I’m 40 which I’m actually really comfortable with. I feel like I’ve finally reached a point where I know myself well and I’m happy and at peace with myself. It’s the perfect age where I ‘ve reached a point of happiness but my body hasn’t started to fall apart yet (except my knees, damn those knees)!
Having said that I think its important that we never stop exploring – discovering new things about ourselves and the world, finding new things that we might love (or hate!). I have recently come to discover stand up paddle boarding. I love it – I even attempted doing yoga on a paddle board but only the symmetrical poses ;) As for things I don’t enjoy, I guess that would include ironing but I have known that for some time. And the gym. After a year long, unused membership at a gym that was inexcusably close to my work, I realized I just don’t like gyms. I like to be outside when I exercise, unless its yoga.
I work for a non-profit. I am motivated by seeing the change that my day-to-day work is creating. However I completely respect that everyone is driven by different factors and I wouldn’t want anyone to get the impression that I am self-righteous about it – that characteristic drives me crazy. I am in a senior management role which I enjoy because I really enjoy being in a leadership position where I can build, support and motivate a team of people.
I definitely believe in a work-life balance. There are too many things that I enjoy, and too many friends and family that I want to spend time with, for me to just focus on work. I want to have a family of my own, without question. I am very happy to blend with another family but do want to have children.
I enjoy a little of everything life has to offer. I really like socializing, being active and traveling but also sometimes want to lounge on the couch. I really enjoy meeting new people and lived in the UK for 10 years. However I was drawn home by a core group of friends and family that I feel very lucky to have.
Who knows what the magical combination of traits is that can create that enigmatic spark… however based on my own experience and values it is important to me that the person I am with is open minded, kind, supportive, curious about the world, and laughs a lot.
Thank you for reading, and whether you choose to contact me or not, I hope you find what you’re looking for. :) Meredith