Mary Bartnikowski



Mary Bartnikowski is the author of 4 books, a professional photographer with her own business in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) for 20 years, down the street from Steve Jobs, and suddenly one day sold everything she owned and launched herself into a new life on a never ending worldwide journey, the kind of journey you actually change your life with not just talk about in your mind.

No she didn’t have a fat bank account or sugar daddy to support her decision, in fact few people thought she was sane when she sky-rocketed her life to start over.

She did know one thing.

Her heart said, Stop Living Your Life Like it Will Never End.

You need a kick in the pants on a new life, read this book. And as her reviews have said:

"This book will inspire you and open your mind to what you believe is possible to achieve on minimum money and oodles of passion and vision.

Mary's stories along with her stunning photographs depict so well the true story of one woman traveling the globe on a shoe-string and that others too can dust off their dreams and aspirations, reclaim their wish list and do the same.

Mary connects with animals, sea creatures, people and leaders of all walks and backgrounds and conveys it all with an open heart, laugh out loud humour and down to earth, genuine story telling which will have you sometimes in tears.

This book will help give you the courage and confidence to believe in your dreams and will have you realising; if one woman can do this on her own, then anything is possible.
- Lynika Cruz, Author and Speaker

"If you are a woman (or anyone else, I suppose) looking to travel the world but have some doubts or reservations, then this book was written especially for you!

The author tells us her story of chucking it all and deciding to find true happiness...wherever it may lead her. Her travels bring her to the most interesting places and she meets some of the most interesting people on the planet (including the Dalai Lama himself!)

The writing and tone is fun and the photographs (she a pro) are spectacular...really."
- Marianne Davis

Mary Bartnikowski is now living on Kauai writing books and teaching photography. She has led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel and worldwide. Contact her for speaking requests here,

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got my first book published traditionally, Everyday Naked, Sacred and Profane Morsels of Truth. It happened at the Maui Writers Conference, I never showed it to anyone else. The first publisher who saw it wanted it. Touchdown! Then the real work began. I've had a New York agent, pitched books myself, and finally decided I'd go the self-publishing route because my worst fault is impatience and there is no waiting for letters of acceptance, you can rock and roll today.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap. I'm always on the go so I take everything with me, and my lap is fully functional as a desk.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Mary Bartnikowski online


Food in Yangon, Burma Is it a donut without a hole? I'm not sure but I eat it anyway. Find out how fun it is to eat street food in Yangon, Myanmar


Kitten Heels in Kathmandu, Adventures of a Female Vagabond
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 70,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
Mary, newly minted as a lone warrior after raising her son, sells everything she owns, breaks free of the USA and takes us on a water slide ride photographing the Dalai Lama in India to riding elephants bareback in Nepal. Across 27 countries by train, boat, bus, motorbike, and rickshaw she discovers that courage takes practice and wanderlust costs less than it does to stay home working.

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