To provide something of my background, I grew up in Ohio, in a city. I lived in the same house, all the way through public school, with my parents who are still together. I didn't feel like venturing far after high school, so I remained in Columbus and studied Environmental Science at Ohio State University, earning my BS. Admittedly, my mind was not very career oriented when I chose the major, and so when graduation came I didn't like my career options, and decided to go straight to graduate school. By this time I was very eager to get out of Ohio and so I made the move to Oregon and Oregon State University for my Masters in environmental engineering. However, even while I was in graduate school my mind was primarily on subjects other than my degree of study. Primarily philosophy and psychology. After I finished this program I moved to Seattle and worked as an environmental scientist and engineer with a private consulting firm for a few years, but knew this was not for me long term. I took most of 2013 off as a sabbatical to try and sort out where I wanted to be headed in my life. I had felt most passionate about psychology, and specifically psychotherapy for several years, but could I really go back to graduate school?! After taking time off, working a few odd jobs, and running my own small business for 6 months (which really opened my eyes to the benefits of self-employment), I decided I needed something steady for a year while I prepared for some new great thrust in my life. So I headed to Ho Chi Minh City with some friends of mine, and that brings me up to the present.
I have decided to go for that MA in Counseling so that I can make my dream of being a psychotherapist happen! I start classes in September 2014, and I couldn’t be happier to finally making this happen (despite it being my second trip to grad school). When I return to the USA, I could really go anywhere, because my graduate program is online. And I don’t feel committed to any particular city at the moment.
Let me say something of my personality:). I am very insightful and reflective. My primary interest is in being as truly authentic as I can be, so I have devoted considerable time to getting to know myself and maintain this effort daily. I am laid back, and generally a home body. I like to stay healthy, but I am not big into exercise. I eat anything. I am very gentle and open in my emotional expression. I have built a large capacity for honesty. I like to talk about feelings and ideas, but because of my history of trying to think everything through, I work more of trying to feel my way along nowadays. I have a very wide sense of humor, and am not easily offended. I also value having free time to myself, since I like to reflect a lot on my own life and current feelings.
I want to be humble that I have been out of romantic relationships and dating for a long time, so while I bring a considerable amount of authenticity and awareness of who I am, I am bound to need some catching up when it comes to functioning optimally in a relationship. I have had very emotionally open friendships for years, so in this respect I am well practiced. I am not interested in something casual for very long. I am looking for a good long-term match, but I’m not willing to force or fake it. So while I want something serious, I will try to be realistic about its prospects. I won’t be back in the States for a while, but I am interested in looking ahead. And depending on whether or not I hit it off with someone before returning to the States, then it would influence where I choose to move when I return.