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staranatomy

30 F Alexandria, VA

My Details

Last Online
Jul 20
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Other, and laughing about it
Sign
Education
Working on masters program
Job
Student
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English, French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Where I am and where I came from: I finished college with an Interdisciplinary undergrad degree in Theology and Studio Art. I then moved home to Bermuda and had a six year mini-career in art museum curatorial work, before recently moving to DC to start grad school in Art Therapy. I grew up moving between Europe and the US in a military family, and then went to high school and college on the East Coast.

And just for practice: 29 yr old Caucasian female diagnosed with a case of the lonely hearts club band and lack of a tennis partner, referred to OkCupid for bi-weekly sessions of self-help attention from charming members of the online community. Treatment plan includes having fun whilst balancing school work, and exploring DC with elegant bachelor in arm. Patient strengths include perceptive introversion with a big heart and a charming sense of humor. Friends and coworkers describe her as caring, encouraging, graceful, oriented towards service and purposefulness, optimistic, and existential. A good listener, she's always up for adventure, wonderment, and a good laugh!
What I’m doing with my life
Graduate student in Art Therapy

I'm fascinated by holistic care models that work to help people in existential crisis. I hope to continue my psychology studies, but really my studies started long ago and will never stop. This cat thrives on curiosity, it's a lifestyle.

What is Art Therapy you ask?

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as "a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight."

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/f/art-therapy.htm
I’m really good at
Being organized and motivated, passionate and creative, delightfully kind and calm. Public speaking, growing and learning......
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, weight training. Not all at the same time. I miss racing an Etchell in 25 kt winds and coming back with some impressive bruising. I feel I make up for it by going backwoods skiing with my friends at Burton, so much fun! My new years resolution is to hit up the driving range in DC and get my tennis back in the groove, I challenge you to a match!

Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, psychological and existential matters. I am considering taking a course in yoga teacher training, something that I've always wanted to bring down to earth.

Classical, electronic, indie rock, and rock music. I need to see Bjork in concert before I die. Most incredible musical moment was going to Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Lark Ascending had everyone speechless. I have Beatle-mania for classical music but still enjoy listening to my high school favorites The Smashing Pumpkins. Boards of Canada create spaciousness on the time continuum.

Favorite recent film is Samsara, followed by Zero Dark Thirty. Dichotomy anyone? I'm a fantasy movie geek, not going to lie. Any film that involves sparkles and a magical world on the other side of the (insert object here) takes me away to that magical place in my mind where anything is possible. Here's the lineup of the top three; Legend, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal.....Avatar was awesome to watch despite the plot controversies.

American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Burning Man, Stowe Vermont, San Francisco, London, New York, Bermuda. Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, Dupont Circle - and further afield as explorations continue.

Currently loving (and never want it to end) Buddha by Osamu Tezuka, a seven-volume graphic novel of the Buddha’s life. One of the most private things I am willing to admit is that I cried when he achieved enlightenment under the pippala tree! I photocopied those book pages and mounted them on card paper and stuck it to my wall next to my studio desk where I'm sitting right now. In those pages he faces the sun and says, "Oh light, show me my way! As long as I live, I will do my part in this universe!" Serious props to Buddha, words to live by. I've been a student of Buddhism for awhile, and never have I ever read such a fabulous book that has brought this man's exceptional life trials to palpable comprehension. This is the power of art in graphic novel form. In the novel, Buddha constantly teaches people to question how they and others suffer, and to contemplate how interconnected they are with other beings in the universe. Straightforward and eternal questions that people have used to understand their worlds even before there was written language....this time in Manga! haha!

Otherwise, my long-term favorites are Christopher Moore's hilarious tomes of wickedly impish adventures. They're even better to read out loud in the morning to someone in bed, you'll never want to leave the ensuing gigglefest! Some of my favorite masters of the universe are Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, their reputations precede themselves. Lynda Barry's beautiful art journal-books never fail to be an inspiration.
The six things I could never do without
It's going to include a cork block, and I'm still working on the rest of the list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Cultivating mindfulness, and fun!
On a typical Friday night I am
As long as it doesn't involve studying, I can reconcile my fun old life in Bermuda with my new studious metropolitan one in DC. On a typical Friday in Bermuda at the museum, work would end at four and we would share a glass of wine and some snack mix and laugh it up for awhile, surrounded by a hodge-podge of crooked artwork and memorabilia in our bright and funky office. I have been known to enjoy rocketing champagne corks into the sea, and fireworks landing in turquoise water at night are one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Even though that's not the case anymore (where's the sea?), I am still living my dream studying what I love in a place that has plenty an untypical Friday night to offer. Old town and Dupont Circle are fun, the symphony is calling my name, and on the rare occasion there's a Burning Man DC group event that is anything but your average Friday night experience. Failing that, I'm catching a yoga class or going out for dinner with a buddy. DC is my metropolitan oyster.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
See above for the weekly installment of The-most-private-thing-I'm-willing-to-admit, including that I'm curious about what you would like to know most!
I’m looking for
  • Guys who like girls
  • Ages 28–35
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
I'm looking for a trustworthy best guy gentlefriend, who perhaps will blossom into more. I look forward to hearing from you!