I got a new laptop so I can blog like a normal person!

Ahhh finally! It’s been a really long time coming, the one I was using previously had really seen better days. It was missing keys, couldn’t be used without being plugged into a power source, I had to squeeze and crack the casing every single time I opened it to get the touch pad to work, and it felt like it was giving my thighs 2nd degree burns. Needless to say it was time to take the ole thing out behind the barn and- you know the rest. My amazing partner greeted me at lunch today with an early Christmas gift, it’s a MacBook Air. I am really familiar with Apple products as I have an iPhone, iPad, and my desktop setup is an iMac. So it was immediately comfortable for me! I am really excited to be able to blog and work and nerd out without wanting to hurl myself into oncoming traffic out of pure frustration! It’s really tiny and feels a bit like holding a newborn baby for the first time but I think I’ll get used to that. Happy Christmas to meeee!

The main reason for the new laptop was because blogging on a dinosaur is extremely challenging and discouraging. It went from being an emotional outlet to the source of most of my stress lol Sometimes I felt like a caveman trying to work that old thing. We also finally replaced the broken keyboard on the iMac so that will be useable again!

I’ve been working on organizing my life both physically and mentally and somehow this feels like a small victory. We cleaned our basement so we could utilize all the space we have down there for a home office, play space, reading nook or what have you. I revived the blog, I cleaned out our spare closet to make room for craft supplies for the kiddos, I cleaned out the spare bedroom to make my own sacred space more comfortable, we created a more structured routine for the kids, and I’m staying on top of my ADHD and being a more productive version of myself thanks to a combination of medication and motivation. So here’s to fresh starts, whether it’s Spring cleaning in the fall, replacing your old junkie electronics, or just focusing on the power of positive intent and striving towards positive changes in your life! Cheers.

Biting the bullet

Since the last time I updated this blog so much has happened. As far as my ADHD goes, it’s been extremely tough, to say the least. I have been struggling to manage it on my own, all my apps and resources slowly began to go unused, I sold my FitBit, and I sank into a […]

via Biting the bullet — Chatty Katie

I wrote up a new article on Chatty Katie! I debated posting it here instead but in the name of organization I went ahead and put it where it belongs and shared it here instead. Hope this helps anyone else struggling with ADHD and debating going on medication!

The Scribbler lives!

So it’s been a hot minute since I’ve really updated my blog, minus a few random ramblings here and there and if I’m being honest, I really miss blogging! I’ve had a pretty crazy year so far and I have so much to fill everyone in on but I’m going to do it in bits and pieces because it’s going to take some time. Off the top of my head I can tell you I went to Europe, my kids are growing and doing all kinds of cool and funny shit, I went back on medication for my ADHD for the first time since I was like 17-18, I was diagnosed with a gross thing called Endometriosis, I mean this year has been something else!

The most important thing is I’m back and I renewed my domain with a new fresh name! I was going by The Super Scribbler under the domain katlynblair.com because thescribbler.ca was unavailable back then. LOW AND BEHOLD! It’s available now, I snagged it, it’s miiiiine.

*Cuts Ribbon*

Welcome to the new and improved blog, hold onto your panties ya’ll, I’m back!

Facebook Break

I’ll be taking another hiatus from the book of faces for a week or more. The weather has been so gorgeous and warm and I just need to make the most of it. We only have one life to live, I can’t spend the most gorgeous days on this Earth glued to my Facebook feed. Unfortunately, ADHD is both a gift and a curse and in the case of hyperfocus and Internet addiction, it’s truly a curse. I’ll still be around but I’m limiting my internet time a great deal. I’ll be on Instagram a lot, that’s kind of my stomping grounds. I recently started a side account for my ADHD posts since I didn’t want to burden my regular followers with an over abundance of posts they can’t relate to. So you can find me on my regular one Instagram.com/Katbla or on my new one Instagram.com/motormouthme. I’m also Chrasen on Twitter 😊

A letter to my past.

