Message from Maya



Hey there! I'm Maya.

I'm a ToMA co-founder and the ToMA hype girl, the one doing the outreach and customer care, and the one creating content and sharing stories.

And I love it! After all, I'm a storyteller at heart. I am an author (THE NEW GLOBAL STUDENT, published by Crown/Random House in 2009), artist, and teacher. I've taught hundreds of kindergarten students in four countries, and even served as the governess for the family of a famous billionaire. I owned a mindfulness training company in Portland, Oregon that taught people of all ages how to get calm, clear, and creative. 

But here's my real superpower: I'm a minimalist. I have been for years. 

So, how does a minimalist who buys almost nothing end up selling a product? 

It's simple (just like the rest of my life!) You see, I know that the key to living happily with less is to find ways to enhance your everyday experiences. 

And guess what? Glass straws are an amazing way to make every sip feel special. 

Truth: I absolutely love my glass straws, and use them every single day in a range of beverages, from morning smoothies to hot herbal tea. They add luxury to even a simple glass of water. I take mine with me whenever I travel, so that even if I'm staying in a low-budget Airbnb, my straw is a powerful self-care tool that feels both soothing and sophisticated. 

Listen, I'm 59 (60 in June), and at this point in my life, I wouldn't bother to sell something unless I truly believed it had a positive impact on my life. Bottom line: Glass straws make my simple life feel fancy. :-) 

As we step into 2020, our intention is to focus on clarity. #getclearin2020

I believe that now is a critical time for all of us to be clear about what's real, what isn't, and how we can create space in our lives for what we truly need.

I hope you'll join me as we stride into this new year with intention, a little wisdom, and plenty of humor. 

Could you do me a quick favor? Send me an Instagram DM with one area in your life that would benefit from greater clarity.

Or shoot me an email at 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I so appreciate you. <3

Maya signaturexo