About Me

I enjoy getting to know people when they intrigue me and oftentimes those are the individuals that know me the best.  Relationships arising out of appreciation, rather than need, are those which (in my opinion) are the most meaningful and long-lasting.  People I try and surround myself with are those who know what it means to be an individual on their own path, who know what they want in life, who can carry their own in a conversation, people who I aspire to be like and who have qualities I admire. I am drawn to people who are confident and seek truth in what they say and do, who are sensitive to others and aware of their surroundings, who aspire to be the best person they can be. I admire compassion, intelligence, drive, and thoughtful reasoning.

I feel best when I am outdoors. Cycling, hiking, kayaking, running, tennis, swimming, exploring, you name it, I'm into it. I love and (used to) teach yoga. I'm at my best when I'm on an adventure - be it mentally, physically, spiritually.

I enjoy wine, good beer, meaningful conversation, photography, traveling, languages, farmers’ markets, nature, animals, art, books, and music.  Laughter, joy, hugs, openness, quietness, solitude, togetherness...they all warm my heart.

I'm a world traveler and a world citizen.  I take responsibility for the world we live in and have great respect for diversity and other cultures.  My first flight was when I was a month old to return to Stavanger, Norway.

Regarding my education, I used to be a math minor, an education major, and stopped because I don’t believe you need to go through Advanced Calculus III to teach fourth graders how to add and subtract.  I switched majors to Psychology with a Leadership Communication minor, graduated, went on to earn a Masters, and now I'm currently working on my Ph.D.

Favorite Quotes

"We shall not cease from our exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
-TS Eliot

"Strange, she'd never posed the question that way before. That was the puzzle, but as was so often the case, framing the question properly went a long way."
-Intuition, Allegra Goodman

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but merely the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” –Ambrose Redmoon

"...I have found a dream that must come true
every ounce of me must see it through...
there is a vision and a fire in me."
-Immortality, Celine Dion

"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak."
-Audre Lorde

"Be courageous and brave, and do not be afraid."
-Cycling jersey

"Redefine your limits."
-Bicycling magazine

“The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”
-Erich Fromm

"Let me see if I can put it into words even the inebriated might understand."
-Tom Robbins

"There is a long-standing argument about whether perfuming is a science or an art. The argument is irrelevant, for at higher levels, science and art are the same. There is a point where high science transcends the technologic and enters the poetic, there is a point where high art transcends technique and enters the poetic."
-Tom Robbins

"We enjoy silent, human-powered sports done in nature, where the reward involves no audience and no prize other than hard-won grace. These entail risk, require soul and invite reflection. They bring us closer to the natural world and to ourselves."

"I just don't want to die without a few scars."
-Fight Club

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else.
It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs and the voice inside that yells "CAN'T."
But you don't listen. You just push harder.
And then you hear the voice whisper "CAN."
And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."

"The desert has its own soul. And it isn't insignificance that I feel in the face of this, but the aching candor of being alive. These great dunes around me - carved and shaped by the wind, baked by the sun - were once stone. And if mountains can dissolve, then what of me - so much more fragile, so much softer, so quick to bleed and easy to destroy. Maybe it's heady reflection, but I think it, lying in the sand and gazing at this world: the marvel that I am here. Such an ecstasy of wonder and gratitude. I am here, I am here!"
-Kira Salak

"You're coming to realize that travel anywhere is often a matter of exploring half-understood desires. Sometimes, those desires lead you in new and wonderful directions; other times, you wind up trying to understand just what it was you desired in the first place. And, as often as not, you find yourself playing the role of charlatan as you explore the hazy frontier between where you are, who you are, and who it is you might want to be."
-Rolf Potts