My Neurodivergence Journey
After developing bipolar disorder at the age of 20, I learned to manage it and cope with it over time, yet still struggled so much. I had severe sleeping problems, at the worst, sleeping at 10 AM and waking at 6 PM. A sudden onset of an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), drained me of all energy, making it difficult for me to function productively. I had chronic pain in my body, with my sciatica making it difficult to work or have a social life. For a couple of years, I was dependent on alcohol. Although I had been an overachiever with stellar academic performance, testing into selective schools and winning national awards, it took me 7 years to get my undergrad degree. It was only later that I realized I had been battling chronic depression and anxiety for years.
It wasn’t until my late 20s that a psychiatrist told me I may have ADHD, that my life made so much sense. I bought books on ADHD, but in true ADHD fashion, I procrastinated reading them. At this stage, I was not aware how much ADHD affected my everyday life and thus did not feel a need to treat it.
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In my 30s, I learned more about ADHD. I went on medication and made adjustments to my life to accommodate my ADHD. I learned more about parts of me that I never quite understood - why I keep doing that thing that doesn’t make any sense. As I learned and understood more about my ADHD, I began to accept myself more with compassion. I realized that having ADHD is associated with so much guilt and shame on a daily basis. I reframed the narrative I had about myself - I was not lazy; in contrast, I was a hard worker - I just struggled to start tasks and finish them because I faced ADHD challenges every day.
As I learned to slow down, I also became aware of just how much stress and anxiety I had been feeling in my hectic life. I felt much much lighter, happier and started thriving with ADHD. My partner at the time also realized he has ADHD and together, we started addressing the effects ADHD had on our relationship.
In light of my more recent discovery that I am also Autistic, making me AuDHD, I am learning more about neurodivergence and 2e (twice exceptional, gifted + disability).
When I found out about ADHD coaching, I recognized it would be a great fit for me. I wanted to empower others to undergo the transformation that I had. I completed my training with ADDCA (ADD Coach Academy) and am currently waiting for my certification application to be processed. I aim to keep growing through my personal journey to support and empower others with ADHD.
On a more personal note,
I’m from Korea and have lived in Korea, the UK, and the US, currently residing in Los Angeles. I have previously worked in the education industry for a decade as a college prep instructor, tutor and college admissions consultant, and in the manufacturing industry as a drafter. I am bilingual in Korean and English and working on my Spanish. I love traveling ✈️, cycling 🚴♀️, everything outdoors ⛰️, dancing 💃🏻, plants 🪴, exploring psychedelics 🍄 and all things DIY 🔨.
Some of my current special interests are learning about trauma, different modalities of somatic healing (movement, fascial maneuvers etc), and polyvagal theory.
As a queer immigrant woman of color, I aim to give everyone a safe space
to express themselves and explore the intersection of their ADHD and identities.
My mission is to empower people towards self acceptance and
to harness the unique strengths of their ADHD to thrive.
My Approach to Coaching
I balance the tools of ADHD coaching (tips, hacks, strategies) with the very difficult, complexed lived emotional experience of having ADHD.
Everyone has a unique brain, unique needs with different circumstances.
To honor this, I take an individualized approach for every client and do not use one-size-fits-all tools.
I cannot make clients do things. I empower the client to come up with what works for them and keep themselves accountable (with my support).
Some indications we would be a good fit
You resonate with my approach
You want to combine ADHD productivity solutions with working through the emotional experience of having ADHD. (Learn how to work with your ADHD brain, tap into its powers, reframe negative biases you have about yourself, free yourself from the heavy burden of guilt).
You resonate with my story
You struggle with getting things done (being productive), mental health, chronic illnesses, and addiction.
You resonate with my identity and neurodivergences
You are BIPOC, queer, autistic, ADHD, bipolar, 2e (gifted + disability).
You match the profile of my clients
My clients tend to be creatives, small business owners, work in tech or a non-profit, graduate & college students.
Many of my clients are BIPOC and/or queer.
You are looking for a coach who...
Understands neurodivergent struggles first hand, is : empathetic, non-judgemental, honest & direct - "tell it like it is", encouraging, provides a lot of accountability & support, solutions oriented, invested in your success, knowledgable & has cultural sensitivity