Marisa Donnelly

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Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a writer/editor, teacher, and bonus mama with a shamelessly big heart. She’s the founder of two small businesses and loves writing about anything related to career, organization, decorating, self-love, relationships, and parenting.


  • 12+ years of professional writing/editing experience.

  • Bylines in Huffington Post, The Spruce, Bustle, BossBabe, Thought Catalog, and more.

  • CEO of Be A Light Collective, a marketplace, community, and content creation services company. 

  • Founder of Donnelly Daily Apple, a homeschool program based in San Diego, California, and Momish Moments, a support community for blended families.




Marisa is a passionate and prolific writer, editor, and small business owner who loves creating content around careers, education, love/relationships, parenting, organization, and vulnerability. 

Marisa writes heartfelt, personal essays for The Spruce and many other publications. She has bylines for many prominent verticals, including Huffington Post, Bustle, BossBabe, Briar Cliff Review, Thrive Global, Thought Catalog, Authority Magazine, Medium, and more. Marisa is also the author of the poetry collection, “Somewhere On A Highway.”

Marisa specializes in creating SEO-friendly, compelling, and conversational copy, and has over twelve years of experience in the industry writing, editing, and developing content strategy for clients, businesses, and brands worldwide. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a coffee and journal, or riding bikes around her little beach town with her fiancé, son, and dog.

Expertise: Writing, Editing, Education, Creativity, Organization, Parenting/Bonus Motherhood.
Education: Marisa has B.A.’s in Creative Writing & English and her B.S. in English Education from Waldorf University. She also has her MEd. in Reading Education from North Central University.
Location: San Diego, California

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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