Both Madalena and her husband enjoy exploring new places and things - experiences they are intent on sharing with her daughter. In fact, 11-month-old Julia has already been to Washington DC (twice!), Denver, Mississippi, and Brazil. To this family, travel + food (& coffee) is life’s greatest pleasure above and beyond any material things they purchase.
She opened a small translation and interpreting business in 2010 and has steadily worked to pour her time, heart and soul into it. Having her own business allows her to work from home and take care of Julia while she’s still little. No two days are the same. She works with a variety of clients and translators and interpreters around the globe. Different languages and time zones keep her work challenging and exciting.
She is also very passionate about supporting other small businesses and business owners. She recently started Post-Lance.com a website dedicated to supporting women growing their businesses by providing tools and training to work smarter, not harder. For Madalena, growing her business from an authentic and meaningful place is of utmost importance.
Madalena’s love for analogue comes through in her passion for photography. She loves her DSLR camera and the wide-angle lenses. She adores black and white photography because she feels it allows her to tell such a beautiful and powerful story just by playing with shadows and light.
“Lifestyle, travel and street photography are my favorite genres, as I love the story that each person’s life and experiences can portray through photos of moments captured in time.”
She enjoys connecting with people’s stories via letters she receives from friends that share her love for analogue. This may stem from the fact that she had shared the joy of correspondence with her Mom for as long as she can remember. Her Mom always wrote cards on her birthday and she and her mom continued to correspond via snail mail when she went off to school. They wrote to each other about everything and it never mattered what they talked about, just as long as they could talk to one another and “be” together. They shared this experience until her Mom passed away this year. Madalena keeps one of the last and most touching cards her Mom sent her in her journal as a way to always keep her close to her heart.
“We are always evolving. So, why wouldn’t our analogue system evolve with us?”
I have always loved notebooks, pens, fine paper and well-designed tools. However, over the years, I’ve found the few tools I have the better. I keep a lot of notebooks and lists in various places, but each notebook serves a specific function for me and I don’t carry them all with me.”
Madalena also uses her analogue system for things that she wants to remember. From things that she wants to purchase, to questions she needs to ask Julia’s pediatrician, her Field Notes Pitch Black Note Book keeps track of her thoughts. Because she feels she always has so many thoughts swirling in her head, it’s important for her to jot down the things that she doesn’t want to forget – even like things to talk about with her dear friends on coffee dates.
Every morning, after her workout and breakfast, before she goes to get Julia from her crib, Madalena journals in her Midori A5 that is in her MD Notebook. To do so helps her feel grounded and ready to take on the day. She writes about weekly events, goals for the day, and she sets some intentions for the day. (Read more about her intention writing process here.)
In her MD Diary, she tries to write letters to Julia as frequently as possible. She incorporates photos, artifacts, and memories from their adventures so she will have these memories when she is older. It’s important to Madalena that Julia have these artifacts and know that she comes from a family that values travel and learning.
“If something doesn’t work, I don’t keep doing it to just do it. It has to be practical and meaningful for me in my day to day.”
We feel incredibly lucky to call her as our friend as she inspires so many of us to stay true to who we are... not only through her pick of analogue tools but more importantly through her life choices. She is diligent and organized yet kind to people around her and those qualities really translate to how she curates her analogue lifestyle.
Thank you, Madalena, for taking your time to share your story with us!
Products mentioned or shown in Madalena's story:
- Roterfaden A5 Slim / Light Brown
- Roterfaden Weekly Calendar, A5 vertical
- Travelers Notebook Olive edition
- Travelers Notebook Blank inserts/refill
- BK Dashboard v2
- MD Notebook Leather Cover
- Midori Light Notebook A5
- MD A5 Diary
- Jibun Techo Biz 2018
- LAMY Safari Fountain Pen - White
- TSL Leather Pen Case - Camel