Mary Robertson She decided to live the life she imagined... Writer Storyteller Certified Member of Women's S.W.A.T. Institute Advocate for Better Living Choices Gentle Rebel Life Coach and Mentor for Women Personal Development Strategist Fiber Artist Organic Gardener in my Tiny Patch Garden
My name is Mary Robertson. I am a woman and like all of you, I have a story.
From an early age I was an observer and a storyteller who had a wonderful imagination. I enjoyed listening to people because I had a need to figure out their stories and understand them. Growing up, life happened and the days of my life turned into the pages of, what seemed, at times an unbelievable story. I tried to handle each challenge with all the kindness and understanding that I could find within me, as each new scar settled into my broken innocence.
Now, I realize that each player who became a part of my life was living through their own dramatic story. Each being and acting the only way they knew how, according to the narrative they believed about themselves.
On July 22, 2013 my beautiful 25 year old daughter was operated for a brain tumor. It brought back the memories of losing my father to the same operation years ago, when I was 25 years old. They took her in for her surgical procedure on a Sunday night at 7 p.m. and by 3 a.m. on Monday morning, after almost eight hours, it was over. We still did not know the details except that she was alive and that she responded to a few question when they woke her up minutes after the operation.
On Tuesday morning, the day after her surgery, the man who had been in my life for six years took his own life. It was surreal and impossible to believe. Inside, I was shattered and at that moment I knew that the only way to get through it was to change the words to the story of my life.
I stepped back from the busyness of "normal" life, bowed my head and surrendered to the storm I was lost in. It was the most difficult challenge I had ever experienced and I knew that no one was coming to save me. No one could make it all better and no I did not fall apart for I knew that was not the story that I wanted to live.
During this difficult time I became a student of the SWAT Institute. I met and studied with an amazing group of women including Crystal Andrus, who is the founder and head of a unique world wide women's empowerment educational movement. I went on to graduate and became a certified Personal Empowerment Coach after completing an intensive educational program that took me several years to complete.