Hello, long-time scanner but new to Barbara and the boards

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Hello, long-time scanner but new to Barbara and the boards

Postby andrina » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:18 am

I recently just bought 'What should I do...' from a charity shop (sorry Barbara :D ) but it was like a beacon to me, it is exactly what I need right now. I am at times paralysed and extremely frustrated with wanting to do so many things, but can't decide what! I started the book last night and am nearly half way through. I identified with so many tenets of this personality, being v bright at school but struggling later on, miserable in my job thinking there must be something else out there. Even at uni I spent lots of time envying other people's degrees, and unlike in the US, here in the UK we specialise much earlier on :( I too have felt stupid/lazy/unmotivated/like there was something wrong with me. I even referred myself to the work occupation health service wondering if had dyslexia or some other learning difficulty. Turns out I did have something wrong, just to add to the burden of being a scanner. I have an underactive thyroid which can affect many of your cognitive functions, making you easily tired, unable to concentrate or pay attention to detail. I haven't made it through all the book yet, but I can identify my major obstacles: money a young child a job I don't enjoy but is stable wanting to be good at everything. Hopefully by the time I have finished I can cross them all off, but I can't help feeling that much of the advice is easier to follow if you have a disposable income (did I mention the book came from a charity shop?). Anyway, look forward to mooching around the boards. I am a regular on another forum (a parenting one) so I know the general nettiquette, but anything specific to here that I should bear in mind?
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Re: Hello, long-time scanner but new to Barbara and the boards

Postby skannie » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:17 am

Hi andrina. Welcome to Scannerdom! What a great discovery to make in a charity shop! That's the UK title of Refuse to Choose, and I'm sure Barbara won't mind you buying it there. She makes her first book Wishcraft available free online at http://www.wishcraft.com for those who have difficulty buying it. I think it's a good companion for the Scanner book as it teaches very practical methods for doing what you love. I expect things will be much clearer after you've finished reading the book. But it might take a few more readings before it all sinks in properly. One of the first things I suggest you do is get a Scanner Daybook as Barbara describes, and get into the habit of writing down your ideas. I went to school in the UK too and hated the pressure to specialise so young. Only 3 subjects from the age of 16! And they weren't happy when I wanted two of them to be French and biology, so I ended up doing 3 sciences. Not scanner-friendly at all. There are some board guidelines somewhere. But as far as I remember the main rules are: Don't post the same topic in more than one forum Try to post in the correct forums, in particular don't post in Wishes & Obstacles unless it's a quite specific goal with an obstacle preventing you achieving it. More general queries posted there will be moved. (But don't worry, newbie's often get it wrong). New members are advised to ramble around a bit and help other people with their problems before asking for help for themselves, but that rule isn't always strictly observed. And of course no spamming or trolling, but I don't think you'd do that anyway.
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Re: Hello, long-time scanner but new to Barbara and the boards

Postby andrina » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:06 pm

Thanks Skannie. I didn't realise that Refuse to Choose was the same book. I'm looking forward to starting my Daybook. Just wanted to introduce myself. I will skulk around a bit before I start thread begging to help me find myself a career!
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