I believe in the power of ANNOUNCING what you want + deserve.
And I believe that most women — scratch that, all women — deserve so much more than we allow ourselves to have.
We deserve partnerships with enough space for our own interests, needs + desires.
We deserve careers that make us feel valued, impactful + rich, in every sense of the word.
We deserve sane, nourishing + empowering relationships with our bodies, our weight, and our definition of beauty.
And we need to have open, loving, zero-judgment conversations about what we deserve — so that we can help each other keep our most vital promises.
I’ve survived two decades of trauma — some self-inflicted, some not. From disordered eating to familial dysfunction to sexual assault, I’ve felt the depths of self-loathing — and piece by piece, day by day, I’ve learned to heal + transform my life, with relentless forgiveness, compassion + humor.
Today, I’m a writer, a master in clinical social work, and intuitive coach — and I love speaking to women about the the art of learning to love yourself. For real.
My favorite keynote, workshop + panel topics include:
: Cultivating a life filled with supreme self-care – the kind you actually follow through with + reap the glorious benefits of.
: Co-dependence, boundaries + how to anchor your own identity, even when you’re madly in love.
: Celebration as self-love in action.
: Belonging – on your own terms + by your own rules.
: What it means to keep your own promises — building self-trust, confidence + momentum.
I’ve spoken to Congressional aides in Washington DC about why the ‘war’ on obesity is seriously f*cked up.
I counseled + led workshops for undergraduate women facing eating disorders, relationship angst + existential crisises of every form + flavor.
I’ve got secrets — and stories. The kind I can lovingly share.
The kind that give listeners permission to share their own.
The kind that make us all feel less alone.
If you’re planning an event or building a curriculum around self-love, trust, confidence + head-to-toes acceptance, I’d love to be invited to the party.
Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or hop over to my contact form, right here.
Mara was a guest presenter at Green Mountain at Fox Run for a special program we called, “ Stop Waiting, Stop Hating, and Start Living.” Through a variety of sessions, Mara invited participants to move toward a life they deserved. I was impressed with her ability to connect with our participants, women of all ages, most of whom are struggling with issues around eating, weight and self-kindness.
One of her ‘superpowers’ is to speak from a place of vulnerability and power. She embodies that. I really appreciated how generously she shared her own struggles and journey to becoming who she is today. Mara models what is possible, a woman at home in her own skin (much of the time), and finding authentic expression in her work and her life.