This Messy Mobile Life – a Book for Everyone

“This book is an incredibly extensive account of personal and theoretical content that helps families acknowledge and share the many strengths associated with their complicated international lifestyle. I love that Mariam gives us this term ‘mola’ to talk about all that it entails, and this book really is for EVERYONE with countless examples that will allow everyone to ‘see themselves’ in what’s written. The insights and the reflection activities will be welcomed by parents who are looking for ways they can support their kids in the midst of relocation. Mariam has positioned herself right there amongst some of the top experts in the field with this work.” 

Kate Berger, MSc, child psychologist and founder of The Expat Kids Club

About the Book

The Experts Agree – This Messy Mobile Life is Outstanding

“An outstanding new addition to the global family literature.”

Robin Pascoe, author

“This Messy Mobile Life is a wonderfully welcome addition to the mobile, cross-cultural and ethnically diverse community. Mariam honors one of the TCK ‘tribal elders’, Norma McCaig, deftly adapting the Mola layered artform into an image and a tool for adaptation and integration. Increasing family complexity meets powerful resource!”

Michael V. Pollock, Director of Interaction International, founder of Daraja TCK, International Educator, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds 3rd Ed.

“Every now and then, a book comes along that leapfrogs ahead of others on similar topics. Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore’s accessible, engaging and thorough This Messy Mobile Life IS that book. No matter who or where you on your cross-cultural journey, you will be able to tease out strands (or chunks) of your own messy, mobile, multiple-multi, MOLA life in its pages. Simply stunning.”

Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat

“This is a perfect and honest go-to book for globally mobile families filled with practical advice brought to you through the intimate stories of Mariam’s family experiences. An inspiring guide on how a family can embrace the mobile life and thrive.”

Kristine Racina, Executive Director, The Expatriate Archive Centre

“Family members are unique when looked at in isolation but when the family unit is woven together it represents acceptance, tolerance, and unity. Ottimofiore’s MOLA is a great example of this. Having a technique for mixing multicultural identities and the permission to know that not everything needs to be equal to create a beautiful family tapestry is priceless.”

Julia Simens, author of Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child

“This book will make thousands of expats more secure in their messy lives! Mariam beautifully weaves her personal experiences with the concept of a MOLA to provide a practical guide for global expatriates.”

Christine Sperr, Managing Director Middle East for Santa Fe Relocation

“An outstanding book on how to raise a multicultural, multilingual, and multi-mobile family. Most informative and filled with practical suggestions. I loved the family stories, meaningful activities and the advice from the experts in the field peppered throughout the book. A fascinating read!”

Lois Bushong, author of Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere

“Expat families are more often than not a mélange of nationalities, cultures, religions, and anguages. This Messy Mobile Life deals with these complexities, and using the metaphor of the mola, helps the reader to design their own beautiful and colorful expat lives.”

Rebecca Grappo, President, RNG International Educational Consultants,  www.rnginternational.com

“Mariam boldly addresses the challenges and complexities that come with being a globally mobile family. Armed with insight, expertise, and practical methodology, Mariam has untangled what can seem daunting and guides us through the process of sculpting the beauty of an international, crosscultural, multilingual lifestyle more and more people are embracing.”

Christopher O’Shaughnessy, international speaker and author of Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

“In This Messy Mobile Life Mariam invites us to step into the space where chaos can turn into order and upheaval into beauty. This book reminds globally mobile and culturally diverse families that we can create an amazing MOLA of life from the many layers of ourselves we call home.”

Jodi Harris, Expat Coach and Mindfulness Teacher at World Tree Coaching, LLC and co-author of Kids on the Move

“A brilliant untangling of the complex situations and perspectives that multicultural families face. A blueprint for mobile families to transform a mess of cultural identities into a masterpiece.”

Lisa Ferland, author of Knocked Up Abroad

“This Messy Mobile Life beautifully weaves together story and instruction, giving us a remarkable tool for the global journey. Mariam’s voice emerges as authentic, wise, and strong as she speaks into this complicated yet extraordinary expat/TCK life. This book will soon be on the shelves of expats and third culture kids around the world, as well it should be.”

Marilyn R. Gardner, author of Between Worlds & Worlds Apart

“Mariam shares the beautiful story of her multicultural, multilingual, globally mobile family in her engaging writing style and gives tools to readers through her MOLA framework to transform a possible mess into a beautiful design to own, personalize and wear with pride. Her advice is supported by research, enriched with stories from other global families and addresses real-life scenarios. Highly recommend this book to everyone who lives a globally mobile life or supports those who do.”

Tamania Jafri, TEDx Speaker on Language and Identity and writer at UrduMom

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How a Mola can help globally mobile families create a life by design

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore

Do your family dinners happen in more than one language? Do you celebrate Christmas and Eid? Do you and your family feel at home in more than one country? If so, then you may be a MOLA Family and yes, this multicultural, multilingual, mobile life can get a little ‘messy.’

TMML 3dIn South America, a mola is a shirt made from intricately stitched layers of patterns and cloth. Worn with pride, it represents who you are – inside and out. Mariam Ottimofiore presents a mola as the perfect metaphor for globally mobile families living between cultures, countries, languages, nationalities, identities and homes, who find their story hard to articulate. She has created the MOLA tool to help global families design and show their stories to the world. This is your ‘life by design.’

Pakistan-born Mariam is a writer, researcher and expatriate family specialist who grew up and lived in nine countries. Her husband is German/Italian and together they have raised their children in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Raw, honest, inspiring and uplifting, This Messy Mobile Life comprises personal reflection, expert advice and survey research to help you take your global family from mess to mola.