Monday Chat with Mom, Maritza Smith
If you ever wonder where Maritza is, I can tell you. She is never very far away from family and friends. Today, Maritza is our featured mom for Motherhood Mondays. She is married to her husband Andreas and this year, they celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary. Maritza and Andreas reside in Orlando. Florida with their three children.
I have known Maritza since she was about 5 years old and, in recent years, I would describe her as a devoted daughter and mother. Her style? She prefers a style that is laid back, comfortable and loves kicking it in her favorite pair of flip-flops. But let’s be clear, she can glam it up when she wants.
Maritza is passionate about her work in event designing. Most recently she launched Alexander Dior, a high-end event designing business in Orlando, Florida. Alexander, as it turns out, are her son’s middle names and Dior is her daughter’s middle name. Her choice in a business name is no mistake. Alexander Dior is a family endeavor because family members, as Maritza states, support one another. They are all in it together. As a family they are led by collective family goals and a willingness to invest in one another. In fact, the next big events on her calendar are birthday parties. One party is for her daughter who will soon be 5 years old. The second party will be a Hollywood themed sweet-sixteen affair for her younger sister, Adair.
During our chat, I talked with Maritza about my work as a Doula and inquired about her ideal birth experience. She reluctantly admitted that giving birth to her three children could have been even more special. Reflecting back on her birth experiences, she is convinced that having a Doula present would have been very helpful. With only her husband and a Doula on her support team, a more intimate and memorable environment would have been possible.
Maritza’s exposure to the Bible and spirituality began early in life. In fact, she grew up going to church services with her mother, Adriene. However, her faith, Maritza explains, grew from her own personal trials and tribulations as an adult. Maritza is a member of the the West Orange Church of Christ in Winter Garden, FL. She enjoys books by Christian authors and, recently, began reading a book by Beth Moore, a well-known Christian author.
When Maritza is not busy with family events and her new business, she enjoys vacationing with her husband. One of her favorite destinations is Jamaica. While in Jamaica she and her husband enjoy the beaches, waterfalls and mountains. On one adventure she rode up a mountain with Andreas to discover that it was much higher than she had expected. Looking down was pretty scary, as she recalls. Happily, everything worked out fine! She looks forward to enjoying more adventures with her husband in the future.