About Me

carteraboutmeHi, I’m Maria.  I’m a writer and homeschool mom of three (ages 6, 8 and 10) based in Austin, Texas. My husband runs an Inc. 500 online trading business while I manage our herd (human and animal) on a 200-acre ranch. Juggling an entrepreneurial life, motherhood and presence to what matters is my daily adventure.

My mission in that adventure:  Create memories that connect our family and empower our kids. Find resources and strategies to make a full life, simpler.

Thank you for reading This One Life!  You can connect with me at maria@thisonelife.com.

Published Work

Contributing writer, Mastering the Trade, Second Edition: Proven Techniques for Profiting from Intraday and Swing Trading Setups,   “Living with A Trader.”  pp.21-25

About this Blog

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  ― Mary Oliver

This is the question that made me start this blog.

Turning 40, stuck in the limbo of what came next, I didn’t know the right question to ask anymore.

Up to now, I had asked the questions:

What are my goals? 

What is success?

What do I have to show for myself?

What will I leave behind that matters?

What can I do that’s meaningful?

I’d been an A student in high school asking those questions.  I went to college asking those questions.  I became a successful marketing executive for 10 years asking those questions.  I parented my 3 children asking those questions.  My husband and I built a multi-million dollar, Inc. 500 company asking those questions.

Then, someone asked me the question, “Maria, what would you love? What would you love to experience in your life?”

It struck me between the eyes.  This idea, simply, “What would I love?”

For the past year, I’ve been answering that question and creating the second half of my life based on that question.

What would I love:

-In health

-In relationships

-In creative expression and personal evolution

-In freedom of time and money

What would I love, in THIS ONE LIFE?

This blog is dedicated to figuring that out, for myself first. It’s about taking the journey to deeply connect to that answer – to explore, experience and engage in life fueled from a place of love.  It’s about sharing the tools I’ve learned about the Art of Deciding and the Art of Showing Up – which is a lot of what life comes down to.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a creative spirit, a Renaissance mom, or simply a girl or a boy with a dream, I hope this blog brings you closer and more courageous to living what you’d love.

Photo by Michele Anderson @PinkleToesPhotography

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