Bringing People Closer Despite Distance

Chinedu Junior Ihekwoaba

Contributing Writer at Opera News


Joshua W. Desha

National Director of Channel Partnerships and Business Development


Showing Us The Power of Humanity

Rachel Beck

Owner at V Lakshmi Author


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Joshua: I’ve been spending this time helping others and perfecting my craft. While preparing for the economy opening back up, the question I ask myself is always this: How can I do better, be better, live better, and give better?

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Joshua: I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that life goes on. No matter the situation, no matter the difficulties we have, the sun always rises and a new day is always just a few hours away. If you wallow in self-pity you’ll miss the goodness that is all around you.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Joshua: Reach out to someone. Don’t go through this alone. Don’t go through ANYTHING alone. We are social creatures and we need others.

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?

Cory: Finding new ways to help others from home leveraging tech on social media

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Cory: That “life must go on” (or sub-business) *BUT* that tragedy isn’t the time to “_sell_” or be opportunistic *at all*

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.

Cory: To find online support groups and communities that resonate with you because they’re out there. Join the Houseparty app. Participate in online networking events. Don’t be scared to ask for an ear or a friend online. We’re in this together.

Adam Kramer

Strategic Advisor


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Alec:
Funnily enough, fielding calls from friends asking me which emails or texts about covid-19 are not spam or phishing attacks, and whether I endorse the Govt's covidsafe app. Completing overdue handyman tasks around the house, schooling my kids in basketball, and I finally listened to the other three KISS solo albums (the hardcore fans will get that).

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Alec:
Face-to-face is my favourite environment, but video-conferencing is not so bad. Making time to message friends you haven't spoken to in a while, is well worth it. Also, when your kids become your office-mates, you need to model your best behaviour as much as possible.

Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Alec:
Feel free to contact people on social media, or call someone you haven't spoken to for some time. In fact, people can message me on LinkedIn if they'd like to ask someone for an explanation of any of the CyberSecurity protections that they've been curious about, especially Multi-Factor Authentication (sorry, NERD alert).

Using Isolation time wisely

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Shadé:
We were days from moving overseas before lockdown, so like many our life and businesses have been disrupted. Now, we’re pivoting online and even started a project to help those who are struggling.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Shadé:
My biggest realisation is that while we’ve all felt quite ‘alone’ in isolation, we’ve actually never been more ‘together’ as a global community. There’s this growing consciousness that, “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” Everyone has been impacted, and we need to shift our paradigm away from nationalism towards embracing our inherent oneness and socioeconomic interdependence. In a way, it’s erased barriers and brought the world together.

Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Shadé:
Consciously choose to be happy, no matter what life throws your way, and be detached from things outside your control. This is because, “In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.”

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Tim: Networking online and writing a lot about what it means to be human during these times and how recessions create opportunities. Reading has also been a huge focus and the book "How To Stop Worrying And Start Living" has been helpful.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Tim:
- Anybody can be affected by a recession
- People are kinder than you think
- Camaraderie thrives during a pandemic

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Tim: Try and connect with 2-3 people per day to keep your mind occupied and stay connected to what is happening in society. Find out where you can help too. If someone needs a favor, do it for them. If your neighbor needs someone to get their groceries, then do it for them. It's the small things during these times that add up to the big things which solve this crisis.
Things will get better again and this time in history is temporary.
One day you'll be able to tell your grandchildren about how you survived Covid just the way our grandparents tell us about surviving and thriving after The Great Depression. Every country is affected and therefore, we're all one and in this together. Elon Musk summed it up the best: Love is the answer.

As many of us know isolation and COVID-19 were and are still testing times for many. At the same time, it's during this phase in history that many people have had the opportunity to develop their resilience and mental toughness.


This is the time that will go down in history as when the world stopped. This pandemic did not discriminate. It did not care about colour, status, or geography, and perhaps this is what united people from all walks of life . 

These are the people who I know through business and life that I respect tremendously who I asked to be on my ICOVID MAGAZINE cover. 

