You’re probably wondering who I am…
My name is Naïma Jeannette Hill (Montacer). My father is from Tunisia (North Africa) and “Naïma” is an Arabic name that loosely translates to a meaning of “from the heavens”. My mother’s name is Jean, hence the middle name of Jeannette.
If I spent all of my days doing just what I love I would travel the world with a backpack, play in the ocean, snorkel coral reefs, spend time with family and friends, sit by a campfire every night, backpack through Yellowstone… all the while writing about it. I love taking pictures and sharing my adventures with the world. I hope it inspires people to explore their area and beyond.
A few major items in my life have shaped the person I am today: my family, soccer, and graduate school. My family was always an outdoors family, camping and playing outside. Apparently, I screamed my first word, “outside”while running naked through our backyard. I grew up playing soccer and went on to play Division 1 soccer at a top ten ranked program (UConn). Soccer was my life for 20 years. Playing at a high level engraved in me a strong sense of hard work, leadership, and teamwork but ultimately, it taught me, there is more to life. Graduate school really shaped the person I am today. While pursuing my Master of Science in Biology, I became very inquisitive, determined to find answers, and become knowledgeable. This extra sense of curiosity is something I carry with me today and try to inspire in others. My thesis research project was incredibly tough field work involving the cutest and most overlooked animals, ringtails. Read an entire blog devoted to my beloved ringtails here.
My work today is multifaceted but always comes back to encouraging myself and others to be better to ourselves and our environment. I connect people with environmental concerns facing our planet that effect both humans and wildlife, with their everyday actions. There’s so many ways we can care for our planet – it’s about finding the right choices that make your life better.
Get a taste of who I am and what I do by watching my TEDx talk on climate change.
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