46 El Cerrito, CA
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My self-summary
I think we should get friends to do this part for us especially gay boy friends who always seem to think we are hot and fabulous. O.k., what friends have said about me recently. I'm smart, a great communicator, funny, really nice, loving, sweet, courageous, I'm a catch, svelte, strong (physically, mentally, spiritually). What would I say about myself. . . I'm pretty strong willed and opinionated, yet compassionate, passionate, and a great listener. Loving, quick to laugh, and focussed. Though I enjoy engaging in conventional activities, I'm far from conventional. I'm just as comfortable sitting in front of the fire knitting, as I am in my high healed boots, or with my chain saw. I've lots of my own things going on, but have always valued strong connections/friendships/partnership and make them a priority in my life. I love silence and raucous laughter. I love alone time alternating with people time. I much prefer one on one time, or small groups of people unless I'm out dancing where I am totally in my element. I have energy to burn which I do working out, pilates, TRX, dancing (funk, hip hop, salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, blues), biking. I recently started rock climbing and see myself continuing! I am a physical and affectionate person. I like to play. Love biking in the Bay area!

I'm from the NE, have lived in the NW, Midwest, overseas and I've got an edge to me, with a great sense of humor (silly, absurd, sarcastic).

I can't say I don't drink, but its pretty few and far between and I prefer to spend time with others who drink little, or on occasion. I know that might make me sound kind of square, but I am far from it! Believe me, I am fun, and can be plenty boisterous without the use of substances.
What I’m doing with my life
I just relocated to the Bay Area in November and am taking advantage of everything the Bay has to offer. The beautiful outdoors (hiking and biking), art, food, cultural events and more. Who is looking for a play mate?! Reinventing myself after fourteen years in Asheville, NC.

I am a self-employed Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Teacher and am slowly establishing myself here in the Bay area. In the mean time utilizes my other hyper organizational talents and working as a personal and admin assistant. Evolving and figuring it out day to day!! Teaching at a local herbal apothecary and loving it.

Trying to dance as much as possible. It keeps me happy and sane. Looking for someone to enjoy all of life's pleasures with. That's where you come in :-)
I’m really good at
Laughing, getting silly, being playful, communicating, cooking, seeing the absurdities in life, creating beauty and warmth. Being a devoted friend and lover. Writing love letters. Listening. I'm good at finding pleasure in simple things and being wowed by the natural world. I'm an awesome Aunt to my nephews who I absolutely adore. I'm a great story teller, especially real life stories about something silly and ridiculous from my past. I am great at staying calm in stressful situations, and automatically knowing and just taking care of whatever needs to be done in the moment. Hopefully, I am relatively decent at filling out this profile!
The first things people usually notice about me
Is my easy laughter, sense of humor, youthful energy. That I am very present. I can seriously get down on the dance floor for a white girl. If it's summertime and tank top weather, that I am kind of buff :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Thai, sushi, dim sum, latin american, ethiopian, fresh, home grown, organic.

Music is a long diverse list. Old school funk, hip hop, break beats, Michael Franti, Latin/salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, bachata, reggaeton, folk, big band, Ella and Louis, Adele. Really anything that makes me want to sing, or dance. Barry White!

Don't listen to a lot of pop, but love Bruno Mars' song "Treasure"...come on guys, that song is hot ;)

Love watching films mostly foreign, indie, intelligent. Love funny but finding funny and intelligent can be challenging. The English are good for that with their sarcastic humor and sense of the absurd. Annie Hall, My Life As a Dog, Little Miss Sunshine, Skakespeare in Love. Often go by actors these days: Kate Winslett, Toni Colette, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, James Franco, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem being a few of my favorite actors. The list could go on. Love movie dates....seriously, I am a sucker for romance. Holding hands at the movies (or cuddling up on the coach after a long day for a movie) is still my idea of romantic!

I haven't been a television watcher for twenty years. Really, I don't even get reception. That said, a friend did convince me to check out Orange is the new Black on Netflix...

Books. . . .I'm out of the loop on what is new and good in the fiction world. I could use some suggestions. I read a lot of books on alternative health and healing. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (anything by Junot Diaz). Love John Krackauer's books, historical fiction, books that take place in an area I have lived, or traveled to. I just read a novel called "Secrets of the Sea" set in Tasmania. I have been intrigued with Tasmania for a long time. Its on the list of places I would like to go. Most recent book that has really affected me is called Cutting for Stone. I am about to read it again.
The six things I could never do without
The sensual, laughter, friends, good food, hot baths, dancing, the ocean. That's seven, its' my lucky number!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What things are on my ultimate list of things I would like to do that I haven't done yet which can be anything from learning a new language, traveling to a new country, or getting involved in a community project working with teenagers/young adults a population that I love working with.

Right now I am thinking a lot about Turkey and planning a trip there in June!
On a typical Friday night I am
Not sure there is a typical Friday night. Often I am relaxing at home after a full week, a movie, a book, dinner with a friend, depends on what is going on around town. Getting my dance on. Cleaning my house. Dancing while cleaning my house...:-)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a fairly private person publicly, but not one on one. You'll have to get to know me to get all the juicy stuff. Trust me, there's plenty. I have a scar in an interesting place with a really funny story to go with it. If your a lucky man you will get to see it one day ;)
You should message me if
Any of the above appeals to you. If you are man who is straight forward, honest, caring, and devoted. You are in to healthy, direct communication and looking for a woman who will return the favor. Your'e available emotionally and physically, smart, capable, and a good mix of playful, serious, passionate, and fun. Being healthy, eating well, and staying fit are important to you, though not an obsession. Taller is nice, but if you can dance you can usually compensate for it that way! Also, it would be nice if your biceps are at least as big, if not bigger than mine :-) I am a strong woman and like a man who can match me physically (even better, you will win our wrestling matches!). The closer you live, obviously the more ideal, but I am very open to possibilities far beyond these mountains.

Your courageous....

Being a dancer is not a requirement, though it would be something really fun (and lets be real, hot!) to share.

Just be ready to have fun and engage with me fully on the dance floor of life ;)