Hi, I’m Melissa.
By trade, I am a graphic designer, book artist, and communications professional. However, after college I found myself feeling scared to make new work or to forge the career path of my dreams because I doubted my skills. I read dozens of self-help books about how to overcome this by doing everything from embracing my introversion to power posing to tidying my apartment, but nothing really stuck. That is, until I started doing fitness classes.
I joined ClassPass as a way to manage my stress, but it ended up becoming a means for me to practice taking up space, trying things I was afraid of, overcoming perfectionism, and recognizing my accomplishments. Along the way I’ve had to give myself permission to enter spaces of predominately thin, white people and tell myself “yes, this is for me” even when I felt like the people around me were implicitly telling me no.
This site is a space to share that journey and what I am learning along the way.