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This is Natalie. We have an adrenaline junkie on our hands. She swears she’ll be whitewater rafting until she’s 80.

Bonjour, I’m Natalie. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma which is a bigger city than most might think. Despite Oklahoma’s wild west reputation, you can actually drive cars and access the Internet there. Shocking, I know.

I attend the University of Tampa where I study International and Cultural Studies as well as Journalism. While I do love my school for its academics, being 30 minutes away from  a number of beautiful beaches is also a major plus. I love the ocean, especially all of the fascinating creatures that live there- dolphins, sea turtles, and even coral. I went scuba diving for the first time about a year ago, and my eyes were opened to a whole new world. I felt like Aladdin under water.

I live to dance. I started taking ballet lessons when I was in kindergarten and I have been hooked ever since. Dancing takes me to a place of serenity and pure happiness, but it also provides me with a full body workout which is great. In high school, I became a pretty serious ballerina and was taking two to five hour lessons every single day. I’m still dancing in college, where I have learned that dance is more than just another obligation and cardio workout. It is a form of meditation and relaxation for me.

In general, I love anything and all things that involve being around nature and trying new things. There are so many countries to visit and adrenaline pumping activities to do before I die!

For me, sustainability means being aware of your place in the world and the importance of relationships between humans, animals, and the environment. It’s one giant community of creatures caring for one another and having each other’s backs. I don’t want my plastic waste to end up in the ocean because it could be harmful to my sea turtle friends.

I’m so stoked to work with The 1:1 Movement for the next few months to learn and grow. I want to be able to go back to the University of Tampa in the fall and share with my friends that it IS practical to live a sustainable lifestyle. It’s not required to wear flowers in your hair and run around barefoot to make a substantial environmental difference in the world.