Lily 🐠@lilyshredsled

Ecologist in training | Skimboarder
Floridian🌴 In Santa Cruz🌲

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Lily 🐠

Wrapping up this week feeling accomplished aaaaaanddd scared shitless. This week I spent 5 straight days applying for the biggest grant I’ve ever applied for. The amount of pressure that I feel as I commit myself to my thesis is indescribable.
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Everything that I do or write or don’t do or don’t write, it’s all on me. This is my first real shot at proving I have what it takes, my first real shot to set myself apart from my peers. I want it to be so good so bad, it’s almost not healthy. I’m obsessed. Sometimes, it’s so overwhelming I feel I should just run away and hide.
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But honestly, that pressure just means I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing. If I wasn’t scared, I wouldn’t be growing.
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This week I’ll be conducting my pilot data and begin documenting my field experiences. I’m so excited!!


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Very stoked to be a part of the @hammertraction family. Being offered a sponsorship was awesome for me. Since I don’t compete, receiving one was different. Skimboarding has always been mainly about spending time with awesome people and recentering myself. And over time it’s become about encouraging women to get out there and try new, male dominated sports, like skimboarding. I’m really excited to be a part of a community from my home state. What’s great about them is that they are just as stoked on people learning and having fun as they are on their pro riders. 🤟✨🌊


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Swinging around 🌊 @hammertraction
@rcboogie with the shot


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The sunsets have been ridiculous 🔥✨ @hammertraction


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Yosemite... but better. 🏃‍♀️⛰🏕 #seki #raelakes #jmt #wanderlust #backpack #womenfitness #rei #patagonia


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I’ve been asked what I’ve received a fellowship award for and what my project is all about, so I thought I would post about it. I’m doing my thesis on Coast Redwood carbon sequestration potential on a S to N gradient. So basically when plants respirate they take in CO2, and store it in themselves and eventually into the soil. I want to see how this process is either enhanced or not due to temperature and precipitation levels. During this environmental change era, it’s vital to remember that our natural world handles CO2 levels on its own. All we have to do to ensure that process continues is protect our natural spaces and make sure they can function successfully. So I’m going to be spending a lot of time with some gorgeous giants over the next 6 months 🤟🌲 @katsnapss with the shot #ecology #science #womeninscience


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September skim 💙 Now waiting out this storm for some winter swell magic 💫 @rcboogie behind the lens 📹 @hammertraction under my feet 🤟


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Feeling thankful today for my family, my current position in life and my educational track. A lot of hard work is finally feeling like it’s paying off. And I CAN’T WAIT to get back in the water again! -
Right now @hammertraction is having a rad 30% off their traction, which is already affordably priced! Code: BF2018


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Wow. What a formative experience. We traveled in these vans from San José, to Mendocino, to Yosemite, to Cambria, to the Colorado Desert. I met the most unexpectedly amazing people, saw some of the most beautiful things our earth has to offer, and cried laughing at least 3 times a week. Thank you to everyone for the time we spent together getting dirty, learning how to ecology and loving every minute of it. Now it’s time to apply what I learned during this course and get personal with some Redwood forests!


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Well, it’s finally arrived. Tomorrow I begin my 2 month long field course and I am TOTALLY TERRIFIED. As much as I love nature, and trying new things, this is a game changer -

I am so nervous about being outside of my comfort zone and knowing I have no control over the next 7 weeks. But that’s the type of stuff life is made of: courage to try new things no matter how afraid you are -
Despite how paralyzingly nervous I am, I am so thankful and honored to be surrounded by the kind of people that know I am exactly where I need to be, even when I don’t. I feel so supported and when I doubt my ability to shine, they remind me that I’m that gal that moved across the country in the name of personal growth. So THANK YOU, you know who you are 😉. And here. We. Go. ⚡️🎉🤷‍♀️


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Excuse me miss 💃🤷‍♀️
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📸 @rcboogie
@hammertraction


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Making the most of the ocean while I have her 🌊💙 @hammertraction
#skimboarding


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