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A couple stuck living and working in a 23-foot trailer together during lockdown reveal what it’s like

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Heather DeSantis and Austin Holmes in their 23-foot Airstream trailer

People around the world are struggling to adapt to the new normal: working from home if they can, often in the constant presence of their partners or roommates, stuck inside under lockdown.

Now imagine all that, but in a 23-foot Airstream trailer.

Such is the reality of Heather DeSantis, 31, former Miss Ohio International, and her fiancé, Austin Holmes, 32, who decided to leave life as they knew it and hit the road in a secondhand Airstream back in September.

The goal was to travel to 48 states to find a 100-acre farm somewhere in order to settle down before their December wedding.

Now, with travel bans in place, state and national parks closed, and RV parks and campgrounds deemed nonessential businesses in some states, van lifers — as people choosing to live and travel in vans, RVs, and trailers are known — are struggling to find a safe spot to shelter in place.

“With all of the state parks being closed and a current travel ban it’s been a very interesting journey,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis and Holmes are currently staying in an RV park in Asheville, North Carolina, having had to book their spot for a full month in order to be allowed to stay there.

The two of them say they spent a year and a half watching every TV show and YouTube video possible on tiny homes and van life, “weighing the pros and cons to the lifestyle” they were thinking about committing to before making the jump.

Before that, DeSantis was building a virtual PR agency out of her tiny, $1,500-a month apartment in San Diego at the time, and Holmes was just getting out of a seven-year stint in the Navy, where he was an explosive ordnance disposal technician.

“We had flexibility and freedom since I was my own boss,” she said. “We knew that [Holmes] getting a traditional nine to five job wasn’t going to cut it, especially when we want to be able to work really hard but have freedom. Freedom to go on a hike on a Friday, or when we have kids in the future being able to be present for them.”

She said that most people tend to live where their parents are, or where their job keeps them, but that they didn’t want to do that

DeSantis is from Ohio and Holmes is from Florida, but they wanted to choose a new place to settle based on their first-hand experience of it.

“What are the taxes, what are the people like, what’s the culture like, is it a growing community?” she asked, adding that they have a spreadsheet filled with research on places. “Really, our intention going on the road full-time in an Airstream was to find our 100-acre plot because we really want to get back to the basics of literally being able to feed ourselves and build our own homestead.”

Treya, as they affectionately call their Airstream, has a full-size bed, a bathroom with a sink and shower, a kitchenette with a mini fridge, stovetop, and microwave, and a dinette table

They bought the 23-foot Airstream secondhand in Ohio and made one single change to it: the addition of a standing desk.

DeSantis and Holmes were traveling the country, in a new place almost every three days, before hunkering down in Asheville in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis said the shower house is closed, and there are only around three other people there. It is also costing them almost $1,000 for the month, she said, which sort of defeats the purpose of downsizing. “It’s extremely stressful,” she said.

They’ve tried to make the trailer homier now that they spend so much time inside it: They splurged on a coffee maker, added some string lights, and even got a diffuser.

Since they only have a mini fridge, they go grocery shopping twice a week, but try to be savvy about their purchases to minimize errands. They buy staples such as milk and eggs, save room by buying wraps instead of loaves of bread, and stock up on long-lasting vegetables that don’t need to be refrigerated, such as sweet potatoes.

“Honestly, the biggest stress is reliable internet. That’s number one. Number two is we’re in a 23-foot confined space, living, working, doing everything,” she said.

Not being able to go to the gym, or have space for at-home workouts, is also getting to them. They also used to work in coffee shops and co-working spaces for a change of scenery, but can no longer do that, either.

“Those are the basic things that we want for happiness,” DeSantis said. “If we could have access to a gym once a week, work from a coffee shop, life would be great. But now we’re just super confined to our Airstream with unreliable internet, with not having clarity of what our next steps are because we don’t know when this is going to end.”

DeSantis and Holmes are also in business together

DeSantis founded a virtual PR agency, Publicity for Good, which works primarily with food and beverage companies as well as health and wellness influencers.

They run this agency together, alongside a software company that allows brands to pitch themselves directly to the media. They are also planning on launching a media company for positive news, and own real-estate units that they rent out to diversify their income.

DeSantis has been running a remote team for 4 years. She currently manages 11 people that live all over the US, and even the Philippines.

DeSantis, who said she has been promoting working from home for years, says transparency is very important and that her team has a daily huddle, as well as Monday meetings in which they share their agendas for the week.

“People that work from home get more done,” she said. “That’s going to catch on tremendously with everything going on. So we’re kind of excited to see that shift.”

She and Holmes also have a habit of “daily alignments,” where they review their intentions for the day every morning. “Living and working full time with your partner, I think alignment is key,” she said.

These “coffee thoughts” as they call them are both business and personal.

