Dr. Marry and Me,  Personal Writing

No more flitting like a honey bee OR We’re launching something new!

Dr Marry and I are taking a pretty outstanding two-day online course from a business called Heroic Public Speaking, and the first day was fabulous. Dorie Clark gave out the offer for the free course, and I signed up immediately. I wasn’t sure if Dr Marry would get on board or not, but he gamely signed up, too. And we both finished yesterday’s course feeling like we had learned some important new things—for our current day jobs and for the work we are trying to do together.

They did a good job of making it pretty interactive, no easy feat on a virtual meeting that isn’t over Zoom. We had a section where we worked on putting together the elements of our talks. It was actually really fun to do this with a partner who was equally invested in getting better at what we want to do.

As a side note, granite fireplace panels are a GREAT place to hang post it notes—they are so smooth that the notes never fall. Bonus!

We also decided to soft launch a new program—a daily, quick livestream around one topic. I have been thinking about our last livestream (and some of our podcasts) with some dissatisfaction, and I realized what it is: I am distracting.

I always say that my mind works like a honey bee—flitting from this flower to that with little to no clear reason why. That’s charming (although hard to film!) for a honey bee. It’s perhaps less so from (in the case of my day job) the leader of an organization or from (in the case of sharing our journey) someone who is trying to help others living with an addict who is enjoying sobriety.

So we’re launching a daily, short (no more than 15 minutes and often quite a bit less) Facebook livestream focused on one topic around our story—our experience of Dr Marry’s fall into addiction and our shared journey to sobriety. Our plan is to do them at 8:30am starting today.

Here’s our first one from yesterday all around the word “disease” and how it pertains to addiction. When I consciously try to stay focused, I can do it. And guess what? The content stayed pretty interesting. A little science, a little back and forth, an answered question and a take away: less judgment from others please around those who are struggling with addiction or living with an addict. Believe me, they are judging themselves enough for everyone!

We hope you’ll tune in this morning and every weekday morning at 8:30am for your Daily Dose of Dr Marry and DD.

Dayna Del Val is on a mission to help others (re)discover the spark they were born with through her blog and newsletter, her professional talks and the (re)Discover Your Spark retreats she leads. Dayna works with people to help them not just identify and articulate their dreams but to develop a framework to get going on the pursuit of those dreams—today, in the next few months and for the years ahead. She's at the intersection of remarkable and so, so ordinary, but she knows that pretty much everyone else is, too. She's excited to be sharing this extraordinary journey with you.


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