About Marianne

Well hello there!

If we don’t know each other yet, an extra big hello. I’m so glad you stopped by.

I know this is an ‘about’ page… but before we talk about me – I’d like to talk about YOU:

Because if you’re here, odds are we have a few things in common. For one thing, I’ll bet you don’t quite fit into the box that other people sometimes assume you do – right? I’m with you on that – as you might guess from the photos above, I’m more than one thing too…. and multi-faceted humans like us are my people. So welcome :).

If you ever secretly feel that pieces of you don’t fully fit into the work you do (or how you feel you have to show up in the world) you’re in the right place.

Read on to find out a bit about me (and why that is):

1. A few years ago I wrote a book on finding your direction, quitting your job + growing your own thing (without leaving your personality at the door)… it turned into a bit of a bestseller and got translated into at least half a dozen languages.

(And turns out to have an enthusiastic following in Korea – because life goes in strange directions).

For the last 8+ years I’ve run an online business – creating courses for thousands of people around this topic, mostly under my Free Range Humans brand.

(Incidentally, this work is fully online and has let me travel around the world with my little laptop… hence the photos of weird and wonderful locations).

2. In 2017 I stepped onto the TED stage to give a TEDx Talk called The Hidden Power of Not (Always) Fitting In.

It’s for those of us who don’t feel like we’re just ‘one thing’ – who are good at looking like we fit in the various worlds we move in… but secretly, on the inside, a little piece of us never feels we 100% fit into any of them.

The talk gives that trait a name (“liminal”) and a new perspective on why it is not something to hide, in fact it’s more powerful than you think… 

I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but the idea went a little bit viral and was viewed over 100,000 times in the first few months as people saw themselves in it and shared it… so if you’ve ever felt that way, you are definitely not alone! 

 

3. Much like you, I’m someone who cares (I very much identify as a “highly sensitive person”, or HSP.)

I value depth and quality that lasts – and the increasingly soundbite-filled, loud nature of the online world I found myself in a few years ago didn’t feel right anymore…

So I took some time out from that scene – to deepen my speaking and writing (here’s an example for you) and work more deeply with people already out there doing their thing, so… 

 

4. These days I only run ONE live course every year or two for people who are looking for their direction (ie: finding that really-right idea for what you want to do with your life… that WON’T ask you to leave a piece of yourself at the door).

That course is the Ideas Adventure: it’s co-run with the top Psychologies featured ‘get unstuck’ coach (and lovely human) Selina Barker… and it’s one of the creations I’m most proud of. 

The 2018 Ideas Adventure is happening very soon (so pop your name here to hear about it if that topic has been on your mind!).

 

Random skimmable facts if you’re curious 😉

I grew up in Australia, officially live in London… and am often found in my favourite places around the globe (my work is set up to fit in a laptop!).

In the last year I’ve travelled to / worked from Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, NYC, LA, Mexico, Colombia, London, the Philippines and Australia.

I love personality profiles (if you do any of my courses you’ll see why the way we use profiles here means they don’t put you in a box, they instead free you up to be more you).

If you’re curious: I’m a classic ENFP (Myers Briggs) or ‘Star’ profile (if you’re into Wealth Dynamics)

While I do love travel, I’m also a ‘nester’ who is more than a bit design obsessed. In fact I recently bought and re-designed my own ‘tiny home’ in London from scratch.

(I call it the ‘treehouse’: it’s on my favourite cafe-street, a walk away from the canals I love to wander down whenever I’m back in town).

 

 One thing people rarely guess about me is that I live with on and off anxiety (and have had bouts of depression): those things have shaped EVERY business and life decision I’ve made over the last few years.

People usually don’t see that because I am so smiling and happy most of the time… but that happiness was hard won:

I make sure to see the beauty in everything around me these days because I remember the days when I couldn’t see it. (On the off chance you are having those days now… hang in there my love: it gets better).

I’m a speed reader… I read everything and I read it fast! I have a huge love for books: there’s a reason we have a Book Club in our Deeper group.

Some favourite authors: Steven Pressfield, Yuval Noah Harari, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Jay Griffiths. For fiction, I’m currently reading every word by David Sedaris.

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I am obsessed with words and language.

I believe that words are far more powerful than we give them credit for: the words we use unconsciously shape what we end up thinking is possible for us.

Which is why the thing I most love to do is giving words to the things we’ve always half-thought, but never had a name for (see “liminal” in my TED talk for one example!)… and also giving words to those things we always thought were ‘just us’ and so never talk about…. until someone, somewhere, works out how to. And then a whole new world might just open up.

5. My most shared quote is “weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment”…

And I firmly believe that. 

Everything I do starts from the point of who you are (not some one size fits all formula). There is a home for every personality and strength – it’s just a question of finding that home or creating it to fit you.

Starting from who you are is the pathway to a lot more ease, happiness and smoother success in what you do (rather than rushing into something that sounds like a good idea but in reality requires you to leave a piece of yourself at the door and squish your edges day after day).

It’s a simple idea, but in a world that can often tell us we need to be more like other people in order to be good enough, it’s an idea that we often leave out of the picture day to day… so I figured it was worth including it here ;).

Lots of love,

Marianne

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