Author: Rikki Ayers

People affected by recent natural disasters need your help

Mother Nature’s lost her temper. It’s been a wild couple of months in terms of natural disasters, from floods to hurricanes to earthquakes. This following a bad wildfire season. If you’re somewhere unaffected by any of these events, but you want to help…you should. Here’s a rundown of some of the major recent events: This morning (Sunday, September 24) a second earthquake hit Mexico’s Oaxaca state. An 8.1 earthquake hit the region September 7th. A 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City on September 19th, killing over 300 people in the area. Buildings, including schools, collapsed and crews are still working at...

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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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