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They say spending time in nature can change your life. But in a world packed with indoor life pressures, how can you make getting outside just a part of who you are? Welcome to Humans Outside, where we explore a wellness-rich life in the great outdoors from our perch in Alaska while hearing from fascinating outdoor-minded guests.
 
Do you want to work from anywhere, in a career you love? Founder of Virtual Assistant Internship and 6-figure digital business owner, Esther Inman, shares compelling advice on how to find a remote career. In addition to sharing her personal experiences, she interviews some of the best experts in the work from anywhere niche. If you want a career where you can travel, stay home with your kids, create a deployment-proof virtual career, or just finally live your life of freedom by working onlin ...
 
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One of the things that can hold people -- adults, kids, families and otherwise -- back from purposefully spending time outside is the idea that “nature” looks like something other than what is right outside their front door. If it doesn’t look like a National Park, does it really count as “nature?” The truth, of course, is that “nature” is whatever…
 
Outside is outside, but sometimes it’s more nature-rich than others. Does that matter? In this episode of the Humans Outside Outdoor Diary Amy contemplates where her family just spent a week of vacation, and why its decided lack of nature-scapes was totally fine. Connect with this episode: Join the Humans Outside Challenge Follow Humans Outside on …
 
In this episode, I was joined by former 90 Day VA student and veterinary writer Amber LaRock. She shares her journey from working long hours at the ER as a vet tech and dreaming of traveling to launching a remote writing career from anywhere in the world. Amber tells us all about how she was able to continue working with her vet tech knowledge as a…
 
When we talk about going outside every day, we usually mean in the daytime. But what if heading outside after dark for a little stargazing is just the boost your outdoor habit needs? Vicky Derksen, host of the Night Sky Tourist podcast and a stargazing enthusiast joined us for this episode to talk about something almost completely new to Amy: starg…
 
It’s easy to head outside when the weather is great. It’s even easy to plan to be outside in future bad weather from a seat on a sunny, warm day. But what do you do when the weather rolls in and, suddenly, you’re faced with having to actually do it? A recent two-day wind storm with gusts up to 75 mph had Amy thinking about this very thing. So how d…
 
In this episode, I reconnected with podcast manager and former 90 Day VA student Yali Cristina, who I met years ago in San Diego and is now back to share her success story. She tells us all about how she transitioned from working full-time at a country club to running her own podcast management business. Yali gives us tips on overcoming your fears …
 
It’s easy to know you want to make a change or even what kind of change you want to make. But how can you create a habit that actually works for you? How do you know the right actions to take to make that habit sustainable long term? The answer might just be found in mindfulness and knowing enough about who you are and what you need. That understan…
 
The New Year offers a natural starting point for launching a new challenge -- and has Amy reflecting on all the ways heading outside daily has changed her life. Now registering for the Humans Outside 365 Challenge can offer you a dose of extra motivation to make it happen. Connect with this episode: Join the Humans Outside Challenge Follow Humans O…
 
Almost ready for the new year? If you’re itching to kick-off a new habit -- maybe one of going outside every day -- or re-energize an old one, you need help from habit expert Sarah Hays Coomer. Sarah Hays Coomer has written a new book about keeping habits. Hear Sarah talk in this “best of” episode about the how of building a habit and the power of …
 
It’s the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean light can’t be found. In fact, the light is easier to find in times of darkness than any other time. In this Outdoor Diary Amy explores how that is literally and figuratively true for her. Connect with this episode: Join the Humans Outside Challenge Follow Humans Ou…
 
So you want to create and keep a daily nature habit. You love being outside -- or at least enough to know that it’s something you crave more of. And now you’re looking for the inspiration, push, accountability and help to get out there every day. Season 5 of Humans Outside is coming soon to help you in your journey with a focus on understanding, us…
 
If you’ve ever heard me talk about my small town here in Alaska, Palmer, you know that I don’t just like where I live, I love it. And a lot of that is because of my outdoor practice. When we moved here in 2016 I had never experienced anything even close to the weather, darkness, or other extreme wilds of Alaska. After a year here I had some friends…
 
Nothing demonstrates the way Amy loves where she lives in Alaska the way the annual holiday festival in her small town does. Spending that full day outside amidst Hallmark Christmas movie-level merry making in some very, very cold weather has Amy contemplating what her outdoor habit has to do with learning to love where she lives. Some of the good …
 
This Best Of Humans Outside episode features Tim Gravel talking about the secrets of making awesome coffee in the wild. Tim is the co-owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, an Alaska-based coffee roaster. He’s also an outdoor lover. Better yet, if you listen carefully to this one, you’ll hear some awesome gift ideas for the coffee-lover in your life. Con…
 
As if heading outside to begin with isn’t a big enough challenge, we are often faced with the decision of whether or not to face an even bigger challenge once we get out there. Listen to this installment of Amy’s outdoor diary to hear about what choosing the challenge can look like, and how Humans Outside can help you do just that. Some of the good…
 
