“We are all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one.”– The Doctor
Hi! I’m Maria.
I’m the writer of all the words, proud mom of two talented and creative girls, grateful wife to one of the kindest, sweetest men ever, loving human to four (yes four) feline fur babies, and as that quote above shows, a bit of a nerd.
My personal story is not a neat, linear progression of logical and orderly events from birth till now. Like you, my story is full of twists, stops and restarts, failures and successes, loss, grief and pain, love, joy and laughter. The longer I live, the more I understand that our stories unfold in ways we often never see coming. And that even though the most carefully laid out life plans are easily derailed, our greatest strength is hope and the belief that another chapter is waiting to be written.
It is a story full of endings and new beginnings.
I’ve chronicled much of my recent life inside this blog. From early posts about raising my daughters with my late husband, to opening up about the grief of losing their father in an accident a few years ago, to learning to begin a new life after that unexpected turn. I took a break from blogging as I began that next chapter, being a single mom and widow and dating. It was not an easy journey and I avoided writing for fear of being too honest about what that experience was really like. Ultimately, I was afraid being authentic would lead to my being judged and it held back my writing. But, I have learned so much about myself and what it means to follow your heart and I am eager to share these discoveries and revelations with you.
I am recently remarried to an amazing, loving man with the most patient heart. He brought such needed light into our lives and the renewed happiness of my family has given me new perspectives. Our family is not a traditional one and is full of imperfections and challenges, that while unfamiliar to some, I know are challenges that resonate with many others.
My essays are a reflection of my life and the life that surrounds me, in all its messy beauty. I hope that in sharing these essays, these pages of my life story, you might discover a greater understanding of yourself or others. If nothing else, I hope you realize that no matter our differences, we are all making life up as we go.