Hi! I’m Marissa. For the past twenty years, if I wasn’t battling depression, I sought answers to why it kept coming back. Sometimes it feels like I’ve cried an ocean of tears. I don’t have all the answers (which I explain in my disclaimer ) but I learned some amazing things along the way. It’s been a hard road and sometimes I wanted to give up. But God does miracles in even the darkest of situations.
I grew up near Detroit, Michigan and also spent a small portion of my early years in Alaska, so I think it’s pretty amazing to live in Alaska again.
I enjoy walking on the trails in the awesome city I call home, Anchorage.
I married my college sweetheart, Jim. He’s my best friend, partner in ministry, and keeps me laughing…even though when I first met him, I thought he was lacking in the sense of humor department. 🙂 We work with a non-profit ministry called SEND North which focuses on reaching out to the isolated and hurting villages of bush Alaska and northern Canada.
I’m mom to two sons so my days are filled with running in races I didn’t know I was participating in (like from the car to the front door), Legos and Nerf guns. Despite my struggle with depression, I love to laugh. My teenage son, Dawson, and I can’t get enough of YouTube’s hilariously funny show “Studio C.”
I love Jesus. The more I get to know Him, the more I can’t help talk about Him.
I am passionate about healthy eating and enjoy making Trim Healthy Mama recipes and figuring out how to make unhealthy food healthy. I even have a YouTube channel based around this way of eating called Marissa’s Kitchen.
And I’m a sucker for self-help books about becoming emotionally healthy. So don’t be surprised to see me mention books I’m reading. I’m always reading something. 🙂