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

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Pants On Fire

And not in the good way.  Unfortunately.  I knew Mr. Worldwide sounded too good to be true. A friend of mine raises his eyebrows at me in situations like this and just says, “stop being surprised.” So I had been exchanging emails with this guy while he’s working and vacationing in Europe. Allegedly. He admitted to me that he “chooses to live” with his parents. Who live in Washington...
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It's Not Me...

When you’ve been single as long as I have, you start to question yourself. Geez, is it me? Am I not skinny enough, pretty enough, funny enough, smart enough, or young enough? Is it because I’ve never mastered the art of walking in high heels? Because I’m fashion challenged? Because I’m culinary challenged? Is it that big of a deal that I use my oven for storage and don’t own a food processor? Am I really quirky and weird ...
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Lithuanian Babies

In the aftermath of my 5 th unsuccessful internet-dating disaster, I’m trying to remind myself what a good date is supposed to be like.  The website has this feature called Date Spark.  The idea is that you fill-in-the-blank with your idea of a great date.  It could help start a conversation, or maybe it could be what you actually do on your first date with someone if it gets to that point.  I hav...
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Falling Short

I’ll let you in on a secret:  I have a crush.  Yes, me.  The picky, demanding, skeptical bachelorette is genuinely interested in someone.  But he’s not from the website.  He’s a friend of a friend.  I’ve actually met this person in real life and had several conversations with him.  He’s incredibly handsome, smart, funny, athletic, and I’m pretty sure he’s even a nice guy. ...
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Filters

I am still trying to figure out the method to the madness as far as how this website uses filters. When you sign up you have the ability to enter certain criteria. So naturally I filtered out all the smokers, men with kids, anyone without a picture, those outside of my min/max age range, guys that don’t have high school diplomas, etc. What I don’t understand is – the 45 year old divorcee’s with 2 kids still show up in my ...
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Exit Strategy

Note to self:  Always have an exit strategy. I am, admittedly, a skeptical single girl.  But that doesn't mean I don't still have hope. It doesn't mean I'm not excited about the possibility of meeting someone new. The few dates I've gone on from the website were mainly out of curiosity.  What's out there?  Will this guy actually look like he does in his pictures?  Will he be as funny as ...
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What A Girl Wants







It has been brought to my attention that perhaps I focus too much on the negative.  i.e.:  This guy has cats, this guy has bad teeth, this guys has kids, etc.  I prefer to call it "weeding out," but I understand where the lectures are coming from.  I have to tell you though, when I sign on to the website and have pictures like this staring me in the face, the words that come to mind do not include...
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Cat Magnet

I am a firm believer that lying and withholding the truth are equal evils. I realize that everyone is not going to disclose every detail about themselves on one page of an internet dating profile.  But there are key questions that the website prompts you to answer that are somewhat significant.  Personal information that can't/won't change, and that is probably not up for debate or compromise.  For example, age and height...
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Always a Bridesmaid

I have a tentative date this weekend, but other than that I have no online dating updates for you.  I'm kind of over it.  They're all the same, and not my type.  The guys that I wink at who look promising don't respond.  Maybe because they're not even active anymore?  Or maybe because my hair isn't blonde and my boobs are real?  Who knows.  But the one thing I do know is that if I ever find The One, we're getting married ...
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I Want My Money Back

I want my money back. Last night I got the following email, prefaced by this opening line by “The Website” Just so you know, this is BeachGuy21’s only VIP Email  of the week, and he chose to send it to you! Ooh.  VIP Email.  What's this all about?  I guess I’m supposed to feel special.  But I’ll let you decide.  Here it is.  As always, verbatim minus locations: Hi there! Well I hope your day is going very well for you. I ...
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