THRIVHER INTERVIEW: Mariëlle HOOGENBOOM

Updated: May 21, 2018




Thrivher Achievements:

Founder and business owner of BeBooming – coaching for female game changers



Thrivher Dive

  • Can’t start the day without: Cuddles with my daughter.

  • Best read for growth: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. It’s an epic story of the journey to your heart.

  • Non-negotiable: Journaling. Since I discovered journaling there is no way back - if you do this on a daily basis it will change your life.

  • Top music track of all time: Who Runs The World by Beyoncé.

  • Most random job: Being a hostess in the Silver Spur Restaurant in Disney Land Paris. I was all dressed up like I came straight from the Wild West and I loved it!

  • I’m most afraid of: Being afraid!

  • Go-to for fun: Playing loud music, dancing wildly and singing off key!




THRIVHER MOVES:


What did you first choose to focus your studies in?

I studied Hotel Management in the Netherlands and in my last year I did an internship in a hotel in Cape Town South Africa for 10 months. I had always enjoyed travelling, good food and service based work and I knew I wanted to do something that would give me freedom to travel – so at the time, that ticked all the boxes.



What did your South Africa experience provide you with that you wouldn't have gained staying at home?

Although I had lived alone before, this was the first time I had lived completely away from my parents, friends and everything I knew in the Netherlands. I stayed in Cape Town and I loved the vibe of a big metropolitan city right on the beach. I knew no one. I had no expectations and no-one had any expectations of me, which felt great. It felt like a big adventure and to be somewhere totally different and outside my comfort zone taught me a lot. I felt a real sense of freedom and made so many friends, it was an amazing experience.


It felt like a big adventure and to be somewhere totally different and outside my comfort zone taught me a lot.



What made you return home?

I came back to finish my studies. I had a difficult time readjusting because I felt I had grown so much during my time in South Africa and yet I felt everything and everyone at home had remained the same. Part of my heart was still very much in South Africa, but it was time to get serious and look for a job. The search for a job took quite a while and that was quite tough for me. I noticed the impact of being rejected from jobs on my sense of self-worth.


I noticed the impact of being rejected from jobs on my sense of self-worth.


Eventually I got a great job at a new five-star hotel in the Netherlands as Supervisor of the Banqueting Team. They were in the startup phase of building this amazing luxury hotel and it was an honour to be part of the opening team of this hotel. There was a real sense of teamwork amongst the employees, which I loved.