About Me

Hey there! My name is Maddie Small and I'm so glad you're here!

My story begins with a nomadic childhood. 

I grew up all over the US, moving to a new state every few years. As any nomadic kid or military brat can tell you, it’s not an easy life!

Luckily I had parents and a religion that created structure and helped me to “bloom where I was planted”. Our family became tourists wherever we lived and truly embraced the new cultures and experiences we were presented with.

This unique lifestyle led me to study Experience Design and Management for my undergrad. In my degree, as in my life, I studied what makes experiences meaningful and memorable for people. 

How amazing is that?!

My degree helped me to see my life with more wonder and intention than ever before. Life really is what you make it, and my studies gave me the tools and perspective to make my life whatever I want it to be!

That is why I left my full-time job in December of 2022 to start A Life She Loved LLC – a brand that I hope will encourage you to live a more meaningful, intentional life AND provide you with the practical tools and recommendations to make it happen!

In this blog, you’ll find travel recommendations from my personal experience and a local perspective, particularly for my solo traveling ladies!

You’ll be inspired by intentional living principles that can be applied to ANY phase of life (this is where the Experience Design expertise comes in). These strategies will help you create a more meaningful, memorable life for yourself and with your loved ones!

And since mindfulness and spirituality have played such a HUGE part in my intentional living journey, I’ll share my thoughts and experiences with yoga, meditation, and religious practice to help you find greater meaning, purpose, and presence in your beautiful life.

I can't wait to keep discovering with you what it means to design