By Dena Lythgoe, Senior Account Executive & Partner
Alaska offers majestic mountains, abundant wildlife, and outdoor adventures which bring tourists from all over the world primarily by cruise ship. In 2019, two times the population of Alaska residents came to Alaska on a cruise ship. In 2020 all cruising was put to a screeching halt due to COVID causing communities dependent on tourism to miss out on 1.8mm travelers. The cancelled cruise season wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of those dependent on the tourism season in many rural communities. Read the latest fact finding economic impact report and how the cruise industry, or lack thereof, has impacted the Pacific Northwest.
The Cyber Kill Chain: Deconstructing a Ransomware Attack
December, 2020 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM AKST
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By Casey Kirkeby, Strategy Consultant
2020 is a crazy time to be alive. We’re dealing with a pandemic, politics, economic uncertainties, and so much more. This article hit home for me because I have a kid in school and, like many others, we are doing distance learning. My son is going to be 8 years old and is in 2nd grade and when a child is younger, you need to spend more time with them to make sure they understand the lesson.
Pre-pandemic, teachers, who I deeply admire, were able to build out creative curriculums and bring energy to their classroom every day, in person. This has changed and now parents need to step up to make sure their children understand their homework, are completing lessons, and know how to send documents in PDF format to their teacher. How can we, the parents, make sure that this is effective? How will we know if our child is learning anything this year?
Don’t be alarmed folks because after reading through this article, I felt a little better about the current arrangement and how I can be more proactive for my child in this digital learning environment.
By Jennifer Outcelt, Account Specialist
I think we can all agree that this year has been comprised of many fans, and many propelled sh!ts. It sucks, and we are all struggling to wipe ourselves clean. Many of us are now struggling in a way that feels SO unfamiliar that it’s difficult to identify how we feel and what we should do about it. While attempting to wade through my own splattered muck, I was given this article to read by someone well adept at fostering self-care.
It’s a simple fact; you are now experiencing your life with more trauma than you did before. You have been distanced from the people you share a community with and have probably felt a decline in the safety you previously took for granted. This article outlines the various “Routes of Safety” to help us “understand how we get to and access safety.” It mirrors the construction of the Love Languages model, asserting that not all self-care looks the same. This tool helped guide my own path to feeling safe in my new environment. It helped my needs feel less abstract and more achievable. So stand up, wipe yourself off, and grab an umbrella; it’s time to take care of you.
By Bailey Penrose, Employer Services Account Manager
I’ve been fighting heartburn the last few days (weeks, months, etc.) Stress has been a constant, and inconsiderate, guest lately. Quite possibly most of us have had to reach liberally for the Tums, Rolaids, or stomach soother of choice this year.
As we get ready to head indoors for the winter, why not consider a few fun games to while away the hours and get that stress to tone it down for a while?
Games for Friendly Competition
Games to Play Solo
By Dena Lythgoe, Senior Account Executive & Partner
When you think of a perfect storm, many thoughts may come to mind. You may be reflecting on an emotional storm you’ve encountered, a trifecta of issues and problems all coming down at once. You also could be thinking of Mark Wahlberg as the hunky deckhand glistening from the spray of the deadly wave in the 2000 American biographical disaster drama. Most likely you’re not considering the global insurance market. But that’s the difference between hunky deckhands and the current situation of being confronted with social inflation, historically low interest rates, increased occurrences of natural disasters, and class action payouts. A perfect storm is just on the horizon for the global insurance market, although in many areas it has already landed.
Click the link below to read Social Inflation, Low Interest Rates, Rising Catastrophes: Recipe for a Hard Market from the Insurance Journal.
By Ashley Snodgrass, Executive Account Manager
In the age of online meeting exhaustion, there are loads of horror stories about embarrassing things that happened over Zoom. Not long ago, I read a blog post of a person who accidentally saw a coworker’s husband naked on Zoom. Yikes. The second-hand, or even third-hand, embarrassment is unbearable. If you are looking for more Zoom horror stories, I am certain they would be easy for you to find. But this isn’t it.
