Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaklin Levine-Pritzker.
Jaklin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
A couple of years ago, I felt broken. I was going through a hard breakup, I hated law school, and I was unhappy where I was living. I felt lost, motivated, overwhelmed, anxious and depressed. I decided to go to therapy, where I learned the role ADHD was playing in my life; that many of my challenges were a byproduct of being a high functioning woman with ADHD in a world not designed for my brain.
My mind was blown, and I started researching non stop, connecting with others with ADHD, and I decided I needed a change. So I stopped smoking every night as a way of numbing my pain and anxiety. I unfollowed hundreds of accounts on social media that made me feel bad about myself. I developed a healthier relationship with food and exercise.
I started journaling and working through some deep emotional sh*t. I moved across the country from New York to California. After completing law school, I decided to say goodbye to a career wherein the legal field. I decided that I was no longer going to try to push myself like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole of how I should live my life.
From that point on, I was determined to design my life AROUND my brain, around my ADHD. Learning about my challenges and working on them, and utilizing my strengths (ex: creativity, empath, etc.).
I was already a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and decided that I wanted to dedicate my coaching to help adults with ADHD. I am currently in the process of getting an additional certificate in ADHD coaching specifically.
I have built a community of amazing, wonderful, neurodiverse adults with ADHD and have truly found my calling and created a life for myself that I love.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I literally laughed out loud when I read this. Life with ADHD honestly feels like a roller coaster; with many wonderful highs and many deep lows. So, a smooth road wouldn’t exactly describe my experience as a human or as a business owner. 😉
I have had to deal with a ton of self-doubt, wondering if I can make it as a business owner, working 60+ hours/week, struggling to find balance, learning to set boundaries, etc. But honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I absolutely love my clients and my community, and the pros FAR outweigh the cons.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Authentically ADHD – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is called Authentically ADHD! 🙂 I am a life coach for adults with ADHD, working with clients over video or in person in either a one-on-one setting or a group setting.
I empower adults with ADHD to embrace who they are and design a life that is aligned with the way their brain works. I work on confidence building, breaking through limiting beliefs, time management/prioritizing and stress management.
I am compassionate and kind and truly care about all of my clients; they feel like family. I take a very gentle approach that works with the ADHD brain.
I am most proud of the community being created! Everyone is so supportive and loving of each other. People say they feel validated, heard and supported in ways they have never felt before. It is beautiful!!!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Ah, I love this question! I have plans in the making of hosting a self-care retreat for adults with ADHD! That is what I am most excited about. The connection that comes from this is my favorite part.
I have many ideas (as do all people with ADHD lol) and am keeping myself open to whatever feels aligned as time goes on. I have no doubt that this will continue to grow in a wonderful and positive direction and I can’t wait to see what is to come.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – email to book free initial video consultation to learn more and see if we would be a good fit!
- Instagram: @authenticallyadhd