If this name sounds familiar to you, it's because she’s one of my friends, a soul sister, and I’ve already talked about her in my article: Happy New Year 2022!
Also, if you follow me on Instagram, her name and even her face must be familiar to you, since we interact together a lot.
I was recently invited to Mari’s podcast, The Lighthouse Podcast.
In her mission to help people find well-being, Mari created this podcast this year to be able to share the stories of people who overcame unexpected fates, and thus illuminate this world with a glimmer of hope.
Obviously, this message speaks to me a lot, that's the same reason why I created this blog and wrote my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”. So, I was honoured to be her guest.
A simple and honest discussion enriched with the life lessons I learnt after my fiancé broke off our engagement, and after marrying myself.
I encourage you to watch this episode – but also all the others!
But back to Mari and the reasons behind the podcast idea.
Life and well-being coach, she was born and raised in Romania under the communist regime.
She married very young and went to live in her husband's country, Cyprus. Housewife and then mother, she learnt Greek and devoted herself to her son.
But in an abusive marriage , she had the courage to leave and rebuild herself, she resumed her studies and became an accountant for a large firm.
However, she knew that her potential lay elsewhere, so she moved to London, became a fitness coach and created Bodysome.
However, life had not finished testing her and in 2019, she was discovered with a brain tumour. Three operations followed over a period of one year, during the COVID pandemic!
Mari is much more than a survivor, she’s the very embodiment of resilience and “surrendering” - a notion that she’s particularly fond of.
Drawing on her experience, she published her autobiography “The Wisdom of a Willow Tree” in 2022.
I met Mari in 2020 on Instagram, just before she had her 3rd brain surgery.
Our friendship was immediate. Love at first sight!
I believe we know each other from a previous life.
I went to visit her last year in London, not only did I have a wonderful time with her, but I also met her family, all incredibly kind and caring.
Above all, I was able to see and touch this willow tree, which inspired the title of her book…
Since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I keep saying that I meet extraordinary people, Mari is certainly one of them!
She has been unfailingly supportive in the publication of my book and inviting me to her podcast, once again shows her incredible generosity and kindness.
If you've read the acknowledgments of my book, you know she's mentioned:
Check out my previous Podcasts:
My Solo Wedding in Santorini: previous articles
My Book: LINK
And here's an easy access to all my content: Linkt.ree
I'll be in the United States next month, precisely to see other friends, coaches and mentors, that I've met online these past few years.
Many exciting adventures await me and I'll be sure to tell you all about them when I return (if I return...).
In the meantime follow me on Instagram and Facebook!!
Love & Joy,