Migrating a Python Package from Travis CI to GitHub Actions
GitHub Actions is the new hotness for continuous integration(CI) and deployment. To the point where it seems to be the default for new open source projects that are GitHub based.
My Spondylitis Story
This article has been taken from Chapter 9 of my book – Taking Charge – Making your healthcare appointments work for you.
This is not a face of contentment. Nor the face of comfort. This is the face of someone who does what they have to, despite it being the last thing they wanted to do.
Automating new Python environments with PowerShell
I'm a big fan of automation. If I can automate something, I will. One thing I do often is create a new virtual environment for Python applications, which is just a simple terminal command. But then I have to update pip. Every. Single. Time.
Stop calling me lucky for having good kids!
My kids are just like any other. They've been tears galore at times. And the kids cry, too. But in the end, we get there. And at no point has luck played a part in it.
5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Try Martial Arts
Martial arts is more than just about punching and kicking. It encompasses all aspects of a person’s well-being, not just the physical. By definition, martial arts is indeed an art. Not every one that practices martial arts is there for the self-defense skills. That can be a happy bonus. Art in any form is fulfilling and creative. The martial arts are no different.
How to Master Your Martial Arts School's Website: Fundamentals
When it comes to your martial arts school, your website is your digital home for everything that you do online. It is therefore important that your website gives the best impression of you and your school to prospective and current students. There are few things that you can do to help make sure that anyone visiting your website receives the best possible experience. The better their experience, the less frustrated your visitors will be visitors and potential leads will be.
A Brief History of My Martial Arts Journey
I have fond memories sitting with my father watching countless Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies at a very young age. Only to be told to go to bed as soon as the movie in question had finished, which was also promptly followed by my mother yelling “stop fighting with your brother”.
The End Of The Beginning
Looking back on my Kempo journey so far, I can proudly say that Kempo has changed my life. Truly. If you had told me before I started Kempo that a few years later I would be doing 204 burpees in 30 minutes for charity, and preparing to test for my black belt, I would have called you crazy.
I Cried Today
I cried today. I cried because...
An Interview with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons
I spoke with Dan recently to discuss the first episode of “This AS Life Live”, living with AS, and his ambitions for the future of AS care.
Improve your healthcare appointments with this simple action
If you have at least one chronic illness, you will have multiple symptoms and problems. That’s just a fact. You health will never be still. It will ebb and flow like a river. And you won’t always know what direction it will meander next.
My first book launch - the results are in
It's not everyday you launch your first book. Yesterday was that day for me.
They don't know it, but my kids made my illness better!
In October 2014, my life changed significantly. Not only did I move 3,485 miles away from my family and friends, but I also gave up my career as a nurse so that I could take on my new role within the household — becoming a stay-at-home dad.
Giving Back to my Community
If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, there is one thing that will help you along your journey more than anything — your support network. Sometimes this is your family and friends. It could be a weekly meeting at a support group. But more often these days it is to be found online. No one can deny the power of social media, especially when it comes to closing physical barriers, such as distance.
Even the most solitary pawn can do the most extraordinary things. And so can you!
It has been over 9 months since I last wrote here, but with good reason. If you can remember in my last post I announced that I was emigrating to the USA. I am pleased to report that it went to plan, and I have now been a permanent resident of Virginia for the last 5 months.
The Ambivalence of Change
Change can be scary, provocative, and hysteria inducing. Change can also be exciting and positive!
Playing The Hand You've Been Dealt
Autoimmune diseases – such as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) – are often referred to as invisible illnesses. This is because we often look ‘fine’ on the outside, but on the inside we are in significant pain and discomfort. As a way of coping we often develop our own ‘poker face’.
Don't be a Thorn, be a Rose: Finding your Perspective
Our view of the world can differ from day to day. We all know that Mondays are evil, and Fridays are our salvation. But they are both just days in the week, aren’t they?
Angry Birds, Bad Horror Movies and Invisible Illness
There is nothing more uncomfortable than looking up to find a dozen people staring at you! This was the feeling I had recently on my commute to work.
Hugs Optional, Compassion Compulsory: Dealing with Depression
I must admit, the word 'emotional' is not normally a word that is usually associated with me. Much like my father, I carry on my day with a stoic, expressionless face; which reflects calm and calculated thought, reflecting my practical and often clinical approach to life.
You can win the Battle, but can you win the War?
Living with a chronic condition like Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) makes you very familiar with the ups and downs of a disease that can leave you debilitated, with the dreaded 'flare' descending on you when you least expect it.
Grieving For Your Diagnosis
One of the hardest things to deal with in life is grief. Losing a loved one or family member can cause more pain than any physical injury ever will. Grief doesn’t just strike us when a bereavement occurs, grief can also strike with tragedy, but more pertinently, grief also visits us when being diagnosed with a chronic illness.
Finding the Silver Lining
One of the ways in which you can stay positive, despite your daily struggle is to look for the positives in a situation, and not focus on the negatives.
Finding Time to Manage
For someone suffering with a chronic illness this is only made worse by the restrictions in which it inflicts. Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis has taught me a lot about time management.
Doctors are people too
This might seem a bit of an erroneous title to some of you, but I have been reliably assured it is accurate. As hard as it is to believe they really are people too, just like me and you!
Having a chronic illness can have an obvious impact on your dreams and ambitions. If you struggle to walk then your hardly going to be aiming to climb Kilimanjaro are you? Well actually maybe that is your ambition.
Understanding - An Individual Barrier
Living with any chronic illness can be isolating at times. Not just because it can limit your work and social life, but mostly because you are likely to be the only one you know suffering with your daily problems.
Hope - Just a dream? or achievable?
Living with a chronic illness can be both mentally and physical debilitating. This we all know, and live daily. Hope is the one thing that keeps us going, especially through the tough and difficult times.
Mind, Body..... and Soul?
Healthcare today has advanced and evolved significantly to that of previous generations. No longer do we believe smoking is actually good for you, nor that mercury cures syphilis, or any other ailment that didn’t already have a cure for that matter. What we do know now is that the human body is complex, and healthcare should not just treat the physical form we have become. It should encompass mental and spirital health.
Sleep? What's that?
Everyone at some point experiences sleepless nights. Whether it be stress from work, crying babies at 3am, or that cough/cold that just won’t let up. This is all part and parcel of being a grown up, is it not? However; true insomnia is a different ‘kettle of fish’.
Catch 22 - The Vicious Cycle
Everyone suffering from arthritis knows the pain and restriction it causes with mobility and exercise. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is no exception, and is often exaggerated by ‘the flare up’ which blights us all.