“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” Gandhi.
People are very curious about my story. Just the title of this blog sounds a little cliche, but the truth of the matter is, that after 30 years, I’ve finally understood Gandhi’s quote on happiness.
I was born in Bolivia but I have lived all around, literally. Chile, Mexico, France, India, Japan, the US, you name it. Sounds exotic and really exciting, which it is, however because of this, I feel I have never truly belonged to one place. Nature has always been my companion… No matter where I would be, the appreciation and relationship with nature and animals has been there since I was very young.
Last year I was living in Paris, France, getting my MBA on Global Communications. Prior to that, I lived in Miami and worked 7 years for CNN. I had a beautiful life in Miami. A great job, amazing friends and pretty much lived in paradise. Still, there was always something missing…
In 2010, after watching the Oscar winning documentary, The Cove, I decided I needed to travel to Japan and get involved with the organization Dolphin Project to work as a Cove Monitor Volunteer. That trip changed my life forever. I’ve been involved with the organization ever since, assisting Ric O’Barry, most famous dolphin activist in the world, with his schedule as well as assisting with social media for Spanish speaking audiences.
Earlier this year I went to India and lived two months in Auroville, one of the few conscious cities in the world. The following month I traveled most of Asia by myself and finally came to the realization that no matter where I went, my heart would always want the same thing: work with and for the animals; to become their voice and to share as much awareness on environmental and animal issues with the world.
I want to inspire others to live the life they always dreamed of. To truly become the change they wish to see in the world. I have always considered myself to be the voice for the voiceless. To be a “rebel” you might say, and help those who can’t speak or fight for themselves.
For many years my friends and family always wondered why I had never shared my experiences and the work I do as a volunteer. I have always been a very social and outgoing person, but when it comes to volunteer work, I would rather keep a low profile, not because I would be ashamed or embarrassed of my work, but because telling people the little good you do would sound just too pretentious.
Believe me, this never stopped me from asking someone if they know where their fur coat came from, standing up for my beliefs or having to fight for those who don’t have a voice.
We have all seen how social media has the potential to become extremely vain and shallow, however, it also has tremendously powerful potential to reach audiences and inspire change.
After receiving several messages and questions about my lifestyle, travels, affiliation to organizations and events that I have participated in, I realized that more than ever, people want to explore the world, but want to do it consciously. People want to be part of the movement of change. They want to travel, but they are also interested to volunteer for a day or two at wildlife sanctuary. They are interested in the next local demonstration against captivity at Seaworld, and in adapting a more conscious lifestyle overall.
This is magic. This is the reason I decided to share my stories as I continue to create them every day. It’s already been 6 months since I started this journey.
A get so many questions as far as how do I make a living doing what I do. The truth is guys, I’m still trying to figure it out.
I quit my job exactly 2 years ago from CNN. I’m currently enrolled in my last course of my Masters Degree, and it is through my traveling photography, content creation and hopefully continuous contributions to magazines/newspapers, that my dream is starting to become a reality.
If you believe in your dreams and act on them, they will become reality. I hope my story helps or inspires you in some way to follow your heart and truly do what makes you happy. If I’m doing it, so can you.
Let’s explore, inspire and impact our world together !
xx Dani Moreno