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8 hot tips for working from home like a boss


Let’s admit it: the world is very different and a lot stranger than it was a month ago. Time is changing fast, and most of us probably are working from home if at all.

A month ago we were going about our daily lives, going to work, enjoying a beer at the pub with our friends, going on dates with our beloved beau. Simple things like going to a hardware store all seem so luxurious now that much of the globe is in strict lockdown thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, especially here in New Zealand.

As expected, a global shutdown is suffocating economies. Many businesses are going under or experiencing massive layoffs in anticipation of a rough year. If you’ve recently lost your job, I’m sorry. You are not alone, and I hope you can take some solace in the fact that we are all in this shit storm together.

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If you’re among some of the lucky ones who still have a job, likely, your job is now remote. Your socializing at the office days are officially on pause.

Working from home is one of the weird privileges that gets put high on a pedestal and seems fantastic until you do it for more than a week. Now that we’re a month into this madness, many people are finding out that working from home is quite shit. And you know what? I feel that.

And it sure doesn’t help that every time we open up social media, we’re blasted with lifestyle gurus and influencers telling us how to live our best lives at home.

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So you want to become location independent?

As a professional who has worked from home for nearly two years, I get the frustration. Who cares if I can have three lunches a day if I want? I just want some socialization! But right now, we don’t have a choice.

We can save lives by literally just sitting at home for a while, so whether you want to work from home or not, you better get used to it.

I’m here to offer up my very best tips to help you navigate these uncharted isolation waters. Here’s what works for me.

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1.  Set your alarm for your standard wakeup time

And then hit snooze at least four times before you get up.

Forget all those think pieces that say that you need to keep your strict routine. The world is ending, your routine is out the window, and this is your new life now.

You know that hour you usually spend eating breakfast, having coffee, and getting ready for the day? You can convert that time into extra sleep time. Why? Because you can eat breakfast and drink coffee while you work.

So go ahead, indulge in that extra 45 minutes and don’t feel bad about it. Extra points if you a repeat offender with the snooze button, especially if it drives your partner nuts.

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2. Shower whenever the hell you want

Those same think pieces and WFH influencers who tell you to shower first thing in the morning are full of shit. Shower whenever the hell you want.

Maybe that’s in the morning. Perhaps midday. It might even be before you go to bed. Hell, maybe it’s not at all. Whatever your vibe, just roll with it.

We’re all stressed out enough as it is. We don’t need anyone trying to shame us into smelling like a god-dammed daffodil when literally the only other living creature who will notice is our dog. Shower as you see fit, and if you’re not an everyday shower person, just pat yourself on the back, thinking of all that water you’re conserving. Good job, you little environmentalist!

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3. Get dressed like you usually would

And then take that shit off and put on your day pajamas.

There is absolutely no reason you need to get all dolled up for not leaving the house. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Put on a clean pair of clothes? Sure, go on. But do not go down the path of self-shame if you want to wear your oversized sweatpants all day. This is your life now.

You have nothing to prove. We all look like slobs. Even our PM Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation during a Facebook Live Video dressed in her coziest sweatshirt. If J-dern is doing it, I’m definitely doing it. Leave your judgment at the (virtual) door, thanks.

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4. Your desk set up does kinda matter

In an ideal world, you’d have a perfectly curated corner of the house that makes for an ideal workspace. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in reality, and currently, the reality is decidedly shit. Am I right?

I don’t have space in my house to have a separate office, so my workspace is a corner of the bedroom I share with my partner. Is it ideal to sleep and live in the same tiny bedroom for 16-18 hours a day? Hell no. Does it work? For sure.

Having a separate office room can be great to help you focus and to get into your work mode, but for some of us, that’s not realistic, so we have to work with what we’ve got.

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Here’s what I recommend: find a comfy chair, and by comfy, I mean supportive.

Don’t sit in your lazy boy all day because as great as that sounds, your body is going to be aching by the end of it. A kitchen chair works fine if that’s all you have. Roll up a towel and stick it behind your lower back to keep your posture tall. Scoot your butt all the way to the back of the chair. Your throbbing neck will thank me later.

For my laptop workers out there, you’re going to find out very quickly that being hunched over a tiny screen is a real neck killer. My absolute number one best tip for working from home is (if you can) purchase a remote keyboard and mouse.

