I am smart and adventurous. For now, I am looking for get-to-know-you dates full of good conversation with someone who's open-minded, respectful, and has similar interests. After having just started my first real job in Atlanta following law school, I'm enjoying life as an adult and am excited to meet people with a good sense of humor who are comfortable in their own skin.
More about me: Generally with me, what you see is what you get. This doesn't mean that I'm not full of surprises or can't be spontaneous, but it does mean that I am a very open person, and that, if I am fairly blunt, have lots of opinions and enjoy a healthy debate now, I will in two years, in ten years. If you are someone who views every difference of opinion as undesirable conflict, I am not for you! I enjoy discussing politics and social issues, but I also believe in being very respectful of others' opinions (I expect you to be able to politely tell me if I have inadvertently insulted you - I promise it will not have been my intention). Treating Everyone with respect and dignity is one of my core tenets - I find that it makes me happier and causes others to treat me with more consideration and respect. Hiking is my favorite form of exercise, I spent the best summer of my life working in a national park out west and went on beautiful hikes daily; however, I don't need to be exercising all the time - I am also quite adept at vegging and want someone who can enjoy a similar balance. I love traveling! I have lived abroad several times, but there are so many places still left on my list. While I'm hoping to eventually find a legal position with lots of leave and flexibility, in the near future, as I begin my career, I may have to sacrifice some of that flexibility. Finally, my close friends and family - they would do anything for me and I would do anything for them! I want someone who wants to get to know and love each of them as I do.
What I'm looking for: When I say I want someone who is confident, I mean someone who respects themselves and others but does not take themselves too seriously (does not get easily insulted or angered) and who has a good sense of humor about life (life can be shitty sometimes and I want someone who can get through the rough times relatively gracefully). I also mean someone who is comfortable being in a truly equal relationship, where both peoples' careers and opinions are equally important. When I say adventurous, I mean comfortable in lots of different situations and around lots of different kinds of people, someone who is up for a challenge and can push themselves out of their comfort zone (this does not just mean running a marathon, there are sooo many ways to be adventurous and learn from new experiences). It also means being curious - I ask lots of questions and try hard to really get to know the people I am close to, I want to know what makes them tick, what experiences have made them who they are. I want someone who is just as curious, who genuinely wants to get to know me. One clear theme so far is good communication-I know it sounds cliche when girls say they want a good communicator, but, let me be clear, if you know you are a bad communicator or shut down when you feel uncomfortable, I am not for you. I appreciate a guy with a healthy set of hobbies but also someone whose identity is greater than his hobbies. Once things get serious, I expect to be priority number one (along with any kids of course) because I believe you can't have a healthy relationship without prioritizing each other. That said, I don't expect to spend every moment together - separate interests, friends, and goals are also essential.
I'd like to add that, despite having a serious side, I can be a fairly goofy person once I get to know you!!
So basically, I'm looking for a person with a similar philosophy on life...