Updated: Sep 1
Rebecca from Financially Minded Millennial answers our questions on how she Reconnects with Nature.
Describe your passion for the outdoors in ONE sentence.
My passion for the outdoors comes from my love of animals and the natural world.
What is your reason for sharing your story with us today?
My reason is that time moves too quickly. We are constantly working, planning, or are distracted by material things. Nature is a way to slow time down, even if just for a while. No matter if you go to the local park or travel to a wildlife reserve in Africa, any time you can spend in nature is wonderful. It is a chance to gain inner peace and a form a connection you didn’t think you could.
Why do you do what you do? What is your reason?
Right now, I work in an office. With my commute, I work 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM Monday thru Friday. I used to volunteer all the time at zoos, horse farms, and on wildlife conservation projects (I even have my Masters in Conservation from the University of Exeter, Falmouth Campus in Cornwall, England).
Today, my only available outdoor time is on the weekends. But I make it count. My fiancé and I grab our chairs and some snacks and head to a state park down the street for a few hours. One day I hope to increase this time and work for a wildlife conservation agency. However, for now, I am burdened with thousands of dollars in student loans.
I have created a blog to help others like me get out of student debt so that we can follow our passions. I hope to use this to one day get out of my 9-5 and get back into a natural job and do what I love.
When did you first discover your love for the outdoors?
Pretty much as soon as I was born. My family would carry me on hiking trips to the mountains and on their vacations to the beach. By two years old I was saving little bugs out of my kiddie pool.
Who inspires you the most?
Honestly, it is not any one person. I am inspired by all the people who are able to follow their passion, especially if it involves wildlife, nature, or conservation. I desperately want to get back to a wildlife/nature career. Anyone who does this now is an inspiration.
Where in the World would you most like to visit and why?
I would say South Africa because I love the wildlife so much, but I have already been 5 times. Now, I would like to go to New Zealand because of the gorgeous landscapes. The photos I have seen are breath-taking. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see in person.
Can you share with us one of your most memorable or funniest adventures?
Oh, I have so many adventures. I will soon be working on a second blog just about my travel and wildlife experiences. One of my most memorable adventures was in South Africa in 2010 volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.
I was able to volunteer with a baby rhino named Della. She was quite the handful. She was found abandoned and stuck in a mud pit. For the first little while we watched her, we had to keep her in an indoor area because she kept eating mud which is how she survived while she was stuck. However, it was making her sick.
Anyways, we would get to take her on walks outside and she would go CRAZY! She would run and try to jump around and play. My legs would be covered in bruises from her head bumping my legs. She loved being outdoors as much as we did.
Finally, she no longer needed to be in an indoor area during the day. She came with us to all our meals and enjoyed our long educational nature walks. I will never forget those days I spent with her.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone reading this post who is thinking about reconnecting with nature?
Do it! It can be as easy as going to a park or a field and having a picnic. Find your peace with nature, but first, you must do it!
Rebecca lives in Maryland, USA and helps others to improve your money habits and goals while still enjoying life fully at Financially Minded Millennial. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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