Marissa McCallam is a writer and the founder of Centre Myself, the social enterprise on a mission to positively impact the lives of as many girls as possible. She is a Body & Mindset Coach and has a degree in Television Production, and is a qualified Group Exercise to Music Instructor, Circuit Trainer and Boxercise/Kickboxercise Instructor. Through changing the way she thought about things and using physical movement, she overcame 15 years of depression and anxiety. As a Performer and Teacher she truly believes that by connecting with our bodies and using simple tools to change our mindset, it is possible to be confident, calmer and have more fun! Marissa has trained in Treating Anxiety, Building Resilience in Young People, Meditation, Speaking to Inspire and studies Positive Psychology and Personal Performance Development. More information about her work with adults can be found at www.marissamccallam.com
In this witty and moving piece, Marissa McCallam reflects on navigating the world as a brown girl, encountering other people’s racist views and prejudices, connecting with her mixed heritage and embracing the freedom and power of ambiguity.