Mental Health Week – Announcements

Mental Health Week - May 6-12 - Compassion

According to Canada.ca, the Canadian Government website, this week is mental health week and this year’s theme is Healing Through Compassion because #CompassionConnects.

It was not planned but it is good timing to make a couple of announcements for Dennis on the Run. One bad, one great and one awesome.

And in the spirit of #CompassionConnects, I will connect each announcement with compassion!!

You will be hearing about self-compassion today as I tie Mental Health Week into my first announcements blog on the new site. Self-compassion.org says this: 

Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with your failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

I couldn’t say it better myself. And with that, let’s get to the blog!

Still Sick

Yes, I am still sick. I am sick of being sick. And I am sick of telling people I am sick. I am really sick of feeling sorry for myself.

I have been to the doctor twice now. Seems like my first sinus infection never cleared and game back to haunt me late last week. I had to go to the doctor again and get new medications. Ugh!

It has been an extremely trying time for me. I have missed a lot of work and I am a world behind without the energy to catch up yet. Since the beginning of April, I have not been able to sit at my desk for a full day. I try to complete my tasks in mini-sessions during the day.

Marathon

The Calgary Marathon is on May 26. I am in danger of cancelling my spot in the upcoming marathon (42.2km) at the end of the month. The last time I ran or trained was April 3. If I am not able to get in a couple of training runs between now and May 19, I will have to cancel my entry.

I have not been able to get on the treadmill since April 3. No walks in the morning. That is really impacting my physical and mental health. I am doing my best to get through it.

I have been able to get out for a few walks. But I have had to walk at a very moderate pace. And with the cold and wet weather, I am skipping walks…because I cannot afford to have another setback.

I am surviving by showing myself compassion and being kind to myself. The best thing I can do is take care of myself to get healthy. I need rest which can be hard when you aren’t sleeping well. Sleep has been tough with my sinuses throbbing.

Remember, during a tough time, show yourself compassion and do your best!

My new website

If this is the first time you are hearing about my new website, check it out right now! Hurry up…I’ll wait!

As part of that rollout and launch, I have updated how my content will be emailed to you. I hope you enjoy it. You should be able to see a number of differences.

I will be controlling the emails and the look and feel of the emails moving forward.

How did this all happen?

A website redesign has been in the works for a long time. I have copious amounts of notes and ideas about my website. I finally decided to do something about it.

Thanks so much to Paula, my wife and Marketing VP, and our friend James! They helped me setup the new site that includes a brand new logo and new purple look and feel.

I will have to use a future blog to describe all of the things I learned about this process.

Challenges

Maybe  for now, I will just give you a list of challenges:

  1. Migrating from my old site to my new site wasn’t easy or automated. I needed to be on a higher paid plan with WordPress to install a plugin and that was going to cost me hundreds of dollars. So the migration was mostly manual.
  2. Because the migration was manual, we had to build a new theme from scratch since the old theme didn’t migrate over.
  3. I had to move my domain to Hover.
  4. I migrated my hosting to Siteground.
  5. I setup a new domain email address with Siteground.
  6. I had issues with propagation and I had to troubleshoot an issue with my ISP caching the old website DNS on my router.
  7. I had to troubleshoot issues with DNS and mail configurations with Siteground.
  8. I had problems with thumbnails. And I am still working through some issues with images.
 

I worked through an enormous amount of new information and troubleshooting in a short amount of time. I have learned so much about hosting your own website. And I am still in the learning stage.

Learning

My site is now hosted and I am using Elementor to maintain the site. It’s all brand new to me. 

Here are some things that I have been able to do and learn so far:

  1. How to update the header and footer record.
  2. How to add new social media icons.
  3. How to update images.
  4. How to create a new template and assign it to a specific item, in this case posts.
  5. How to add a Comment block to my new Post template.
  6. How to use ConvertKit, my new email and subscriber system.
  7. How to find ConvertKit default settings and turn them off so that I can add the widget anywhere on my page.
  8. How to add plugins to the site.
  9. How to rename my menu options.
 
And so much more! I am only at the start of this journey!

We accomplished so much in a short time. I am super proud of myself, Paula and James. Go Team!!!
 
