24 June 2013

Alt Summit NYC 2013 - Sunday Suppers

(All photos in this post by Justin Hackworth, unless otherwise noted.)

Two days after finding out our unfortunate news, I attended a dinner for Alt Summit NYC. During those first days after we got the IVF results, I wasn't necessarily feeling like going to a party.  I wanted to be by Danny's side every second and was just letting the news settle in.  But by the time the day came for Alt, I felt up for it...and it turns out that a party was wonderful timing.  
The conference kicked off with a dinner Wednesday night.  I got to attend the dinner at the Sunday Suppers studio, a place I had been dreaming of visiting (I'd love to host a dinner + lecture there soon.)  The space is in Brooklyn and just gorgeous...everything about the night just felt beautiful, peaceful and good.  It was wonderful to relish being in Brooklyn - to look out the huge windows at the stunning, expansive view and to feel love for this place I call home.  So many moments just took my breath away and made my heart feel so big.  

It also felt good to be surrounded by some women I have come to love and admire so much.  For starters, I just love Amy Hackworth.  She really is one of the most delightful women I've ever met. 

The dinner at Sunday Suppers was healthy and delicious.  They were so kind to prepare my dishes without dairy and gluten - which was so wonderful.

(photo by Jenny Komenda)

I got to sit by dear Jenny Komenda with that view of Brooklyn right behind us.  It made my heart tug as Jenny is moving from Brooklyn to Arizona soon.  But I'll hold that moment near and dear.  And I'll never forget how magical that evening felt.  I was so grateful to feel alive and happy that night - to feel friendship, peace, and love  - and to feel overwhelmed with gratitude for all that I have.   

P.S.  I have way too many photos to share, so I'll post about the second day at the conference soon - including details about being on Martha Stewart Radio with Darcy Miller!!  :)



  1. Hello Mara, I want you to know that I am soooo proud of you. I think you are brave and strong and so beautiful. I love reading your blog. It is an artistic masterpiece really. You and Danny work hard on all of it. Thank you for sharing all your moments with us. As a mom of two beautiful little girls and a wife to a great husband, I constantly refer to your words for support and advise on how to be a better me. You are a special gift...thank you. Keep on keeping on...you are doing amazing:) love, michele from a philly suburb

  2. Looks like a lovely evening. Being around supportive, loving women sounds just like what you needed.

  3. Mara, So good to be with you at the conference and have the opportunity to sit with you for a bit. I look forward to hearing about your next steps and big plans for the future. xo, MJ

  4. Hi Mara,
    Just reading your blog for the first time and catching up. Sorry about the results. Glad to hear that you were able to make the most of it and really enjoy Alt and getting to know this great group of ladies. Wish I was able to attend your dinner, it looks like it was wonderful!

  5. Thank you Mara and Danny for sharing so bravely all you are going through. It is inspiration to us all to face the trials that come to each of us. I understand the pain of infertility also, but also know the HE has a plan and a promise for each one of us. Your message of love and hope is indeed what the world needs to hear. Hold on - it does all end well.

  6. You are glowing with peace in these beautiful photos. You and Danny, as you often hear :), are an amazing example. I wrote about love today, and thought of you guys. I write in a much different style than you two, but the heart of the things you say always strike a chord with me. I would be honored to have you look at it.

    I know I left the link to my blog in your post when you asked for new blogs to look at, but try to forgive me for posting it again here! I get so excited at the idea of you guys looking at it! You two are a big deal in the world of love!



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