my story

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Hello, I’m Marissa. I’m a succulent and cacti enthusiast and small-time grower. I make botanical and living art with repurposed materials. My favorite thing to do is make arrangements for gifting and personal inspiration.

I was born and raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California. I grew up near the ocean and I now take my 3 little boys to stomp the same grounds. I love my guy, a pastor, poet, and community leader. I enjoy singing, writing songs, and playing my guitar as loud as possible. A good hymn often gets to the pit of my soul. The stories of honest, broken people give me hope.

I never really cared for plants, but a few years ago, I found myself in a very dark place. After finding out we were expecting our third little one, I miscarried. I tried to understand, but my body and heart felt broken. My mind soon followed. I desperately tried to move on with life but I had a hard time letting go of the what-should’ve-beens.

During a visit to my sister’s, I noticed some plants sitting in the sun on her porch. They were succulents. She gave them to me and I took them home straight to my backyard. I soon found myself spending hours in the sun, investigating, watching, and arranging these plants, while both crying for my lost little one and laughing with my 2 young boys playing close by. As time passed, my heart felt hopeful again. God really used these plants to usher me out of that lost, dark place.

Fast forward to today, with encouragement from my husband and friends, I started making pieces for others. While I still find solitude for myself in the garden, it’s been wonderful connecting with others through this medium, sharing my story and hearing theirs. It’s been awesome seeing my pain from the past help others. To see our hurt turn into something beautiful is amazing.

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“You turned my loud crying into dancing. You removed my black clothes and dressed me with joy. So my heart will sing to you. I can’t keep silent. Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiasties 3:11

Marissa Engoy is a Succulent and Floral Artist based in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles. She started “Good Morning, Cactus” in 2014 and has enjoyed making living art and inspirational succulent and floral arrangements through her small business. Marissa enjoys traveling, sharing her work, and teaching succulent-related workshops throughout Southern California and beyond.