Rebuilding and migrating my website has been stressful and a lot of hard work by some great people. When things got stressful, I took a couple of deep breaths, and showed myself compassion. I told myself “It’s okay. You are learning all new things. You cannot learn them all today. There will be stuff that isn’t perfect on your site. But it looks amazing. Remember that. Don’t judge yourself because it isn’t perfect. Be nice and be proud!”
 
More content coming!
 As I have more time, I will be building out my site to offer more content. Things like: free downloads, an online community, coaching options and courses! I am also looking into podcasts and a newsletter to supplement my blog content.
 

If you haven’t already Subscribed, I recommend that you do so at the bottom of this blog. You are going to be the first to receive a lot of new content for me, and if you join now, I have you all existing and new subscribers marked as original members of Team Dennis! That is going to mean something in the near future! But that news has to be shared another day.

So, please, go to my website, check it out. Click on the different pages. And if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to always get the latest and greatest content from me.

Dennis on the Run – A sobering journey to lasting change

The first draft of my book is COMPLETE! YES!

I submitted my final draft copy to the publisher today. The book will go into first editing for the next three to four weeks.

I started planning and writing my book in September 2023. This is the culmination of eight months of work. Blood, sweat, tears, and lately, coughing and sneezing on my keyboard!

56,207 words…which seemed to take my Publisher by surprise. She was expecting 30,000 words apparently. Typical Dennis…overachiever!

13 chapters, an intro and a wrap up.

I am so excited. The book is amazing. The book is fantastic. I can’t wait to share more with you.

It has been a really emotional week. I have been slowly editing my final chapters while I was sick. Some days, I got through a chapter. Some days, I could only manage one or two sections. I had to take a lot of breaks.

But it’s all worth it. I am on track to release my book in September 2024. 

1 week! I missed my deadline by 1 week. I was supposed to be done by the end of April. But being sick made that difficult. I did the best that I could.

Next steps

I can now take a break from writing and focus on some next steps and share a couple of spoilers with you.

  • Design my book cover.
  • Design a Dennis on the Run themed companion notebook. Breaking news! I decided to do this over the weekend.
  • Design a Dennis on the Run themed companion journal. Breaking news! I’m going to having a journal that helps you work through my book!
  • Finalize my book pitch and author bio.
  • Start working on free downloads for my website. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Start working on my marketing plan.
  • Start thinking about release events.
  • Start thinking about news media and exposure.
  • And so much more!

I didn’t feel like I was doing that much really. Let me be honest, I haven’t had much time for hobbies or TV. My time has been spent on napping, work, writing or my website. 

It’s been a challenging time for sure. And once again, I have had to be gentle with myself and show self-compassion. There were days I couldn’t even look at a computer. It was super hard for me to rest while I was sick and miss deadlines. I did the best that I could every day. that’s all you can do.

Wrap Up

It’s mental health week and the theme is compassion.

I realize that I loosely connected my blog and announcements with compassion. 

But is there a better week in the calendar to announce that my first draft of my book about Health and Wellness and Self-Care is done! Or that my site supporting Health and Wellness is redesigned. It seems like perfect timing.

Book teaser

My book wraps up with a final thought about loving yourself. Loving yourself and showing yourself compassion go hand in hand.

Here’s a little teaser from my book:

Love yourself.

I want to end this book with one more thought. Take this book with you to the closest mirror. I want you to look in the mirror and express love for yourself. That is right. Do it right now.

Look right into the mirror, peel away any fear that you might have, peer into your own eyes and say these words:

I love you!

Compassion

I urge you this week to be compassionate with yourself and your neighbours. I always say that you need to treat yourself as you would treat others. Sometimes, it is easier to show compassion to a stranger than it is to look at yourself in the mirror with compassion.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about compassion, me still being sick, my website launch and an update on my book. It’s an extremely exciting year!

Go ahead and tell me about how you can show compassion for yourself or someone else this week. Let’s test out that new comment box that I added!!!

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2 Responses

  1. Wow!! This blog covered a number of topics, both personal and professional.
    Add on all the issues about your new website and completing your book!!
    All while not feeling well.
    I was glad to read you are leaning on self compassion to help you cope with all the difficulties.
    It is mental health week. Everyone be gentle to yourself and try to practice compassion for your self and others.
    Well done my son.

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