These Matters | My fresh start
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My fresh start

This text had been open on my computer for a long time. Now I am finally here, in front of the screen, my hesitation is left behind and the words are flowing in.


Here is a fresh start for me, a place for the thoughts that occupy my mind and need to be shared, the words that haven’t been but want to be written, the beauty and chaos that surrounds me and is willing to be captured.


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I’ve always been anxious to share my perception of the world with more than a handful of people because I tend to underestimate my own point of view and especially my ability to express it. It is not that I am now all of a sudden self-confident. This is now my way to overcome these fears and to show life as I see it. And the most difficult part for me is to open up to give you a glimpse of my real inner self.


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I am hoping this will be a place where I talk about topics that bother me most. At the moment, it is motherhood and our life together as a little family, our travels, the projects I’m up to with my husband, our home and my new home – Holland. There will also be some reading about my experience of emigration and integration into another culture.


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For now, there’s a bit of our life. We are a family of three living in the middle of Holland. My husband is an industrial designer, and I have just finished working on a scientific project. At the moment, both of us are doing freelance work and raising our little girl, Aveline.


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If you are reading this, there’s a big chance you are one of the people who motivated me to start this blog some time ago when I asked about your opinion on my Instagram page. I want to thank you for extending my borders.


I hope to meet you here again.


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Our beautiful silk ring sling is from MezayaBaby. Aveline’s lovely organic cotton romper is from Moobles & Toobles.

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  • Claire - this little house

    June 29, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    So, so pleased I stumbled across you on Instagram and now your gorgeous blog. You have such a way with words and I really look forward to following your journey here xx

    • Madina

      June 30, 2016 at 11:09 am Reply

      Thank you, Claire, for being here and for writing what you wrote about this blog! It’s so supporting to me to read such words, especially in the beginning of this journey. I am now so curious about yours, I’m heading over there! Xxx Madina

  • Svilena Karadzhova

    June 27, 2016 at 11:41 pm Reply

    I just wanted to stop by and say Well done !! I am fowolling you on Istagram from some time and I really love your page ! I love your blog as well ! As a foreigher myself,living in UK, I know how sometimes I feel like a stranger more in my country than in the country I am living at the moment. I want to congratulate you and wish you best of luck !! Svilenaxx

    • Madina

      June 28, 2016 at 1:14 am Reply

      Hi Svilena, what a strange feeling it is to me to know that someone is experiencing similar kind of emotions regarding being a stranger in your own country. You put it so well, that’s exactly what I often think about.
      Also, I am grateful for your generous compliments about my – still very fresh – blog and my Instagram page!
      My best wishes to you, Madina

  • Masha Rotar

    June 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Oh Madina ! I am so happy you did it , you are so beautiful inside and out and you writing and pint of views are so captivating ! Love love love you!

    • Madina

      June 28, 2016 at 1:10 am Reply

      Masha, dear, coming from you those words are particularly valuable to me! Thank you very much for reading this and for your great support, here and on Instagram! Xxx

  • Irene Molodtsov

    June 27, 2016 at 7:05 am Reply

    Well done! You did it. It looks beautiful. Your voice is thoughtful. I celebrate your imagination and authentic point of view. Kindness and support to women starting out on new journeys is much underrated. I send you much love. P’s. I know what you mean about not saying anything about projects/ambitions until there is something of substance to say. Ix

    • Madina

      June 27, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

      Dear Irene, it’s so pleasing to see you here, thank you for stopping by and taking a minute to write your kind words (as they also are)! I value your attention to me and my words a lot, and it gives me a little more self-esteem to continue what I started.
      P.S. I had to smile reading your comment on talking about your projects. It just works for me this way best! I know people out there who think differently, but you and I seem to share this view 😉

  • LS

    June 27, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply

    Hi! Your words are some of my favourite on Instagram. We live in Canada but my husband is from the Netherlands. I had my first child, a baby boy, just over three months ago and this overwhelmingly incredible feeling would have before been indescribable. Being his mama is the best thing ever. You’re quite relatable and I look forward to reading more about your experiences. I know it can be difficult to document and share thoughts, it’s so personal.

    • Madina

      June 27, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply

      Hi Laura, I so agree with you regarding the fact that motherhood is the best thing ever! I can imagine that having Dutch husbands we both can relate to the peculiarities of this culture. It feel funny to realise that both our children will carry it as half of their background. Thank you for your kind support, it’s very much appreciated, especially now that I’m just beginning to explore this space.

  • Sarah

    June 27, 2016 at 12:46 am Reply

    You both are so lovely! I started following you on Instagram a few weeks ago- your photos of you and your daughter are so simple and happy. Blogging has helped me express some of my thoughts on my life as a new mother, so I hope you find it a positive outlet as well. Hope you’re having a lovely day!

    • Madina

      June 27, 2016 at 1:02 am Reply

      Thank you so much, Sarah! For stopping by and especially for you words of support. I am hoping to make of this blog exactly what you wish me: a positive outlet for my thoughts, experiences and dreams. Have a wonderful day too!

  • Charlotte Wise

    June 27, 2016 at 12:16 am Reply

    Can’t wait to read your musings! Love your instagram feed and can’t wait for more 🙂 xx

    • Madina

      June 27, 2016 at 12:45 am Reply

      Dear Charlotte, it is so kind of you to support me with such lovely words! Thank you, also for being here and reading this! Xxx

  • Danielle

    June 27, 2016 at 12:08 am Reply

    I’m here! I’m reading along. I applaud your bravery in beginning this new journey. It will challenge you in unforeseen ways. You may feel the blockage of self-consciousness on some days but my hope is for your to forge ahead past those feelings of self/doubt and emerge full of life and energized by all that you make in this space, just for you. I can’t wait to read along with you.

    • Madina

      June 27, 2016 at 12:55 am Reply

      Danielle, your words describe everything very precisely, as always. Thank you for your support (especially coming from a blogger) and for reminding me that there’re bumps on this road, but it’s still fine. I will probably have my difficult moments, just as you say, but in the end I hope the result to be even sweeter.

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