These 30 individuals are driven, compassionate, smart, and don’t have a victim mentality no matter what life throws at them. 
 

So, I wanted to document their Covid19 journey. I asked them 3 simple questions.


1. How have you been spending your time during isolation?
2. Lesson/s learned?
3. Advice they give to those struggling.


Check out their responses below.

Freedom Is An Inside Job

Gina Dabboussi

High School Coordinator


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Laura: When the pandemic hit, I immediately put a call in to my business partners in NYC, that a profound message needs to be delivered to people during a time when the entire world is suffering. So I have been tremendously working long hours and at times, sleeplessness nights to ensure these profound stories and messages are being shared across the globe, to deliver a special message about the meaning to life.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Laura: We all need each other, to help one another grow and support through life, career and business. That regardless of what we go through, we still can find meaning through our suffering, through the people we love and also the work we love. Our days are numbered, and when you still are alive, always do your best. You have nothing to lose.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Laura: Strongly recommend to reach out to people, have a conversation. Surround yourself with positive people. Focus on what’s most important to you, e.g. family, friends, and work. Stay healthy, with necessary disciplines relating to mind, body and spirit. Use this time for self-reflection and self-investment in yourself including reading and personal development.

COVID – Challenge, Oppurtunity, Visualize, Innovate, Discover

Luigi Prestinenzi

Sales Enablement | Sales Consulting | Sales Training


Mariam Riza

President at International Human Capital Engagement


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Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Gina: I have been using the time to upskill and learn constantly. In addition to the daily routine of looking after myself, my family and working, I have been taking in the little things that I miss when I am always in a hurry and rushing around to be places on time. I have kept myself so busy that the time has been passing way too quickly.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Gina: It's amazing the things we learn about ourselves when we have more time to think. I have really started to think about my commitments to continue with my own drive to learn more and keep committed to such activities even when we come out of isolation.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Gina: Be grateful for the little things in life and use more time to just talk to each other. And exercise! As much as you may feel like just sitting around, as soon as you start to move, the energy will start to flow and you will instantly feel better.

​​Pjero Mardesic 

CEO & Founder of Adictd2grow


Cirsis – Innovation, Transformation, an Awakening!

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Michael:
I've been focusing my time on making a positive impact on my family, my staff and my community. I know that if i spend my time planting seeds of hope, inspiration and strategies, it will help my community during this tough time.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Michael:
Biggest lesson for me has been to find new ways to continue to live my passion, despite the obvious challenges. My company is the business of making a positive impact in peoples lives, traditionally in the live event/seminar space. But my mission isn't about seminars, so now we must continue digitally - the Mission must go on!

Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Michael:
I would suggest you take advantage of this crisis by sitting down and working on a 10yr plan for who you want to become and the difference you want to make - remember to make sure it is IMPACT orientated not income orientated.

Trying to Stay Sane During Isolation

Crisis Reveals What Life Means

Norin Mosley

Director of Educate to Elevate


Jenny Boymal

Chief Executive Officer at Symphony7


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Chip: Quality family time, interviewing, learning things I have wanted to learn, strengthening quality relationships.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Chip: Be in the moment and enjoy down time.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Chip: Re evaluate what your WHY is . Take action to do get better on things you have wanted to be better at.

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Harry:
Spending quality time with Family and Friends. Making connections with amazing people whom I value and appreciate dearly. Spreading Love, Inspiration and Motivation across the world.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Harry:
The Blessings are always in the Lessons! Expect to fail. Expect to fall...Its all part of YOUR journey. For its not the falling down...It's about YOU rising up!
Drop Pride and Ego! Allow yourself to be vulnerable - It is after all the truest form of oneself! Then, you can move forward with a bulletproof value system that never steers you wrong!


Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Harry:
Fix bad Environments! Promote healthy Living! Shape your Future!

