atreeknows
36 West Hollywood, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a work in progress and I'm OK with that. I'm a big personality with a big heart. I know I'm not perfect, but I also know that what I am is pretty damn awesome. I'm insecure, I'm anxious, I'm unsure of a lot, I battle with myself pretty frequently. But I'm also very confident that I'm always doing the best I know how with the best intentions, that no matter what it is I'm doing I do it all with a deep level of emotional involvement, I know a lot more than I give myself credit for, and underneath it all I know the truth of everything, it's just how willing I am to accept that truth.

If there's a simple way to sum it all up, it's that I want the revolution of normalcy. I want a partner in life, I want children to love and guide, I want a career that makes me feel like I'm contributing in an inimitable way, I want a home that feels like a foundation, and to never go a day without some form of love in my heart.
What I’m doing with my life
What I'm doing with my life... that sounds so poised for judgment. Well at the moment I'm an Off-Air Designer for Oprah Winfrey Network, an interim contract job following being laid off of my former position as Lead Designer for an entertainment marketing agency, which had me spending a lot of time thinking about things like why Maleficent makes sense to partner with Yoplait yogurt and what that partnership might look like. I also teach Turbo Kickboxing at 24 Hour Fitness, so I get to be a little cheerleader twice a week and practice hard love parenting with people older than me. Then there's the online publication I've written music reviews for for 11 years now, so that keeps me constantly abreast (I said breast) of all the dance music that's swirling around at the moment. And I dance with a gay country performance group called The LA Wranglers, so I'm a big fan of country music, boots, Stetsons and obnoxious buckles.

That covers the professional stuff. Personally I'm doing everything I can to be the best me I can be. I've spent a lot of time in the last year figuring out myself (go therapy go), figuring out all that goes on inside me, loving who I am as I am, identifying what I want, and understanding what it's going to take to get there, all while appreciating where I am and knowing that no matter where I want to be, right here and right now is all I have and that I need to love that above all else.
I’m really good at
Making people laugh, startling people with my honesty, putting the hip hop back in country line dancing, parallel parking, working out so hard I make a puddle, baking, keeping my apartment immaculate without robbing it of character, making a beautiful image, saying it all with a kiss, naming a typeface, cooking over a Coleman stove, quoting awful movies, not being grossed out by everything that makes most people wanna retch, wearing comfort clothes at all times, not being cold, spooning, picking out dogs' eye boogers, being a big brother, appreciating the little things, and letting someone know I love them.
The first things people usually notice about me
A facial expression that says a lot more than I wanted it to reveal.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This is a hard one.

Books: Everything Christopher Rice has written, everything Mark Twain has written, Adobe Creative Suite manuals, "The Kid" by Dan Savage, everything Davis Sedaris, and Nutrition Information. I just got a Kindle, so I'm reawakening my love of reading.

Movies: I coudn't possibly list them all. Airplane, The Birdcage, Troop Beverly Hills, Showgirls, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street (original and remake), The Long Kiss Goodnight, Die Hard, Transformers: The Movie, Terminator 2, Easy A, A League of Their Own, Cars, How To Train Your Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Jurassic Park, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Death Becomes Her... it just keeps going. I'm also obsessed with RiffTrax, so anything they've made fun of works just fine for me.

TV Shows: Nashville, Better Off Ted, X-Files, Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Music: There. Is. No. Way. But my favorite group of all time is Everything But The Girl. Beyond that my favorite genres are EDM, Hip Hop/Soul and Country. Disparate, right?

Food: Sushi, Bossa Nova, Z Pizza, cheese (despite my lactardation), dark chocolate.
The six things I could never do without
1. Music
2. Exercise
3. Some way to make art
4. My bed
5. Lip balm
6. Love
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'm feeling and what it means.
On a typical Friday night I am
Teaching my kickboxing class then line dancing til I can't stand up.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I stutter and it's a quality that tends to reveal my emotional state a lot more than I'd like it to.
You should message me if
You love you and don't hold yourself back. If you want a family of your own and won't feel satisfied in life without it. If you have passions in your heart so strong that you have to indulge them just to feel complete. If the idea of being out in the woods in a tent sounds like one of the most romantic things you can think of. If you know that a fantasy, no matter how grand, will never compare to reality. If you take pride in taking care of yourself and actually enjoy exercise instead of dread it. If a hoodie and shorts sounds way better than a suit and tie. And if you know that letting a day go by without having at least one really good laugh just isn't acceptable.
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