Musically, I've amassed about 20 songs in the last 7 years. My vocal and song-writing style is unique but it's likely considered alternative/folk with some blues and ethereal shoe-gazer thrown in for good measure. I'm releasing my solo album any day now. Before that I collaborated on a world music album called Life is a Play. You can find it here:
After trying many unfulfilling careers and just about giving up to become a barista, I discovered my dream career. I've learned that working directly with people's bodies is what will make me happiest. And I have an abundance of patience and focus to give to people who are going through tough transitions. When a friend suggested physical therapy I fell in love and went back to school.
I love being active. Am thinking of doing a triathlon. I enjoy just about every form of physical activity including swimming, biking, hiking, and working-out. I've delved into many different sports, even some edgier ones like roller derby. In the summer of 2010 I walked all 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago. It was a challenging journey, physically, mentally, and emotionally and it opened my mind to seeing fresh possibilities for my life. As a result I'm much happier and lead a more balanced life than before.
Reading is one of my favorite activities, especially now that it's gotten colder. I spend as much time listening to NPR as I would listening to a partner. I enjoy learning about world politics, intrepid people going against cultural mores and politics, and anything happening in the natural world. I love learning about the wondrous human body and relish opportunities to dissect hearts and brains.
I also enjoy dissecting hearts and brains in other ways. I relish true connections and exploring the junctions between myself and others. Basically I think we're all here to teach and learn from each other. I'm also a bit of a self-development junkie and amateur philosopher. I listen to Thich Nat Hanh and read Taoist poetry. I love providing emotional support to friends with relationship problems and life purpose questions, especially since I've been through quite a bit myself.
One of the most unique things about me is my insatiable curiosity about people from other cultures. I can find a foreigner like a needle in a haystack. I'm currently on an "Eastern streak" in terms of learning more about the Arab world. I even began learning Farsi a little bit. I make a mean guttural H sound. And that I owe to the Dutch, who are very gezellig. :)
I'm originally from the South. And I've traveled to Mexico, India, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Wales, and England. I have a bucket list item to host someone from every country on couchsurfing.org. I love languages and speak Spanish pretty fluently. I'd love to meet an intercambio.
Lastly, I love to cook and eat and feed people (read the wrong way, this could implicate cannibalistic tendencies). I get a local farm box and delight in brainstorming new ways to prepare the things inside. I'm a big fan of international cuisine. I've made Bi Bim Bop, Khorest e Fesenjan, Indian and Thai curries. I've made sushi and bubble tea. I most love home-style cooking, the kind I grew up with in South Carolina. Black eyed peas and collard greens. Yum!