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My name is Patsy and I am a recent Nashville transplant. I just moved from Los Angeles a few months ago where I was working in administration at a residential treatment facility in Malibu. Now, I'm taking classes full time online to complete my final year of undergraduate Psychology and working at a treatment facility here in Nashville as a Clinical Associate.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I feel like we have become isolated from one another in so many ways. The concepts of "community" and "fellowship" are no longer commonplace. Much of this I attribute to technological advances, but I know that they have also brought us closer to one another in other ways, too! Many of us, myself included, tend to become consumed by this (especially western culture) of competition and "every man for himself".
Life is short and I believe that ultimately what will matter is the connections that we made while we were here and the ways in which we were able to help our brothers and sisters on this arduous yet beautiful and miraculous journey called "life". The more we know, the less we fear. The less we fear, the less isolated we are from one another.
I love foreign/independent film, writing/playing/singing music (not why I am in Nashville, though), seeing/hearing live music, laughing, reading, and growing. I enjoy yoga, especially hot Vinyasa flow, running, and cleaning.
Big fan of learning with an insatiable appetite for growth and intellectual expansion... This past month I learned how to harvest and process organic turmeric root, make turmeric spice and mastered the art of building/tending a fire. I would love to learn more about horticulture as well as vegetarian cooking. I recently made my full conversion (which I spent about a year doing) to vegetarianism and I am in dire need of some new ideas to keep things interesting!
- live music
Music, Movies, and Books
Be Here Now written by Ram Dass, The Untethered Soul, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, The Wisdom of Insecurity, Are You My Mother?, Emergence: Shift from Ego to Essence, Walden Pond, The Soul of Leadership, The Chemistry of Joy, Buddha's Brain. I'm working on this thing called "pleasure reading" but I find it comparable to the phrase, "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life."
Any Alan Watts books, lectures, podcasts. He has a way of making eastern philosophy more palatable to western society and although I can drink my coffee black, sometimes it's good to add some cream. I also love how pretentious he can be- makes me laugh. If you haven't listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcasts, you should. It pushes my boundaries with its bizarre brilliance.
The Guest was fantastic but that may be my trending obsession with 80's influenced art forms. I'm also a big sci-fi fan from Another Earth and Moon to the classics like Close Encounters or Soylent Green. Beasts of the Southern Wild spoke volumes to me and that may very well have to do with my southern Mississippi upbringing. Japanese horror is an art form.
The Grateful Dead and any member's side project- They are a huge part of my life and have shaped a lot of who I am today (which may sound cheesy, but it's totally true). They exude love and if you're "truckin' up to Chicago" in July for their 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows feel free to carpool! I also love Phish (Trey's solo work), bluegrass (YMSB, Railroad Earth, David Grisman, Larry Keel, ect.) neoclassical (Balmorhea, Goldmund, Rachel's), Sigur Ros, blues and jazz (I grew up an hour outside of NOLA).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Survived my adolescence and early adulthood.
Teach, Learn, Share
I play guitar (rudimentary at best) and sing. I also can teach you a thing or two about yoga or meditation. I love new material and the joy of sharing it with others.
What I Can Share with Hosts
These days, I'm either at work from the early afternoon to late evenings or doing schoolwork at home or at a local coffee shop. I am available to show you some cool spots (bars, ect.) if you like but must inform you that I would be a terrible tour guide as I am new to Nashville, too. However, if you're down to go exploring with me and wonder aimlessly maybe we could learn more together. :)
Countries I’ve Visited
United Kingdom, United States