About me

Marjan Venema
"Life Should Not Be" quote on background of narrow mountain road with a steep drop to the left and rise to the right.
Life should not be …

Hi there!

I’m Marjan.

TL;DR: I’m a little weird but quite tasty.

Further down, you’ll find a list of diverse traits and characteristics. Many are contradictory yet they all apply to me.

Why would you care about that? How does reading about my traits help you?

It doesn’t. Not directly.

But that list illustrates how I’ve come by the abilities that can. Abilities that come back in everything I do and, obviously, also pervade my writing and coaching. For example, the abilities to:

  • See numerous other sides to any situation and put things into perspective.
    This can help you reframe anything you’re struggling against.
  • Generate more excuses and objections than you could ever come up with and counter them instantaneously.
    This helps you because I can see straight through your bullshit and call you on it, so you can get it out of the way and move forward.
  • Connect the ideas and concepts of everything I’ve ever been interested in.
    This helps you come up with surprising avenues to pursue to change the status quo — to tackle problems that seem unsolvable given the accepted wisdom in a single field.

So, here is the list of my traits and characteristics. Still short for now, but it’ll grow. Not because I discover new ones. But because it’s boring to write more than a few at a time. And because the list simply is too long 😁


Life long learner, interested in anything and everything.

Except mathematics (used to be very good at it, but it’s been too long) and politics of any kind – national, organizational, communal, …


I love to play. Don’t always. My serious side can get in the way. But when I feel safe and free from “the need to show up like …” mode and you’ll be exposed to my sunny, optimistic, playful, teasing, irreverent, and adlibbing mode.

Confidence Maven

Cracking the code on mindset and resilient confidence.

I’m a little bit of everything
All rolled into one
I’m a bitch
I’m a lover
I’m a child
I’m a mother
I’m a sinner
I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell
I’m your dream
I’m nothing in-between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

From: Bitch by Meredith Brooks


60+ years of experience with the challenges of living in a neurotypical world with an undiagnosed neurodivergent brain.


That’s another 60+ years of experience. With knowing I was smart yet never imagining that I’m in the top 2% of smartie pants.


All my life I’ve felt like an incomprehensible barrel full of contradictions. At 60 it all finally made sense when I received my neurodivergent diagnoses. Yes, plural.

The song Bitch by Meredith Brooks may give you a sense of what it’s like. The top two lines of the chorus say it all.


If you’d like to chat, connect, or dive deep on anything, feel free to get in touch. Details are on the contact page.