I’m Marissa, a 22 year old digital content creator, self-development enthusiast, and cat mom. Here’s my story.
I grew up in a small Pennsylvania with a big family. Bras were gross, liking boys was never to be spoken of, and staying up until the crack of dawn sounded much more enticing than actually getting a good night’s rest.
A few years back, when I was stuck in between the stages of adolescence and paving a path to adulthood, I remember my mom always telling me to be a leader rather than a follower. Of course, at that time, I thought she was just a mom being a mom. How could such a cliche word of advice really take meaning in my life?
Over time I learned that this piece of advice was incredibly important. A goal was set to constantly better myself, whether by trying out for sports teams, or writing a gratitude list in my journal. However, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I entirely grasped what she had been telling me all along.
The countless adversities I faced, like everyone in this world, weren’t signs that life just wasn’t for me. They were lessons that told me to live deeply and with a true sense of self understanding.
I spent years trying to structure myself into the perfect mixture of everyone in my surroundings, but that’s not what I was supposed to be. I’m not a mathematician or scientist, and I’m definitely not a star athlete.
I’m Marissa, a blend of the strange little things that I love and make my heart happy. I yearn to feel the beat of loud music vibrating my heart at concerts. When the sun is shining I spend warm days on the beach. Part of my comfort resides in all forms of reassurance.
I appreciate and respect all aspects and forms of life, whether it be humans, animals or plants. My dad also delivered to me a fervid interest in social issues and human rights. I’ve traveled to brand new places, regardless of how long the sleepless drive was. In the pocket of my most treasured memories holds the summer that a dear friend and I spent following One Direction around the East Coast. I love to share my passions, and hear those of new people. Being in front of the camera is among my not-so-favorite things, but behind the camera I capture the beauty happening around me.
My best friends and I were always more than desirous to get out of town and see new things, so we acted upon the feeling. Between riding the train to New York City or driving to Baltimore, Maryland just to see our favorite band, I made it a mission to capture as much as I could without forgetting to experience. The first time I was inspired to create digitally was in 2014, when I ventured to Philadelphia for yet another concert.
There is a certain amenity and comfort that always takes over me when I’m behind a camera, knowing that I can almost relive everything I want to. Editing videos came to me with bittersweet nostalgia, and rewinding to get a close view of every detail. This passion developed throughout the years, and I’m now following a career path of digital content creating and digital marketing.
Undoubtedly, there is plenty of discovery and knowledge that needs to be earned to get my abilities where I aspire for them to be, but I feel passionate about working diligently to do so. I began my self development journey this year, and I’m ready to share my experience with the world.
Beneath this depth of what I’ve discovered about myself, I continue to grow as an individual, while I wear badges on my chest of the things that light my life. I learned that it’s revolutionary to be a different being than the next, and to be able to say “I love myself.” Passion does not have to be a secret; we should give ourselves the permission to love openly and with abandon.
I’m Marissa, and I want to use my knowledge, past, present, and future, to be a part of change and discovery. I firmly believe that I have an impeccable opportunity to soar and share this message: “Find what YOU love, and hold on tight.”