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Hey friends,

what's been going on? For us, this was another huge month for AMR. We up-dooted our website, published the most amount of content, hit website traffic and social metric records, and are now talking with our largest ever audience. As always, we thank you for your support. It means the world that you would consider spending some of your valuable time with us.

Over the next few months things will only pick up steam, with several significant milestones (and a few finish lines) now in sight. If all goes well, we might even be able to grow our head count by years end. This despite all the pressures that the world is throwing our way in 2023.

And this isn't meant to be a humble brag, rather, a reminder that even though the world can seem gray at times, there is always a path forward, an opportunity to learn and reasons to keep pushing on. Whatever your goals are, whatever you are building, keep at it, especially when times are tough. For that's when you will hit your stride. Your future self will thank you for the effort you put in today. 🚀

Let's get you up to speed:

A plastic-slaying, thirst terminator: Liquid Death Review

Liquid Death are makers of canned water, with a difference. The convention-breaking company is on a mission to kill plastic pollution and slay thirsts the world over. We reviewed five of their finest beverages to see what all the fuss is about.
A 3d rendered Microsoft Surface logo.

DIY hard drive upgrades are better for your PC, and the planet

Just because you’ve run out of hard drive space, doesn’t mean you need to buy a whole new computer. Save money and avoid e-waste with our handy guide for first time tinkerers.
A 3D rendering of a brain with a CPU at the centre that has the number 4 printed on it.

Could GPT-4 be used to improve mental health services?

The next evolution of artificial intelligence has emerged: OpenAI’s GPT-4. With traditional mental health services in high demand, is it possible that an artificial brain could be used to help a human mind?
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What's happening

Updates and upgrades: Those of you who have browsed the site recently may have noticed a few changes. We've pulled the trigger on our new site format and are in the process of tweaking every inch of our new design. This isn't just a new lick of paint either - every aspect has been rethought and optimised for greater performance and a better overall experience for our audience. Lumier members get to enjoy a behind the scenes look at our continuing journey through the Design Talk series, where we've documented the ongoing changes (and future plans) each month. 🧑‍💻
We aim to have the site completely upgraded in the next few weeks, ahead of our 2nd anniversary later in this year. Keep your eyes peeled for our official re-launch, where we'll have a few goodies to give away.

Review: We kicked off our first video review of the year (not counting last month's supplement to our previous piece on the Light Phone 2). After acquiring several flavours (and dozens of cans), it was time to test out Liquid Death. See what we had to say about this sustainable water brand. 💀
👆 Click the thumbnail above to view the video.

Interviews: Our AMR Interview series will be starting up again in April, and we already have two guests booked. Look for these to drop in the second half of next month. 🎙️

Mental Health: As promised, we've been incorporating more content on the subject of mental health. Our latest feature is all about neurodiversity in the workplace and is a great read for neurodiverse employees as well as employers alike. 🧠

Member's corner

In terms of content, March was easily our biggest month yet. On average there was a new article or editorial published every second day, with a quarter of those exclusive to members. We are still testing out that ratio and are always looking for more opportunities to provide value to our Lumier community.

As mentioned, members received the latest inside info on our design updates, along with features on the mental health impact of daylight savings time, how to adapt to change, and the case for digital minimalism. Here's an excerpt:

Look, I’m no digital luddite or technophobe, in fact, I’m the opposite. I can appreciate innovation and follow the tech industry with a genuine interest. But after the freedom I’ve experienced, the life I’ve lived, there is just no going back to pawing at a screen. My days are richer, experiences deeper and life much fuller, without the need to seek status updates. If a new laptop comes along with a faster processor, I’m happy for the people who genuinely need it, but I can wait. Notifications don’t rock my world, experiences do.

If you are struggling with time management, feel that your life is boring, are constantly throwing money at the next upgrade or are just plain overwhelmed with all the tech, apps and devices in your life, then you might want to consider digital minimalism. No, you don’t have to live like a monk. Just take a few minutes and stroll through the internet, start to research this mindset. There’s plenty to gain (and some things to lose).
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Some of our favourite things

Kea Cookies: Vegan friendly cookies that are gluten and wheat free. They are beyond delicious and a great choice for those with allergies or food sensitivities. Seriously, go out of your way to try these delights and find a reason to stock them in your pantry. 🍪

Home time

Yet another month draws to a close. The old saying of time flying when you're having fun really does ring true, but is there a connection between how much fun you are having and how quickly time flies?

Hope you've been enjoying the new format, both in terms of presentation and content. We've been bringing in more mental health and wellness content, and next month will see an even greater focus on this subject. There are a few editorials to be published, along with our two interviews that promise to be some great discussions.

Until next time, stay safe and keep on rocking it! 💚
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