An ADD Woman (anaddwoman.com) was originally founded and started by Brenda Nicholson in early 2000’s. In an effort to help women with ADHD/ADD, Brenda spent much time creating content around things to help her audience. Below is an account and bio written by Brenda while she was previously the main writer and founder of all content inside AnADDwoman.com.
In 2018, Brenda sold anADDwoman to Lacy Estelle, of Lacyestelle.com. Lacy was already writing to a primarily ADHD audience of mothers and women on her original blog, Mothering the Storm with Lacy Estelle. In hopes that her current audience would benefit from Lacy’s information about ADHD, she passed the torch.
About Brenda Nicholson
The following Bio about Brenda was written by Brenda when she was still the primary writer of AnADDWoman.
Hi! I’m Brenda Nicholson – a blogger, passionate planner, and An ADD Woman.
I first found out I had ADHD at the age of 42, while I was getting my oldest, Sarah, diagnosed for learning disabilities. Turned out she had both LD and ADHD; they often occur together.
But that wasn’t my first experience with ADHD.
When my son, Andy (16 months younger than Sarah) was just a toddler, I could tell there was something different about him that went far beyond personality differences. That was around 1986-87.
I’ve been studying ADHD ever since.
ADHD and Keeping House
I found out shortly after I got married that I wasn’t very good at housekeeping, even though I wanted to be. But somehow, my house was always a wreck, especially after we had kids.
I tried everything, but nothing stuck. Not even Flylady.
I was organized for the first time in my life!
By that time I had 3 kids under the age of 5, but my house was beyond organized and clean. I was so proud when my parents came to visit!
(Trying) to Save the World
I always told my girls (Caitlin was born 3 years after Andy) that you can’t save the world, but we’ve all tried – and probably still do.
I started this blog to help other women like me – with ADHD – figure life out, understand their symptoms, and just have a better life.
In 2000, I finished my requirements and became an ADD Coach.
Shortly after, I initiated and helped start a Coaching Program for the ADD students at Schoolcraft College, where I worked in Learning Assistance. It was fully funded – half by the state, and half by the college. And it was a success!
I was really proud of that!
Some of Brenda’s Accomplishments for An ADD Woman
- An ADD Woman has won numerous awards in the 12+ years it has been online
- Worked as a consultant with 3 major pharmaceutical companies
- Spent some time when I lived in Michigan working as a private ADD Coach
- Been published twice in ADDitude magazine
- Contacted by Anderson Cooper’s staff to help put together a show about ADHD
- Mentioned in an article in Time magazine
- Worked as the ADD Expert at Answers.com for almost a year. (Their funding ran out.)
So What Now? Where is An ADD Woman Headed?
When Brenda first sold An ADD Woman to Lacy, Lacy did what ever other ADHD woman does; she procrastinated and put off figuring out what she would do with anADDwoman. But in 2020 Lacy decided to finally use AnADDWoman to serve a new, but still relevant purpose. A Podcast. The new An ADD Woman Podcast will still use anADDwoman.com as it’s primary URL to interact with it’s audience. But it will still maintain archives of Brenda’s original written work, still allowing other women to come to this site and read her content. While also publishing new content in the form of Show notes that relate to each Podcast episode.
What values does An ADD Woman with Lacy Estelle Hold?
In AnADDWoman podcast, Lacy Estelle does not shy away from elaborating on her Faith and the role it plays in her life, and also in her relationships. She is a Christian, and holds primarily fundamental Christian values. She also feels it important to distinguish this fact given her Christianity is the foundation of her Identity as a woman, wife and mother. And since the things affecting those roles in her AD[H]D life, her faith is bound to come up, quite often. So what does that mean as a listener?
- Lacy will always be Honest. Regardless of if that may mean she loses listeners, or not. Being honest is the most important thing if she’s truly called to LOVE people. Loving people, means you tell them the truth. Even if it makes you uncomfortable.
- You can expect vulnerable information. In relating to people, Lacy doesn’t plan of glossing over any of the high points, or even low points of her life. When she made mistakes, and when she had great wins- and who ultimately deserves credit for those: God.
- She may or may not talk about social issues she feels strongly about. Primarily only as it relates to her AD[H]D journey. But it’s bound to come up at some point, and if you are a listener who disagrees with her on any of those points, she would ask that you simply keep an open mind or even message her in regards to it. As an influencer and content creator, she is always wanting to hear new viewpoints and understand people better. She’s not faultless, and is completely willing to take responsibility for pain she may cause, even if unintentional.
- Any revenue An ADD Woman podcast makes in the future, will be contributing 10% or more of to her Church, as well as to Liveaction.org.
An ADD Woman’s Mission Statement
To help women with ADHD learn to manage their symptoms and everyday life more effectively by providing:
- Products and courses