I think my closest pals would (hopefully) describe me as a loyal, hard-working, focused and dedicated person, but also an active, energetic, fun-loving, and laid back guy. I'm not gonna lie, I LOVE my life, am very blessed, and have so many things to be thankful for - most notably my wonderful family and friends. The one thing I haven't been able to do is find the woman to spend the rest of my life with. Its not like I haven't tried or ever come close....I'm basically a serial relationship person. I guess I just haven't met the one, and I still hope to, so here I am...
What makes me smile? Well more than anything I'd probably say its making the people I care about the most smile first. When the important people in my life are happy, then I'm happy. Aside from that its the standard stuff I guess - sunsets, days at the beach, my favorite sports teams winning, good food and drinks, up markets, being on the beach, in the water, or on a boat, etc. I guess happiness to me is working hard, a sense of self-reliance, and being able to do what I want when I'm not working towards my goals.
What am I most proud of? First and foremost I'd say my family and friends again. Its the people and the relationships I've built over the years that I value the most and wouldn't trade for anything. I try to put them before me. As for myself, I guess the things I'm most proud of on my life's resume are my degrees, my professional accomplishments, my home, my philanthropic work, and things like being a marathoner.
I'm most grateful for my wonderful family, my friends, my job, my home, my country and the people who serve and protect it. I'm grateful for the wonderful people and places I've been exposed to over the years.
I guess I'm looking for someone who has similar values and interests to mine. People who put family and friends first, who work hard, are accountable to themselves and others, and who like to go out and enjoy life to its fullest. And I'd like someone who's laid back and not wound too tight - I deal with those people all day at work!
My social life is pretty active I guess. I have a lot of friends in a lot of places, and a family that loves to plan fun stuff to do. I am a planner as well (though I also like being spontaneous at times). I think a lot of my pals look to me to sort of "lead the group" when it comes to planning fun events, trips, outings, parties, etc. Not that I'm trying to be a center of attention....I just like having things to look forward to when I'm not working, and I guess I am a conduit to a lot of different groups of friends who like to enjoy each other's company. Its funny - a lot of my friends joke I have more girl friends than guy friends....not sure if that's true but I certainly don't discriminate - I just like to surround myself with good, solid people. the company you carry says a lot about who you are!
I LOVE to laugh....I think I have a pretty good sense of humor. Not everyone "gets it" but I love to laugh and joke around. Not in a slapstick kind of way, but I guess I was always taught to strive for a great balance of hard work and humor. I love funny movies, funny shows, and not taking myself too seriously when I'm with friends, b/c we all tend to rib each other. But I'm comfortable with that.
In relationships, I'm just looking for someone who wants to be with me for who I am, for what I stand for, for what I believe in, and for what I can give to them. I want to give my companion everything that is me. I am not perfect (no one is), but I try hard everyday to be the best person I can be. I'd hope my partner would expect that from me. Relationships are all about compromise, but they're also about celebrating each other and what each person brings to to the table. I think I can bring a lot and I guess in turn I'd expect a lot. Why settle?
What am I passionate about? The same things I'm grateful for (above) - family, friends above all, but there's more!