Posts by MaVi


By now everyone has seen the video of the Baltimore “hero” mom striking her rioting son repeatedly. They are calling her “Hero Mom”, “Mother of the Year” and saying that if more mothers were like her we wouldn’t have this problem. Here’s why I don’t agree with those statements entirely. I have felt this kind of desperation and fear. Just yesterday I was told my son was being rude...

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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway


Posted By on Apr 27, 2015

Today, I was supposed to board a plane back to Holland. I was going to continue living what I thought was my dream life. Instead, today is the day I give up on that dream, for now. A few years ago we ditched the American Dream for an entirely different dream. We left EVERYTHING behind for a backpack and a dream of living in Europe. We somehow managed to turn that dream into reality when we moved to Italy in 2009. Then, the crisis hit...

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Stop Putting Your Kids First

Stop Putting Your Kids First


Posted By on Apr 6, 2015

Traveling the world and living abroad gives you some perspective on yourself in the context of community. The American culture, its very fabric, is woven with a strong value for individualism. It’s about winning and personal achievement not the greater good and the best for the future of society. That’s great for economies and making money but what does that do for our communities? When we put ourselves before the good of...

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Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

Got mommy issues? Forget them today.


Posted By on Mar 8, 2015

I wrote this on International Women’s Day. Sadly, for me, it was also the 7th day I had been in the hospital with my mom, five of which were spent in the ICU.  She’s a strong, 64 year-old woman, and her sudden sickness took all of us by surprise. She was taking care of me, my sister and my son, we were in bed with a terrible flu and she then caught it. The difference between her and us is that she is a diabetic and has...

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Mindful Fashion


Posted By on Dec 15, 2014

Mindfulness is an ancient practice of being aware, of living the moment fully. Kaballah and Buddhism have several techniques to teach ways to fully experience the moment. These techniques are thought to be the secret to living life to the fullest and happiness. No matter what you’re doing even something as simple as eating you can be mindful. Feeling each bite, chew and swallow instead of thinking about what you have to do after...

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