Here at Humans Outside we practice getting outside every day for 20 minutes no matter the weather -- and that means sometimes we go outside when it’s wet, cold or otherwise not that pleasant. Sometimes we go outside when the weather is bad. But if you’ve never had an outdoor habit or spent a lot of time outside in the winter, then you might be feel…
 
How do you insert heading into nature into your holiday traditions? That’s the question Amy tackled as her family spent their second Thanksgiving in a row enjoying an off-the-grid option that took just enough extra effort to seem like a terrible idea. Hear how it turned out in this Outdoor Diary episode. Connect with this episode: Follow Humans Out…
 
Are you ready for the Humans Outside 365 Challenge? Amy has exciting news about a new challenge kit to help you along the way. Ready to head outside? Listen to this episode to hear what you need to know. Connect with this episode: Register for the Humans Outside 365 Challenge: https://humansoutside.com/challenge/ Follow Humans Outside on Facebook: …
 
The weather may have taken an unusual turn in Alaska, but that isn’t stopping Amy from getting in her 20 minutes outside every single day. But just because she makes it happen doesn’t mean it’s easy (or that she always likes it). Tune in to this week’s installment of Amy’s Outdoor Diary here on Humans Outside to find out just how cold it really is …
 
If you’re trying to establish or maintain an outdoor habit around kids, big or little, you know the struggle is real. And it’s especially difficult when the weather starts to get cooler or more challenging. How do you motivate kids into getting out into nature when they (and likely you, too) think staying inside sounds warmer and easier? And how th…
 
It can be difficult to hear what your body and soul need when life gets really hectic or the long days stack up. Building that outdoor habit and heading outside daily have helped Amy and her family listen to their own needs and know what to do about them. Hear what happened in this episode of the Humans Outside Outdoor Diary. Some of the good stuff…
 
You know how we feel about veterans using nature to heal from the wounds of war. After all, helping Luke deal with the hidden injuries from service was what sent us packing for Alaska to start with. Spending time outside, study after study demonstrates, helps brains heal from trauma. Veterans Day is a day set aside for the U.S. to honor its living …
 
As the season changes from fall to winter, Amy and her family are tapping into seasonal activities -- and remembering that they’re still very bad at them. In this episode of the Outdoor Diary, Amy ponders what happens when you hit a sport that isn’t your comfort zone, and shares advice from her sons, Huck and Dave, on how to stay motivated and fini…
 
It’s a familiar feeling for many of us over the winter months: the light fades, the darker days settle in and your mood dips. It can feel hard to get outside and hard to do really anything. Motivating yourself off the couch becomes an even bigger challenge than normal. But there’s steps you can take to counter those feelings. In this episode Dr. Mi…
 
You might find yourself traveling again for work or otherwise after many, many months of staying home. You’ve gotten into a home-focused routine, and that includes your outside time. How do you keep your nature habit going when you hit the road? That’s something Amy battled this week as she took her first work trip in a long time. In this Outdoor D…
 
It started with a year-long shopping ban and a decision to downsize. But like so many big life changes, the decision to shift who she was and how she interacted with the world had a much bigger impact than she expected. Now Cait Flanders, author of the best-selling book Year of Less, has morphed her “less” habit to one of purposeful opt-outs, choos…
 
What do you do if you just don’t feel like going outside? How do you talk yourself into it? This week Amy was dealing with a nasty cold and just wasn’t feeling that nature vibe -- especially not in the highs of 40 degrees they are rocking in Alaska right now. That had her thinking about what to do when you’re trying to motivate yourself out the doo…
 
Today, LGBTQ outdoor advocate Mikah Meyer is known for his work representing his community and advocating for inclusion in nature. But that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, when Mikah set out on his journey to become the youngest person to visit the over 400 National Park units in the U.S., inclusivity advocacy wasn’t his goal at all. MIkah’s …
 
We all tell ourselves stories about ourselves. Sometimes they’re true, sometimes they’re not. Whatever the case may be, don’t let any story stand in the way of you doing something you want. Listen to Amy unpack this concept in this installment of her outdoor diary. Some of the good stuff: [:27] The unintentional theme of Season 4 [1:17] Outside is …
 
I know what you’re thinking. “What is a ‘pee cloth?’” And, maybe, “do I want to know?” And possibly also “gross.” If you’ve ever been a woman trying to pee outside you know that the struggle is real and the solutions are sparse. Your options for good hygiene while taking care of business are limited to: a drip-shake dry method, which is ineffective…
 
Is there ever a time that keeping a habit with intentionality and focus is simply easy? Amy hit 1,500 days outside this month, and she noticed that the answer is, well, not really. But there’s a reason for that -- a solution. In this episode of the weekly Outdoor Diary, Amy talks about what it takes to keep a focused habit going. Some of the good s…
 
There’s something about getting hooked on nature that can help you move past the things that are stealing or numbing your ability to experience life. For the sober or sober-curious, heading outside can offer the fresh perspective and push needed to find freedom from reliance on substances or habits that distract from living fully. That’s the subjec…
 
When things outside are absolutely miserable and you’re in the thick of it, what do you do? Do you stick it out? Is it worth it? Why even bother? In this episode Amy talks about a recent miserable outside experience and why she’s been thinking about being uncomfortable outside, why being uncomfortable is OK and why it’s worth it. Some of the good s…
 
