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My self-summary
I'm a fun, accepting, compassionate, upbeat and genuine person. I am very goal oriented and driven, but I also know the importance of balancing hard work with fun, and always make time for the important people in my life. I believe honesty, trust and open communication are the keys to successful, meaningful relationships—friendship or romantic. I am more interested in developing a longer term relationship than a fling. I'm new to Seattle (from Portland), so I am also always open to making new friends.

All of that sounds sort of serious, but I also have a fun and silly side to me, I promise!

I moved to Portland from LA for college in 2006 and haven't wanted to leave the Pacific Northwest! I loved it in Portland and it was a much better fit for me than LA--much less traffic, much more green, a more laid back environment and so many great opportunities to do things outdoors! Hopefully Seattle will be similar, although I know I can’t count on the less traffic part…People are often really surprised when they learn I am from LA, and I take that as a compliment!

In my free time, I genuinely enjoy working out, happy hours with friends, going on walks or hikes, relaxing...I’m pretty open to anything as long as I’m with company I enjoy. I really enjoy being active and it would be great to find other people around my age who like to non-competitively play tennis, basketball, jog, ski or do Zumba or bootcamp type classes with. I especially love cardio based work-outs! I've had a frustrating foot injury that has made it harder to do these things, but I'm still committed to an active lifestyle. I've spent more time at the pool or on a stationary bike at the gym than I prefer during recovery, but I am definitely on the upswing and getting back into Zumba and bootcamp pretty consistently! And I admit I was always happy to "cheat" to go out dancing at 80's night;)
What I’m doing with my life
I love helping others, and I am excited to be starting on a career path that will allow me to do that for more than just my friends and family. I will be starting graduate school at UW in Speech-Language Pathology this September. I'm looking forward to it because I really enjoy working one on one or in small groups with people with special needs, and that career allows me to do that in a number of different settings. I’m particularly interested in working with people with autism and social communication challenges, but there so much I can do with my degree so who knows what area of focus I’ll choose after grad school. If you're not sure what a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) does, feel free to ask!

In Portland, I was a tutor/academic coach for high school students with learning disabilities or ADHD and loved it! I've also done quite a bit of volunteer work promoting inclusion for high school students with special needs and their peers on high school campuses.

I know grad school will be a busy time for me, and I am committed to doing well in my program, but I will be sure to make time for the right person if he comes along.
I’m really good at
Listening and giving advice, helping and taking care of the people I care about, reading people, having a blast dancing like a fool but not caring what others think of me (LOTS of bonus points if you do this too;). And if you can tell me a good place to do this in Seattle since I’m new), explaining math and Spanish concepts to high schoolers (tutoring), simultaneously planning ahead and procrastinating, and eating dessert...I really love dessert:)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Unfortunately, school mostly killed pleasure reading for me. However, I imagine I would enjoy non-fiction, because I LOVE watching Ted Talks. I think it is such an incredible, free educational resource to learn about so many different things I may not have been interested in or know about. I have really enjoyed talks on topics like education, medicine/health, technology, science, quality of life improvement….there is something for everyone, and it’s been especially incredible to learn about some of the medical and tech advances going on!

Honestly, I can’t think of my favorite movie, but I do enjoy going to movies. I tend to lean towards comedies. As far as shows, I have Netflix, and have recently been re-watching Friends, and I think it just might be my favorite show. Other than that, I enjoy Arrested Development, Modern Family, Parenthood, Homeland (well, the first season), the Newsroom, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and I’m sure there are others. Honestly, I don’t watch very much TV though, and most of those shows are over :(

Give me something with a good beat to dance to and I’m happy! I enjoy a lot of 80’s, “oldies,” and some modern stuff too.

So, I mentioned that I’m quite a sugar fanatic, but I’ve been on quite a health kick lately. I honestly generally enjoy healthy foods like fruit and veggies anyways (and desserts a little too much), but more recently I’ve been experimenting with cutting out gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. I feel a lot better, and I absolutely make exceptions, but try to keep it minimal. I just got a crock pot and am really excited to start cooking a lot more. To be clear though, I have NO PROBLEM if other people want to eat gluten/dairy/sugar around me, so don’t let that stop you from sending me a message. I won't try to persuade you to eat this way either, though I have come across some pretty awesome healthy recipes I'd love to share:).
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, in Portland, one of my favorite things to do has been going to 80's night or Decades night at the Crystal Ballroom, or to a Dueling Piano Bar show. I LOVE to dance, even though I'm not all that great of a dancer I still have a blast! I googled around and noticed Seattle has some Dueling Piano shows too, and need to find a good 80’s night. I also enjoy happy hours, staying in with friends watching a movie, making dinner. I'm also always looking for new things to do on weekends, any suggestions for this new Seattleite? I can’t wait to explore the city!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still own a sparkly orange unitard from a 4th grade dance recital that I have been known to put on occasionally--doesn't quite fit the same way anymore, but I don't think I'll ever be able to bring myself to throw it away:)
You should message me if
You believe honesty, trust and open communication are important to successful, meaningful relationships

You do not smoke or do drugs, and aren’t flaky

You want to tell me about or show me some awesome parts of Seattle

You are interested in/have a background in education or psychology, work with kids, or work with people with special needs

You enjoy being active

You're goal oriented and passionate about something in life

You want to practice Spanish with me! I'm always looking for conversation partners.

You want to go water-skiing and have some idea of how to do that somewhere around here--or are interested in joining me on a quest to find water-skiing opportunities!:)

You think we might have a connection