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Do you ever wonder why you’re able to accomplish some goals but not others? Or why you can sustain certain habits, but struggle with creating and maintaining other habits? Have you ever asked yourself “What is wrong with me?” Isn’t it time you created REAL and SUSTAINABLE change, and stepped into being your most EXTRAORDINARY self? I’m your host, Sandra Chuma. I’m a certified life, business, habits and mindfulness coach. My mission is to live my life on purpose and with purpose, and inspire ...
 
NDINI features the stories of groundbreakers, trailblazers, innovators, achievers and inspiring women of African descent. It's a podcast to entertain, inform, inspire and empower through showcasing the achievements of African women. And by sharing these stories, raise the ceiling and widen the scope of what we believe is possible for ourselves.
 
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One of the things that I'm so passionate about is talking about self-worth, because this has been a lifelong journey for me. I am 47 years old, and 47 years is what it has taken me to learn that everything -- whatever it is that you want in your life, whether it is love, whether it is money, whether it is a job -- everything comes down to your self…
 
Watch the VIDEO of this episode on my YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/sandrachuma One of the questions that I get asked the most is, “How do you get your glowing skin?” Okay, I am not a beauty blogger. I do not play a beauty blogger on TV, or on YouTube for that matter. But given the number of people who've asked me that question, I thought I'd shar…
 
There's so much conversation right now about self-care, and yet there's really very little conversation about self-worth. I am going to make a bold statement about this: Whatever you have in your life right now -- whatever money is in your bank account, whatever your body looks like, whatever it is that you want in terms of career, in terms of rela…
 
In part 2 of my conversation with Radiation Oncologist Dr. Katie Deming, she talks about how fear and worry affects the immune system and the healing process of your body, and how stress contributes to physical illness. To address these aspects, Katie shares how she helps her patients gain the power to start healing themselves through letting go of…
 
This week, we welcome our guest expert, Dr. Katie Deming. Katie is a Radiation Oncologist. She believes in serving as a guide through the cancer journey of her patients and prides herself on educating, helping them make good decisions, and providing high-quality care throughout treatment. Katie is also the founder of MAKEMERRY (https://shopmakemerr…
 
I literally was raised in a mud hut with no running water, and no electricity. The aspiration for me growing up was that I would get an education and I would make something of myself. What I lacked in material things I more than made up for in terms of the love and the attention that I got from my family. One thing that my grandmother would always …
 
I want to share something that happened to me when I was at university. Something I think we often do, especially as women, is apologize for ourselves. I was at university overwhelmed by ‘imposter syndrome’ because I was already 40 when I studied Journalism in Columbia University. I felt like I didn't really belong, as a 40 year old going back to s…
 
This week we are welcoming our first ever guest in the WORTHY podcast -- Wealth & Abundance Coach Emily King. Emily is an MBA graduate, a certified NLP practitioner, and also a certified Time Line Therapist. Emily shares her journey just after she had graduated her MBA thinking that she had it all figured out. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out …
 
We are now in the home stretch of the last quarter of the year, and I wanted to share with you 9 tips to make these last 90 days, the best 90 days of the year. I'm going to start with a confession, though. This was about the point in time in the past, when I would put my life in cruise control. I've kind of convinced myself that there are only a fe…
 
The day this episode comes out is actually on my 29th wedding anniversary! My husband and I have been married for 29 years, but we have been together for 32 years. And I wanted to share with you some things that I wish somebody had told me before I got married, things that would have radically changed some of the things that happened in our relatio…
 
In today's episode, what I'm going to say may be a little bit controversial, so get ready ladies to clutch your pearls, because I'm busting a myth about affirmations. I’ll be honest and say I've been one to put affirmations out on social media. I love a good affirmation myself. So why am I saying affirmations don't work? Alright, what I said is why…
 
I recently had to move houses. People move every day all day, but it was a different kind of move for me, because this is the first time ever in my grown up life that I had moved somewhere smaller. All of my life I've been progressively living the dream where every time I moved, it was to a bigger and a better house. Now as circumstances would have…
 
I want to tell you the one thing that I know is guaranteed NOT to work when it comes to creating your habits -- and it is relying on Motivation and Willpower. Those two things are not going to help you build habits that are sustainable. So many of us are trying to get to a result, but we're not thinking about our habits in the context of them becom…
 
Whenever you find yourself in disagreement or in conflict, whether in a romantic relationship or work relationship, it's always a great question to ask yourself -- Is this important? Will this matter a day, a week, a month, a year from now? And would I rather be right at this moment, or would I rather feel good? A lot of the time the reason we want…
 