Dearest little Katlyn,

I know you feel alienated because you have ADHD. You’ve been excluded, humiliated, and patronized by some of your own Teachers because you’re considered a “problem” or a “disruption”. You’re not a disruption, you’re just different. You don’t need to change who you are for them to be able to teach, they need to change the way they teach for you to be able to learn. Teachers are always going to put you in a tiny box with a bunch of other kids who are nothing like you and they are going to expect you to conform. I’m here to tell you that you will try to conform many times over your school years and you will fail. The reason you fail isn’t because there’s something tragically wrong with you like you will tell yourself as you lay awake at night, you will fail because you’re not meant to conform, you’re just different and you learn in a different way. 

I want you to know that fitting in and having boyfriends is not as important as you think it is. Being socially accepted by your peers is not important right now. You don’t need to treat people badly to make yourself feel better, stop that, okay? It doesn’t make you look cool, it makes you a bully. There’s a reason you feel bad afterwards, that’s because it’s wrong and I’m telling you now, it’s going to happen to you and it will be the hardest thing you’ll ever go through.

Which brings me to my third plea, please don’t let people walk on you, Katlyn. It doesn’t have to be an “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” situation. If people treat you badly stop giving them the time of day, your time is valuable and so are you. Don’t waste it on people who couldn’t give two shits about you. You will not still be friends with them in 5 years, trust me on that. 

You also don’t need to try drugs, I’ll just go ahead and let you know it’s not that great. Dodge that bullet. Experience isn’t everything! 

Lastly, if all else fails because you’ll never read this and you’ll do literally everything I said not to, you can rest easy knowing that your life will turn out amazing. You’re going to grow up quickly because you’re going to suddenly be super responsible for someone really important but I won’t say who! But you are going to be strong, beautiful, and kind. You’re going to learn from all the things you did wrong and you’re going to accept that you will never fit the mold and you’re going to grow to love that about yourself. You’ll realize there are people in your life who love that about you as well. 

Ps. Eyebrows=good. Shaving them=BAD 

P.s.s. Leave your hair alone.

Peace out Sailor scout!

Future Katlyn

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA. jk.

I don’t usually do stuff like this, but I am going to rant about the YMCA which advocates youth activity and community. I’ve written a letter to YMCA Canada, which will fill you in on everything that occurred and you’ll understand why I’m upset.

“Hello there! I’m a proud aunt to a wonderful little boy named Hunter. Hunter is 3 years old and full of personality! He’s quite busy, though, which is something he’s currently being assessed for. He’ll be assessed to see if he is ADHD or Autistic. Hunter goes to the daycare at the YMCA in Fredericton while his Mother Kerri works on her fitness in the gym. Recently, when Kerri went to pick Hunter up, the daycare workers informed her there was an “incident”. Hunter had left the room, left the building, and at three years old was wandering alone in the parking lot of a busy street. A woman happened to see him and brought him back inside. While this was happening, the workers were not accounted for. How did he get out without them noticing? Isn’t it their job to supervise them? No one informed Kerri of the incident until she picked him up. They filed the incident report without her and were dishonest about how long he was in the parking lot, as surveillance videos told a different story. Instead of taking accountability for their actions, they proceeded to tell Kerri that there was “something seriously wrong with her kid”. They blamed a 3 year old. Kerri took this very seriously and brought him to their family doctor to begin the process of diagnosing him. The daycare workers suggested bringing him more often so that he’d be used to coming. Kerri complied. She brings him three times a week for only one hour each time. A total of 3 hours a week. Well today when Kerri went to retrieve Hunter after his hour of daycare, a worker approached her and said “You’re not planning on bringing him all week are you?” stating they “couldn’t watch him”. Which has Kerri very distressed. I guess my question for you guys is, what kind of training do you provide for your childcare workers? Why are they unable to cope with a busy child? Hunter is not a bad child, he’s wonderful and kind, just very active. Now he’s being penalized for doing something many children do and it has me wondering what these workers expect? Are they not being paid to supervise him? Why is it difficult for them to do their job and are they equipped to handle special needs children?”

Guys, what should we do? I’m at a loss. Kerri is a very non-confrontational person so it’s out of her comfort zone to make some noise. However, I have no problems making noise.