For full disclosure, I admit I am coming out of a recent breakup. I know...sounds like a horrible set up for a rebound. Therefore, my expectations aren't that high for now. Don't get me wrong, I AM looking for true love. I never date someone for any other reason than marriage...but I know I'm not going to find it instantly. As an eternal optimist, I'm hopeful that the right guy for me is out there but as a pragmatist, I know I'm not going to find him moping around at home. So I'm giving this a chance....if only to see what's out there.
What I am looking for: someone with a warm, genuine, and caring heart. I think if someone has that basic trait, everything else will fall into place. More practically, I want an old-fashioned gentleman - someone who will open doors for me, carry my heavy luggage, make the first move, etc. I am looking for a confident man who knows what he wants and knows how to get it, who continually looks for ways to improve himself, takes care of his own physical and mental health, has his own interests, and someone who will love my family as his own. Finally, I want someone I can look up to and admire, who will introduce me to new things and a best friend to experience life with.
As a side note: I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and am definitely clamoring to get back there. I have about another 3 years left in Boston. Therefore, I know this may sound somewhat close-minded and will likely greatly diminish the dating pool for me, but I should probably avoid anyone who is rooted in New England. After going through several relationships, I've learned it's important to just be honest and upfront about the fundamental things you want/need in a relationship. Thinking that these things may change or that you'll learn to compromise on the stuff that really matters to you is an exercise in futility and ends up wasting everyone's time.
Being domestic - cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, you name it! I would have made a fantastic housewife if I'd been born 100 years ago.
Anything that involves working with my hands.
Killing house plants with love.
2. My BFFs of course
3. Food - yes, I'm one of those "live to eat" kind of people.
4. Some sort of creative outlet. In the past, I used to paint (oils and acrylic) and had a lot of crafty endeavors. Nowadays, because of time constraints, my creative energy is funneled primarily into photography.
5. Physical exercise/activity/exploring - hiking/trekking, camping, running, snowboarding (although it's been a while), swimming, and traveling
6. My iPhone. Don't worry, I'm not one of those people with my iPhone constantly plastered to my face. It's just I'm still in awe of just how powerful and enabling this little device is.
Lastly, my ONE superficial criteria is that I like taller (5'9'' or higher) gentleman.