This week I speak with Snehal Ponde, Life & Career Coach and a certified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner. What makes Snehal’s journey from an HR professional to a Coach special, is how she decided to pursue her passion for Coaching while battling Stage 4 breast cancer.
Snehal and her husband moved to Singapore from Mumbai in 2019. In April 2020, the couple welcomed a healthy baby boy. She got detected with breast cancer when her baby was five-months old and had to initiate her treatment immediately since the cancer had spread to her lungs, liver and bone.
The last 16 months has seen her undergoing chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiation. Despite the pain and problems associated with cancer and its treatment, Snehal was determined not to allow cancer to define who she is and what she does.
While her treatment is still on, she is keen on speaking about her journey, in her quest to spread awareness about breast cancer, finding her passion and not treating cancer like a death sentence.
We go beyond talking about her cancer to discuss spirituality, one of my favourite topics. No one would fault Snehal if she had a negative perspective on life, but what’s so inspiring is that in spite of everything she’s going through - the uncertainties, fears, doubts and more - Snehal remains positive and determined to live life fully.
If you’re at a place where you feel everything is at a deadend, listen to this episode to get a wider perspective on life and your incredible power to make a difference. You’ll be inspired by Snehal’s story.
This podcast is about helping you follow your passions, create goals, take action and learn the tools and techniques to live the life your heart desires.
You’ll hear interviews with women who are following their passions, the steps they’re taking and the lessons they learned along the way.
I also share my insights and experiences along the journey of following my passions and what I'm learning.
A Little History...
I started the podcast in November 2020. I was inspired to do it after hearing the recurrent fear and stress around finances from adult learners in classes about resilience that I was teaching at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast was then called ‘The Financially Free Woman’. At that time, I was very much into overcoming financial anxiety, something I myself experienced after a 6-figure business debt, losing my job as the family’s breadwinner and faced with job insecurity.
Over time, I realised a common theme running through all of my podcast guests. They were following their passions, taking the steps to get there, and possessed a mindset that no matter what, they would figure it out.
Despite the mistakes and missteps along the way, they just got back up and kept going. It was such an inspiration to watch and I finally understood in my heart that the whole point of life is to do what your heart is telling you to do and use your logical brain to take the actions needed.
Since then, I've been standing on the shoulders of these mighty women and learning to better listen to my intuition, follow my passions and use my rational mind to create a life my heart desires. I share what my guests and I are learning about how we're doing this on the podcast.
I hope you’ll join us on this amazing journey!
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