Meet Mary Clare Bietila.
My name: Mary Clare Bietila
Home: Chicago, IL
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.