Margarita was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College; where she studied Theater, African Art History, Russian Language, and Spanish Literature. For her junior year she studied abroad in Moscow and London, where her love for acting and traveling grew stronger. She has since embarked on many solo trips around the world, as well as local and national adventures. When she is not helping families or traveling the world; you may find her reading, baking, or spending time with her loved ones.
After working in the childcare industry for 14 years—the last 7 of which I served as a Family Assistant—I decided I wanted to find a deeper way of helping families manage their time, reduce the stress in their lives, and create effective routines for raising self-sufficient and conscientious adults.
I did not grow up with consistent routines or organization systems, thus resulting in underdeveloped executive functioning skills. Though I was an organized and reliable student—I realized that without external accountability, consistent validation of my effort, or ease in achieving goals—I procrastinated, had a hard time accomplishing long-term goals, and neglected my home.
It was during my time as a Family Assistant that I realized that the homes that implemented routines and consistent schedules, had children with more developed executive functions. I wanted to help other children develop the same skills, but I did not have them myself. When I began implementing methods of organizing, I began to see the way my mood was reflected in my physical spaces. When I felt depressed, my home was uncared for. When I felt confused and disoriented, it was unorganized. When I was overwhelmed, I knew I had too many things in my home. While correlation does not always mean causation, I began to see my home and my possessions as an extension of me.
Caring for my home was a way to reconnect and care for myself. This discovery brought so much ease to my life and I wish to share what I have learned with anyone struggling to find zen in their mind, home, or life. That way—by the time your children are adults—the tools for their success are set and come naturally to them, and they can focus on what really matters: living the life of their dreams.