Heather LeRoss

Heather LeRoss

Writer

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I made sure to study something I loved in college - English Lit.
I was too scared upon graduating to follow my passion, so I went for the money.
Stayed in soul sucking jobs for way too long and did my writing on the side.
Then I had my son. He was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6.
I spent all my free time researching things to help him, to help me, to help his teachers.
I had a wealth of information and met other parents who were lost. I wanted to help them too.
I left the soul sucking jobs to write to parents to help them not feel alone in their ADHD journey.
I had my first article published within 3 weeks of beginning to write about ADHD. I'm still going...
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Career

Career

Writer

I am self-employed and write articles about parenting and my son who has ADHD.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Education
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

A great day starts with coffee! I head to my home office and begin doing research on new ADHD findings and information. If I find something interesting, I post it to my ADHD Facebook page. I then jot down ideas for articles on parenting my ADHD son that other parents might find helpful or relate with. I also work on new articles, submitting them to various sites for possible publication and promoting my currently published articles. There are frequent chocolate breaks.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Passion is key. I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding of ADHD life. I believe there is a wealth of information out there for parents but it can be overwhelming for some, so I am dedicated to getting information out in a relatable way. You need to have drive and be fearless. People will tell you no, people will say ADHD is not "real." My job is to write compelling, easy to understand and relatable content that gets people talking and sharing. I have to remain passionate.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read! Read as much as you can in as many different subject and genres as you can. The written word is an amazing teacher. While reading, the basics become ingrained like spelling, punctuation and grammar. Next, you begin to understand people. You learn empathy, love, hope, fear and more through the stories you read. Your focus moves from narrow to wide; you gain new perspective. And when you find something you're passionate about, you'll be able to express yourself in a genuine way.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why are you majoring in English? You can only be a teacher with that degree. There's no money in teaching. EVERYONE wants to be a writer but it hardly happens. Unless you're Stephen King."

STOP LISTENING! Everyone has an opinion but you have the choice not to listen to them. I'm always polite but I stay true to me. I know I have something important to say. I know my writing helps people. And this is all I have to know. All I need to listen to is me; what do I want, what is right for me and how will I feel after doing what I chose. You will never be able to please everyone no matter how hard you try. Make you happy.

Challenges I Overcame

People say ADHD isn't real
People say ADHD isn't real

I've heard people say ADHD isn't real, it's wild kids whose parents don't discipline. I've heard I'm a bad mom if I medicate & I'm a bad mom if I don't. I had to ask myself, what was best for MY son. Not everyone agrees. They don't have to.