Simplicity. Back to basics. That's how I live. You could say I'm a minimalist as I prefer quality to quantity. So I don't focus on having many friends, but rather focus on a cultivating deep and meaningful friendships with people I want to have in my life. I own few material possessions and I enjoy the feeling of traveling with a hiking pack of just the essentials. I eat a simple, mostly vegan, raw food diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Most of my money goes towards food (from grocery stores) and experiences - though most of my favorite experiences are often simple and low-cost, like hiking trips, bike tours, art museums, volunteering, reading (gotta love that free digital library online!), barefoot/minimalist running, walking around a new city, relaxing on the beach, community events like free talks, theater performances, live music, or dancing.
When it comes to how I see the world, once again, I go back to basics. I don't think life is as complicated as we often make it. Love and acceptance of who we are, living in the moment, enjoying this human experience and being grateful, consciously choosing our feelings and beliefs, seeing how we are all connected and ultimately the same, that we are love embodied in human form .... I like that stuff. It's all stuff most religions teach and I love these ideas because they're simple and they make sense.
I live by my 4 L's of Life: love, listen, learn, laugh. For the most part, I'm very patient, easy-going, and delightfully relaxed. When I start feeling a bit of stress or worry, I just remind myself not to take myself or life so seriously. Lighten up! (I'm nowhere near dark and mysterious.)
I'm an introvert who loves connecting with people :) I like having a good balance between having alone time to reflect and recharge, and experiencing deep, energetic connections with others. Forming these connections with others is one of my greatest passions ... I love supporting and encouraging others to embrace who they are and pursue their dreams .... and I love having conversations and sharing experiences that explore the beauty and what-ifs in the world. I think the best relationship is when you can be with someone, and still feel like you're alone. Think about it.
I work with families from all over the planet who are running a full-time, home-based program for their child. I usually live with a family for about 6 months and become like a big brother to these kids. While with the families, I spend my time playing one-on-one with the child in a dedicated playroom, creating games to take into the playroom, receiving training, helping train other volunteers in the program, and helping out with meal preparation and cleaning around the house.
I'm currently between families and back in the Stevens Point area, which is home-base for me. It's looking like I'll be here until late February, then doing some traveling across the country to take part in some autism intensive programs, and then going back to Australia in the summer to be with a family I lived with previously.
Movies: Fight Club, Miracle, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Gran Torino, Black Swan, Shutter Island, Office Space, Gladiator, Yeti (b movie), Eternal Sunshine, Yes Man, LOTR, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 127 Hours, Into the Wild, Forest Gump, Lars and the Real Girl, 50/50, Run Lola Run, Ben X, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Ip Man, Mary and Max
TV: Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Parks and Rec, Spartacus
Music: The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Metric, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Regina Spektor, The Xx, Angus and Julia Stone, Passion Pit, Mike Snow, Foster the People, Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, LOTR soundtrack, Michael Jackson
Food: Mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, wine, rice, couscous, quinoa, beans, homemade hummus. I love big green smoothies in the morning!
-Running crazy long distances, especially on trails
-Soaking up the lovely sunshine
-Watching movies at home
-Reflecting on life
-Having authentic conversations with friends
And even if you're not interested in any sort of relationship, I also welcome any questions you have related to anything I've written about in my profile. If you want to learn more about the therapy I use when playing with autistic kiddos, or know of a family who might be interested, please let me know. If you're interested in getting involved with this autism therapy, most families who run a home-based program will train you and you don't need any prior experience with anything related to autism - just an open mind, a positive attitude, and an enthusiastic desire to be a great friend/mentor to a special child.