I've recently accepted a position working with native communities in the Minnesota area and will be up here in January/Feb, so if you see me wandering around, please feel free to say 'hi,' and send some tips of favorite restaurants, places to get good beer and wine, music, fun places to hang out, good hikes, pretty places to see, and other fun stuff (and if you see me wandering outside when it's -40, then please redirect me! :-) ).
Let me preface my entire profile with the following: I am told quite often that I am unlike anyone most ever meet (they definitely [[broke the mold]] with me). I was told quite recently by a friend that my passion and drive shine like 10,000 [[sun]]s (his comments were very gracious, *and* it only cost me $10!! Ok, just kidding. I didn't have to pay him, but I was quite blown away by the comment!).
Oh also, re: some of the categories on here: age is tough. I spend much of my time with mid-twenty-somethings to mid-thirty somethings since I'm in graduate school. Most think I am in my late 20s or early 30s. I am not very concerned with age. I know plenty of people who are younger than me that look and act as if they're 50 and dying. I also know people that are older than me who are highly energetic, youthful at heart. I'm much closer to the latter and would appreciate someone else who is as well.
Religion: well, I grew up in a Jewish family, was adopted (original birth parents sounded Christian), but also have a place in my heart for aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Shamanism/Native Spirituality (I apparently have some native in me, but again, I'm adopted and not allowed to know to what extent, but have met a 1/2 brother, also adopted at the same agency who's also part native...but I'm culturally much more like other Caucasians who are not native) and many other spiritual faiths. The key for me is delving into what's real, rather than playing with superficial aspects of a bunch of religions.
Astrology: for those who are into this: I'm Leo (sun), Aquarius (moon), and Libra (rising). And I'm glad to share my natal chart with those who are interested :-)
OK, back to things someone potentially interested in unique people might want to know (or what I want them to know :-) ).
Oh, and please, please, please have a good sense of humor!! I just love laughing and being creative, even more than my super-serious research side!
I tend to take in a lot (on many different levels and vibrations) and utilize it to make changes in my life in a way that makes me stronger as human being. I hope the beneficial aspects can rub off on others, just as I wish for theirs to rub off on me. I find that this is what strong/resilient partnerships, neighborhoods, communities, and populations are all about. I have lived in a very deep world, and I've gone down some fascinating rabbit holes, which have created experiences and given me insights that many others only contemplate as ideas. I tell you this not to impress you; rather, so that you know what type of human being I am. I am a seeker (and not in some new age sense of the word). I seek, make, and do life (ask me to tell you a story sometime about "doing life"...it was one of *my* personal epiphanies).
I am not saying any of this out of some ego kick, or to impress/intimidate anyone, as I don't think I'm any more intelligent than the average person. However, I use whatever intelligence/curiosity/passion in different ways than most and I am insatiably curious. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that some are intimidated, which I wish not to be the case. I guess I mention these things because if my interests or narrative bore, frighten, or intimidate you, then you might wish to partner with a less complex (not complicated) person on here or, if up for the adventure, I may need you to ask me to 'dance' a little slower at times or explain the steps :-) .
As Einstein said: "I have no special talents; I am only passionately curious" (well, he probably left out the semi-colon)! I would argue that I'm [[insatiably curious]]). I have interesting insights, stories, perspectives, and education.
Ok, here goes:
In short, me: I've been studying aspects of naturopathic, functional, and holistic medicine, for the best part of 12 years now. My past has been that of a tenacious researcher (as I have done this more than anyone I've every met).
I attempt to eat beyond-organic 95% of the time, which means I'm not as worried about occasionally eating (at social events, etc.) the junk that many eat and call 'food.' (though I do feel it afterward).
I think (often quite critically) much about healthy housing, land, water, soil, air, animals, food forestry (food forests), permaculture, food (extremely healthy foods, mostly, but still a foodie and enjoy anthropology [hence: other cultures] at heart and will try just about anything especially if it's real food!!). I love traveling, camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, long deep transformative conversations (though those two adjectives can be used for many other things in my life) and am looking for a wonderful woman (and more generally friends) to connect with. I am extremely genuine, have a big heart, and am a kind soul.
