Hi, my name is Dede Smith. I met Marisely Marte a little over two years ago, when she was hire as the receptionist for our office. I quickly knew that there was something different about Marisely and as we got to know each other I felt that we would become good friends. Well that was an understatement! She is a strong woman of God and I knew we had that in common. As our business lives grew so did our personal friendship. Marisely shared with me the reasons that she started “Extraordinary Woman” as a means to encourage herself and others going through hard times. Marisely shared her testimony with me and I with her. She has a powerful testimony and the online community of woman grew by leaps and bounds.
How Marisely impacted by life? Besides being a good listener she has a huge heart which is full of compassion for others. I was in a bad place in my life as I had lost the love of my life. Marisely felt my pain and would help me and encourage me, reminding me that God has plans for me, and that I needed to follow God’s will for my life. I really didn’t want to do much of anything, I was grieving and depressed. Anyone who knows Marisely, knows she is a strong-willed individual and will tell you the truth even if it is not what you want to hear. That is something that I needed at that time in my life. Marisely is studying to be a life coach and Christian counselor and she will be great at this as I believe this is a calling from God. I thank God that He put Marisely in my life. Marisely convinced me to do a 80 day challenge to change my eating habits and exercise. Well that is not what I really wanted to do, I was making excuses like I’m out of shape, I’m too old to do exercise (especially Beach body On Demand), I was set in my ways. Well the word “NO” is not in Marisely’s vocabulary! She did not want to hear my excuses and pushed me to do this challenge. I accepted the challenge and I am still able to walk, it didn’t kill me and I am more determined than ever to finish this challenge. She has changed my thought process and like in more ways than she will ever know.
I know that God has big plans for Marisely’s life and I am thankful for our friendship and that God’s has placed us in each others lives.