How HubPages Changed My Life

This is the first "answer to a request" that I have been asked to do. I'm not sure how many people really care how or why HubPages has affected my life, but my answer will at least not go unnoticed by one or two.

If any of you have read my profile, you will by now know that I am a single mom, raising a behaviourally challenged 13 year old. Unfortunately, due to the effects of the disability, I have been unable to work outside my home, so am on a very limited and fixed income, which at times can be akin to juggling chainsaws and bowling balls! So I have, for the last 10 years, been exploring work from home possibilities, home based businesses, entrepreneurial pursuits etc., etc, none of which seemed to fit the bill. (I'm sure there are a few people out there who have experienced some of these disappointments, so you know where I'm coming from.)

When I heard that I could make money writing online, I thought "How hard can it be to write?" and decided to give it a try. I can honestly say that it is one of the most rewarding activities that I have ever tried.

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As far as other money making enterprises, I continued searching, and along the way discovered that I was talented enough to design jewelry and paint. My family had been trying to tell me this for years, and although I listened, I didn't hear them. (We come from a long line of artists, singers, dancers...tons of talent, little money...)

Around the time I joined Hub-Pages, I had discovered that in order to promote my jewelry online, I needed to market myself and my work. I had been writing a children's adventure series, and thought Hub-Pages would be a good platform to promote myself (apparently people like to know about the person they are buying from,) and hone my writing skills at the same time.

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So I signed up, agonized over my first hub, and posted it. I kept checking back, several times a day, to see if anybody out there was actually interested in what I had to say, and was very pleased to see that, indeed, there were a few kind souls who read it and offered encouragement. This, of course, gave me the impetus to write and publish more.

I started getting comments on my hubs, and many of them appeared to be coming from people who weren't HubPages members, so I started learning about my stats and how to use them.

After a few months, it became apparent that these people were searching for answers to challenges similar to mine - living with ADHD and its attendant disorders. That, coupled with the notion that a published article could possibly help me get some attention for my children's series, I decided to submit an article about living with my son to online magazines - something I never would have contemplated before joining HubPages.

I took my first hub, polished it, and submitted it to Synergy Magazine. Low and behold, they published it. I was ecstatic! Someone, other than my family and friends thought my writing was good enough to appear in print. After this success, I was even more fired up to write, and posted a couple more hubs.

I also began thinking that maybe I could turn my article into a book, if, of course, I had enough information to fill that many pages, and my next project was born. Over the ensuing months, I wrote down what it was like raising my son, from birth to present, researching his disability, validating my experiences, and increasing my knowledge.

I began to realise that my words, ideas and solutions had value. I saw how much my first little hub helped to bring comfort and in some cases inspiration to other families who were going through similar challenges to my own and that fueled my desire to reach out and let them know they were not alone in their struggles.

The realization of the bigger picture jumped up and bit me. Not only could my words offer solace and support, they could be used to bring my son's disability, and millions more like him, the attention they deserve. I could use my little soap box and tell the world what it is like for these children, teens and adults to live, not only with this disability, but with the stigma of being an awful person whose parents obviously didn't raise them properly.

Not only have I succeeded in publishing a self-help book, "part-time Genius full-time Job", I have undertaken the responsibility of building an online community with resources, information and support for parents raising children with ADHD and its attendant disorders.

As of now, with my soap box firmly tucked under my arm, I am embarking on an exciting, life changing, and at times, very scary journey to spread the word. I have set my sights on Oprah, and "God willing, and the creeks don't rise", I hope to be sitting on her couch, waving like a kid at her first Christmas concert, to my family and friends who have helped make this possible.

Without finding HubPages and publishing my first hub, I never would have completed two books and over one hundred and twenty online articles. Since joining, I have discovered that I enjoy writing. Even as a child I had a fascination with blank paper and pencils.

I still have that same fascination, but I have managed to trade the pencil and paper for a laptop and tablet.

I must confess that over the last five years, I have not been able to write as often as I would have liked. My jobs and subsequent schooling took up most of my free time, and what I had left I used to raise my son. As I don't have that responsibility at the moment, (my son is living with his father,) I can once again turn my attention to writing. It is like meeting an old lover - at once comfortable and intimate.

For everyone who has stopped by to comment on my writing, leave words of encouragement, follow my writing, or in essence offered their support in any way, please accept my heartfelt 'thank you'!

The artwork depicted on this hub is copywrited, 2006 Enelle Lamb

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dr c 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Hi-

another great hub, thanks for sharing your story and insights


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Very inspiring. We have our own issues with one child who is no longer a child at my house. Your struggle inspires us to try harder and to get more creative. All the best


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Dr C, thanks for your kind words :) I'm glad you enjoyed it...

