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Why Orange Jug?

I have collected vintage pottery since I was a child, finding pieces on my travels and in little out of the way markets and country op shops. I love that our home is filled with these pieces, each one unique and carrying their own story.  I can tell you where I found each piece, be it a market in a little village in Nepal, rescued from hard rubbish on the side of the road or passed down to me from my great grandmother.  Some are collectable and quite valuable, with others having little monetary value, but for me they are all precious. 

 

I found the orange jug at an auction. I fell in love, and I knew it had to come home with me. The jug had been packed up in a box. It was unloved and had been forgotten. I heard someone say how ugly they thought it was. To me, it was unique and beautiful. I was the only bidder.

 

The orange jug got me thinking about people with ADHD. Often, we walk through life believing we are something like that orange jug. Feeling too loud, too much and like we never quite fit it. No matter how hard we try, like an orange jug we never can pass ourselves off as a 'sensible practical white jug'; people with ADHD can spend their lives trying to fit in and feeling like they’re failing at every step. 

There are many who will never see the beauty in the orange jug but there are also those who see its distinctiveness and craft, who appreciate it because it is not like anything else.  Like an orange jug it's only once we accept our differences and allow others to see them can we really begin to shine.  

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About Sally

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I am a certified ADHD coach with my own lived experience of ADHD.  Like many women, I was diagnosed with ADHD later in life.  Shortly after, my teenage daughter was also diagnosed.  Not wanting my daughter to have the struggles I had negotiating life with ADHD, I went in search of support. I discovered that what was available was limited and with long wait lists.  Sadly, I encountered much misunderstanding of ADHD, at times from the professionals I was reaching out to.  It became evident that the best way to assist my daughter was for me to learn as much as I could about ADHD, leading me to the decision to become an ADHD coach.

My professional background is in Social Welfare work. Much of that time was spent working with people in crisis who were living with or who had experienced family violence, homelessness and addiction.  As I learnt more about ADHD I came to believe that for many of those I had worked with (undiagnosed) ADHD was a factor impacting their lives.

I am therefore committed to helping people understand their own ADHD and to educating teachers, other professionals and organisations to recognise and understand ADHD and to give them skills to work appropriately with adults and children with ADHD.

Professional Membership

I understand how severely ADHD can impact every aspect of a person's life but I also know that, with the right knowledge and support, people with ADHD can truly thrive and be free of the shame that often comes from living with ADHD. 

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