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My self-summary
I'm a fun, accepting, compassionate, upbeat and genuine person. I am goal oriented and driven, but I also know the importance of balancing hard work with fun, and always make time for the important people in my life. I believe honesty, trust and open communication are the keys to successful, meaningful relationships—friendship or romantic. I am more interested in developing a longer term relationship than a fling. I'm new-ish to Seattle (from Portland September 2015), so I am also always open to making new friends.

All of that sounds sort of serious, but I also have a fun and silly side to me, I promise!

In my free time, I genuinely enjoy working out, happy hours with friends, relaxing...I’m pretty open to anything as long as I’m with company I enjoy. I really enjoy being active and it would be great to find other people around my age who like to non-competitively play tennis, basketball, ski or do Zumba or bootcamp type classes with. I especially love cardio based work-outs! I have a frustrating foot issue that sometimes makes it harder to do higher impact activities on a regular basis, but I'm still committed to an active lifestyle and spend time in the pool or on the stationary bike when my feet are finicky. And, if anyone can find me a good 80's night in Seattle, I'll be there regardless!
What I’m doing with my life
I love helping others, and I am excited to be starting on a career path that will allow me to do that for more than just my friends and family. I started graduate school at UW in Speech-Language Pathology in September. I'm looking forward to it because I really enjoy working one on one or in small groups with people with special needs, and this career allows me to do that in a number of different settings. I’m particularly interested in working with people with autism and social communication challenges, but there so much I can do with my degree so who knows what area of focus I’ll choose after grad school. If you're not sure what a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) does, feel free to ask!

In Portland, I was a tutor/academic coach for high school students with learning disabilities or ADHD and loved it! I've also done quite a bit of volunteer work promoting inclusion for high school students with special needs and their peers on high school campuses.

I know grad school will be a busy time for me, and I am committed to doing well in my program, but I will be sure to make time for the right person if he comes along.
I’m really good at
Listening and giving advice, helping and taking care of the people I care about, reading people, having a blast dancing like a fool but not caring what others think of me (LOTS of bonus points if you do this too;). And if you can tell me a good place to do this in Seattle since I’m new), explaining math and Spanish concepts to high schoolers (tutoring), simultaneously planning ahead and procrastinating, and eating dessert...I really love dessert:)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Unfortunately, school mostly killed pleasure reading for me. However, I imagine I would enjoy non-fiction, because I LOVE watching Ted Talks. I think it is such an incredible, free educational resource to learn about so many different things I may not have been interested in or know about. I have really enjoyed talks on topics like education, medicine/health, technology, science, quality of life improvement….there is something for everyone, and it’s been especially incredible to learn about some of the medical and tech advances going on!

I can’t think of my favorite movie, but I do enjoy going to movies. I tend to lean towards comedies. As far as shows, I love Friends, Arrested Development, Modern Family, Parenthood, Homeland (well, the first season), the Newsroom, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and I’m sure there are others.

Give me something with a good beat to dance to and I’m happy! I enjoy a lot of 80’s, “oldies,” and some modern stuff too.

I mentioned that I’m quite a sugar fanatic when it comes to dessert, but I also really enjoy healthy foods, especially fresh fruit and veggies. I've been doing a lot of crock pot cooking, and am on the lookout for Seattle's best pad thai!
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, in Portland, one of my favorite things to do has been going to 80's night or Decades night at the Crystal Ballroom. I LOVE to dance, even though I'm not all that great of a dancer I still have a blast! 88 Keys Dueling Piano Bar in Seattle is really fun, but I still need to find a good 80’s night. I also enjoy happy hours, staying in with friends watching a movie, making dinner. I'm also always looking for new things to do on weekends, any suggestions for this new Seattleite? I can’t wait to explore the city!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still own a sparkly orange unitard from a 4th grade dance recital that I have been known to put on occasionally--doesn't quite fit the same way anymore, but I don't think I'll ever be able to bring myself to throw it away:)
You should message me if
You believe honesty, trust and open communication are important to successful, meaningful relationships

You do not smoke or do drugs, and aren’t flaky

You want to tell me about or show me some awesome parts of Seattle

You are interested in/have a background in education or psychology, work with kids, or work with people with special needs

You enjoy being active

You're goal oriented and passionate about something in life

You want to practice Spanish with me! I'm always looking for conversation partners.

You want to go water-skiing and have some idea of how to do that somewhere around here--or are interested in joining me on a quest to find water-skiing opportunities!:)

You think we might have a connection