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Meet Ashley. When she’s not training with the UCSD Triathalon team or leading adventures as an outdoors guide through Outback Adventures, she will be joining our team!

 

Hello! My name is Ashley and I’m thrilled to be working as an intern with 1:1 Movement this summer. My friends and family always ask me, “What is sustainability?!”. Sustainability is an idea that  incorporates many aspects of the environment, food, transportation and energy. For me though, sustainability is leading a healthy lifestyle. Sustainability starts with my day-to-day choices  and hobbies. The choices I make about the food I buy to walking to school instead of driving, help me stay healthy. If I can walk, run or bike to campus instead of driving, I’m spending more of my day outside and active instead of inside a building or classroom. Not to mention, it saves gas money! I find that if I make choices that make me healthier or happier, whether it’s from exercise or cooking meals, my choices usually go along with being more sustainable. It’s as easy as A-B-C 1-2-3. Make the choices that make you happy, and you’ll be happier and more sustainable in return.

In all aspects of my life, I try to find hobbies and activities that I enjoy and promote sustainable living. I spend as much of my time outside. I also recently became involved with a campaign at UCSD to stop the blood ivory trade, where I’ve found that even a topic such as the illegal poaching of African elephants is interconnected with goals of sustainable land-use and environment conservation.

As a new intern to the 1:1 Movement team, I’m thrilled to be here to incorporate sustainability into my professional career and tell my friends about simple changes they can make- like not using a straw in their drink when they go out to a bar or restaurant. I’m a big fan of quotes, and I think it is fitting to end my introduction with a quote.

“I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate – treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in awhile, it wouldn’t be sustainable for me. And that’s what I want: an approach to eating to last my entire life.”

–Alanis Morissette

For me, this quote isn’t just about eating. It’s about the day-to-day choices that I make 99% of the time. Every once in awhile I might indulge on a burger at In-N-Out, but overall I’m conscientious about sustainable living. I’m happy to be a part of a team that encourages each sustainable choices and small changes to daily habits. Cheers (no straws) to the start of a new internship!!c

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