I recently was in a training that occurred over Zoom. The training group meets regularly, but I don’t have close relationships with the class instructors. While the class is in session, participants are expected to have cameras on, engage with the class and instructors, and fully focus, as if out of the office at an offsite location.
During the course of the meeting, something came up unexpectedly and I had to step away from my computer. I messaged one of the hosts saying I needed to step away for just a minute or two. I was gone for about 45 minutes. While I was gone, I was logged into the meeting, but had my video and audio off. As I was about to join the meeting again, I heard a dialogue between the two presenters as the rest of the attendees were in breakout sessions. One of the hosts remarked on my message saying that I had been gone a while, and then added, “I hope everything is alright.”
This struck me as exceptionally kind.
It would be an understatement to say that most people are currently experiencing some level of stress. Perhaps we view the world pre-COVID with rose-colored glasses, but there were still plenty of things to stress about before a global pandemic. Any existing stress seems magnified in the current state the world. And how does stress show up in the world? It looks like frustration, annoyance, rudeness, offense, discourtesy, blame, aggravation, and similar ugly emotions.
I appreciate that my absence was met with kindness, instead of frustration that I had left the group, or annoyance that I couldn’t participate as expected.
Let this serve as a reminder: If you are on a Zoom call, even if a participant steps “away” from a meeting, they may be able to hear you. The question is – what will they hear?
By Aimee Johnson, Account Executive
First, I have to admit that, yes, I have been watching Zac Efron’s new series on Netflix, “Down to Earth” and it has become a guilty pleasure! And no I am not of the generation that swooned over Zac and High School musical. I can honestly say I’ve never seen it.
One episode of “Down to Earth” explores the centenarians of Sardinia’s Blue Zone. Who doesn’t want the gift of longevity?! Needless to say I was hooked from the start.
Blue Zones describe the 5 places around the world where people consistently live over 100. From these zones, there are evidence based common denominators called the Power 9:
- Move naturally
- 80% Rule
- Plant slant.
- Wine @ 5
- Loved ones first.
- Right tribe.
By Tonya Mott, Vice President of Operations
I know you’re probably thinking it’s way too early to start thinking about booking campsites for the 2021 summer but I promise, you are wrong. Let this blog post be a warning that if you want to camp at the most beautiful campgrounds and get the prime spots you have to book at least 6 months in advance (some up to a year in advance).
Most of the places I mention in this article were booked in February 2020 for this summer.
Here’s how we spent the infamous summer of 2020.
Porcupine Campground – Hope, Alaska Click here for details and reservations
- The view of the inlet from our campsite – Hanging with Papa (campsite #12)
- Fishing – Showing these girls how to properly hold a fish
- Hiking trails – Before and after (That’s my nephew in the background, in his pack on the ground and passed out)
- Exploring unique little town of Hope – Menu at the Seaview Café & Bar
- You’re in the mountains and have beautiful views of valleys and glaciers
- Fishing – One spot has its own private lake access
- Hiking trails – My husband thought it would be a good idea to ride the wagon down the trail. That ended with him on the ground and a bent wheel.
- Exploring Valdez
Savage River Campground – Denali Park, Alaska Click here for details and reservations (this one was summer of 2019)
- The views of the mountains and the park
- Hiking trails – The river hike is beautiful and kid friendly. My sister almost lost her stroller (sans kid, thankfully) to the Savage River. Naughty buggy, was the name given to her stroller by the New Zealand tourist that was so graciously taking our family photo as it took off down the hill. My brother-in-law saved the day and caught it as it was about half way in the water.
- Denali Park and the visitor center. They had all kinds of kid’s activities. My niece, Olivia is officially a Junior Park Ranger.
2020 has been a strange year to say the least but I will say it has been one of the best summers for our family. We explored this great state of Alaska from the north, east, south, and west ends! We are looking forward to new adventures in 2021.