ADD Poster Girl Day today!

November 29th is
a VERY important day!
Okay, so it’s my birthday —
but it’s a good day to remind everyone that I don’t write these posts
from a lofty perch in some well-appointed ivory tower.

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Happy Birthday to ME

The older I get, the more important it becomes to take time OFF to honor the reality that I have been granted another year on this earth.

So I am taking the rest of today t-totally OFF – and may well not return to respond to comments until Monday.

WOW! – an entire long weekend away
from my computer!

HOWEVER, I would like to leave you with a little present (besides the links to Related Content I always give you at the bottom of my posts, and this December’s Awareness Calendar, already set to autopost on Friday).

Below you will be able to listen to and watch a TED Talk I found recently – the totally serious commentary from a relatively young Canadian mother, Guidance Counselor and education advocate who it RIGHT ON about everything she says.

For my Birthday

If anybody would like to give me a present, what I would like most in the whole world is that each of you would take the entire 15 minutes and 25 seconds it will take to listen ALL the way through — with an open mind — ESPECIALLY if you are a parent or an educator.

Pay CLOSE attention to her brief comments about

  • medication
  • misdiagnosis, and
  • the dearth of physician education
    (not just true in Canada, I promise you!)


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Have a great weekend everybody!!!
I certainly plan to.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

94 Responses to ADD Poster Girl Day today!

  1. darsword says:

    I just got to the email that told of this and your birthday. But obviously, we Sag’s need to celebrate at least a month just to get our just desserts for being born near Christmas. Happy BirthMonth!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Christy B says:

    I know we touched base back on your birthday but I never did get this special post. Now is my official time to say I am so glad to know you and that you are a wonderful spirit in our world ♥ May this new year bring you much joy and continued insights xo

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  3. tmezpoetry says:

    Now I feel downright awful! I missed your birthday 😦 Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Madelyn, Happy Birthday to you 🙂

    Mine was the 5th but I didn’t announce it. Next time I’m gonna bring the party snacks.

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  4. dgkaye says:

    Oh M. I’m so sorry. I’ve been going absolutely nuts throughout November with many glitches while in publishing mode. I am only now just catching up after launching my newest labor of love this past weekend. Go figure the one post I miss and it was your birthday 😦 So I am here now and wishing you a belated Happy Birthday girlfriend!!!! I hope it was fabulous. I hope you did something, ate something, or found something fabulous for your special day. ❤ ❤

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  5. Sorry, for loosing contact. Lets apologize for this! Retroactively the best congratulations. I hope you had a great day.
    Wish you a good week. Michael


  6. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Madelyn.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. paulandruss says:

    Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Madelyn and only good things for you in the coming year PX

    Liked by 2 people

  8. A belated Happy Birthday Madelyn. Enjoy those lovely days of rest. 💚

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    Happy Birthday, Madelyn. Live it up a little – okay?!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Shocking! And we thought Canada was more forward than that……Happy belated birthday! 21 again! Cheers,H

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    • Shocking is a great word for it, Helen. Also discouraging, disheartening, depressing, and – actually – shameful – given that I’ve been ringing this bell for THREE DECADES now.

      The USA is not much better, btw.

      It BREAKS my HEART to wonder, on this particular birthday, if I might have wasted my time and my life.


  11. Clive says:

    A belated happy birthday to you for yesterday. I hope you had a wonderful day! xx

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Carol says:

    Happy, Happy born day and a sparkling and happy weekend away from everything …I wish you good health and chocolate ❤ x

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  13. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday dear Madelyn – and many happy returns! Im watching the video! thanks! 🙂

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  14. mistermuse says:

    Happy birthday! May you live to be at least as old as I…..assuming you don’t mind losing your mind — ha ha.

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  15. Happy Birthday and best wishes for many more, in good health and sparkling spirit! You are not getting older; you are only getting wiser while getting younger at the same time!
    I wish I were there to make you a chocolate cake (totally dietetic, I assure you!), but for want of that, I hope Tink is baking one for you.
    Have a great looong Birthday Weekend!
    All my love,

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  16. ghostmmnc says:

    Happy Birthday! Have a lovely long weekend. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  17. mike2all says:

    Happiness on your Birthday.

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  18. colinandray says:

    Hi Madelyn – I cannot watch the video today for internet connection reasons however, I will this coming weekend! Have a wonderful birthday ……. get spoiled as much as possible. 🙂

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    • colinandray says:

      A great post/presentation Madelyn. I just forwarded your link to my son and his partner as they are currently trying to come to terms with the realities of ADHD. Great timing! Regards. Colin.

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      • Thank you, Colin. I hope your son and his partner will allow themselves to ignore ALL of the ignorant comments they will find around the ‘net as they explore the FACTS that will allow them to work with and around Challenges that *most* people don’t think about (or believe exist) until they are facing cognitive and Executive Functioning struggles themselves.

        Interesting to me how many Boomers are now writing books and articles about “overcoming” late-life struggles they pooh-poohed for years as “simply” a matter of some bizarre form of lack of will power.

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    • Thanks, Colin – the speaker pulls no punches. It is my birthday wish that SHE, perhaps, might get through to the world where I seem to have failed to do so (for reasons I guess I will not understand until I am dead and “looking down”).

      Step ONE is awareness – so I will be quite pleased if people a least LISTEN to what she has to say.


  19. Chuck says:

    I”m sorry — I missed it. Happy ‘belated’ Birthday.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. John Fioravanti says:

    Happy Birthday, Madelyn – I hope you enjoy your day off!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Jane Sturgeon says:

    Happy Birthday Madelyn Xx I watched every second of Tracey’s talk and it is very interesting. Thank you for sharing. x

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  22. Happy, Happy to you Madelyn ! A fellow Sagittarius lady. Some of the best people I know were born at this time of year. My mother shares your day on the 29th…I miss her dearly.

    Enjoy your brief WP break and take time to celebrate ! Hugs to you.

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    • Thank you, Van. I’m still technically “off” for the long weekend and will be until Monday the 4th here, but am checking back every once in a while to say thank you for all the wonderfully warm wishes left for me – like YOURS!

      We Sag’s are Seekers of the highest order, according to the astro-sages – so I’ll bet your mother was a fascinating conversationalist, well-versed in many interests. Since you were both born under this sun sign, I’m guessing you two had quite a few adventures together. I’m sure, had I been lucky enough to have known her, I would miss her dearly as well.

      AS for “taking time to celebrate” – I am SO enjoying relaxing during my long (and rare) weekend break that getting dressed to get out the door seems more like work than fun – LOL

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  23. Happy Birthday, Madelyn! ❤ xo

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  24. Marvelous Madelyn — go celebrate, all weekend! Happy birthday, and many happy returns. Hugs!

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  25. foodzesty says:

    Happy Birthday my sweet lady!!! 🙂

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  26. Jennie says:

    Happy Birthday, Madelyn!

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Lucy Brazier says:

    A very happy birthday, my darling friend! I hope you don’t see this message until after your well-deserved weekend off, but know that I am thinking of you and raising a glass in your honour, this side of the pond. Love & hugs to you and Tink 🙂

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  28. Sue Vincent says:

    Happy birthday, Madelyn, from me and the small dog (currently making me laugh at her snoring on the sofa) xx

    Liked by 1 person

  29. HAPPY Birthday to you and MANY more! ❤

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