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Panoramic View of Akaroa, New Zealand

A little bit about me: 

Balance is essential in life. With spending so much time in front of a computer and working in the lab, I need to be active and spend time outdoors. I make time most every day to spend time walking outdoors in nature. I find this to be great exercise and also good for relieving stress and maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I often will do walking meditations at the end of each day! 

I enjoy hiking nature trails, walking along the beach, canoeing, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors. Nature always brings a wonderful balance to my life. Whether it is the salt air and crashing waves of the ocean, the crisp air and incredible views in the mountains, or listening to a stream while canoeing, I find beauty wherever I am and in whatever I am doing. I also enjoy photographing the amazing places I have visited across the world. 

Meditation has become another essential for me to having a more balanced life. I spend some quiet time each day relaxing and doing some form of meditation. It makes such a difference in the quality of my life and I often find inspiration and answers to life's challenges through breathing and meditation. I often will take part in the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenges. 

Another passion for me is dancing. It is one of the best forms of exercise I have found. Once the music starts, it no longer seems like exercise. I really enjoy east coast swing dancing (jitterbug), but I also enjoy Lindy Hop, Cha-Cha, and freestyle dancing. I have been dancing since I was 7 years old and it is a part of who I am. 

I love to explore the local areas of wherever I am. I am an adventurer at heart. In addition to the outdoors areas, I enjoy seeing museums, art galleries, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, festivals, and fairs. Learning about new areas and people is so much fun. I am always on a quest for knowledge and feel that if you stop learning then life and growth also stops. I guess I am always a researcher and explorer at heart.

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