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Sherry Lynn's WOW Story:

My Challenge and How I Conquered It! 

Not too long ago I thought I was never going to be able to run my own business again.

Everyone was telling me that was it. My entrepreneurial days were over!

I did not listen – partly because I am a bit stubborn, but mostly because I knew what I was doing was worth it and was making a difference in people’s live and face it – who wants to give up on a dream right? 

In December 2010 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, something at the time I did not believe, but looking back now, it explains a lot!

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

People with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods called "mood episodes." An overly joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode, and an extremely sad or hopeless state is called a depressive episode. Sometimes, a mood episode includes symptoms of both mania and depression. This is called a mixed state. People with bipolar disorder also may be explosive and irritable during a mood episode.

I am very creative and driven and was always getting new ideas and never finished one. They are all brilliant ideas but all ¾ finished. There were other things that came to light after I accepted the fact that I had the disorder too that I have learned to overcome.

I had to learn to work within my capabilities and find ways to stay focused and more importantly find time for me! Something I never did back when I was working 18 hour days and pulling all nighters! The only thing that mattered was work, the thing I was best at! 

When I was told that I should not be running my own business I  did not accept that, I was vowed and determined to find a way and I did.

I had to plan, organize and come up with systems to help me stay focused and set working hours that would work for me and my family. 

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Educated Myself – I bought a book that explained the disorder and learned all I could (I am still learning)  

Went to Counseling – I never thought I would be needing a counselor – I mean I was confident and outgoing, why would I need a counselor? It turned out it was the best thing I ever did – she helped me to realize things I never knew about myself. 

Joined a Bipolar Email list – This fed me daily info (and still does) on things I could do to copy and stories so I could learn from others  

I Made Lists – every morning I start my day off with a list of tasks for the day... Set Up a Google Calendar – everything goes in there – every job, every appointment, every task I need to get done each day!

Got Organized – after I spent 3 hours looking for a paper document I needed I realized my office was a horrendous mess so I had a good friend and colleague who happens to be a professional organizer come and spend a week getting me organized!

I am now running a successful marketing coaching/website design company with 2 employees because I cannot keep up with the work!

If you are struggling with Bipolar disorder or know someone who is and they are running their own business please encourage them not to quit – trust me, that would be worse for them! Tell them that that can do it and share my story.

Sherry Lynn Simoes,

Sherry Lynn Simoes Marketing Action Coach

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