Marissa GeraciAbout 6 years ago I was sitting at my desk at a large, corporate America investment firm. I was miserable and felt myself dying a little bit each day in that cubicle. I knew that I wanted to make a change, and I even knew what I wanted that change to be. But it seemed really scary and basically impossible. I had a good friend who told me I owed it to myself to at least try. So I did. One very small step at a time.

Now I'm a licensed therapist who still doesn't have it all figured out, but I'm a lot happier. I want to share what I've learned both on my own journey, and on the ongoing journey to help my clients. I strongly encourage adventure as a non-pharmaceutical prescription for things like anxiety, depression, and stress. Your adventure could be taking a leap of faith and starting a new career, exploring a new city, or walking into a yoga class for the first time.

Adventure awaits...

Be Curious
Be Passionate
Be Brave

Marissa

Want to work with me? Visit empoweringtampa.com for more information.

Comic Relief

Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of you personal life?  While I'm in this midst of a major job transition, here is some comic relief and a few words of wisdom for your entertainment.  Political views aside, you've gotta watch this clip from The Daily Show .  Once you get about 2 minutes in, you'll get it.  Jon Stewart, I heart you.  Thanks for validating my sentiments in my October 9th and 14th posts  :)  http:...
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Well I'll Be D@mned...

After my last post, I did decide to email my ex through the website.  It said something along the lines of, “Ha!  they think we’re a match!  I’m surprised to see you on here.  how long have you been trying this?  what do you think?”  Innocent enough, right?  Well he didn’t write back.  First of all, that’s not like him.  And second, it made me mad.  Is he ignoring me on purpose?  Why?  My email was lighthearted and not ac...
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Sex and an Ex

No... not together.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  Ladies and gentleman...  alert the presses.  Send an email.  Post it on Facebook.  Tweet it.  Blog about it.  Send a mass text message.  Today, we've finally found an honest man!!!  Prospective Bachelor #3,094 writes the following in his "hobbies" section: Movies, Art, Theater, sex, soccer, lacrosse, family, fishing/crabbing, boating, traveling, gear head. Well hallel...
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Not A Very Merry Un-Birthday


After an unusually long, jury-duty filled week*, I was getting ready for a much needed happy hour excursion when I see a text message pop up from… White Belt Guy?   Hmm…  “Happy Bday” Nope.  Today is not my birthday.  Nor is it any time soon.  Nor has it been any time recently.  (At this point I don’t know if I plan on celebrating any more, but that’s besides the point).  He must have texted the wrong person, right?  Who ...
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...And Other Such Nonsense

And the ridiculousness continues.  I haven’t written because I’ve had no dates and no progress.  In the meantime, I’ve been keeping a list of the shocking, silly, and stupid that ensues.   Other than creating a user name for yourself, you are also supposed to come up with a catchy ‘headline’ that posts next to your picture.  Mine used to be a line from one of my favorite songs (shout out to J5), but I decided to try an ex...
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Thank You, Captain Obvious

One of the guys I haven't mentioned that emailed me recently has a line his his profile that says, "I don't have much of a poker face so I'm a pretty easy person to read- and I follow my heart...So I'd describe myself as Captain Obvious."  Ok.  I prefer a man who divulges too much rather than one who 'withholds the truth.'  Newsflash to you all:  withholding the truth is the same as lying .  But that's a rant for another ...
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Shot Down

  I’m not sure than an intangible object can actually sustain an injury, but my ego definitely feels bruised today.  It’s been a lot more fun to write about the guys who are creepy, crazy, or childish.  It’s also made for some good stories to write about the guys who have actually asked me out.  But there’s one guy who I haven’t mentioned because until now there was nothing blog-worthy about him.  Since they all need a ni...
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Taboo

Date 3 – in the books.  No, it was not WBG.  Pretty sure that door has closed.  I think he got a little upset when I asked him to stop calling me “hun.”  I do realize this is a personal and unusual pet peeve .  Call it picky if you want.  I’m not saying - nor did I ever say - that he was a bad guy or there was anything wrong with him.  I actually thought he was great.  I’m sure he’ll make some girl really happy some day ....
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Venus vs. Mars

Today I’ m shifting from dating mode to detective mode.  One of the many features of this website that is taking up way too m uch of my time is that it allows you to see who has looked at your profile.  This means anyone who clicked on your pictures or your “ about me ” section, even if they decided not to contact you.  Most of the time I’ m ok with that, but occasionally I’ ll come across a guy who has viewed me but not ...
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It's My Search Party, and I'll Be Picky If I Want To

I’ve been told on more than one occasion that the reason for my seemingly permanent state of singlehood is that I’m too picky.  When you’ve been through as many failed attempts at relationships as I have, you really start to figure out what you want.  And even more so – what you don’t want.  To those of you who say that looking for certain things in a partner is too picky, my question to you is:  What’s the alternative?  ...
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