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My self-summary
Lou Holtz is quoted as saying "there are 4 things we need in life: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for, and something to believe in." I work and have committed ample time to helping others (young and old). I love sports--I grew up around football and baseball, worked for coaches, was an athletic academic advisor, and usually watch whatever big event is on (sans the Lakers because I really hate Kobe).

I'm a free thinker, and because I listen and analyze, I'm willing to hear the other person's argument, but know that I'm an insightful thinker. Meaning that once there's an idea, I've already worked out the possibilities, positive & negative, in my head and am already on to the solution as if I'm 3-7 steps ahead. Sometimes others find that statement as conceited and I completely understand. I don't claim to know more about anything other than myself, on that I'm an expert.

Other notes: I love to travel and wish I could do more of it, I'm the only girl/middle child in my family, and I'm extremely close to my family-parents, grandmother, siblings, and my niece & nephew. When I'm home, the two little ones are my best friends and essentially my shadows which means I always choose them over a crazy night out, and I prefer it that way. I'm not a smoker (never have tried anything) and I hate smoking; I try not to gossip although my co-workers make it hard for me at times ;) with all the crazy we see daily; I have a potty mouth from many years of being around athletes, but it has gotten much better as profanities only come out when I'm extremely frustrated now.

I'm honest and open and will answer most questions, but I think trust must be earned for the real personal stuff. And, the phrase I'm sure I've coined, but debatable, "I'm an equal opportunity dater" so race, religion, ethnic group, socio-economic (within reason), etc. are not deterrents for me. It usually makes getting to know someone much more interesting this way.

Most important fact: I'm a Tar Heel born, I'm a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I'm a Tar Heel dead! Born, raised in NC, and a UNC-Chapel Hill grad. I'm always ready to defend my Tar Heels, so think twice about smart ass comments. Oh, and my family (also UNC alums) really dislike the Dookies!!!
What I’m doing with my life
Traveling when I'm able, deepening my friendships, teaching students how to learn, sharing best practices for work, and trying to figure out the next step.

Activity wise, I'm playing volleyball for fun, walking the beltline, or taking tennis lessons. I have had bad back issues for the last few years due to a minor accident, so all of these activities both help and hurt on the bad days, but I'm always active for my health.
I’m really good at
...talking and equally good at listening (I wouldn't have my masters in social work if I weren't a good communicator). I'm also pretty good at assessing people. I do a lot of observing when I'm out and about.
The first things people usually notice about me
...depends, my hair tends to stand out a little, but if I sneeze then people tend to take notice of both the sneeze and me. I think the real answer to this question is that people tend to notice my positive attitude even when bad stuff happens.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a foodie and I love various ethnic dishes and despite certain food allergies, I'm always willing to try anything once.

"I love beach music, I always have and I always will." I'm originally from NC and I grew up listening to beach music and obsessing over the film "Shag." Every time I hear "Sixty minute man" I lose it completely. It's probably why I love to dance so much, my college coach was my favorite shag partner. These days, I'm learning to salsa although I if they play bachata music I abandon those lessons; which is why I've been learning to salsa for years. I danced bhangra style in college with a dance company and pull that out as a party trick. I've had clients teach me classical dances from Afghanistan and India, and still learning country line dances now. You could take me anywhere and I'll be ready to dance or learn the local dance.

My car radio stations are set in order to: NPR, gospel, country, R&B and soul, and top 40's. On road trips we can't listen to my mixes because they include everything and folks don't get it. I also like classical and jazz music. Essentially everything but rap.

I love to read also--just rarely have the time. I used to be able to read a different book daily/weekly but I'm lucky now to get one in Evey few months. Like my ecclectic tastes in food, I love many different genres of literature. Favs include middle eastern non-fiction and poetry, sci-fi, and any author who can reach into the soul (many Latin authors do that easily).

My all time favorite tv show is Jeopardy. Whenever my family is together, we'll make sure that we watch and keep score. It's a battle in my household and I'm almost always the victor. I'm pretty much a walking Jeopardy game--I know a little about a lot of different things--probably because I read so much.

Other Favorite tv shows: House Hunters International, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Grey's Anatomy, Sports Center, NCIS, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock, Community, & Modern Family.
Six things I could never do without
I can live without worldly items, and if you've ever lived abroad you know you can too. But, I will always need a way to communicate with my family.
On a typical Friday night I am
...I'm not sure. During the fall academic year, you're likely to find me cheering on my volleyball girls and then grabbing dinner or drinks with friends. I'd like to get back in the habit of happy hours with co-workers, but we're all so stressed during the week, happy hour could turn deadly. In the spring, I share my love with my other teams. But because of my hectic week, I'm usually trying to wind down for the weekend and once I'm home it's hard to get me back out. Gotta catch me before I leave work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'll admit anything in person, once we know each other a bit.
You should message me if
You're interested in a person who's not perfect and knows it. I'm a good person who cares about people and society and am looking for the same (albeit not exactly like me). Send me a message if you're also looking for someone who has good morals--I learned from my family and listened to their advice where appropriate.
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