They say that East Coast girls are hip and have great style… Southern girls knock you out with the way they talk… Midwest girls make you feel alright... Northern girls keep you warm at night...
As for me, I was born and raised in Texas (to Yankee parents), did undergrad in the Northeast, lived in NYC for several years, then went to grad school in Chicago… And after trying to take on the most endearing traits of a gal in each of those places, here I am -- now several years a California Girl, the kind that apparently guys wish all girls could be—“the cutest girls in the world.” I'll take it.
I seem to have a lot of yin with my yang. I truly enjoy city living, but I look forward to having a yard and easy parking. I don't discriminate between urban adventures and those in nature and the outdoors (but the latter often captures more of my heart). I’m independent and driven, yet a sucker for good, ol' fashioned romance and courtship. I am generally polished and poised, but I'll then totally surprise others with my wackiness and goofball moods (and my unsurpassed skill with puns). I’m creative and soulful yet highly analytical. I'm comfortable with who I am yet a bit impatient with where I am. I realize I probably just sound confused. But truthfully, I think I've learned more about myself in the past few years than probably the 20 years prior... and I assume life has a lot more lessons still in store. I really value others who are equally self-aware and committed to authenticity. If you are not genuine, not kind and you live an 'unexamined life', then I'll probably have more trouble connecting with you. Being my best self is what I'm after and I'm excited to find someone to help me be that -- and vice versa!
I adore my family and have loved seeing it grow and evolve. My niece and nephew have elicited many, many smiles. As a child I endured years of rough-housing and teasing from my two older brothers. They call it “training.” Regardless, time has given me great perspective, and I can say with confidence that my two older brothers have set the bar high by being men who are caring, driven, smart, grounded, family-oriented... and just plain fun to be around. My parents' marriage has served as an exemplar of unwavering partnership and commitment, and I feel pretty darn blessed. My family is the real deal, I have an amazingly fun and accomplished group of friends, and both are what I consider to make me happiest in life.
As for you... Well, I guess I'm looking for someone with a head on his shoulders and a heart in his chest. Someone who is motivated, balanced, grounded and has a sense of perspective. Someone with his priorities straight and with integrity. And when he's confused, misguided or lacking perspective, he willingly accepts the advice and care of others, knowing he can’t do it all alone. Confidence has its limits, I guess. He is someone who cultivates a life of gratitude and optimism. Someone who makes me laugh, purposefully and not. He's curious and caring, adventurous and playful, generous and sincere. A kind and good person, Someone who brings out the best in others merely by being himself, and who makes me smile just by being around. This sounds kinda deep and serious, but ultimately I look forward to the laughs and adventures of a really dynamic duo. Life should be fun!
If you've got a few of those traits, drop a line to say hello!