Oh look! A breath of (somewhat) fresh air!
Hey my sweet loves 👋🏼 I know, it’s been way too long since I’ve hopped on my little blog but I finally feel like I desperately need to step into my creative groove after navigating the unpredictable twists and turns of life. The last few years have been a rollercoaster ride for all of us – from surviving the challenges of COVID to welcoming more little bundles of joy into our family (yes, 3 kids now!) and making the bold decision to move to a whole new state when we decided to be “closer” to Europe + South America. Buckle up, because I’ve got a lot to catch you up on!
The COVID Curveball
Like many of you, the pandemic hit us like a ton of bricks. I’d always thought I was prepared for anything, but COVID taught us that there’s no handbook for a modern health pandemic. I was newly pregnant with Amelie on the way, during which Rodrigo missed out every single ultrasound, I had a few (false) health scares concerning her in utero and I had a planned c-section because little girl decided not to flip head down (story for another day!). Add to that: being extremely far from our families on other continents and not knowing when or if we would see them again, navigating how to keep making an income, working from home and all the general weirdness became our daily norm. We were caught in a whirlwind from then on, and my blog and socials took a backseat pretty quickly.
But here’s the silver lining: all that time spent with my little and mighty family in the standstill that COVID brought to our life made me realize how precious our moments together truly are. Weirdly, the “slowing down” of the whole world helped heal me from the debilitating panic and anxiety attacks of the year before with parenting far from my support system plus navigating my mum’s bladder cancer diagnosis (she’s good now!). As challenging as it was, the lockdown gave us a chance to bond, sleep in a little sometimes and was, like for so many, a natural segue into what is now the current chapter of our life.
Moving to Miami
In a plot twist we really didn’t see coming, we made the bold decision to move to a new state. We left Los Angeles on December 31st 2020 and landed just in time to ring in the new year! Packing up our lives and relocating our family was a huge step. But when you know, you know. You just know that a chapter is over and need to embrace change. We packed up when Amelie was just 2 months old and decided to buy a place in Miami. We actually got a lot of push-back on that idea… a lot of “you’re crazy, why don’t you rent first?” and such. But Rod and I felt in our bones it was a great time to purchase a house since we had some money in the bank for a downpayment and I randomly landed a creative role at a health tech company as a video host. That meant for the first time we were able to enjoy a super stable income and work remote. So, as per usual, we ignored everyone, and found a quirky home close to the beach. I feel like this home waited for us. It took us 3 months to find it and thank goodness we purchased because interest rates were at the all-time low and if we had rented (like everyone said) there is no way AT ALL we would have been able to buy our little place!
More Babies, More Love (and chaos!)
I’ve always wanted a lot of kiddos. Don’t ask me, seriously, I don’t know why! After Amelie and our first year setting up here in Miami, I pushed (I’ll be honest lol) for having one more. 2 reasons: Something within me just didn’t want to regret not having had one more and I also knew that if we didn’t do it sooner that we would not want to do any of it later. And so it was. Pregnant with another baby in 2022! To top it off, here was a little boy, who we named Francis, coming into our family. I didn’t actually care about the sex, I was ready to welcome another girl to add to the gang if that were the case! Talk about juggling! Motherhood was already a wild ride with two kiddos, but having three little adventurers under our roof brings things to a whole new level.
Even with all that having 3 kids under 7 brings, my heart is fuller than ever. Every day is a new adventure, and I can’t wait to share the ups and downs of life as a mama of three with all of you. Let me tell you, it’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
Back to Sharing & Connecting
Now our little ones are all out of the baby phase, I found myself yearning to get back to what I love: sharing and storytelling with you. So here I am, dusting off my keyboard and rediscovering my passion for sharing life, tips, and experiences with all of you. It looks a little different now. I can’t do it as full-time as before; I’m looking for another creative job role as I loved what I learned and grew a lot from that experience, I am setting up my own creative content business and thinking about my return to music – whatever that looks like. It’s like reuniting with an old friend when life has taken each of you on your paths.
So… I’m excited to chronicle the chaos and beauty of motherhood & life and share our stories. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover or questions you’d like to ask, feel free to drop a comment and of course you can find me on socials on the ‘Gram and the ‘Tok.
Much love to all always!