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(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?


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Thursday
Oct052017

Alaire Davis: Environmentalist 

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

I’m Alaire Davis and am 23 years old and from the beautiful island Bermuda, which is where my love for the water came from. I tried out the mountains in Colorado for university where I studied environmental studies and studio art.  As much as I love the mountains I just can’t be away from the ocean so I’m back living in Bermuda and spending most all of my free time near the water, usually paddle boarding, snorkeling, and on beach cleanups.  I try to live an environmentally conscious life by limiting my use of plastic, organizing beach cleanups, and shopping from companies that give back to the environment or use sustainable materials.  I use blogging and social media to talk about environmental issues and some ways of living sustainably. 

What do I do best?

I love the ocean and spending time outdoors and so I advocate for the protection of the ocean, which is a cause that I strongly believe in.  I recognize that being an environmentalist can seem to be a daunting task so I try to use social media (through Instagram and blogging) to highlight eco-friendly brands and strategies that people can use in their day-to-day lives.  

What makes me the best version of myself?

I think my most beneficial quality has been a positive outlook on life.  I think it’s important for progress to not get caught up in any failures and negative emotions, every feeling is temporary and it’s important to work through them.  My creativity has also proven to be a useful and comforting skill in a lot of my endeavors.  I think that practicing art has often been looked at as something for people to do who aren’t smart in the sciences but it’s actually an amazing tool to help foster creativity.  I think people should find what they like to do that brings out their creative side, for me it has always been art.     

What are my aspirations?

As cliché as it sounds, in my personal life I want to achieve happiness in my day to day living.  I don’t have false expectations of being happy at all moments in my life, but I want to further develop skills in coping with those weaker moments.  I think everyone goes through points of anxiety in life especially in working towards career goals and I want to learn to accept those moments as a natural part of the process.  

My Biggest Success?

My biggest success to me wasn’t anything seemingly large, but rather a small moment that meant a lot.  I was out at a bar and someone came up to me and asked if I was the girl from the alairewaterlust Instagram account.  She then told me how much she loved that I posted about spending time outdoors, beach cleanups, and sustainable brands.  It was extremely flattering and humbling to know my posts had a positive impact on someone.  I don’t have a big following but that moment made me feel extremely grateful to be able to share interests with a community of people I otherwise wouldn’t be able to connect with.  

My Most Challenging Moment?

I honestly feel that my most difficult decisions are yet to come.  I am at a stage in my life where I am now trying to decipher what sort of path I want to take career wise and in my personal life.  I’ve had some difficult decisions and experiences up to this point but overall I find myself to be pretty blessed in terms of the hands I’ve been dealt. I am now at a point where I want to use my experiences for good to make a positive impact on the world.  

My Motto?

When I was in my preteens and girls my age started to gossip, my mom told me something along the lines of, ‘don’t ever say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face’.  I’ve always remembered that and tried to live by it, I think it’s often overlooked that at the end of the day sometimes all we have is our word and our credibility.  

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I don’t really have celebrities that I look up to but instead I find my role models to be the people who surround me; I draw strength from my friends and family.  I have two friends who I do regular beach clean ups with and we keep each other responsible for taking some time out of our busy lives to clean the beach.  

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough to travel to a lot of interesting places.  Of all the places I’ve been to, I’ve loved anywhere with amazing wildlife so South Africa, Argentina, and the Galapagos top the list.  I worked on a Great White Shark cage diving boat in South Africa which was and probably always will be one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.   

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I love brands that are involved in ethical fashion – that source and manufacture clothing with maximum benefits to people and communities and minimizing the impact on the environment.  I love Blue Planet Eyewear, a company that creates sunglasses from recycled and sustainable materials and donates reading glasses to those in need.  I also love 4Ocean Bracelets: every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of plastic from the ocean.  I am also loving the swimsuits created by a brand called Faherty Clothing.  Faherty makes swimsuits that are not only stylish, but also made from recycled plastic bottles!  My last favorite object would be reusable straws; either metal, bamboo, and glass straws work great.  I have gotten into the habit of requesting for ‘no straw’ at restaurants and bringing my own to use instead!

My Current Passions?

Lately I have been passionate about beach cleanups and creating art from the object I find on these cleanups. With the help of two friends, I started a campaign called #10beaches10weeks in an effort to do 10 beach cleanups in Bermuda over the course of 10 weeks.  Through this initiative I had the opportunity to give back to the island and challenged myself to improve my organizational skills in getting members of the community involved each week.  The project has been fulfilling and led me to pursue a new form of art that utilizes found objects from my beach cleanups.  Upon noticing the abundance of microplastics littering the shores of Bermuda, I began to collect the brightly colored plastics and used them to create mosaic artwork which has since been displayed in a gallery in Bermuda.

https://www.instagram.com/alairewaterlust/

Reader Comments (2)

Wise and wonderful interview from a truly gorgeous person!! Thank you for having the courage of your convictions, Alaire!! The planet and the people need more huge hearts like you!!

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Lyne

Great and wonderfully caring article Alaire...Grampy &I were very impressed. It’’s so encouraging to see your generation so committed to the environment and acting on what we as a nation has to do . We are very proud!!! Love you lots❤️❤️

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGrammy

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