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  • Between the Pages and Plant Pots: Marissa's Tale of Resilience

    February 15, 2024 2 min read

    "I am the rock against which the surf crashes. Nothing can break me."

    This quote encapsulates the resilience and spirit of Marissa, the creator behind @galacticreads.

    Marissa's love for reading was sparked at a young age, and despite life's distractions, it was rekindled when she stumbled upon the ACOTAR series just last year. Reading provides her with a mental escape, a chance to let her imagination run wild. But books aren't the only source of joy in her life. She also has a deep affinity for plants, boasting a collection of 70, each one cared for meticulously.

    Interestingly, Marissa wasn't always a plant lover. It was only after moving into their house that her husband convinced her to opt for real plants over synthetic ones. From then on, her collection grew exponentially. Her favorite? Variegated plants, with their splashes of color, never fail to captivate her. In 2022, her husband gifted her an albo monstera, a dream plant that started as a humble one-leaf cutting. Today, it has four leaves and holds a special place in her heart.

    Her journey as an influencer hasn't been without challenges. However, she stands strong, like a rock against crashing waves, unbroken and resilient. The mantra she lives by is a testament to her strength and determination.

    Marissa is wearing: Less Perfection, More Authenticity Garment-Dyed Tee

    A significant life lesson Marissa shares is the importance of embracing oneself. She spent many years afraid of expressing her true self, her hobbies, and her interests. But she realized life is too short not to be who you truly are. Since fully embracing herself, she's surrounded herself with like-minded people, making her journey all the more rewarding.

    If she were to go on a solo backpacking trip, disconnected from technology and immersed in nature, she'd bring along "A Court of Mist & Fury" by Sarah J Maas. It's her favorite book, one she wishes she could read for the first time all over again.

    Marissa's story is a testament to resilience, self-love, and the simple joys life offers. Whether it's through the pages of a fantasy novel or the leaves of a beloved plant, Marissa reminds us that there's beauty and adventure in the world around us, if only we dare to explore.

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