My name is Myriam Legault. In 2010, I had a life-changing realization: I didn’t have to spend my whole life working.
I could simplify my life.
I gave up my full-time job at a university in Victoria, British Columbia, and moved to the small, remote island of Haida Gwaii. It’s way up in the middle of nowhere – if you squint on a sunny day, you can see Alaska from the beach.
For over a year, I lived in an off-grid cabin nestled in sand dunes.
I gave piano lessons and took on a few translation contracts. I chopped wood, carried water, learned how to catch wild salmon off the riverbanks.
Every day I woke up and fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Free of city lights, the night sky renewed my sense of wonder.
I led a simple life.
One day, on a whim, I booked a 2-week trip to Guatemala – not knowing that this would once again drastically change the direction of my life.
I didn’t fall in love with Rony the first time we met.
I did, however, fall in love with his people.
I extended my stay as a volunteer at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura, or IMAP), an NGO which Rony had co-founded 10 years earlier with Rebecca Day Cutter and a team of local friends.
The generosity, joy and gratitude of the Mayan people astounded me.
They lived simply, sure – but they also simply lived.
That was the starting point for me. I realized that the opportunity to decide to live a simple life was a privilege in itself.
Since then I’ve been striving to make use of this privilege by prioritizing gratitude, allowing for grace, and recognizing that the best things in life aren’t things.
I’ve been living in Guatemala ever since, with Rony and our 2 young daughters.
What is Mama Thrives About?
verb \ ˈthrīv \
to grow vigorously; flourish
This site is for anyone who is seeking a different kind of life. Anyone who wants to define their days according to their own rules.
It’s for the busy mama, the one swimming upstream.
It’s for anyone looking for a family-friendly approach to simple living who isn’t sure where to start.
If you want resources for parenting your child in a simple household, go here.
If you want ideas for simple, easy recipes, go to my Real Food page.
If you want to read my thoughts on living abroad and simplifying life, check out my Simple Living page.
And welcome. I’m so glad you’re here.