When I was living in Nicaragua, I had the privilege of having a group of like-minded girlfriends addicted to self-help, psychology and alternative therapies books, who were resourceful and loving mothers, highly performing workers, with colorful personalities. As it is always the case with your friends, they were also kind enough to go with the flow and agree to participate in the first meeting of its kind: the Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (or MAB, as we liked to name ourselves in Spanish, in honour of my beloved Pedro Almodovar and his first internationally acclaimed movie, “Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios”). The objective was very simple, really: to support each other by exchanging the tools we had learned throughout the way, and had worked for each of us when facing different life challenges or being at a crossroads. I moved to Malta in July 2012 for a family project and a potential career reinvention. Leaving them back was very difficult, as I realized in the past months. Changing identity in a new country is a daunting task, but it is much more so, when you have to leave your friends behind. The conversations were so rich, funny and empowering that I promised to create a MAB blog, that could keep that spirit and connection alive, as well as attract other authentic women who -admittedly, yes- felt on the verge, but recognized the genius in themselves after the breakdown.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”, Albert Einstein