Welcome to the Mum on the brink blog. This blog is about parenting, technology to ease family life, living more consciously and travelling that little bit more. It is written, mostly, by Monika van den Brink, with occasional other Mums on the brink also contributing.
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Who we are
My name is Monika van den Brink.
I swapped a life of commuting, advising others on how to create communities of practice and how to share what you learn on the job to being part of a community myself. I joined the club of parents and then ventured online to find parent bloggers in this growing online world in Spring 2010. Here, on the Mum on the brink blog, I share the ups and downs, ins and outs of the most important role I’ve ever held- that of being a Mother.
I have a brood of three beautiful multilingual Littlins.
Angelina, my spring baby, introduced me to my role as a mother in 2007. My beautiful angel gently inducted me into motherhood increasing the level of challenge as we go on. She is ever so creative, loves to read and draw.
My autumn baby, Hugo, came along in 2008. He’s a smart cookie, carved his place out immediately and made sure we all danced to his tune. He is a very thoughtful boy with a real sense of adventure and a fascination with wildlife, especially bugs.
In 2012 Max, my summer baby, entered our lives. My happy mini giant slots into our life, toddles along with our routines of school runs and daily chores; yet he is also very determined and will make his wishes and wants known immediately and very clearly. He is our little footballer and future rally driver.
In my muddles, I have a partner in crime, my winter man- Dadonthebrink, Antoine
Home is the gorgeous city of Oxford, UK, but we currently live in Uppsala, Sweden, with me commuting between these two and the rest of our European family in the Netherlands, Hungary and Belgium.
We love to travel, love the outdoors and quite like our technology- be that communications devices or household appliances. I always have big and small house improvement projects on the go- having project managed 2 big house renovation and extension projects since being home with the Littlins.
We make an effort to live in a more environmentally conscious way; dabble in gardening and have kept chickens in the past (till Mr Fox stole them).
I have a degree in Animal Sciences, which gives me a good understanding of biology, physiology, nutrition (my favourite subject, spanning 1.5 years of study) and environmental issue. Top that with a business degree, a masters in business administration, and I really think systematically.
I blog because, I love sharing what I’ve learnt so others may benefit from the learning and be saved from a mistake or two that I have made. I love getting comments and feedback.
I often get asked- on the brink of what? Well…
. . . there is always an unlimited number of possible futures coming towards us at each particular moment. We ‘choose’ one of those futures
. . . Now!
. . . and that selected future then becomes the unalterable past.
Now is the moment in time when the future becomes the past.”
(Michael Hewitt- Gleeson)
… you never know what exciting things are on the brink! 😉
Learn even more about MumontheBrink
More about me in Hello World… my first ever blog post
I have expressed a bit of why I blog in the post about getting short-listed for the Gurgle awards in the best blog writer category.
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