She’s a thinker who shares her thoughts. When you read her words, you realize she’s happy with who she is. When you see her avatar, her smile will make you smile.

This “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) writes stories of where she came from, what she learned and where she’s headed. Her journey is written in the pages of her blog.

Reading her “About” page reveals more about her. In part it says,

Her strength lies in taking a situation, responding intuitively, analyzing it rationally, learning from it philosophically and acting on it as a whole. In her experience all the hard work is worth it since it keeps her growing as a human being and a career woman while keeping her conscience clear, protecting her sensitive side and most importantly always increasing her passion for life.

Her philosophical side shows in the article titled “Life Suggestions For The Brazen Careerist” in which she observes,

We all build walls. Walls over time. Build walls to be in control. Walls to protect ourselves and our emotions from the abuse of our own lives and the world. We choose who we let in and when. Life experiences push the wall higher or lower over the years. Harder experiences send the wall soaring higher and higher. The wall is good defense mechanism. A very good defense mechanism. We shield our emotions from life rather than repair ourselves after every fall. A great idea, when you think about it. The wall takes much of the beating now. And the beating over the years makes the wall stronger. Tall and strong. This wall around us stands and protects.

She then goes on to write how those invisible walls can prevent fluidity in our lives.

This author loves to share her keys to happiness. To quote from her post titled: “The Key To Happiness And Balance Is Right With You, Just Learn To Use It..Part 2” she says,

Accept that your thoughts, actions and emotions will not always be aligned with your principles. If they are not aligned, do not go off on a long wound battle with yourself. The whole point of watching yourself is to make your life better, through constant feedback. Empathize. Embrace the real you. Always give yourself the time and space to change. Work on changes in small steps, in little increments.

She’s a part of the BWAB community, and she may be part of yours.

She is Maya and her blog is Think Maya with a tag line that reads, “life inspired thoughts…”

Join me in re-welcoming Maya to the BWAB community

Hello Maya!

Enjoy your reign!


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  1. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Great choice. I added Think Maya to my feed reader last week. It’s a brilliant blog.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..I’m Happy To Be A SOB

  2. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I’ve been following Maya’s blog for about a month now. Love her blog. Great pick! Welcome Maya :-)

    Davina´s last blog post..A Ghostly Life Experience

  3. Dave FowlerNo Gravatar says:

    Maya, congratulations!

    It’s been ages since I read your blog (or anyone else’s for that matter) and I feel bad about it. I’m going to make up for it this week and drop by to say hello and catch up.

    Dave :)

    Dave Fowler´s last blog post..What I Learnt From Crashing The Car – Part 2

  4. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    What another excellent choice you’ve made Barbara! I’ve been reading Maya’s words for some time now, and couldn’t agree more with this choice!

    Maya – congratulations on this honor! Your writing is an excellent source of inspiration for me. You rock!

    Lance´s last blog post..Guest Post: What’s Your Best Effort?

  5. MelvinNo Gravatar says:

    I havent read Maya’s site but maybe now I will

  6. […] week’s NBOTW is Think Maya and reminds me that I’ve barely had time to read or comment on other blogs lately […]

  7. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Great choice, Barbara. I will go give Maya some love on her site.

    Writer Dad´s last blog post..Let’s Get Our Kids Drunk! or Happy Halloween!

  8. BetsyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I couldn’t agree with you more! Maya is a wonderful voice. Congratulations to Maya!

    Betsy´s last blog post..VOTE

  9. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara and all,

    Thank you so much for this honor. I already felt very much a part of this community here, but it is wonderful to formally be a part of everyone :). I have met some truly amazing people here!

    I welcome this intelligent and insightful community to come over to my space. Please feel free to comment on posts, make suggestions etc. I would love your feedback and participation!

    I am off to put an update over at my blog and be back here :)

    Maya´s last blog post..Embracing our cultural identities at work and in life can only be good for us

  10. Maya’s topics are right up my reading zone. I went over a read her about page and I like what I see. I’m going to leave now so I can go read a few articles.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matters´s last blog post..The Brightest and Best Minds All In One Place

  11. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats and Welcome…

    Linda´s last blog post..Vote, Vote, and Vote

  12. Hello Maya and congrats. I’ll head over to your site now :)

    John Hoff – eVentureBiz´s last blog post..30.1 Web Tools For Online Success And To Make Your Life Easier At The Same Time

  13. Great choice for NBOTW. Maya’s blog is thought provoking, powerful, personal, and authentic. She provides a framework for happiness, listens to her readers, and is a thriving part of the personal development blogging community.

    Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Top Ten Signs I May Always Look Pregnant

  14. Avani-MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    I have been following Maya’s blog since quite some time. Great choice.

    Avani-Mehta´s last blog post..Top 8 Motivation Hacks – #1

  15. […] has been chosen at the New Blog of The Week by Barbara at Blogging Without a Blog. I am excited about this and want to welcome everyone […]

  16. Yay, Maya! She’s also just a great community member in general. Her friendliness and helpfulness shine through in the comments she leaves.