In this episode, I was joined by podcast manager and former 90 Day VA student Anne Claessen. She shares with us her journey from being an avid podcast listener and future lawyer to owning her own podcast agency. She now helps podcasters with everything from editing to social media. Anne shares with us the lessons she learned through her time workin…
 
When the boredom first set in as he sat in the middle of nowhere for more than 30 days during a caribou hunt on the arctic tundra, Michael Easter looked for a way to entertain himself. He read the labels on his food. He made his Christmas lists. He wrote portions of his book by hand in a small notebook. And when that was done he did, well, nothing.…
 
Been feeling in a bit of a funk recently? Grumpy about summer ending or winter approaching? Even if you love fall, it can be a way too short a bridge to cold weather. If you’re feeling the feels or have felt them, you’re not alone. In this Outdoor Diary episode Amy talks about dealing with that certain sense of loss that comes with the changing of …
 
In this episode, I'm joined by virtual assistant and former 90 Day VA student Anna Dykeman. She shares with us her journey from overworked research scientist to owning a virtual services business, all while juggling the pandemic and grad school! Anna gives us some great tips on how to start your own remote work journey, her best advice for those on…
 
Making heading into nature a regular habit takes purpose and focus. Add in small children, and you just amped-up the amount of planning you have to do before you can tackle any big adventure. Have differently abled family members who require extra care and consideration? The challenge just got even bigger -- and getting outside just became even mor…
 
What happens when you take the idea of “intentionality” and steer it completely wrong? We know that being intentional is one of the most important keys to forming and keeping any habit, including outdoor ones. But Amy has a special knack for smashing something good into her box and then taking it way too far. In this episode she explores where she …
 
In this episode, I was joined by investment manager and financial coach Aryeh Sheinbein, who shares his extensive knowledge on how to use investment accounts to set yourself up financially. He gives us a basic lowdown on all the types of accounts you can start both as an employee and as a business owner and the different benefits of each one. He al…
 
You know that intentionality is the foundation of keeping any habit, challenging or not. But maybe we’re overthinking this whole thing. What if there was a way to not only make and keep the outdoor, nature-focused habit you want to create, but also give better focus to your entire day? And what if it was only a matter of setting aside 10 minutes? T…
 
Amy is a sucker for a new challenge, but this is one worth doing. Between now and September 2022 she’s going to do 52 hikes as part of the 52 Hike Challenge. Why? Listen to this Outdoor Diary episode to find out. Some of the good stuff: [:28] A sucker for a challenge [1:00] Karla Amador [2:13] Amy’s newest challenge [3:00] Join us—from anywhere! Co…
 
In this episode, I welcomed remote work expert and author Rhiannon Payne, who gives us all her best tips on how to thrive in today’s remote world. She shares with us the knowledge she’s acquired from interviewing some of the world’s top businesswomen and from her own experience as a remote business owner. She also gives us some pointers on how to s…
 
When Amy started her daily outdoor habit in 2017 she had no idea there was a whole world of others already tackling an outdoor effort of their own, formed around a different idea known as the 52 Hike Challenge. Through that program participants pledge to complete 52 hikes over a year. The things its co-founder, Karla Amador, has learned over both h…
 
It’s been four years since Amy started her daily outdoor habit. In this episode of her weekly outdoor diary, Amy reflects on how keeping that habit has not just influenced her, but impacted the people around -- her friends, family and even you. Some of the good stuff: [:28] How it all began [1:40] The impact of four years outside [2:16] Heading out…
 
When Amy first started her outdoor challenge it wasn’t to inspire anyone but herself to make getting into nature a daily habit. It wasn’t even because she had found heading outside to be so transformative she had to do it every day. Originally, the 20 minute daily challenge was born of a question: how would her life change if she went outside for a…
 
Even in summer in Alaska it can be hard to make yourself do things outside when inside life is calling or the outside isn’t exactly what you want it to be. So how do you get yourself out there? In this episode of Humans Outside’s Outdoor Diary Amy talks through three situations she recently faced where she didn’t want to go outside, and thinks thro…
 
What’s the difference between wilderness therapy and just, well, going outside? Judith Sadora, a licensed therapist based in Oregon, practices wilderness therapy with clients outdoors and is an expert in how spending time outside can help us work through trauma. Hear why the outdoors is a great “container” and how to create your own therapeutic exp…
 
Do you love where you live? If you’ve been listening to Humans Outside you know Amy loves her small town, Palmer Alaska. But she hasn’t always lived there — or loved it. In this episode Amy reflects on how spending time outside has helped her love where she lives, and why that matters. Some of the good stuff: [:30] Do you love where you live? [1:37…
 
You’ve heard them mentioned, you’ve seen their pictures -- and now you get to hear them on the Humans Outside podcast: Amy’s “running wives,” Clare Shea and Rachel Gernat. In this podcast Season 2 premier, Amy, Clare and Rachel discuss outdoor-based friendship, what makes it special and how, exactly, you, too, can make outdoor-minded friends. What’…
 
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