We are thrilled to add these new feature to The Globe Newsletter — introducing our iACTcenter graduates!
Kelly Biltz is a Certified ADHD Life Coach at Loving GrADDitude, LLC where she works with parents who have children with ADHD as well as teens with ADHD.
She began her coaching practice, Loving GrADDitude, in the Fall of 2018 after years of studying, advocating and finding the best solutions for her son. She realized her passion for struggling families and knew she had to make a difference and bring more awareness and support within the ADHD Community so she joined the iACTcenter coach training program to become a Certified ADHD Life Coach!
Kelly is the creative mind behind the incredible, first-of-its-kind ADHD RockStar Parent Program and VIP Teen Program, as well as the heart and soul of an amazing supportive community in her Succeed with ADHD! Facebook group.
The ADHD Rockstar Parent Program is a year-long program where she partners with parents on how to work with their child for their life long success. This program focuses on a deeper understanding of ADHD, setting up your child’s best practice and allows the family unit to thrive regardless of the daily challenges!
Her VIP Teen program is a 10-month long program where she partners with teens throughout the academic year. Staying on task, discovering their best practices, holding them accountable for projects and goals and walking alongside the family to ease the stress during teen years are just a few benefits of this program.
She resides in her “Happy Place” of Pinehurst, NC where she is a mom of two incredibly opposite teenage boys and wife of a workaholic hubby.
We asked Kelly a few questions to get to know her as well as a blog so you can get to know more about ADHD:
Why do you love being an ADHD Life Coach?
I LOVE being an ADHD Life Coach because I absolutely love helping and supporting distressed teens and parents! I’ve “been there” and there is no greater joy when someone feels validated and supported as they walk through life with the challenges of ADHD.
What is one of your favorite things about training at the iACTcenter?
One of my favorite parts of the iACTcenter training were a few of the exercises of Core Values and the VIA Strengths Based Assessment. In order for me to evolve as a coach and also to work with my clients in the same manner, it is important to understand the meaning of “Why” we live the way we do, what motivates us to react, and “be” in our lives. This is one of the first exercises I have my clients complete, as it sets the groundwork for “who” they are.
Anything else to add about the iACTcenter?
The iACTcenter training experience was so thorough – so supportive, so educational, so impactful! It is a one-stop shop of everything – nuts and bolts – to begin and start your practice, all the while achieving the competencies within the coach federation.
How can people find out more about you? I invite everyone to take the What is Your Biggest ADHD Challenge? quiz that can be found on my website here and to join my free Succeed with ADHD! Facebook group where I offer free weekly trainings on ADHD and ongoing support.
The 1 Question I Ask Myself Each Day
We are all busy. We all have a LONG to-do list, which continues to be added and subtracted to. We all feel the pressure to get everything done. Sometimes this pressure becomes stress and then where does that lead? Nowhere good, that’s for sure!
What I’ve come to realize is: there are certain times of the day when I get a ton done and other moments where I linger, jumping from one thing to the next with no real agenda, getting nothing accomplished…and the end product is a not so good feeling of disappointment. Anyone relate?
Over these past few months when my plate has been quite full (SELF IMPOSED AND LOVING IT – NOT COMPLAINING!), I started using a trick to get more done so I could end my day with a better feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction..and it just might work for you!
Here’s what I did:
I asked myself one question as I planned my day (and, in all honesty, I began asking it MANY times…in the same day)!
You see, questions are the main conduit of the coach-client relationship. I ask a ton of questions throughout our professional relationship with the intent of the client arriving at solutions and clearer understanding. Yielding great results, it’s a very productive process!
So it would only make sense that I began asking myself questions when it came to my own professional day, right? I mean really, how could I NOT coach myself and begin asking the tough questions?
I’ve, thankfully, not had any issues or challenges with prioritizing. My biggest obstacle was time and how I was using it. So, in true coach fashion, I ask myself this one question…and it’s been a life changer:
What is the Best Use of my time, RIGHT NOW?
The “right now” part is crucial!!!! Why? Because it breeds awareness of time! It is present! It is real! It is something that you can control!
Time is one of the most challenging “challenges”, if I may, of ADHD. While I am a neurotypical, I still struggle at times with how to best use time.
I DO know how long something takes, I DO know how to prioritize but if I don’t use the time I have “right now” in the most productive way, nothing will get done…OR something will begin and then won’t have an end to it.
So I ask myself often things like: How much time until my next client? Do I have enough time “right now” to get this item done?
This question can be used NOT just in the office setting, but also personally. If there are phone calls to make, or errands to run, or carpools or practice to sit in, and you have an hour window until pick up?
Ask yourself: What is the best use of your time during these events? Can you get a quick grocery store run in? Can you return a call? Can you take a few minutes to decompress and turn it all off? How can you be most productive, RIGHT NOW…in the moment…in the next 15, 30, 60 minutes?
With my 2020 intention of working smarter throughout my day, this is the one question that I continuously ask myself. It’s made an incredible impact on my work and I plan better (yes, believe it or not, I want to plan better!), I’m getting things checked off, I’m feeling like I have time for myself throughout the day (remember you are #1. ALWAYS.) and I feel like I’m making time work for me vs. being beholden to it.
So, use this question like I do and challenge yourself to understand what all can be (or not!) done RIGHT NOW. It’s a game-changer!!!