5 things I’m doing to stay sane during the Covid19 stay-at-home orders

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I need to start by acknowledging the huge privilege I have to be healthy and employed when so many people are experiencing hardship and/or grieving loved ones. I’ve been mostly unaffected. I still have my job, and I don’t personally know anyone who has died or even been gravely ill. I’m one of the lucky ones.

The one thing that I am of course faced with is being stuck at home.

Having experienced significant mental health issues in the past, I’ve become an expert in the self-care I need in order to stay well.

Living in Melbourne, Australia, we’ve gone…


How to keep seeking that best version of yourself

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1. Write down everything you do in a day and reflect on it

Try it for a full week. What do you spend the most time on? Does that make you happy and bring you value? What’s missing? Can you fit that in? Just like a dietician will want to know what you’re eating in order to improve your diet. Find out what you’re doing if you want to change that up and improve your life.

2. Start your own personal daily ritual

It doesn’t need to be meditating, or yoga, or making your bed (although I would totally recommend all 3 of those if you’re into it). Maybe your thing could be to sit outside, or near a window…


Why use them, where to find them and a couple of rules to take your content to the next level

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The right image can have a huge impact on your content’s ability to engage readers. It’s very simple, humans are drawn to visually engaging content. There’s a lot of ways to tick that box, one of them is to leverage free stock images.

Keep reading to learn more about the following 3 things:

  • Different ways to use images
  • Where to source them from
  • The 2 golden rules for including them in your content

First, let’s talk about the 3 main ways that images can be used.

  1. Decorative
    A decorative image is used to set the tone or mood of your writing…

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How to put books down and start making real changes

I’ve always loved to read self-help, improvement, and educational books and articles. Isn’t it great that others learn valuable lessons and skills and I get to learn from them and become a better human?

Over the years I’ve realized that reading articles on how to wake up at 5.30 am and how it will change my life, is not the same as actually waking up at 5.30 am. Especially when I’m on my phone reading the article in bed, it’s past midnight, and I’m thinking about how great it would be to implement that change.

I’ve been this way since…


A step-by-step tutorial for beginners to build a simple website and host it for free using GitHub and Netlify.

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Who is this tutorial for?

  • This tutorial assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for complete beginners as a first project

What you will need

  • a GitHub account (if you already have one set up, skip step 1)
  • a Netlify account
  • a code editor (for this tutorial I used Visual Studio Code)
  • terminal app
  • approximately 1–2 hour

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Sign up for a GitHub account.


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Amongst the enormous amount of pain, there is a lot to gain from this challenging year.

Something that I’ve been writing on my resume for years is that I am highly adaptable.

I wouldn’t say that I’ve been lying so much as I just haven’t really understood, until now, what being adaptable truly means. We all now that adaptability is an important skill to have in the toolkit in this modern world. Things change all the time, and they change fast.

In my professional life, I’ve had to adapt to losing valuable colleagues, gaining team members from acquisitions, setting up my office in a new building, having a new boss, etc. At the time, all those…


We were high school sweethearts, now we’re best friends. And yes, our friends and family are confused.

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Whenever I tell someone that I live with my ex-husband, the reaction almost always involves a raised eyebrow, or two. The first assumption most people have is that I’m stuck in this situation, and it must be hard. Nope. We moved into a new place together after we separated. We chose the co-living family life — we have three dogs!

Our break-up was hard. And it was long.

We were together for about 14 years and married for 3. We moved to Melbourne together and accumulated our three dogs. We had a really great relationship, we laughed a lot, we…


Even when we know there are lessons to be learned, it’s only with hindsight that we realize we may have actually learned them.

River crossings on a trail run up Mt Buller, Victoria in Australia

When I took up running, I had heard people talking about how it had changed their life. Ha! I laughed at the idea. How can running be so profound as to have any kind of impact other than on the physical body?

10 months later, I’m not laughing anymore. Running has somehow elevated my life in a way I wasn’t expecting.

I’ve gotten to know myself, and my capabilities. I’ve changed physically too, which has made me feel stronger and more powerful than before. I’ve reached financial, career, and physical goals that I never thought I would. …


What to consider, and why I decided to make better choices

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I won’t lie to you and say that I’m eating a perfectly balanced diet. Or that my food choices have no carbon footprint and are 100% cruelty-free. But what I can say is that I try to make as many good choices as I can.

I haven’t been a big meat eater for the last decade or so. I was a vegetarian for about five or so years and then plant-based for a couple of years. For a period after that, during which I had serious mental health issues, I was unable to connect with the choice to be plant-based…


Taking the first step to address mindless and habitual consumerism and gaining control of my personal finances

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A couple of months ago I decided that I would tackle my financial “situation”. I wasn’t drowning in debts or living pay-check to pay-check. But, I had been living slightly above my means for a long time, slowly growing my debts whilst only ever making the minimum repayments, and I had a bad credit score due to some missed repayments. I didn’t want to wait until I hit rock bottom to make the big changes that I knew to be necessary for a healthy financial future. And to be honest, I was only a couple of bad events away from…

Tess Gard

I’m a Software Engineer with a fashion degree. I write about technology, design, running, and mental health. nicesalad.com

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