Yoga has been the greatest gift my MLA has brought me so far. Never was Yoga part of my past neither part of my future plans. Yoga was just something I had been rejecting for many years... because I didn't really know what Yoga was about. Thankfully, my MLA provided me the time and space … Continue reading Watch my latest adventure of becoming a Certified 200hr Yoga Teacher!
This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the courageous Catarina to make a life-changing decision. Although I had been thinking about quitting my job to travel the world for 2 years prior to that, it was only 1 year ago that I was brave enough to move forward with what my inner self was … Continue reading Why I quit my job to do a MLA
How many times are our decisions based on what we should do? On what our society sees best for us? On what our family and friends feel it is better for us? On what others like us have done before? On what looks better? My personal experience says, most of the times, decisions are based … Continue reading Shall vs. Want: a lifelong battle that has final seen a new winner!
I have been a perfectionist all my life. I always wanted everything I put my hands on to be perfect. The challenge was to understand what that would be. And, although I considered perfectionism as one of my strengths, I also pointed it as flaw... most times perfectionism would delay me, would compromise other important … Continue reading How my MLA changed my perspective on perfectionism
We spend so much of our time focusing on the future that we forget that life is happening now. For years I would constantly worry with "what am I going to study?", "what am I going to do for a living?", "when am I getting a promotion?", "when am I going to look like this … Continue reading The most frequently asked question before and during my MLA
For more than 10 years my Mum has been telling me to do yoga. For more than 10 years I have been telling her I hate slow paced sports, therefore I hate yoga. I was far from understanding what yoga is about. And I was far from realizing the reason why I thought I hated … Continue reading Two realizations I wouldn’t reach without my MLA
Greetings from Bali! I haven't been writing for a long time. I wanted to have a structure for my blog. But the structure got me stuck. Didn't give me the freedom to write whatever I wanted to write. Until recently realizing that the MLA is not structure, it is flexibility. It is not rules, it … Continue reading I’m back!
Have you ever felt a sense of relief after giving away something you had in excess? I did, always. More, many times I feel worried, pressured, tense, heavy because of the amount of things I have, many of them I don't really use/ need. Things I have to think about, deal with, consider, organize, see... … Continue reading The power of detachment and how traveling helps practising it
I had never thought about taking self-defense classes until I made the decision to travel the world, partly as a solo traveler. Not only I wanted to prepare myself for any uncomfortable situations, but also, the fact that I was doing a MLA pushed me towards acquiring new skills, such as self-protection, especially in preparation … Continue reading Basic self-defense skills before departure
The first adventure of my MLA was actually an unexpected one. More, an adventure of a lifetime. The day after I arrived from London to Lisbon I was invited to have dinner at a friends' house. Who, for instance, were about to be parents in a few days. Who, also, happen to be very good … Continue reading The honour of Godmotherhood
April, 2010 It was sunny outside. I was having a quick lunch with a friend at the university bar when the phone rang. It was an unknown number and I decided to answer right away. On the other side there was a woman´s voice: "Hello! My name is Joanna Doe and I am calling you from … Continue reading My way to the MLA
Background Not sure if you noticed, but there isn't much colour on this blog. The first reason is because I just started the blog itself...so not much content - yet! The second reason is because my MLA isn't yet that much coloured with people, places and experiences, also because it just started. So, if you … Continue reading Introducing the MLA wall