CarisaSmiles
29 Stockbridge, United States
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My self-summary
I don't know where to start these kinds of abrupt introductions, so I'm just going to dive in.

Hi! I'm Carisa. I'm 29 and I work in the mental health field. I have a young daughter who's the coolest kid I know.

I am a passionate person by nature, in both belief and action, and always have been. I can get swept away in my passions, which has proven to be both an asset and a deficit at times. I can't abide apathy. Believe what you will, but really believe it! Live it! Breathe it! Let it move you!

Spirituality is an essentially important part of my life. I study regularly with a few teachers and practice daily -- in fact, I try to weave my spirituality into my everyday life as much as possible. I'm trained in Reiki and am fascinated by energetics in general. There's always more to learn and explore, and I hope to spend my life in this exploration of evolving consciousness.

On the less philosophical side of things - I like to garden, explore new paths in the woods, listen to audiobooks, write, draw, and occasionally indulge in a Netflix binge. I like funny movies and ice cream sundaes and autumn. I can't stand doing dishes or the taste of guacamole.

I'm looking for Real. Real relationship, Real love, Real life living. This comes in innumerable packages and I'm open to them all - as long as they contain the Real. I'll bring all of me, so you bring all of you, ok?
What I’m doing with my life
My work is challenging and wonderful.
I'm also a parent - a big and fantastic job.
Other than that, I try to take walks and be outside whenever I can, and try to carve out some "me" time when I can to just relax.
I’m really good at
Working with children. Consuming what for other people would be toxic amounts of caffeine. Crock pot cooking. Problem solving. Debating. Holding space.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my eyes. Or the adorable kid perpetually on my hip :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: the Mossflower series, Harry Potter, cheesy romance/mystery novels, Eckhart Tolle, Rudy Ballentine, Swami Rama, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, older spiritual texts.

Movies: I'm a huge Adam Sandler fan. I don't think a person can watch Billy Madison or Mr. Deeds too many times. I also like a good documentary now and again.

Shows: I don't have cable, so nothing new usually. I watch the Daily Show religiously (update: am in mourning at Jon Stewart's departure), and trying to keep up with New Girl and a few other funny/sitcom type shows.

Music: Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Dave Matthews, Strangefolk, Krishna Das...it really depends on my mood!

Food: Comfort food, Japanese, Indian. I'm a mostly-vegetarian and make a mean stir fry.
The six things I could never do without
My daughter
Nature
Art
Caffeinated beverages
Music
Hope
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Well, when I can, I try to spend time NOT thinking. Having a quiet mind is a wonderful feeling.
On a typical Friday night I am
...with my daughter, asleep, out with friends...it varies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Not a whole lot!
You should message me if
You want to chat!
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