So... the basics... I grew up in Michigan, went to school at the University of Miami, FL, came to DC for a job and have been here since 2005. I come from a pretty large family and am pretty laid back. I grew up with three brothers and have learned to pick my battles carefully... Once you get to know me, you'll find that I'm a pretty upbeat person and usually have a smile on my face. I'm also always the peace keeper - I hate conflict, but I'm not afraid of it, either. I'm definitely a "girly-girl" - I take the time to make sure I look good every day; hair, makeup, etc., but don't assume that I wouldn't want to go canoeing or white water rafting! I'm definitely not as prissy as I look. :) Also, working out, staying active, and eating healthy/clean are important to me.
As far as what I'm looking for? I guess I just want someone who "gets" me. Someone who likes to spend quality time together and is ready for a relationship to be a priority (not "everything," just a priority) in his life. Someone who is secure enough to say (i.e. can communicate) when he needs some solo/guy time, and is cool with me having solo/girl time. Someone who is feisty, witty and laughs easily. Someone who has a healthy work-life balance and who will let me sweet talk him into taking the day off to go canoing or just bum around town. I do tend to like athletic and active guys... And I'm really family oriented - it's huge, and we're like our own "wolfpack" so it's important that the man I'm with makes an effort to get to know and get along with my family. Especially my brothers. As far as physical appearance goes, I am most attracted to taller guys, because I'm tall, and I simply will not give up my heels. ;)
I could go on and on, so basically, I'd like to meet someone who understands that it's not necessarily about being on the same page all the time, or being in the same place all the time. For me it's about finding someone who understands that it's about the journey... and having similar goals and making the decision to do this thing called life together - the good and the bad. And someone who gets that it's not always fun and games - sometimes you need to go through the growing pains, have the difficult conversations, and make an attempt to understand each other in order to get to a better place. Shoot me a note if you want to know more. :)