Marissa Meer Habib’s se­crets to pure hap­pi­ness are life lessons to be learned. She speaks openly about heal­ing and the power of pos­i­tive think­ing. By Aisha Has­san.

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How has fit­ness helped you get your life back on track? Fit­ness makes me feel so free! I fell in love with lift­ing weights when my mum had a per­sonal trainer, and now I know that to achieve my goals, I have to fuel my­self prop­erly. I rarely go a day with­out eat­ing at least 2,000 calo­ries, be­cause I know my body needs it.

DE­LI­CIOUS SERVINGS What are your favourite work­outs?

When I’m lift­ing weights, my favourite mus­cle groups to train are my shoul­ders and back. Vinyasa flow has also con­trib­uted greatly to my flex­i­bil­ity and men­tal well-be­ing. And whether I’m train­ing for a ball­room com­pe­ti­tion or at a salsa bar, danc­ing is when I can be 100 per­cent my­self, and noth­ing else mat­ters when I’m do­ing it.

What mo­ti­vates you?

Me! I wouldn’t be where I am to­day, re­al­is­ing how strong I am, if it wasn’t for the strug­gle. Ev­ery­one deals with in­se­cu­ri­ties, but know­ing that those things only ever ex­ist in your head is the first step to be­ing freed from them.

If you could, what would you tell your younger self?

Don’t stop smil­ing, Marissa. You are 100 per­cent re­spon­si­ble for how your life goes. Re­mem­ber that both the past and the fu­ture are creations in our minds, and who we are is a nar­ra­tive of the pre­sent time.

And fi­nally, your favourite motto?

“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance in­side my body.” – Dele Olanubi MARISSA’S TOP BEAUTY ES­SEN­TIALS

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