The UK is leaving the European Union, the Scots want to leave the UK, Donald Trump wants Mexicans and Muslims to leave the US and Living ADDventure® has left KwaZulu-Natal.
It's a long story, but in short, Pat's sister died just before Christmas and Pat took over her job as manager of Paddle Power - a river rafting company on the Crocodile River, just outside Hartebeespoort Dam in North West Province.
I had always said that I could live anywhere provided two things were in place - Pat, and reasonable ADSL to coach via Skype. That boast is now being put to the test here in Broederstroom.
Over the last 18 months or so, the vast majority of my coaching work has been done via Skype. I was sceptical initially as to whether it would deliver the results I wanted.
The outcome seems to be almost better than face-to-face coaching. The ultimate in coaching is still done in the clients environment, but that is now very expensive and impractical. In terms of travel time, Skype is a wonderful time saver.
Working with people in different time zones has been interesting and exciting - my time is literally no longer my own. At times I was talking to people who were already on a different day and in a different season! Having clients who are 6 hours ahead or behind means working outside of my "normal" working hours. It has taken some adapting, but once it's working, it's quite simple.
I have worked with clients who are comfortable enough to lie on the floor, on the couch, on the bed, walk through to the kitchen to get a drink, turn the laptop or phone the other way round and give me a guided tour of where they live, do sessions in restaurants situated in Malaysia or Ghana, or from villages in New Zealand, Australia, Mozambique, Ghana, Europe and even in the US.
Pat's involvement in the river rafting company means she is no longer involved in day to day Living ADDventure® business. This too - has - and will present some interesting problems, most of which have been solved so far. Pat remains a co-owner.
Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms
Here are some of the common ADHD acronyms and what they mean
ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - new name for ADD
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
CD - Conduct Disorder
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
ACT - Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®