Hi there! I’m Marissa.


I, like many in their late twenties, am my happiest on a slow Sunday morning with a mug of piping hot coffee in one hand and my latest read in the other. It’s worth noting, though, that if it’s during the week and after 5 PM, that Cup of Joe I love so much will likely be swapped for a glass of red that I love even more.

A little more about me

I prefer an 8 PM bedtime and an early morning hike over a late-night Netflix binge and sleeping in. I make a mean egg scramble and a side of guacamole that could rival your favorite from the local Mexican food joint. I find old doggos more lovable than puppies. Oh, and I love words. So much so that I went and made them my job. By day I’m the copywriter at a marketing company (check out my work portfolio). By night I’m the writer behind the posts you’ll read here.

A little more about the blog

Like many things that eventually take shape, A Thousand Candid Words manifested from a very real need in my early twenties. At 23, I was hired as an Associate Copywriter for a reputable online home remodel and design company. It was a great first “real” job and, eventually, it evolved into a great career. But it became apparent after only a year that the work I was doing wasn’t pushing forward my writing in the most constructive way. The format was tight and the chance to write creatively was finite. When the rules and the editing that came with the rules became a little too limiting, I knew I needed to begin seeking an outlet elsewhere.

Enter A Thousand Candid Words . . . my personal sanctuary. A place where the stifling 80-character limit doesn’t exist. Where the voice you read isn’t adapted to match that of a larger corporation, but is instead truly, really, authentically mine.

Here you’ll find posts that cover a motley crew of topics — from travel to career to general life updates. Unlike the rigid structure of my 9-to-5, there is no rhyme or reason to that which I decide to publish on A Thousand Candid Words. And hopefully, that doesn’t scare you away.

So, even if I’m sending this introduction into some great void of the World Wide Web, here I am. Writer, dreamer, doer (once the courage shows up). A twenty-something gal from California with nothing particularly important to say, but who’s just going to say it anyway.

My name is Marissa, and welcome to A Thousand Candid Words.


Quick Hits

Currently reading: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Currently binging: Stranger Things, Broad City

Favorite movie: Titanic (can’t help it — it’s been my fav since I was 4 years old)

Favorite musicians: Hozier, LÉON, Vance Joy, The Lumineers

Favorite restaurant: Terra (in Eataly) or Moto

Go-to drink: Coffee — Iced vanilla almond-milk latte; Alcoholic — Spicy margarita

Favorite post so far: Life Doesn’t Always Turn Out as Planned, and That’s Okay

Most-frequented online publications: The Everygirl, Girlboss