I know my profile is long. I don't expect you to read the whole thing. I just wanted to give you more than the standard, "I like long walks on the beach and reading a book and candlelight dinn-" *snore*]
I fully intend to look back on my life and never. regret.
That doesn't have to mean I'm out every night and don't ever slow down. I know full well the value of a quiet night in - some of my best memories are with one friend and a bottle of wine, sitting on my couch for hours, just talking.
But while I adore the quiet times, I also immerse myself in the
fast-paced. I am the epitome of 'work hard, play hard', and that
doesn't mean happy hour at Applebee's. No - I want to experience the edges of life, the things that color it and make it dirty but interesting. I have no interest in a sterilized experience; give it to me raw and unedited.
In addition, I see molding spawn into coherent members of society as an adventure, too, but I'm not interested in spending 20 years watching TV every night. Please. God. No. Strapped to my back while I hike, learning how to boulder as soon as he/she walks; with a passport by 4, this kid will experience life fully.
If you want that same balance in life, I'm looking for a partner in crime.
running. I signed up for the next Tough Mudder in June after having fallen in love with the experience last year. Training takes up a bunch of time but I try to mix it up and keep it fun. One day P90X, the next running, the following some yoga. I've found that signing up for races or obstacle courses keeps me actively healthy and, quite frankly, it's satisfying to watch your body improve, strengthen, etc. (Caveat: I feel like it's only fair to tell you that I had surgery on Jan 25 which put me on crutches for 2 months. I am working hard to keep up the strength training while I heal but I haven't been able to do any serious cardio since the summer. All that blabbering is to tell you that right now I'm much less active than I want to be and that won't change until April. Hooray for enchondromas! /sarcasm)
During the day I crunch numbers, build market models, and give
strategic advice. If you were to meet me you would think the numbers part a very "notme" job, and you'd be right. I like it enough to use it as a stepping stone to better positions, though. And, to be honest, I do actually like the occasional xls (just don't tell anyone).
One major theme that pervades my life is the desire to learn and grow (see below for more explanation on what I mean by grow). For the learning, I tend to pick up new hobbies all time. The Tough Mudder training has been a more recent hobby of mine, but I've also been known to teach myself how to crochet, etch glass, and strip and stain furniture.
Finally, the people in my life are very important to me, so I guess you could say that a portion of what I'm doing with my life is supporting them and making sure I am doing what I can to help them in their own life endeavors.
I trained classically as a soprano for years before I realized I didn't like singing classical music (love me a good symphony, though). Now I moonlight as a voice coach and sing at the occasional friend's wedding.
I've been told on a number of occasions that I'm a good dancer. I spent my twenties dancing for hours straight at a local club 2, sometimes 3, times a week. When the club would close we'd head back to a friend's apartment to try out the new moves we just figured out. For a while, we were even putting together performances. I don't go out as much as I used to, but I still love to dance.
I make the _best_ guacamole. I've also been known to bake kickass desserts.
This usually inspires the less-witty members of the male gender to ask about my successful basketball career... and no, I'm not
laughing -with- you...
Friends: fill my life with color, simple as that. If you meet them, you'll see why.
Books: force me to think, bring me to lands I could never visit, and help me to see the world in a different light.
Laughter:is the only thing that makes sense when the world is crumbling around you and the only thing that will help you realize everything is actually going to be okay (well laughter and friends :) )
Good food and drink: can salvage the end of a tough day. Life is too short to eat fast food and drink soda.
The sixth one is probably the most important -
Growth: Learning who I am and how to be a better person makes all the pain and struggles in life totally worth it. I hope to never stop growing as a person, even when I'm 100 I expect to be learning new things every day.
The Friday nights when I have a few people over for a nice dinner
and good conversation?
The nights searching the city for the best martini (both Drink and
Green Street Grille are at the top of the list. Saloon is my new favorite bar) ?
The nights where we grab a group of people and escape to the mountains for a weekend of hiking, fire, and marshmallows?
I like doing a number of different things and am typically up for a
new experience. To me, it's not necessarily about *what* you're
doing, it more often is *who* you're with that makes the night