I'm very close with my family and love to spend my time with my close friends - both are hugely important to me - isn't that what life's all about?! My favorite people are those that can make me laugh till I cry, but who can also involve me in thought provoking conversation. I'm an eternal optimist, and believe that everything happens for a reason, whether or not we understand the reason at the time. I'm very lucky in that I love what I do professionally, but when I'm not working, I love going to movies, wine tastings (especially California reds!), yoga classes (not because it's trendy, but because it keeps me grounded), skiing, scuba diving, listening to music, cooking, baking (I make THE best choc. chip cookies!), reading, and of course, travelling. I love a great beach vacation for relaxation, but also love exploring new cultures - China, Israel and Ethiopia, Greece, and last year was Argentina/Uruguay! While I love going out to fun, trendy restaurants for great meals and great wine, I also enjoy just hanging out at home, ordering in pizza and eating ice cream out of the pint! And while I enjoy keeping up with the latest fashion trends, I'm definitely a jeans girl at heart!