I was lucky to have grown up with a best girlfriend. Having tried to be part of the popular girl squad years before, this girlfriend of mine was just what I needed to understand what was really important during my teen years. She was calm and laid back. Was part of a really loving family that had their own in-house factory of chocolate (seriously?!). Had an amazing sister to whom I credit my first Fleetwood Mac record (bought with my proud coin savings when I was maybe 11?). Had one of the most gentleman I have known in life for a bother (whom I dated for a while before being traded for... Read More
I just came back from an appointment with the Brazilian Consulate where I had to fill out a form with the yet again field 'Occupation'. I never understood this field and still wonder if all these forms we fill out for different purposes - not even related to what we do - add up to some national/global research to access what people do with their lives. I will assume they have a practical reason considering that the consulate official mockingly said to me... Read More
One of the greatest things about being an ex-pat and part of an international community in an alien city is the people you meet. Specially in my case the other moms who have become my inner circle, my support and safety net, my laughs, my ears for venting and cries. We all have our former backgrounds, our stories, our reasons for being where we are today, supporting our families' life style and moment. I am very grateful that a special one, the one I call 'luminous' has let me be her friend. From the very beginning we were able to share many conversations, many coffees and many stories together. Today, I share her latest story. A beautiful tell of what humans are capable of as long as they know where they are headed. Mostly, when they know where their heart is at. Read More
I am 40 weeks pregnant. And what do 40-week pregnant do: they wait. They wait for a sign that it is time to deliver this baby they've carrying. For. So. Long. Before I proceed let me just say I know it is a blessing to be pregnant, I consider it an amazing gift, I still don't understand how in the world we grow a human being inside of us, I understand it is magical. But, magic aside, on your last weeks of pregnancy all most women I know can think about is: TOO LONG. Too damn long. Read More
I realized I have been saying a lot of sorries these past months.
'Sorry, I will not be joining you to every single tourist spot you want to visit in town' (to guests who expected I would do just that).
'Sorry I will not make it to central London for a coffee' (when not only I am not drinking coffee but also there are plenty of coffee shops 5 minutes from my house). Read More
"She zoomed the streets of the island. South to North. Inside the cab that could not care less. Windows down enough to let the cold Feb air touch her rosy Jack Daniels cheeks. It was past 1AM and she briefly thought about the event of a life time she had next morning. Not at all important at that moment. She smiled at the many times she wanted to live there in those streets, the reasons changing as she grew older. Many homes before and after that. One heart in the East Village."
The bonds and what we call home. Read More
As you most likely know by now, I had my first baby back in May and since then life has changed... a lot.
I love being a mom, caring for my very own little being, waking up with his giggles, and watching him grow and evolve.
It's truly the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me and I often wonder why I waited for so long to experience this... Well, I do know why but this is a subject for a different post :)
Having said all that, I must admit that one thing was really bothering me after I had TJ: baby weight. Read More
I wake up with a body that hurts everywhere, like a truck has run me over. Yesterday was a day of pain, a day of (half) inactivity (after all the house and kids, not to mention your work, still need running), a day when I still had to figure how to get my son to school and back, when I still had to send him to a play date so I could get some middle of the afternoon unexpected rest.
As we were growing up my mom used to say: 'Moms can never get sick.' At that time I thought she meant moms need to be present (like, all the time!). Little did I know she mostly meant she didn't feel entitled. Read More
Giving birth was by far the most amazing experience I've gone through.
Go back a year ago and there I was thinking my wedding day was THE BIZ!!!!
People ask "But wait? Did you just say 'amazing' to describe birth, natural birth?" and I am like "Hell yeah!".
So today I've decided to share a couple of reasons why I think birth was so COOL! Read More
More than 25 years ago I lost my older brother. I still remember phone and intercom calls very early in the morning, hush hush along the corridor at my house, my dad waking us up, on a weekend, to tell us the news. I was 12. I didn't know it yet, but everything in life was going to be different after that weekend. There is not a single a day I don't remember I had a brother, there is not a single day I don't think my mom lost a grown 19 year old son. Read More
I'm a former journalist and I have spent a significant period of my professional life working for Brazilian business outlets, covering careers and human resources. I wrote and discussed, knowingly, about the careers of business people and of young talents, and was part of inumerous discussions about women in the workplace. I still didn't have any kids, and without them, everything was different. Back then, I was dealing with the theory. Read More
Running has brought so much joy into my life.
Wait. Did I just say that? Didn’t I start running only to justify my all-time favourite hobby (eating good food, trying new restaurants and avoiding my own kitchen at all costs)?
How did this happen? Read More
When my husband comes home from work he sometimes complains that I have yet to shower (on days I had no time to do so). Most times I want to scream and say: "Yeah, right? Crazy!". Reality though, I have learned to just ignore it, picture my 'calm down' image of feather pillows being torn by a knife, and head upstairs to take the shower I, in my dreams, wished I had had time to take during the day. Read More
What? Are you still with me? Really? I was reading the newspaper this morning and on the “Wellness” section they proudly presented 4 steps to clear your mind. First step: take 5 minutes a day for yourself. If you’re curious about the other three, I’m sorry. I never read them. Because the only 5 minutes I have to myself every day is my shower – does it count? Read More