Slow Growth and Capacity with Mary Marantz

You can CLICK HERE to listen to my full conversation with Mary in Episode 2 of the Create Some Breathing Room podcast.

This was our very first guest episode on Create Some Breathing Room, and I had the honor of speaking with Mary Marantz! We dive deep into how to manage your capacity, what that looks like, and how we try to achieve and overfill our schedules. We also get to hear from Mary on what this looks like for her and her busy life! In case you’re not familiar with Mary and all that she has going on, here’s a rundown:

Mary Marantz grew up in a trailer in rural West Virginia. The first of her immediate family to go to college, she went on to earn a master’s degree in moral philosophy and a law degree from Yale. After turning down six-figure-salary law firm offers in London and New York and starting a photography business with her husband, Justin— 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, which was a finalist for the 2020 ECPA Memoir of the Year, and Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots, Mary is also the host of the highly ranked 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. You can learn more at

In our conversation about the value of slow growth and knowing your personal capacity, Mary and I discussed how we as women often try to fit too much into our schedules so we can grow quickly, be accepted, and feel successful. In her second book, Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots, Mary describes 5 achiever types: The Performer, The Tightrope Walker, The Contortionist, The Masquerader, and The Illusionist in the Distance. Find out which one you are at

It was so refreshing to hear Mary share her own need to slow down and decompress after a busy season! We both identified the benefits we have each found in spacing out our days of rest and quiet between the days that require more time connecting and pouring into others. It has taken some time and experience, but we’ve each become more confident with the limits of our own personal capacity. Some additional resources that Mary mentioned in our conversation included Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and The Best of You by Dr. Alison Cook.

“And I recognize… that frantic, frenzied, frenetic energy where your heart is racing, and I know this for me:  If it is part of the plan for my life and the purpose for my life, it doesn’t feel like that.” — Mary Marantz

An amazing day with Mary at the Marantz home in New Haven, CT (Dec 2022)

The Takeaways

Hopefully, my conversation with Mary can help you understand the value of slow growth and managing your personal capacity a bit better! If nothing else, I hope you can remember these key points:

  • Trying to achieve too much too quickly will lead to a life that exceeds your capacity Every Single Time. 
  • Knowing yourself, your goals, and your personal capacity is key to leading a life you love!

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Hi I’m Rachel!

I’m a lifelong teacher, writer, and speaker. I’m passionate about serving women who are overwhelmed with All The Things so they feel empowered to create some breathing room and live a more intentional life. 

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