105 Runaway, Interview with Marnie Grundman
Marnie Grundman started running away at the age of 5. At the tender age of 13, she ran away “for good.” Marnie lived on the streets, sometimes alone, sometimes with another runaway. At age 17, Marnie became pregnant with her first child, a daughter. Because of her enormous love for her daughter, Marnie started taking steps that brought her to finally love herself.
Q & A
What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?
Feeling that I wasn’t worthy. Not just feeling it, knowing that I wasn’t worthy. I was taught that at a very young age.
Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?
That is one of the toughest questions. I think I’m going to say my ex-husband. I really grew up with him.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Never be afraid to walk away from anything.”
What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?
Resetting and giving myself a little time to do nothing at all.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I’m the strongest person I know.”
Can you share a resource, an app or a tool that we can use to build our selfcare practice.
I don’t have one. I don’t use anything on the outside like that. I would say that the best way to reset for me is yoga.
What book are you reading right now?
I’m not reading a book right now. I’ve been focusing on articles about foster care, group homes, and boarding school.
What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?
Two things: destigmatizing the way people view runaways and homeless youth; and helping people get past and through the things that have hurt them in their lives, to get them on the other side and loving themselves.
Marnie Grundman is the author of MISSING: A True Story of a Childhood Lost. A child who belonged to no one, missing at the tender age of 13, she experienced the worst of humanity firsthand. However, she didn’t just make it through; she rose above the darkness, becoming a beacon of light, of empowerment, for others to do the same.