Tom, my goodness, what to say...I'm flattered and honoured that you find my words inspiring. I know first hand just how difficult it can be...just remember you are not alone...


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Enelle,

I trust that your perseverance will pay off as you seem to understand the key to success is to keep moving in the direction you want to go. Best of luck to you.

And what medium is the powerful design you have shared here?


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi C.S. Thank you :) I will do the best I can...I'm glad you like my artwork, this one is acrylic paint, the latter ones I used paint pens, easier to control, and still deliver the quality I want. The Raven is my clan, (I was adopted by a Haida Chief, and named, while my dad was stationed in Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands...now Haida Gwaii)


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reggieTull 7 years ago from Virtual Space

Thanks Enelle for responding to this request as well as sharing your experience. Your hub has meant something to all of us that have read it. Thanks again and good luck with Oprah :)


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

reggie, you are most welcome...thanks so much for your kind words :)...keep your fingers crossed (not too long though...is very hard to type that way...)


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

what a touching and inspiring story you have shared here, you are a strong woman and i hope and pray that hubpages is the platform for you. My best wishes from one part of the world to you and your son.


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

charanjeet, I am most grateful my words are being seen as inspirational, and half way around the world at that! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. It is the wonderful comments from people that gives me the strength to keep going.


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

I love this hub, Enelle. It is so inspiring to see someone finally begin to realize their potential. Good for you and keep up the great work. Love your writing.


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

RedElf, I must say, being inspiring is heady and humbling at the same time. Thank you for the opportunity to experience it, and for your words of encouragement. It's amazing how far a pat on the back will take you :D


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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

Enelle, I'm glad Hubpages has worked so well for you. It would work even better as a promotional tool if you included links to your other sites within your Hubs. One link in a Hub is perfectly acceptable (look at my bellydancing Hubs and you'll see they all have a link to my belly dance site).


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Marisa - Thank you for that pointer - Now I just need to figure out how to do that LOL


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I hope that you are making some progress towards getting that spot on Oprah.

Do you have a local 'talk' radio station? If there is one near you, they will have hours of air time to fill.

Pat has been on our very local radio station twice - by simply walking into their office and asking to be interviewed on air. This is not as scary as you might think - it is in the radio station's interest that you give a good interview.

If you think that you don't have a local talk radio - look harder - there could be one that only broadcasts on the internet.

Thanks for an inspiring Hub, and good luck.


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

2patricias - thank you so much for the tip - I never really thought to just walk in, but I do now :D - I think I will check out the radio stations in my area and see what comes of it ;) thanks again!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is the most inspiring hub that I have read in a long time. You are certainly doing well given the circumstances in your life. And your talent is obvious judging from this wonderful piece of artwork that you displayed in this hub. I'm impressed! Best of wishes getting on the Oprah show and spreading the word far and wide about your cause. Hope that you and your son have a wonderful day today and all the days to come.


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Ah Peggy - what an amazing compliment! Thank you so much! It's always wonderful to hear from you, and thanks so much for your well wishes...I'm still working on Oprah LOL...hard nut to crack!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Hi! Glad I found you here. Your writing is uplifting. Thanks.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

sheila b. - thank you so much for the compliment, I'm glad you enjoyed my writing :D


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

what a wonderful hub. Your talent is obvious with this piece of writing. I hope things are going well for you. Keep us posted on the Oprah spot! :]


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thank you rebekahELLE for the awesome compliment! Even if Oprah doesn't see my worth, my peers at Hubpages do :D (but I'll keep trying LOL)


goldenpath 6 years ago

Excellent demonstration of perseverence! I believe that sometimes in order to identify our worth we must first be brought low. Thanks for your inspiration!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

To be honest, I didn't know what else to do LOL...

I'm still working on improving my situation, and for the most part, have succeeded. The next step is making a big noise so that others can benefit from my work :)

Thanks so much for your kind words goldenpath. I'm happy you found my work inspirational :)


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abinavis 5 years ago from Bat Island

Good to express your insights in this hub. Hope you get maximum benefits with hubpages. Good luck!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks abinavis, I hope I do too ":D


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Hi Enell-

I also left you a comment on Book Nook, as I appreciate it when Hubbers share back links and more importantly how you creatively dealt with a difficult situation. I also raised a learning and behaviourally disabled son...by myself - a very challenging experience! He is now grown and gone, happily married and I can only hope that his life will continue on a positive path. Thank you for sharing your story, it is both familiar and inspiring!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hello and welcome! Thanks for joining the site :)Share the news!

Thanks for that brief, positive peek at the "end of the tunnel" I am keeping my fingers crossed for my son. Thanks for the inspiration :D

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