A long time ago, someone described me as “absolutely dedicated to the idea of the day,” which I feel captures me nicely. If something, anything really, strikes my fancy, then I am absolutely going to do that thing and nothing will stop me. Once, for example, sushi caught my eye, and I was immediately fascinated by the whole operation - preparing the rice, the mechanics of spreading the rice across the makisu evenly, the variety of tastes and flavors that make up a good roll, and the knife skills involved in slicing everything in sight. I spent the next six weeks “apprenticing” at a local sushi restaurant. I use the word “apprentice” because of how the arrangement worked: I spent about 30 hours a week as unpaid labor doing a lot of the grunt work, and in exchange I got to hang out with a ton of cool people, learn a lot about the restaurant business, and practice my sushi-making skills. What I took away from this? Sushi is HARD. Sometimes my passions are much simpler, sometimes not, but I’m always incredibly serious about them.
When something interests me I tend to get absorbed in it, but I just follow my interests where they take me. In other aspects of my life I am an extremely laid-back person. I’m always up for learning and experiencing new things, and I never say no to an adventure. You never know what shiny new excitement could be around the corner.
I eat an extremely strict gluten free diet, which can complicate some friendships but also means I am a fairly good cook. For most of my life I suffered frequent, debilitating headaches. When I discovered gluten was my trigger, I immediately cut it out and haven’t looked back. I’ve been migraine free for two and a half years, and its totally worth it. Gluten free food doesn’t even taste bad, I swear!
Rock climbing is a lifelong passion of mine. Its great exercise, but more importantly its great fun. There is nothing that can compare to finishing a route you’ve been working on for weeks, or to the feeling you get when you’ve been climbing for 5 hours, you’re incredibly pumped out, and you just barely manage to clip the anchors on your last climb of the day. Its always fun to introduce new people to the sport.