Life doesn’t go according to plan, does it?

Let me guess...

  • You were supposed to have a job that used your expensive college degree.
  • You were supposed to still be dating that guy.
  • You were supposed to be living in that dream city.
  • You were supposed to be doing something else than what you’re doing now.

There’s nothing wrong with a traditional, planned path. It’s often a very good path—one of stability, measurable accomplishments, and healthy challenges. 

But I was not destined for a traditional path, no matter how much I initially dug my fingernails in and tried not to let go. And I suspect that maybe you aren’t either. 

I believe that when we allow ourselves the opportunity to ask for something more—out of our careers, out of our relationships, and out of our lives—we discover so much more than we even planned. And when we have the intuition to know it’s time for a change and the courage to move in a new direction, life rewards us with growth and fulfillment. 

Welcome to Ampersand. My name is Marissa and I couldn't be more thrilled that you're here with me. I empower a community of creatives to pivot when necessary in order to pursue what matters most. I'm no stranger to transitions, and I imagine I'm not alone in that. Let's make it easier for each other, shall we?

I'm on a mission to bring more storytelling and truth back into blogging. I've spent the last five years blogging all across the spectrum: from fashion, DIY, and lifestyle to creative entrepreneurship and now I'm ready to find a happy medium. I don't have all of the answers, so if you're game to learn alongside me and open to change, let's do this. Together.


About Marissa

By day, I'm the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for a tech product called UpContent. Outside of work, you'll find me sweating it out at the barre, setting goals with my mastermind group, exploring Pittsburgh, and rereading Harry Potter for the hundredth time. I tend to get obsessive about certain songs and play them on repeat until I can't take it anymore, there's little that makes me happier than a brand new notebook, and after eight years of marching band, you'll rarely find me walking or running out of step.

Let's connect. :)