We were so lucky to have you as one of our 2017 Nature Girls. We learn't a little about you and your love for the ocean, conservation and living a sustainable life. What have been some new practices you’ve added to your sustainability bandwagon since our last interview?

I have learnt so much since our interview in 2017! In 2017 I had a big focus on beach clean ups and the removal of waste, which is still very important to me. Recently I have been focusing my energy on what I can do personally to live in equilibrium with the earth, always putting back what we take out. 2019 has been a busy year of working out all the creative ways I can eliminate unnatural waste from my own cycles. There have been many successes, especially in the kitchen. I love spending time working out how I can make something for myself without waste and heavy carbon loads. Sustainability to me means using your time and focus in a meaningful way, and for me this has been eliminating some of the peskiest everyday plastics from my life. I also have a newfound love for bamboo and hemp materials. One of my biggest successes over the last two years has definitely been waste free periods. For women who bleed I cannot recommend Modi Bodi period undies and moon cups highly enough!

What has been one of your biggest accomplishments this year?

My job as an educator with Take 3 For the Sea has easily been the most challenging and rewarding experience. When I was approached earlier on in the year to apply for the position, I knew this was something that I had to apply for. Working for Take 3 had been a dream of mine since I first found out about them in 2015! Through my work with their amazing team I have run educational seminars and workshops about sustainability in primary and high schools, as well as leading beach clean ups with schools and corporate groups. I am also very proud of how fast my professional diving is developing and am eternally grateful for my mentors.

What’s something you’ve learn’t about life in 2019 that has allowed you to further grow into the person you want to be? 

Knowing the value of your own energy! The busier I get with uni and work commitments, the more I have come to understand how important it is to use your energy in positive ways. I have realised that you cannot force people to see things the way that you do, all that you can do is lead by example and not lay blame. Everyone is doing their best, and it makes so much more sense to encourage sustainable behaviours rather than shaming bad ones. We’re all learning new things every day, for me this has been 6 years of learning and I still discover new things every day! Supporting one another is the way to a more sustainable world.

Where’s one place you’ve been to this year that gave you the most incredible experience?

In July this year I went on a research trip with Humpback’s & Highrises to the Gold Coast Bay where we had the most surreal interaction with a sub adult humpback whale. This individual was interacting with our research team for over 40 minutes. We fondly named him ‘Nigel’ as he had no companions in sight. He would curiously spy hop, inspecting our vessel and then would roll to his side looking straight at us with his beautiful eyes. Staring into the eye of a whale is one of the most humbling experiences and I will never forget this special day on our research trip.
2020 so so soon! How do you plan to begin this brand-new decade and do you believe in new year’s resolutions? If so whats one of yours?

I’ve never been very good at New Year’s resolutions and haven’t set one for the past few years. I usually just set my intentions and do my best to implement my values into every aspect of my life. 2020 is going to be a huge year for me, filled with diving and research. I’ve never been so excited to start the next uni semester! In mid-January I will be jetting off to the Gili Islands for 6 weeks of elasmobranch research, reef life surveys and coral restoration. I’m so excited to work alongside and learn from experienced Marine Scientists. I will also be finishing my Dive Master and Scientistic Diver Training while I am there 

I also have two Field Trips to Vanuatu where we will be working on IDing coral species and conducting surveys in July, as well as developing my own mini thesis and taking this project back over in December.
What does being #yourshapeinthesand mean to you?

Your shapes in the sand means to honour yourself. We should all have the utmost respect for our bodies, they support us every single day! When we start to thank our bodies and be grateful for them it becomes a natural cycle to want to nourish and care for ourselves. We should all be thankful for our shapes because we get to experience magic every day!

We can all be better humans in 2020 by.....

Supporting each other! Encourage your friends and let them know how proud of them you are when they make good choices. If our good choices are acknowledged and we feel support, it’s much more likely that we will keep up these sustainable practices. We’re so much more powerful if we just support each

December 25, 2019 — Alexandra Dash

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