August 31, 2012

What I Love About Me ~ Marisa of Shades of Monet

what i love about me

this summer, i am hosting a new weekly series called the what i love about me series. my vision is to get a variety of women talking about their favorite part of themselves. It could be a physical quality, an awesome ability, personality trait, etc. :)

i hope to help reverse negative conditioning from society, and promote women realizing and celebrating the positive aspects of themselves.

read on about this week's amazing woman, marisa of shades of monet.


What I like about me? That is the question. When Chantilly first asked me to join in on this series, I was honored but also a bit baffled. Not that I don't like anything about myself, but I guess I just didn't figure that it would be so difficult to talk about it in a post without feeling like I was completely vain or something. Why is that? I do believe it is because sometimes we just don't give ourselves enough credit.

I am a musician. I pretty much so have been for most of my life when I began playing the piano at the ripe old age of 5. The music thing just kind of stuck and became a safe haven for me during the ups and downs and twists and turns in this game of life. When you look at my life, I am a wife, a mother, perhaps just an ordinary but quite content gal who writes music for fun and adores vintage pianos, learning new instruments, coming up with quirky little arrangements of my favorite songs, and totally thinks sitting down and playing Beethoven is the best thing ever. I love this about myself, but I will admit that it has always been a bit hard to claim because I'm not a pro, I don't play in a formal band, and I really have never recorded any of my music. But nonetheless, it still doesn't change my love for playing music and my knack for it. It makes me a happy girl and fulfills a pretty big part of me. So that is what I love about myself. Whatever you are awesome at whether it be art, music, design, writing, etc, etc, etc always give yourself the credit you deserve. We each have unique gifts and talents, and that's what makes us pretty darn cool if you ask me.

marisa wilam

xo, Marisa
The Shades of Monet Chronicles


♥ listen to my new record on bandcamp


  1. Aw! I wish I had the ukulele instead of my husband so i could learn and play with you! I love that you keep with your passion - I used to play an instrument but haven't touched it in 6 years or more now and we are donating all of the ones I had to the public schools near my home. It's awesome that you do this and I'm sure you will be such a huge inspiration for your son.

    <3 katherine

  2. I play the ukulele too! I'm not that good, because it seems like every time I get back into it, I start school again and it gets so stressful. Such a lovely post! Thanks Marisa and Chantilly!


  3. And you, my friend, are pretty damn cool indeed! I love this post, your musical story and that excellent picture. It put a smile on my face.


  4. Well said and that is a great gift! <3


  5. What a nice post! And I'd like to be able to see and listen to Marisa's music!

    Have a great long weekend, girls! ;D

  6. cute post...

  7. Marisa is so great! Great choice for your feature! and I love music. Both of you ladies are talented. I want to take up piano badly....I just need a piano! haha

  8. This is great! I first connected with you because I could tell you were as passionate as music as I am. That photo is adorable!

  9. This is such a wonderful idea for a series - and you're right, Marisa, it is hard to sit down and talk about the things you like about yourself, for so many reasons. I think our culture teaches us that it's better to be self-deprecating than appear boastful, so we often sell ourselves short. Personally, I think you're awesome, and this post just added to that :)


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