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Inspirational Interview: Mara Glatzel

by Ashley on August 5, 2013 · 0 comments

This is one of our Inspirational Interviews in which we talk to people who have imagined big dreams, made them a reality, and are living a life they love. Today we are talking to Mara who teaches women who to reclaim their brilliance and live deliciously joyful lives. 

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Mara Glatzel, and I am a guide and writer. I teach women how to reclaim their brilliance, initiating them into their deliciously joyful lives. In creating this sacred space for women to thrive, I’m bringing a masters in clinical social work with a trauma specialization, my spot-on intuition, and years of work on creating a life brimming with self-acceptance and love.

I live in a little town on the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where I spend my off-line time running around on the beach, frequenting farmer’s markets, and giggling with my wife and my two sisters. I beyond love young adult literature, horizontal stripes, avocados, and detailing my car.

2. What does living a “super awesome life” look like for you?

Ha! I feel like I may have given some of it away in my introduction. My super awesome life filled to the brim with blank space in my calendar in which to create, moving my body often, and keeping my promises to myself. A couple of years ago, I faced a hard realization that my life was less than awesome. I was eating while standing up, running from job to job. I barely got enough sleep. My relationship was hanging on by a (very loving) thread.

I found myself feeling restless in my life, as if everyone else just had something going on that was so much.. richer. I wanted to cultivate a life that lit me up inside, a life filled with activities and people that gave me energy. After having a couple of hard conversations with myself, I made a major career shift, threw my former life rules out the window, and sought to create something that was uniquely mine. And I’ll tell you what – I’m madly in love with what I’ve created.

3. What inspired you to become a Life Coach who helps women build lives grounded in self-love?

I believe that when we are able to approach our lives grounded in a place of self-love, self-trust, and radical self-responsibility, we are able to show up more fully in every area of our lives. However, that can be difficult to do! I found that my own life changed hugely when I expanded my level of support by beginning to work with others, and that I was able to transform while also being held and seen by others that I could trust.

In thinking about the work that I do with women, I become their person. As in, the person that accepts you and sees you as you are – no matter what you’re bringing to the table. I believe that we all deserve to cultivate opportunities to work on ourselves in environments that feel safe and inspiring. It is a gift that we give to ourselves. It is the way that we can reconnect and recommit to our lives. And, honestly, that changes everything.

4. What has been your biggest challenge since leaving Social Work behind and beginning your journey as a Life Coach?

The biggest challenge for me has been to find a way to describe my work that is uniquely mine. Truthfully, I am neither traditional social worker nor life coach. I am a guide. And a healer. And a deeply intuitive collaborator. The work that I do now with my clients was way outside of the realm of my understanding when I was working in those capacities, as if I was cramped in a small, mis-labeled box. In working with women and encouraging them to fully come as they are, I had to learn to come as I am. My practice now is an eclectic mix of prayer, healing, celebration, and tangible real life action. Divine feminine meets slumber party.

The biggest challenge for me, as for so many of us, has been to trust that I am safe to show up fully as myself, and believe that I will be inspiring to my people. And that my people don’t have to be all people, and that is perfectly alright.

5. What advice would you give to women who are struggling to love and trust themselves?

Get really honest with yourself. This is the honesty that is a layer deeper than the negative self-talk. It is the place where you can tap into your universal knowing. This might be where you store some of the prayers for your future that you have never shared with anyone else before, or the quiet wishing that you have for yourself. Trust that you can have an honest relationship with yourself, and that you are brave enough to dig deep and dig in.

Also, get yourself a support team! I can’t even begin to tell you how many people that I have worked with in my life. It’s like that old adage, it takes a village. Well, it has taken a village for me to feel supported and good as I have made huge shifts in my life. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help or call in some mega-inspiration. When you are beginning to chase what lights you up and radically change your life – you deserve all the help you can get!

6. What little things in life right now make you you do a happy dance? Big things?

Right now, I am really into reading fantasy books on the beach and swimming in the ocean. I’m also into ordering the world’s most delicious ice cream sundae. And napping! I’ve been finding myself craving a lot of play and rest, so I’ve been working to make space in my daily life to laugh as much as possible.

Within my business, a big thing that I’m celebrating right now is that I just launched my first in person retreat. It has been a huge dream of mine to bring some amazing women out to the tip of Cape Cod to work with me for a weekend, and I am just thrilled that it has become a reality. If that’s something that you want to know more about, you can check out the details here. I am really into the idea of gathering with women offline, where we can hug and dance and learn from one another. Just knowing that these women are beginning to make their travel plans makes me happy to no end.

7. In the movie of your life, who would you want to play you?

Oooh! What a fun question. I would want to be played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. We don’t look alike, but I just adore her. I love the light behind her eyes and her smile. In the movie of my life, I would want to be played by an actress that was smart, interesting, and had some moxie.

8. What is one thing you’d like to change about the world?

I am on a mission to teach women how to plug back into their lives and learn how to chase what lights them up. This can be a small, quiet revolution, but it is an important one. Too many of us are moving about our lives, as if our lives are happening to us instead of living, breathing things that we are interacting with and cultivating on a daily basis.

I live to see women lit up, expansive, and standing in their own power. I love to cultivate spaces for them to show up and fully be themselves, so that they can take that self-expressed magic into every realm of their lives.

9. What quote best represents you or motivates you in your current place in life?

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

10. What inspires you to continue living a life you love each day?

I am inspired by how contagious joyful living is, and by surrounding myself with people who all want the very best for one another. It can be difficult to begin cultivating a tribe of people who lift you up and celebrate with you, but it makes all of the difference in the world. I love knowing that when I show up, in all of my messy, joyful, human-ness, I silently give others permission to do the same. Knowing that keeps me honest and keeps me showing up.

Thanks so much sharing, Mara!

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