Pledging carbon neutrality is a start, but we need more.

People protesting climate change with sign that reads, “There is no Planet B”
People protesting climate change with sign that reads, “There is no Planet B”
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This week, Aotearoa New Zealand joined 32 other countries and more than 1800 municipalities in declaring a climate emergency. The notion passed in Parliament 76–43 with only the National and ACT parties holding out. While it may seem like a good step moving forward, will it be accompanied by actions, or is it virtue signaling at its finest?

New Zealand has been touted many times as a climate leader, but the reality is that it has consistently failed to meet its goals. When looking at the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Action Tracker rated New Zealand…

How I’m learning to overcome unproductive anxiety.

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I love to write, I always have. As a young middle-schooler, I used to spend my weekends whittling away at novels and screenplays. I didn’t have a computer, so I wrote it all by hand on wide-ruled paper. Sloppy, messy ideas and characters thrown together to create a semblance of a story. Those stories never made it far before I was on to a better idea, a better story to write.

And that was okay. Because it wasn’t about finishing. It was about expressing my creativity in a fun way.

That joy I get from writing still exists, but there…

It may seem time-consuming, but the ROI is worth it.

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person types at computer
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As a small business owner, you care a lot about getting new customers or clients. It doesn’t matter if your business is a small bakery, a sustainable fashion brand, or freelancing services — the result is the same. You need clients to stay in business. Sometimes, getting those clients is straightforward and easy. You’ve created a service or good that draws people in naturally. But maybe your product is a bit more niche or has problems competing against more mainstream brands.

This is where blogging comes into play.

Blogging may…

When Depression is a full time job

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It’s 7:00 am and my partner’s alarm is going off. I groggily ask what day it is as if it matters. It’s Wednesday, he tells me as he crawls out of bed to get ready for work.

I fall back asleep. I’m so exhausted.

I wake up again when he comes to my side of the bed to kiss me goodbye. He smells leathery and sweet, the familiar scent of his cologne. The smell is comforting. I wrap my arms around him, not wanting him to go. Not wanting to face the day…

How continuously learning will make you a more marketable professional.

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To many in the working world, learning and expanding on your knowledge comes second nature. Most people want to understand new tools, practices, and skills as they emerge. This is referred to as ‘upskilling,’ which simply means broadening and improving your workplace skill set.

Upskilling is a common practice among white-collared professionals. From professional development seminars and conferences to mentorships and shadowing, its a great way to expand your workplace knowledge.

But while many workplaces might require upskilling on a semi-regular basis, many people don’t seek it out. …

As a writer, I love writing about a wide variety of subjects. The one subject I hate writing about is myself. But here it goes.

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I’m originally from Kansas, but jumped that ship as soon as I turned 18. I then attended Texas A&M University where I majored in International Studies and History. After that, I had a shift in perspective, realized I wanted to be a writer (specifically a TV writer) and moved to New York. There, I got my MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and worked in film for a while. Film is something I’ll always love and want to make, but working in the industry was soul crushing.

So, I did what anybody does when they hate their job. I decided…

How lending and giving can help curb our hyperconsumerist lifestyles and reduce waste.

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Last summer, I trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was incredible to experience nature in such a raw form. The trip served as a great reminder of how powerful nature can be, and how much we need to protect it. Monkeys paraded around our camps, unfazed by us. Wild herbs grew in the high hills, far above what I would’ve imagined. And the stars at night, sleeping above the clouds and light pollution, were the brightest I’ve ever seen.

It was quite intense and as such needed a decent amount of preparation. While I am an avid hiker, I…

Regaining your sanity in uncertain times

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With the US election this week, doomscrolling is at it’s all time high. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, I’m sure you’ve probably found yourself doing it, without even realizing it. It’s the act of constantly bombarding yourself with never ending bad news on your phone or computer. Maybe it’s through Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, news sites, or a mixture of them all. It’s not just reading the bad news, it’s obsessing over it.

People love digging deep into anything negative. It’s the same reason people read the gory details of gruesome crimes. And psychologists say it’s a natural…

I am 26 years old, have a master’s degree and Roth IRA, and I still eat a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich almost every day for lunch.

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To most, this sandwich is probably a relic of the past. Something you ate between the ages of 6 and 12. Something your mom would lovingly make and pack in a brown paper bag before school each morning. Most people stop eating these sandwiches when bringing your lunch stops being cool. Usually around high school. …

Learning to rely on my brain more, and Search Engines less.

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I google everything. Or just about.

I google recipes to cook and restaurants to try. I google shops and products, movies and books. I google when I can’t remember the name of that one actor in that movie from the nineties. I google health and fitness questions. I google questions about how to start a blog, plant a garden, or get involved in my community. I google any and all queries that come to mind. And it’s exhausting.

I’m not alone in this phenomenon either. As part of the…

Ashley Hague

I’m an American living abroad focusing on the environment, personal growth, and travel. When I’m not writing, I paint and stalk dogs on Instagram.

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