Mamadhi = ma-MAH-dee
Welcome to Mamadhi. I’m so glad you’re here.
In yoga, there’s a Sanskrit term that describes a higher level of consciousness: Samadhi. Samadhi is an enlightened state of being in which everything is clear. It’s an awakening of sorts; a lucid, peaceful state of mind free of confusion, fear and conditioned existence. So, pretty much the opposite of me. Through Mamadhi, I hope to find an enlightened state of being as I gracefully master the complexities of motherhood and work. Of course, if that fails, I'll settle for a shower. One shower a day. That's all I'm asking. If I can make that happen, I'm winning.
I’m Molly Carter Gaines, mother to a magical little girl, Vivienne, and to twin boys, Harrison and Austin. I’m married to Jeff, and together we’re white-knuckling it through parenthood. When I’m not buried in toddlers, I'm a real estate agent and freelance copywriter.
I’m originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, but I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. And yes, we were Mormon until my Dad had a crisis of faith when I was about 14 years old. I don’t talk about this much, mainly because when people find out they begin inspecting me as if I’m some sort of strange insect. Still, I have a feeling I’ll do some blogging about it.
After I graduated from ECU with a BA in English Writing, I spent 2 years in Charlotte before I landed in Atlanta, where I stayed. I finally settled down with Jeff when I was 34, bidding adieu to my wild child ways. My long-suffering Mom was ecstatic.
We’re late bloomers, which gives us a different perspective on parenting—and a different set of challenges. Mamadhi is the place I go to figure it all out, share my experiences and find folks who can relate.
Though my blog has a yogic theme, I am not a yogi—not at the moment, anyway. A few years back my overzealous Ashtanga practice landed me in physical therapy with a rotator cuff overuse injury. I hope to heal and return to Ashtanga eventually. In the meantime, I’ll stick to the pavement and the gym and whine about how much I miss yoga.
Thanks for being here—I hope you hang with me on my Mamadhi journey.