  17. Welcome Maya. :) Well deserved!

  18. Ari KoinumaNo Gravatar says:

    Maya is a smart one. I think her ThinkMaya Framework is stuff of genius.

    ari

    Ari Koinuma´s last blog post..Fear of Success: Why, and How to Beat It

  19. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    I was reviewing my response and could not help but notice how many smileys I have used. Thank you all for making me smile so much!

    Hi Cath – Thank you for calling my blog “brilliant” . I am truly honored by your choice of the word :) and thank you for adding me to your reader.

    Hi Davina – I met you right here. Thank you for stopping by at ThinkMaya and sharing. I really value your participation!

    Hi Dave, yes, you should come by! I have slideshows for dads like you with little time on your hands … they are a challenge and take some work but they are made especially for people like you :). I do not swear much on my blog though :) …I go to your blog to hear all that !

    Hi Betsy, Thank you :) for saying something so nice.

    Hi Lance, You know you have had a big hand in my blog – so let me take this moment to share some of the limelight with you :). And yes, I met Barbara and a lot of folk through your blog – so let me shine the light on you some more :).

    Hi Karl, Thank you for coming by and reading. Please so subscribe – I would love to hear your twist on my posts !!

    Hi Melvin – I hope to meet you over at ThinkMaya.

    Hi Writer Dad – I will never know the secret to your community participation, but you do have a great blog. Thank you for sharing some love :)

    Hi Linda – Thank you!

    Hi John – Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Hi Stacey – Thank you so much! Here, I am turning the big light toward you :) …. thank you for bringing us together and sharing on my blog Stacey! I don’t know how you do it all :)

    Hi Avani – It has been a pleasure knowing you!! Looking forward to a lot more learning and exchange :)

    Hi Sara – Thank you :). I was hoping you’d have called me “simple” – that would have been the ultimate compliment 😉 .
    You are yet another person I would invite to stop by and look at my slideshows. It is a way of simplifying my seemingly complicated blog posts. Would love to know what you think!

    Hi Vered – Thank you for the welcome! It has been great knowing you. Honestly. And for all the little things you do, in such inconspicuous ways, have not gone unnoticed :) . Thank you. I am honored you read my blog!

    Maya´s last blog post..Embracing our cultural identities at work and in life can only be good for us

  20. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Maya,
    I enjoy reading your blog and Congratulations on being NBOTW.
    Your writing just picks me up and flows right to me and I enjoy your style so much.

    Barbara another great choice.

    Patricia´s last blog post..Hats Off to The Ladies of The Club

  21. NaTuRaLNo Gravatar says:

    hello barbara, well this is a blog i have not seen, i’m checking it out right now. thanks for passing it along.

  22. Dave FowlerNo Gravatar says:

    Maya, LMAO.

    I noticed you had some slide shows when I popped by to say Hi.

    I’ll be checking them out tomorrow for sure.

    Still LMAO about the swearing. I promise I won’t litter your blog with my filth. Tee hee hee. 😀

    Dave Fowler´s last blog post..What I Learnt From Crashing The Car – Part 2

  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Everyone – As you know it always warms my heart when I see a new blogger getting such a warm welcome. Those who know Maya already love her work, and those who hadn’t found her yet, you’ll find her blog a real joy to read.

    Maya – Enjoy the limelight. Keep smiling. :)

  24. Maya is a new friend of mine with a deep slant to her thinking and writing. I won’t let the cat out of the bag but don’t be surprised to see this blogger leaping great distances soon.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Do It Your Way

  25. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Maya & Barbara,

    I love the excerpts above and will be heading over to check out your blog soon, Maya. I trust Barbara’s recommendations 100%.

    Congrats on becoming NBOTW!

    Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Funny Fridays for Halloween: Because It’s Better to Laugh than to Cry!

  26. Jeremy DayNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara and Maya,

    I love seeing the community here. Maya, you have a great blog, and you deserve the spotlight. I am just happy to see a lot of the same faces out there and everyone being so welcoming.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy

    Jeremy Day´s last blog post..11 Little Steps to Better Health

  27. Wonderful choice Barbara! Love your writing Maya. Absolutely lyrical and poignant. 😀

    Welcome aboard!

    Dr. Nicole Sundene´s last blog post..Gardasil Vaccine: Just Say NO to Compulsory Vaccination

  28. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, Thank you, I am indeed smiling :)

    Hi Tom, Thank you Tom, I hope to really do myself proud (and in the process do you proud i hope :))

    Hi Linda, Thank you. I do hope you will take some time to read my blog! I look forward to seeing you :)

    Hi Jeremy, Yes the community here is wonderful. I have met some really wonderful people who are also incredibly smart right here!!

    Hi Nicole, Thank you so much!!

    Maya´s last blog post..Welcome – Please Come in!

  29. PGD LitijaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi!
    Now, i read Maya’s blog, when i have any free time. I think, it’s very good blog. I will add it to my feed reader, maybe.