Educating young kids for a decade has given me great insight on “who I am.” They don’t let you get away with anything, and you develop the ability to laugh at yourself VERY quickly. I hope to get back into the classroom soon, but whatever I do, I strive to preserve my integrity and passion above all else. I am very attracted to those qualities in my partner, as well.
Teaching has definitely been a deep-rooted passion of mine. It's probably in the blood...my parents and grandparents were also teachers. I used to think my career defined me, but I realize I was selling myself short. I now make time to explore my other interests as well as time for keeping myself fit and, most importantly, healthy.
Spiritually, I am inspired by being out in nature more so than within any church. Actrually, my church would be the valley floor of Yosemite! It is important for me to keep my mind and body healthy. And it is important for me to be with someone who feels the same. I would love to find someone who would take a moonlit hike with me on the spur of the moment. Or to teach me how to scuba dive...or better yet, learn with me! I love the ocean, I love being on a sailboat, I love laying on the warm sand after snorkling in warm tropical waters. I even love camping if we have fresh water and at least one bathroom with plumbing? Basically, I love doing anything outdoors as long as I am not freezing my a** off. Yes, I am a girl. And I get cold. You will feel my freezing feet on yours on a cold night under the covers, or feel me trying to burrow my hands under your shirt so I can put them on your warm chest.
Sometimes the world will show me something so beautiful that I am in awe...Repelling off a big rock with hundreds of joshua trees and their shadows surrounding me at sunset. I believe that I am part of something far bigger than I can ever imagine. Life is a mystery, and it's okay not to know everything. That's what makes it so interesting ... and so worth living, even on those crappy days when you just want to crawl back under the covers.
I read a quote recently in a book that really stuck with me: “My idea of a good [man] would be one I loved to look at, not because another found [him] lovely, but because his unique characteristics spoke to me.” Basically, there needs to be chemisty. And I can only feel that if I meet a guy in person. I also want a best friend... Someone who laughs and finds humor in the same things I do. I find an infectious laugh and great eye contact sexy!
A friend once told me a great analogy describing what I think most of us are looking for in a partner: When life gets tough, we want the person we love to be right beside us in the boat while going though those rapids. We should never settle for someone who actually creates more havic (or white-water heartache) in our lives. I want to enjoy my life with someone I adore, who adores me, and who I have that inexplicable chemistry with...that feeling of melting everytime we kiss...the goosebumps... the immediate calmness and safety I feel from just being in his arms.