Pooja Motl | Author. Natural Foods Chef. Lifestyle Purist.

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Photo: Here is my daughter dying eggs with her Grandpa. She is lucky to have another engaged and supportive figure in her life other than her parents. Someone she can learn life lessons from and the wisdom that only comes from years of living, learning and contemplating. Not every child in America has a unified network of support. And certainly success cannot be had alone. Behind almost every success story are family members or loved ones that have enabled it. The playing field can only be equalized and human potential can only be reached by ensuring strong families and strong centers of support for our young people such as community organizations, teachers, and family friends. I wonder how, in such a fast paced modern life, we can hold onto these bonds even tighter.  #familyunit #villagesofsupport
Here is my daughter dying eggs with her Grandpa. She is lucky to have another engaged and supportive figure in her life other than her parents. Someone she can learn life lessons from and the wisdom that only comes from years of living, learning and contemplating. Not every child in America has a unified network of support. And certainly success cannot be had alone. Behind almost every success story are family members or loved ones that have enabled it. The playing field can only be equalized and human potential can only be reached by ensuring strong families and strong centers of support for our young people such as community organizations, teachers, and family friends. I wonder how, in such a fast paced modern life, we can hold onto these bonds even tighter. #familyunit #villagesofsupport
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Photo: A quote to remember – at every level – Family, community, team, business, country, world. From the hallways of my daughters beloved school.
A quote to remember – at every level – Family, community, team, business, country, world. From the hallways of my daughters beloved school.
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Photo: Visiting an old Navy base today – Thinking about the discipline, respect for self and others, and work ethic that war time efforts and people represented. Also learning about the great contributions of women in this country during war times. #thefutureisfemale #usa #proudamerican #women #girls
Visiting an old Navy base today – Thinking about the discipline, respect for self and others, and work ethic that war time efforts and people represented. Also learning about the great contributions of women in this country during war times. #thefutureisfemale #usa #proudamerican #women #girls
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Photo: Here we are at one of the most exquisite public gardens in the South Bay. I feel grateful for everyday I get to experience nature, flowers, and the ever-changing expressions, speech, and development of this little treasure. It was hard for me to get this human into the world. I lost a baby at week 15 before her and suffered an almost full 8 months of severe and debilitating morning sickness while my husband broke his leg. I was determined to give birth without medication as I did with my first and it was the most satisfying experience. She latched within seconds after she was born and we then had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship for nearly 16 months. I cherish all that goes into creating these little humans – indeed, it is my responsibility to do the best job I can at giving them the best shot at life. #motherhood #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #love #family #kids #blessing #carpediem
Here we are at one of the most exquisite public gardens in the South Bay. I feel grateful for everyday I get to experience nature, flowers, and the ever-changing expressions, speech, and development of this little treasure. It was hard for me to get this human into the world. I lost a baby at week 15 before her and suffered an almost full 8 months of severe and debilitating morning sickness while my husband broke his leg. I was determined to give birth without medication as I did with my first and it was the most satisfying experience. She latched within seconds after she was born and we then had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship for nearly 16 months. I cherish all that goes into creating these little humans – indeed, it is my responsibility to do the best job I can at giving them the best shot at life. #motherhood #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #love #family #kids #blessing #carpediem
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Photo: The pure JOY that is a child. Her giggles make me experience a love that is Incomparable. As a society, we should celebrate them more than we do. Cherish them with all our heart. Children help teach us how to love better, how to treat one another better, how to be grateful for each day we are here on this planet – a blink in time. #children #thankful #motherhood #virtuesofmotherhood #philosophy #wisdom #love
