I am also lucky enough to be in a place in my life where I have the freedom to travel more than normal. I've taken a (paid) sabbatical off work to focus on me. I enjoy road trips, weekend getaways and full exploring new places. Lots can be learned from being in a new culture.
I'm not sure what to make of this online dating experience. We all try and sell ourselves on here, trying to impress the opposite sex. Anyone else feel like we are peacocking? Ha! I believe everyone has good and bad traits, and the key is not to find someone who doesn't, but it's to find someone who meshes with yours.
A pretty significant event changed my view on life about 3 years ago. It forced me to re-evaluate everything and really discern what matters. As a result, I'm now less shallow, and more present day to day. I also choose happiness over things like security. At the very least, I look past most superficial things a lot more than I did before. That said, I am looking for a partner who is equally evolved. Most people won't admit they are shallow, but many are. I was.
What else? Hmmm...I don't eat meat. Or eggs or dairy. Call me crazy but yuck. Yes that makes me vegan. Don't worry, I'm not here to lecture you or shove veggies down your throat. Though if you're a big meat eater, there may be too much of a gap between us. Im not saying we can't date, but if you can't at least go easy on the meat around me, any potential relationship with us might be entirely too much frustration and work. For both of us. I would find it gross and you would find it annoying.
I should mention I'm not in a hurry to find someone. My life is good the way it is. I have my kids, my friends and my dog. Keeping myself busy. If we met, I would want to start out slow, being friends first and getting to know each other for a while to make sure we were, in fact, compatible. Too many times I jump in and realize a few months later that we want different things. This time, I want to try something different. After all, I'm bound to get this relationship stuff right eventually...
I also have 5 tattoos and I cant promise I will not get more. I've been told that some men don't like tattoos and I had 'better put it on my profile' (my tattoos are girly and dainty so I don't see the big deal, but there you have it)
Hmmm... what else? I should also admit that I am not looking for just a pretty face, (though if you are extremely handsome, don't just pass by, say hello for Pete's sake!) I am looking for a cerebral connection as well. I have briefly dated some men in the past, who I have been extremely attracted to physically, but when they spoke, my brain got angry. I'm not looking to do that again.
Please don't send a one liner, which only talks about my physical attributes that you like about me, I will not reply. Save yourself the one minute effort you put forth in contacting me. I think at this point we all should have a very good idea about what we are looking for in order to have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship. I may not be your cup of tea, and you may not be mine. Please don't take that personally.
So there you have it. Good luck to us all on here. May we find what we are looking for. And in the meantime, well, there's always Netflix :)