Q: Where are you from?I grew up in the old whaling city of New Bedford, Massachusetts but left home at 14. I struggled through school and moved to Los Angeles at 17 to pursue a singing career. At 23 I married and later moved to Europe, where my former husband is from. I returned to the Boston area in 1995, following the end of my marriage. Q: What's the biggest accomplishment you achieved on your own? Raising my two amazing children. My daughter is 25 and works for a non-profit in the environmental sustainability field. My son is 23, and lives in Japan teaching English. He’ll be coming back next year to go to Harvard Law School and wants to work in the public sector. Both are incredibly loving, compassionate, and successful young adults, committed to doing good work in the world. As you can tell, I’m very proud of them! Q: What inspired you to write your book, “Solemate?” Because I had built my life, career, financial security, and emotional well-being on my husband and his life—I moved to his country, worked as a therapist in his business, and let him handle all our finances—my life, career, security, and self-esteem collapsed along with the marriage. After hitting bottom, I sold everything I owned to pay for flight tickets, and the children and I returned to the U.S. in 1995... Read the entire interview on SingleEdition.com.
“Conditioning is the root of most people’s dysfunction. If you aren’t aware of what you are doing, how can you make a change to reconstruct how you live your life?” Lauren Mackler's Solemate, an international bestseller on its second printing, serves as a guide for people looking to find the path by finding the soul mate in themselves. It is a book about mastering the art of aloneness and what beauty can be found in enjoying your own company and uniqueness. Mackler’s personal journey paved the way for her to write her book. “I got married very young, and I thought of myself as a very independent person, career-oriented, and despite those perceptions, I replicated what my mom had done – I gave up my career and became a homemaker and a wife.”
The marriage fell apart. Mackler found herself divorced and living in a foreign country. “I got to the point of using my security deposit for the last month’s rent... Click here to read the entire article.