If you have these two things, you can prop your laptop up on some books to get the screen eye level while still being able to control the mouse and type on the keyboard comfortably.

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For your desk, an actual desk is ideal, but I have seen some very inspiring photos of laptops on top of recycling bins, ironing boards, nightstands. Do what you gotta do.

Another piece of work from home equipment I can’t live without are noise-canceling headphones. I bought some second hand Bose headphones a year ago, and they have transformed my life. Whenever I put them on, I go into full productivity mode, even if I’m not listening to music. If you have any money to spend in this pandemic, put it into making your desk space a little more functional and enjoyable. Just trust me on this one.

Lastly, candles. I like to light a candle during the workday. It smells good, and it’s calming. That’s really the only argument I have for it.

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5. Take breaks, frequently and often, without regret

Working from home can be just as productive as working an office. In fact, it’s probably even more productive because you don’t have to have those stupid water cooler chats with Becca about her boyfriend’s kickball team.

However…working from home during a pandemic is admittedly not likely to be very productive while you contemplate your mortality and the looming fate of humanity. With that said, don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself taking breaks throughout the day. Or better yet, stop trying to be productive and make the rest of us feel bad – even the NY Times agrees with me.

Taking an actual lunch break away from your laptop, putting the washing on the line (yes, we still do that here in New Zealand), running the vacuum over the floors, doing 15 minutes of gardening. It’s ok to have small breaks throughout the day doing chores. Realistically, you’d have those same breaks at the office too.

These “psychological segues” can help put you in the right mindset when you return to your workload making you more productive overall.

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6. Go outside and feel the sun on your skin

Ok to preface, this tidbit is going to vary depending on where you live and the recommendations of your local health professionals. Above all, listen to them, obviously. Don’t listen to me, a babbling idiot on the internet, over them, trained medical professionals who have endured years of intense education.

With that said, if you’re in a position to walk freely outside, do it every day. Even if it’s just a ten-minute stroll around the block. Don’t touch anything, don’t sit on any public benches, and keep your 2-meter distance from anyone you meet. The fresh air can literally be your savior during the lockdown. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting cabin fever already.

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Self-isolate, but get that fresh air too. It’s not going to help anyone if we all lose our damn minds cooped up at home.

With that said, for the love of God, please stop flooding the trails. Cancel your climbing trip. Don’t go backcountry skiing or tramping where you might put rescuers in danger coming to save your ass. If you have to drive to it, it’s not local. Get your fresh air but do it locally. Your Instagram fans can wait.

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7. Fill the indoors with plants and green things

If you can’t go outside or if you’re an extreme germaphobe, try bringing the outside to you.

Fill your house and desk space with your favorite plants. It seems like such a small and stupid thing to do, but it does make you feel better. Seeing a beautiful creature live and thrive in a time of crisis is an excellent reminder to all of us that things are going to be ok eventually.

Us humans may destroy ourselves, but plants will keep the world spinning.

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8. And don’t have kids

Full disclosure: I don’t have kids, but I can 100% recommend not having kids around during a time of pandemic when you’re forced to work from home.

I don’t know what the legality is of this particular situation, but if you can somehow offload them to someone else during these trying times (is Goodwill still open??), I would highly recommend it.

I’m kidding, of course, but in all seriousness, I have no advice for this as I’m a terrible babysitter and should not give out childcare advice to anyone ever. Anyone who is entertaining kids and managing to get their work done during this time deserves a Medal of Honor. Godspeed, you sleep-deprived parents. You are the true heroes.

What are your tips for working from home? Have anything else to add? Spill!

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A stunning sunset at the Muriwai Gannet Colony


Just when I think I’ve visited plenty of bird colonies in New Zealand (and around the world), I end up somewhere entirely new and extraordinary. You can never see it all!

You guys know how much I love birds, so watching this sunset over the gannet colony in Muriwai on New Zealand’s North Island BLEW MY MIND!! Yes, all caps. Multiple exclamation points.

One of the last stops on an epic road trip with my friend Sarah at the tail end of last year, it was so windy when we climbed up the hill to the Muriwai gannet colony. I had seen photos before, but my expectations were average. I was just hoping to see some birds.

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Soaring home after several years at sea across the Tasman in Australia, these magnificent birds come home to New Zealand to breed. What have they seen on their journey? How do they know where exactly to come back to again and again and again?

