SPOTLIGHT #1: Maria Cartmell, Founder of Rooted Awakenings

SPOTLIGHT #1: Maria Cartmell, Founder of Rooted Awakenings

I met Maria Cartmell when I was a freshman in high school. I remember her always having a nice smile and a positive attitude. Fast forward eighteen years later she still has a nice smile and a positive attitude, but it is on a whole new level. She has taken her life experiences(both positive and negative) and transformed them into a platform to help others make changes in their lives. While many other people motivate you and get you pumped up to change, Maria actually walks with your through your first steps of personal transformaiton.

In 2017, I participated in one of her fasting programs from June 1st through June 21st. This was my first time participating in any type of fast. This was a fast that required disconnecting from many things that cause distractions. No meat, no caffeine, no dairy, no sugar, no secular music or television, no social media, no sex, and we had daily devotionals for 21 days. There were so many other parts to this fasting program, but I will let you see the rest for yourself when you check out her programs.

This fast was a challenge for me because I was addicted to sugar and caffeine. Those were my main concerns. I was worried that I would fail. I knew I could go without everything else, but no sugar or caffeine? OMG!! I learned that it was so much more than just what foods you could or could not eat. At first I was going to tell her that I will just join in on the next fast, but I knew that I would always give that same excuse. Something kept tugging at my heart, my mind, my body and soul to start this fast now. I was at a point in my life where I needed to make some serious changes across the board. To truly make a change, I knew I needed something different, something powerful, and I knew that I couldn’t do it alone. So, I reached out to her and told her I was on board. 

During the fast, I learned so much about myself. When you go deep into those devotionals and you don’t have those distractions, you can get clear about who you are and how you want to live your life going forward. It was more than just a fast; it was a transformation opportunity that I will never take for granted. 

I recommend her services to everyone. Throughout her fasting programs, she is transforming the world one soul at a time. She also has an annual conference, “From the Valley”, that brings Rooted Awakenings to life in the form of testimonials, songs, dancing, and monologues. You will definitely be inspired and encouraged, no matter what level you are on in life. 

I do understand that this may not be for everyone or everyone may not be ready, but I’m here to encourage you to give it a try. Go for it! Just do It! I had those same thoughts. I almost let the enemy keep me from being blessed by Maria Cartmell. So, let’s shine some light on her today. Check out her website at If you have any questions about her services, please contact her directly. 

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