Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I am all about sharing the wealth. I do not believe in nor do I subscribe to, the hoarding of information or in toning down the brilliance of others. I am very cognizant of the truth which resides in the statement, ‘We don’t know what we don’t know,’ and so based on this adage continually resonating with me, I believe it my inherent responsibility and due diligence, to highlight and promote the stellar contributions of which my weekly global radio/podcast guests, are imparting to the collective on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald. It is the gift that keeps on giving!
Marni Allison, who was recently interviewed by me, has become very near and dear to my heart. Our blossoming kindred spirit relationship with one another, was initially birthed out of our (and still ongoing) mentoring/coaching partnership. Marni has been an absolute gem to work alongside, given how already self-driven, self-disciplined, and self-motivated she innately is. Not only is Marni extremely coachable…she always exceeds expectations, and raises the standards even for herself. She promises and over-delivers – consistently!
The fortitude, resiliency, tenacity and persistence of this woman is simply remarkable! When I had initially interviewed Marni on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald one year ago – much of what Marni and I had spoken about, and much of which was an accountability piece declared publicly and globally, has already come to tangible fruition and then some! This force to be reckoned with spirit of a woman, has truly had her nose to the grindstone vigilantly and diligently and has only come up for air. Truth.
The momentous growth of Marni’s trajectory, in reaching and accomplishing her established goals and intention-setting, coupled with massive action-taking, has all manifested and at mach speed. Marni truly stepped in and stepped up in eradicating her own fears so as to embark upon the journey she knew she was intended to be on. She did this on the days she didn’t necessarily feel like being productive or truly showing up for herself. She did this in the face of critics, naysayers, and those who were perceivably threatened and/or intimidated by her very apparent transformation. Essentially, Marni made the non-negotiable decision to honour Marni and did so by CHOOSING to get out of her own way! What a beautiful metamorphosis for me to have the honour and the privilege to bear witness to! GO TEAM!
Apart from Marni’s stellar work ethic, one of the qualities I most admire, respect and appreciate about her…is the depth and breadth of her introspectiveness as a human being. As a world traveller who consciously chooses to unearth deeper life lessons for wherever she ventures off to, Marni is always committed to giving back and to paying it forward to the people of the country she is frequenting. Marni’s travelling experiences are not for the purpose of ‘vacationing’as is often the case for people seeking a change of scenery. No, Marni’s intention for going on adventures is to immerse herself in the contrast. The contrast which often exists within dual realities and extreme polarities – the haves and the have nots – and to do her part; make her contribution so as to try and equalize the disparities and the inequities.
Marni is forever embracing opportunities which will enrich her gratitude, expand her knowledge, and enhance her love and appreciation of life. Marni has elected to travel to countries that are rife with poverty, political conflict, and to interface with the natives themselves who have been marginalized, oppressed, disenfranchised and often displaced. Marni has seen the internal beauty of others amidst their external chaos. Where the majority of people run from what is uncomfortable and unfamiliar – Marni runs toward it!
Marni has experienced and witnessed much outside of what the average human being otherwise has. As someone who is committed to sharing the wealth and imparting her life-lessons, and cultural experiences – it really does not come as any surprise that Marni has chosen to do so through the vehicle, and the passion of writing. Within all her bodies of work – we are each offered the personal invitation to go on the adventure with Marni! LETS GO!
Buckle Up And Prepare For Take-Off! Keep Soaring, Marni!
Uplifting You To Fear Less And To Live More!
Be your own Hero. Be your own Shero.
Be your own Leader. Be your own Best Friend!
Love & Gratitude ~ Lisa
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WHO IS MARNI ALLISON?!
During her twenty-five year career designing learning programs for police, Marni Allison developed skills in leadership, change management, resilience, and diversity. These skills served Marni well when her job was made redundant in 2015.
Before starting a new job, Marni chose to immerse herself in adventures and volunteer projects in Africa and Southeast Asia. The physical, emotional and spiritual transformation Marni experienced is described in her debut memoir, HOW A GORILLA, ORPHAN, AND MONK SAVED MY LIFE. This is a delectable story of exotic experiences rooted in fearless wandering, peppered with cultural and historical insights, and seasoned with inspiration!
The book unveils the transformative power of travel to stimulate personal growth and discovery while maintaining humour and resilience while facing mental and physical challenges, sustaining joy while dealing with the profusely tragic, and embracing universal connections despite cultural divisions.
The life lessons Marni shares, will inspire you to find your own path in life and perhaps even plan your own adventures!
Marni’s adventures continue today. In May, she launched a speaking and coaching business called, TRANSFORM THE JOURNEY. Marni is currently completing her Pure Potentials Certified Facilitator Training. Marni’s second book, YOUR AMAZING ITTY BITTY TRAVEL SOLO BOOK: 15 Strategies to Enhance Travelling Alone, will be released later this year.
An illustrated book, LITTLE BIRD LEARNS TO FLY, is also in development. This particular book is the basis of Marni’s first online course about living outside the expectations scripted by society. and learning to shift challenge into opportunity.
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