Niki Abdoli, BA

she / her

I am recovering from:

The identity-based group(s) I am a part of:
Woman of color, neurodivergent.

What led me to SHE RECOVERS:
I have an academic background in psychology and public health and consider myself an avid advocate for Women living with Adult ADHD. My experience with Adult ADHD led me to explore a different career option that would allow me to exercise creativity and to cultivate a work environment unique to my needs.

Why I love being a part of this team and non-profit organization:
My WHY behind working with the SHE RECOVERS Foundation is connected to my own experience with navigating the stigma surrounding my ADHD diagnosis. To see an entire community of women dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive space for sharing personal struggles and successes of recovery was very endearing to me. More strongly, I was intrigued by SHE RECOVERS’ non-traditional approach to recovery and healing. When the opportunity presented itself to be a part of this community and to contribute to their mission, I felt as if the role was made for me.

Those that know me best might describe me as:
Ambitious, reflective, and caring.

How these qualities show up in my everyday life:
I am ambitious when it comes to the things I want in life, and would consider myself quite determined with finding creative solutions that lead me to my goals. On principle, I follow my heart when seeking new opportunities, even if that means being rejected. I would rather try and fail, than never have tried at all. I also consider myself to be reflective of my actions and everyday decisions. At night, I reflect on that day’s events to support my own personal development. My friends and family consider me to be caring and reliable. I have a personal commitment towards service, and try to minimize my ecological footprint through my everyday decisions as much as I can.

Something I am most proud of:
I am proud of myself for learning digital marketing skills through my natural curiosity towards marketing as it relates to psychological phenomena. I am proud of how this natural inclination has had a positive impact on my not-for-profit and small business clients.

Radical self-care look for me looks like:
Recharging my social battery through dedicating specific times of the day to unplugging from all forms of technology. Sometimes I distance myself from all of my devices for half an hour to an hour and go on a silent walk or work out without any music and get comfortable with my own thoughts. This is the time of the day that I dedicate to positive-self talk or repeat mantras before going back to work or interacting with friends and family.

What I wanted to be when I grew up:
When I was younger I wanted to be an actress, then in my teens I wanted to be a fashion designer, then when I was in university I felt strongly about going to law school and becoming a lawyer. Now when I grow up (haha) I just want to be a life-long learner of whatever it is that my heart desires.

Something that is inspiring me right now:
Local crafts markets. I am inspired by their commitment to community and spirited creativity.

The SHE RECOVERS Intention & Guiding Principle resonating the most with me right now is…
“We do individual work in order to create and hold healing spaces for everyone.”

My favorite SHE RECOVERS resource is…
The #MentalHealthMonday sessions. I find them to be not only educational but validating, supportive, and inspiring.

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