Birds and their intelligence never cease to amaze me. With powerful navigational skills, the tākapu (Australasian gannet) is a white seabird with a meter and a half wingspan that lives in the Southern Ocean.

Pure white with a yellow head and bright blue eyes with neon webbing on their feet, the gannet is striking and an underrated bird here in New Zealand, in my humble birding opinion.

In addition, as a photographer, they are just so much fun to photograph.

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A few years ago, I journeyed out the biggest gannet colony in New Zealand at Cape Kidnappers at the tail end of summer when the chicks were growing big and just about to depart the nest.

I had already visited large bird colonies in the subantarctic and Antarctica, and to get to see them in my home country was pretty special. There aren’t too many places left in the world where large bird colonies can thrive.

Between human interference, habitat loss, and climate change, the future for seabirds is pretty bleak unless we act now. After seeing the gannets at Cape Kidnappers, I knew I wanted to see more of them here in New Zealand.

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muriwai gannet

Once the gannets return from Australia back in New Zealand, they stick around.

Usually, the gannets spend spring and summer at the breeding colony. During the winter months, they disperse to local coastal waters. Anytime between September until December, the gannets breed here, and by March or April, the fledglings are ready to migrate.

Pretty incredible to imagine that not long after they are born, the gannets jump out of the nest (not all successfully) and take flight for almost 2000 kilometers to Australia.

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muriwai gannet

Cape Kidnappers isn’t the only place you can find a large gannet colony in New Zealand. For instance, a large number of gannets call Muriwai home on the west coast beaches an hour’s drive from Auckland.

It was chilly and gusting up a storm as we made our way towards the Muriwai cliffs in search of gannets at sunset. The moody clouds promised a potentially colorful display in addition to the Muriwai gannets.

A lone kitesurfer was ripping up the waves on the coast. Flying high in the air and close to the cliffs, it was impressive.

As we wound our way up the coastal path, the scent of seabird poop suddenly assaulted our senses. Getting excited, I couldn’t believe my eyes as we emerged overlooking the cliffs covered with hundreds of gannets.

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muriwai gannet

As the sun began to sink below the horizon, and the skies turned pink, I lost my mind from happiness. Great views, amazing birds, good friends in new places, what more could you ask for?

Seabirds love big winds, and the gannets were able to hover in mid-air, almost like a helicopter. It was extraordinary to witness.

Now the real question is, how many times did I get poo-ed on during this adventure? The winning guess gets a gannet chick. I jest, DOC, I jest. We’re so lucky to have still bird colonies like this one still going in New Zealand – let’s keep it that way!

Have you ever been to a large bird colony before? The Muriwai Gannet Colony? Have you been pooped on by a gannet? Share!

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So you’ve just been let go – unemployed in times of global pandemic


Hands up if you’ve been laid off, let go, stood down, furloughed, or just plain old fired since the coronavirus pandemic started. It seems like overnight, all of my friends either got the boot or are about to get the boot from their work.

You know what? You are not alone. I’m right there with you! We’re all in this together. We’re all in the gutter! Embrace it!

Yesterday, one of my last reliable jobs was canceled, and guess what? I’m freaking out yet oddly zen at the same time. Let me explain.

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With a mountain of debt, no solid work for the foreseeable future, the travel industry up in flames, my passive income all but evaporated overnight with bills still coming in hot hot hot, to say I’m shitting my pants is a bit of an understatement.

I never saw this coming, even a month ago, and also, if I did, I’m not sure how proactively I would have saved. I’m a bit of a hot mess when it comes to preparation and tidy finances.

Globally, we are collectively fucked. Wahoo!

The economic fallout from COVID-19 will be nothing short of catastrophic, at least in my particular area of work. Do you want to travel? Well, be sure to add in an extra 14 days of quarantine before and after your holiday to ensure freedom from a life-threating virus.

Hard pass.

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The scale and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented, yet the future is far from clear. Companies and businesses are facing the ramifications of shut borders, forced quarantines, and a very unlucky choice of name – I’m looking at you Corona beer.

The new normal hasn’t even been imagined yet – no one is even talking about what the world will look like six months from now.

It breaks my heart to see friends of mine who have poured their lives into their jobs only to be let go without a second thought. Hell, it’s even happening to me. But in that darkness and fear, I’ve found comfort in knowing I’m not alone in this.

