Play with Cuddly Cats All Day in Hawaii

If you’ve ever gone down the rabbit hole of the Internet for pet lovers — pun intended — you would know that designations as dog persons or cat persons are usual. Or even seemingly necessary. Dog person versus cat person debates even brew up sometimes, but all in good fun. For me, though, there’s no battle between species. And I hope you agree, dogs working at museums and cats surprising old ladies are equally adorbs.

I was just at the rabbit hole cooing endlessly at cute pictures — a rabbit hole which needs more bunny people, to be honest, because they’re also super cute — when I came upon this piece of exciting news for cat people and pet-neutral people like me. You can now spend your Hawaiian vacation on something other than getting a tan and sipping pina coladas. Why not hang out with the island’s lovable felines?

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary, only a “tail’s wag” from the Lanai Airport, hosts nearly 600 former street cats on a gorgeous property that attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year. The open-air space — where the cats can run, play, nap and generally do whatever they like all day — is a feline paradise.

Visitors may come to the sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday. And the best part? Admission is free! The place, however, accepts donations to be used for maintaining paradise and helping the kitties do the activities they like.

The other best part? If spending the day with cuddly cats isn’t enough, you may choose to adopt one. Many of the felines are adult, and all of them are up for adoption through the sanctuary. But those who won’t be adopted may live their whole lives at the place.

The organization started as a project to sterilize Lanai’s street cats to control overpopulation. In 2009, the group moved the cats to its current site and established itself as a nonprofit.

If work is taking over your year, however, and you need to put off your vacay for a while, you may opt to visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary’s website in the meantime. Though I hope it inspires you to plan ahead for when you can finally slip away into holiday mode. After all, what other vacation could beat hugging cuddly cats while sipping pina coladas and getting a tan on a gorgeous island?

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Cruise Ship Rescues Puerto Rican Evacuees

Coverage on the recent hurricanes may have come to an end, but the support never ceases. Whether it’s from Pizza Hut or millionaire Marc Bell, the outpouring of donations has been plentiful. Another unlikely hero emerged just a few days ago — in the form of a cruise ship. The Royal Caribbean is bringing donations and assisting in evacuations for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is heading to St. Thomas and St Croix too and will be evacuating nearly 3,000 people including families of Royal Caribbean employees. The ship will drop off relief supplies at each of the three stops before taking the evacuees to Fort Lauderdale on October 3, before resuming normal operations next month.

As an incentive for would-have-been passengers, re-bookers will receive future cruise credit. Regular operations will resume on October 7 once the ship returns to San Juan. A ship of its size, the Royal Caribbean is proving to be an asset in disaster relief. Sometimes, the pleasure is in giving.

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These Health Tips For Workaholics Will Keep You Fit

We’ve seen the rise of health-tracking devices such as skin sensors and wearable hydration systems. While they are impressive, busybodies may not find them to be equally as useful. However, there are many ways to stay in shape when you’re constantly on the move. Try out these health tips for workaholics to keep your mind and body sharp!

When it comes to food, pack your snacks. Nothing is more of a time-saver than having meals right at your desk. You may even have room to multi-task. While meal planning seems something of a hassle, making it a habit eases the stress of having to think too hard. To make things even simpler, stick to three-ingredient meals that can be easily stored for at least a few days. Anyway, leftovers — whether you agree or not — can taste absolutely delicious!

If you’re looking to get toned or want to maintain your physical health, exercise in intervals. YouTube hosts an abundance of 15 to 20-minute workouts that can easily be achieved in your home or office. (Now, if only we could get our colleagues to refrain from having a laugh…) Quick, high-intensity exercises are sometimes more effective than prolonged routines. And let’s be honest — morning routines? Not happening.

Being constantly occupied, it’s easy to forget that our bodies actually need a substantial amount of water. When the going gets tough, don’t stress — hydrate! Don’t underestimate how energizing eight glasses of water a day can be. And on that note, don’t forget to shower. A fresh bath is more refreshing than we give it credit for.

For the extra-skittish, meditate. There are no skills required — just an ounce of patience and a dash of focus. Spending 10 minutes breathing may seem futile (and for the hyperactive, boring), but you’ll be surprised how de-stressing it is.

While it may seem impossible, shut off technology at least an hour before bedtime. I won’t lie, I tend to struggle with this in particular, but find that I fall asleep faster when I’m not watching videos of baby goats. The temptation to constantly refresh notifications may be a lingering one, but there’s nothing a little willpower can’t handle. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Though some workaholics are notorious for being scatter-brained, being organized is a valuable skill to have. Set daily, weekly, or monthly goals. Use a journal or go virtual. A calendar always helps. If you miss a goal, don’t beat yourself up — adjust! Find out what you couldn’t handle and make the appropriate changes. Being neat is also vital, as you don’t want to worry about where you may have misplaced your car keys. Set schedules, but leave room for spontaneity on weekends. You want your life to be systematic, not boring!

Most importantly, while spending your free time being productive is great, take a break. Whether you’re treating yourself to a simple long-weekend getaway or a full-on vacation, set aside time to wind down. After all, if anyone knows what it feels like to fall victim to routine, it’s definitely me.

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Weekend

 

For work-a-holics like myself, scrambling to make a weekend worthwhile is more than just a challenge. With so much on my mind, I don’t often get to experience them to their fullest potential. But with 52 weekends in a year and the occasional extra day, there are ways to make each of them rewarding.

Plan ahead. Not every weekend requires stringent planning, but having an idea of what you want to achieve is key. Are you looking to be productive? Do you fancy a road trip? Jot it down! If you’re mostly scatter-brained, having a weekend journal may be a new investment to consider. But leave enough room for spontaneity — you never know what you might run into. Don’t overcomplicate your itinerary.

If work is a major presence in your daily life, you may want to take a few days off to do something social. Making the effort to see friends is almost always gratifying, both for yourself and for them. If you set up a potluck, you’ll have the added bonus of free food.

Chances are, you’ll also need alone time. Relax but don’t forget to exerciseSpoil yourself — there’s no shame in doing so every once in a while. Try out a brand new spa treatment or take yourself out on a date to your favorite restaurant. Know that while it may be exciting to spend your time with a significant other, “me moments” are also cherished ones. And though “stay-cations” may be unwinding, keep yourself active. A simple jog will do the trick.

If you’re adventurous, now would be the time to explore the outdoors. This isn’t an every-weekend activity, so pick a date that is perfect for being outside. Being away from the city provides a great breath of fresh air. Even without the extreme sports, an unfamiliar and scenic atmosphere will undoubtedly leave you energized.

Engaging in a lot of activities may leave a bit to do at home, but don’t stress too much over chores. This is your time to feel like a king or queen. Sunday is perhaps a good time to plan your week. Think about what you have to do and the best times to complete certain tasks. It may bring about the Sunday-to-Monday blues, but try to avoid this.

There are a number of ways to make your Sunday night equally as enjoyable as the rest of the weekend. Discover something new while in the comfort of your home. Maybe you’ve bookmarked a new Netflix show that you haven’t quite gotten around to seeing yet? Or you can take the time to read a book that challenges you. It could be that weekends are the perfect time to learn a new language. Whatever the case, always make room to grow.

Most importantly, avoid routine. Your week is pretty much a regimen, so always aim to do something just a little bit different. While it’s perfectly acceptable to do things you already love and enjoy, doing the same old thing can get pretty boring. Treat your mind and body to something fresh.

Our weekends aren’t always going to be perfect. But we can make them more enjoyable and fulfilling.

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