I'm currently 28 years old, but I feel like I've lived longer. I have had many experiences in life that have helped me become who I am. I work hard for what I like, and I am always looking to move forward. I am part of the people who have been impacted by the economy, I used to own a couple of clothing boutiques, which I recently closed down. So I am now back in Corporate America and working towards finishing my degree. But I don't see this as failure, but rather of test of my strength and character, and I know I will rise from this. I am a very happy and positive person and even when something doesn't go my way, I try to see the positive, learn from the situation and grow from it. I am looking for someone who has drive and wants more out of life than just the bare minimum. Someone who shares my interest and believes, but who is at the same time their own person, so that we may introduce each other to new things and experiences. I'd like someone who could at some point be considered a true partner, not somebody that I would have to babysit or take care of. I am very independent as I don't NEED someone by my side to be happy, but I like to feel protected and loved. I haven't had a serious relationship in my life, and I've only been out for a few years to my family and friends, so I'm looking for somebody who can be patient with me. I am definitely going to be "the girl" when it comes to a relationship, so I'm looking for a man that is manly and doesn't really fit the gay norm. I like to dress trendy and I have plenty of Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags, but people don't normally describe me as a crazy diva type of gay or very flambouyant. I dress professional for work, so normally slacks and button ups with a little bit of a personal touch. I don't cross dress and I would not like my partner to either. I am respectful of others and very easy to get along with, I expect the same. I like somebody who makes me laugh, I have a great sense of humor and I truly think that laughing keeps you young. I am very family oriented and I would like my significant other to be the same. I am fluent in Spanish and my parents speak primarily Spanish, so it would be nice to have someone who speaks Spanish as well, and someone who shares some of my cultural background and upbringing. But more than anything, I would like someone who likes me just the way I am, I don't want to change for anyone.