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It doesn’t help to be American, where our future is so uncertain and with a nutjob president whose blatant disregard for the health of his citizens or the advice of experts is nothing short of unbelievable. Will the government even deliver on a stimulus package that has any real meaning to people like me? I bloody doubt it.

It sucks to be in a place where your government doesn’t have your back. That’s messed up.

With millions of Americans already filing for unemployment, I count myself exceptionally lucky living in New Zealand as a resident. Extremely lucky. I hope this is a massive wake-up call to my fellow brethren – the rest of the civilized world doesn’t live like this or treat people that way.

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Throughout the rest of the world, governments are protecting employment.

Workers keep their jobs, even in industries that are shut down. Even self-employed people like me are counted for. For example, the government here covers most of the wages through direct payments. It’s like our wages are socialized for the duration of the crisis.

We also have fair and public healthcare too. Sure, I pay high taxes, but guess what? I see the benefit from it, so I don’t mind. I love living in a place where I feel cared for and protected, especially in a time of crisis. The US has a lot to learn from a place like New Zealand.

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It’s also never been more apparent to me to learn just to let go of things I can’t control. This wild situation is global and so far beyond anything I could ever change. In some ways, I find solace in that too. (I’m only able to do this through all of the incredible coaching work I’ve done with Kait Rich).

While it’s still very raw and real for me (and I imagine for many of you too), take heart that so many of us, me included, are also wondering how we will pay rent or buy groceries next month.

It takes nothing to be kind

Now is the time to look to each other for support and guidance.

Instead of crawling up each other and kicking others down to reach success (or the last 18 pack of toilet roll), why don’t we use this forced time to work on what matters, like family, food, love, health, and joy.

If we forget how to be human now, we have no chance of recovery.

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I’ve got my good days and bad days, which are all meshing together now that time seems irrelevant. That being said, I’m incredibly determined to look on the bright side. It’s time to get creative again, especially now that I’m a free woman!

There always a lesson in suffering, I suppose. Time to let go of what we can’t control and not let it devour us.

Hopefully, we will come out on the other side and create a system that looks after each other instead of who can profit off of who the most. Be kind and kia kaha, as we say in New Zealand (stay strong).

Have you just lost your job, too, or are you afraid of losing your job? How are you coping? Where are you in the world? Share!

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8 hot tips for working from home like a boss


Let’s admit it: the world is very different and a lot stranger than it was a month ago. Time is changing fast, and most of us probably are working from home if at all.

A month ago we were going about our daily lives, going to work, enjoying a beer at the pub with our friends, going on dates with our beloved beau. Simple things like going to a hardware store all seem so luxurious now that much of the globe is in strict lockdown thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, especially here in New Zealand.

As expected, a global shutdown is suffocating economies. Many businesses are going under or experiencing massive layoffs in anticipation of a rough year. If you’ve recently lost your job, I’m sorry. You are not alone, and I hope you can take some solace in the fact that we are all in this shit storm together.

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If you’re among some of the lucky ones who still have a job, likely, your job is now remote. Your socializing at the office days are officially on pause.

Working from home is one of the weird privileges that gets put high on a pedestal and seems fantastic until you do it for more than a week. Now that we’re a month into this madness, many people are finding out that working from home is quite shit. And you know what? I feel that.

And it sure doesn’t help that every time we open up social media, we’re blasted with lifestyle gurus and influencers telling us how to live our best lives at home.

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So you want to become location independent?

As a professional who has worked from home for nearly two years, I get the frustration. Who cares if I can have three lunches a day if I want? I just want some socialization! But right now, we don’t have a choice.

We can save lives by literally just sitting at home for a while, so whether you want to work from home or not, you better get used to it.

I’m here to offer up my very best tips to help you navigate these uncharted isolation waters. Here’s what works for me.

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1.  Set your alarm for your standard wakeup time

And then hit snooze at least four times before you get up.

Forget all those think pieces that say that you need to keep your strict routine. The world is ending, your routine is out the window, and this is your new life now.

You know that hour you usually spend eating breakfast, having coffee, and getting ready for the day? You can convert that time into extra sleep time. Why? Because you can eat breakfast and drink coffee while you work.

So go ahead, indulge in that extra 45 minutes and don’t feel bad about it. Extra points if you a repeat offender with the snooze button, especially if it drives your partner nuts.

