I spend a lot of hours alone and this is because of the choices I made. I work at home and my husband is away many hours. A lot of people would see this as an excuse to feel lonely. I see it as a daily challenge to do more, learn more and share more.
Routine is a welcoming thought. Taking care of the house, then run some errands, and finally make a cup of tea and work. I make sure to leave some ME time in my calendar daily to spend some time with my friends, or read my favorite book, or even go for a simple walk with my dog.
Our lives are complicated and fast enough these days. Making it a priority to nurture our soul and mind is critical. Being by yourself is a blessing. You can achieve a lot while loving yourself. We live in competitive environments and tend to forget how to cherish every day, every hour, every moment. We like to take our lives for granted. Nothing is granted to us. We need to love ourselves, nurture our minds and bodies, respect the time we are given and make the best of it.
Humanity is changing in a very rapid fashion. Just look around the world and see what is going on. Those of us who live in free countries are truly blessed and should never forget what the past generations did to ensure our present.
We have a responsibility to leave a positive legacy and a world in order for the next generations. We are all part of a huge chain that links us all. We are not lonely if we know ourselves, if we know that we exist with purpose.
So, don’t dwell on the term of loneliness. Get out there, reconnect with friends and family, you never know what the next minute might bring. It is always sad to have regrets after something radical happens in our lives. Only then we sit back and realize that we have lost opportunities to say thank you, to say I love you, to forgive, or to make a fellow human being happy.


  • Mariella Stockmal

    Operations & Risk Management Executive

    I combine many years of experience and strategy to create results across various functions from eCommerce, Finance, Operations, and Risk. Skills and Experience: * Operations & Office Management * Finance, Fraud Management and Safety Measures creation to protect brands and companies. * Claims, Disputes and Chargebacks (Vantiv, Braintree, Ethoca, PayPal, Shopify, Global Collect, Adyen etc.) * QuickBooks and Bookkeeping * Policy Creation specific to an organization’s goals * Ability to solve problems * Desire to learn new things * Passion and adaptability * Slack, Zoom, G-Suite, and other office/business software * Accustomed to handling sensitive, confidential records. * Diplomatic and tactful with professionals and non-professionals at all levels * Word, Excel, Google Drive, Social Media * Fully equipped home office for remote work assignments * Languages: Greek, German, English, conversational French and Italian Job History: Owner at Business And Risk Management Jan 2018 – Current Blog about Business, Risk, Finance and Fraud Protection. Risk Manager, TrackR September 2015, January 2018 Protected the company from fraud and unauthorized transactions. Brought chargeback rate down from 17% to 0.3%. Also worked with QuickBooks online doing reconciliations and entering data. Chargebacks – Claims Manager, FastSpring December 2011 – September 2015, Santa Barbara, CA Worked closely with co-founders, managed Fraud and Chargebacks, and worked with QuickBooks. Created policies, updated back end to portray proper sales/refunds. COO, SteveStockmalMusic.com Music Education - Music Performance Risk Management and Policy Creation, Financial management. Operations Manager at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Office Operations Management, policy implementation. COO, D. Kallonas & Son. Ltd. Policy creation, overall Company operations, international travel and finance