On the average weekend you will find me hanging out with family or friends. I enjoy having a girls night, and I find that very important for balance in my life. I like my alone time as well, and I need it in order to be a happy and well rounded individual.
The things that make me smile are seeing recognition on my students faces when they have achieved one of their goals, helping friends out, seeing my niece grow up and reach new milestones, and a good nights rest.
What I am looking for in a significant other is common interests (really, isn't everyone?), open communication, shared values (integrity, honesty, loyalty, trust), fiscal responsibility, open to new experiences (ie: exploring new places or trying new foods and restaurants), someone who has good family values, someone who can respect my discomfort with limited PDAs around my family, someone who enjoys traveling (weekend trips, day trips), someone who is up for a day of immersing yourself into another culture (are you up to going to a pow wow or visiting China Town during Chinese New Year), and someone who generally enjoys spending time outdoors.
So what common interests do I want to share? Hiking, working out (I'm not looking for perfection, but I would like my significant other to work out to stay healthy), camping, cultural events (see above), and travel.