Holistic Health Coach focused on ditching burnout and creating daily Self Love
Ready to get a sneak peek of my life? As most life stories go – mine has a lot of ups, downs, and Loopie Loos – that’s still a phrase right… Time to reminisce!
I was born with a midwife in Florida and raised in Alabama from the time I was 11 days old. I started dancing at 18 months after a Dance Instructor saw me twirling up and down my mom’s wellness clinic. By the age of 8, I remember sitting down with my mom and telling her dance was going to be my career. She smiled and said perfect, how are you going to make that happen and we created my first life plan. Shortly afterward, I started performing with Alabama Ballet which lead to traveling and performing full-length ballets. In 7th grade, I was one of three who were accepted out of hundreds of applications for the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). At orientation, I was told less than 1% of all students that started in 7th grade would graduate because of injury, advancement, passion, or work ethic.
6 years later I walked the stage. While at ASFA, I was introduced to many dance styles: Ballet (Balanchine, French, Classical), Modern (Horton and Graham), African, Character, Jazz (Fosse), as well as several contemporary styles. My passion and talent for dance lead me to be a certified American Ballet Theater and Ballet Dancer by 10th grade. From 7th grade on my parents would put me on a plane and I began traveling the USA, attending dance intensives on scholarships to American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
After my Junior Year, I was offered a position within the Alvin Ailey school, I decided I wanted a broader approach to dance. In 2013, I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to study Modern Dance at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. The first day of dance classes were placement auditions, which meant about 6 hours of hard dance classes. In the last 15 minutes of the day, someone walked onto the stage while I was mid-leap and my choice was to hit her full in the face or attempt to spin my jump. Her saved face meant I injured myself. Medical imaging showed a dislocated great toe and partially torn tendons. It was estimated that I would need at least six to eight months of recovery time on crutches, in a boot, along with physical therapy and dance became a large maybe. I wasn’t ok with that. I wanted a complete recovery, not a maybe. I started exploring multiple avenues for health and performance rehabilitation. I had been raised to know I could heal, so I dove back into learning how the science of Epigenetics works. I jumped hard into the structural and environmental recovery but didn’t listen to the nutritional, or emotional aspects of healing. These tweaks I made within my lifestyle to expedite healing worked and within four months, I was back dancing, performing, and graduating with honors with a BFA in Dance. While in school I also attended a Beauty School – a Holistic Skin Care Training. I loved hearing how many plants support the skin and keep the skin looking amazing.
After graduation in 2017, I bought a Jeep Wrangler for a cross-country road trip starting in Alabama over to Georgia then up to North Carolina, Connecticut, New Hampshire, through Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, and then up and back down the coast of California! Travel has always been a love language of mine and I knew I wanted to see the world before I picked a company to dance with. Santa Barbara, California is where I landed and became a company member with Selah Dance and Nebula Dance Lab. It was this community that showed me how fun cross-training could be. I found that I loved lifting weights, hot vinyasa yoga, and hiking. I was falling in love with all that California offered me. Unfortunately, at the same time, I had to face that my health was starting to spiral out of control. I ended up having severe skin rashes on my face and neck that would ooze and burn. I had insomnia, nausea, extremely low energy levels, no appetite, digestive issues, my confidence was gone, I was talking awfully about myself… Just to name a few big symptoms which lead me to know it was time for a big change. I decided to explore daily routines based on 4 pillars of health: Structure, Emotion, Environment, and Nutrition. I wanted to be SEEN again to find the root causes and I knew Epegentic Healing was the path to getting there.
I started taking a hard look at how I was treating my body and decided I needed to take a break from the extreme exercise, hours upon hours of daily dance, working jobs I didn’t love, people who were speaking life over my me and focus entirely on myself and healing. With no rhyme or reason, other than maybe within the Asian methods, I could find my health again. I booked a one-way ticket to Hong Kong. I spent my time healing, learning, exploring, and oddly began teaching. My favorite class I taught is what I call ‘Ditch and Switch’, ditching toxins hiding in the four pillars of health that cause inflammation in the body. From there, switching to clean products that are not green-washed, genetically modified, or covered in pesticides!
2019 became a year of travel and really focusing on things that brought JOY into my life, fueling my body with clean nutrition and lots of daily walking. I spent a few months in Hong Kong and was able to jump to Singapore for mindset training. Next, I took a healing education training cruise from Washington to Alaska. The next adventure was a Wellness Conference in Utah. Afterward, I decided to move again, California was no longer where I loved, and decided to road trip back to Sweet Home Alabama. While there, I helped restore an old Cabin, which I now host retreats out of, which is next to ancient Native American Ceremonial Grounds that includes a 104-foot double waterfall to heal. That fall, I returned to Hong Kong to teach at The Garden Gathering – an International Women’s Retreat and then jumped over to Indonesia to celebrate all the healing and growth that had happened within my body. Once I returned back to the states, I continued my road trip from Alabama to Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and finally landing in New Hampshire, where I currently live. Then 2020 hit.
Finding the root cause of burnout to increase energy, decrease stress, improve sleep, and ditch body aches
What a glorious time to review and implement everything I had learned. 2020 gave me so many pivots and opportunities to continue to heal. In the spring, I decided to dive deeper into mindset coaching and became an NLP Practitioner – which explores how we talk to and about ourselves and challenges our limiting beliefs, the very voices in our heads that hold us back. 2020 is also where I co-created an amazing online course, Life Dream Today with an All Natural Family Doc and a Holistic Dietitian. This is a 12-month coaching program where you grow toward living your dream life. Month one, we cover Epigenetics and how they relate to trauma, nutrition, self-love, and fitness! Each month is a new topic to grow with. There is homework, workouts, food log, breathwork, and more to have you implement creating your Life Dream.
I have always been fascinated with how the body works and – when given the best tools – how the body can change and heal itself. Epigenetics rocks and I’ve seen it work time and time again! I love sharing this information with others. My favorite people to coach are the ones that are multi-passionate. Many times when you have more than one passion you are prone to burnout, which also could mean being stuck in fight or flight. This could be as simple as not properly breathing, therefore creating an emotional response – stress. I coach on the skills behind creating a strong growth mindset while also prioritizing self-care protocols to reverse the side effects of burnout. I truly believe that there is a solution for every excuse. It just takes making shifts in our priorities that allow the space to use our mind as a muscle, not a weight.
One question I see people asking is, “do I really need a coach?”, the answer is yes. Yes, you need accountability. In ballet class, you run the same exercises over and over and over, this way its muscle memory. As a classically trained dancer, I have spent thousands of hours doing the same basic technique exercises so that my body naturally goes into the positions, yet I still needed a coach to watch over me and make sure my technique was correct. You need a blueprint to follow and someone to support your growth! That is what I would love to be with you!
So to wrap this life highlight up, I am currently living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. I love coaching burnt-out workaholics like I once was, through Healing Retreats and Online Courses with All Natural Family Doc, or in my wellness education oily community Our Essential Life. I also create buisness growth strategies through EJC Marketing Agency. While also working towards my PhD in Metaphysical Sciences.
Talk soon! – Marissa
Thank you for making it all simple.
I have noticed a tremendous change in my physical and emotional state. I absolutely love the tools you taught me how to use!