Happy July 1st! July 4th is right around the corner for us here in the USA so things are getting pretty exciting! This month I wanted to feature one of my Sponsors, Daina. You might know her from New York State of Mind, where she shares all of her adventures in New York. She is such a sweet and kind person and you can get to know a little more about her right now, so enjoy!
Here’s a little blurb about my blog:
Hi! I’m Daina. I moved to New York City in 2003 to attend NYU and instantly fell in love with my new home. Years later, I still pinch myself as I walk through the city to make sure I am not dreaming. The energy, people, and sights are unlike anywhere else. I feel very lucky to be a New Yorker!
1. What is your favorite hobby?
One of my favorite hobbies is photography. I have had a passion for photography since I took my first class in junior high. I went on to take a second class in high school, and then a semester course while I studied abroad in Italy during college. Much of what I learned in those classes has been forgotten over the years, but the desire to capture my life and experiences from behind a camera has remained. After starting my blog a few years ago, my passion for photography grew. I was incredibly inspired by the blogs I read, and wanted to take my point and shoot style of picture taking to the next level. I invested in my first digital SLR camera, researched and purchased a few lenses, and started seeing my life and New York City in a whole new light through my camera. What I love about photography is that it has allowed me to appreciate things in my life that I might not have noticed without my camera in hand. New York City is such an amazing place, and I feel so lucky to get to capture it with my camera and share it on my blog.
2. What is a current goal that you have made?
One of my most recent goals I set was to travel abroad. I have had the travel itch since my last big trip abroad, which was to Brazil in 2007. When my friend Joanna emailed me a few months about her Habitat Global Village build in Malawi, I knew I had to go! I am so excited to explore Africa this summer and build a home for a family in need in Mzuzu, Malawi. It will be an adventure unlike any other I have taken.
3. What are you most thankful for? Why?
I am thankful for so many things in my life, it is hard to choose just one! I am so incredibly thankful to have a career that I wholeheartedly love. I started teaching second grade at a charter school in Brooklyn four years ago, and feel so fortunate to absolutely love where I work and what I do. My school strives to teach children to see the connections between school and the world. Our curriculum is social studies based, and each grade focuses on a few studies throughout the school year. In second grade, we study urban parks, transportation, and the history of the Brooklyn Bridge. I love taking my kids out into the city to teach them about their community. I wake up every day excited to go to work and teach! I am constantly inspired by the people I work with and my students.
I am also thankful for the love in my life. I would not be the person I am today without the love and support from my family, friends, and boyfriend Brian. I am a very lucky girl!
Thank you so much, Daina, for not only allowing me to feature you, but also so being such a sweet and amazing Sponsor! You have such a kind heart and I’m so excited to see that you’re living a happy and inspired life. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip, so be safe and take some amazing photos! Thanks again! ♥rl