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Daily Inspiration: Meet Erin Hansen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Hansen. 

Erin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always lived in Iowa. And for the longest time, I never appreciated the Midwest. I had went through a life-changing event in 2017 and started traveling around the Midwest. I realized how much beauty there is. I started hiking everywhere and fell in love with nature. After a few years of hiking and traveling, I decided to start a Facebook group called Midwest Hikes & Hammocks. I started this last November, and we are now at 2k+ members. Because of the amount of growth and passion for this. I decided to turn this into a small business. I really enjoy sharing my love for the Midwest and hiking all over.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I first started hiking, there were a lot of struggles due to my life-changing events.

Starting this business has also had its challenges; I did not realize how much there is to starting a business. There have been struggles with people not agreeing with the way things have been done, not knowing it’s what is best for the group.

Learning how to lead a larger group and ensuring we get to all the states has been a challenge.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work full-time in insurance. I am a claims adjuster for auto insurance specifically. I have worked in the insurance industry for 6 years now. I have a lot of knowledge base within the insurance industry and feel it has been a great career path.

On the side, I started this small business and am very proud to say, I think it could be something I take further in the future.

I feel that I am someone who can lead groups and want to give back the knowledge base I have about the Midwest. I want to show others all the unique spots we have.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thank you for having me.

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