49 Washington, DC
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My self-summary
I spent my thirties concentrating on my career. I've been lucky to have had a few very meaningful relationships where I learned about myself, how to communicate, how to compromise (and on what), and what works for me in a relationship. I'm very happy with where I am in life. I'm closer to my family than I've ever been; I'm surrounded by excellent friends who support me and challenge me to better myself, and learn new things. As the t-shirt says: life is good! Come on in! :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I changed jobs about a 3.5 years ago to a role that's more in line with career goals and gives me the freedom to pursue my personal priorities and hobbies. Who knew it would take 15 years to find work-life balance?! ;-) It's helped me stay healthier, get back to my hobbies like photography, auto sport and travel and spend more time with family and friends. I went on a 2-week trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana in September 2012 and loved it. Just came back from a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, and heading to China in April which I'm super exited about. I can't wait to go back to Africa though, and hit a few other places on my list: a couple more of the US National Parks and overseas trips to Italy and Spain.
I’m really good at
I can be the planner or the idea-man, but one thing I'm known for among my friends is that I'm not a procrastinator.
I get a lot of compliments on my photographs from friends.
I'm a good listener and conversationalist, and pride myself in staying calm in difficult situations.
The first things people usually notice about me
I smile easily and it seems to be contagious. I can make people feel at ease around me fairly quickly - I can get along with almost anybody!
I've been told I smell good :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love all kinds of movies: action/adventure, mysteries and comedies, but I'm not into any particular TV shows. When I do watch TV, I'm watching the National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs or catching up with world's soccer games (Spanish, BPL, German leagues and of course the World Cup). OK, I have to admit - I record and watch Dancing with the Stars. I used to swing dance (lindy hop) a few years ago and have had the dancing bug ever since. I'm big fan of European style auto racing events. I get my news from NPR and WTOP while I'm driving, and from the Time magazine and various online news sources.
The six things I could never do without
1. The company and support of my friends and family
2. Being outdoors and near wildlife
3. Live music
4. My cameras
5. Good food & wine with good company
6. My iPhone (sad, I know)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What my next trip is going to be
On a typical Friday night I am
Dinner or drinks with friends, checking out a live band, or packing a bag to get out of town for he weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
We'll eventually get there too ... give it time!
You should message me if
You're generally a happy and secure person, still open to possibilities, and carry minimal baggage - let's face it: nobody is baggage-free; some people are just better at traveling with carry-ons! :-) You have your own hobbies and friends some of which you're willing to share eventually when the time is right!