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.

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Here’s some facts about me:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.Thailand

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