This photo was taken near the peak of the Sleeping Beauty Trail in Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. The full day hike on Mt. Genevieve was exceedingly difficult, but the breathtaking views of the alpine lake and waters wrapping around the islands were well worth it. This photo is special to me not only because it captures the beauty that surrounded us along our journey, but also because it shows my mom and close friend climbing up the steep slope. My mom, who is terrified of heights, declined the option of staying down by the lake while we made the final ascent, saying “I just couldn’t stand the thought of you two coming down talking about how amazing it was!” Although she was petrified the whole time, she still thinks it was worth it. I was so proud!
Audrey Marlena Archer
Audrey Marlena Archer is a renaissance millennial striving to make the world a better place. She currently puts her diverse talents and skills to work through her startup consulting company, ArcherAdvantage. She is also the editor for Life in the Raw, a blog site where she promotes living an authentic life and promises “Nothing sugar-coated. Everything unfiltered." She received her Masters in Environmental Management at Duke University in 2015, focusing on landscape scale conservation and geospatial analysis. Since graduating, she has spent most of her time working on an innovative monarch butterfly conservation project at the Environmental Defense Fund. Audrey began taking dance and violin lessons at eight years of age in her hometown, Amarillo, Texas. She trained at LanDance Conservatory and studied the Suzuki Method for music. She attended intensive ballet programs with Boston Ballet and Washington Ballet. While in college at Southern Methodist University where she studied environmental science, biology and philosophy, she was a company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas and soloist with Dallas Neoclassical Ballet. Throughout her studies, she has always found a way to keep dance a part of her life. Aside from picking up violin when home for the holidays and playing with the Barefoot Babes Quartet, she took a hiatus from playing throughout undergraduate school. In her second year at Duke, Audrey joined the Duke Medical Orchestra and now plays as the second violin section lead in the Central Texas Medical Orchestra in Austin, Texas.While ballet and violin took a back seat to her academic studies, the timing is now ripe for her to amalgamate all of her talents, skills and experiences to revolutionize wildlife conservation, through two budding non-profits: Movement with a Mission and Signatures of the Seas. She is currently fundraising to make her big ideas a reality. View all posts by Audrey Marlena Archer