Hi. I’m Dani, a geography, travel, and conservation loving gal – sort of an oxymoron if you don’t do it right. I started blogging at the strong suggestion of my fellow interns at National Geographic back in the fall of 2011. Since then I’ve been on and off about being a good blogger, but I’ll try to be more consistent as I’m starting my career in conservation. I just kind of write what I’m thinking about, not necessarily about any one topic, so if that’s what you’re looking for you’re probably not in the right place.
Here’s some facts about me:
- I’ve recently embarked on this zen lifestyle. Learning to take control of the things I can and learning to relax when I can’t control certain things – like traffic and bad tippers at work. I have to say that it’s been very rewarding because in situations that I normally would have reacted angrily or upset and instead I acted positively have resulted in amazing benefits that I never would have experienced otherwise.
- I’m a huge animal rights activist! I foster puppies and it makes me really sad to hear about cases of animal abuse and neglect. Along the same line, I also promote spaying and neutering of pets (I’m summoning Bob Barker here).
- I’ve recently became a vegetarian and haven’t looked back for even a second. Smartest decision I’ve made for my mind, body, soul, finances, and the globe.
- I love traveling and learning new things. I came from a small town in the Midwest, and while I appreciate growing up there I’m glad I no longer live there and have the amazing opportunity to travel and see other cultures.
- Speaking of cultures, geography is fascinating to me! The basic question asked by geographers is: why does that phenomenon happen where it does; why not in a different place? It’s amazing to learn the answer to such questions!!
- I’m pursuing my Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management. Not quite sure what I want to do with this just yet, but we’ll see what the future holds.
- I love, love, love my dog. Before I got my dog I was more selfish and self-centered and found it very hard to think about others. Since having a dog, I’ve had to reprioritize my life to make sure her life is as great as it can be, which means being less selfish and self-centered.
- My lifelong goal is to make a positive impact on this planet. I think fostering gives me a great start at accomplishing this goal, but I constantly feel the need to do more.