Hi! I’m Mary Grothe. Welcome to my first blog on my newly launched MaryGrothe.com.
I am a Christ-follower, wife, mother, keynote speaker, CEO, published author, and former #1 B2B MidMarket SaaS Sales Rep for a Fortune 1000 Payroll & HR Company.
I am originally from northwest Indiana. I am the youngest of four children, grew up in the performing arts, but no longer have a relationship with my family. Whereas I have several happy childhood memories, there were very dark moments as well. It seems as though time has healed the wounds and I have forgiven my family, which gives me peace.
Even though my childhood was difficult, I wouldn't change it for anything. It turned me into the woman I am today. My difficult childhood taught me what kind of life I wanted and what kind of life I wanted to stay away from. Being raised in a toxic environment allowed me to understand what happens if you don't fill your home with love and forgiveness on a daily basis. Now, as a mother and wife, I feel that I have a clear understanding of what type of home I want to be a part of and what kind of environment I can create for my husband and son.
I am sure as time goes on, I will feel inclined to share more about my childhood, but for the purpose of this first blog, we will keep it at this. My childhood had some pretty fun, unique memories, but it was also difficult and for that I am thankful.
I am thankful that I learned survival skills, financial skills, work ethic, and critical thinking, all as a teenager. I am thankful I have been supporting myself fully since I was 16 years old and I am thankful for my competitive spirit. God made me a dreamer. He also made me fearless. A fearless dreamer can accomplish anything, or so it feels, as long as God stays in the center of it all.
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21 NLT
In my early professional years, I didn’t know Jesus. I had a lot of healing that needed to happen to cure me of the toxic ways of my childhood. I was ultra-competitive, I gossiped, I swore, and I spoke poorly of my competition and peers. I partied too hard. But, I also won, a lot. I was the number 1 sales rep. I sold millions of dollars of revenue. I broke records. I received a lot of recognition. I was addicted to winning. It wasn’t healthy.
Thankfully, by the beautiful grace of God, I hit rock bottom in 2012 and began to rebuild my life, with Jesus. I met my new father, my father in Heaven. I love Him dearly. I call on Him all day every day now. He is my loving Abba, Daddy, Father, Papi, and best friend. I am so thankful to know His love and allow Him to guide me through the life He created me for.
After I came to know Him, he quickly blessed me with my beloved husband and magnificent son. In fact, He blessed me with an entirely new family, the Grothe’s. I met my mother-in-law after just two or three weeks of dating my husband. The first time I met her, she looked at me with the most loving and caring eyes. Her arms were wide open. I felt, for the first time, that “this is how a mother looks at a child”. I fell in love with my husband’s family immediately… all of them. All of the siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. I’ve even grown my friends’ circle with their closest friends. God has blessed me in incredible ways.
However, I felt on most days it was best to leave Jesus in the car while I went to work. I was worried and concerned about others’ opinions of my faith, and I didn’t want it to compromise the success of my reputation as a #1 sales representative and now CEO. I played it safe. I hid Jesus. Yet, God is so good. He let his light shine through me and helped me live out my faith for others to see, even if I wasn’t outwardly vocal about my faith.
But when the pandemic shut-down happened, God did something remarkable.