I’m Marissa, a Life and Career Design Coach, practicing the Co-Active coaching model. I’m a Colorado native, constant reader, zealous writer, podcast-listener, and world traveler.
I have always been a grounding and connecting force to many people around me. Someone who people often turn to for encouragement, even when I was a young girl.
Now that I’ve fully stepped into my role as a coach, it makes perfect sense that I would have found this meaningful work, but it was a windy path that led me here.
Before I found coaching, I found a lot of almosts.
Paths that almost fit, work that I almost loved, that was almost fulfilling. But as we all know, almost is not it, so I was often left with divine discontent, one of my favorite phrases that describes the unpleasantness of feeling dissatisfied, but with the motivation to keep searching.
In 2015 I began my entrepreneurial journey. I quit my under-challenging job and started my own business, and I have never been happier. Working with clients independently brings me so much joy and fulfillment. Being an entrepreneur also provides the lifestyle that suits my energy and values, where I can do yoga and go for walks in the park in the middle of the day and set my own work priorities.
I am now based in Denver, Colorado where I love getting into the mountains as much as possible. I have started and run a successful professional organizing business and a popular event planning business. Owning these businesses helped me find my passion for coaching because I realized how much I enjoyed building one-on-one relationships with my clients. I also use this experience to offer coaching and consulting for young women who are interested in starting their own entrepreneurial ventures.
Before that I lived in New York City, working in fashion design for Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Although I have had lucrative jobs over the years, I always felt like something was missing. Once I found coaching and began working with clients, there was no doubt in my mind that this work would make me feel whole. That’s exactly what I help clients with now. Finding their life purpose, defining their values, and creating the life that lights them up and feeds their soul.
When I’m not coaching, you can find me hiking in the mountains in the summer, skiing the slopes in the winter, and cooking with my soon-to-be husband, Michael, in our Denver home.
Education & Training
Co-Active Coach Training Institute Courses Completed:
Completed Fundamentals 7/2017
Completed Fulfillment 8/2017
Completed Balance 9/2017
Completed Process 10/2017
Completed Synergy 2/2018
CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) Certification. Completion Date: 1/2019
ACC (Associate Certified Coach) Certification in progress. Completion Date: 4/2019
B.A. Art History, University of Colorado at Boulder
200HR RYT Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Teacher from Kindness Yoga in Denver, Colorado