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.

The Blog Made Me Do It

In keeping with the crazy theme, I did another crazy thing. But this time it was 100% intentional.  It was not something I would normally ever do, and I knew it was ridiculous as I was doing it.  But I thought - hey, I can write about it, and it could be a really funny story.  And if anyone ever calls me out on my crazy-ness, I can just say, "the blog made me do it."  It was for entertainment and research purposes.  The b...
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Hide the Crazy, 2

Part 2 My friend Joel is an incredibly talented song writer.  (He also has biceps of steel).   When he gets his a$s in gear and develops a website or Facebook page I’ll give you the link.  But until then, he’s letting me share some of the lyrics to my 2 nd favorite song: “Crazy girl, crazy girl Just go home Why you in my window? And why you on my phone? You tell me you love me You’re everywhere I roam Crazy girl, crazy gi...
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Hide the Crazy

Part 1 of a 2 part series. The definition of 'crazy' is subject to interpretation, but regardless of what yours is, I'm pretty you don't want the label. None of us do. Here is my thought process on the subject though: Every girl is crazy.  Every single one of us.  All to different extents.  But - the ones that can actually admit it are the lesser evil. What do I mean?  Think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days .  Love ferns.  Ta...
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Busted

I was scrolling through my internet dating emails with the usual subject headings like, “Hi,”  “Hey,”  or “Hey there!”  Sometimes you get the more adventurous, “I’m a runner too,” “What yoga studio do you go to?”  or “Your eyes are beautiful” (yeah, yeah, I know….).  Or, my favorite, the very original, “No Subject.” …  Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling… and then I see, “Thanks For The Mention.” …Oh sh*t.  Who did I offend??...
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Houdini

For the past 3 months, I had been getting almost daily emails from the website enticing me to come back.  For example: "15 men checked you out this week!" "He's interested in you! Enroll now to find out who!" "He emailed you! Click here to read his email" "Someone likes your photo!" My, aren't I the popular one…   It's funny though - now that I've been back on the site for a week this onslaught of admirers seems to have d...
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Running Diary

Thanks for the idea, Bill Simmons.  Congrats on the  Obama interview .  You're kind of a big deal... A running commentary, since I’m working alone this evening… these are the thoughts that go through my head as I'm searching for a potential future father for my children that I am still undecided as to whether or not I want to have: HEADLINES: “I gotta quit drinking” – I’ve heard that one before (ahem, JP).  I say keep at ...
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Recycling


Don’t judge.  We’ve all gone back to a past fling, for whatever reason, regardless of the repercussions.  Maybe you were lonely, maybe you were bored, maybe it’s just comfortable, or maybe it was just that good that you couldn’t give it up.  But I digress.  I’m supposed to be talking about a website.  My reason for going back to match.com was lack of a better option.  I wanted to move on, really.  I also did not want to s...
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Is It Any Wonder?

Maybe my sister will read my posts if I use KEANE songs as titles. (The best band ever). I was listening to Is It Any Wonder?  this morning, and it occurred to me that it really is no wonder that I'm single. Despite all the less-than-stellar relationship decisions I've made on my own, my friends have also failed painfully in their attempts to set me up. The last attempt which may have been the one that 'broke the camel's ...
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It's Far From Over

Thank you, Drake, for the reminder.  And for your music, which I am addicted to. My 3-month Match.com subscription is over.  It expired Saturday.  (With no warning, btw).  Luckily after my last post I decided to send off one last email to Brad (“State”), who may or may not still be active, and may or may not still have my phone number.  I probably should have included that in my email… <sigh>.  I can’t be expected t...
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Come On, Man...


So many men… so little time. And by "so little" I mean none. At all. I haven't even had time to watch Aaron Rogers in his delicious football pants on Sundays. I used to get annoyed by the fact that Sunday NFL Countdown feels the need to hire ex-players who come up with bogus predictions, stats, and commentary and they get to babble on just because they have famous names. But I actually miss hearing Keyshawn say, "Come on,...
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