The one thing I am passionate about...
I am currently most passionate about finishing my pursuit of my MBA degree. I love learning and I enjoy the challenges inherent in such a pursuit, but it has taken a toll and is beginning to prevent me from seeking out new challenges, such as preparing for new mountains to climb.
I typically spend my leisure time
I tend to spend my leisure time pursuing my MBA, walking my dog, reading as much as possible, meditating, going to Chicago with friends, finding new and exciting restaurants, training for future mountains to climb, picking new places to travel to, and working on one of my cars.
The most influential person in my life has been
I am looking for someone who can be my "soft place to fall" after the completion of a long day or a tough life struggle, and I want to be the same for someone else. This world is too cold and vicious. Your partner (and you) must be a safe haven for one another. Teamwork is abolutely essential to me- I do not compete with my loved ones.
The first thing people notice about me
People tend to immediately notice that I am quick-witted, humorous, and honest. I loathe phony or selfish behavior and would feel absolutely ashamed if others ever viewed me in those dim lights. On the other hand, I hope people do not take me too seriously as I strive not to ever take myself too seriously :)
The last book I read and enjoyed
I recently read "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates" by Tom Robbins. I love Robbins' use of words (there is no other author, alive or dead, that has/had his mastery of word use) and how he makes the reader expand his/her "mind horizons" by presenting such unbelievably exotic characters and plots. My favorite Non-Fiction book is probably "The Goal" by Eli Goldratt. The business philosophies therein are logical, but priceless.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My loving parents who helped me to believe in myself when it seemed that no one else did.
- My need to continually improve myself- it has helped me to achieve in both my personal and professional life.
- All of the wonderful people I have met throughout my life who have helped me to learn and who have mentored me- I would be nothing without them.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I wish people would not be so quick to judge me or attempt to put me in a little pigeon-hole with an attached label. I (as well as everyone else on this rock) have come through too many trials, challenges, and tribulations to be immediately stuck in a box, like "Supermodel" or "Genius" :) Actually, I had my subordinates in mind. They tend to see me as "Power-Hungry" or a "Know-it-All" because such attidues they have come to expect from previous management. They eventually see that I lead as I wish that I were managed.
Friends Describe me as
Hard Working, Loyal, Passionate, Spiritual
A little more about me
When I was young, I tended to look at a partner as someone that would "make me complete" or "make my life right." On the contrary, I now feel that WE are responsible for completing ourselves- our partner is someone who should share our lives with us, riding shotgun on the road trip of life. Also, I am going to have to post some better pictures of myself- these are from a mountaineering trip in New England and happen to be the only ones that I have on my hard drive. I apologize!