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Hannah  What do you suppose would happen if people believed this crazy notion that the Earth loved them back? πŸƒ

Three years ago I made the best decision of my life, to go vegetarian and mostly dairy free. Everyone that knows me knows that I love to preach about climate change mitigation and reducing your negative environmental impact, and I have found going veggie to be the most rewarding and fun way to accomplish some of those goals. Being veggie makes me feel cleaner (no animal fat grease!), helps me save money (beans are SO much cheaper than beef) and gives me a creative cooking challenge every day. My footprint is far from perfectly sustainable, but this is a start. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-
More and more scientists are arriving at the consensus that a vegetarian or vegan diet is more sustainable and for many, better for human health. For more information on how diet shifts support sustainability efforts, you can visit www.planetvision.com/actions/shift-diets or DM me and I would love to chat. 🌱
#3years #vegiversary #vegetariansofig #plantbased #sustainableliving

Putting these photos out there makes me a little nervous, but these words are burning in my heart to be shared.
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Staring at the scale at the doctor’s office this morning, I felt my stomach sink. Today, I clocked in at my highest weight ever. All day I’ve been looking back, reevaluating. Trying to figure out how, after months of eating a nutritionally balanced diet and going to the gym at least 4 times a week, this could have happened. Why is my weight still creeping up, little by little when I’ve been trying so hard to keep it steady?

So I went to the place I always go when I’m completely at a loss: my yoga mat. And something incredible happened. My yoga flow was so balanced, so grounded, so powerful. My body felt strong and stable. And immediately I thought about the picture on the left. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-
In February of 2016 I was at my lowest weight since graduating high school. I was so over my head with depression and fatigue. I remember not eating bread or pasta for months because I was afraid of them for some reason. I remember bringing a can of vegetable soup for lunch and convincing myself that 130 calories was a sufficient meal when I was walking 3-5 miles a day to get around campus. People told me all the time how good my body looked. But they also told me that the shine had left my eyes. It’s hard for me to look at that photo because I can see the dullness that people were talking about. I can see how weak my body was. And it’s painful to remember. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
Now here I am on the right. I’m still struggling to find wellness. Having a doctor that has finally confirmed my illness and is actively trying to help me treat it is a start. But somewhere along the way, I have managed to find strength, and I am so grateful for all the people that have loved me through everything because I know they are a significant source. Hopefully the next things I will find are grace and acceptance for myself. I’m learning that wellness cannot be represented by a number.
So how do we measure it? I’m still trying to figure that out.

With love 🧑

Hannah

This #redpine stand is hands down my favorite thing about my new home. ❀️#alpena #sanctuary #puremichigan

Where the Great Lakes meet the Forest, my whole heart laid out on the land.
#negwegonstatepark #lakehuron #puremichigan #optoutside #lakescape #sonya6000

Every year my body surprises me with how tired it can get. After a 6 am wake-up, a morning weight lifting session, a full day of AmeriCorps service (which included 25 5th graders), and an evening of dedicated gift crafting, my body feels like a brick, if bricks could feel intense soreness. But when a high schooler tells you that a little Valentine that you gave her made her whole day, something in your outlook changes. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may have my body, but gratitude, service and love still have my soul. On this day, I celebrate my love for the world, and I remember who all this was for. 🧑#happyvalentinesday

Cats, like many creatures, have a memory for good touch. I love spending my Saturday’s at the Humane Society because I feel like the animals and I understand each other. Our needs are very similar. 🐱🧑 #humanesociety #volunteering #caturday #blake

Stillness and Sanctuary. 🌲
#sonya5000 #winterscape #alpena #puremichigan

Flawless, frozen beauty. ❄️ #lakehuron #alpenasanctuaryofthegreatlakes #puremichigan

2017 brought me more blessings than I ever thought would be possible.
This year, I served on the e-board for two student organizations to spread messages of love and positivity about mental health and Earth-based spirituality. β˜―οΈπŸ–€ @twloha_msu
My feet touched the Appalachian Trail for the first time. β›°
I graduated with the bachelor’s degree I’d dreamed of since I was 9. πŸ“œ
I worked as a Naturalist at the nature center that was my home away from home. πŸ‚πŸŒΎ @fennernature
I worked as an Instructor at the OEC and got to teach kids about nature, adventure and teamwork and work with some amazing creatures πŸ¦‰πŸ¦…, all while living with some really incredible people in the woods. 🌳
I stood up and watched @tsarina_alex marry her best friend.πŸ’‘
I went on my first (and second!) backpacking trip. πŸ•
Despite all the doubt, I ventured out by myself on a road trip and swam in all 5 Great Lakes.πŸŒ…
I bought Aurelia, the beautiful pumpkin car, which was one of the scariest moves of my life. πŸš—
And just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more blessed, in the last months of 2017 I fell most unexpectedly and sincerely in love with a beautiful boy. πŸ’›
Thanks to my love, my family, my coworkers and my community, I am moved up to Alpena and ready to begin the next chapter.
2018 will be a year of service and love. It’s time to give some of this light back to the world.

Starry eyes sparkin’ up my darkest nights πŸ–€βœ¨ #kingofmyheart #zoolights

Love this girl πŸ’› #zoolights #winterloving

My kids found this beauty while on a decomposition hike, and their enthusiasm was so refreshing and validating. These moments of clarity make all the challenges worthwhile. πŸ„#naturehikes #mushroomsofinstagram #outdooreducation

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