I am a writer, blogger, social good advocate and stay-at-home mom living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my two children Max (8) and Sophia (6). My children keep me continually busy and I am constantly amazed by the imagination, energy and joy of life that they possess! A world wanderer at heart, I have been fortunate to have visited over 30 countries by either traveling, working, studying or volunteering.
A graduate of French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where I met my husband Paul, I have always been a Midwest gal living in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. I also had the opportunity to live in Paris and Marseille attending the University of Sorbonne and doing an internship with a french company. I love to be outside doing anything athletic (hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply enjoying nature), to travel and volunteer abroad, to write, and to spend time with my beloved family and friends.
My dream is to teach my children to live compassionately, open-minded lives that understand different cultures and the importance of giving back to those in need. I believe strongly in the value of making a difference in the world, no matter how small it may be. If there is a will, there is a way, and that anything is possible (as long as you set your heart and mind to it!).
My latest venture involves advocating for the UN Foundation Shot@Life (a program that provides vaccines to children in developing countries), RESULTS (grassroots organization to end global poverty) and ONE as a ONE Moms Community Partner. I also am a proud member of the Global Team of 200, a group of women bloggers destined to change the world through our voice. My proudest accomplishment: I have successfully raised money to help build two reading centers in rural Nepal.
I am an active writer and editor of Human Rights and Social Good at World Moms Blog. My work has also been published on Huffington Post – Global Motherhood, Elephant Journal , Broken Light Photography and Open Salon. Besides thirdeyemom, I also have a travel photography blog called thethirdeyeworld.
Why the Third Eye Mom?
In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment and wisdom and is commonly seen in Indian and East Asian countries represented by a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or “enlightened beings”.
My most recent big trip was to Nepal and India in November of 2010. It was a trip of a lifetime that significantly changed my life.
After a long 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago, we finally reached our hotel in Dehli and were welcomed with a traditional marigold necklace and the “third eye” dotted on forehead to remind us that we needed to see India with an open mind (indeed!). This idea stuck with me throughout the trip and was probably the best advice I could have ever received. It was so powerful that I decided that it would be the name for my blog as it incorporated all my ideas about how I wanted to travel and how I wanted to communicate my travel experiences with others. For travel is definitely an enormous learning adventure and when visiting other cultures, especially ones that are so incredibly different than your own, you have to keep a third eye. Otherwise you would lock yourself up in your house and never leave again! (Ha ha… just a joke). I believe that you would miss out on seeing what travel is really about: seeing and learning how other people around the world live, thinking about what you’ve learned, formatting opinions on it, and most importantly, sharing this knowledge with others. If you don’t have a third eye, what could you possibly see?
Then, why, you may wonder, is it third-eye mom? Because besides being an adventurous, travel-loving wonderlust, I’m also a mom. I have been fortunate to have traveled throughout my life, with my family during my childhood, then my husband, and now slowly but surely with my children. I continue to go on my adventures overseas without them, however, hope to someday be lucky enough to bring them along for the ride. Meanwhile, I want to inspire in them a love of travel and adventure that is essential to who I am, and in my opinion, makes for a better understanding of the world and our place in it (however small that may be!). So quite simply, I chose third-eye mom as the name to my blog.
Please feel free to drop me a line! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!