Introducing Steven from Jamaica
Occupation: Video editor/ UX Designer
I am (an) Introvert/extrovert/in between
Lienette: Are you essential or non-essential?
Steven: I’m non-essential but I’m still working. I work via my computer so I can work from anywhere. Jamaica has been on curfew. So a lot of the times, it’s easier to just stay home.
Lienette: Can you tell me what quarantine is like in Jamaica and what exactly does curfew entail?
Steven: So all restaurants have a no dining-in policy; it’s only pick up and delivery. …
Introducing Fatima, An Essential Worker
Location: Lorton, VA
I am (an): Introvert/Extrovert/In Between
Occupation: Restaurant Manager
Lienette: What is your work status?
Fatima: I’m considered an essential employee, which doesn’t make sense to me. I honestly feel unsafe but I also feel blessed to be able to work while so many cannot.
Lienette: How does that make you feel/affect you?
Fatima: I personally don’t feel comfortable complaining because it makes me feel ungrateful but I know I have the right to feel unsafe especially since I’m exposing myself to many different people and sometimes without the proper gear. The biggest struggle for me is being unable to keep up with all the uncertainties. We’re pretty much forced to live day by day; there’s no possible way of planning ahead, not for your personal life nor your work life. Although for me some major stressors have been eliminated at work but the uncertainties brought up new stressors and challenges. For the first three weeks we didn’t know if we were going to remain open or shut down. Everyday we had to assess the numbers and anxiously listen in during conference calls and news briefings. …
Introducing Maiera from New Zealand
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
I am (an): introvert/extrovert/in between
Occupation: Currently unemployed but should be started as a Supplier Support Specialist soon
Lienette: Can you elaborate on your employment situation? You say soon? Like after quarantine?
Maiera: The company I left (FSNI) ended up offering me a remote position! Like even after quarantine I can stay living here and work there! How cool is that?! Just waiting for paperwork, etc.
Lienette: That’s awesome! Look at things working in your favor.
Maiera: …blew my mind. I couldn’t believe it worked out like that. It was genuinely by chance and it was getting so close. I was seriously about to go flat broke. Well by chance that they knew I would consider a remote job. I turned down several temp jobs and other permanent roles because they didn’t seem right and then this happened and I questioned whether I made a mistake or not and I was a week away from calling a quits and moving back to Auckland. …
Before embarking on this journey, you may have been like me where I was searching all over the internet for tips on how to cross successfully and easily. If so, you’d know it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Fortunately for you, I’m here to take all your worries away because I’ve gone through the process of doing this daunting task and I want to you to know that you’re going to be alright. …
There’s nothing like a quick weekend trip in a new city to get your heart pumping, especially when you hear about the livelihood of Tel Aviv, anxious to experience it for yourself. Two and half days may not have been nearly enough time but just the right amount to turn up all whilst emerging yourself in history, trying to fit in like a local. Thriving in all aspects, there was no room for a dull moment.
When you think about bucket list goals, usually the 7 Wonders of the World fall on there somewhere. A lesser known but magnificent wonder is Petra. Found in the country of Jordan, you’ll discover an abandoned city that was once a major hub for trading.
Far distances away, a journey most won’t trek, you’ll find the untouched beauty of New Zealand…at least that’s what it feels like anyway. There, you’ll find endless fields of green. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon sheep, which honestly shouldn’t be too hard. Why you ask? Well, there are more sheep than there are people in New Zealand and this country has less people than the state of Maryland. If that’s not insane, then I don’t know what is.
When you close your eyes and think of some of the most beautiful places on earth, where do you think of? If Switzerland isn’t one of them, you should reconsider if you ever want to experience heaven on earth.
Switzerland has been on my bucket list for the simple fact that it is absolutely captivating. In fact, it is so beautiful there that I was constantly contemplating on whether or not my surroundings were real and wondering if I was on a movie set.
When most people think of Peru, they are thinking of one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu — but this South American country offers much more than that. For one, you have their capital. Arriving in the gray and misty city of Lima, often referred as "Lima la Gris (Lima the Gray)" because of the constant state of weather, the capital greeted me warmly. In the first 24 hours traveling alone, I made friends everywhere I turned.
Imagine having a long weekend off with plans to head to Cancun…how do you maximize your time? By spreading out your days in Cancun, Chichen Itza, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum! Sounds like a lot but I had plenty of time to relax.