"Don't cry because it's over - Smile because it happened"
For 3 years Dubai was our Home.
It only took us less than a week to feel this way and I can tell you, it's a special feeling.
Feeling at home in a new country is hard work, physically and more so mentally - meeting new people, finding a new school, searching for a new house, where is the best, cheaper, nearest grocery store, new doctors, a whole lot of administrative work, unpacking box after box, finding new appliances, welcoming guest after guest after guest into our home, trying really hard to drive safely on the high way not to be killed (and succeeding), getting lost for the 4ooth time, adjusting to new rules and new cultures, honestly, the list is very long - but we took it all in and fully enjoyed our time here. We even celebrated our wedding here - big time!
But this is not a post to sum up our lives here - it's simply too much to share - but I will say this...
Dubai was great and good for us & we have met many lovely people - tears were shed, I can tell you that...
So yes, with a sad feeling in my heart I've said goodbye, but I know I take the photo's and memories of these 3 hectic yet truly wonderful years with me.
If you ever have the feeling to get on a plane and fly to this great city, don't doubt, just go and experience it for yourself!
For me - I just feel truly grateful that the four of us have experienced this country - so yes, we heart Dubai!
The city between the sea and the desert - you will always be a special place for us.
Moksi Collective is Growing & Changing and my smile is getting bigger with each day!
There is an African saying that perfectly captures a big part of my mission:
"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, Go Together."
And Together is the key word here indeed - Moksi Collective is Growing as a Community & Platform.
'...and with just one click, she froze a moment in time...' -m.
Last week, it was four years since my daddy passed away. He was only 68.
When I was thinking how to start this blogpost, my mind wandered to a black and white photograph of me and daddy - sitting in a small cable car, on our way to rise high up in an amusement park. I have the photo, so my memory is still fresh of that day...
As a mama who is always behind the camera or snapping away with my trusty Iphone, I made myself a promise. This year will be the start of being more in the pictures with my girls...
Without realizing it, I've been absent from my blog the entire month of July and August - how did this happen? Of course I know how... too much on my plate and so little time to do it all.
My last blogpost was a short week before we moved from our wonky Brooklyn apartment, to our second home here in New York - #homenr10. This move was only two streets away and so on a Wednesday morning we packed, moved and were done by noon. It was relatively quick since we don't have many belongings here. After that, life started to move in a very quick tempo...
Creating a home, away from home.
That was the tagline, my slogan, the red line I used when I started with a new blog project - The Moksi Homes. It was January 7, 2014. Things worked out completely different then I thought...
"Are you moving again?"
"How are the girls doing?"
"I don't know how you all are doing this... what about your children?"
"You are very adventurous..."
Questions. We get a lot of them, especially about how we do what we do - moving our family time after time. These questions about our lifestyle, or better said, the way we live our lives for the past fifteen years, are mostly stemmed from honest curiosity...
Three weeks ago, I was in my beloved Amsterdam. The city where I was raised, the city that always will have my heart. And yes, New York has won my heart as well - as have many more places in the world. But being back there made me realize again that, even after all these years of living abroad, Amsterdam is the one place where we all have family, roots, friends, and a house...
"Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?"
As a Squarespace user myself (I transferred a few months ago from Wordpress to Squarespace and never looked back), I was mesmerized that an actor/director/producer of his calibre would promote the making of a website. But here I was wrong...
For fourteen years, this nomadic lifestyle of ours has lead us on many different paths and roads.
The good thing is that we have learned (the hard way) to always make sure we have a house of our own. Eleven years ago we found another home - a white corner house near a small canal. The house will become available soon again - either for rent or potentially for sale...
When I read in June that Chip and Joanna Gaines where opening pre-orders for their book 'the Magnolia Story', I ordered 2 copies right away. As a big fan of their renovation show Fixer Upper on HGTV, I wanted to read more how they started their Magnolia business and became well known tv hosts, which changed their lives.
So - since I love to share what I love, I'm giving away one book!