Margarita and I playing with the high-tech displays at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Last year, I travelled to Israel with four other women from around the globe with not-for-profit company Vibe Israel. It was an incredible experience. When you travel with people, you can’t help but bond in a special way, and I consider these women the sort of friends that could visit Australia and drop in on me anytime. I did a short interview with each of the four women while I was in Israel. Meet Margarita.
Margarita is a mother of two living in in picturesque Canada (just check out the gorgeous pictures on her Instagram account!). Her blog, MargaritaWyld.com, covers topics about minimalist parenting, entrepreneurship and vibrant wellbeing. Margarita radiates a cool easy-going vibe that is fun to be around. One afternoon Margarita and I strolled around the hip city of Jaffa (about twenty minutes from Tel Aviv). It was one of those memorable times when you enjoy another’s company with ease. We explored the eclectic streets, checked out the fancy designer shops and chatted over a cold drink in a tight bustling alley. I found Margarita to be a person who cares and thinks deeply about a wide range of topics.
- What is your greatest parenting challenge at the moment?
- What is your greatest parenting joy at the moment?
- What don’t you miss when you’re away from home?
- What do you miss the most when you’re away from home?
Check out my short video interview with Margarita, and I’ve also included a transcript further below.
I’m Margarita, I blog at MargaritaWyld.com (previously West Coast Mama) and live in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
What is your greatest parenting challenge at the moment?
At the moment, my greatest challenge in parenting would be trying to understand my tween. She’s in-between being a girl and a teenager, and it’s a tough time right now. Some days are great, and some days are not. So, I’m just trying to keep up with the challenges every day, and make sure she feels loved and supported and keeping that communication open. I think that is important, so that’s my challenge right now.
It’s important to me that I make sure my daughter feels loved and supported, and keeping communication open.
What is your greatest parenting joy at the moment?
My greatest joy right now would be finding all those silly times with my kids. My son is almost 5 and my daughter is 11, and they are becoming close friends which is really fun to see. We are starting to have much more silly times — just giggling sessions. That’s the best joy right now.
What don’t you miss when you’re away from home?
I don’t miss the bedtimes. Every 5 minutes coming out of their rooms!
“I need this. I need that.”
“They are too noisy next door.”
I don’t miss that! I like when I can just go to sleep, and have a nice sleep.
What do you miss the most when you’re away from home?
The hugs and snuggles, and little cuddles and the kisses. I miss that the most. Just touching them, you know? Being close to them. Because they are kids, they probably don’t even know I’m gone, they are having so much fun. But just cuddling up and reading a story, and hugging. I miss the contact.
Experiencing a traditional Yemenite breakfast of jachnun (a buttery pastry) and boiled egg
Chats over good food at Claro restaurant in Tel Aviv
Enjoying Israeli street food, Sabich
Making a recycled toy mirror
Read more about Margarita’s experiences in Israel
- Motherhood and Creativity, The New Work-Life Balance
- 10 Best Things I Did in Israel
- How to Make the Ultimate Israel Street Food