Meet Mara Glatzel! MSW is an intuitive guide and energy healer for women ready to belong to themselves as they learn to identify, honor, and advocate for their needs. On her blog and in her courses, Mara facilitates conversations about what it means to show up for yourself each day and live a full, vibrant life that is aligned with your values. She is a creative leader, a wild celebrator of the sacred mundane, and expert at living in her own skin with grace and ease. At the core of her work is the desire to live a well-intentioned life, which means… more joy, grit, and vibrant imperfection to spare.
Mara is the creator of the Daily Tending Divination Deck and wildly popular e-course The Deep Exhale. Her most recent offering, Tend, is a 9-month program for women yearning for inspiration and support as they claim and prioritize their needs.
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What rocks your bliss?
I am thrilled by waking up without an alarm clock and the kind of lit up conversations where you can’t help but talk with your hands and bounce up out of your seat.
I love experiences that are complicated, delicious, and luxurious. This includes the slowest pour over coffee and cocktails made with eye-droppers and garnishes that have to be arranged with tweezers. There is something to this kind of experience that is both extra special and completely unrushed that makes me feel right at home. One of my highest values is beauty for beauty’s sake and a gorgeous aesthetic draws me in immediately.
I am also currently madly in love with the little oceanside town that I live in and am working with a daily practice of getting outside to feel the sun on my face even though it’s freezing cold.
Describe your perfect day.
I wake up slowly and without an alarm clock to a cup of coffee nearby. I spend an hour in the morning waking up, reading, and putzing around my house getting ready for the day. With my second cup of coffee, I dig into a couple of hours of work with music on loud and lots of space to spread out all of my notebooks and calendars and little notes that I write myself about things I want to dive into.
Late-afternoon, I head out for a walk by the water with my sweetheart and our baby. This is the key to a really good day for me - fiery productivity throughout the core of the day bookended by slow and languid time tending to my needs and enjoying my family. After our walk, we take the baby with us out for tacos and margaritas before heading home to give her a bath, put her to bed, and snuggle up on the couch, laughing and spending time together.
When do you feel most creative and alive?
I hit my creative sweet spot mid-morning when I am full to the brim with excitement about whatever it is that I’m focusing on. I find that I also feel most alive when I have flexibility in my daily schedule, a handle on my sugar intake, and wear something that is comfortable and easy to move in. I almost always listen to Helen Jane Long when I’m writing and I love to have a multitude of gorgeous planners and calendars around my house that keep me beautifully on task.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
This year I have my heart set on buying a house.
I’m dreaming of a new, lush sectional couch in the living room, an inviting bathtub, and a bedroom with a lot of white space and a king-sized bed. I want to paint a beech trees on the walls of a room for my daughter and her menagerie of stuffed animals, which seems to grow daily. I want a kitchen with a big hutch built out of reclaimed wood for my great grandmother’s china set. I want wood floors and a yard, and a space that I can set down roots.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
The Pacific Northwest. I have been jonesing to travel around Washington state and up into Canada. I am aching to be surrounded by huge trees and open air. The landscape is just so stunning in that part of the country. If I could hop on a plane right this second, I would book a month in a treehouse to move and breathe and relax and absorb it all.
How do you handle setbacks?
For so long I told myself the story that having a setback or experiencing failure meant that there was something wrong with me or that I simply wasn’t cut out for my big dreams, but the truth is that we ALL fail. Avoiding failure meant I was also avoiding some really exciting and delicious risks. I was trying to control the messiness of living under the guise of perfectionism and it just kept me stuck.
Now, I try to anticipate failure as a potential outcome, knowing that failure is nothing more than data collection about how to do things differently next time. I remind myself that failing doesn’t mean that I am a failure, and that I am in control of the stories that I tell myself about my experiences. As an entrepreneur and mother, failure is inevitable. It doesn’t make me bad at what I do, and, in fact, I think that giving myself permission to fail makes me great at what I do.
How do you come home to yourself?
Whenever I get lost or whipped up into a frenzy, I am in dire need of sleep, warm and nourishing foods, water, and disconnecting from my devices. These days it is easy to move too quickly or to fall into habits like eating on the go or scrolling on your phone late into the night. I reset myself by spending a couple of days keeping things really simple and focusing on being generous with tending to my needs. The key here is to do it even if I resist it, because I know in my heart of hearts that when I resist slowing down is when I need it the most.
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
Wearing clothing that makes me feel beautiful. Getting together with other women to celebrate ourselves and lift one another up. Slow, relaxing showers.