About Me

Hi!

I’m Mary-Anne Gradwell, the creator of Healthy Harmony. I was born on April the first, 1976, and grew up as a farm girl on the outskirts of Johannesburg. My teenage years where challenging and tumultuous. Change was constant but served as a great teacher. My upbringing was conservative and patriarchal and I left as soon as I could to see the real world.

I travelled extensively and lived in Israel, Paris, New York, London, Rome, Bogotá and Tokyo. I speak fluent English and Afrikaans, and understand conversational Hebrew and Spanish. I now live in Johannesburg and have a beautiful teenage daughter.

I entered the fitness industry in 1999 as a fitness consultant and group fitness instructor. In 2004 I did a diploma in exercise science, and worked as a personal trainer. In 2017 I renewed my qualification and successfully obtained an advanced certificate in Exercise Science.

I’ve been engaged twice but neither long term relationship had me convinced I was ready to be institutionalized. I broke hearts and had my heart broken – both sucked.

I know the joys of extreme poverty and having to work hard. I also know the boredom of financial comfort handed to you – neither were satisfying. I’ve made great decisions, terrible decisions and difficult decisions. I wouldn’t change a thing!

I recently experienced an ego-death and spiritual awakening. My dark night of the soul un-fucked the lies of the ego that preserved my self-image, self-identity and self-esteem.

I believe in karma, past lives, energy, soulmates, guardian angels, spirit guides, synchronicities, life purpose, empaths, healers and light workers. This makes me a sage burning, crystal collecting, tarot reading, moon admiring kinda woman.

I also believe in conscious living, gratitude, empathy, authenticity and integrity. Most of all, I believe in self-love. If love conquers all, then surely self-love gives it the fortitude to do so.

I love my body, I love my mind and I live my one life to the fullest. I love life! My next adventure is to make a difference:

Help unfuck the human condition and do my part to bring humans, animals and the planet into harmony. 

Join me. You’ll love it.

Mary-Anne

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” – Childrenoflight