We had the good fortune of connecting with Marisa Faye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marisa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As someone who identifies as a woman, I believe risk is something that society often tells me I need to avoid. In my younger years I would proudly declare to others that I was a “calculated risk taker”. That was really code for “don’t judge me for not taking risks”. Since then, I’ve had to get a lot more comfortable with risk as life took me down a path that was unexpected. I never thought I would own a business or be a cat-mom (for real, I thought I was a dog person to the core). But, taking risks has actually opened up my world more, especially when I do so from a grounded place of knowing and trusting myself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I specialize in working with women who have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, or have many of the common symtpoms, such as: always being cold, persistent fatigue, hair loss, slow digestion, and bloating. I teach these women who are tired of being tired and struggling with their thyroid health how to decrease their symptoms and learn to thrive. Thyroid issues often go unrecognized by medical practitioners and disproportionately impact women. One of my top values as a holistic nutritionist is to educate and actually de-centralize knowledge so that my clients can learn how to care for their health more effectively and advocate for themselves in health settings. As someone who was first diagnosed with a thyroid condition over 11 years ago, I think back to how uninformed everyone seemed to be around me who I was seeking support from. I don’t want another woman to go through the pain and sturggle I’ve been through in trying to figure out how to support my physical, and mental/emotional wellbeing. I offer courses, group programs and 1-2-1 work where I use functional lab testing, truly getting to know a client’s health history, habits, and their lifestyle to support their thyroid healing journey. I’m also a proud podcaster, something that I truly love to do, via the Honestly Well podcast where I offer kernels of knowledge and inspiration regularly to anyone who listens.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big fan of neighborhood coffee shop, and I love Copper Door. So, we’d start there with a latte and then head over to a reservoir to paddle board. I love getting out in nature, and making use of how accessible it is here. Then, we’d head over to the Rotary for a filling and healthy lunch. The principles of this restaurant really jive with my beliefs and the work that I do. Next, I’m a sucker for a park and a book, so probably grab some Rowdy Mermaid kombucha and head over to a park to relax before cooking dinner at home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout is for every culture and race that we in the health field have borrowed knowledge, principles, and traditions from to gain healing and profit. I literally would not be who I am, or do what I do, without these teachings and wisdom.