Nutshell: I'm an idealist and a realist; in being realistic, I would say i'm a lot more idealistic. I'm very mindful of being authentic. I'd do just about anything for my family and friends. I like putting things in order. I crave experience. People intrigue me. I want to do too many things with my life. Sometimes, I get caught up in the moment. I need periodic adventures/road trips to preserve my sanity. Apathy is extremely unattractive to me. I believe we can learn something from anyone/everyone; we are all students and teachers of life. I think it's important to not take yourself too seriously...although I think the ability to be serious is a necessity.
Passionate, Verbose, and Human.
Occupationally, I am a Social Worker & Therapist. I've worked with lots of different folks: primarily at-risk youth & their families --which involves the systems that surround them. I've worked mostly in residential treatment, home/community, and school settings. The work is crisis-oriented & fast-paced, and each day brings unique challenges & opportunities. It can be exhausting, but I'm grateful for the experiences I've had and the growth its inspired.
As of late, I'm contemplating a shift towards Private Practice; a change in pace that will allow me to continue to do the work I love, as well as pursue other interests. I think a lot about where I'm headed, what interests me, and how to live a balanced & fulfilling life.
Additional interests include: teaching at a university; consultation & advocating (prog. evaluation & innovation, improving service delivery & trauma response, implementing SAP supports in schools/colleges); and/or starting my own nonprofit for at-risk youth. My alter-ego would most likely travel the world as a photographer or journalist ...or settle into something more localized involving creating and/or designing.
I know, it's a bit much!
lovin' on the nearest dog or cat.
thinking on my feet. being a team-player. self-awareness. seeing the big picture. making others feel comfortable.
putting out fires. snugglin'
Practicing (bc why not?) getting better at:
finding balance. growing vegetables.
pausing. being in the moment.
eating more fresh, local, organic.
getting (back) into shape.
carving out me time.
Or, if inspired..dimples and [sparkle in my] blue eyes
Perks of Being a Wallflower, By Nightfall, Tuesdays with Morrie, Stone Butch Blues, Post Secret...
Also, anything Shel Silverstein/Dr. Seuss I'm really just a big kid at heart.
Pay It Forward, Serendipity, Crash, High Art, Fried Green Tomatoes, Under the Tuscan Sun, Goonies, Hoosiers, Good Will Hunting, Empire Records, Princess Bride, Fight Club, Documentaries...
Greys, The Wire, SVU, Modern Family, Lie to Me, Sex and the City, L Word, Friends, In Treatment, Graceland, Orange is the New Black, Blacklist, The Fosters.
I ♥ music. I cannot begin to capture my music interests here via simple list.
I love trying new foods, new restaurants, and new recipes. Ethnic, vegetarian, meat & potato, comfort food. I love a home cooked meal, cooking together, and occasional ordering-in.
Also, Peanut Butter is essential. If you've a peanut allergy, we prob shouldn't be kissing...ever!
All 6 senses
Random ♥'s: Animals, bubble baths, graffiti, starry nights, city lights, snow days, people watching on the path train, gratitude, campfires, comfy pillows, trash to treasure, children's laughter, ocean waves crashing, friendly strangers, thinking outside the box, crickets and porch swings, curiosity.
Staying-in decompressing after a long week: cooking, snuggling with a furry friend (or human, when applicable), music, movie, good conversation, TED, reading.
I'm all about open disclosure. If you have a question, I'm likely to have an answer. I'm not all that private of a person. That being said, I totally value and respect others privacy.
...you read this entire book report and
you find my quirks endearing.
...you're pickin' up what i'm puttin' down ;)