If anyone were to ask me what is the best website for learning and growing our mind, body, and yes, even our soul, I would recommend Brian Johnson’s Optimize. He discusses everything to live the best version of yourself, from health and fitness to meditation to being your most creative self. I have learned a lot from his Philosopher’s Notes and his Master Classes. Most of what he teaches is in complete flow with ZooFit. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 30- Creativity 101
Working on my books has been a great experience. I set my own hours, which is great in theory, but in practice I need improvement. I’ve gotten lazier and lazier about waking up, getting started, and staying motivated. My writing has gotten a little better, and I’ve really developed ZooFit, but I am feeling a little bored with depression creeping up in the background. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 29-The Summer Job
Okay, I’m not gonna lie, I’m cheating with my post today. Not that I didn’t do anything ZooFit related, because I did- worked on homemade BOSU design and cooked a great Whole30 meal with zucchini (preparing for zucchini season with tried and tested recipes). But that’s not what I really want to write about. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 28- Laughter, the Best Medicine
Today I presented a class on Creativity for my writing group. While listening to the section on dealing with “trolls”, I was reminded of a powerful lesson I learned as a zookeeper in dealing with setbacks. To be truly successful and to maintain a positive mindset, you must deal with setbacks and mistakes with only a positive approach. In animal training, we typically use the Least Reinforcing Scenario. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 27- Least Reinforcing Scenario
I always feel I need help in the self-confidence department. But then I remember my work with animals, and honestly, I’m not alone. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 26- Building on Momentum
How did ZooFit become ZooFit? Why do I call it ZooFit? It’s story time, folks. Who doesn’t love a good origin story? Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 25- The Creation of ZooFit
Over the weekend, while in Las Vegas, I did something to my neck. Slept on it wrong, didn’t gamble enough, whiplash from spending so much on booze and books at the auction. Who knows?
What I do know are two things. One, it hurts to jostle my neck around. Two, I still can do a workout. Continue reading 30 Days oF ZooFit: Day 24- Modify, Scale, Do What You Can
I tote a lot of advice and promotion to physical health and well-being, but rarely touch on the topic of mental health. Perhaps because I think of myself as a little mentally unstable, I don’t think I’m qualified to share on the subject. But fear not, while I remain mostly crazy, I do have thoughts on getting mentally fit as well as physically. And yes, it revolves around having fun and saving the earth. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 23- ZooFit’s Guide to Mental Health
There are few exciting holidays for zookeepers. Christmas and Thanksgiving are often spent with our fur/feather/scaled families because, guess what? Animals have to eat. Daily. It’s weird, I know. But such is life of a zookeeper.
Know what holidays zookeepers DO get excited over? April 22. Earth Day. It’s not exactly celebrated by everyone, but it is an important day for zookeepers. Earth Day is the one day out of the year everyone gets to be a zookeeper and care for the planet. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 22- Everyday is Earth Day
I’ve often wondered how it would feel for someone to love me so much, they peed whenever they saw me.
This was how Bamboo, a fifty-year old Asian elephant, greeted her best friend, retired zookeeper Chuck, whenever he visited. She would squeal with excitement, and when she couldn’t contain herself anymore, Bamboo would relieve herself. It was a sight to see. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 20- Watoto’s Rumble