The one thing I am passionate about...
I'm devoted to my family, eating good (vegetarian) food is a highlight of my day, nature is where I always find peace & joy, I care deeply about our world and the people in it, I am a writer/storyteller/communicator (with a wicked sense of humor), and if I had to express a life purpose, it would be to seek out beauty & truth (through nature, the arts, introspection, and spirituality). So those are my passions.
I typically spend my leisure time
Most often: dining out, walking in the park, watching a performance, exercising. But also: reading, dancing, playing pool, visiting art museums, watching movies, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing.
The most influential person in my life has been
Being truly present in your life, and so having the capacity to be truly present with your partner. This is what I aspire to in my own life and admire in others. I think it's from presence that the most important qualities flow. For me, these include: integrity, strength, openness, compassion, playfulness, passion, and creativity.
The first thing people notice about me
That I'm "lively" or "have a sparkle in my eye" or "spirited." I'm not sure why, but others give me this feedback all the time--even when I think I'm being sedate!
The last book I read and enjoyed
I read in spurts: most recently I've been reading about neuroscience and self-help (ongoing interests), a bestselling teenage vampire romance (a guilty indulgence), and a couple of good books on making conversation with new acquaintances (I'm already very comfortable doing this, but believe there's always something new to learn).
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My child
- My health and that of my loved ones
- Living in a free and relatively safe country
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I'm sensitive. Because I'm open, friendly, and direct (okay, some would say outspoken!), I think others often don't realize how deeply I feel.
Friends Describe me as
Creative, Intelligent, Passionate, Warm
A little more about me
I'm naturally curious about others, and lots of different people interest me. But for me to be close to someone, they must be affectionate, honest, responsible, caring, a good communicator, and have an open heart and mind. Also, being able to play and experience joy are essential!