Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Though I consider myself kinda critical and cynical, I am genuinely
grateful and excited to be alive and explore life. I am always up
for new experiences that will enhance and broaden my perspective. I
like to surround myself with people that are (at least slightly)
aware and critical of themselves and others - that's really
important to me! I think of myself as committed to social justice,
though unfortunately often annoyed by those who describe themselves
as such. Tricky!
I'm from the country originally and often fantasize about living in
the middle of nowhere again. At the same time, I love Philly - the
people, the vibe, etc. and am entirely happy being here for the
time being and possibly longer, who the hell knows...
While I really appreciate how privileged I've been in that I've had
the opportunity to go to college, I believe that all people have
valid experiences and pools of knowledge, regardless of whether or
not they're "educated" by conventional standards. I've always been
wary of those who place too much importance on credentials. The
most inspiring interactions that I've had are generally outside of
Generally, I'd rather spend time outdoors than in - whether it's
going for a walk, hula hooping or just chillin' on a porch with
friends. When I am inside, I'm generally cooking, consuming,
reading, relaxing, napping, and all those pretty unoriginal yet
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
While I'm a strong believer that our jobs (or lack there of) don't
define us whatsoever, I'm recently employed and working in a
setting that really excites me, so I'll answer this question with
I'm working as a domestic violence counselor at a non-profit. I
spend my days working at the individual level while figuring out
how to integrate tackling the social forces (patriarchy, sexism,
racism, power and control, etc.) that create and reinforce
violence. It's incredibly challenging work and I come home
exhausted and wondering how I can grow and perhaps help the next
person a little bit more...
I also make and sell hula hoops, and teach classes informally. This
is my greatest passion. I'm always trying to come up with ways to
integrate hula hooping into other facets of my life. I'm determined
to combine hooping and social work-- that is my "ideal" career
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Lending a hand or ear to those who need it, finding really good
deals, typing, driving, wrapping presents and making up silly
For the sake of balance and modesty, here are a few of the several
things I'm not so good at and would honestly like to improve:
remembering to pack a lunch, running fast, shutting off my brain
when I need to (bedtime, etc.), and those crazy magic eye things...
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Hm...in the winter maybe my scarf? I have a collection. Other times
of year, I have no idea, maybe how not quite business casual I
appear while I appear to be going to work?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Ironically, this is my least favorite section to fill out, but I'll
list a few things anyway.
A couple good books that I read recently were The Unbearable
Lightness, Notes from No Man's Land, Good Women, cookbooks...
In terms of music, I like a range of artists and genres including
folk, reggae, blues, good hip hop, soul, I don't know...anything
that moves me or my body I guess. I have to say one of my pet
peeves is music snobbery; while I'm always interested to hear of
new bands/artists, obscure music references and self-importance
around musical tastes is nauseating. I love seeing live music
though and want to do more of that. If anyone has any suggestions
of how/where I could become involved in some type of
community/group singing thing I'd love to know. I'm also slowly
learning the guitar which is fun and gives me an excuse to sing as
I think one of the most consistently amusing things I see on here
(in addition to loving David Foster Wallace - don't we all?) is
people's insistence that they don't watch tv! no no! and then
proceed to list the 20 shows they watch on netflix and hulu. I have
no problem with it, it genuinely just makes me laugh.
Food-wise I'm not picky at all, though generally tend to eat
veggies. I definitely don't "identify" as vegetarian just honestly
never really developed a taste for meat. I love cooking good meals
and going out though and some favorites include Pho, Mexican, Thai,
Sushi, anything noodly, ice cream, and good sauces/condiments!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
six hula hoops.
i'm just kidding!!
five hula hoops and water
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I just went on a multi-month, multi-state cross country trip via
train, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent my
days exploring and my nights couchsurfing (couchsurfing.com, check
it out!). I took the trip after getting my masters and experiencing
the devastating loss of my dog. I really had no agenda and had the
ability to spend as long as I wanted in any given place. I'm back
now-- in the swing of things in Philly, working, chillin and living
Recently I really find myself thinking about how to integrate the
two life styles (traveling vs. hunkering down and building
community) into a life that makes sense to me.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Hanging out with friends, either at a bar or my house, at a party
perhaps, hopefully dancing, often reading or watching a movie.
Gotta make one of these responses the most unoriginal things ever
right? Don't wanna stand out TOO much...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Sometimes I wonder if the random guy giving me eyes is realizing he
knows me from somewhere...where? Oh yes, OkCupid!
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You wanna play music together!! I'm learning guitar, love to sing,
drum, all that good stuff. Especially if you and your friends jam
and I can join, or you'd like to join me and my friends...
Additionally, message me if the following apply: you have a cute
dog I can hang out with and/or walk, you identify as a feminist,
you want to hoop, you're honest, you're a good listener (and
talker), you're non-judgmental and you're down for random
Above all, message me if you're kind and genuinely want the best
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