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2. Shower whenever the hell you want

Those same think pieces and WFH influencers who tell you to shower first thing in the morning are full of shit. Shower whenever the hell you want.

Maybe that’s in the morning. Perhaps midday. It might even be before you go to bed. Hell, maybe it’s not at all. Whatever your vibe, just roll with it.

We’re all stressed out enough as it is. We don’t need anyone trying to shame us into smelling like a god-dammed daffodil when literally the only other living creature who will notice is our dog. Shower as you see fit, and if you’re not an everyday shower person, just pat yourself on the back, thinking of all that water you’re conserving. Good job, you little environmentalist!

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3. Get dressed like you usually would

And then take that shit off and put on your day pajamas.

There is absolutely no reason you need to get all dolled up for not leaving the house. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Put on a clean pair of clothes? Sure, go on. But do not go down the path of self-shame if you want to wear your oversized sweatpants all day. This is your life now.

You have nothing to prove. We all look like slobs. Even our PM Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation during a Facebook Live Video dressed in her coziest sweatshirt. If J-dern is doing it, I’m definitely doing it. Leave your judgment at the (virtual) door, thanks.

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4. Your desk set up does kinda matter

In an ideal world, you’d have a perfectly curated corner of the house that makes for an ideal workspace. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in reality, and currently, the reality is decidedly shit. Am I right?

I don’t have space in my house to have a separate office, so my workspace is a corner of the bedroom I share with my partner. Is it ideal to sleep and live in the same tiny bedroom for 16-18 hours a day? Hell no. Does it work? For sure.

Having a separate office room can be great to help you focus and to get into your work mode, but for some of us, that’s not realistic, so we have to work with what we’ve got.

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Here’s what I recommend: find a comfy chair, and by comfy, I mean supportive.

Don’t sit in your lazy boy all day because as great as that sounds, your body is going to be aching by the end of it. A kitchen chair works fine if that’s all you have. Roll up a towel and stick it behind your lower back to keep your posture tall. Scoot your butt all the way to the back of the chair. Your throbbing neck will thank me later.

For my laptop workers out there, you’re going to find out very quickly that being hunched over a tiny screen is a real neck killer. My absolute number one best tip for working from home is (if you can) purchase a remote keyboard and mouse.

If you have these two things, you can prop your laptop up on some books to get the screen eye level while still being able to control the mouse and type on the keyboard comfortably.

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For your desk, an actual desk is ideal, but I have seen some very inspiring photos of laptops on top of recycling bins, ironing boards, nightstands. Do what you gotta do.

Another piece of work from home equipment I can’t live without are noise-canceling headphones. I bought some second hand Bose headphones a year ago, and they have transformed my life. Whenever I put them on, I go into full productivity mode, even if I’m not listening to music. If you have any money to spend in this pandemic, put it into making your desk space a little more functional and enjoyable. Just trust me on this one.

Lastly, candles. I like to light a candle during the workday. It smells good, and it’s calming. That’s really the only argument I have for it.

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5. Take breaks, frequently and often, without regret

Working from home can be just as productive as working an office. In fact, it’s probably even more productive because you don’t have to have those stupid water cooler chats with Becca about her boyfriend’s kickball team.

However…working from home during a pandemic is admittedly not likely to be very productive while you contemplate your mortality and the looming fate of humanity. With that said, don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself taking breaks throughout the day. Or better yet, stop trying to be productive and make the rest of us feel bad – even the NY Times agrees with me.

Taking an actual lunch break away from your laptop, putting the washing on the line (yes, we still do that here in New Zealand), running the vacuum over the floors, doing 15 minutes of gardening. It’s ok to have small breaks throughout the day doing chores. Realistically, you’d have those same breaks at the office too.

These “psychological segues” can help put you in the right mindset when you return to your workload making you more productive overall.

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6. Go outside and feel the sun on your skin

Ok to preface, this tidbit is going to vary depending on where you live and the recommendations of your local health professionals. Above all, listen to them, obviously. Don’t listen to me, a babbling idiot on the internet, over them, trained medical professionals who have endured years of intense education.

With that said, if you’re in a position to walk freely outside, do it every day. Even if it’s just a ten-minute stroll around the block. Don’t touch anything, don’t sit on any public benches, and keep your 2-meter distance from anyone you meet. The fresh air can literally be your savior during the lockdown. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting cabin fever already.

