While I'd prefer introducing myself the old-fashioned way over a caffeinated beverage (not a fan of coffee, but tea is delightful), I suppose a few paragraphs shall suffice.
I have Boomer tendencies. I have regularly maintained a checkbook since the seventh grade, continually listened to the same radio stations since purchasing my car back in high school, and I am notorious for responding to friends' texts by calling.
I was raised in beer. After being adopted from China when I was a baby, I spent the rest of my adolescence brewing in Shiner, Texas - a small community with a proud Czech and German heritage, a friendly population of 2069, and one stoplight.
I live in a candy store. I think this is the metaphor that best sums up the lens through which I view life. Like the kid in the candy store, I like a lot of options, maybe too many sometimes. With creative passions for design, writing, and art, a love for sports, musical theory, and theatrical performance, and interests in neuroscience, astronomy, and zoology, I figured an Advertising degree could become my ideal cross-section within my Venn diagram of many interests.
I am a human being, not a human doing. While this candy store lens encourages childlike curiosity and an insatiable desire to never stop learning, I realized that when left unchecked, it can lead to persistent indecisiveness and rose-colored glasses. The belief that "I can have and/or do it all" can be a dangerous, prideful motivator that has led me to fall into a non-sustainable state of constant busyness and emotionless work. I had to learn that the most loving thing you can do for yourself and for others is to simply receive life and not achieve it. That is when I have discovered my most creative self and experienced my most authentic identity.