Carissa grew up as a ballet dancer and also received training in the healing arts at a young age. Although she loved healing and creative arts, she was persuaded those skills would never produce a living. After college, she worked in corporate digital marketing for several years when she discovered she had to do something more soul fulfilling. Carissa had been working on the concept of Happy Soul Things for years and decided it was time to take the vision seriously. After earning certifications as a Crystal Reiki master and Qigong instructor, she created her line of curated and charged crystals, crystal kits and gemstone bracelets with the mission of spreading light, love and healing.

She currently teaches ballet, private and group qigong lessons and offers energy healings in her home and at Decatur Healing Arts.