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My self-summary
Hello, my name is Ryan. I am an art director, writer, and illustrator.

Quick OK Cupid note: If you're into me, shoot me an email—I'm friendly. Also, I can't see who "likes" me, so if you "like" me all I can do in response is think "huh, someone on the internet hit the like button." :)
What I’m doing with my life
Everything in my life is about being the best version of myself that I can be. It's been a lifelong pursuit, and it's a passion that I want the people around me to share as well.

For my day job, I work as the Art Director for a firm that teaches storytelling to filmmakers. Outside of that, I’m laying the ground to pivot my career in the coming years towards writing and speaking. I write non-fiction about personal excellence and just general existential stuff.

I'll be launching a blog in March at featuring my writing and illustrations.

I'm really excited about this project. :)
I’m really good at
I'm really good at emotional intelligence and maintaining healthy relationships in general.

I'm also really good at petting cats. Like, a lot.

Oh, snuggling and hugs—I'm really good at those too.

I'm also really fascinated by human behavior and systems that describe different aspects of people's psychological make-up and behavior.

If you're into such things, I'm an INFJ, Enneagram 9(1), and astrologically my sun is in Pisces, my rising is Virgo, and my moon is in Aquarius. :)

If astrology sounds like mumbo-jumbo to you, feel free to ask me questions. It's a really neat thing that has been thoroughly bastardized by pop culture.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm male.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My lists about these things always end up being crazy long. Let's avoid repeating that, shall we! :D

Everything that I read these days is non-fiction. I know there's a TON of incredible fiction out there, but fiction hasn't floated my boat for about a decade now. The books I read tend to be about philosophy, human development, and various things about skills that I'm interested in cultivating.

I really love music. The two genres I'm most drawn to are singer/songwriters (like Sufjan Stevens, James Mercer, and Jose Gonzalez), and electronic music (like Clark, Aphex Twin, and Modeselektor).

I also really love movies. I'm really into movies like what the Cohen Brothers, Wes Anderson, and David Fincher make. That list is by no means comprehensive. :)

There are a lot of excellent TV shows. Rick and Morty is fucking hysterical. If you haven't seen it, it's so brilliant.

Hoo boy. Food. I love food. I don't even know where to start with that one. I don't love seafood though, which I feel is a bummer because there's SO much of it!
The six things I could never do without
Hmm... how about I give you 6 words that represent who I am & what I strive to be more of? :)

1. Courageous
2. Loving
3. Kind
4. Supportive
5. Accepting
6. Compassionate

Ok, now I'll give you the other six things:

1. Music
2. Cuddling
3. Cats
4. Someone to enjoy my cooking and food-in-general with
5. Deeply moving emotional experiences
6. Living things
7. Jacobsen's Sea Salt
8. Disregarding rules that I find pointless or irrelevant
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Existential stuff, good design (and by "good" I mean elegant and highly functional), whiskey-forward cocktails, coffee, chocolate, and how radically Portland has changed into an entirely new city at a break-neck pace.
On a typical Friday night I am
I reject the concept of "a typical Friday night" on principle. :P
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once bought body wash that smelled like ham when I used it (the bottle said lavender). I do not like being covered in soapy ham-bubbles. Truth.
You should message me if
my profile at any point made you think "FUCK YES!." :)