Heather DeSantis is a top millennial publicist and the CEO and Founder of Publicity for Good (PFG), a purpose-driven public relations firm. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominee and former Miss Ohio International, Heather attended The Fund for American Studies Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Services at Georgetown University in 2010, and began her public relations career in 2012, working with clients including Panera Bread and two former NFL players. She then established Publicity for Good in 2016 and now leads a team of 15 remotely from an Airstream while traveling around the United States. Heather’s disruptive approach uses public relations not to push products, but to put the spotlight on a brand’s higher purpose and socially impactful activities. This principle has guided PFG in generating millions of earned media impressions for its clients, from over 3,000 media outlets and counting. Heather also founded Good Side News in early 2020, an online publication that aims to bring light to the positive side of life and current events amidst a global crisis. Heather has appeared as a speaker at SXSW, Docusign Momentum, and other industry conferences. She is also a contributor for Thrive Global, Kivo Daily, and Disrupt Magazine. Her entrepreneurial journey and nomadic way of life have been featured on major news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Entrepreneur, iHeart Media, Business Insider, MSN, and Inside Edition.

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Interview With Instagram Influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky (@kuznecovsky)

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Today I had the opportunity to interview one of my all-time heroes, social media influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky. Yuri (@kuznecovsky) is one of the most prominent representatives of the generation of bloggers. Yuri has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram and his videos are gaining millions of views and likes every day, and his whole country is watching his family drama. Yuri told Cetre ’about his personal life, failed career as a lawyer and new hair.

What do you call yourself – a writer or a blogger?

Yuri: Still, a blogger, because I not only shoot Vines, I also write on YouTube and Telegram.

How did it all begin?

Yuri: It all started with Instagram in 2015. I shot on the front-end than the just appeared format – funny short videos. At first, I shot something of this kind of weird, and then I found out that there is a whole format abroad, which is called Vines. And the winners remove the vidos, collect a bunch of views, likes. I thought, why don’t I try too, because I have a good sense of humor.

What did you do before Instagram? How was your life?

Yuri: It was very consistent, even. I graduated as a lawyer and worked in my specialty. But it did not inspire me, it was completely uninteresting. I was one of many other millions of people who live in order to work because they have to earn money. Then the opportunity turned up to somehow realize myself and, in fact, I used this opportunity.

You can follow Yuri on IG at @kuznecovsky

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Drip Creationz – Their Origin and Background

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This fashion company has strived to achieve all its goals of becoming a trendsetter in the industry.Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories have been an obsession of its owners since childhood, and that led them to pursue their passion for creating something new. Something unique that nobody has created for a while in this competitive industry that led them to create shoes and designs that are highly creative. This passion started with an addition of embroidered roses to shoes that are already quite popular, and the sale volumes of the same have been on a constant rise.

What was the thought behind starting Drip Creationz? How did it happen?

I believe that it was something we always wanted to do. We always wanted to start a shoe company that. works around the industry of fashion and let us be a bigger part of it. We are fashion designers and creators, so it was just a natural way for us to participate in the system basically. We want to help design things that people will like and love.

How is your brand different from other apparel brands?

We believe in a co-participating system between our team and our followers on social media. Manyfashion brands have tons of fans today, but not many listen to their feedback. For us, it is really important to co-design with our followers as well. They are the ones that make it happen. If they are satisfied, then we know we did a great job.

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How to personalise an air hockey table cover?

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There is no specific place to play air hockey. You can set up a seven-foot table anywhere and enjoy the game. No matter where you keep it, the table is going to be the main attraction of that area. Whether you have a spacious room or a sprawling garden, you can move it there. However, if you are planning to keep it outside, then waterproof tables can be the best bet. Due to ease of portability, you can take it from room to basement to patio, just anywhere you wish. Some tables feature air holes to stop water pooling.

Nevertheless, even an outdoor air hockey table would need maintenance and protection. What you can do in this context is that buy an excellent quality cover. It would protect the table from dust, grime, etc. Buying air hockey table covers is not a headache. Some companies produce covers for all brands to help you get a custom-fit for your table. Prices may also seem fair if you go to a trusted and experienced store. However, the challenge is to make it an attractive addition in the overall scheme of things in your house.

There are two ways of achieving this goal. Let’s explore each of them one by one for a quick understanding.

Choose from different colour options

Black, beige, brown, blue, white, and grey are some of the widely prevalent hues. These palettes can match any theme or interior/exterior design effortlessly. So, when placing an order, pay attention to the type of colour you want to see in the cover. If you enjoy the uniform appearance, you can select the same colour that your interiors or exteriors feature. Or, you can pick something in a contrasting tone to create a bold look. A seven-foot table is already a massive thing, and then if you select the right colour for its cover, anyone will notice it for sure.

Select logo or text for personalization

Apart from your favourite colour, you can give the air hockey table your special individual touch by incorporating a logo or text. The logo design can represent anything that you love. It can be an animal, a team player, a flower, a car, a bike, or just about anything. The text can be funny, inspirational, playful, witty, or smart, representing your actual personality. However, when incorporating any of these elements, keep the overall theme and atmosphere of your home in mind. It should blend well with the backdrop while standing out.

Polyester covers for air hockey tables are ubiquitous. These are affordable and functional also. Plus, this material can elevate the look of anything as soon as it is added. So, look for an online store that makes polyester covers. Some can offer unparalleled water and UV resistance, while some can also tolerate any weather conditions. It is up to you to decide what you want and why. If you are planning to keep your air hockey table outside, then choosing a high-quality material is preferable. It may come for an extra price, but it will be worthwhile.

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