I think it is important to work hard, play hard, count my blessings, be gracious, open-minded, sincere, to give from my heart, and to do my best to appreciate everything.
I am a single girl who was born and raised in the bay area. I am Mexican although there is some Cherokee Indian in me, from my dads dad. I think I look more Native American than Mexican which is why I mention it. I have not been raised steeped in my cultural tradition so have been called Americanized. That said, I am proud of who I am and where my family has come from to get here. I do wish my parents had taught my sister and I Spanish as we were growing up. They decided to use it when they did not want us to know what they were talking about so we know bits and pieces. Definitely understand more than I can speak. I still have hopes to learn conversational Spanish.
I have never been married, although I was engaged once. I do not have any children but remain open to the possibility.
My personality is mostly upbeat although I am human, so I do have an off day now and again.
I am very close to my family. My dad passed in 1995 and experiencing that made me realize what is important in life.
I do not worship money as the end all be all goal in life. I do think we need enough to do what is needed but decided long ago I wanted my mark on the world to be more profound than she made a lot of money. I want people to say I made the world a better place than it was before I lived.
I believe we are all works in progress and if we are lucky, we continue to evolve, learn and grow.
I consider myself versatile in that I am at home in most situations and experiences although that is not to say I do not push myself outside of my comfort zone from time to time because it is just necessary. Challenge can be very rewarding. I would say that my deciding to participate in this forum is just that.
I have adopted the attitude that it is best not to fight gravity and force things in life to be what they are not or could never be. It has made for a much more peaceful life.
I definitely wear my heart on my sleeve so at times, I am rendered inarticulate by emotion. At those times, I search my heart and soul to figure out what it is that is really bothering me. I am a firm believer that only I control my feelings and emotions and that no one can MAKE or cause you to feel certain ways but as I mentioned above, I am human so there are times when my reactions even take me by surprise. I guess I would summarize by saying I am a real woman.
In many ways, I believe the experiences we have in life are stepping stones to lead us through what we need to do or be at the time. In that regard, I make a conscious effort not to hold onto past hurts or grudges.
As far as love and relationships go, I do want to share my life with someone however, I am not one who has ever pinned their happiness on being conventional. To me, the commitment is far more important than the labels or legal aspects.
I think finding someone you are compatible with who has similar life goals and complements you is tough enough without heaping must haves as far as an end result on top of that. For now, I just want to date and get to know someone.