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Self-isolate, but get that fresh air too. It’s not going to help anyone if we all lose our damn minds cooped up at home.

With that said, for the love of God, please stop flooding the trails. Cancel your climbing trip. Don’t go backcountry skiing or tramping where you might put rescuers in danger coming to save your ass. If you have to drive to it, it’s not local. Get your fresh air but do it locally. Your Instagram fans can wait.

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7. Fill the indoors with plants and green things

If you can’t go outside or if you’re an extreme germaphobe, try bringing the outside to you.

Fill your house and desk space with your favorite plants. It seems like such a small and stupid thing to do, but it does make you feel better. Seeing a beautiful creature live and thrive in a time of crisis is an excellent reminder to all of us that things are going to be ok eventually.

Us humans may destroy ourselves, but plants will keep the world spinning.

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8. And don’t have kids

Full disclosure: I don’t have kids, but I can 100% recommend not having kids around during a time of pandemic when you’re forced to work from home.

I don’t know what the legality is of this particular situation, but if you can somehow offload them to someone else during these trying times (is Goodwill still open??), I would highly recommend it.

I’m kidding, of course, but in all seriousness, I have no advice for this as I’m a terrible babysitter and should not give out childcare advice to anyone ever. Anyone who is entertaining kids and managing to get their work done during this time deserves a Medal of Honor. Godspeed, you sleep-deprived parents. You are the true heroes.

What are your tips for working from home? Have anything else to add? Spill!

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How Netflix’s Tiger King reveals just how messed up wildlife tourism has become


Guys, I’m deep into the viral docuseries Tiger King on Netflix, and my god, what a dreadful yet unmissable look at the worst (or unluckiest?) of humanity in rural America.

It’s like a car crash, and I just can’t tear my eyes away. I’m enthralled yet horrified, obsessed, and disgusted. The plot twists, the surprises, the frightening real glimpses of human truths, holy shit!

With a tagline of murder, mayhem, and madness, Tiger King follows the storyline of Joe Exotic, a zoo owner in bumfuck, Oklahoma, with a narrative arc that spirals out of control in a true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

Buckle up.

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There are gun-loving gay cowboys with mullets. The cults. The polygamy. The loss of limbs and teeth. Inbred tigers, ligers, and illegal lemurs. Excessive dynamite and guns lovingly adorned with pink camo.

Accidental suicide and haphazard murder plots. Flower crowns. So much leopard print. Failed grassroots governor elections. Expired Walmart meat pizzas. Hillbillies and their homemade country music videos featuring fat tigers.

Missing husbands. Meth and sequins. Florida. I can’t even.

Honestly, this show is batshit insane. AND IT’S REAL.

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But what makes me sad about the train wreck human drama of this docu-series is that the stars, the tigers, are all but forgotten.

Did you know there are more captive tigers in the US than in the wild? How is breeding tigers in your redneck backyard still allowed? How are these pretend “wildlife sanctuaries” still allowed? And for god’s sake, how is Carole Baskin not in jail for murder/fraud/animal abuse and/or all of the above?

And yet no matter how vile it gets, how can I STILL feel compassion for these horrible people who put baby tigers in suitcases and carry guns around like candy?

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Disguised behind the most insane group of characters you’ve ever laid eyes on, Tiger King shines a light on the whole heap of uncomfortable truths.

Last year National Geographic broke a significant feature that there are more tigers in private zoos and as pets in the USA than in the wild. What the hell?!

That has to stop now. Totally unacceptable for many reasons, one primary being that your neighbor might have a lion in his garage that could escape and eat you, the other major one being that lions belong in Africa, not rural Ohio, and tigers belong in India not fucking Oklahoma.

(sorry, this makes me absolutely livid)

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tiger king wildlife tourism

These huge apex predators need massive amounts of territory and belong in the wild. Of course, that opens a whole other wormhole of issues from habitat loss to revenge killings to food loss, but that is where the bulk of conservation work should be focused.

You don’t need big cat sanctuaries in America if people aren’t allowed to have big cats as pets that end up needing “rescuing.”

The other main point is that real conservation doesn’t allow human interaction with animals. No yanking newborn tiger cubs from their moms to pose for selfies. No swimming with huge elephants. No cuddling drugged tigers for your new Tinder pic.

