Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. I have stories about each and oddly enough, only the lion story came from the 3 years I spent living in West Africa. When I joined the Peace Corps at the age of 29, I got to embody my favorite expression: Fear is temporary; regret lasts forever. At that point I held a management position and owned a home, the American Dream, right? But my heart was not in it. Recognizing my passion for adventure and giving back made the decision to quit my job and sell my home easy. For three years I lived without running water and intermittent electricity. A decision that I do not regret and an experience that permanently broadened my view of the world. Tell me about a fear you overcame to pursue a dream. Though that may sound extreme, I value balance. Today I strive to incorporate social, spiritual, mental and physical elements into my life. The social part means being a good friend. Its as simple as picking up the phone and checking in on people. My spiritual life is more God-focused than religious-focused, though I have a deep respect for my heritage. Sometimes I attend Shabbat services. It is important for me to feel mentally engaged in life. I enjoy reading and taking classes or other activities that allow me to keep learning. I am a triathlete and preparing for my first Ironman competition in November. The event includes a 2.4 mi swim, a 112 mi bike ride and a 26.2 mi run. Trust me; I am getting plenty of physical activity in my life right now! How do you apply the concept of balance in your life? What is important to you? I am interested in meeting someone who is adventurous, self-confident, optimistic, sometimes intense, has goals and a sense of urgency about attaining them, is conscientious and interested in having a positive impact on the world.