The pure JOY that is a child. Her giggles make me experience a love that is Incomparable. As a society, we should celebrate them more than we do. Cherish them with all our heart. Children help teach us how to love better, how to treat one another better, how to be grateful for each day we are here on this planet – a blink in time. #children #thankful #motherhood #virtuesofmotherhood #philosophy #wisdom #love
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Photo: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” ~ Nelson Mandela. Happy birthday Mandela. Let us raise more children to continue your good in this world. #birthday #mandela100 #motherhood #kids #love #summer
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” ~ Nelson Mandela. Happy birthday Mandela. Let us raise more children to continue your good in this world. #birthday #mandela100 #motherhood #kids #love #summer
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Photo: Almost everyday I am reminded by how crucial LOVE is when I see my girls. Love – and what comes from it (compassion, kindness, empathy) – is what fuels us and at the same time is the only thing that can maintain us. I hope I can help@my girls bring more LOVE to the world around them. Right now, it’s the simple things that I try to support: planting a tree, picking up litter, caring for a friend, kissing a sibling, fielding a question about what we can do to save the elephants, or what we can do to change the laws around us or make new ones to help reduce the use of fossil fuels. Through helping my children love themselves, others, and the Earth, I too benefit from being immersed in the spirit of LOVE. Forever grateful. #momdiaries #girls #love #raisingchildren #children #motherhood #virtuesofmotherhood
Almost everyday I am reminded by how crucial LOVE is when I see my girls. Love – and what comes from it (compassion, kindness, empathy) – is what fuels us and at the same time is the only thing that can maintain us. I hope I can [email protected] girls bring more LOVE to the world around them. Right now, it’s the simple things that I try to support: planting a tree, picking up litter, caring for a friend, kissing a sibling, fielding a question about what we can do to save the elephants, or what we can do to change the laws around us or make new ones to help reduce the use of fossil fuels. Through helping my children love themselves, others, and the Earth, I too benefit from being immersed in the spirit of LOVE. Forever grateful. #momdiaries #girls #love #raisingchildren #children #motherhood #virtuesofmotherhood
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Photo: Happy 4th of July!! #holidays #lazydaysofsummer #motherhood #family  #moms #girls
Happy 4th of July!! #holidays #lazydaysofsummer #motherhood #family #moms #girls
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Photo: Pool 8am. Physical fitness begets mental fitness, begets living to your fullest potential. To be a champion, you have to make up your mind to improve yourself in all of the key pillars in life- physical strength and health being one of them. Research suggests lack of competition in early childhood and throughout life is one factor that limits the potential and ambition of women and girls. Competition is critical if we are going to close gender gaps. Competition in sports is one effective way to teach girls the importance of process over outcome; respecting others; humility; respecting hard work; leadership; how to handle ego; how to build resilience. I’m a big fan of introducing fitness and sports to my girls at a young age. #gendergaps #psychology #leadership #ambitiongaps #girls #stem #girlswhowin
Pool 8am. Physical fitness begets mental fitness, begets living to your fullest potential. To be a champion, you have to make up your mind to improve yourself in all of the key pillars in life- physical strength and health being one of them. Research suggests lack of competition in early childhood and throughout life is one factor that limits the potential and ambition of women and girls. Competition is critical if we are going to close gender gaps. Competition in sports is one effective way to teach girls the importance of process over outcome; respecting others; humility; respecting hard work; leadership; how to handle ego; how to build resilience. I’m a big fan of introducing fitness and sports to my girls at a young age. #gendergaps #psychology #leadership #ambitiongaps #girls #stem #girlswhowin
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Photo: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi. I appreciate this quote for that powerful truth that I have recently come to cherish and remind myself of almost daily. As a mom, my service is to my children firstly. As a citizen of our country and our world, my service is to enrich my neighbors and society by helping women and girls reach their full human potential. #stem #mothers #momsanddaughters #babies #met #lifeisbeautiful
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi. I appreciate this quote for that powerful truth that I have recently come to cherish and remind myself of almost daily. As a mom, my service is to my children firstly. As a citizen of our country and our world, my service is to enrich my neighbors and society by helping women and girls reach their full human potential. #stem #mothers #momsanddaughters #babies #met #lifeisbeautiful
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