I work for a large hedge fund in a group that mainly focuses on finding creative ways for companies to leverage patents to obtain financing without losing them. We were officially acquired in February 2013 so it was pretty hectic for a while but I’m back to the point where I have a good work/life balance. In August 2013 I moved back to South Berkeley and have been loving starting from scratch in making my apartment a really comfortable home. By nature I tend to de-compress by retreating into my mind after a long day but I love people and have been working on building my communities. This includes writing in a meetup group, going to spoken word slams with friends (just got up for first time), ecstatic dance and a few small gatherings so I could cook for/with other people. I let my training fall apart with the rigors of getting our company off the ground so I’m now finally getting back in the swing having recently completed a boot camp and getting back into running. Feel free to glance to the right for other specifics that may or may not be of interest.
This section is important to me since the personalities and priorities associated with people in my current profession/lifestyle are not reflective of what makes me tick and the woman I see as my ideal partner. In my junior year I abruptly switched majors from Actuarial Science (Math) to Communications. Much of my early professional life was in Conflict Resolution where I got hundreds (possibly over a thousand) of hours of training in mediation, facilitation and various communication styles. I was also very motivated by spirituality and personal development. Every six or seven years since college I have taken a year off of work. My alternative interests range from spending years in a community based on the Enneagram and Boddhisatva path to reading tarot (including professionally) to trying various modalities including Breathwork which if my favorite. The most recognizable organization where I did personal development work was Landmark Education where I took classes and was a Staff Member for two years. I am not active in any of those communities although I am now finally checking out some of the options in the Bay Area but more importantly this gives a sense of how I relate to the world in general.
I find it fun and motivating to come up with long-term games to play. I say it that way instead of calling them goals because I don’t get fixated on the specifics – it is more about the intention. For instance I’m fascinated with the thought that maybe the first 50 years was practice and then what would I do with the second 50 years? I like the idea of semi-retiring at the age 50 then driving around the country and running 50 miles in 50 states in 50 weeks during my 50th year. Then I’m thinking how it would be cool to devote each decade to something new. Maybe my 50’s is the endurance athlete, 60’s is a Hollywood career, 70’s is gourmet vegan chef. Who knows. Holding this context helps me remember to cook more, sign up for marathons (Hawaii in 2014!) and take the actions now that I might otherwise put off until later.