What would you say is the most complicated relationship that you have in your life? I think most of us would immediately think of relationships with partners, spouses, parents, children. But really the most complicated relationship you will ever have in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. It is so complicated, so nuanced, and the …
 
Sometimes the people who win and achieve big things are not the smartest people in the room. They're not the ones who have the best ideas. They're not the ones who are better than anybody else. They are just the people who showed up consistently. “How you do anything is how you do everything.” This was one of the things my father used to say to me …
 
I recently had a conversation with a mentor of mine, and I realized he had just dropped a truth bomb. He said, “You know, Sandra, I treat my life like a backpack. Every day I wake up, I pick up my backpack, and I put it on my back and I go through my day. And as I'm going through my day, I pick up different things, and I put them in my backpack. An…
 
“Sometimes we think we're good because we don't feel as bad as we used to, or it's not as bad as it's been in the past. We're still not good, we're just not bad.” My naturopathic doctor recently asked me, “How are you?” How many times have we asked that question? or been asked that question? I responded with my standard answer. “I'm great.” And she…
 
I sometimes get asked why I decided to become a coach. To be 100% transparent, I did not decide to become a coach, it almost feels like coaching has chosen me in some way. In fact, ‘coach’ is a title that I really resist because I don't really see myself as a one. My perception of a coach was someone who has it all together, and are now in a positi…
 
Recently, my team was able to track that our podcast -- which we had just launched a couple of months ago -- has now just exceeded 1000 downloads. In my mind, I dismissed it. And here's why. I am friends with people who have hugely successful podcasts -- millions of downloads on a regular basis. And so when my content manager told me that we were a…
 
One of the things that I hear most often from people is that they find TRACKING, triggering. People have a difficult relationship with tracking because they generally use it as a way to beat themselves up. Now, this is something that I can totally relate to. But what I know for a fact is that if you want to be successful -- achieve your goals, crea…
 
How do I feel worthy? How do I feel worthy of having, doing, and being the person that I know I can become? How do I feel self-worth? The dictionary says that ‘self-worth’ is ‘a feeling that you are a good person who deserves to be treated with respect.’ That is powerful. And yet so many of us don't feel ‘good’ in a way that we deserve to be treate…
 
How do I find my purpose? This is a question that I've been asking myself all through my 30s. And then when I turned 40, I had an epic meltdown because I hadn't figured out the answer to the question ‘What is my purpose?’ You see, in asking that question of ‘Why haven't I figured out what my purpose is?’ I negated everything that I had done -- all …
 
12 years ago, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. And despite all my readiness and preparation, it did not go well. In this episode, I am telling this story -- a story I have avoided talking about for so long -- because it is something that has been coming up for me in a new endeavor. This story is a reminder to everyone, and to myself. This experience I sh…
 
If there is one thing that irks and bothers me the most about people in personal development is when they say, “You just need to change your mindset!” They make it sound as easy as changing your clothes. They tell you WHAT to do but not HOW to do it. I find it so disrespectful. It's not that simple. So what can you do? What are the things that you …
 
Raise your hand if you hate Mondays. I'll put my hand up, and I'll say for a long time, I was one of those people. On Mondays, I was always scrambling, I was always behind. And it was also just really hard to get going and motivated after the weekend, especially if it had been a long weekend. I had to start to think about what I could do to make my…
 
More than two thirds of people, especially in the last year, say that they've experienced some level of stress and anxiety. And more than 50% of people, according to research, say they're exhausted all the time. And so what can we do to start to take back control to start to feel less stressed out and less anxious? In this episode, I'm going to sha…
 
Today we are talking about Self-care. Yes, that important subject that most people seem to associate with Sunday's, but self-care isn't just about Sundays. Self-care isn't just about facials and manis and pedis. Self-care is so much deeper than that. True Self Care is truly caring about yourself. I think we really need to make that distinction. Sel…
 
One of the very first things that we think about when we're pursuing any goal is ‘what do I need to do?’ And so often we write down our goal, and then we think about all the action steps and all the things that we need to do. We come up with our TO-DO list, and yet so rarely does anyone ever think about a TO-BE list. Yes, I think that your TO-BE li…
 
What if I told you that one of the key missing ingredients from your goal setting is you haven't planned to fail? Why, you might ask, should you plan to fail? Isn't the whole point of going after your goals is to be successful? You're absolutely right. But here's what happens when we're going after our goals -- and it doesn't matter whether it's a …
 
