You (Really) Can’t Go Home Again

I cried for an hour straight last night. I haven’t done that since my father died. You’re probably wondering what the girl who just traveled the world for an entire year has to cry about. Don’t worry, I get annoyed with myself sometimes too. But Thomas Wolfe was right, you can’t go home again. And […]

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Please Deliver To My Father In Heaven

Dad, I’m sorry I haven’t written sooner. I thought I should have something interesting to say or accomplished a big life goal…but I’ve only recently realized that showing up or reaching out is the entire point – not so much what you say. So what’s happened these past five years? I suppose the most exciting thing […]

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Mugged In Malaysia

I’m actually surprised it took this long. Seven months on the road and not even a hint of someone trying to steal from me. There was the unfortunate food poisoning incident in Vietnam that landed me in a hospital (scary), but as far as travel catastrophes go, I’ve been lucky. Even now, I know it could have […]

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And I Miss You

I’m homesick. There. I said it. I know you’ve been disappointed in the past. …because I wasn’t. You thought that to be unreasonable, insensitive, callous even. And maybe you were right. Maybe I did shut off some of my emotions for the past seven months. Adventure called to me and I dove in. New experiences, […]

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The TSA Agent Who Changed My Life

I was flying to Los Angeles after burying my father when an irritable TSA agent yelled at me for forgetting to take off my jacket. I peaked up at the gruff man towering over me with tears in my eyes and pleaded, “My dad just died. Can you be nice to me? Please?” There are […]

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A Stranger In The Mirror

I stared in the mirror for five minutes straight this morning. A stranger stared back at me. I don’t think she blinked. …but she smiled at me. She was happy. She studied my face while I synchronously examined her. I was taken aback by how confident she was. She wasn’t scared. She was empowered… and […]

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A Response To “A Letter To My Future Husband”

My dear friend, Stephen Lewis Hildreth, made me the loveliest video in the world after reading what I wrote to my future husband. Stephen is already behind the sweetest thing someone has ever done for me, but he outdid even himself with this one. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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