The one thing I am passionate about...
All aspects of culture. I am something of a Latinoamerica-phile. But it doesn't stop there. I fed this through college via choosing a Major in Anthropology. LIfestyles, customs, and belief systems fascinate me. I love to help others and give back to the community! Tutoring and/or teaching. Helping others to recognize their own personal agency. Anyone can cultivate a satisfying and rewarding life. I truly believe that. It starts with being the person that you want to be! I
I typically spend my leisure time
I love to run. I try to do it everyday. Sometimes at the gym, preferably outside. Crappy weather= the gym. This is Portland! If you like to run, then that is a major plus:) Yoga, reading, music.I enjoy quirky and fun spontaneous art projects whilst (but not required) enjoying a nice lager or glass of wine. I try to remain informed politically. I am liberal. I very much enjoy reading of books. Listening to music!
The most influential person in my life has been
Someone who can enjoy just being alive and living a good life. Taking good care of yourself is appealing, as is intelligence. I am a vegetarian, but not necessarily deterred by carnivores. Not too relaxed, but not too rigid; be in tune with yourself and have a sense of purpose and enthusiasm. A good listener who is communicative.
The first thing people notice about me
That I am inquisitive.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Haruki Murukami "What I Talk about When I Talk about Running," prolific author goes autobiographical. Prefer his novel(las). But the subject matter was intriguing. A well wrought and inspiring little book.I just completed "Absurdistan" by Gary Shteyngart. Quite the entertaining read. Most likely an acquired taste, details the adventures and mishaps of a morbidly obese Jew, son of the 1,238th wealthiest (and recently deceased) man in Russia. I am currently reading "The Bone People," the setting is in New Zealand, Just getting into it. Borrowed it from a bookshelf last week while I was visiting Connecticut (where I hail from originally).
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Education. Having a curious mind.
- Having had opportunities to travel and live abroad. Particularly Peru and Costa Rica.
- I appreciate a lot of the values that my parents instilled in me (perhaps this sounds cheesy), but my Dad is probably one of my biggest role models. I have been lucky to have met a lot of interesting and inspiring people, who have really touched and influenced my life. Even when I am just contemplating my future on my own, their ideas continue to enrich and guide me as I navigate.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I frequently have a lot to say when I keep my mouth shut. I try in earnest to assess before I "jump in." This can be misread as my being aloof, but what it really means is that I am just trying to get an authentic impression of you.
Friends Describe me as
Ambitious, Articulate, Funny, Good listener
A little more about me
I am eclectic and kind of quirky. Don't worry if you cannot figure out where I am coming from, chances are you wont. I am kind of an oddball intellectual. I like to ponder and explore ideas, I can get really "out there." I'm not on drugs. I am not "defiant," I just kind of step to the beat of my own drummer and "move at my own pace." But the good news is: I am adaptable! I can be a loudmouth about my opinions at times, please don't take it to heart (it's the east coast in me). I am a sweet person at heart.I have ADD. Said condition can enhance as well as hinder:)