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My self-summary
Hi, my name is Ryan. :)

I am a writer, illustrator, and art director.

Something I'm quite excited about these days is a new personal project/blog I just launched called Hug the Universe. I launched it on my birthday this year, and I think my inaugural post says a ton about who I am and what I'm up to.

In terms of romance and companionship, I'm interested in finding a lady who is smart, passionate, funny, thoughtful, and kind. Someone who enjoys discussing ideas and dreams (more of the ambition kind than the sleep kind), and who's driven to be the best version of herself that she can be.

Right now I'm most interested in meeting people, making new friends, and if romance happens somewhere in there, awesome! If not... yay! New friends!

The end-game for me though is definitely finding someone to create an absurdly incredible life with, and whose socks I can repeatedly knock off.

Life is magical, the world is full of incredible people and opportunities, and I want to have more great people in my life to kick existential ass with. :)
What I’m doing with my life
For my day job, I’m the art director for a company that teaches storytelling to filmmakers.

Outside of that, Hug the Universe is my big focus. The long-term vision there is to build an audience and platform that enables me to move into writing books and speaking. I want that to be my full time gig in the next couple of years.

And, being the best version of myself that I can be is something that's at the heart of everything I do.
I’m really good at
Emotional intelligence, growing, evolving, and bringing delight into the world. :)

I’m also really good at petting cats. Like, a lot. (Literal cats—that wasn't a euphemism.)

Oh, snuggling and hugs—I’m really good at those, too.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm male.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Everything that I read these days is non-fiction. Biographies, philosophy, human development, and various things about skills that I'm interested in cultivating. I know there’s a lot of amazing fiction out there, but right now I’m too intrigued by people, behavior, and existence in general.

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by my love of music that I feel like I'm going to explode. The two genres I'm most drawn to are singer/songwriters (like Sufjan Stevens, James Mercer, and Jose Gonzalez), and electronic music (like Clark, Aphex Twin, and Modeselektor).

Also, this song is so goddamn fucking beautiful it almost hurts:
Christine and the Queens: Tilted

I also really love movies. Two of my favorite movies are Stranger than Fiction and The Thin Red Line. I’m generally into movies like what the Cohen Brothers, Wes Anderson, and David Fincher make. That list is by no means comprehensive. :)

Hooo boy. Food. I love food. I don't even know where to start with that one. Something I want to do in my life is travel the world and locate/consume foods I’ve never even heard of.

I basically love all the things.
The six things I could never do without
Meh, "could never do without" is quite extreme. So, here are 6 words that represent what I strive to be more of:

1. Loving
2. Supportive
3. Kind
4. Courageous
5. Accepting
6. Compassionate

Ok, now I'll give you the other six things.

1. Music
2. Cuddling
3. Cats
4. Someone to enjoy my cooking and food-in-general with
5. Deeply moving emotional experiences
6. Living things
7. My bike
8. Jacobsen's Sea Salt
9. Disregarding rules that I find pointless or irrelevant
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Human behavior, objective reality vs. subjective experience, bagels with cream cheese, coffee, whiskey-forward cocktails, chocolate, how dramatically Portland has changed in the last year and how to be accepting of the aspects of the change that I don’t particularly enjoy.
On a typical Friday night I am
I reject the concept of "a typical Friday night" on principle. :P
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once bought body wash that smelled like ham when I used it (the bottle said lavender). I do not like being covered in soapy ham-bubbles.

You should message me if
you've read my profile and you’re like "YEAH!" What other reason could you possibly need? :D

Also, I can't see who "likes" me on here, so if you click the "like" button on my profile all I can do in response is think "huh, some person on the internet hit the like button on my profile."

Don’t leave the potential for meaningful connections in the hands of a “like” button! Come on! Send me an email! :D