Martha Miller is from San Antonio, Texas, but she’s an expert about living abroad. We mean that literally—she wrote a book about her time living in Italy! Let’s learn more about Martha.
Writer, Account Manager.
What are you passionate about right now?
Travel, reading, other cultures, minimalism. I’m always decluttering, so I must be doing it wrong.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Morning walks. My family and I just returned from a trip to Italy where we walked up to eight miles a day. I’m trying to keep it up with three to four miles before my day really gets started—for the mental benefits as much as the physical. Sometimes I walk with a friend and sometimes alone. Both are great!
Who is your role model for Aging Boldly?
Betty White comes first to mind. I like that she’s worked every decade and keeps current, even hosting Saturday Night Live a year or so ago.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
Late bloomers rock! I had a child late at 42, published my first book at 53—and feel I have a lot more I want and can do in the coming years. We don’t all start out of the gate winning awards and accomplishing big things. Some of us take our time and the rewards are just as sweet later, if not more so.
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I like movies with great dialogue. The last one I saw was Sorry To Bother You. I read a lot of non-fiction, love, love love memoirs and biographies, and I’m always trying to learn how to be a better parent. I hardly ever watch TV other than news and Jeopardy, my favorite show ever! It lets me know all the things I don’t know!
What countries are on your bucket list?
There are many, but I lived in Rome, Italy from 2001 to 2003, and would like to get to know all 20 regions of the country. Each one has it’s own flavor (literally), special foods and beauty that I want to experience.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
I haven’t live in New York City yet. Brooklyn is calling me!
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
I watch and try to stay informed, but secretly want to go far, far away from it all. That makes me feel cowardly, so I continue to watch the train wreck, try to be the change I want to see, all while supporting people who are trying to get us back on track.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
I hope I’m writing more books about living abroad. I’m also thinking of writing a screenplay, a comedy, but I hope it doesn’t take me 10 years to get to it!
What would you tell your younger self?
Think before you speak. I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had done this.
What did we forget to ask you?
Why did you write Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy?
I had published a few articles about living in Italy and began receiving emails from all over the world asking me how we made the transition. One article resulted in over 200 emails! I saw a need and wanted to share our story to inspire taking chances, following dreams. The book website is here.