Hey, I'm Sandra, and I wanted to let you know that I'm launching a new podcast. In this podcast, I'm going to be sharing with you tools, tips, tricks, information that I've gathered, and information that my guests will be bringing to you all about how you can fully step into the power that you have. It'll be a reminder that you are worthy. One of m…
 
Hello, and welcome to this very first episode of WORTHY podcast. In this episode, I want to share with you 6 pillars that make up WORTHY. ‘Worthy’ itself is the word -- the realization that you absolutely are worthy. You are deserving, just as you are, you don't need to be or to do anything to be worthy of stepping into your dream life. But I also …
 
In this episode, I will share the three key points you will need to remember to be able to build sustainable habits. These key points are way more effective long-term more than the temporary nature of relying on motivation and willpower alone. This episode wraps up our Habits series, as well as the year for the NDINI Podcast. I have a very special …
 
One of the things that I have learned in learning about behavior design is the power of habits, and that habits really are the foundation of success. I didn't expect my learning about habits to literally be life changing. And so once I started down this path and started learning from BJ Fogg, I learned that he has one non-negotiable, -- the Maui ha…
 
If I tell you, “Whatever you do today, don't think about a pink elephant.” What's the first thing that happens in your mind? Don't think about a pink elephant -- now you're thinking about the pink elephant. And that's exactly the same thing that happens with habits. Your mind is the key. In this episode I talk about the Stanford Marshmallow Experim…
 
How do you start to ‘break’ a bad habit? First of all that terminology -- 'break' a bad habit -- we need to change that. Think about how long it took for you to ingrain that as a habit. It didn't just happen overnight. You've been doing it over and over for a time, you don’t just stop doing it overnight. It's something that, in the words that I've …
 
One of my coaches said to me, "Everything you have, or you don't have in your life is because of your habits." I've never thought about it like that. I knew your habits were important. I knew that there are good habits and bad habits, but I've never thought about the fact that my life was being created by my habits. And once I understood that, then…
 
Before we start this week’s podcast episode, I highly encourage all of you listeners to check out the video of this episode on our website, NDINI.COM or on our YouTube channel, NDINI Media. The reason I mention this is because this episode contains valuable visuals of the Fogg Behavior Model, and it would greatly help you understand it if you could…
 
The key to your success doesn’t lie in you believing, or stepping into your fear, or in rubbing crystals so you can “manifest”. The “secret” to success is self-discipline. My friend Vitale Buford recently shared this powerful quote: “Self-discipline is the highest form of self-love.” Most people are allowing distractions, procrastination, excuses t…
 
This week, we continue our conversation with Africa Media Executive, Broadcaster & Creative Industry Specialist, Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba. In this second part of our conversation with Lee, she gives her definition of purpose, and talks about the challenges she had to overcome in life, and shares some valuable insight on excellence and embodying excelle…
 
Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba was born in Cuba and raised in South Africa. Her father initially wanted her to become a doctor, but Lee found her passion in another field which would later make her name known in the African media and entertainment industry. At the young age of 19, Lee began working as a DJ and producer for the biggest radio station in South …
 
We’re down to the last quarter of the year. If you’re like me, this is when “the wheels come off the bus” so to speak! All the good habits, and all the goals I’ve been working towards go out of the window. If this sounds like you…. BUT you want this year to be different, then this is for YOU! I’ve been there so many times – ending the year disappoi…
 
This week on our Quick Fire series, we have CEO and founder of Curlshoppe, Natasha Sheppard. Natasha joined us in Episode 118 where she shared her story and journey to becoming an entrepreneur, and talked about her goals, dreams, and challenges, and her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. As a child growing up, Natasha’s hair was consistently relaxed…
 
This week for our Quick Fire series, we have Strategy and Growth Consultant and founder of My African Corner, Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro. Chioma joined us in Episode 115 where she shared her story on how she became a CPA, and eventually fully going into entrepreneurship. Chioma is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 8 years of experi…
 
For our Quick Fire episode this week, we have motivational speaker, coach, entrepreneur, and author of 'A Walk In My Stilettos', Makini Smith. Makini joined us in Episode 122 where she shared her personal journey and how she had come to write her book. Makini was a straight A student when she was in high school, but her turbulent youth and environm…
 
Joining us this week in our Quick Fire series is mother, entrepreneur, and life coach Robina Abramson-Walling. Robina joined us in Episode 120 where she talked about her life journey of discovering herself to her core and her pursuit of purpose and happiness. Robina worked as a nurse, got married and had children, then left her job to focus on rais…
 
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