I recently moved from Chicago to LA in search of fresh start and new priorities. In Chicago, my life was consumed by my work as a civil litigation attorney at a large law firm. Here, I am happily working just 3-4 days a week (on average) as the in-house counsel for a company in Burbank. My priorities have changed dramatically, and work is no longer anywhere near the top of the list. I'm ready to find someone to grow old with and raise a family together. I worked hard and played hard in my 20s, and I'm done with the party scene. I'd much rather spend my Friday nights curled up on the couch, watching movies and laughing with the arms of the man I love wrapped around me.
I'm looking for someone who values and is ready for a committed, long-term relationship with the potential to lead to marriage and kids. I hope to find a man who is my intellectual equal, witty, honest and compassionate, is emotionally and financially stable, has a huge heart, and is actually able to communicate his feelings to me. As corny as it sounds, I want to meet someone who cherishes the fact that I am a woman first. I want a man who will open doors for me, hold my hand in public, won't make fun of me when I cry at the end of every movie, kiss me often, and will see my emotional intensity as a blessing rather than a threat. Eccentricities and quirkiness are definite positives, as I've got my share of my own.
The superficial LA stuff really doesn't matter to me-- I don't care what kind of car you drive or how often you work out. Even though I'm petite and take pride in my appearance, you aren't likely to find me in a gym very often, if ever. :) What matters to me is what is inside your heart, your ability to make me feel loved and safe, a stable lifestyle, and of course, passion. I am far more attracted to inner beauty than outer appearances. I have a ton of love to give the right person, and I expect the same in return.
As for me, I'm hugely independent, smart as hell, loving, and have been told that I don't have a cruel bone in my body. I'm well educated, as I have a BA from Tulane in New Orleans and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. I'm also very well-traveled, having lived in Athens and Rome and traveled all throughout Europe, Turkey and Egypt. I'm kind of fearless when it comes to travel, as I'll go just about anywhere. I also love political banter, experiencing new cultures, museums, classic rock concerts and Broadway shows, high thread count sheets, a good cut of steak (my dad is a butcher), and blueberries. My guilty pleasures include bad reality tv, luxury hotels and spas, shopping, and yes, the occassional country music. After all, I went to college in the deep south.
I'm also an animal lover through and through, especially when it comes to big dogs. I used to foster abused and neglected dogs waiting to be adopted by new families, and I currently have two Rottweilers. They live with my ex, but I see them all the time. At home, my landlords' ancient cat and crazy Springer Spaniel are my constant companions. They spend so much time with me that I've basically adopted them as my own.
Here's the bottom line. I'm not looking for a one-night date, but a real, long-term committed romance with someone who is also ready for marriage and kids. No more playing around. Compassion matters, as do morals, a sense of tolerance for people of all types, and above all, humor. If you can make me laugh, I'll be yours forever.