I possess a master's degree in the arts and human services. My career as a psychotherapist was fulfilling at times--albeit draining--so I can't say I felt a better person or full of vitality at the end of the day with any degree of regularity. With this recognition, I left my career about a year ago to hike the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine--an amazing experience in terms of sheer beauty, the sense of accomplishment, people, and the new perspective it afforded me on life.
Now that I finished, I'm in a bit of protracted culture-shock. I moved to Bellingham, WA shortly after my trip to live in a somewhat urban environment with the ocean and 2 mile high mountains readily accessible. I recently returned to New England to get trained as a yoga instructor while my possessions remain in storage out west. I'm almost done, and have come to appreciate the freedom and gravity of my current life circumstance. I can go anywhere and feel free to explore interests I've neglected, though I also yearn for a sense of roots to people and a location. I'm sorting out these two seemingly contradictory notions as you read this!
I have no particular expectations from OkCupid, though I'm open to any that emerges, particularly meeting new people trying to make the most of their lives. I'm up for coffee or drinks, anything really. Please have something interesting or intelligent to say if you reach out. I like characters and people who live their own truth.
spontaneous cooking and cocktail creation
music, (though a bit rusty at the moment)
conversation (with the right people)
Authors: Herman Hess, Milan Kundera, John Irving, Don DeLillo; existential philosophy, conceptual physics
Movies: Cohen Brothers, Almodovar, and Wes Anderson. Just saw Djengo, which reminds me I like Quentin Tarantino too. Of course, these are all big deal directors. I generally prefer well done smaller budget films to blockbusters. I prefer thoughtful cinematography to senseless violence (I would not put Tarantino movies in the latter category). I generally enjoy foreign films and documentaries, though sometimes I feel the documentaries I chose simply reinforce my pre-existing beliefs.
Food: Eating and cooking--I'm a pretty darn good cook. My eating principle: If I haven't tried something before, I try it. I always try to figure out how dishes are made in restaurants and then try to replicate it from my own intuitive sense of cooking. I like both fine dining and dives. Indian. Sushi. Vietnamese. Mexican. Italian. Vegan. Vegetarian. You name it. I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. I'm a fan of local produce and grass fed beef. You are what you eat.
New areas for personal growth
My parents' health as they age
The nature of thought itself