Martha Brettschneider is an author, speaker, fine art photographer, master gardener, and mindfulness advocate. In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which reoriented her perception of body, mind, and spirit. A former international economist, Brettschneider transformed from a left-brained business woman and screaming mommy to a meditation-touting creative finally at peace with the world. She chronicles her journey in her debut book Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy (Damselwings Press January 2016). She lives in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband, two sons, and her plant-eating golden retriever Apollo (who has taught her the art of letting go). Connect with Martha Brettschneider at marthabrettschneider.com and on Facebook and Twitter.