Marianna Cherry created Mums the Heroes in 2015.
She knew it was the right concept after seeing many mediocre speakers and poor practice in self development industry. She decided to go and aquire proper education and design her own school of thoughts.
Too many women are struggling to balance and remain emotionally and physically resilient – in juggling family, career and often caring for elderly parents on both sides.
Marianna’s aim is to apply every possible knowledge in practical terms to develop emotional resilience in people.
She has taken her time to learn the topics of happiness, emotional resilience and self empowerment, positive psychology, etc. Marianna has read hundreds of books, extracted and distilled knowledge from philosophical, spiritual, books on psychology, nutrition and was inspired by many female leaders – such as Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey, many more.
Find out more about Marianna here.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My interests are:
- Human profiling of many school of thoughts – it’s fascinating what makes us uniquely individual.
- Group behaviours, psychology and leadership – particularly self leadership interests me.
As a part of my training in the College of Naturopathic medicine, we are learning about the Genetics as well as Epigenetics.
My studies are fascinating, we do have clinics days too. It’s fairly close to my initial professional training – I’m trained pharmacist back in my native Ukraine!
I was managing health food store and loved giving advice to customers, all those 15 years ago, before my second child.
I had to face up to my own personal limitations and sort out my own issues. In the last year, I have become a trained nutritionist.
I went to a public speaking course, joined Toastmasters, Professional speakers association member, Institute of Directors Advance member and I’m now providing workshops for local women communities.
I’m running this company with my husband.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
Yes, I wanted to retrain and become really professional in what I do.
I have given myself plenty of time to develop confidence, a positive body image and worked through many self limiting conscious and subconscious beliefs to achieve all I have today.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
Yes, it’s not an easy task to establish your own business, especially if you are retraining and trying to make back into London companies as a trainer and consultant.
I have programme called “Five steps to happy”, which is mainly about emotional resilience – the ability to navigate in the challenging and diverse London environment, particularly for women, especially if you have family to care for.
I’m now collaborating with a business partner, who is working in mental health. Together we are planning to provide consultancy for the city women returners.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Keeping my family home happy and content. My two kids, whilst doing all the things that I do.
What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?
Determination to be successful and professional.
Also mentoring – I have mentors and I have mentees.
If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?
More women in the board rooms. We need to utilise women’s emotional intelligence to give men a more diverse point of view.
More women being emotionally resilient, confident and content.
More women collaborating – not as a queen bee – but learning to support the women around them. Women being able to connect and support each other as an equals.
Together – we are stronger.
Plus men don’t feel threatened if women are just professional and confident, congruent and self content.
Often women have many self imposed limitations.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?
Don’t get married at 21 🙂
Listen to your mum. Consult your mum. Your mum knows best – respect and appreciate your mum.
What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?
I would like to qualify this year as a nutritionist and set up my own consultancy.
I am hoping to graduate many from the virtual University of Happiness.
I want to create many more vision boards through workshops with attendees, create many more speeches for my YouTube channel; and continue with all my present compliments and see many more women embracing self love, continuous professional development, whilst enjoying physical health and practicing emotional resilience on the daily basis.
I would like to see our world benefitting from more bright and brave women contributing to the growth of humanity.
Health: emotional and physical, plus the purpose in life – I like to contribute to that through consultancy and public speaking, through writing and workshops.