Big cats and endangered species belong in the wild or proper conservation centers without human interaction, period.

Going to Southeast Asia? Please be kind and don’t ride elephants

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What’s more, I’m appalled at how many massive profiles on social media feature guys and their exotic pets. Instagram, why do you allow this kind of content? Unethical wildlife breeding and captive endangered species bred for photos, and profit are wrong. And it’s illegal. Almost every one of these profiles has faced criminal charges and received abuse warnings.

These zoos and rescue centers give the impression they are for conservation when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

It’s important to question that when you see unethical wildlife practices.

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism

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For example, you can pay thousands of dollars to swim with a tiger or for a “volunteer” experience. Seriously? Your tiger selfies aren’t volunteering.

Where does that money go? Where do the profits from these sanctuaries go? How are they using the money they make from breeding and using tigers to fund wildlife conservation? How do they have so many baby tigers all the time? Why aren’t they with their mothers?

Baby tigers become useless in captivity after only 12 weeks because they’ve become too big and too dangerous to interact with people. After that, they usually just disappear.

Not a single one of these conservation tigers bred in America has ever been released back into the world. How could they when they’re raised and hand-fed by humans?

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Perhaps the most heart-wrenching part for me is seeing photos of white tigers.

These white tigers are incredibly inbred, almost all are from the same white Bengal tiger that was sold into the US in the 1960s from India. There is no conservation reason to breed white tigers, why would you breed for a recessive gene like that if you were trying to save a population of endangered animals like? Your focus would be on genetic diversity.

These white tigers are purely bred for their beauty; even though most of them have so many inbred defects, they would have no hope of surviving in the wild. It’s just cruel.

Can someone please tell me how it’s ethical or moral to breed a lion with a tiger and then put it on a leash and keep it a cage so you can make money?

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What’s sad is that this isn’t unique to America. Lions are bred for slaughter on canned hunting farms in South Africa, and China has a massive market for tiger parts (among all others) for traditional medicine and food. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

With many of these for-profit private zoos and exotic animal pet owners on Instagram masquerading as “conservation” projects, it’s never been more important to question where you chose to spend your tourism dollars.

Travelers love animals, me included, but it’s imperative to follow a few guidelines for responsibly interacting with wildlife.

tiger king wildlife tourism

tiger king wildlife tourism

At the end of the day, we have the power as consumers to stand up and say exploiting wildlife and endangered species is wrong. Dig deep and do your research before going to any of these places and have a thorough look around when you’re there. Does it look suitable for the animals?

Beware of buzzwords like “gives back to conservation,” sanctuary,” and “rescue.” Is the animal interacting in a way that isn’t normal? Has it been trained? Most of these training methods are based on fear and are cruel.

My god, imagine the impact it would have if all of the profits and expenses from exploiting exotic animals went towards conservation projects, what a difference that would make.

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tiger king wildlife tourism

Listen, I get it. I would fucking love to cuddle a baby tiger. Their squeaks are so cute, and I know it’s super unique. But it’s not right. Those tigers don’t belong on my Instagram or in my arms.

One day I’ll follow in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling to India and hopefully get to track wild tigers on safari in their natural habitat. But I will only do that in the most responsible way I can.

I’ve tracked leopards in Sri Lanka, lions in Botswana, cheetahs in South Africa, and elephants just about everywhere. It’s a real privilege that I’ve been able to go to these places, something I don’t ever take advantage of or forget.

It’s powerful and so special to see majestic, iconic creatures in the wild, where they belong. There is something so profoundly sad and degrading to such a mighty animal reduced to misery for the enjoyment of humans.

tiger king wildlife tourism

tiger king wildlife tourism

The second disturbing truth brought to light from Tiger King was just how disconnected I am from my American siblings.

I grew up in rural Virginia, about 15 minutes from West Virginia, so I am far from inexperienced when it comes to Trump-loving, gun-toting, uneducated rednecks. But this show was next level sad and made me face my privilege in an uncomfortable way.

If things are going to change, a whole heap of cultural mindsets would have to shift. With education and opportunity, anything is possible.

I think the US needs to work on prison reform, drug rehab programs, and healthy community programs for its people. If anything, Tiger King was a painful glimpse of what excessive gun freedom + meth + extreme poverty + lack of opportunity does to people.

