Simplicity. Back to basics. That's how I live. You could say I'm a minimalist as I prefer quality to quantity. So I don't focus on having many friends, but rather focus on a cultivating deep and meaningful friendships with people I want to have in my life. I own few material possessions and I enjoy the feeling of traveling with a hiking pack of just the essentials. I eat a simple, mostly vegan, raw food diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Most of my money goes towards food (from grocery stores) and experiences - though most of my favorite experiences are often simple and low-cost, like hiking trips, bike tours, art museums, volunteering, reading (gotta love that free digital library online!), barefoot/minimalist running, walking around a new city, relaxing on the beach, community events like free talks, theater performances, live music, or dancing.
When it comes to how I see the world, once again, I go back to basics. I don't think life is as complicated as we often make it. Love and acceptance of who we are, living in the moment, enjoying this human experience and being grateful, consciously choosing our feelings and beliefs, seeing how we are all connected and ultimately the same, that we are love embodied in human form .... I like that stuff. It's all stuff most religions teach and I love these ideas because they're simple and they make sense.
I live by my 4 L's of Life: love, listen, learn, laugh. For the most part, I'm very patient, easy-going, and delightfully relaxed. When I start feeling a bit of stress or worry, I just remind myself not to take myself or life so seriously. Lighten up! (I'm nowhere near dark and mysterious.)
I'm an introvert who loves connecting with people :) I like having a good balance between having alone time to reflect and recharge, and experiencing deep, energetic connections with others. Forming these connections with others is one of my greatest passions ... I love supporting and encouraging others to embrace who they are and pursue their dreams .... and I love having conversations and sharing experiences that explore the beauty and what-ifs in the world. I think the best relationship is when you can be with someone, and still feel like you're alone. Think about it.