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Transform through Exposure to New Ideas and New People
My identity is ever-evolving. I am a thinker, a feeler, a worker, a friend and confidant, a nomad, and a free spirit- often confined by expectations of society. This is why travel is so important to me. To experience the freedom of a bird, rising above the stagnant pressures of convention and social expectations to soar away, even if for a moment. That and I get antsy often. Gotta stay on the move!
UPDATE: As of 2014, I have been living in Colombia... and have fallen in love with the country, and the people, and guess I now call this my home base- so I move around, but tend to keep coming back here for some reason!
I am a 27-year old Americanized Russian. I float. I think. I believe in hard work, matched with equally hard play. I have had an array of customer service jobs in the past, but they have not satisfied me. I have, however, found my calling in teaching, counseling, language exchange and bringing diverse kinds of people together. I have interned as a psycho-educational group facilitator for children and adolescents living in a domestic violence shelter, and I also worked as a case manager for some of their mothers. I have also taught anger management classes, for adults.
Now, I'm an English teacher looking to get involved in community building, public health social service work, as well as any start-up business ventures (as long as they are sustainable and socially conscious, of course) in the near future. I intend to utilize my grad-school thesis project to help better my community by seeking out, and rectifying, any gaps and deficiencies in existing social services...
Right now I am working on starting a Host House and Language Center. If interesting in helping me launch this, let me know :)
I am looking to learn something from everyone I meet, so I want to meet as many different people as I possibly can.
I believe that we create our own reality. I also believe that satisfaction comes from reaching one's own potential, in whatever arena feels intuitively right to that individual.
Some other words I live by:
~one can not succeed beyond their wildest expectations if they don't begin with some wild expecations!
~grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference
~service is the rent we pay for room on this earth
~treat others the way you want to be treated
"...and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" - Nietze
"...and this too shall pass..."
"The further we entend our care and communion outside ourselves, the more realistic we become about our own life, tiny yet glistening within the cosmos. Authentic humility, or egolessness, leads us to value our capacities and potentials while viewing them in perspective of the great atmosphere of wisdom in which we breathe" (Paul R. Flesichman, M.D.)
"The more fundamentally we can learn, the more we realize our debt to our teachers" (Paul R. Flesichman, M.D.)
"If you want to find inner peace, you will need a new criterion for all your life choices, and that is the criterion of emotional tone. You will need to initiate decisions based not upon convenience, success, or conformity, but upon how the outcome will affect your peace of mind. Inner peace will have to become the rudder by which you navigate the straits of great and small decisions" (Paul R. Flesichman, M.D.)
"The distant horizon and the foreground both contribute to the picture of your life [what's hardest to determine is] how to keep all of the components of the picture harmoniously related within the same frame" (Paul R. Flesichman, M.D.)
"We humman mammals are caughts with two agendas we must unfold into one: maintenance of our earthly life, and realization of its true proportion. Inner peace is the product of competance illuminated by ultimate reality" (Paul R. Flesichman, M.D.)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
*UPDATE: While in Brazil- I will helping to film an independent documentary on MBA/MIB student experiences around the world...let me know if you want to participate!!*
I have couchsurfed, traveled and shared rented accomodations with other CS-ers, gone to a few meetings, and have signed up for some of the groups. Unfortunately, I am unable to host visitors at this time due to my living arangement... buuuuuut... I am always happy to meet for lunch or a coffee, or to meet up and travel somewhere cool!! If I am free, I will be happy to explore Boston with anyone who isn't a grouch :) Message me, and we can chill if we're both free.Can't wait until I have a place where I can finally host!!!!
I love to have fun. I love music, especially live music. I love to dance, and sing (albeit badly...). I play the flute a little, and strum a little on the guitar. I would love to start a band at some point in my life...
I love literature, but I wish I read more books which didn't have to do with school.
I love languages, and would love to learn any language. Currently, I speak Russian, and some Spanish...And English, obviously ;)
I love to hackeysack (with sack or soccer ball), and to play basketball and volleyball. I also recently discovered the thrill and excitement of snowboarding- and I'm hooked! I love to swim, and enjoy surfing too- but I'm not very good at it, and have never had a very good board to practice with. I love yoga too- and am trying to learn to meditate.
I love debate and discussion, and communication with people in any way, shape or form.
Ultimately, I am multifacted and love life!!!!
- live music
- language exchange
Music, Movies, and Books
I love almost all music- but don't name too album/song/artist titles since I have always received burned CDs with no labels. Some favorites: Opeth, Pearl Jam, Artic Monkeys, Porcupine Tree, Beatles, Bob Marley, Buddha Bar (awesome lounge music), Thievery Corporatiion, Offspring, La Bouche, anything 80's, NAS, Led Zepplin, the USED, AFI...soundtrack to Boondock Saints, Mermaids, and Grease 1 and 2...and more...too many to list!!!!!
favorite genres: Flamenco Guitar, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Classical, Rock, Metal...ANYTHING!!! (but obnoxious top 40- which I can shake my ass to when I'm hammered ONLY)
Books recently read- Confessions of an Economic Hitmani (John Perkins), 4hr Workweek (Timothy Ferriss), Smile When You're Lying (Chuck Thompson), Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance (Howard Becker)...
Movies- Peaceful Warrior, Requiem for a Dream, The Little Mermaid, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Grease...and more (I haven't seen too too many movies, though, in comparison to your average person)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
*jumped off a 75 foot cliff at the Devil's Punchbowl in Julian, CA
*participated in a fire-walking session in Kaliandra, East Java, Indonesia a few months ago :)
*traveled to Papua solo, and used my beginner's Indonesian to get around :)
Teach, Learn, Share
What I can Share/Contribute:
-a helping hand in projects in and around the home
-advice and a shoulder to lean on
-I can wash dishes and help clean stuff
-I can help with community development or raising environmental awareness
What I'd like to learn:
-more about computers
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can lend a hand around the house, chat about experiences, teach you the few acroyoga poses I have learned, teach you how to teach, jam out on the flute with you, play hackey sack with you, do some arts and crafts- or make you some food (80% edibility guarantee)!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Russian Federation, United States