Make your heart the most beautiful thing about you.
1.) Where are you from?
I was born & raised in Maine but have lived in quite a few different states including Massachusetts, New York & California. I currently live in Virginia but my favorite place so far has been New York (Shelter Island).
2.) How old are you?
28, I will be 29 in June.
3.) What is your family like?
I married my wonderful husband in September 2016 & we had a baby girl in December of 2019. The rest of my family lives in Maine (Mom, Dad, younger Brother & In-laws).
4.) Where would you like to visit?
I would love to visit the French Polynesian! If I’m being honest though I just want to stay in an Over the Water Bungalow. I prefer warmer weather over cold so my ideal vacation would be someplace tropical. However, I would also really love to go back to England & Scotland. Our next big trip will either be Germany or Greece though.
5.) Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I am an introvert, I prefer quite & small intimate gatherings. I get really overwhelmed in a large group of people where I am expected to talk & mingle. I don’t mind being in large crowds where an activity is taking place (baseball game, concert or a fair) but I much prefer to be one – on – one with people.
6.) Does your name have any special meaning?
Nope! My Dad picked out my name & just liked how it sounded. My given name is Marissa Ashley Gauvin, and when I got married I changed my name to Marissa Gauvin Graffam. I wanted to keep my family name when I got married because it is such a big part of who I am.
7.) Share a magical moment in your life.
The most magical moment I have ever experienced was giving birth to my daughter (I did NOT enjoy my pregnancy & was extremely sick the whole 9 months). However, my husband & I decided not to find out what the gender of our baby was until she was born. You can read about our reasoning behind that here.
8.) What is one goal you would like to achieve this year?
My biggest goal this year is to explore different versions of success. I want my daughters first year of life to be focused on building a beautiful, trusting relationship with both my husband & I. Additionally I really want to focus on the success of my business & paying off our debt. You can read about our debt free journey so far here.
9.) Do you prefer Beach or Mountains.
This is a hard question for me! The beach is my happy place – when I am really overwhelmed or stressed I go to the beach to find some ‘quiet.’ In my everyday life I prefer to be surrounded by the ocean. Living in the country has been pretty difficult for me so far. However, I love the Mountains as a ‘getaway.’ I would never be able to spend all of my time up there, but it is a nice escape every once in a while.
10.) Share 3 random facts about yourself.
- I have a nut allergy (aka I am the reason why you can’t eat nuts on planes when you fly. I greatly apologize for this. Trust me it’s just as annoying & embarrassing for me as it is for you.
- I dropped out of Graduate school after finishing one year of a two year program. It was ones of the best decisions I have ever made.
- Both my Husband & I are from Maine (we grew up 2 hours apart) but never met each other until we were living in San Diego, CA!
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