And then some:
I'm inspired by acts of loving kindness, exhilarated by good design and architecture, and deeply moved by the wisdom of the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, and Wavy Gravy!
One of the silly sayings I like is "must be present to win" beause sometimes the hardest part is just showing up. Mentally, physically, emotionally.
A big part of my life is my passion for civil rights/social justice, which I am very fortunate to express fully in my job every day... and while my work can sometimes be challenging, it makes me all the more appreciative for what I've got. I'm a lawyer representing kids who've been handed the shittiest of hands and I can't even imagine how they've persevered. Preach!
Absolutely LOVE taking day trips to Pt. Reyes, Santa Cruz mountains, Big Sur, and hiking anywhere! Planning a weekend trip to Mendocino for my grandma's 93rd birthday. She instilled such a love of nature in my bones. The closest I feel to "religion" is in nature.
I love to explore my native San Francisco neighborhoods - yes, I'm a rare gem being born in SF and all.* Recent faves include biking to Flora Grubb Nursery for some Ritual Coffee and some interior design ideas; urban hikes in Potrero or Bernal; going to flea markets and open houses on Sundays just to look at other people's apartments (yes, I'm a voyeur); Humphrey Slocumb Vietnamese Blue Bottle coffee ice cream - OMFG.
Additional quick facts about me: I love art and creative people, and I've been known to express my artistic side by rockin' some pretty awesome Burning Man outfits; I'm not so good with the names of people on TV or the movies, but I appreciate others who are; I love to cook with others (not so much solo) and I love it when others cook for me; I've got some great friends, some of whom helped me with this profile (Hi! - ed.); I love listening to live music, and would prefer to do it at Stern Grove than a crowded bar; I'm quickly moved by the beauty of nature; it's likely that I'd bring you a present or treat "just because".
Also swear like a sailor. Brunette Amy Schumer.
* So right now I'm living an hour south of SF in San Jose for work. I consider it my M-F dwelling to keep me sane from having to commute every single day but I'm in SF or Oakland just about every weekend. I live in an awesome converted water tower/cottage down here with an orchard in the backyard and it's a pretty sweet place to come home to when I'm exhausted from work.
But we shouldn't identify ourselves by our careers. Just because I don't let my freak-flag fly in court amongst the civilians doesn't mean it's not a core part of who I am. Think Superman.
Actually, looking at my bookshelf right now I'm thinking two things: 1) I have tons of amazing books, and 2) I should read more of them! Sprinkled among the books are my favorite movies such as "Jesus is Magic" (I HEART Sarah Silverman!!!) and Superbad (Jonah Hill, you out there?).
I don't have a tv, but it's cause I'm cheap, not for any ethical/new-agey/I'm-better-than-you reasons (Note: I may be better than you.) Currently obsessed with Broad City, Transparent, GIRLS, OITNB, Louis CK, and Portlandia, although "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is probably the closest any TV show will get to nailing my sense of humor. I just adore Carrie Brownstein, Louis CK, Marc Maron, Jenny Slate, and Margaret Cho! P.S. Margaret Cho loves me.
Love flipping through the glossy pages of Dwell and ReadyMade for fun. How come every time I read a pretty magazine I want an airstream?
Music-wise, The Tuneyards, The Julie Ruin, Double Dutchess, Radiohead, The Magnetic Fields, The Shins, Kimya Dawson, Ozomatli, Ryan Montbleau Band, Regina Spektor, Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Simon, India Arie, Blackalicious, Belle & Sebastian, Cibo Matto, Amy Winehouse, DeVotchKa, some (but not all) Playa fare, anything booty-shakin'-licious!
My iPhone (god, I hate myself for drinking the kool-aid).
Sushi, and the baked sea bass & mango CRACK from Sushi Zone (shh - it's a secret).
My family (yes, they're on the list but they're after sushi).