I passionately write, love, teach, laugh, connect and travel. Sharing the vulnerable parts of myself, as I stumble through uncomfortable situations, brings me closer to others. Favorite writing topics in my essays on The Huffington Post and Mariashriver.com include: travel, dealing with loss, and any experience that inspires me to be a better person. I believe that honesty and laughter are the best catalysts for healing.
I watched live coverage of a fiery, multi-car accident for an entire day before recognizing my father’s Chevy pickup pinned between the two semi-trucks. A television news reporter at the time, I narrowly avoided being assigned to cover the collision that killed my father. Suddenly a part of the news I’d reported on for years, I longed to run away from broadcasting, my life, and looped images of my father’s body underneath a yellow tarp.
Blending reverent reflection with rollicking adventure, Don’t Pee in the Wetsuit is a travel memoir about my attempt to sift through an unresolved relationship with my dad on a six-month trip around the world. Gallivanting through eleven countries with a best friend, I lose my clothes in Costa Rica, swim with bull sharks in Australia, get scolded for peeing in my wetsuit on a cave tour in New Zealand, and overindulge on food, wine, and foreign men. Writing on the road, I struggle to forgive my father’s shortcomings and make peace with losing the first love of my life.