We had the good fortune of connecting with Martha Mari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martha, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
How to know whether to keep going or to give up? I’ve often asked myself this question throughout different phases of life. When I was in college, I questioned whether I was in the right major or should I just quit and start over. Even with the different professions that I have held, this question would always pop up in my head. But in recent years as I have pursed more creative projects, I have found that this question still lingers at times. At times it’s triggered by burn out, other times by doubt, and other times it feels like my efforts are in vain. Anyone who runs a blog, YouTube channel or any other creative outlet can relate to this feeling. We spend countless hours researching different topics to discuss, editing blogs and videos, all while trying to master our craft simultaneously. Then when it is time to post, the perpetual worry of, will anyone like this? how many views will this post receive? It’s all very exhausting! However, what keeps me going is the same age-old advice that we have all heard: is your heart still in it? Are you still passionate about your craft? Do you get excited about posting new content despite of the number of viewers? If so, then by all means continue. But if it’s stealing your joy and peace, it may be time to let it go. “Anything that costs you your peace is too expense.” – Author unknown
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a faith-based travel blogger, who shares her life experiences on my blog (marthamari.com). I aim to first inspire people to find the one who is all in all- Jesus Christ. My relationship with the Lord is the foundation of my being and without Him all my doing would be in vain. It is my hope and desire that through my writings, I would be able to share and convey His great love and passion for the people He gave his life for. Through my travel content, I aim to encourage others to launch out into the deep by traveling to their dream destinations, while also equipping readers with the best travel tips for their vacation needs. Growing up, I had this perception that only the “rich” get to experience destinations like Venice, Paris, Santorini, and Thailand just to name a few. However, in recent decades, traveling the world has become more accessible than ever before. At the beginning of 2016, I remember praying about the new year and declaring it would be the year that I traveled internationally. God must have been listening because I went to three countries that year! On the blog, I also share local travel spots for those interested in finding destinations within the states. I started traveling around the country first before I ever traveled internationally, and I understand that international travel is a luxury for many. Afterall people are busy raising families and let’s be honest, that 2-week vacation we get at work isn’t enough to live a jet-setting life. However, for anyone working a 9-5 job (like me), but still desires to see the world, I have written some great blogs with incredible destinations for readers to visit.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
FIVE-DAY ATLANTA TRAVEL ITINERARY Day 1: Visit Famous Downtown ATL landmarks, •Georgia Aquarium •World of Coca-Cola -Grab Lunch at CNN center Food Court •Visit CNN Studio Tours -Grab lunch dinner at Tabla – Authentic Indian restaurant with modern gourmet twist in Midtown Atlanta Day 2: Learn some history at, •Center for Civil and Human Rights •Martin Luther King Jr. National historical Park •Martin Luther King Jr. House •Ebenezer Baptist Church -Grab lunch at the Varsity – famous old-school diner known for being in many movies and TV shows. Day 3: Spend the day out in the sun •Botanical Gardens •Visit the Beltline -Grab lunch at Krog Street Market – Food mall/hall •Piedmont Park – bike around park, or have picnic Day 4: Shop till we drop •Start morning with Brunch at Bread & Butterfly in Inman Park •Walk around Inman Park neighborhood •Head over to the Shops at Buckhead – The rodeo drive of Atlanta, full of luxury designer stores as a well as trendy and lively restaurants. -Grab Lunch or dinner at Gypsy Kitchen Day 5: Relaxing and Chill day •Spend an afternoon at Atlantic Station -Get some ice-cream at Kilwins – popular ice cream shop in Atlantic Station •Catch a movie at Regal Movie Theatre in Atlantic Station •Visit Ponce City Market – Food mall/Hall -Skyline Park at Ponce City Market – Grab dinner here while overlooking the Atlanta city skyline
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize a dear friend, Faith Njenga. She’s been one of my biggest cheerleaders throughout my journey. Faith is always the first one to post, comment, like and share my blog/youtube content with her audience. She is truly a girl’s girl and seeks to uplift other women. Her support has meant the world to me. She is also the Founder of Kings Bride, a Christian ministry, that seeks to call back the church of Christ into fellowship with him.