Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I like to smile. I’m an optimist and am happy with my life and
where I am. I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and failures
but I’ve learned from them and they make me who I am. I have a
successful career and a demanding job but value my personal time
and make a case to protect it by spending time every day doing
things I love outside work and connecting with friends.
Complacency with my achievements makes me uneasy. I’ve always
looked for the next challenge and want to continue learning new
things until the day I die. A few years back, I lived a summer in
Beijing to learn Mandarin—by the time summer was over I was
bartering in the markets; unfortunately I’ve forgotten it all and
remember only a handful of words. I picked up swimming as an adult
and now swim a few times a week with an adult swim team. This year,
after 10 years of working in marketing I switched roles because I
needed to learn something new; the first six months were really
hard and I felt like a freshman all over again but am back on my
feet and happy with my decision. I have many things I’d to learn
and experience, one of which is to start and run my own
I find “where are you from” to be a loaded question. I’ve spent
half my life in Colombia and half in the States-I grew up in Bogota
and moved to the States at 18. Since then I’ve lived in
Minneapolis, New York, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Bay Area and now Seattle
(I’m done with the midwest and subzero temperatures). Identity-wise
I’m somewhere in between—which is probably why I’ve connected best
with partners who’ve lived abroad or expats who now live here.
Having said that whenever I hear Colombian music—whether it’s
Carlos Vives, Joe Arroyo, Bomba Estereo something moves deep inside
and I have to dance and I realize I am Caribbean through and
through. I love to dance and feel the music.
Seattle is a cool town and while I don’t have any roots holding me
here I’d be happy to create them with the right person. Another way
of saying it is that home is Seattle, the Central District, with
the few things I have (I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to
owning things) but rather than some place I’d like it to be someone
wherever in the world we decide to live.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
There’s a saying in Spanish—Lo bailado (y lo viajado, I’d add)
nadie te lo quita. I live by it; I fill my life with experiences
rather than things.
Learning, growing, contributing, building cool things with people
and looking to become a better person each day. I’m always open to
trying new things and meeting new people. I love my job and have a
lot of fun in what is a high pressure environment.
“Adventure is just bad planning.” Roald Amundsen, Norwegian Arctic
& Antarctic explorer (1872 - 1928)
Traveling is one the most exhilarating experiences I know. As you
can tell by my pictures I travel frequently and try to do so to at
least to one new place every year. I travel with a very loose
itinerary and prefer figuring things out once I get there. I’ve
found this lends itself better to adventures and discoveries—like
wandering the small streets in and around Shibuya in Tokyo, coming
upon “Love Hill” which as the name suggests is very active at
night; coming upon “Tokyu Hands”, the craziest coolest store I’ve
been in and spending hours there looking at everything from artsy
stationary to camping gear, to discovering a cool little cocktail
bar near the hotel where I ended up making friends with the
barman/owner who dressed every night in a sharp suit and made
fancy, impeccable drinks (picture attached). Sometimes adventure
backfires like when in China I went in for a haircut and learned
the hard way the difference between asking for a number 2 clipper
and 2mm length haircut. I left the barbershop with a tuft of hair
on top—but hey I owned it, it was my summer in Beijing look.
On a spiritual level I am working on being more mindful. When it
comes to defining my life, I’m changing my mental model from
“something I’m doing” as if it’s something I need to do, check
boxes to prove I’ve achieved something, to simply “being”, viewing
life as a gift, working on being at peace and living with
integrity, sharing what I have with the people I love and hopefully
contributing to making society a better place.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Writing—though you may disagree having read up to this point. I
wrote plays in high school and a novella (unpublished in my early
twenties). I’ve been wanting to retake creative writing
Motivating people—at work this means getting people to want to work
with me and put in their best into what we’re doing together. For
fun, convincing people to come out to do something fun like trying
a new restaurant, coming out to cycle, swim or dance.
Cooking—I usually make stuff up; occasionally I go by
I enjoy teaching and think I'm an OK teacher. In college I was a
Spanish tutor and later I taught GMAT and GRE courses at Kaplan in
Colombia; I really enjoyed teaching in a classroom setting. During
business school I got really good at interviewing and later
classmates sought me out to help them/teach them interviewing
skills. I'm interesting in teaching ESL in Seattle.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My smile. I've been told I have nice lips
I think I come across as approachable as I get stopped frequently
by strangers asking for directions. The funniest thing is when this
happens in a city I myself am visiting or when I get approached in
a foreign language like when I was in Turkey.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Too many. The classics: Cervantes, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert,
Balzac, Mann, Hesse, Mahflouz, Saramago. My favorites growing up as
a teenager—Kundera, Sartre, Camus. Latin American writers: Garcia
Marquez, Borges, Vargas Llosa Bolanos. Kenzaburo Oe, Orhan Pamuk. I
gravitate towards older US lit like Faulkner, Hemingway. I want to
read in Search of Time Past; I’ve so far read the first two books.
Regularly I read Economist, NYT, The Atlantic
My first favorite song was Gracias a la Vida; I’d play a Mercedes
Sosa record my parents had when I was 3 or 4 until I scratched it
and then they got me a Pippi Longstockings in Spanish record, I
guess in part so I would stop scratching their records. The second
record I owned was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I like all kinds of
music and love live music. One of my favorite live acts is The
Roots. In terms of what I listen to regularly, my taste is pretty
eclectic: : Jamie XX, Disclosure, SBTRKT, Holy Ghost, Villalobos,
MANDY, School Boy Q, ASAP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Carlos Vives,
I love food and try everything at least once. My favorites come
back to Colombian food I go back and have every year. Simple things
like boiled potatoes with salt taste glorious in Bogota; maybe I’m
eating memories rather than potatoes, who knows. There’s very few
dishes I truly don’t like. I was given to try “aged” fish in Japan
which I have to say is definitely an acquired taste. I also don’t
like Mac and Cheese which is ironic as I did brand management for
Velveeta for several years.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
New year’s pernil
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
User experience, new products and business models.
Carnaval en Barranquilla; I’m torn, I want to go back next year but
also want to the Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I was a child actor in the soap opera Que paso con Lola? Kidding.
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