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  • 9 References 3 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 38, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Graphic Designer
  • Bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Sciences, Master's de...
  • From born, raised and currently living in Indianapolis, IN
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me


To discover parts of myself through the grace of others


I am a simple girl born and raised in the midwest actively pursuing my dreams of traveling the world. I am about to embark on a 10 week backpacking trip across Europe. I would love to meet locals in the areas I'm visiting so that I can learn a little bit about their culture.


Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Other words of wisdom I try to live by:

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. You can only decide how you're going to live"

"It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident, or time, or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you."

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change"


MUSIC: Rock, electronic, hip-hop, classical, jazz, latin. I really love going to live concerts and discovering new music. I'm also trying to teach myself the piano, but I am NOT good.

DANCING: comes with loving music. I am an intermediate salsa dancer and would like to learn swing, tango and belly dancing someday.

ART: My primary interests lie in graphic design but I appreciate traditional forms of art. I also enjoy photography and just recently purchased my first dSLR camera.

FOOD: I loooooove food and trying new cuisines. ( I will never be skinny!)

TRAVELING: curiosity makes me want to see and experience the world

LEARNING: anything and everything, but more specifically I love learning about new cultures

  • arts
  • culture
  • design
  • graphic design
  • photography
  • concerts
  • dancing
  • salsa dancing
  • tango
  • belly dancing
  • dining
  • flowers
  • traveling
  • music
  • jazz
  • piano
  • backpacking

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Amelie, Hot Fuzz

Music: Tori Amos, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party

Books: The Invitation, Time Traveler's Wife, Love in the Time of Cholera

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Learn salsa dancing. The feeling I get when I dance is so rewarding.

Countries I’ve Visited

France, Germany, Nicaragua, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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