Despite the fact that I travel often and widely, I am also rooted and happy being home. I am originally from Colorado; my parents, grandparents, and other extended family are there (I'm fifth-generation on my mom's side), and my younger brother and I both go home whenever we can.
So, I love discovering new places, and I love returning to Colorado, on the one hand, and Paris, on the other. I also love being outside, breathing clean mountain air, climbing rocks, and hiking with my family (including my 92-year-old grandmother!) — activities that make me feel healthy and alive. (Other bliss-inducing adventures include snowboarding and backcountry-skiing, but haven't been able to do much of either lately....)
In daily life, I find my joy in biking (commuting around town and venturing out on long road rides whenever possible), practicing yoga, drinking creative cocktails, cooking with/eating our bountiful California fresh produce, and wandering/running the streets of SF — mini-adventures on which I generally tend to seek out the summits of Buena Vista Park or Bernal Hill — while listening to the latest ReplyAll, Radiolab, This American Life, or Freakonomics podcast to clear my mind after a long workday.
Although starting a business is hard work, I'm loving the feeling that I've found the optimal way to meld my passions for teaching and travel while also fulfilling my cravings for adventure and freedom of movement. Now, all that remains is finding someone who can complement (and/or abide) my non-routine lifestyle. Hopefully, this amazing guy would be game for supporting one another as we continue aiming to fulfill the most important aspects of who each of us is. For me, this means living an intellectually rigorous, healthy, ecologically aware, community-oriented life rooted (despite my wanderer tendencies) in a community that would be both close to wilderness and enriched by the arts. Beyond my personal need for this balance, I see it as essential for my potential/future kids to grow up in contact with the wild, but not at the expense of being exposed to diversity of perspective, belief, background, and life experiences.
Directors: Ozon, Jeunet, Ang Lee, Lukas Moodyson...
to be continued...
Being physically active — often outdoors and sometimes at a fairly high speed.
Compassion — for myself as well as others. Plus: gentle reminders about what's important in life.
Art — of all kinds, particularly visual art of the non-representational, gestural, abstract-expressionist-y or minimalist persuasion (e.g. Rothko, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, —also: Frank Stella, Richard Serra).
AND two other more-random-but-still-representative examples:
Wine + cheese — though not necessarily together.
BREAKFAST — most often of natural yogurt, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, and granola.
-- How odd it is that, as much as I enjoy sleeping and as necessary as it is, I do so little of it....
-- How fascinating and wonderful and perplexing and arbitrary and beautiful life is/can be.