A big welcome to this month's Becoming Podcast guest, Mara Glatzel! Mara and I have known each other for years, and I was really excited for our conversation. It did not disappoint.
As many of you know, self-tending is one of the Seven Core Competencies of Radical Transformation – those skills and capacities that we need to grow in order to traverse times of change in our lives with more ease. Given that Mara is the QUEEN of all things tending to your needs, I just had to have her on the show.
Let me tell you a little bit about Mara. Mara is an intuitive coach, writer, and podcast host. She is a needy human who helps other needy humans stop abandoning themselves and start reclaiming their humanity through embracing their needs and honouring their natural energy cycles. Her superpower is saying what you need to hear when you need to hear it and she is here to help you believe in yourself as much as she believes in you.
Our conversation was rich and lively. Mara shared the way that she thinks about self-care and tending, and how we need to shift from a prescriptive model of what "good self-care" looks like and into learning how to recognize what we requireto honour our humanity and keep being the humans we want to be.
We talked about "thin times" – when we're going through transformation or challenge – and how to grow our capacity through meaningful tending.
We also talk about honouring our humanity by asking for what you need in work and caregiving contexts. As I listened back to our conversation in the editing process, I realized that both Mara and I have the privilege of being able to (even if we don't always) structure our work in a way that allows us to take time off when we need to, and that's reflected in our conversation. Even if this isn't the case for you, I hope maybe you can feel inspired to be audacious in the supports you feel you can ask for (and maybe some of the ones you feel you can't, just for good measure).
Finally, we muse on the idea that maybe seeking a more human way of living and meeting our needs actually might be the rite of passage that underlies them all, and that the ability to centre your needs will never be more important than it is now, as the world becomes an increasingly challenging place to live.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!