Welcome! I am Mary from mrettig.com, and I am so happy you are here! I’m a blogger for women who experience a mental health challenge (like chronic stress, depression, or anxiety).
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. 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.
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.
Most of my posts will be about stress and anxiety, and 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 am starting a free Facebook challenge for my peers. Each day, there will be a new prompt to journal about.
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 ( trying to be a vegan).
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.