Anna MarieHello and Welcome, I’m Anna!

I decided to call my blog “The Mommy Padawan” because I’m a student in all aspects of life.  I try to learn from every experience and struggle, from the strengths in my life as well as my fears and ‘failures’.

A little history
I started this blog back in 2011 and immediately realized how much I enjoyed writing but also connecting with other women online during my experience of being a stay at home mom with a toddler. Unfortunately, once I went back to work full time a few years later, I lost much of time I had to dedicate here but I would also go through several years of serious change and challenge. As a result, I stopped writing.

Six years later, although much of my life has changed, what has always remained was my love of writing and a desire to be of service. Having a connection with people, sharing my passions and helping others is important and fulfilling for me.

In an effort to combine these goals and get back to what I truly enjoy, I am beginning again on these pages.

Here’s what I hope to be a resource for:

  • Meditation – what it is, how to begin and any helpful information I have found
  • All things yoga – practice videos, books, teachers, even other sites
  • Books, movies, documentaries, websites, anything I feel strongly about so I can share the love
  • Truths, insights and inspiration from my own opinions and experiences because – life

I am now a single, working parent. I’ve grown and changed a lot and hope the lessons and knowledge I’ve gained can be put to good use.

Years ago when I was writing for this blog, I also had the opportunity to write for other sites. The links are pretty old but you should still be able to find these posts if interested, the list is below.

Questions? Comments? Just want to say hi? Please feel free to contact me anytime at

I truly hope you enjoy reading  – thanks so much for stopping by!
~ Anna

You can also read my work at MindBodyGreen:
5 Ways Yoga Makes You A Better Mom

I am was a monthly contributor for Wednesday’s Woman, a weekly feature where Kim at Sperk* has dedicated a part of her blog to celebrating inspirational women who are changing the world. It’s just plain awesome!

I am was also contributing on a monthly basis at

9 comments on “About

  • I love that quote!

    If you haven’t read it, Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness gives steps and reasons to go vegan, along with amazing recipes. She is on Twitter too.

    Hope to learn yoga one day soon.

    • Thanks so much Felicity! I’m a big fan of Quantum Wellness, great book. The Kind Diet actually kick started my diet changes but both are really good reads. Hope you get a chance to try some yoga and see what you think!

  • I googled and found your “3?” birthday cake picture to illustrate the following story. Taiwanese ladies are often shy about her age, and would often have a ? candle on their birthday party cake, especially if with friends. My Chinese teacher happens to have the same birthday as her son, and she showed me the picture of the single cake with two candles : 2 for him and ? for her. Only that she is no longer in her twenties, and never made it a mystery to me that she is 37. I thought yours could have been her birthday cake too. Happy Birthday to both mothers !
    PS : and yes, of course she is Buddhist.

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