Michael Lane

Manager Director at Success Resources


Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Chinedu: I have been spending my isolation time doing my work as ale, i.e. writing, and also spending time with family.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Chinedu: Gratitude has been the biggest lesson so far. Things like freedom and health we took for granted and never appreciated it. I've learned to be grateful for them.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Chinedu: Find peace, joy, love and contentment from within. That's the best thing anyone can have in life.

Georgina Playsted

Self-Published Author at Animal Wisdom - Freelance


Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Michael: Besides working, I have been working more to make the time here better for my kids. As well, I have been catching up on books and reading more.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Michael: Time with family is so important. Value, protect, and enjoy every second.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Michael: Reach out and call people often. I have done more calls than before, just listening and sharing. We need people, so reach out and connect.


Tima Elhajj

CEO & Founder at Time Media & Consulting


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
AJ: Life went from busy to frantic once lockdown happened. Client projects were fast-tracked. Digital transformation and innovation projects went from 8-month timelines to immediate delivery. Isolation for me has driven innovation. Finding smart, innovative ways to deliver, in shorter timeframes - in essence, isolation time has been the busiest period of the year so far! But some of the solutions we have delivered are some of the proudest I have been part of. I’m looking forward to it being over just to have a short break. I still managed to fit in time for great Netflix shows like “The Last Dance” and keeping my LinkedIn profile and followers both entertained and informed with my posts. Follow me if you haven’t already Anthony J James.


Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
AJ: As my headline says “actions always reflect who you are”, many people are struggling, I continue to experience this daily, with a number of people reaching out via LinkedIn who are desperate for work. Unfortunately, I learnt you can’t help all of them. I’ve tried to open up my network for people, helping them to connect to others and plan for post isolation times. and make connections for people, helping them to connect to others and plan for post isolation times. On a personal level it’s been very interesting the number of people reaching out and saying thanks for my posts on LinkedIn, it’s nice to get that feedback…something that never really happened much before the lockdown. In many instances it has brought out the best in people as well. I also had every intention to continue my daily gym workouts at home, but I had the self-realisation in isolation that I need my gym!

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
AJ: Be an example…show kindness. Forgive people who don’t deserve it. Love unconditionally. Your actions always reflect who you are.

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Catherine: I’ve been spending as much time as possible enjoying my working from home life every Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day of my life. I always make sure that I give more extra time taking care of my 1year old twins, though I have a nanny at home and even I'm working from home in the morning and night

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Catherine: The biggest lesson for me is that patience and contentment in life will makes you survive in this times of crisis. If contentment lives in people's hearts, you will always have enough, this will build a healthy mind and soul. And always be grateful for what you have because you never know what could happen next, next morning or the next life.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Catherine: Working remotely has many benefits, but it takes dedication and smart strategies to pull it off successfully. Everyone who works remotely has to figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work life and personal life.

 Time To Learn And Grow

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?

Noirin: Closing one business starting another. it’s been the worst of times, it’s been the best of times.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Noirin: While you can’t always predict everything in business (clearly a pandemic is one thing that wasn’t on my contingency list!) You better be able to accept and deal with whatever comes your way. What other choice do you have? Furthermore, you need to pivot and get on with things too. that’s life! No one has been unaffected in this crisis, so keep moving forward and walk towards the light. Help others if you can along the way too. We are all in this together.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Noirin: My advice would be to do what you can every day but do not overwhelm yourself. stay grounded and grateful for what you still have. Know your priorities and take care of yourself and your loved ones. I closed my business but I survived and moved forward. Learn new things - try something new - take a risk if you can? Why not? Be kind to yourself - you’ll achieve more if you do.

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Luigi:
I spent a lot of time travelling prior to government restrictions coming into place. I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed the travel for work. Bouncing around from place to place and seeing so many new faces. Since isolation has started I have found myself working longer hours and using work as a distraction. What’s been awesome is the gaps of time and doing stuff with my teenage children.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Luigi:
The biggest lesson for me is I didn’t realise how important routine actually was and how not having a strict routine could impact my mindset. I have also realised how much I value engaging with people in real time not just via zoom. Working alongside others and being outside of a home office environment.


Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Luigi:
Focus on the positive. Limit the exposure to negative press and find a routine that works for you. Embrace the challenges and shift the way you look at things. I have found myself on some occasions looking at things with a fixed mindset. Be kind to yourself and remove the pressure and say it’s okay to change gears and slow down. Embrace what is happening and use it as a learning.

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Mariam: Working longer hours from home, keeping refreshed on business and economic news, and my most favourite is self reflection and strategising for the opportunities ahead.


Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?

Mariam: The socio-economic, business and political systems and structures may not be as equipped to handle significant disruption and much change and recreation is needed to steer people to safety and survival. Also, I love supporting the good leaders stepping up from the shadows.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.

Mariam: This is part of a 80 year cycle. Watch and wait, survive and then thrive. Learn to pivot and disrupt yourself. But more importantly, go easy on yourself. Rest and reflection to open your inner self to opportunities

Your Actions Always Reflect Who You Are

Catherine Mae Hernandez

Learning Account Manager – The Selling Academy


Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Pjero: I've been spending 85% of isolation time at home in The Dungeon, (the business studio) completing online programs, motivational talks to teams, individual one-on-one programs, and lots of Social media posts. I've also hired a VA during this time, so the business is actually growing.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Pjero: The biggest lesson for me is that my certainty in my Growth Matrix System creates confidence to businesses that are struggling with staff productivity.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Pjero: The biggest advice and tips that. We all could benefit from - Is to control the way we think and what we’re all saying, posting, reading and sharing. This is an opportunity, as all businesses right now can still prosper from this. #1 know what their outcome is. If that means to put off staff or to stay in business or to create new business, they need to look at an outcome #2 Do the research on how they can achieve their outcome. #3 Get a role model who's successfully staying opportunistic and open minded to change. #4 Be aware and continuously modify.

Human Connection is Critical

30 ICOVID19 TOP VOICES

Perspective, Embrace The Negative To Find The Positive

Cory Warfield – Shedwool

Chief Visionary Officer


Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

Tamar Salas

Author | LifeCoach | Spiritual Advisor | Kung Fu Coach


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Kiki: Life has continued, still working from home, still have amazing clients, still doing the normal cleaning cooking etc. only extra part is doing all this as well as having my 5 and 3 year old full time again and now becoming a teacher and homeschooling

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Kiki: Patience! Life is sheer chaos right now! Obviously kids are bored shitless at home, all the usual freedoms of going to parks, going for Ice cream, playing with friends was all taken away overnight! So that means, they’re feeling it worse than us! They act up more, destroy more and just drive their parents insane, especially as they don’t get as much attention as some parents need to work also . Well that’s my story here anyway.


Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Kiki: There is always someone out there doing it harder than you. Be thankful you’re not sick! I know it’s hard but try and stay as calm as possible during this time. From a business point, now is a great time to work on your socials! Make content, build up your profile and work on that epic personal brand of yours!

Alec Fry

IDaas Implementation Consultant


Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Rachel: I have been spending the time trying to be a light of positivity for others. I don’t want them to feel alone.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Rachel: Hold onto the moments and be grateful everyday!

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Rachel: We are here as a community. We are staying with you and aren’t leaving everyone. Sometimes we just need to know a friend is there, a smile to lift someone up and a virtual hug that needs to be sent across the world to those who need it.

Dorry Kordahi

NBL Advisor Board Member at National Basketball


Rana Kordahi Director and Founder of The Selling Academy 25th August 2020

Tim Denning

Contributing Writer


Anthony J James

Group CEO Innovation & Growth at Trinity Consulting


To Mask or Not To Mask

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Wassim:
Spending my days planning and executing new programs for my clients. Learning new innovative and novel digital marketing techniques, tips, tricks and hacks that I can utilise to serve my clients at an even higher level.
I have also been enjoying and capitalising on spending more quality time and bonding with my family. We have become Uno addicts as this has been the go-to game to pass time.
We have also spent a lot time watching educational series, documentaries and the like.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Wassim:
Reminder was to keep guarding my mind amidst all the negativity, by shielding the information I consume to only factual information and important updates.

Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Wassim:
Shield your self from negativity by consuming wholesome, empowering and uplifting information. There is a lot of great things that have come out of this situation, we just need to focus on the positive.
Enjoy the time you have now to get on top of things you have been putting off, this will make you feel productive and positive.

Harry Konstantinidis

Partner at Imperial Services


Isolating From Negativity, Embracing Growth

Karen Tisdell

LinkedIn Profile Writer


Ahmad Imam

Ambassador at Success Resources Australia


Bringing People Closer Despite Distance

Discovering The Real Purpose of Life

Steve Wohlenhaus

CEO, Author, Podcast Host, Motivational Speaker


Kiki Makrogiannis

Host at The Tradie Chick


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Adam: - Spending time with my boys more intentionally and soaking up these precious moments. Advising startups, helping my network with my expertise and connections. - Self-growth, courses, meditating, exercising and learning new fun skills being creative.


Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Adam: Appreciation, gratitude will shift how you perceive the world. This massive challenge has opened my eyes to see the opportunities that we can gain from this time.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Adam: - Show love to your family. - Challenge yourself and comfort zone that, is where real growth happens! - Opportunity comes through change, they are everywhere, be open to them. - Visualize your future, write it down, then work backward and take the daily steps today to get there. - Innovate, be creative, do what you loved as a child. - Discover new things about yourself, learn new skills. - Connect with friends and colleagues. Only good will happen from this - Serve others, free, relationships you cultivate now will be the strongest. - Have a routine, stick to it! - Exercise!

​​Michael David Chapman 
Co-Owner of Virtual Assistant Agency


Create the Path You Choose To Walk On

Learning Gratitude in Isolation

Shade Zahrai

Director / Chief Positive Influencer at Influenceo Global Inc

Conquering Minds During Isolation

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Georgina: I’ve spent the majority of my time in iso’ predominantly being a #DomesticGoddess
Having just recently moved into a new rental at the end of January #26move I’ve spent hours bringing the back & front lawns back to life as they were pretty much dead when I moved in. I’ve planted veggie gardens, potted flowers, baked cakes & soup, painted artwork, done jigsaws, walked & caffeinated , written poetry, watched 5 Netflix series and spent hours creating LinkedIn content.


Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Georgina: The biggest lesson for me has been how much I truly love my own company.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Georgina: My advice for anyone struggling with isolation is my Mother’s sage advice when I was a bit lost....’This too shall pass’

Focus on Impact Over Income

Educating and Elevating in Isolation

Wassim Dabboussi

Founder at wassimdabboussi.com


Laura E Ribeiro

Professional Speaker


Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Tima: I have been home with my family. Most of my time has been spent with my daughter who is the CEO of my life. Naturally we have grown closer as we spend quality time together. I am Home-schooling her whilst working on my business.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Tima: Taking the simplest of things in my life for granted. I have gained more self-awareness. This has been both challenging and a blessing there have been moments of clarity that will help expand my mind and therefore my life. I have also learned so much about my daughter watching her interact with her teachers and classmates on-line.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Tima: No-one truly knows what they are doing. No-one has this “figured out”. I say this so that the curated version of reality does not cloud one’s judgement of how they are ‘dealing’ or ‘not dealing’ with COVID-19. What we are all enduring is temporary. We need to ask ourselves “what are the lessons and what are the opportunities?” The important thing to remember is to never lose hope. Tomorrow is a new day. A new beginning. Keep moving forward.

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Ahmad: Innovating, self improving and growing stronger relationships with my family.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Ahmad: The biggest lesson has been that every business needs to have a lucrative digital and online offering with minimal overheads.
In a short period of time, Zoom meetings have now become the norm and in most cases the preference. Meaning that most can now expand there offering globally.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Ahmad: If you’re struggling and in a position where you must start over, whether it be business or life. These are my 5 steps to start over:
1. Write down a list of 10 things you’re grateful for at present.
2. Clear out any negative people, thoughts or environments that hold you back.
3. Create a vision board of what you want to bring into your life and be specific.
4. Invest in a book, course or coach that supports your vision.
5. Find an accountability partner who wants to see you succeed.

