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Hi there! My name is Kona Brown.
It’s been scientifically proven that talking about yourself makes you happier. Which is baffling because if that where true why are resumes so awful to write and so embarrassing to publish? But for the sake of social convention, you are welcome to take a peak at the “on paper” version of moi..
I am an earnest blogger, enthusiastic exerciser, shower singer, persistent prayer, fashion fanatic and closet artist, so basically your typical mom and wife next door. I am at my happiest when I have opportunities to inspire other women to find more meaning in the juggling, list-making, rushing, adulting, parenting and mundane madness of everyday life and to thrive in those places with greater grace, revelation and enthusiasm.
I am a lifelong resident of Jozi from the creative suburb of Linden, and one of my party tricks is that I was one of the first KTV presenters back in the day (kids channel from when SA first got cable TV). This shows my age and, if they remember it, theirs! I majored in Development Studies and Political Science at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU). I was recruited to a grad program in the financial sector (yes, even I was surprised) and worked on projects at Nedbank, FNB and RMB Private bank before “retiring” as senior Business Analyst and starting this happy family with the handsome husband. He likes to call it “retiring” but only a man would call going from a paying 8 hour a day job to a non paying 24 hour a day job “retiring”! I loved being a stay at home mom but struggled to sit still, so I started volunteering and became involved at a Non Profit called Rays of Hope, an NGO focusing on poverty alleviation in the Alexandra Township.
It was my involvement specifically assisting orphaned and vulnerable children in child headed households that played a major part in me being crowned Mrs United Nation SA 2012. The Mrs UN Pageant is an international pageant focused on married woman who do charitable work. I was privileged enough to represent South Africa at the Mrs UN International Pageant in Jamaica at the end of 2012, where I was crowned Mrs UN International for 2013.
So now, when people ask that dreaded question “So…what do you do?”, I usually say I am a “slashie” and that most of my jobs involve helping people. I write this blog (which I hope is helpful to someone other than my little sister who reads out of obligation! Oh, and my mom, thanks Mom!) and I also love speaking to groups of women (both in Afrikaans and English) about a variety of topics, such as parenting, active citizenship, living out your faith and calling and finding meaning in the mundane of life. Since 2013 I have been involved with the international Christian publishing house Graham Blanchard Publishing as part of mentorship panel aimed at inspiring moms across the world.
As the sister, manager and “bestie” of popular South African platinum-selling recording artist, Elvis Blue, I spend lots of time on the phone and directs upwards of 120 gigs per year for Elvis and project manage album releases. I also serve as director of 2 companies in the public and private sector respectively. Of course, this happens in between the school run and the dynamic home life of the handsome husband and the 2 joyful-noise boys and the many many peanut butter sandwiches and prayer that propels it forward.
You can get in touch with me for collaborations or book me for your next women’s event on the contact page or contact me directly via the details below:
0834563341 or email@example.com