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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. I am at my happiest when my kids are reading books and I am traveling to inspire women to find meaning in the mundane, the everyday, the list making and juggling and rushing and masterminding, parenting and adulting and often utter madness of everyday life and how to live and thrive in those places with greater grace, revelations and enthusiasm. I have lived in Jozi my whole life and pretty average really. One of my party tricks is that I was one of the first KTV presenters (this is a kids channel that came out back in the day when SA first got cable TV). This definitely gives my age away, and if you remember it, it gives yours away too! I went to university locally at the University of Johannesburg (Then RAU) and majored in Development Studies and Political Science. I was recruited to a graduate programme in financial services and worked as a business analyst before “retiring” and starting this happy family with the handsome husband. He likes to call it “retiring” because only a man would call going from a paying 8 hour a day job to a non paying 24 hour a day job “retiring”. Staying at home with my boys was a privilege but when I got restless I started volunteering and became involved at a Non Profit called Rays of Hope, an NGO focusing on poverty alleviation in the Alexandra Township. That lead to some weird and interesting things – including me participating and winning both Mrs UN SA in 2012 and Mrs UN International in 2013. Don’t worry, I was suprized too!
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. I wrote a book called The Mommy Diaries, not because I am a parenting expert, but because we all want to raise kids with courage and character and since I have failed, over-analyzed, prayed and wrestled, struggled and stumbled so much as I mom, I thought I could help other moms. I also help my awesome baby brother Elvis Blue to do what he loves best, which is to write and record platinum selling albums and perform to crowds all over the place. He is great at this! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org