I'm a native Cheesehead who has lived in the Twin Cities for a little over three years now. I've really enjoyed exploring my new home and taking in all the opportunities a larger metro area has to offer, but I have tons more new places I'd like to explore. It may sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but I'm a highly motivated person who really values balance and making sure I enjoy the view along the way.
What do I do to keep myself entertained? I love taking advantage of the cultural opportunities the Twin Cities have, whether it's music, theater, or great restaurants. At the same time, I love getting out into nature and losing myself in the backwoods. Specifically, I really enjoy cooking, experimenting with new foods (especially some seafood from Costal or the great new find from a farmer's market), having some nice wine to go with it, and getting outside and cycling or hiking. And yes, that's one area where I hope my hobbies balance each other out! :-)
I also love to travel. I made it to four new national parks in the past year, and still fit in trips to Napa and the Frozen Four. This coming year I already have plans to head to the UK, and to do a circle tour around Lake Michigan
What am I looking for here? Ideally someone with the same curiosity to explore and enjoy the opportunities with, and someone who can help me find new ones to explore! Hopefully you won't be a super picky eater (but will also be willing to forgive the occasional kitchen disaster -- not all experiments work out!), and won't mind a guy who can handle a skillet. Someone who can appreciate the day-to-day pleasures while still having a vision of where they want to be in 5, 10, 20 years. Oh, and the willingness to share a bike ride or a glass of wine from time to time is a huge plus too!
The biggest things I look for when it comes to a successful relationship are honesty, open communications, mutual respect, and a truly equal partnership. Without these, no relationship is going to work in the long term. I enjoy being around people who have their own clear personality and ideas, and are perfectly willing to display both.