Be Your Own Leader

Look For The Opportunity To Grow

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Steve: I am no stranger to periods of isolation. I do it on purpose. I stay committed to rigorous exercise and mental focus. We are creating remarkable technology at Weatherology that will continue to revolutionize how real time weather is disseminated.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Steve: I hope we learn to work together and strengthen our commitment to keeping our planet and the people on it healthy.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Steve: Focus on everything you can control and stay grounded in gratitude and humility.

Feeling Optimistic and Enenergized

Chip Baker TheSuccessChronicles

Motivation/Inspiration at Chip Baker - The Success Chronicles


Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Jenny: Have been building a Business Community called Symphony 7 focused on Mid Tier Businesses and Business who target them. The community is based on CONNECTING members to decision markers, as well as a shared value set of making an IMPACT on HUMANITY! I have spent the last few months running industry based Boardroom Sessions, connecting people and building our internal systems.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Jenny: If we take away face to face events, many businesses have few strategies to attract customers. Finding a way to build relationships with people who target the same market as you and already have relationships with the decision makers is critical. You have to keep the pipeline growing!
Those who have a positive "Can do" mindset are at a massive advantage during this time. Many people panicked and simply stopped. Those who we able to be flexible and created some extraordinary services and solutions for their customers.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Jenny: Surround yourself with positive people! Focus on your mindset! Work out what you are passionate about and ignite the flame inside you to make amazing things happen!

Interview:


Rana: How did you spend your isolation time?
Tamar: Reflecting a lot on my pace on Earth, finding this time to do lots of relaxing and grounding, cooking and learning new skills to welcome in the new.

Rana: Biggest lesson/s for you?
Tamar: Life is so so fragile, love without condition.

Rana: What advice or tips would you give to someone who is struggling.
Tamar: Talk to someone. Define the struggle, break it down into specifics and then find some answers. Sometimes the answer may just be doing this one thing or take a walk or sleep on it at first but don’t dwell on it, as humans we are suckers for dwelling too much on things they turn into a snowball.


Growth Through Isolation

 It’s Time To Be Legendary

Interview:


Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Karen:
I’ve been very lucky to be busy with work - a challenge I’m deeply grateful for. It’s been worrying seeing how many are suffering during this time.

Rana:
What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Karen:
It’s a small lesson, but big for me, is learning I can be both calm & busy. I have long-equated being busy with rushing constantly. Working from home has massive stress-lowering benefits, & I’m thinking too how great it must be for our planet to have less cars on roads.

I hope employers take heed & flexible work arrangements stay...

Rana:
Advice to those struggling during this time.
Karen:
Even when I’ve felt all zoomed-out I’ve made an effort to connect & check in with friends. Loneliness can be a slippery slope. We may think we are just bunkering down, but once we start withdrawing it is easy to go too far & not know how to rekindle relationships. As hard as it is, I’d urge people to force themselves to reach out. You are valued.

Don’t suffer in silence.

Leading Businesses in COVID-19

An Opportunity To Reflect And Reset

Growing In Isolation

Interview:

Rana: How have you been spending your isolation time?
Dorry: In many ways, it has been a good opportunity for me. Though I still have a company to run, I have used the time as positively as I have been able. Time alone has given time to reflect, recharge and reset. Without the usual things of day to day life crowding in, I have had time to re-strategize and project about the next decade. Life is very much what we make it.

Rana: What has been the biggest lesson for you?
Dorry: Not so much of a lesson but a reaffirmation of a long held belief that things always change. The real ‘lesson’ we all need to learn is to be ready for the unknown.

Rana: Advice to those struggling during this time.
Dorry: Struggling is such a broad adjective and so many people are suffering in all manner of ways. Mentally, physically, financially, socially, emotionally and of course a lot of people will be suffering from a combination of these things.

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