We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Scroggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marissa, how do you think about risk?
You know, I think most people become more “risk-averse” as they become older and for me, it’s been the complete opposite! I’m much more likely to take risks now than ever before. Risk to me, is having the faith to go completely out of your comfort zone to grow. Risk is also having the “audacity” to try something new. When I think back on the last few years, most of the things I’ve been able to achieve have come from faith and audacity! Taking risks can also be absolutely terrifying, but I think we have to learn to embrace that feeling as well. My latest example would be starting my new Youtube channel (Marissa Scroggins)…I was soo nervous! I knew a little bit about it from watching my husband do it, but I didn’t realize the amount of effort and commitment that goes into it every day. Anything can happen on the day of filming! And guess what!? I still have to film AND edit! I remember wanting to back out on the first day because my camera phone wasn’t working and I didn’t feel confident in myself that day. I gained some quarantine fluff, was laid off in January and I wondered what the internet would think about me. Would they like me? Would they think I was a loser? Do I look like the next Oprah? After lots of self-talk, prayer and a good “push” from my husband, I marched on and created my first video! Ultimately, I hope I’m able to positively impact others with my experiences but I’m more proud that I rolled the dice to take another risk. I would encourage those reading this to ask yourself “what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?” and start there. I would also begin drafting a plan to achieve those goals, but please avoid analysis paralysis! Go for it! You’d don’t have to have all the details right now. If the intentions are good, people will follow.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I just launched the Youtube channel which will compliment my blog/business regarding professional development. But I also plan on covering other topics on my channel such as finance, relationships and etiquette. I think my story sets me apart! I think I relate really well with people that have a strong desire to grow in life and I also have a heart for personal/professional development. It was soo not easy! Alot of the difficulty came from a lack of confidence but I think time/age has helped me to become more courageous. One of the biggest lessons I learned lately was to eliminate excuses. And excuses can include a lack of confidence, lack of details and time management. It’s hard! It’s always seems like something will always try to get in the way of my goals, but I have to keep moving forward. I would like the world to know that I will always try to be a resource and positive guide for anyone that wants to go to the next level in life.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Ugh! There’s soo much to do in Dallas! My itinerary would be: Monday-Window shop at NorthPark, drive around Highland Park and have dinner in West Village (Village Burger Bar is a great choice!) Tuesday-Drive out to Arlington for “Jerry World”/Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags and then have dinner at Mariano’s Hacienda (first frozen margarita machine) Wednesday-Hang out in downtown for Klyde Warren, the DMA, the Nash Sculpture Center, go to Trinity Groves for nice views/dinner and then cake from the Cake Bar! Thursday-Enjoy the Dallas Arboretum and then check out the beautiful White Rock Lake and finish it off with some Keller’s Hamburgers. Chill out, and then head to Deep Ellum for some bar hopping. Friday-Do some shopping at the Shops at Legacy/Legacy West, have some dinner near “The Star” in Frisco, finish it off with some cookies from Cookie Society! Saturday-Take a tour at the Oak Cliff Brewing Co., walk around the Bishop Arts District and then enjoy a Dallas classic, chicken from Rudy’s! Then go to the Statler downtown for views and drinks. Sunday-Check out a local church/place of worship (like One Community Church), then head down 75 to Richardson for some good food in the CityLine area

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my bae! My husband been a Youtuber (CitizenKev 2) for a little under a year and has some really cool content. Life hacks, travel vlogs and few appearances by me! I think it’s super important to be with someone that will not only support your dreams but will be engaged in the process. He’s been a huge advocate for my success and I’m excited to see where we’ll be in the future.

Website: yourofficehour.com
Instagram: marissascroggins_
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdavi0239/
Youtube: Marissa Scroggins

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