~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I try to live life with kindness, compassion, honesty, patience, and vulnerability. I feel deeply, but also stumble upon beauty along the way. Seeing beauty in the mundane always inspires me.
I graduated from UW Seattle with a degree in Comparative Religion and from UW Tacoma with my Master's in Social Work (MSW).
I love to chat about philosophy, spirituality, art, poetry, or just this odd journey of life... with a cup of tea.
Social work opened my eyes to the hardships many people experience in their lives every day. I admit I'm an idealist, but I'm passionate about creating a just, sustainable, healing, and peaceful world. I consider myself a feminist, and a champion of human rights.
I enjoy meditation, seeing old friends, reading/writing poetry, and visiting tea houses. I've been going to a Kadampa Buddhist Temple for over 11 years now, and I'm starting to become more active in social justice and mental health advocacy.
- Making loose leaf tea
- Writing poems
- Making friends
- Caring about strangers
- Living out of my planner
- Not sleeping well...
- Driving very fast radio-controlled model cars (my alter ego)
- Thinking too much about obscure topics
- Taking the bus... everywhere
- My sense of calm
- My "kind eyes" as more than one person has put it
I mostly read books on spirituality or poetry.
Some Buddhist authors I like are Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Geshe Rabten, Lama Yeshe, Thupten Jinpa, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Geshe Sonam Rinchen.
My favorite poets are Rumi, Hafiz, Wallace Stevens, William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Robert Duncan, Saul Williams, W.B. Yeats, Drew Dellinger, Tagore, Shane Koyczan and others.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, I <3 Huckabees, Water, The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, Amelie, Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Monsoon Wedding, Batman Begins, Coffee and Cigarettes, Star Trek, Full Metal Alchemist, Gladiator, Nausicaa, Akira, V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Into Darkness, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Kundo
Ravi Shankar, The Beatles, Blind Pilot, Noah Gunderson, Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, Anoushka Shankar, Azam Ali, Thao, Feist, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, Jimi Hendrix, Air, CocoRosie, M83, Bach, Yo Yo Ma, Mozart, Macklemore, Damien Rice, Fences
I'm a strict vegetarian for ethical, spiritual, and ecological reasons. I love Thai food when I eat out, yakisoba, pho and Indian food. I aspire to be vegan... it's tough!
1) Supportive friends and family
2) Love & compassion
3) Beautiful stillness
4) Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books, teachings, and inspiration
5) My two cats, Emory & Sophie
- Unconditional positive regard
- The nature of reality
- The mind
- Racing RC cars
- Social justice
- Mental health
- Obscure quotes
- Cocorosie lyrics
- Heterosexism, Ableism, Ageism, Feminism, Specism
- My Spiritual Guide
I've been competing in this obscure hobby since I was 12. I really enjoy it! It's very fast, very competitive, a ton of fun, but also surprisingly expensive and time-consuming. I race at Magnuson Park twice a month during the winter season. I race mostly in Tacoma during the summer.