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becoming more courageous

Episode 50 – Becoming 1% More Courageous (ft. Judith Martinez)

In Episode 51, Marisa talks to Judith Martinez, founder of In Her Shoes, who asks: “What would you do if you were just 1% more courageous?”

Authenticity & Purposeful Leadership

Episode 49 – Authenticity & Purposeful Leadership (ft. Lara Schmoisman)

In VulnerABILITY Ep 49, Marisa welcomes Lara Schmoisman, the Founder & CEO of The Darl, to talk about authenticity and purposeful leadership.

the self-love journey

Episode 48 – The Self-Love Journey: Honoring Your Inner Diva (ft. Jacqueline Ortiz)

In Episode 48, Marisa chats with Jacqueline Ortiz, the self-proclaimed ‘Self-Love Diva’ who shares how to care for your inner child.

Vulnerability Podcast - Ep. 46 - Coping Skills & Looking For The Good

Episode 46 – Coping Skills & Finding The Good (ft. Janine Halloran)

In Ep. 46, Marisa welcomes Janine Halloran, founder of Coping Skills for Kids to talk about supporting kids through challenging times.


"Marisa is an inspiration and a talent. Her words are eloquent and universal. She has a way of making you feel like you can relate in every piece. Not only her blog posts, but her poetry. She is passionate about what she does and passionate about connecting with her readers. That genuine energy makes a huge difference and sets her apart in the literary community."

Elizabeth Newman (Author of Hope Between Heartbeats)

"Marisa was my editor for almost a year and I worked with her one-on-one. As someone who pretty much didn’t have an idea about the publishing industry, Marisa helped me figure out who I wanted to become as a writer.
She has the talent and skills to give feedback about your writing constructively. She’s very knowledgeable in guiding you to find your voice and your style. She points out something in your writing that you need to work on and you’ll eventually realize that her suggestions are accurate. I had so many mistakes as a writer that I would never have learned if Marisa didn’t point them out — she’s honestly that great.
Not many people know this but her academic background was stellar; she graduated college with flying colors and that’s a clear proof that she’s competent. She will deliver whatever it is that you asked from her and she will exceed your expectations. That’s what I learned after working with her almost every single day."

Angelo Caerlang (Author of Sparks In Broken Lights)

"I am English Department Chair, a teacher with 39 years of experience and a District Literacy Coach. I say that not to impress – but for you to understand how impressed I am with Ms. Donnelly. She is one of the best.”

Deadra Stanton (Mason City High School Department Chair)

"Several of her poems touched me. I am a big Mary Oliver fan and have several of her books on my shelf and maybe a half dozen by other poets and Donnelly's book is going on that shelf of keepers, on poetry books that I re-read and refer to...that inspire me to make a piece of art or share with a friend. "Run Wild With Me", "Sixteen", and "This You Must Learn Young" were among my favorites. I hope that she continues to write poetry of this caliber."

Kathy Duffy (Lead Critic at Goodreads)

"My favorite writer. Her hopeful and optimistic outlook in her various pieces easily bring hope...even to a down-on-his-relationship-luck guy like me. Optimism the way she expresses. Her words are mindset-changing, and are much needed for a person like me, who is susceptible to being pessimistic about love.   With 'Somewhere On A Highway,' she takes her writing style to short-form poetry and prose. The book is about the beginning and the open-ended conclusion of that period of her life, reflected through the intimate pieces she chose to share. Since this is her own book, you can definitely tell the vulnerability is a little more raw."

Gabriel Basco (Musician & Producer)