Hello, my name is Anna and I’d like to welcome you to my blog by telling you a little bit about myself. While my passions range from one end of the spectrum to the other, I would like to highlight three things that have been prevalent throughout my life.

I find great joy in any type of sport, especially soccer, volleyball, track, yoga and English horseback riding. I have always been physically inclined and I can’t remember a time when my mom wasn’t dropping me off at practice or a riding lesson as well as my parents taking me to a game or competition. As a result of this, I have developed a love of fitness and nutrition. Being an athlete I was exposed to amazing people who have taught me a lot about heath science, which is something that continues to inspire and intrigue me.

My passion also lies in travel, whether it is abroad or within the United States, nothing is more thrilling than arriving in a new place and being immersed in a new culture. I have traveled domestically for vacations with my family to many interesting places, but we have also traveled outside the U.S. to destinations like Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Last summer I traveled without my family to Italy where I studied photography and European history. This coming summer I am traveling to Spain to further my education in the Spanish language.

Photography in Florence

Service has also been a huge part of my life. I have participated in many service trips around Texas, but a few years ago I traveled to the Dominican Republic where I was fortunate enough to team up with Outreach 360 and join the many volunteers who teach English in a school in Monte Christi.  Each one of the service trips I have been a part of has been amazing and even life-altering. Serving others is something I believe should be a part of everyone’s life.

Now that you know a little bit about me, I hope you will continue to read my blog! I will be taking my readers through my experience of finding a passion and discovering creative solutions to one of the world’s most perplexing issues—global poverty. However, poverty is not the only topic I will discuss. I will share how my entrepreneurial spirit is leading to business ventures that will help alleviate global poverty. I will share my successes and failures as I take this journey. I am also a thinker. I want to allow my readers to see the way I view things because exposure to other people’s ideas provokes thought, which is my ultimate goal. I’d like to document each step I take toward the dream I have of changing the world.   Lastly, I’d like to prove to everyone that age is not a restriction. I am a 16 year-old girl, currently attending high school but that does not make the slightest difference. Ideas are ideas, and no matter how many years you have been on this earth, you can make a difference. Not only do I want to prove that it’s possible for a teenager to change the world, but I want to inspire other young people to do the same.