Also, a huge thing to know about me is that I'm currently on a kick for people, things, places, information, that are "real." Quality and "real"-ness are essential fibers which weave the web of life. It could relate to housing, medicine, love, communication, sensuality, integrity, politics, spirituality, community, and especially food (vegetables and animals for me now that I've studied/lived so many facets of various anthrohistorical and "alternative" nutritional philosophies from kosher, raw foods, vegetarian, vegan, paleo-, Weston A. Price etc.)
Of course what is "real" to each of us is subjective and we have to find our own information for what is real, or important, etc. But this is part of the current/coming phase in my life where I seek to bring in more apsects of "life".
I am real, fun, adventurous, kind, respectful, integrous, intelligent, communicative, and not afraid to show who I really am. I am also respectful of the fact that my path may not be your path.
Oh, other personality labels from above that apply to me include these: Adventurer, Animal Lover, Athletic, Chef, Class Clown (not a class clown but do love to laugh, especially those who are creative and funny!), Foodie (I'm am a foodie times 10! To the hundredth power!!!), Freethinker, Hopeless romantic (not hopeless at all, but romance is fun) Intellectual, Night Owl, Princess (just checking to see if you're still awake at this point), Traveler, Treehugger, and Sapiophile/sexual.
Also, I'm a Leo, which means we like our manes stroked. If you are as well, I'm sure you will understand :-) We're sunshine, light, love, and fiercely lo
We can do anything. But in general, I must admit that I'm not a fan of our cultural template for a "date" (it puts too much pressure on people to try to be at their best, versus who they truly are; to me, your best is how you are every day, not how you clean up. I figure I'll see you at your aesthetic best when we head to a wedding, or to a nice dinner, or some fundraiser, etc. I desire to see who you really are, rather than some big production and demonstration before a "date"). I prefer just to meet, be natural, and have fun, laugh a lot, tell stories, have some wine, etc., whatever we choose to do. I also prefer to be in places where we both are comfortable and able to be ourselves; so wherever those places are for you, especially if you're one who gets nervous meeting someone for the first time, that's maybe where we should meet.
Regarding the type of person I'm looking for, I am not seeking a person who is a list of various qualities at all. I seek someone who is an embodiment of beauty, truth, love, justice, grace, curiosity, the feminine, and life more generally. The rest are just details.
And, I don't wish to have as a partner someone who sees the world exactly as I do, but wishes to grow together, as a new melded couple.
You hopefully do have many of the following: a beautiful heart, are a tender communicator, seek to live more in balance with the facets we've historically known as "life," and embrace deep, open honest communication, have done (or are actively doing) your homework on any toxic emotions/baggage, frustrations, or other unresolved issues from relationships, childhood, adolescences, etc.; have beautiful friendships and relationships, and know how to love deeply and tenderly...
You might love to cook (I do) (and sometimes UN-cook) and share good, healthy, nutrient-dense, beautiful, and minimally/non-contaminated *real food* that you grew/raised yourself or knew the people who did.
You are hopefully many of the following:
articulate, artsy, adventurous, beautiful--both inside and out--fabulous, a bad-ass, creative, feminine, nerdy, passionate, nurturing, loving, enjoying of deep conversations, can recommend good books, music, wine, insights into our spiritual or mundaen world or other realms, intimate spots in nature, or anything else which you think we might enjoy.
If you made it to this sentence and aren't bored stiff, you ARE REQUIRED to, at least, write and tell me I'm I've lost my mind!
Here's some from my old profile...
WARNING: I'm quite open to someday (like 10 years) living in New Zealand (or some similar place--am VERY open to other suggestions), in a comfortable, self-sustaining, energy-efficient, and ecologically-friendly home and property in (preferably) the forested foothills of a scenic mountain range (or other ecosystems), growing much of my food in rich volcanic soil. I especially enjoy living in ecological and spiritual ba