Welcome! I am Mary from mrettig.com, and I am so happy you are here! The focus of this blog is living with a mental health recovery. I help women find their values, purpose and living a meaningful life.
My purpose is to foster hope through support and encouragement.
I believe happiness is an illusion. We seek happiness, but when we get it, it doesn’t last for long. We think we will be happy when we get that car, baby, or house. We often think that food, money, or spending will make us happy. Once we get it, we are still not happy and want something else. This is the human condition. Most of us will go through this.
We need to seek something other than relationships or material goods. It could be faith or finding and living your life purpose. Practicing acceptance, gratitude, praying, or using mindfulness skills can really help.
I am not a therapist, just someone with high anxiety and worry. If you are in danger, please call 911. I am a peer offering peer support through sharing my story and what works for me. If you have serious problems, I suggest you seek a mental professional. This site, my products, and courses are for educational purposes and support only.
I will tell you what has and hasn’t worked for me in recovery, but in the end, it is your journey to recovery, which will be personal and unique to you.
My purpose is to use my imagination and resourcefulness to support and inspire others with a mental health challenge. I choose hope for myself and will help others do so too.
My vision for this blog is to build a community of like-minded women with a mental health challenge. I will write and teach about journaling, manage emotional eating and creating values, purpose, and goals.
I invite you to subscribe to my my newsletter and get sent a link to my blog posts once a week (Wednesdays) and other helpful info about mental health recovery.
Why did I start this blog? I started this blog because I have not found many other peer-related mental health consumer blogs. I am in recovery and have a wealth of mental health consumer knowledge. I want to be a peer who helps and supports my peers to make healthy choices and live meaningful lives in recovery.
Join my newsletter and receive my free worksheets. You will receive weekly tips on traveling on your recovery journey in your inbox. My goal is for you to live a more satisfied life with meaning.
If you have any questions, please post them below.
I spent most of my career working with children as an Early Childhood Educator. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, and am certified as a coach from the Coach Training Alliance.
I have a grown step daughter, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. I live with my husband and 2 fur children (my cats) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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10 Things About Me
1. I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years ( been vegan since April 1 2018).
2. I hate housework and pay for someone to clean.
3. I have a love-hate relationship with writing but love to journal.
4. I have two cats.
5. I love chocolate and I am an emotional eater who is overweight.
6. I am addicted to Amazon.
7. I love having my birthday on Friday the 13th.
8. I have obsession with planners and journals.
10. I walk one of my girl cats on a leash.