An Article in Voyage Dallas: Conversations with Terri Parke

Conversations with Terri Parke

Here’s an article that was published in Voyage Dallas. I’m excited to be a part of it.

Voyage Dallas is a magazine that publishes articles. Since I live in the North Texas area, fairly close to Dallas, I was a candidate for being included in their piece.

In the article I was able to talk a little about influencers in my history as an artist and a therapist, a saxophone player, and a little about how art affects me.

I’ve been working on this entrepreneur-ing thing for a while now, and was glad to be included in the magazine. Clicking on the link above should take you there, but if not a good old fashioned internet search to ‘voyage Dallas’ with ‘Terri Parke’ might help you find it.

Thanks to those of you who read these posts!


Breaks: Here are a Few (one or two or so)

Do you need a break? From what?

I love breaks.

If I’m with others in a group setting and the instructor asks ‘do y’all need a break?’

I’ll smile affirmatively. There are those who love consistent learning without breaks. Those who fast forward through commercials.

And then there’s versions more similar to me.

At the ripple old age of 50, I received a formal ADHD diagnosis. It wasn’t so much news to me to have the diagnosis, but being medicated was a different story.

One of the breaks I love is going to Pilates. It gives me a break from my electronics, a break from standing as much, and is peaceful for me.

What gives y’all a break? Is it riding a bike?

Binge watching tv?

Having a drink of water?

Or something else?

I’m currently taking a lunch break, writing, and standing up.


Softball for the Win, Volleyball for Life

What are your favorite sports to watch and play?

When I was younger, all I wanted to do was to play sports.

I kind of started with swimming, which is definitely the best sport for me. I love breast stroke, do fairly ok at freestyle, and was able to stay bouyant with back and butterfly.

But if you ask me, my first sport was softball. I played catch, and could throw to 2nd when I first played softball at 10 years old.

Now, I cannot run well, and I didn’t learn to bat right handed until I learned to play tennis left handed, so I have some drawbacks in that sport.

I really love to dribble a basketball, to hit a tennis ball, but my favorite is being a back row specialist in volleyball.

Our team was filled with athletes, and my job was to hit balls that came to me to the setter or the hitter. I was to serve the ball over the net at least once.

And I called out ‘dink!!’ Or ‘free!!’ Or ‘ got it!! With authority.

We won all but 4 games when I was in 10th grade, and those are some of my favorite memories.

What are some things you’ve had to work at?

What is something you wished you had more natural skill at, and have practiced to improve?

Now, watching is a different story.

When it comes to watching, I’m a gymnast.

All of the things that can be hard for me, I can watch for.

Balance beam, uneven bars, floor exercise, and my childhood favorite was the uneven bars.

My long arms and legs, with a high center of gravity, make it hard for me to perform, but I can watch and critique like no other.

How about you?

What are you looking forward to?

Hope it’s fun. Practice equals increased success, in everything

Practicing my writing today, and I hope you have something to do you are working at improving as well

Movies, Thanksgiving, and ADHD

As we get a little closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re looking around our house at some things that can use a little sprucing up, hoping for lights on the house to be installed today, and enjoying some sun on a cool day in November.

One of the things I’m working on is learning about creating videos, marketing the Parke Counseling and Artistry page, and ingesting some of the information I heard this week at the ADHD Summit, put on by CHADD in Dallas, Texas.

Through the conference, I was able to network with ADHD coaches, educators, metal health therapists, and researchers.

I’m looking forward to continuing to learn about some of the research occurring with neurological differences in brains, and how coping skills and without medications can be effective with having emotional connections, productivity, and the ability to rest our brains.

I have included a link to an upload to Vimeo.

Hope your week has some emotional support and connections, some food you like to eat, and that you also are continuing to learn and try new things.

ADHD Summit #adhd2022 #dallastx

Here at the ADHD Summit, where one of the trainings of the day was cancelled. We’re sitting around a round table talking about psycho-pharmacology, experiences we teach and utilize with coping skills, and making connections.

So far, this conference is everything I have hoped for

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