About Me

“The life you live is the lesson you teach”

That quote has been on my mind a lot lately as I transition into a new career and a new stage in life. I try to be an example for my children when it comes to the way I live, love and work. I can give my kids all sorts of advice, but unless I live the life that I am preaching, it won’t have any impact on them. It’s a huge responsibility to raise kids nowadays and I am trying so hard to do it in the best way possible. I think so far I have done a great job, because I couldn’t be prouder of my 2 children. I’ve seen them blossom into amazing teenagers and can’t wait to see what they become as young adults.

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I was born and raised in Guatemala. My dad is German and my mom American. My parents met in college in Iowa, fell in love, got married and returned to Guatemala where my father’s family had relocated in the early 1920’s. I’m the youngest of three and am extremely close to my family.

For more than 20 years I worked in consumer research in the U.S. and Guatemala, helping food companies set up taste test panels, conduct focus groups, and develop new products. I loved my work, but after more than two decades, I was ready for a change.

A turning point …

Then, in August of 2007, my college roommate and one of my dearest and closest friends was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed away just eight months later. Her death made me realize that we shouldn’t take life for granted. Pam’s passing gave me the courage to take the next step and relocate to the USA. On a leap of faith I sold my house in Guatemala, bought a house in Boulder, enrolled the kids in school and embarked on this new adventure.

Taking on this website was part of my journey of discovering myself. I realized that I needed to pursue my own interests and be my own person and prepare for the day when my kids would follow their own paths. I had been looking for something, not really knowing what that “something” was. The minute I  started blogging, I knew that I had found my new passion. 

When I’m older and look back at my own life, I want to know without a doubt that I have made a difference in people’s lives—people like you. I don’t want to wonder “did I do all I could/should to make a difference?” I want to be certain of it. And I hope that through this website and all that it offers I will make a difference in yours.

My final thoughts can be best summarized in a quote by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you!

Maria