We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Valentine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah, what do you want people to remember about you?
This is funny I am asked this question because lately this concept has been circulating my thoughts. I recently graduated with a degree in Geology, but my passion for the environment ranges anywhere from water conservation to climate change activism. We are living in a crucial time where environmental change is essential to our future lives. I’ve developed a commitment to be a part of this change. I work towards this goal through small actions in my every day life, but I am determined overtime to make a true impact for this planet and the people living on it. I want to be remembered as a woman who successfully, and whole-heartedly, made a difference for the Earth for years to come.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I will start off by saying I am not in the place I dreamt of being a year ago, but most of us can agree the pandemic didn’t exactly put career paths in its favor. Since I graduated in May, it’s been a long journey coming to terms with the current state of my professional life. I felt disconnected with my interests, I felt like I was losing sight of my true goals, but most importantly, I felt like I was giving up on myself. It wasn’t easy to overcome these feelings, but I eventually reached a point where I realized a future in what I was passionate about isn’t impossible. I am simply encountering a minor delay, and this will not define who I am as a professional. I became more grateful for the fact this happened as I entered the real world as opposed to being completely thrown out of my career as an adult, and a mother, having to sustain a family, home, etc. At this point in time, I made the decision to expand my knowledge and success through other means, and I am traveling to South America in June. At this point in my life, I feel ready to learn and experience life from other people and cultures. More importantly, I want to expand my knowledge by becoming fluent in the Spanish language. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel to South America for this purpose, and the timing just felt right!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is one of my favorite things to do because San Diego is such an amazing place for visitors! I am constantly discovering new things to do and places to see. For right now, this would be my current itinerary. Friday night I would start by visiting a local brewery. San Diego is overflowing with the best breweries that are not only tasty, but super cute too! My personal favorites right now are Amplified Ale Works and Stone Brewing Co. I would plan a hike on Saturday morning. I’ve learned there’s so many to choose from, especially in Poway, but the All Trails app is my savior when I can’t decide! After this, we’d catch a bite to eat. San Diego is a big “foodie” place, so I am always open to trying somewhere new (using Yelp is my go to), or going to some of my favorite local spots, such as Tap Room, Bayside Landing, or Second Nature. Saturday Night we’d head downtown to the GasLamp district. The energy downtown never seems to fail me for a good time! Sunday is a perfect day for some relaxation to either lay around at Law St. Beach or Kate O’ Sessions park. Even better for later in the day, you can grab a burrito to-go and catch a beautiful sunset!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many different things are running through my mind as I read this, but I think I’ve determined I owe my thanks to one book I have read, and a very special friend I met through college. Anxiety is not an enjoyable feeling for anyone, but unfortunately these were the cards I was dealt in this world. However, I have taught myself how to manage this stress, fear, etc, which would have not been possible without the book Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight. While reading this book, I viewed it more as an “in the moment” resolution to the events occurring in my life, but I now realize the entire time I was subconsciously digesting this information. Everyday I am constantly reminded of all the information I learned as a result of committing myself to this self-help book. I am stronger and more in control as a result of reading this book, which has allowed my mind, relationships, and success to grow. As for my next shoutout, I only need a few words to describe how appreciative I am of my best friend, Sydney Hight. Without meeting her, I would not be half the person I am today. She inspires me to always work harder and never lose sight of your dreams and passions, and for that, I thank her.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-valentine-a17b94177

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