33Easthampton, United States
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My self-summary
I love deep conversations that last for hours, and silly ones that lead to inside jokes. There's a lot to enjoy and laugh at in life, and I try to stay present and savor it. My close friends are very important to me, I confide in them and am there for them. I know what really matters to me, and am going for it: I started my own business in my dream job, and tailor my life to feed my spirit with art, exercise, the outdoors, personal growth, and great connections with wonderful people. My lifestyle is healthy, holistic, and eco-friendly, and I believe that we all have a duty to build a more compassionate and equitable world. I'm spiritual, rather than religious; nature is sacred to me (think earth-based spirituality, shamanism, the sacred feminine, etc.) and my philosophical outlook tends toward Buddhism. I'm also culturally Jewish and would like friends interested in doing Jewish things with me. I have become very good at understanding and changing my own inner stories and patterns. You won't have to know me long to see me grow, and if I do something you don't like, you can tell me and I will honestly use it to progress.

Several of my closest friends have recently moved away or had babies and become less available. I've had great success meeting new friends on OkCupid, and am looking to meet some cool new people, and maybe find a few really awesome connections who can become close friends I see regularly.
What I’m doing with my life
I have my own business as a writer and consultant supporting anyone working for a better world. Grant writing for nonprofits is my bread and butter; I also do development consulting and outreach materials, plus marketing for businesses and coaching/critique/editing for writers. It is deeply, inexpressibly gratifying to do what I love and use it to make a difference.

I eat healthy, run, do yoga every day, hike occasionally, and dance 1-3 times a week for hours on end (Salsa dancing/Latin dancing,west coast swing, and freestyle are my favorites, and I also do ballroom and east coast). My partner is a dance coach and I trained me in 20 styles, so we go out every weekend and also teach together.

I am working on my first novel (character-based literary) and write some poetry. For down time, I read novels and National Geographic, make my own jewelry (beading), and watch quirky or artsy stuff on Netflix.

My friends and I tend toward long talks and tea, hiking, clubbing, or pool (which I am hilariously terrible at).
I’m really good at
Appreciating the little things, giving advice, supporting people emotionally, growing as a person, writing, editing, networking, building my own business, staying organized, dancing, cuddling, bargain shopping, doing energy work (reiki and others), attracting synchronicity, making people laugh, and meowing so realistically that even cats are convinced.

I regularly find 4, 5, 6, and even 7-leaf clovers - my record is over 300 on the same walk. I find them all the time, and still each one feels like a miracle.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair – it’s down to my butt, crazily thick, and wavy.
My tininess – I’m 5 feet tall, size 3, just over 100 lbs.
My butt - just being honest. Men really seem to notice it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anais Nin (just the diaries and novels), Proust, Tom Robbins, Margaret Atwood, or the archaeologist Marija Gimbutas. Poetry by Liz Waldner. Portrait of Jennie by Robert Nathan, Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone.

Movies: Big Fish, Ever After, Mirrormask, Amelie,Chocolat, Gulliver's Travels, Don Juan Demarco, The Neverending Story, Edward Scissorhands, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, 3-Iron (I'll be really impressed if you've heard of that one). Mostly I tend to watch artsy, indie, and foreign movies. I especially like French ones because people are always having interesting thoughts and telling them to strangers - I wish the world were really like that.

Music: Michael Franti, Marc Anthony, Portishead, Karmacoda,Sleepthief, Emiliana Torini, Blackmore's Night, Massive Attack, Yael Na'im, Jewel, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Ani Difranco, etc. New age in the morning, alternative/rock/pop/reggae during the day, anything with a good beat to dance to, trance late at night. Nothing jarring, angry, violent, or misogynistic.

TV: I don't have one, but I watch some online, like So You Think You Can Dance, Once Upon a Time, Tin Man, and Doctor Who.

Food: Saba sushi (mackeral) makes me moan. I have a limited diet for digestive issues, so I eat mostly organic meat and cooked veggies.
Six things I could never do without
Understanding, love, writing implements, books, nature (especially trees), and music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to become happier and happier, how to do a better job balancing everything I want in my life, how my past has led me to where I am and how I can change what I want to change, how to deal with stress better, how to build my business, my future home and family, how the people I love are doing...
On a typical Friday night I am
Dancing salsa.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In May of 2008, I was in a high-speed car crash and had a beautiful near-death experience with a life review. It was incredible and I am no longer afraid of death. I designed a tattoo for myself based on the experience, and six months later discovered that the symbolism in it perfectly matched that of Neolithic Europe, so a person from that time and place would actually be able to look at it and accurately explain what it means, while people today tend to find it odd.
There are many other synchronicities like this in my life, yet I don't get used to it; it still amazes me... But then, I am also still totally excited that I have cats, and I've had them for over a decade.
You should message me if
You have read my whole profile and think we’d genuinely connect as friends. You live close enough that we can meet in person. You are into personal growth, art, writing, Buddhist philosophy, mythology, the sacred feminine, shamanism, earth-based spirituality, sustainability, social justice, and/or Judaism. You can give me a sense of who you are in your profile or note, and pique my interest.

I have a busy life and often fall behind on email, so don't be offended if it takes me a long time to respond.

I'm a writer, so if you write to me with terrible punctuation, spelling, or grammar, it will feel like nails on a chalk board to me, and I probably won't be able to handle reading the whole thing, or feel inspired to respond.

I am not interested in casual sex and am happily in a monogamous relationship, so please don't approach me for anything but friendship.
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