I try to live life to its fullest, cherishing each day. Silly discussion is just as important to me as deep conversation. I frequently travel off the beaten path, and recently returned from a trek through the Nepal Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. I learn a lot about the world from some really great podcasts, of which I have about a dozen favorites. On a typical weeknight I can be found hanging out with friends, attending the premiere of an off-Broadway show, or experimenting with a new recipe that will (hopefully!) bring me to a distant corner of the globe as I enjoy my lunch the next day.
Sneakers. Once upon a time I used to live a sedentary existence, but in the time since I’ve come to enjoy and love an active lifestyle. Working out every day is a huge priority for me. In addition to working out at the gym, I try to find opportunities for exercise in everyday life. I steadfastly avoid elevators at the office and courthouse whenever possible, and always opt for the steps over the escalator in the subway.
Books. I’ve always been an avid reader and look to books to enrich and educate myself about the world, and to learn from the lives of others. I have an aversion to fiction so I tend to stick to narrative non-fiction and (auto)biographies. I particularly love “armchair travel,” where engaging travelogues take you on virtual trips abroad while you sit comfortably (and cheaply) in your armchair at home. Although I had been resisting the switch for a very long time, I recently received a Kindle as a gift and I think it might very well be the best invention since sliced bread.
Friends. I’m a people person and love sharing experiences with others. Living life is so much more enriching when you have an opportunity to share it with a wide circle of friends. Friends are like family; they’re there for you when you need them and you are there for them when they need you. I love having a diverse array of friends from all walks of life and social circles.
Healthy Snacks. I’ve learned the hard way that the key to living a healthy lifestyle is to not only eat healthy meals but to also ensure that the snacks between meals are healthy too. I’m a snacker, I love munching on things. I have discovered some of the world’s juiciest and sweetest dates (California Medjool) and tastiest figs (Orchard Choice Golden). I also eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables (strawberries and blueberries are in season now). Guilt-free snacks are yum!
Travel. My friends say I am who I am in part because of the places I’ve been to. I love immersing myself in a foreign culture to practice a different way of life and (hopefully) speak a different language. I’m lucky to have a friend who enjoys similar interests and we’ve been to quite a few places together. We tend to travel off the beaten path, mostly in the developing world, and prefer proactive trips over passive museum-gazing.