Mary Barras is a motivational speaker & writer. She is the mother of 14-year-old Jonas the Bonus and two mutts named Mugsy and Sparky. They enjoy their life in Austin, Texas, and have thus far avoided melting in the blazing Texas summers. She appreciates the simple things in life, as even the smallest joy is such a far cry from being in the quicksand of depression. Teaching, speaking, cooking, and visiting with friends is what light her fire!