About Me

About Me

Hi I’m Marilda…

and I help you get unstuck.

For 26 years my life has revolved around Tourism, its people, and its business. Planning, implementing, readjusting, learning, trying again, happy guests, frustration, wins, and everything in between.

In the years past I’ve been in Reception and Executive Housekeeping in Wineland’s guesthouses, Hotels, and Game Lodges. I’ve done overland safaris while sleeping in a tent and cooking on the fire for our guests on the one extreme, and on the other being the General Manager of a 5 Star Lodge and a Hotel. I’ve worked in established businesses and helped start-up businesses from the building to full operations. I’ve booked, planned, and hosted guests from student groups to exclusive guided safaris. I’ve worked with staff from a melting pot of cultures and ages in conditions from very basic to exclusive.


COVID was a complete watershed for me where I realised that all my income coming from one source was literally a disaster. Never again would I let that happen!

That lead me to look carefully at where I was and more questions than I knew the answers too. Most importantly I realised that I had been a passenger in the vehicle of my own life for a long time. I needed to take a good long hard look at where I was and where I wanted to be.

I panicked about the new world, new technology and trying to find my way in the upside down.

My journey has brought me to exactly where I need to be right now.

I can now with comfort, and pride say that I’m a professional coach (it will take many cups of coffee to tell you what had to happen in my head before I got there!)

“I want to make a change, but I don’t know where to start”. This is the words that 10 out of 10 of my clients say when we have our first Discovery session. This is where the fun starts.

It doesn’t matter what’s going on with you. If you’re unhappy in your job, feel like you need to make a life change, just feel like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day and things are just too much. There is an answer, and it is simpler than you think. Simpler although not easier.

“You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest? … The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. You’re exhausted because you can’t be wholehearted at what you’re doing” ― David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

This quote from David Whyte’s book is something that took me a long time to wrap my head around and I only really understood it once I started Coaching professionally.

It is something I ask my clients a lot. What gives you energy? Sometimes they don’t know what the answer is, and it takes some time to dig deeper into yourself to find what it is that you really want.

A massive guidance in my journey has been the Shadowmatch system. Understanding that our habits are a critical part of our success and quality of life totally changed how I approach my world.

What is the smallest possible step you can take to make your day 1 % better than the day before. It is as simple and complex as that.

It still surprises me how we don’t look for help in our personal lives. When they do team building or strategy sessions at work, we partake but we rarely think of investing into our own personal growth.

In the words of Pieter de Villiers ”Stop chewing bubble-gum, get off the couch and do it. You learn to swim by swimming”