Welcome! I am Mary from mrettig.com, and I am so happy you are here! I’m a blogger for women who experience chronic worry.
My main message to you is there can be hope and meaning in your life. You can live a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.
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 helping you reduce stress and anxiety through journaling and other step help methods.
I will tell you what has and hasn’t worked for me, but in the end, it is your journey to recovery, which is 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.
Most of my posts will be about worry, anxiety, journaling and other learned techniques. If you have a serious illness, please see a mental health professional. This group is not a replacement for therapy.
I do not claim to know everything, but I am on my own journey to a better life. I blog about my experience and journey. Come follow me, and we will learn together!
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 ECE, 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.
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.