From a small community and big family in Belgium, Marie somehow always dreamed of changing the world. Stopping and preventing wars, eradicating diseases like the Leukemia her little sister was fighting, ending abuse…her list was long. Through being an athlete and working as a communicator and partnership builder for social and environmental impact organizations, she has been lucky to travel and study the world, a process that spiced her empathy skills. Years of interacting with people across the globe and social status reinforced Marie’s appreciation for authenticity, humility, and respect. Through her journey, Marie became a woman in transition. While she appreciates being put at times and puts a prime on loyalty, she practices periodic movement and “remise en question.” She finds strength in the strong women figures in her life, as well as in the work of artists and athletes. She finds necessary weakness in being a perfectionist. Her favorite thing to do is making beings happy. Her favorite saying: Life is extraordinary, even when it rains…give.
Along her way, Marie writes occasional pieces for The Mantle. She is convinced, and particularly interested in the power of authenticity and truth, and creativity and performance, in helping change the world for the better.