We had the good fortune of connecting with Marisa Herr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marisa, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I originally grew up in Thailand where my opportunities were not much. My great aunt and great uncle decided to adopt me when I was 6 and I started a life in America. Even though America brought many opportunities, I still faced hardships that I had to overcome with my family, friends and relationships. The issues took a toll on my mental and emotional health, all of which I had to overcome. My past has shaped me into who I am today and I’m grateful to have even been given the opportunity to accomplish all that I have. It’s all made me stronger, and I’ve developed resilience, compassion, and empathy as a result.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Aside from being a content creator, I work full-time as a federal employee. I love what I do there, and who I work with. I’m grateful to not only work full-time there but also do content creation as part of my creative outlet when I’m not at work. It allows me to express my individuality and creativity. I love that I have a balance of both. It’s allowed me to work with all kinds of different people, network and develop meaningful relationships as a result.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way is to just be yourself. I’m naturally a dorky/goofy person, and I want people to still see that side of me. Also, don’t compare yourself. Just do you and what makes you happy and remind yourself why you are doing it. Don’t play into the comparison and competitiveness game, and just be you, and stay true to yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off, we would go get coffee/tea and a light breakfast at Ellie’s Table Egan House in San Juan Capistrano. Then, we would go indulge in a spa day treatment at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. From there, we would enjoy their Passport to Wellness package, which includes a full day to relax and unwind in their beautiful gardens, pools and mineral baths, a 50-minute massage, a 3-course meal, along with other amenities. We would also get a manicure and pedicure, because treat yoself. Then after we’ve enjoyed a full day there of relaxation, we will go get Mexican food at Javier’s at Irvine Spectrum and dessert at Somi Somi.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My number one shoutout goes to my husband, Alex. He’s been there since Day 1. He’s my ride or die. He came into my life at the right time and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him. He’s been there for me through all of my pain, hurt and hardships. He’s opened my eyes to the world and shown me kindness, unconditional love, and support. My next shoutout goes to my in-laws. They are my family no matter what. Blood does not always have to be family, it’s who were there for you when you needed them the most. My last shoutout goes to my followers, I would not be where I am today and do what I love on social media if it weren’t for their never ending support.