Author: Rikki Ayers

10 years in: this is what I know about working remotely

This fall marks 10 years since I started my first freelance job, where I was paid to interview people, research things, and write stories from my POS PC computer (I had a clunker desktop!). Since then, I’ve worked remotely (not in a traditional office) in one way or another for the past 10 years. Sidenote: I was at a music festival last night (Rifflandia in Victoria, BC if you want to check it out) listening to Hot Chip and my friend and I were trying to place when in time Hot Chip was a hot thing. It was 10...

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What’s love got to do with this: overcoming hate and apathy

A week ago today I was sitting in a tarp-cave by my tent at a music festival, sipping coffee mid-afternoon, hiding from the sun and early-day partiers. I turned on my phone to get an update about a wildfire approaching the event and then opened my Facebook app. The first post I saw was about the events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shocked, I quickly Googled “Charlottesville” to verify that what I had read was really happening—if you’ve been living under a rock with no wifi, read this. I can’t believe that in 2017 we’re still fighting over this shit....

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This is What Abundance Feels Like

There’s a lot of rhetoric surrounding the “abundance mindset,” but what is that? It’s one of those trendy glass-half-full terms people tell you that you should have before they play on your fear of scarcity and FOMO to get you to buy their product. I think many of us have a distorted view of what abundance is, because we’d like it to have more things instead of feeling as if we have enough already. “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.” —Tom...

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10 Podcasts to Fall in Love with This Summer

The Own Up Grown-Up podcast is taking a wee break (which really means I’m taking a break from podcasting…to do other OUGU things like update this website and write some short stories!), but if your ears are already going through withdrawal, don’t fear—here are 10 podcasts you should binge-listen to this summer. 1. Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History”   Get ready for some intense life-questioning when you listen to this podcast by “Turning Point” author Malcolm Gladwell. I can’t get enough of this podcast because it rocks my world every time I listen to it. He discusses social issues around...

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Life, goals and finding your purpose with Lisa Michaud

Your purpose changes over time. At least that’s what Lisa Michaud thinks (I kind of agree). I’ve talked to several podcast guests about purpose: what it is, how to find it, what to do when you find it. There’s a trend: your purpose often stems from some pain you experienced. We want to solve problems we understand deeply. Makes sense. In this Own Up Grown-Up podcast episode, Lisa Michaud and I talk about purpose, goal-setting, and how to overcome your fear of change. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make the right decision instead...

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