Monday, 13th April, 2020

Ignite Chair, Pete Easwtood, was only in the role a few days before COVID-19 hit with a crash and a bang, but he's been rocking it behind the scenes juggling Ignite support work with his day job as an advisor for Loan Market Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago, while juggling home life like most of us. Hear more about Pete's lockdown story below.

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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ? (๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ) ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ? My wife, 2 sons and dog ๐Ÿถ . We both usually work a lot from home anyway, and one of our sons is home schooled, so itโ€™s just the one rogue 9-year-old who is keeping us entertained (perhaps distracted). So far, so good.๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป? Spending quality time ๐Ÿ•› with the kids and making sure it does not involve technology. ๐Ÿ“ฑ โŒ
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด? Spending quality time with the kids and making sure it does not involve technology - no mistake with the same answer there! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ "๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ"?
Sunrise๐ŸŒ„ dog๐Ÿถ runs (Iโ€™m usually rushing out the door, so Iโ€™m really enjoying these), more exercise with my crazy exercise wife
A plethora of never ending games ๐ŸŽฒ ๐ŸŽฏ with the kids. Iโ€™m working all hours, but taking active breaks with the family, as I try to avoid the overwhelm.
I thought I might read a book ๐Ÿ“š โ€ฆ not very successful just yet.
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜†?
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๐Ÿ•ฅ ๐Ÿ•ฅ Routine is great, especially with kids. For me, this involves getting out for some time out alone to clear the mind, quality time together having fun (no work) and keeping on top of the domestic jobs (my wife may laugh at me for trying to claim this).
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๐Ÿ’ฌ Communicate with those close to you, talk through how you are feeling, donโ€™t drink too much and stay calm when the kids go into a lockdown breakdown.
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต?
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1๏ธโƒฃ Put people first.
๐Ÿค— Look after yourself and make sure you are in the right head space to deal with the challenges we are facing. Remember it is a โ€˜give and takeโ€™ situation and ensure you are taking both perspectives into account before making decisions or reacting.
๐Ÿ’‘ Support your family and loved ones.
โ˜Ž๏ธ Stay connected with your staff and let them know where to go if they are feeling stressed and need support.
๐Ÿ’ช We need everyone to pull through this in the strongest way possible, but know that no-one is alone, and there are loads of emotional, mental and financial support options out there, so make sure you and your staff know where to find these.