My dear readers, I have something very special for you today! Today I have an interview I did with an amazing person and life coach, Mara Glatzel. She has touched the lives of many women by helping them bring joy, peace, and self-love into their lives. I think you will really enjoy reading this interview with Mara and getting some insight into embracing ourselves as we are!
Hello Mara, and thank you so much for taking the time to connect with me and Sensual Appeal readers. Before we begin, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yes! Thank you. My name is Mara Glatzel. I am a life coach and writer who works with women that are yearning for lives that lights them up from the inside, lives filled to the brim with joy and peace within themselves. My work is informed by my own journey from self-loathing to radical self-responsibility over the duration of my adolescence. My coaching philosophy blends these lived experiences with a masters in clinical social work and trauma specialization, and a lifetime of experience of talking to women about what weighs them down.
I live at the very tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, in a little seaside town surrounded by water with my sweetheart. I absolutely love creating things that feel good to create, hula hooping, and books with a good storyline.
– What brought you to becoming a self-love coach?
I became a self-love coach, because I believe that the relationship that we have with ourselves is at the core of everything that we do. Beneath our goals, expectations, motivations for action, or desires that we might have for our everyday experiences, the love that we have for ourselves creates our foundation of unshakable self-worth and allows us to experience joy and ease in all of our actions.
So many of us are walking around at odds with ourselves, believing that we have to cover up our messy parts or pretend that we are something that we aren’t in order to be lovable or productive or successful. I aim to turn this notion on it’s head, by teaching the multitude of ways that we can be most effective and happy once we welcome all of our parts to the table and become more of the wonderful people that we already are.
– Have you always had a positive experience with your body and self?
No. This has been something that I have struggled with the majority of my life – believing that I was inherently flawed and deeply unlovable from an early age. One of the reasons that I am passionate about the work that I do is because I know it in my heart – I have felt the difference in my skin as I learned how to love myself for who I am. I have seen the difference in the quality of my relationships and in what I am able to believe that I am capable of.
I also want to add that this truly is a journey and not a destination. You do not suddenly reach a place of blissed out self-love where you never experience another negative thought again. Instead, it’s more like that unshakable foundation – you know yourself and you know what you are worth, no matter what passing thought might go through your head.
– Why is self-love and self-appreciation an important path for women to take?
Spending our lives immersed in a cruel and hateful relationship with ourselves is enormously painful. Quite often, we spend so much time preoccupied with how awful things are, our life passes us by. The path of self-love and self-appreciation is moving from surviving as your mode of operating to thriving. It is about plugging back into our everyday life, and making small shifts towards what will make us the happiest.
– Do you find it easy for women let go of the past and immerse themselves in the self-love journey?
No. I find that as human beings, we crave the comfort of the world that we know, even when that world is not working for us any longer. We will often resist change in favor of our tried and true ways of operating. However, when we are able to turn the journey inward, and cultivate our relationship with ourselves first and foremost, we are able be emboldened by the trust that no matter what comes our way, we will be able to figure it out.
It is not easy, and yet, we are all changing and evolving every moment. When we are able to focus on the life that we want, and become curious about how to best care for ourselves, we are capable of incredible feats of bravery and adventure.
– What are some common challenges you and your clients have faced in the journey to loving oneself? Are these challenges easy to overcome?
At the very beginning of the self-love journey, we all worry that it is simply not possible for us. That somehow, we are the exception to the rule or that we don’t deserve to feel good every single day. I find that this happens because we have been struggling with wanting to become something and someone that we are not, instead of becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be.
This challenge is not always easy to overcome, and it can be a place where it would feel good or supportive to work with someone who is able to hold this space for us, when we are unable to hold it for ourselves. Learning to receive support during this tender time is a challenge in and of itself, but it is beautiful work work and helps us learn to see our inherent beauty and goodness.
– What are the top 3 things you do to stay happy and with a positive relationship with yourself?
In order to stay in sync with myself, it is absolutely crucial that I carve out time for: getting enough sleep, having time unplugged from the Internet, and eating food that nourishes me. I find that focusing on supporting my physical body has a profound impact on my emotional body, amplifying the energy and strength that I bring to my daily life.
– Why do you think it’s important to stay true to yourself?
My immediate thought was, what else is there? So, I will go with that. This is your life, with your rules and your beliefs determining the trajectory of what you believe is possible for yourself. Your relationship with yourself is at the core of everything else that you do – and it is the foundation that your entire life is built upon.
– Tell us about what you are currently working on.
I am currently working one on one with women who are yearning to strengthen their relationship with themselves, and cultivate a lives that are a perfect fit for them. I am also developing a new class that will address the multitude of ways that we can support our physical bodies everyday, so that we have a stronger foundation to do spiritual and emotional work.
I really love this work. I believe that it changes everything.
Thank you so much, Mara, for taking the time to talk to me.
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