I read a lot, maybe the equivalent of about 2-3 books a month, but mostly non-fiction. It's one of the ways I invest in improving myself. The other ways being pushing my education as far as I could (got my PhD at MIT 6 years ago), then worked in the US for several years to learn the nuts and bolts of business, and finally started my own company in Toronto just over 2 years ago. Being entrepreneurial and building something from scratch has always been a passion of mine. In other ways, I try to exercise as often as I can, travel as much as possible (25-ish countries so far, with more to come this year!), and spend time with the smartest and nicest people I know - my family and friends. That's one thing you can't control and I've definitely been lucky to have a really awesome and open-minded family. My friends are a bunch of clowns, but that's maybe because I could be a part-time comedian myself and attract that crowd. I have yet to meet a person I can't make laugh ;)
I'm hoping to meet someone who is independent and carving out a unique life for herself (a chef who invents life's recipes). Why? Because I feel like I'd learn a lot from her, we'd always have amazing conversation, and I'd enjoy being her cheerleader as I hope she'd enjoy being mine. I think in an ideal world people could pursue their own dreams even faster together than apart, and sharing that journey would be pretty darn fun. Would that be in a form of a friendship or dating or more - we'd have to figure out the best recipe! Attraction counts for a lot too, so lets make sure to include that in the mix ;)
Sometimes you hear the expressions "settle down" and "better half" which sound a bit defeatist to me. I guess I don't want to feel like we've plateaued and I'm not in a rush, so lets see how this goes!