As you can see from my photos I like boats and horses. Those are my horses, Genio, Azul (Blue Boy) and Soly Doly and I'll be honest right up front; if you can't get out there every now and then and "ride a horse like you stole it" we won't have much in common. Genio gave up his career as a polo pony because he doesn't like to stop once he gets running so I let him have a good gallop every time we ride and Blue Boy, not wanting to be left behind, does his best to keep up.
I used to water ski on Shuswap Lake in BC and go boating off of the west coast of Vancouver Island each year. In Mexico I ran snorkel and fishing trips on pangas and a 42' Chris Craft. I love being out on the water in any sized boat except a kayak -- boats designed to tip over are not really my thing.
I also love to mountain bike on trails and back roads, although I am somewhat out of practice since leaving Mexico for Toronto just over two years ago. I don't mind motorcycles, however; I do prefer them on secondary roads as opposed to the 400 series highways. ATV riding is a deal breaker for me though. I explore the countryside on foot, horseback and mountain bike and I absolutely abhor noisy, smelly, ATVs tearing up the countryside.
I like lifting free weights and I find the rhythm of it soothing, but then I always get bored with the routine and repetition and stop. I don't care for routine but I do walk 6 - 7 km per day to and from my office. I find I can "zone" quite happily when I walk so I don't notice the routine.
Being from BC originally, and then spending 14 years in Mexico where I ran my very "off-the-beaten-path" adventure/eco tour company, I am really enjoying exploring the quaint small villages and little towns I've found while poking around southern Ontario. I've covered a lot of the province to the south west, west and near north west of Toronto but I have a lot of territory left to cover.
I see that I have no fancy, dress up photos posted here -- I look downright scruffy in some of them -- oh well. I do clean up very nicely and I have a walk-in closet full of high heels and nice clothes that I love wearing to the symphony, opera and live theatre which I attended on a regular basis the years I lived in Vancouver and when ever I could on my many visits to San Francisco and Mexico City during the last few years. For entertainment I also like NFL football live or on TV, GO BEARS! (yeah I know) and hockey live at pretty much any level from Bantam on up.
I've never been married, I have no offspring and -- take this as a warning label if you like -- I am extremely independent. My main goal is to live my life as completely as possible and I think I do a really good job of that. I currently keep pretty busy with my careers -- an executive director position in marketing and my "other work" as a consultant to marketing and fundraising clients. Despite being busy career wise a key goal of mine is to travel and see as many new things as I am able to -- and always always always take the time to enjoy life with friends and family -- and I always do.
I put Anglican for religion because I was confirmed as one when I was 12. Seriously, I am as lapsed as it is possible to be and I don't care what religion anyone practices as long as they leave me out of it.
I am an extremely happy, positive person who appreciates the absurd and welcomes the unexpected. I make sure that my life is fun because I see no point in being unhappy. I believe that everyone's happiness is 100% their own responsibility and I have no time for pessimism. "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or, rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." I am a rejoicer.
My taste in music is very eclectic, I love almost all types of music including bagpipes and accordion polkas. I like dancing and I would really love to have the opportunity to learn how to do fancy ballroom dancing. If anyone cares to cut a rug and have some good laughs at the same time, I am on board with that. Last Tango in Toronto anyone? ;-)
The most important trait I think anyone can have is kindness. I am a kind person and I like to surround myself with other people that are kind.
Words I live by
"If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one and with the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul"
Hummmm. How about we fly to Paris for dinner? Not too realistic I suppose. I have only one request - please, please, nothing that involves "Timmy's"! (Just over two years here in Ontario and I still don't "get" the popularity of this particular establishment.)