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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Oh Na Na... What's My Name?

Thanks for the inspiration, Rihanna.  I love your music.  I just received one of the most flattering emails yet: “Hi. I’m not sure if I’m even your type, but I had to email you just because you have the greatest user name I have seen. I don't smoke, I love sports, particularly football, and I am a great cook. Hope to hear back from you because I think we could have a lot of fun.” Why thank you, DiverMan07.  No, you’re not...
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To Reach, Or Not To Reach?

Ah, yes.  Now I remember why I don't like dating.  It's AWKWARD.    Even if it ends up going well - which I think last night did - there are so many aspects of the whole process that are just uncomfortable.  So White Belt Guy and I decided where we were meeting and what time.  He asked if I wanted to meet outside the restaurant.  (We were just having a drink at the bar).  Ok... I guess I'll meet you outside?  Is that norm...
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Houston, We Have Some Problems

"Hi Again.  Something I said?  Hows your luck so far?" Oh yes…. Twinkle-toes. Apparently that fantastic “block from contact” feature is actually code for: “this person can still contact you.” At least DELETE still seems to work… I also received the following text message today: "When are you going to sit on me?" ...Excuse me?  This is from D_Licious.  Keep in mind we've had no contact in a week.  It was followed up almost...
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Go Fish


Remember when you were a kid and played the card game “Go Fish?” I feel like that’s what I’m doing searching through this website every night. Except with a reverse motive.  In the game, the strategy involves asking other players if they are holding certain cards that you want.  If they don’t, you get to ‘go fish’ for the one you’re looking for.  With internet dating, it’s easy to determine right away if someone has somet...
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The Relationship Resume

Sorry for the delay.  I’ve been busy with a resume.  I’ve always been intimidated by conventional dating because it feels more like a job interview than something fun and unpredictable to look forward to.  You know what I mean.  The date where you are confined to the dinner table staring at the person across from you searching for the right thing to say.  Pushing food around your plate afraid to get a piece of spinach in ...
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You've Got Mail

Oh yes… TwinkleToes strikes again! “Hi. How are you? How is your week going?”  ...Really?   So- when I didn’t respond to your last 2 emails or acknowledge your last 3 IM’s, you thought maybe…?  I honestly can’t even come up with any conclusion you could have drawn from that which would indicate I still wanted to communicate with you.  Amazing.  Also, I have gotten confirmation from THREE girlfriends who have previously be...
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Chivalry is Dead

I know what you're thinking.  He didn't open doors for me, offer to pay, or pull out my chair when I sat down.  No, no, no... not even close.  Chivalry really isn't all that important to me, at least not in the traditional sense.  I realize that makes me a minority within my gender as it's a deal breaker for most women, but I am perfectly capable of opening a door and pulling out a chair for myself.  But what IS important...
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Over the B.S.

So... I have a date tomorrow.  Yikes! I am uncharacteristically nervous about it.  I think it involves a fear of being judged.  This guy has already told me that his online dating experiences haven't gone that well because the girls never look like their pictures when he meets them in person.  Great.  No pressure.  It's not like I put up pictures of myself from when I was 21 and had blonde hair, but still...  And I really...
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Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

I'm trying to take this seriously.  Really, I am.  But when you get emails that say, "there is nothing more beautiful than a sunset in Tuscany... but your smile comes close!"  it's challenging.  Another email asked for my "digits" so he could text me to get to know me.  First of all, isn't that why we're paying for use of the websites communication options?  And second, you are 24 years old Sir.  Why don't you "hit me up"...
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Twinkle-toes & the Swordsman

I'm about a week in and I'm finding this process to be time consuming.  Every day the website sends you a set of matches based on your preferences, so you've got to scroll through the pictures and read the profiles of at least 8 guys.  But at the same time anyone can email or wink at you so you've got those to sort through also.  You get notifications when someone is interested in you, when someone likes your pictures, or...
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