I have lived in Chicago for six years after living in New York City. Having grown up in the Midwest, I consider myself a Midwesterner with New York (East Coast?) sensibilities.
My personality is self-assured, sensitive, strong-willed, spunky, sexy and smart. I enjoy helping people and, as I grow older, consider compassion to be one of the most important human qualities. I am not laid-back but down-to-earth and personable. I exude lots of energy and am very articulate and opinionated. I generally approach life with tremendous optimism, gratitude and a positive attitude. I feel very fortunate to have wonderful friends and family. Professionally, I am very lucky that I enjoy my work, work with great people and admire those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
A true extrovert, I enjoy lively, intelligent and frivolous discussions, and also engage quite easily in intimate, one-on-one conversation. My personality is versatile. I can enjoy a night out on the town and am also comfortable staying in and watching a movie. I prefer appearing put together" (dressed up, if you will) and am not really a "jeans and t-shirt person." For fun, I can try lots of things! I love trying different cuisines, art museums, travel (international and domestic), movies (even by myself), reading (non-fiction), networking events and being with friends. I probably am guilty of not taking advantage of everything our great city has to offer. I work out regularly with spinning, yoga and weight lifting.
I am adventuresome (though not a thrill seeker),and try not to take myself or things TOO seriously but am still very career-oriented and driven. A relationship is a priority for me. My life experience has taught me to embrace and learn from adversity.
Similar values and long term goals, chemistry/passion and open and honest communication are, in my opinion, the best predictors for relationship success. We should have some overlapping interests, be open to learning and experiencing new things with each other while also retaining a strong sense of self, independence of thoughts and some separate interests. I seek a long term relationship with palpable physical attraction, passion, sharing of mutual interests, values and emotional intimacy. You are committal, ambitious, career-oriented, secure in your own skin, analytically and emotionally intelligent, financially responsible, physically fit, self aware, and FUN. Most importantly, you are reliable and have integrity.
If you are looking for an artsy or "exotic" type, that is not me although I greatly appreciate the arts. If you are very religious and/or socially conservative, we will probably not be compatible.
Good luck in your search.