i am fascinated by sound. i study phonology, so how sound systems are structured in different languages. i grew up playing the violin and wanted to be a professional musician for a long time, so i fixate on musical sound as well.
moving just feels good. too many hours of violin and later too much time at my computer did a number on my back, so yoga made its way into my life initially as a way to reclaim my physical body. my practice went deeper and i continually find emotional and spiritual parts of myself that church did not help me discover.
i've realized lately that i've spent most of my life trying to achieve things, trying to be good at everything. i'm working on letting that go. i will probably always be goal oriented and a little neurotic, but i want to be aware of what is happening around me rather than living in the haze of a to-do list.
learning and teaching are important to me. some of the greatest teachers in my life have not been professional teachers. many of these teachers i met abroad. when i travel, i usually stay in a place rather than being a tourist. i do this not just to learn language, but to learn about the people that speak it. i love feeling connected with people and the little victories of the language and culture learning processes.