To clarify the do you have a kid question in the box to the right. I have a son who is in college so there isn't a little one around the house or any enduring drama with his mother.
I have a university education in political science and communications. I'm currently in Michigan but I will be beginning a joint Juris Doctorate and Masters program in higher education leadership at the University of California in the fall. I have a passion for civil liberties/rights and education so this seems like the logical path. Is it possible to have too much education? A typical ENFP who wants to know and do everything.
I enjoy mountain biking, hiking and being out in nature as well as walking through a downtown. I also enjoy politics, history, reading, movies, music, volunteering, and playing with dogs.
I work at being content and present in the moment. I believe it's true that happiness is an internal choice one makes. "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." ~Buddha
One thing I’ve noticed on these sites is there are a lot of “I” statements. Certainly everyone goes into a relationship of any kind with hopes, dreams and desires. It’s true it is the structure of our language and bonds between people take effort and time to build so if you wrote in "I" statements it's perfectly fine. I would simply like to make it clear I am seeking a relationship that is mutual and shared. "Only a life lived for others is worth living." ~Albert Einstein
In a relationship these are some values, qualities and interest I would like to share in common with a good woman. This by no means is an absolute list of value, qualities and interests we must share. Life doesn't work that way. Each person is their own person with their own interests so these things and more can be done both individually and together. What is important is an overall common direction and tone.
- We have a passion for each other and life
- We choose quality over quantity
- We are both intelligent and enjoy intellectual challenge
- We believe in timeless values such as humility, service, honesty, fairness, kindness, curiosity, and perseverance
- We know there are boundaries in arguments and we respect ourselves and the other person not to cross them
- We enjoy each others company and have fun and laugh even in challenging moments, even at ourselves.
- We appreciate what we have
- We love dogs (or are at least able to peacefully coexist.)
- We enjoy volunteering and giving back
- We respect each other and others
- We seek justice
- We enjoy being outdoors and doing activities like mountain biking, hiking and camping
- We engage in healthy behaviors for mind, body and spirit and continually want to improve ourselves and grow mentally, physically, socially/emotionally
- We enjoy educating ourselves and others and being informed about our world
- We practice meditation and mindfulness
- We have intelligent and silly conversations
- We pack up and travel, seeing and experiencing new places.
- We love and enjoy our family and friends
- We can be lazy on a Sunday morning
- We enjoy documentaries, movies, music, concerts, reading and writing (especially lists on websites, just kidding)
- We watch or attend Michigan football (It is the only sport I watch so you won't find me spending weekends watching sports.)
“Happiness is the result of letting go. Letting go does not mean giving up. Instead it is freeing yourself from unhealthy attachments and opening yourself up to live life fully and joyfully here and now.” ~1000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently