Awake Woman Interviews: Mara Glatzel

I'm so excited to share this interview with you! Few women write and live like Mara Glatzel, and I hope you find her words as inspiring as I do.

An energy healer, intuitive guide, and successful entrepreneur, she teaches women how to reclaim and celebrate their innate power and brilliance. She is also a beautiful writer and teacher, and I love following her blog for juicy inspiration and delicious writing.

Get prepared for some deep wisdom on freedom, intuition, business, and money. And if you are interested in more, head over to her gorgeous website for more divine nourishment. 

Here we go...

10 years ago, how would you have imagined your life right now? How is your reality different now?

When I was younger, I imagined that at the age of 30 I would be working a steady job with a good income, benefits, 401K, and daily commute. Growing up I knew that I wanted stability, because I was raised in a family that often struggled with money. Thus, from a very early age, I was focused on having enough resources to support myself with comfort and ease. That track led me through an undergraduate degree and later to earn a master’s degree in social work, preparing myself for a life as a therapist who specialized in working with trauma. However, somewhere along the way, I started feeling restless on that path. Instead of inspiring, that steady job started to feel confining and restrictive. I struggled deeply with having the time and space for self-care, falling deeper and deeper into a state of personal disrepair and burnout.

Today, my life couldn’t possibly look more different than what I imagined. I still work hard to provide myself with the safety of that steadiness, whenever possible, but instead of the job I imagined, I have been working full-time in my own business for the last 3 years.

What inspired you to start your own business? What was your greatest fear getting started? What is your greatest hope?

When I started my business, all I could think about was freedom - freedom to take care of myself the way that I wanted to, freedom to pour love into my relationship, freedom to do things on my own terms. However, the shadow side of all of that beautiful freedom was an enormous amount of responsibility. I had never been responsible for creating my own income before. I had never stretched myself to see what was possible. So, on the other side of my excitement for freedom was an equally huge amount of fear around putting myself out there and bearing the burden of my choices.

At the beginning, I felt very small. I felt humbled by both the possibility and the potential for failure that I was taking on. But, I tried my very best to take it one piece at a time. One bite, one step - I turned my focus directly to the task at hand. I built trust in myself here, one small check off of a to-do list at a time. I taught myself that I could be trusted. That I would follow through. That it would be ok.

(I also told myself, often, that it would be ok to fail too. That the possibility of my greatest hope of freedom was worth the risk of taking a chance and not having it pan out.)

I also told myself, often, that it would be ok to fail too. That the possibility of my greatest hope of freedom was worth the risk of taking a chance and not having it pan out.

What do you enjoy most about your work, nourishing and inspiring brave women?

Oh man, women inspire me. I love their brave hearts, their wild nature, and the unlimited potential for deepening, again and again into their relationships with themselves and the world around them. I think that I most enjoy that moment when the cracks start to show in the wall, when you can no longer pretend that you can keep doing things the way that we you had been doing them. For some, that moment can feel overwhelming or scary, but there is so much excitement and enormous potential embedded in the exact moment when you get really honest with yourself about how you’ve been living - and how you’d like to live. I love those moments of clear, bright honesty, because they exude choice and potential and the crackle of freedom.

I so adore the women that I am fortunate to have in my orbit. Watching them grow and change and create the lives that they deeply hunger for is powerful. It lights me up to be able to hold space for them while they do this deep, sacred work.

What role does intuition play in your business?

My business is run on intuition. There isn’t a realm or project where tapping into my intuition hasn’t played a huge role, because it is how I have come to make decisions. It is the mystical piece, the piece that only I can tap into to discern how I want to direct my energy.

Over the course of the last years in building my business, I have had to build my relationship with myself to be able to make decisions and get clear on how I want my life and business to feel. I largely use my intuition for that. I made the decision long ago that if it feels right it is (even if no one else sees it) and if it feels wrong it is (even if it’s something really attractive).

To be “successful” in creating the lives that we desire, we have to be able to tap into knowing, deeply, what that even looks like for us. Then that becomes the compass that we live by, guided by our intuition, trust, and a deeply felt sense of deserving our own efforts.

To be ‘successful’ in creating the lives that we desire, we have to be able to tap into knowing, deeply, what that even looks like for us. Then that becomes the compass that we live by, guided by our intuition, trust, and a deeply felt sense of deserving our own efforts.

What has influenced your work the most?

When I was first starting to build the business that I have now, I worked with Nona Jordan over a span of two years to heal my legacy of and relationship with money. I knew that if I wanted to truly give myself permission to show up in the world the way that I wanted to, I needed to shed many layers of fear and shame that I had been carrying around making/investing/saving/spending money. Her gentle guidance and endless patience and support paved the path for the earliest incarnation of my business. It is largely due to our work together during that time that I am able, now, to approach the growth of my business with clean energy and in alignment with my own truths around creating and sharing value.

Who are your favorite role models and inspirations?

Mmmm. I absolutely adore and am nourished by the work of Byron Katie, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Geneen Roth, Natalie Goldberg, and the imagination of Madeleine L’Engle. In my daily life, I gain inspiration from the many women who show up in my circles and inbox. And, always, I am brought to my knees with admiration for my two sisters and my sweetheart.

I’ve never really been one for thumbing through theory or attaching myself to famous heroes, but I am continually broken open by my love and admiration for the women in my life. I love to watch them show up each and every day, approaching their lives with delicate tenacity and inner fortitude. In their actions, I am reminded that something doesn’t have to be perfect to be impressive or outwardly “successful” in order to be deeply worthy of my perseverance and attention.

If your future self could give one piece of advice, what would it be?

Keep it simple.

I have this brilliant knack for over complicating things or overwhelming myself into inaction if I’m not very careful with my time and energy. I need to be really careful with how I structure myself to keep myself moving forward and not curling up in a state of panic.

I need to remember, always, that I am allowed to keep it simple - that when I keep it simple, I feel empowered.

10 years from now, what do you hope to be doing?

Honestly, I hope to be doing a lot of what I am doing right now - supporting women as they stretch and expand and learn how to create the lives that they are aching for. I am hoping to have a few children with my partner that keep me busy, filled up with love, and who push me to continue strengthening my boundary between work and play. I’m also hoping to have published a couple of books, bringing new levels of visibility and accessibility to my work. I would love to be able to offer the best of what I’ve got and have learned over the course of working with thousands of women all over the planet in a paperback that almost anyone could pick up and find inspiration and guidance.

So basically, more of the same. Plus a few babies and a few books.

Thank you, Mara, for sharing your wisdom with us all! We can't wait to read your books <3

If you are interested in more, head over to her website where she offers coaching, programs, and workshops for brave, creative women. She is so, so inspiring.