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A few things about me …

by Marissa on October 29, 2015


I started Where I Need to Be 7 years ago when I was studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach. I just wanted a place to share everything I was learning. Also, I was coming out of a very dark and difficult time in my life and the positive changes I was making on the road to becoming a health coach were changing my life in every way. I often found myself telling people, “I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be.” Hence the name of the blog.

When it started, my blog was on Blogger and had no pictures, but that changed pretty fast. I left my job as a Corporate PR Manager four years ago to become a full time Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach. I’ve been a runner and triathlete since before there were blogs but I don’t race much anymore. 

Why am I telling you this? Today, I’m participating in a Blog Hop coordinated by Runaway Bridal Planner  AND it’s the end of the week so I thought we could have some fun with today’s post for the purpose of introducing (or re-introducing) myself. Maybe the best way to do is with one of those fun questions posts. 

I know you usually have to be tagged with these, but I’m making my own rules + I’ve never done one on my blog and this seems like a good opportunity. 

So here goes … 

:: Four Names That People Call Me (Other Than My Real Name):

Mariss (family and friends)

Wife (my husband and I are newlyweds and still can’t believe we’re husband and wife, even though we’ve been together for six years!) 

Babe (husband, again) 

Mrs. McFarland

:: Four Jobs I’ve Had:

Cashier at an outdoor fruit stand (high school job) 

Sales clerk at Ann Taylor (college job)

PR Manager

Certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach (current job) 

:: Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once:

Dirty Dancing

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The Breakfast Club 

Steel Magnolias

:: Four Books I’d Recommend: 

Girl on the Train (I just read it) 

The Art of Happiness (the Dalai Lama, need I say more?) 

American Wife (I read it many years ago but couldn’t put it down)

Omnivore’s Dilemma (an oldie but goodie when it comes to knowing where your food comes from and understanding food quality) 


:: Four Places I’ve Lived: 

Louisville, Ky. (born and raised)

Evanston, Il. (college)

Chicago, Il. (after college)

New York, Ny. (currently and for the past 11 years)

:: Four Places I Have Been:





:: Four Places I’d Rather Be Right Now:

On my honeymoon in Bora Bora (I’m leaving in less than a week!) 

Hawaii (one of my favorite places in the world) 

On a beach or by a pool 

Visiting my family in Louisville 

:: Four Things I Don’t Eat: 

Chicken, Beef or Pork (I’ve been vegetarian or pescatarian for 24 years)

Oysters (I can’t bring myself to try them) 

Farm-raised seafood


:: Four Of My Favorite Foods:

Any and ALL vegetables





:: Four TV Shows That I Watch(ed):

The Bachelor 


The Affair 

Shark Tank 

I hardly ever watch TV but when I do, I make sure it’s extra trashy + 1 respectable show so my brain doesn’t rot. 

:: Four Things I Am Looking Forward To This Year:

My new Group support and accountability Program, Holistically Hot, starting in November and continuing through January

My Honeymoon to the South Pacific 


Christmas in the UK where my husband is from 

:: Four Things I’m Saying: 

“I’m as nervous for you as I would be if I were running myself” (to my husband who is running his 2nd NYC marathon on Sunday) 

We’ll leave it at that. … 

I’d love to get to know you! Choose one of the questions above and answer it with your comment. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!




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