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So lost right now - things have shifted under my nose

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Joined: Apr 08, 2008
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Posted Apr 08, 2008 at 10:16:17 PM
Subject: So lost right now - things have shifted under my nose

From the moment I was adopted I was diagnosed with a learning difference. I was very lucky to have been raised in a wonderful school system that supported me until graduation.

Having strengthened my creative side I enrolled in a creative college that allowed me to fully bloom as I graduated at the top of my class.

After being in a relationship during my college years to my first major job things where good. Then, once the relationship crashed and I had to support myself I began to notice some major problems.

I've noticed that my grammer and spelling skills have shifted downward. Politics and world issues I used to be able to follow and now I have to really struggle to retain this information.

And basic things such as paying bills on time and being proactive have also gone down.

How does one stay on track when life makes major shifts? Should I consider going back on riddlen which I've not taken in over 15 years?

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Joined May 02, 2008
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Posted:May 02, 2008 11:38:02 AM

Oh, Tilly, I am so sorry to hear of your challenges. Of course, it is your decision, but I hate the idea of you going back on any drug. One of the things I had to use for bills was an envelope with a schedule of what to pay and when to pay it on the front where I could see it, boxes for each month of the year. When I got a bill, I'd put it in the envelope (one of those large ones, the bills can fall out of folders) and when I paid it, I checked off the box for that bill and the month I paid. That helped immensely.

As for being proactive, a Franklin planner helped me tremendously. It takes time to set up, but once you do, when you recognize an issue, they have a system for you to write it down and take action - very helpful for staying on target.

If you are not able to do that, for me, just having a small spiral notebook where I wrote down issues sometimes helps, if you can also set aside a daily or weekly time to review issues and track your progress towards dealing with them.

Grammar, spelling (use a word processor), politics and world issues, I know they are good thermometers of your capability, but right now you need your resources to deal with transition. If you need to take some energy away from these other things for a time to deal with the transition, that is fine. If, after the transition, you still have trouble in these areas, then you can look into strengthening them again.

Not legal or professional advice, just related to my experiences. Bless you.

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