I am an author, blogger, speaker, master gardener, and award-winning photographer. Inspiring mindful living through my writing and photography is my passion. Breast cancer reoriented my perception of body, mind, and spirit. Formerly a left-brained international economist and stressed out screaming mom, I transformed into a meditation-touting creative finally at peace with the world. My debut book BLOOMING INTO MINDFULNESS: HOW THE UNIVERSE USED A GARDEN, CANCER, AND CARPOOLS TO TEACH ME THAT CALM IS THE NEW HAPPY (January 2016) chronicles this journey (sample chapter provided on this site). I live in Vienna, Virginia, with my husband, two sons, and our plant-eating golden retriever Apollo (who has taught me the art of letting go).
In a world that pushes us to always look for the next best thing, BLOOMING INTO MINDFULNESS shows you how to break the cycle of discontent and take control of your own happiness. Narrated with humor and raw honesty, Martha Brettschneider shares her transformation from ego-centered screaming mommy to a meditation-touting creative finally at peace with the world. Inspirational, motivational, and sprinkled with practical tips to silence our internal bully (the first step: recognizing that not all of