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27 F Utica, MI

My Details

Last Online
Jul 22
5′ 2″ (1.57m)
Body Type
Christianity, and very serious about it
Graduated from masters program
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Likes dogs
English, Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I've never thought of myself as an online-dating kind of girl, but here I am giving it a try. Am I skeptical? Yes. But hey, life is full of surprises.

I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal... I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. Impressive (or not so impressive) book collection aside, I'm a world traveler. I've visited 28 countries and half of the US states. I'm not really sure where to call home. I grew up in Southern California, lived in Philly for 7 years, just spent a year in England, and now am in Michigan while I figure out what I'm doing with my life. I love adventures, wearing cowboy boots, picnics in the park, road trips, random dance parties, anything miniature, and laughing out loud. I mean, seriously, are there many things better in life than laughing? (Bacon is a close rival). I also enjoy: art, music, being grammatically correct, cooking/baking, white Converses, intellectual conversations, antique stores, Trader Joe's sweet potato chips, and witty independent films.

I strive for authenticity and find honesty-the real, vulnerable kind-to be refreshing. I love people, especially my amazing family and friends. My faith is also a significant part of my life and fuels my passion for people and for social justice. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I constantly strive to be the best version of myself.
What I’m doing with my life
Living it to the fullest. I'm finishing up a master's program in Globalization and Development from the University of Manchester (UK). I just moved back from England and am hanging out at my parents' while I finish my dissertation and search for a job. Before grad school, I worked as a grant manager at a philanthropic consulting firm managing a portfolio of global health advocacy projects. I'm interested in international development and passionate about social justice issues and plan to incorporate them into my long-term career.

On the weekends, I'm a fashion consultant among family and friends and a thrift store connoisseur. Aside from work and thrifting, I spend a lot of time thinking about where I'd like to travel and live and planning adventures.

For the next two months, I'll be spending most of my waking moments researching and writing my dissertation. Not exactly how I want to spend my summer, but it is what it is.
I’m really good at
Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "I like to think I'm good at":
Listening and offering advice
Finding random gems at thrift stores
Cooking creative dishes
Staring contests
Being sarcastic
Making people laugh

I'm terrible at:
Taking my own advice
Using chopsticks
Parallel parking
Pull ups
The first things people usually notice about me
If I were noticing me for the first time, I'd be drawn to my eyes, bold personality, and colorful clothes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, I Want to Go Home, One Thousand Gifts, Freakonomics, The Road to Hell, anything by Steinbeck or Grisham

Movies: Dan in Real Life, Crazy Stupid Love, Silver Linings Playbook, Kicking and Screaming, The Aristocats, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Proposal, Anchorman, Remember the Titans, Zoolander, The Philadelphia Story, Oceans Trilogy, The Blindside, What About Bob?, the Sandlot, Live at the Purple Onion

Shows: Arrested Development, The Office, SNL's The Best of Will Ferrell

Music: The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Alexi Murdoch, Heath McNease, Citizen Cope, Alex Clare, Pete Yorn, Brooke Frasier, Flobots, Brett Dennen, Gungor, Cake, the Civil Wars, Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Kings of Leon, Derek Webb, Loud Harp, and Zach Williams, to name a few

Food: Bacon (and most other things)
The six things I could never do without
I'm going for seven:
God's grace
Delicious Food
My Camera
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Who I am and who I want to be
Where I want to travel
The people I love
Social justice issues
The supply chain used for the products I purchase
What delicious concoction to make for dinner
My next art project
Ethical fashion
Conspiracy theories
Why I'm still single (too honest?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing happy hour with friends, having people over for dinner, blues/swing dancing, or watching a movie at home with a glass of wine and carton of ice cream.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sweat a lot when I work out. I also buy myself flowers on a regular basis. Oh, and I plan to blog about my online dating experience.
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 24–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
You're awesome; your faith is an important aspect of your life; you have a passport that isn't empty; you like wearing ugly sweaters in public; you plan on buying me an ice cream cone; you're going to send me more than a four-word message; and you think there's more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good looking.