Get to know Maya:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself... Where did you grow up and how did you eventually land in LA and now Australia?
Hello! I'm Maya. I was born in Boulder Colorado and spent my first 18 years there before taking a one way ticket to LA. I went to San Diego to stay with my best friend when she was in college (slept on the floor in her dorm room, high commitment to being independent) and quickly realized it wasn't the place for me. I don't like frats or their company.
Eventually I took the train up to LA and never left... until Covid hit and the man I fell in love with was from Australia! They call it the lucky country. We relocated in 2020 and had our daughter there.
2. Being a new mom is so challenging. How has the adjustment been for you? Was it really challenging having a baby during quarantine in a new country?
Having a baby is the hardest thing I've ever done. Sometimes I would sit and wonder if it was just this hard for me? Was I the only one struggling so much? The adjustment is huge.. the loss of self is overwhelming. The lack of relationships is sad because it becomes all you do and think about. Add on top of that a pandemic and a new place. I look back at that time and think, man, we really did move mountains to get to this "safe place" or so we thought. We ended up in a lockdown for many months while the rest of the world opened up. I guess what gets you through all these things is finding someone out there going through it too. I made some beautiful new friendships with mothers over seas dealing with the same thing!