I love to be outside in all seasons: skiing in the winter, kayaking, and hiking in the warmer weather, and biking all year round. I bike commute to work almost every day, and love that I can see the city as I pass through it, rather than speed by enclosed in a metal box traveling at inhuman speeds. I live in a place that overlooks the water, and feel nourished by feeling the trees and waves and birds surround me. I've been backpacking my whole adult life, but last summer I decided I was ready to try some solo trips. I was terrified, but also really excited, and the two solo trips I took were so profound. Once I pushed through the terror of being alone in the wilderness, I found an amazing feeling of freedom. I hiked where I wanted to go, sang songs out to the wind at night by my campfire on the beach, and felt genuinely happy and content. The second time I went, I hoped I would re-capture that feeling again, and though I had to push through the terror in the beginning, the same thing happened. I love the feeling that I now possess that I can go off to any cool place by myself and explore. Exhilarating.
I love to play with words. Scrabble is an addiction, and I drink up good books. I also love to write, and want to nourish that love with more focus and time. I tend to make really corny puns; sorry, got it from my dad! But its part of how I love to play with language. Thats what drew me to my career of being a sign language interpreter. Learning to use language with my hands, body, and face has just combined my passions for words, expression and movement, and landed me in a career that brings out my passion daily.
I'm a spontaneous adventurer; I went to Thailand and India a few years ago, and discovered my travel lust. I enjoy traveling without an imposed itinerary, and seeing what adventures present themselves. In India, I traveled without much of a plan, which resulted in amazing experiences like being brought into an Indian family's home for a full day, being dressed in a sari, fed, and in broken English, exchanged life stories. By the time I left, I was sworn to lifelong friendship, and told I must come back for weddings when they happened; all of this with barely any common language! I came home feeling like I had made deep connections, and really tasted life in a different world and culture.There was actually a letter from that family waiting for me upon my return whose opening line read "To my delicious friend". Mmmm. I like being a delicious friend! Needless to say, I am really looking forward to traveling more, though of late I have been learning about flying's grave carbon impact, and have second thoughts about the sustainability of travel via air. Something to ponder more and come to some resolution with inside.
I am Spirited, Warm, and Articulate