews
Alternating between laugh-out-loud hilarity and tear-invoking "I can totally relate to that" moments, this is certainly not a boring book. The difference between being a total disaster and keeping some sanity seems to be having a good support system. Turis has this, especially in her husband, but also her parents (before their divorce, apparently).
"...when someone tells you that you can do anything (as my parents did), then you truly believe you can do anything, and if you believe you can do anything, there is nothing you can't do. If you don't believe me, just try it for yourself; you'll be shocked at your own superpowers!"
Of course, Turin also seems to be a little hyperverbal, but that's to be expected.
For the most part, the appeal of this book is that I could identify with so much of what's in it. About procrastination:
"Without stress and pressure, it's a free-for-all in this brain. "Oh... just do it tomorrow...you need to relax. It'll still be there tomorrow"...on and on, until three years later nothing is accomplished."
On career goals (although I don't do everything I want to do):
"I've finally come to the conclusion that what I want to do "when I grow up" will be a constantly evolving idea, and I simply have to evolve with it. That way when it's all said and done, I will have done everything I've ever wanted to do, instead of wasting time and energy focusing on finding that one elusive thing that will never appear."
On hiding your true self to make others happy (I've spent 12 years trying to be what someone else thinks I should be. Trust me, it's much less stressful to be able to be yourself rather than hiding your true nature.Read more ›
- Someone you loves deals with attention deficit disorder or giftedness or some other way of processing information...
- You know a little about attention deficit but are curious what it would be like to be inside one of "those" heads
- You could use a good belly laugh and are not averse to taking it at the expense of someone who is willing to tell too-crazy-to-be-fake stories on herself
One caveat. The first section of this book deals honestly with issues relating to domestic violence. There is still humor, but it is dark and appears in the context of some decidedly unfunny stories. There is nothing either maudlin or saccharine about the childhood memories recorded, but they are brutally honest and transparent. So - if you are just reading this for the belly laugh, you may prefer to start at section two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her writing style made me feel like I was hanging out just talking to a friend. I laughed my ass off, felt fear and anger, but mostly felt kinda normal in my flighty and forgetful... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kristine D. Klaerner
A different perspective on ADD/ADHD. I admire Ms. Turis for sharing her journey. It was helpful in the way of misery loves company, but I didn't see many solutions that fit my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anne J
(Janelle here, not Kenrick) - Love this book! Stacey get's it, for sure!Published 7 months ago by Kenrick S Knighton
This book is relate-able and funny. I makes me feel better about all of my quirks.Published 7 months ago by ReKo
A funny and engaging memoir from someone who is NOT perfect, but working thru the typical struggles anyone with ADD can relate to.Published 10 months ago by Savvy Shopping Mom
A hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking book that details what it's like to have a brain that functions slightly different from what our society calls "normal".Published 10 months ago by CS
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