Hi. I’m Peggy Barber, founder of Good Thinking! ADHD Coaching, LLC.
To love what you do, and feel that it matters.
What could be more fun? – Katharine Graham
My mission is to help people understand their ADD/ADHD, know their strengths, and create an environment that works the way their brain does.
I was raised in Page, Arizona. It was there that I married Willy and raised four children. Our home was always a disorganized mess. I chalked it up to the stress of working from home while caring for the children. I bought every organizing and housekeeping book I could find but nothing seemed to work for me.
Once the children were grown and moved out we relocated to Gilbert, AZ. While looking for my next career challenge, I came across a CD of Cheryl Richardson’s “Finding Your Passion.” After repeated listening, I decided to pursue a new passion — becoming a life coach.
However, before I could help others, I realized that I first had to get my own house in order — literally. Despite having more than 40 books on home organization, my new home was just as cluttered as the previous one. I didn’t have children or a job to blame for the clutter any more. Why couldn’t I get organized? I figured I must simply be lazy. So when I found a book called “You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!” at the local library, I was intrigued. I thought it might be the solution to my organizing woes.
After reading it, and several other books by Ned Hallowell, I knew that I wasn’t lazy. It was clear to me that I was experiencing symptoms of ADHD. My suspicions were confirmed by a psychiatrist in 2006. What a relief to know there wasn’t something wrong with me after all! There was a reason for my unique way of thinking and being.
Soon after my diagnosis, I read an article about Nancy Ratey, an ADHD coach. What could be better than a career that combined my two passions of life coaching and ADHD? I went in search of training and found a wonderful school, the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA.com). As I listened to and learned from my tele-classes, loving every minute of learning, I knew that I wouldn’t be content to merely coach. I had the need to share my knowledge with others who have ADHD.
Sadly, my husband Willy died of a brain tumor in 2008. Before his death, he told me, “I shouldn’t worry about you. You’re smart and capable!” Those were powerful words for someone with ADHD. “He gave me plenty of love and strength — not easy for a guy to do while living thirty two years with a wife who had not been diagnosed with ADHD.
Now my passion is speaking and presenting workshops as well as personal and group coaching to help others understand and appreciate their ADHD. Contact me, Peggy, to learn more about how I can help you or someone you know thrive with ADHD.