I absolutely live for the outdoors, exploring new landscapes and cultures, art and creativity in any form, and constantly learning and challenging myself. I have a horse and teach riding lessons and would do it full time if I could.
It seems between the ages of 26 and 29 you learn a lot about yourself and what you want out of life. Therefore, I am rewriting all of the rest of this. It's lengthy, but gets right to the gist of who I am :o)
So many people try to live life in black and white, when really everything is shades of grey. Grey is where the fun is though. Grey is where you can bend the rules and break expectations and embrace what life throws at you. Grey is where you grow and evolve as a person when presented with new facts ideas and experiences.
All of that is to say that I have always struggled with what to do career wise. I come from a family of artists (my dad has a sculpture in downtown Atlanta and was an art professor) so I was raised with a strong push to do whatever you love. I have no desire to be a starving artist, however, and when I started working at a small accounting firm 10 years ago, I decided to get my CPA which would allow me to make good money, but also have time to travel, train horses, and other things I love.
Skip forward to two years ago when I started back at my old firm (after nannying for a while to allow time for school) and I realized that I absolutely do not want to spend my life in an office.
I want land (very close to a big city - I need the big museums and restaurants and such) with blueberry trees and my horses on the property. With a studio for my jewelry (I silversmith). I want a few chickens and an organic garden of veggies. I want to teach horseback riding lessons and ALSO, get my CPA and perhaps do seasonal taxes or take on a few business accounts. I want to continue to travel, and I definitely want a kid or two.
But again, you have no idea what life will present to you and I recently came really close to moving to Europe with a family I previously nannied for when the dad was offered the fast track to be the president of a VERY large Fortune 500 company based in Europe and I would have more than welcomed the complete change in direction.
I'm not one to turn down new experiences, especially abroad :o)
Random other stuff:
- For friends, it doesn't matter, but for dating I have realized I really need a guy who is assertive and confident. I think the best way to put it is, if a strange man grabs your girlfriend's ass, you have no problem standing up and saying something, but are level headed enough to not just punch the guy. I can handle myself, but that assertiveness translates to other aspects of a relationship.
-I love cooking and eating fresh, local, free range, etc food is very important to me.
-I love being outdoors and really want to backpack the Appalachian trail one day
-I've eaten still moving octopus tentacles (and lord knows what else) in Korea. On purpose.
-If we are friends, you will be accompanying me to playgrounds and the stables in the middle of the night.
-I love animals and kids. We will only ever be friends if you don't love animals and kids.
-I make jewelry with silver and stones and fire and hammers.
-On every trip I ever go on (even last minute ones) I plan EVERYTHING: best restaurants, live music, trails, places to stay, how far everything is from everything else (ie, if we accidentally cross lake Pontchartrain, while trying to find the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, where should we stop for lunch? - that may or may not have happened...), but I am completely fine then totally winging it and not doing anything on the list.
- If you think women owe you something, if you are homophobic or racist, or if you are politically or religiously intolerant, please keep moving.
Music: Son House, Led Zeppelin, Mumford and Sons, The White Stripes, Flogging Molly, RATM, Fiona Apple, Vivaldi, Eagles of Death Metal, Ralph Stanley, The Black Keys, Missy Elliot, Tracy Chapman, Outkast, "oldies", Tech N9ne...
Movies/ TV: Spirited Away, Amelie, Mythbusters, River Monsters, LOTR, Game of Thrones, Adventure Time, O' Brother Where Art Thou, any good animated movie (think Pixar, not Anime), I will pick action, comedy, or documentary over a rom-com any day.
Aaand... I'll finish this later :oP