Marietta Mehanni


The list by Marietta Mehanni. 100 things, Discover wellness through solo adventures, crafting dreams, and finding joy in everyday moments.

Written by Marietta

March 14, 2016

Back in 2013, I attended FILEX and was captivated by Sebastian Terry’s keynote address. His journey of ticking off 100 things sparked an idea that resurfaced on New Year’s Eve 2014.

Creating An Adventure List

Inspired by Sebastian’s adventure, my friends and I started crafting our list of cool things to do around Melbourne. Unfortunately, life’s commitments made it challenging, and the list remained largely untouched.

Going Solo

Fast forward to a cruise to Alaska where I embarked on solo adventures – salmon fishing, dog sledding, helicopter rides, and climbing a glacier. The experience reignited my passion for the list. I realised that personal growth doesn’t always require company. It’s about your journey.

The Year of My List

Returning from the cruise, I promised myself that 2016 would be my wellness year, dedicated to exploring my list. From a New Year’s Day walking tour to immersing myself in Melbourne’s hidden gems, every spare moment became an opportunity for a list item. I booked in advance, committing myself to new experiences. The city became my playground as I embraced gardens, beaches, and museums. I went to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road with tourists (I was the only local) and observed the beautiful landscapes with new eyes. There were hours and even a whole day where I did not speak a single word and filled my eyes, ears and nose with sights, sounds and smells of my surroundings. As the year unfolded, so did my list. More items were added, ticked off, and circled for a different approach.

Sharing Adventures and Fostering Curiosity

Sharing these adventures with participants and clients sparked curiosity and inspired them to embark on their journeys. It became a revelation that a holiday can be found in our backyard, fostering a balance between work and personal rejuvenation.

The Ripple Effect

This rediscovery didn’t just impact my personal life; it infused a newfound enthusiasm into my work. The ripple effect of embracing wellness echoed through my fitness classes, creating a positive shift that exceeded my expectations. And I believe this was just the beginning.

Business Shifts and Personal Growth

Fast forward to the present, where the landscape has shifted. The challenges of the past four years, especially during the pandemic, prompted a pivot to online fitness endeavours. Transitioning my business to a virtual platform and adapting to a work-from-home routine presented new opportunities and challenges. Amidst this, I’m excited to share that I’m gearing up for my first holiday post-COVID.

Balancing Act: Work and Wellness

This shift in my routine has underscored the importance of balancing work and personal rejuvenation. As I prepare for this upcoming trip, I’m reminded of the transformative power of taking a break, whether it’s a new destination, discovering hidden gems, or embarking on exciting adventures. It’s a chance to step out of the virtual world and reconnect with the tangible joys of life, immersing myself in the richness of diverse experiences and creating lasting memories.

New Experiences and Fresh Perspectives

In the spirit of keeping things fresh, I’ll revisit my LIST and incorporate new experiences. Stay tuned for updates and perhaps even virtual glimpses of my holiday adventures.

Light Up Your Soul

As we navigate the ever-evolving journey of self-discovery, I encourage you to consider your list – not just a collection of tasks but a roadmap to moments that light up your soul.

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  1. Wow, if those words don’t inspire… Thank you for your thoughts, ideas and opening our eyes to what can be our world adventures and experiences..

    • Thank you Bev for your comment. I think that it is congruent with what you have been sharing and suggesting in the Aqua Mentoring membership regarding opening up ourselves to oppportunties.


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