I’m Martha Brettschneider, an author, blogger, and fine art photographer with a passion for inspiring mindfulness.
I stumbled upon mindfulness teachings quite by accident after breast cancer forced a complete life reboot in 2009.
Mindfulness paved the way for a radical shift in my identity from left-brained international economist and screaming mom to a meditation-touting creative, finally at peace with the world. I chronicle this unlikely transformation in Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy (January 2016).
My writing has also appeared in The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, MindBodyGreen, Dumb Little Man: Tips for Life, and other print and online media outlets.
I am a Fairfax County, Virginia, certified Master Gardener. My garden, however, has helped me grow more than the other way around. In 2014, my plants and other garden inhabitants provided the bulk of my subjects for the 365Project.org photo-a-day challenge, the results of which added “award-winning photographer” to my credentials. Yet another gift from my garden, for which I am eternally grateful.
Garden photography–which forces one to look intentionally for beauty in our midst–has become one more aspect of my mindfulness practice. My social-media followers have called my nature images “meditations.”
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I live in Vienna, Virginia, with my husband, two sons, and a rascally golden retriever who takes great pleasure in eating my garden and teaching me the art of letting go.