ABOUT ME

Hello everyone!

My name is Maria and I am a Family Life CEO and a mother of two hyper-active toddlers. In my previous life I had a successful legal and business career, received an MBA degree and was planning to rule the world. So, you can imagine that deciding to stop my corporate career was not an easy choice (nor an easy transition). Yet, I re-discovered myself, found my internal balance and now successfully apply all the skills and knowledge gained before to my current life.

What started as a blog aimed at stay-at-home mothers, has quickly become a source of valuable information on self-development and managing household, even irrespective of whether you are a parent or not and whether you have a salaried job, a business or you follow a different path. On my blog you will find a lot of thought-provoking articles on time management, dealing with procrastination, fear; some purely practical pieces on how to get great quality stuff at a fraction of cost; and of course for parents there is also a whole bunch of useful articles from childproofing your house to future-proofing your kids.

Most importantly my blog is about lifestyle balance and keeping it while you are chasing your dreams. 


At the end of 2016 I have also launched a service – personal buddy: wise friend for rent. It is a unique combination of mediation, life coaching and strategy aimed at helping you spread your wings and fly! Personal buddy is your supporter, critic, strategist, sparring-partner and mentor. Initially launched in Russian, it is also available in English upon request. All information about personal buddy can be found at http://personal-buddy.com/ (in Russian) or at http://personalbuddy.tilda.ws/ (in English).

Personal buddy will be of an interest to you:

– if you are struggling with your internal roles: mother, professional, woman, friend etc., you are searching to balance them and need a starting point or a gentle push;
– if you think you know what you want in life, but need to bounce off some ideas with someone who understands;
– if you search for self-coaching methods and are in need of orientation because otherwise you are drowning in information;
– if you need a “listening ear” that can ask some critical questions for your further self-reflection…

all that and much more is what personal buddy is all about.

Should you have any additional questions don’t hesitate to contact me.


Coming back to this blog, if you stopped by for the first time, allow me to make some reading suggestions:

On kids and parenting:

– You are about to become a first-time parent, check out some tips on child-proofing your home here;

– Some food for thought for parents of toddlers: read how to future-proof them here; how to involve them in household chores here; or how to choose extracurricular activities for them here and here;

On household and lifestyle in general:

– If you want to have some premium stuff at reduced cost, have a look at an option of geo-arbitrage here or at other simple ways to afford luxury items here;

On psychology, self-development and finding your life balance:

– browse some of my posts about dreaming and daring here and here; about choice and dealing with proverbial comfort zone here and here; or discover my secrets to staying energetic in my post here.


I love connecting with other people, supporting and inspiring them! It is always stimulating to hear from someone living on the other side of the world (and I have readers in more than 125 countries!) that my thoughts resonated with him or her or that my tips were found useful.

If you would like to ask or share something or you have an idea of cooperation you can always drop me an e-mail at familylifeceo@gmail.com or connect with me via social networks – LinkedInFacebookInstagram or Twitter. I would really love to hear from you!


P.S. And for those who would like to know more on who am I and where do I come from – read Re-discovering myself.


Another P.S. My best 50 posts so far have been assembled into a book, sorted, structured and enhanced. You can buy it at iBooks store on iTunes, on Amazon (Kindle) and even in PDF version from Sellfy store – for more info click here.


And another P.S. Don’t forget to stop by My club… here

How can a parent master time, continue self-growth and follow her true dreams

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