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So please, Netflix, stop streaming this outside of America; it’s’s not a good look for us.

And for the love of God, please never take a selfie with a baby endangered animal at one of these places!

Also, I think I’m going crazy. Send me something sane to binge-watch, please that won’t rile me up. Thanks.

Did you know about these seedy depths of wildlife tourism? Have you ever seen one of these fantastic animals in the wild? Where would you go on safari if you could? Spill!

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So you’ve just been let go – unemployed in times of global pandemic


Hands up if you’ve been laid off, let go, stood down, furloughed, or just plain old fired since the coronavirus pandemic started. It seems like overnight, all of my friends either got the boot or are about to get the boot from their work.

You know what? You are not alone. I’m right there with you! We’re all in this together. We’re all in the gutter! Embrace it!

Yesterday, one of my last reliable jobs was canceled, and guess what? I’m freaking out yet oddly zen at the same time. Let me explain.

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With a mountain of debt, no solid work for the foreseeable future, the travel industry up in flames, my passive income all but evaporated overnight with bills still coming in hot hot hot, to say I’m shitting my pants is a bit of an understatement.

I never saw this coming, even a month ago, and also, if I did, I’m not sure how proactively I would have saved. I’m a bit of a hot mess when it comes to preparation and tidy finances.

Globally, we are collectively fucked. Wahoo!

The economic fallout from COVID-19 will be nothing short of catastrophic, at least in my particular area of work. Do you want to travel? Well, be sure to add in an extra 14 days of quarantine before and after your holiday to ensure freedom from a life-threating virus.

Hard pass.

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The scale and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented, yet the future is far from clear. Companies and businesses are facing the ramifications of shut borders, forced quarantines, and a very unlucky choice of name – I’m looking at you Corona beer.

The new normal hasn’t even been imagined yet – no one is even talking about what the world will look like six months from now.

It breaks my heart to see friends of mine who have poured their lives into their jobs only to be let go without a second thought. Hell, it’s even happening to me. But in that darkness and fear, I’ve found comfort in knowing I’m not alone in this.

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It doesn’t help to be American, where our future is so uncertain and with a nutjob president whose blatant disregard for the health of his citizens or the advice of experts is nothing short of unbelievable. Will the government even deliver on a stimulus package that has any real meaning to people like me? I bloody doubt it.

It sucks to be in a place where your government doesn’t have your back. That’s messed up.

With millions of Americans already filing for unemployment, I count myself exceptionally lucky living in New Zealand as a resident. Extremely lucky. I hope this is a massive wake-up call to my fellow brethren – the rest of the civilized world doesn’t live like this or treat people that way.

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Throughout the rest of the world, governments are protecting employment.

Workers keep their jobs, even in industries that are shut down. Even self-employed people like me are counted for. For example, the government here covers most of the wages through direct payments. It’s like our wages are socialized for the duration of the crisis.

We also have fair and public healthcare too. Sure, I pay high taxes, but guess what? I see the benefit from it, so I don’t mind. I love living in a place where I feel cared for and protected, especially in a time of crisis. The US has a lot to learn from a place like New Zealand.

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It’s also never been more apparent to me to learn just to let go of things I can’t control. This wild situation is global and so far beyond anything I could ever change. In some ways, I find solace in that too. (I’m only able to do this through all of the incredible coaching work I’ve done with Kait Rich).

While it’s still very raw and real for me (and I imagine for many of you too), take heart that so many of us, me included, are also wondering how we will pay rent or buy groceries next month.

It takes nothing to be kind

Now is the time to look to each other for support and guidance.

Instead of crawling up each other and kicking others down to reach success (or the last 18 pack of toilet roll), why don’t we use this forced time to work on what matters, like family, food, love, health, and joy.

If we forget how to be human now, we have no chance of recovery.

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I’ve got my good days and bad days, which are all meshing together now that time seems irrelevant. That being said, I’m incredibly determined to look on the bright side. It’s time to get creative again, especially now that I’m a free woman!

There always a lesson in suffering, I suppose. Time to let go of what we can’t control and not let it devour us.

Hopefully, we will come out on the other side and create a system that looks after each other instead of who can profit off of who the most. Be kind and kia kaha, as we say in New Zealand (stay strong).

Have you just lost your job, too, or are you afraid of losing your job? How are you coping? Where are you in the world? Share!

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