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In Search of My Spirit Animal

In Search of My Spirit Animal
Alexandria Autry

As DPR grows, both here in Miami and on the west coast, there’s certain to be another impromptu spirit animal session that I may or may not be prepared for.

For those of you who aren’t DPR savvy, occasionally we’re asked to stand up in front of the “class” and tell everyone our spirit animal, complete with a kick-ass explanation of why, because, well…hello, everything we do here is reasoned and thoughtful.

On day one, when my dear friend and colleague Gabi told the crew that her spirit animal was a wildebeest, I knew I had to get my sh*t together, and fast!

confused

For the last couple months I’ve pondered this question – whether it’s as I’m clipping some beautiful coverage of Ecoventura, admiring the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, or dying in my downward dog at our favorite hot yoga spot, Love Life Wellness.

My mind wanders; What is my spirit animal? WHO AM I? What if I choose the wrong thing? I don’t want to be a meerkat, or whatever, FOREVER. I’m also deathly afraid of birds, so, that’s a hard no.

Meerkat

To be totally honest, I‘m probably overthinking this whole thing (not surprising.) But if you’re like me, you may need a little guidance in the search for your spirit animal. See below for some “almost pro tips”:

  1. Chilllllll. Just like most things in life, it doesn’t last forever. As you evolve as a person and a professional, your spirit animal may evolve with you – from dolphin to dingo. It can happen!
  2. Don’t take those silly Buzzfeed quizzes. You’ll end up being a sloth or squirrel, or something else super offensive.

offended

  1. Phone a friend. Your friends and coworkers see you in ways you can’t see yourself, making them great resources for this kind of thing.

Spirit animal epiphany came late one night in the DPR office, when V stayed late Googling animal facts with me. I am a shark. Contrary to popular belief, sharks aren’t mean; they’re just hungry and remorseless in pursuit of their goals, or food. They sometimes hunt in groups, but can also comfortably stand alone. In order to avoid sinking, they must always be moving. Their eyesight isn’t so great, so their intuition is uncanny. Fearless in their choices and actively seeking challenges, sharks are often quiet and observant, until it’s too late for their prey. They represent strength and resilience, with the ability to adapt in harsh environments and always bounce back. Also, they have awesome smiles, see!

smilingshark

Whew, so that’s settled…at least for now.

xo, Alex

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Alexandria Autry

A born wander and ex "military brat", this girl is used to life on the go. Originally from Washington, D.C., Alex doesn’t mind staying warm in Magic City. When she’s not cheering on the Redskins, Heat or Hurricanes, you can catch her brunching in the Gables with her frenchie pup, or anywhere with sun, sand and a mimosa in hand.

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