Okay, totally bizarre but true story. I recently went to a seminar with some co-workers on the new Chip Heath book called "Decisive." At the reception, I was telling some friends about my dating life when this older woman, who was trying to look at the art painting behind us, joined our conversation. She told us how she had gotten out of a 28 year relationship and was looking to get back in the game. My friend suggested that we both joined Match. The woman was skittish about joining and my membership had just expired. However, with a little bit of wine in me, I suggested we form a pact that we both sign on and hold each other accountable. She asked for my number, we made an agreement, I renewed the membership, and here we are. Although thinking about it now, I'm starting to wonder if she was hitting on me. Oh God...
I've done a bit of the Indiana Jones thing by originally coming from Canada, growing up on the east coast, and zig zagging between both coasts due to school, work, more school, and more work. It's been a fun journey that led me to be a lifeline on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, to make some incredible friends in NYC and in SF, and to learn where I want to be - which directly led me to a path to come back to the Bay Area. I've been back for almost two years now and it just feels right. My friends back east joke that I've totally become Californian when I got a Prius. I told them not to make fun of my daily yoga and fresh shot of wheatgrass juice I take every day (I was joking). They thought I was serious.
In working in health care, I think I found a space where I can blend my aspiration to do good and to help people while still earn a good living. It's rare to be able to find something that you can do both, and I'm grateful for that. However, if I wasn't doing this as a career, I'd seriously be interested in doing something creative like film-making or writing, which I always dabbled in throughout my life. In fact, I recently just gotten back to short film making and I'm starting to write my next film. I'm also trying to get back into other things I've enjoyed doing like photography, cooking, salsa dancing, and running.
I recently retook the Myers-Briggs and found out I'm now an ESFP. After reading more about what it means (I'm apparently similar to Homer Simpson - woo hoo!), it makes total sense. My family and friends are incredibly important to me and I'm always so happy hanging out with them. However, I also enjoy meeting new people and I always find everyone's stories and background so interesting and intriguing. I enjoy trying new things out and it totally explains all of the fun hobbies that I've picked up over the years. However, the biggest take away is that I enjoy the process of experiencing things. My work makes me always think about the next 5 steps moment, but I'm really trying to just live in the moment and appreciate the now. Maybe I am becoming Californian.
Anyway, with this second stint on Match, I'm not sure what exactly to expect. If you're amused by what I've written so far, drop me a line and let's start chatting. Going back to that seminar, Heath says that one of the things you should do in life and in decision-making is to try to widen your options. Well, if you're looking to try too and can tolerate the occasional cheesy and bad jokes, drop me a line!