Attending the Pacific Northwest Writers Association last year provided me the opportunity to meet a wonderful author by the name of Donna Cameron. We were paired up in an ice-breaker activity and we discussed, of course, our writing. I shared about my work in progress, and she shared her experience with her first published book, A Year of Living Kindly.
I have to admit, I am beginning to feel a little like a broken record. Last year at this time, we were concerned about the Amazon rainforest fires. In January, we were hit again with the tragedy unfolding in Australia and the wildfires devastating the country. And now, with wildfires devastating the state of California and poor air quality crossing international lines, we find ourselves asking, one more time, “What can I do about the wildfires?”.
One of the best decisions I made in my life was in 2019 to join the Optimize Coach program. Since then, I’ve learned how to optimize my life and my health. But most importantly, I’ve learned how to optimize my impact on the planet.
Today is one of those rare days where I get to mash together several of my geeky passions- animals, fandoms, conserving resources, and fitness. It’s National Wildlife Day, so I decided to celebrate with a fandom known for its…wildlife? Sorta. Rare and unusual animals to say the least. Today we’re celebrating Fandom Fitness Friday with a special Pokemon workout.
August is Back-to-School month, and I wanted to celebrate with a special Fandom Fitness Friday. One of my favorite books growing up was Anne of Green Gables. The story of a young orphan who comes to Avonlea and embarks on many adventures with her classmates is perfect this time of year. And the Anne of Green Gables mobility workout is perfect for this school year in particular.
It’s Wednesday, and we know what that means. It’s time for Wildlife Wednesday Workout, and today is a special program honoring World Elephant Day. August 12 is World Elephant Day, so let’s celebrate the largest living land animal with a fantastic strength and endurance workout.
Today was an incredible day. I was able to visit what I consider my sacred space twice in one week. And the experience was just as amazing as last time, and the time before that, and the time before that. I refer to this spot as my sacred space because it calls out to me, and I feel more connected while I am there, which is a pillar of ZooFit. And it completes my positive feedback loop for living green and training positive.
July 31 is the birthday of Harry Potter. To celebrate my favorite fandom of all time, I decided to create a Zoo-notable on a school textbook from the Wizarding World– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Merely mentioned in the Harry Potter series early on, J.K. Rowling wrote a version as a fundraiser for Comic Relief. The fictional author, Newt Scamander, is a wizard after my own heart. As a magizoologist, someone who studies magical creatures, Newt traveled the world to create his complete volume on creatures from the wizarding world.
Looking at those animals I realized that none of them would even exist if human beings hadn’t bred them into being. And ever since that moment I’ve believed that we brought these animals here, so we’re responsible for them. We owe them a decent life and decent death, and their lives should be as low-stress as possible.
Temple Grandin ~ Animals in Translation
Happy National Zookeeper Week, to all animal care professionals. I admit, I still consider myself a zookeeper, always and forever. This week I celebrate my fifteen years as a dedicated animal trainer and caretaker. I also celebrate how with ZooFit, I incorporate all the principles of zookeeping to help others achieve success in whatever their goals may be.