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Meet Mary Clare, Our Featured Community Member!

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Meet Mary Clare Bietila.

My name: Mary Clare Bietila

Home​: Chicago, IL

Horoscope: Sagittarius

Favorite book: Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Hero: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Superpower: Parallel parking

Hardest challenge​: Living with unpredictable and neverending chronic illness

Guilty pleasure: Phone puzzle games

Favorite Lacuna Loft Program: Learning to bullet journal! Unspoken Ink writing workshops and any workshop I get to lead!

Proudest moment: Finding the courage to work on my marriage after cancer and parenthood.

The best piece of advice I’ve received: Anxiety is a liar.

How I stay mentally healthy: Any and all things that make me snort with laughter. My daughter, Twila, and my husband, David bring a healthy dose of silly.

Personal Mantra: Love is letting go of fear … There is no muse.

My favorite part of being part of Lacuna Loft: Finding a caring community that gets it.