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Passion Project

Passion Project

In the past few years, I have been lucky enough to talk with passionate individuals who are living truly inspiring lives. These people, whether they are writers, oyster-farmers, career conservationists, sustainable carpenters, or simply enthusiastic naturalists, have chosen lifestyles that involve freedom, adventure, and most of all a true appreciation of nature, art, and science.

As a naturally inquisitive person, the conversations started just as a benefit to my own personal curiosity, and most remained mostly undocumented. However, I quickly realized how important it is to share these stories, and I began to chronicle and curate them so that they can hopefully inspire other as they have done for me. At that point, inspiring people and stories spawned from every combination possible. People I met and admired. People I never met but still admired. People I met and never knew I admired until I started talking to them, unintentionally uncovering what made them tick, only to find out that they had a passion project all of their own. With each conversation or meeting, I left energized and exhilarated, with a stronger intention that I would go out and do something all my own.

Currently, my passion is a side-project, not my life, but I am learning a little bit from every conversation that I have from people who have turned their own passion into their everyday existence, and one day, hope to do the same.

Below are the stories…

Interview with Sam Blount of Frontline Freediving

"It's all mental, I mean you can totally freedive 100 feet," Sam told me. "You're shitting me", I said, momentarily looking up from my audio recorder. Looking at his warm, genuine smile, I can tell he indeed wasn't shitting me. "Well, not with that attitude". I was worried it would be something like that. In

My Secret Quest To Be An Oyster Farmer

Aquaculture and conservation don't necessarily go hand in hand. Fish farming, for example, can be quite detrimental to the environment if done improperly. So, when sustainable food and environmentalism meet it's a big deal, and luckily for us, it's in the form of something truly delicious—the oyster. Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at

Unfinished Business—How I Tried to Rebuild My Life

Looking back on it, I might as well have said “let’s build a rocket ship” I was so out of my element. But now, three months later and after gaining experience with log tongs, ridge poles, and reimagined “non-permitted structure” foundations, I’d compare it more to building a Boeing-787. Still well out of my element,

Insights from Environmental Science Journalist Mike Gaworecki

Readers of Don't Forget Your Boots will know that we often struggle with finding positive environmental stories. Recently, I reached out to the most positive-and friendly-man in conservation, Mike Gaworecki, the Staff Writer and Editor at, with burning questions from "how to get into wildlife conservation writing" to "are we all doomed under Trump".

Building a Sustainable Tiny House: Getting the Wood

Building a Sustainable Tiny House: Getting the Wood It was our mission to live out a more sustainable lifestyle that made us decide to build a tiny house, but in our effort to really feel like Pa Ingalls, we decided to harvest our own wood. Generally, we spend a lot of time writing about the

Volunteer in South Africa with Afri-Campus

A young leopard with its kill, a black-backed Jackal Recalling what she learned in her training, Beth's eyes followed the direction the giraffes were gazing. It didn't take her long to realize that all of them were being watched by one of Africa's Big Five. Not too far away, a leopard lay benignly under