Personal Journey

Thank you Mr World – you broke my heart

I am forever thankful to my parents who introduced me to different cultures from a young age. Because of them, I have an insatiable desire to see the world and engage with as many cultures as possible. Every single time I travel and engage, more of my cultural defences are broken down. From the first time that I crossed your international borders, Mr World, you broke my heart.

By Mariette Conning, ago
Personal Journey

To find someone as awesome as my cousin

I recently moved a day's drive from my hometown, my family, my friends, basically my life. I got a job at a startup company which is a great opportunity. During my preparation to move, I flew to my future new home to look for accommodation. That Sunday, I was utterly surprised to find someone that I never knew and didn't really think I'll ever find. But let me backtrack a few decades.

By Mariette Conning, ago
Social Enterprise

Keeping it real – friendship goals

A while ago I sat in a meeting, and we discussed the fact that we all need one point of reference in order to move forward. Even though the topic was not at all focused on blogging, I immediately wondered, what makes my blog posts credible? These days, anyone can start a blog and write a lot of content. But who makes sure that it is reviewed and curated before it goes into the cyber world? This thought has been plaguing me for a few weeks now and grew into something even bigger. It is not only for blogging that I need some mirror, but also my everyday life decisions. The answer lies in people and it is at the core of my friendship goals. If I want to continue with keeping it real, I need people in my life. You need people in your life.

By Mariette Conning, ago
Fruit

Living with unspeakable joy

Very often we confuse joy with happiness. Happiness is fleeting and dependent on external circumstances - I get a promotion and I'm happy. Two weeks into the new responsibilities and the happiness fades. On the other hand, joy is a characteristic that we can cultivate. It is something with an internal drive that does not depend on external circumstances. By living with unspeakable joy we can give hope to a broken world and be a light in the darkness.

By Mariette Conning, ago