I live generally a happy life, and believe that all the great things in life are simple. My life is balanced and calm most of the time, and I have a healthy dose of confidence that allows me to feel comfortable around people, and to make other people feel comfortable around me. I value integrity, intelligence, and ‘quiet confidence’, and believe in treating everybody well, accepting differences between people, and understanding that we all have a purpose and place on this planet. I believe it’s good to have it together in life since it makes us content and happy, and be able to deal with anything that life throws at us.
I am a transplant from Europe, and of all the places in this country I chose to land in Fargo for graduate school. Spent quite a few years there, and met some of the most wonderful people in my life. My friends come from just about every corner of the world, and being so far away from family some of them have become like a family to me. I try to take the best from both worlds – the one I live in and the one I was born in, and let that fine blend guide my life and make it more interesting.
I am empathetic and supportive, and the well-being of people close to me is always on the top of my list. I enjoy being around people, especially those who can get engaged in stimulating conversation, who laugh when they find something to be really funny, who are nice and kind to people because they really mean it, and who can listen to what you have to say without judging you. Now you know that if you ever met my friends you’d be having a great time!
I can laugh at myself, and I enjoy a company of people with good sense of humor as it is usually a sign of some positive brain-waves, which can make a conversation so much more interesting. My accent sounds kind of funny (at least to me), but for some reason most people like it. I am always up for a good theater play, live music, art galleries or local art fairs. Traveling, hitting the ski slopes, biking, tennis, occasional hiking.....always open to new ideas as long as the company is good.
I’ve been very fortunate to do what I like, and to work with kind and intelligent people. I maintain a 'healthy relationship' with my work so I am not obsessed with it. It feeds my curiosity, allows me to learn something new all the time, and keeps me grounded by showing me how much I still don’t know.
Oh yes, and making the best cake that you've ever tried!
Music: blues rock, 80-ties, classical and operas, enjoy live music but do not attend nearly as much as I would like to
Books: I read a lot for work ( not always fun, but have to do it); other than that I read everything from fiction to history, Recently S. Hawking "The Grand Design", P. Coelho "The Winner Stands Alone", S. Wells "The Journey of Man", reading again "Selfish Gene", started Singer "The Slave".
Intellectual stimulation/great conversations
Trips to Europe to visit home
All the gadgets that make life easier (or more complicated sometimes :)