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The Downside of ADHD Medication and My Struggle with Adderall

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For the first two years of my diagnosis of ADHD (Inattentive Type with Acute Anxiety Disorder), I took no medication. I didn't want to. I had this fear that it would put a damper on my creativity. I decided to try the lifestyle changes my therapist recommended. So I began meditating in the morning and exercising when I had the time.* When I had the time. You should know that I wasn't entirely consistent with either of these routine changes, and that may make what follows make sense. I was getting some results with these lifestyle changes, but...

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My Struggle With Weight and What I’m Doing About It

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Getting healthy is a big goal of mine this year. I have struggled with weight fluctuation my entire life. I was a chubby kid that slimmed down during my high school years. Throughout my adult life, I have tried so many diets and eating plans. The dieting industry - you know that industry that brings in billions of dollars a year? - they do it off of people like me. I've bought supplements, taken powders, drank liquids, laid off carbs, laid off fat, counted calories, laid off dairy, added carbs back in, taken carbs away...

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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Happier Right Now

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What is happiness? For some people, it's an emotion they feel when something or a series of somethings happen to them. For some, it's associated with familiar places or familiar people. For others, it's traveling to new and exotic locations, exploring something new. For others, it's being with a particular person or a few close people. But happiness is difficult to describe. Most of the time, you'll know it when you feel it. And it comes around at certain times. And it's impossible to feel happy when you're sad. Isn't it? I've discovered that I can be a slave...

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How to Be a More Grateful Person When You’re a Pessimist

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A few years ago, I took the Gallup Organization's StrengthFinders test to see what my top strengths were. In my top five strengths came one called Positivity. This is a strength that allows one to see silver lining in almost any situation. That person can lead others through being positive. This was shocking to discover, because often I feel like the most negative person around. Especially when my meds haven't kicked in. But in public, I am able to pull off a positive attitude, and this has helped me to influence others over the years. But when...

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Why I Moved Every 2 Years: An ADHD Story

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This story also appears on my site, HyperMinimalist.com I didn't start out moving a lot. I moved twice as a kid; one time I remember and one time I was too young to. The time I remember, my dad had taken a job in his hometown of Panama City, FL, and when we got there, we stayed. Instantly I had both sets of grandparents in the same town. And most of my aunts and uncles and cousins were less than half-an-hour away. It was a typical American childhood. Summer barbecues and Thanksgiving meals and Christmas events with all...

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Video Episode 5 | Why I Run Barefoot

In today's episode - EPISODE 5 - I talk about my Forrest Gump twister braces as a kid and why I hate shoes! I also show off my new pair of XeroShoes! These are minimalist shoes/sandals that conform to your feet for barefoot running, trail running, outdoor life, and everything in between. If you can't see the video above (Email List subscribers), check it out right here: ...

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Why I Wake Up at 5:30 Every Morning and Love It

Are you a morning person? I'm not. At least I never have been. In fact, I'll be honest and say that I secretly used to have a twinge of disdain for people who were chirpy and happy in the morning. And some of them don't even need coffee! Clearly, I've not been a fan of mornings. They came too quickly and - especially when my kids were little - they usually meant I'd be rocking babies in the morning. (I miss that part.) When I was first diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety, my therapist recommended that...

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What’s Your Personality Type and How Do You Recharge?

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Ever taken the Myer's Briggs Personality Test? There's a free version of it here. I'm an INFP currently - my personality has gone through some changes through the years through moves and new experiences (some good and some bad). I'm kind of a sucker for these kinds of personality and strengths tests, so enjoy this one. My introversion has always been on the line of introvert/extrovert. I like people and I generally like talking to them about things, but if you stick me in a room with them 24/7, I lose my ever-loving mind. I don't...

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Video Episode 4: Minimalist Gets Rid of All His Stuff

It's Episode 4 of the Hyper Minimalist Show on YouTube! Today, I am getting rid of boxes and bags of STUFF! For the last two weeks, Kristin and I have been going through our closet and making piles of clothes we either no longer wear or just don't have a need for anymore. If you are looking to live with less and downsize, you should know it is incredibly freeing to untie yourself from the material hold on your stuff. But you may find yourself overwhelmed at first. The best way to do this is to...

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