Real Routines x Mary Marantz

Mary Marantz was the first person in her family to go to college and then went on to Yale Law School. Instead of working for a law firm she and her husband, Justin, started a photography business, where they were later named one of the prestigious Profoto Legends of Light. They have since gone on to build a successful online education platform for thousands of creative entrepreneurs worldwide. The bestselling author of Dirt and Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots, Mary is also the host of the wildly popular podcast The Mary Marantz Show, which debuted in the iTunes Top 200. Her work has been featured on CNN, MSN, Business Insider, Bustle, Thrive Global, Southern Living, Hallmark Home & Family, and more. She and Justin live in an 1880s fixer-upper by the sea in New Haven, Connecticut, with their two very fluffy golden retrievers, Goodspeed and Atticus.

Take 3 Advice

Overnight is Overrated. “GOOD things take time. REAL things take time. This fleeting currency of MORE ( how much, how many, how fast) does not LAST.  It is not the kind of firm foundation you can build a legacy on. Most of it is an illusion anyway, this vanishing point at the horizon just beyond our fingertips while we keep waiting on our moment of arrival. Be willing to grow slow. Be willing to have it take as long as it takes. You are not late to your own life. And you cannot achieve your way into worth,” said Mary. 

Fear is BORING. Mary says it uses the same busted scripts on all of us. 

  • It’s all been done. 
  • It’s all been done better. 
  • I can’t start until it’s perfect. 
  • I can’t start until I know every single step in the process. 
  • What if I start and the critics come?

“Chances are I just hit a few (or all) of the fears that have been running through your mind, keeping you from doing that thing you can’t go a day without thinking about. But once we realize that Fear uses the same boring scripts on ALL of us… we can actually start to take it as a good sign that we are on the right track. Now, when Fear shows up in my life, I just see it as a big blinking neon light that shouts GO,” said Mary

Perfection is the most advanced form of Procrastination. Mary says that on the deepest level we have convinced ourselves that Perfect can keep us SAFE. “That there is some version of this thing (this dream, book, speech, putting yourself out there) that if it’s just perfect enough then no one can ever criticize it. But the second we remember that NO ONE has ever been able to get the whole world to agree on anything, the sooner we can free ourselves from this prison of perfection. Imperfect might mean my guard is down. Imperfect might mean I open myself up to getting hurt. It could mean I will try and fail. It will most likely mean at some point starting over. But Imperfect is also the only real way forward to Impact. And I’ll take Impact over Perfect any day. Remember: People who want to Serve… START,” said Mary.

My Routines

Morning routine: Mary starts with an Athletic Greens shake and some quiet time/prayer. She stretches, listens to music, has a yogurt bowl for breakfast, goes on a walk with her husband and  two dogs, and on her best days, she makes her bed before diving into work. 

Evening routine: ”Justin makes dinner while I clean and reset the house. We wind down with a favorite show and then I wash my face (complete with a favorite rose “Beauty Boost” serum) and turn in early. I am definitely an early to bed, early to rise girl,” said Mary. 

Workout routine: “We live by the water in Connecticut, and there is a seawall across the street where we probably put in 5 miles of walking throughout the day with 4 or 5 mini walks. I also do the Peloton and some light yoga throughout the week,” said Mary

Make-up routine: “For my job as an author and podcast host, I definitely need to be camera ready more often than not… but I also need something I can do fast. I love a good tinted moisturizer with a blurring powder. And a stretch concealer is my secret weapon!  I feel like I need color in my cheeks to look awake and cloud paint in “Storm” is a favorite. Add in a cat eye in black liquid liner, mascara, some “boy brow” for my eyebrows, and a good lip gloss and I’m ready to go! What I love most is that I can do the whole routine in less than 5 minutes,” said Mary. 

Favorite Things

TV Show: Only Murders in the Building Season 3

Music: Lauren Daigle’s new album

Book:  You Are More Than You’ve Been Told, by Hosanna Wong

Recipe: I LOVE a good cozy soup this time of year and this sausage, potato, kale one is a FAVORITE. 

Children’s book: Mary doesn’t have kids yet, but the book she wished she had growing up is the new one from Paula Faris, Who Do You Want to BE When You Grow Up?

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