I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountaineering. So far, I've summited 6 of the CA Fourteeners (Mt. Tyndall, Mt. Langley, Mt Whitney, Split Mtn, Mt Williamson and Mt. Shasta) and would love to climb as many of them as I can.
I've turned into a fitness nut since moving to CA and stick to a consistent schedule of Crossfit, powerlifting, running, and hot yoga. Currently training for my first olympic distance triathlon in May, lots of fun new challenges to conquer. I love the rush of working out, pushing myself and continually improving my strength and fitness. Diet is also key to my happiness and well being- experience has taught me that the Paleo diet/lifestyle works great to maintain my energy throughout the day and improve my performance in the gym, though it's nice to enjoy a little sugary self indulgence every once in while.
I grew up playing music (classical with the piano, jazz on the sax) and am in a band with a few friends from UCSD. Mostly just jam sessions, but we play a gig every once in a while. I always enjoy hearing live music of most any variety, and I have a deep respect and admiration for musicians.
I like to think of life as an adventure and that there's something to learn and take away from any experience. I look forward to new chapters and transitions in life, yet I fundametally seek to live in the moment. I always enjoy meeting new people, listening to new perspectives and trying new things. I pride myself on maintaining a good mood and finding the positive aspects of any situation. I'm definitely a "planner" type of person, whether it comes to initiating activities with friends, planning my week of meals and workouts or running multiple experiments in the lab. I find I get to do more of the things I want to do in life if I plan for them.
I am very close with my family and a core group of friends. I am highly honest, and tend not to hide my feelings. I'm easy going, low-maintenance, very independent, and am fine with accomadating busy workloads and schedules in a relationship. As for dates, I am equally happy cooking at home and enjoying a good bottle of wine with a movie as I am exploring new restaurants and bars in the SD area.