As a little girl growing up far from the ocean, I really have no idea how I am so enamored by the ocean, particularly the sharks that call it home. I watched every single VHS documentary at my local library, I watched SharkWeek and took notes on the various species of shark featured every year. Rachel Carson, Jeff Corwin, Steve & Terri Irwin, Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earl and David Attenborough were my childhood heroes (and Xena because 'duh').
When I got older and life took me further away from the sharks I so adore, I still had this unfulfilled hole inside of me that wanted to make an impact to save the ocean's top predators and most misunderstood animal of the sea. It took years to have the courage to begin my own business, SPHYRNAS, focused on making gear and designs that benefit shark conservation and sustainability. It's been hard to build a business around topics that are so stigmatized in society, but I refuse to give up.
You cannot choose what passions choose you, you just have to accept and acknowledge them and then go for them with all your heart. This GOFUNDME will go directly toward building and establishing a brand that brings awareness to ocean conservation as well as inspiring others to take action.
I seek to grow a sustainable product line that will feature reusable mugs/tumbler as well as reusable utensils that will help further the plastic-free movement while bringing awareness to sharks' plight for survival.
It took me 20 years to come back to find my inner fire to save the world and accept that sharks and business are my calling. I love fish and telling fish jokes and will continue to geek out about conservation to all that will listen and bring smiles to faces while spreading awareness about the natural world. I believe that together we can accomplish anything, and at the end of the day, if I can get people to give sharks and the ocean a second thought towards taking action to save them - I'm doing well!