My obsession with water, here is where it all began… Growing up in a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with a commercial fisherman father – we can say that’s where it all started. The ocean was my babysitter and my dad’s fishing boat, SeaBorn, was my playground. Over one-hundred miles out in the ocean my parents knew where I would be at all times. Most of the time, I sat in the crow’s nest or directly on the bow of the boat and would gaze at what seemed like the end of the world. Staring off, my mind would go into a trance-like state. I was completely content, even with a twelve hour steam (ride) back to the dock. As I grew older my amazement of the ocean grew too, but hanging out on the playground was no longer enough to keep me occupied. I began surfing, really getting into it, at age 12. It became quite the obsession very quickly. I would beg my mom to take me surfing before school started, bribe my dad to take me on surf trips, and plead for my parents to sponsor me in local surf contest. As time passed and as everyone does, I experienced several ups and downs. Looking back I realize my ups and downs were treated the same. To celebrate, I would go surf, or to settle myself from upsetting times, I would go surf. Years passed and this concept was just part of life for me, and still is. However, now it is more than just something I do. My focus is heightened and my awareness has expanded. Every time I paddle out, I can relate it to a present circumstance or understand a memory to a greater extent. This concept isn’t new, but bringing it front and center makes it more accessible. You can relate this to any passion you have, just sit back, be the student, and allow the metaphors to flow to you.
I have a bachelors degree in Complementary and Alternative Health, a license in massage therapy, a certification for personal training, and a two-hundred hour yoga teacher training under my belt, but really when it all comes down to it, the ocean has taught me and always continues to teach me exactly what I need to know in perfect timing. These experiences that I share with you are ways to help life flow a little bit better. I present it all to you in a form that is… raw, salty, and real.