The one thing I am passionate about...
I am passionate about taking care of myself emotionally and physically. A good deal of my free time is spent doing activities that nourish my mind, body, and soul. I am also passionate about continuing on a career path that makes me happy, finding my soulmate, and eventually creating a life with that person.
I typically spend my leisure time
There are so many activities I enjoy - it is difficult to pick two or three. I really enjoy going to art museums and science exhibits. I always learn new things that I never planned on. I also love visiting my friends and family - my life is so enriched because of them. A brisk walk around the Rose Bowl is one of my favorite things when I don't feel like exercising indoors.
The most influential person in my life has been
Aside from honesty, which seems to be everybody's answer, I'd say God-given intelligence and an insatiable desire for knowledge. It doesn't matter if the rest of the package is perfect...I just won't have any spark with someone who's not on my level intellectually. I'm sharp and I need a guy who can keep up - or even better, push me to make new realizations and gain a deeper understanding of life.
The first thing people notice about me
No one has ever shared that info with me. If I had to guess I'd say my laugh - it's pretty contagious...and I usually smell awesome.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I'm not done with it yet but I'm reading a book of essays called, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" by David Foster Wallace - who tragically committed suicide last year. I'm reading each of the essays twice before moving on to the next because the writing is so rich with imagery - it would be a shame to skim over it. The vocab is rather extensive and I have to keep my dictionary handy while I read. I think I've learned like 20 new words, which is exciting and humbling at the same time.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- my physical health
- the love of my parents
- second chances
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
It takes a while for it to sink in that I don't just talk to talk. I can be silent for a long time listening to someone else and soaking up information. When I have something to say, I say it and it's usually well thought-out and articulated...BUT to some it *might* not seem like enough chat on a first date. People realize later how nice it is to truly be "listened to" and how much I remember about them.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Caring, Good listener, Perceptive
A little more about me
I try very earnestly to be a spiritual being and grow (albeit slowly) in my relationship with God. I'm often not a model Christian and I struggle with doubting his plan but I'm working on it - you have to give me credit for that!