Hello, I'm Maya. I create content for women to help them find peace within their minds, bodies, and lives. I am an eating disorder survivor, recovering perfectionist, former resident of the Land of Extremes, and mentor for women struggling with food and/or body image issues.
I have an MSc in human rights, but though I am passionate about social justice, my heart was never in it. So I went back to school to study nutritional therapy instead, can you imagine how scary that 180 was? No regrets though. As a nutritional science nerd with an allergy to pseudoscience (hello superfoods, fasted cardio and morning-lemon-water, I am looking at you) I couldn’t love it more.
I am a writer first and my deepest desire is to write stories that make you feel understood, connected. Because I truly believe that in the end we are the same, you & I (and everyone else). By sharing heartfelt experiences, I hope to speak to other spiritual ladies that struggle with self-image, food and girl/womanhood.
Rally around. You’re not alone.
Where to start?
Currently my main project. After years of feeling so-so in my body, I set out on a quest to reconnect to my spirit -to what others describe as the 'divine female' inside.
Busy city life is very masculine, high in yang energy. I decided I had to get back into the yin groove of everything slow, juicy & feminine.
- yearning for sisterhood. Intuition. Slow, still, unplugged.
Work with me - Eating Disorder Recovery Mentoring
Are you currently in recovery from an eating disorder, and do you think you could use some help to chase out your demons once and for all?
Let me be your personal cheerleader.
Do you love everything micro? My Instagram addiction is definitely way past the point of out-of-control. Anyway, semi-daily microblogging can be found here.
Amsterdam is home. London and the English countryside share second place. And the ocean, because it mesmerizes me; my parents used to joke that I must have salt water running through my veins.
I eat a 99% vegan diet and my favourite foods are peanut butter and sweet potatoes and chocolate ice-cream and pizza and hummus and avocado and freshly baked bread and mango and rice and burritos and soy beans and Sriracha sauce.
My favourite books are: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (#1 always & forever). The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Just Kids by Patti Smith. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
My morning routine is slow & lengthy. Ideally I give myself a full 90 minutes before leaving the house or starting the day. I journal, I stretch, I make coffee & read something inspiring. I eat breakfast. Which leaves me with a rushed 15 minutes to shower and get ready to leave the house.
My self-care practice consists of a lot of yoga, journaling & solitude. I'm wildly introverted and as much as I love to go dancing, I need time by myself to recharge afterwards. It's taken me years to accept the latter, but I'm a much happier person since I have.
My favourite times of day are dusk & dawn. I love the quiet. I feel most productive at sunrise, yet most creative under the moon: my eternal dilemma is whether to go to sleep late or get up early.