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So, You’re Thinking About Becoming a Vegan? With Tomi Makanjuola. E23

So, You're Thinking About Becoming a Vegan?
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Women Who Rebrand – The Podcast Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves. Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’. The podcast covers starting-over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand! Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including Acast, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher. For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

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It’s National Vegetarian Week, what better way to help educate the masses than to devote a whole episode to non-meat food discussions. Sareta and Chioma discuss their eating habits and special diets; could one of them be converted after meeting their special guest?

Author, professional chef, and Vegan Tomi Makanjuolabut joins the ladies this week. They discuss Tomi’s career, background, and realistic ways you can become Vegan. Unlike Tomi, it doesn’t have to be an overnight decision! 

 

This weeks guest

Tomi Makanjuola

Tomi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa). For as long as she can remember, she has absolutely loved food. From shopping for it to making it to watching other people experiment with it on TV cooking shows. Like writing, she explains, it was somewhat of a creative outlet, a way to express herself and bring exciting food ideas to life. Tomi’s Mother has taught her everything she knows about traditional Nigerian food.

She learned cool cooking hacks and flavours from her Dad that she still uses to this day. In Tomi’s household, life revolved around food, marking every occasion, special or otherwise!

As a child, Tomi recruited her siblings and convinced them to turn our dining room into our own little restaurant for a week. We hand-wrote menus, decided on our’ opening hours’ and everything! Our parents were only too happy (and bemused) to play along.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Tomi still loves everything to do with food and gets a thrill whenever she gets to share it.

Tomi turned vegan for health and animal welfare reasons back in 2013; “I was studying towards a degree in English and French at Oxford University. A career in food wasn’t even on the cards back then. During my year abroad in France, I started up this blog as a way to showcase all my culinary experiments.”

‘The Vegan Nigerian’ platform, by Tomi Makanjuola, is dedicated to making Nigerian cuisine and the vegan lifestyle accessible to the mainstream – through online resources, workshops and bespoke events.
She’s a private chef, runs fun and inspiring pop-up events and restaurants, and hosts guests from around the world through her Airbnb vegan Nigerian dining experience. Tomi also conducts live cookery workshops and demonstrations and offers Nigerian food at markets and festivals around London & southeast England.

You can book Tomi if you’re thinking about becoming a vegan; she offers personal vegan coaching to aspiring vegans.

Tomi is an author and has a cookbook available to purchase through all reputable sites, called, “Vegan Nigerian Kitchen“.

More From Our Guest

“I can honestly say that taking the leap into a plant-based lifestyle was one of the most important and beneficial decisions I have ever made.” – Tomi Makanjuola 

Vegan Nigerian Kitchen by Tomi Makanjuola

Vegan Nigerian Kitchen: 100 classic recipes with a plant-based twist

From one-pot porridges to spicy soups, stews, savoury snacks, sweet treats and cocktails Vegan Nigerian Kitchen is the essential cookbook for anyone who wants to embark on a unique and delicious culinary journey.

You’ll encounter regional dishes from across Nigeria, with insights into traditional ingredients and cooking methods. Each recipe delivers on taste and enjoyment, even without the use of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products!

Tomi Recommends

By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye Lynn McQuirter
“With attitude and inspiration, this lifestyle guide shows Black women how they can be healthy, hippy, and happy by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes as part of an active lifestyle. African American women face a health crisis and explosive rates of death and disability from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and this book provides authoritative research to illustrate how a plant-based diet can reverse this trend. Encouraging readers to think about the foods they choose and what their choices mean to overall health, the manual shows that a diet of meat, fish, fowl, dairy, and refined grains is hazardous not only to human bodies but also to the planet and animals. With its much-needed nutritional analysis, the book also offers practical advice about how to transition to vegan foods; delicious and nutritious recipes; a comprehensive grocery shopping list for restocking the fridge and pantry; recommended resources; and inspirational vegetarian quotes from famous African Americans, including Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker, Angela Bassett, Erykah Badu, Russell Simmons, and Dick Gregory.”

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Where to find Tomi

IG: @VeganNigerian
Web: The Vegan Nigerian

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The Importance of Choosing Yourself with Tamu Thomas – Founder of Live Three Sixty. E.21

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Acast, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

Sareta & Cee Catch Up

The importance of choosing yourself

During this week’s catch up, Sareta and Chioma share details of how they practice the concept of ‘choosing yourself’ and how to be selfish in the most positive sense. Self-care doesn’t have to be about facials and spa days; it’s about putting yourself first so you can live while being the very best version of yourself. If you’re lacking in self-love, you’re not going to be capable of showing up wholeheartedly for others.

This weeks guest

Tamu Thomas, founder of Live Three Sixty

Tamu is an emotional well-being coach and the purveyor of joy. She wants people to enjoy who you are from the inside out. She believes in the potent power of pleasure; joy is a mighty healing tonic with the capacity to teach us how to own the full spectrum of what we feel. 

This week, Chioma and Sareta talked to Tamu Thomas, founder of Live Three Sixty. She’s a well-being Coach, qualified Social Worker & Somatic Coach. She helps over-functioning, highly ambitious women tune in to how powerful they are. Tamu supports her clients so they can begin to create systems of care for themselves and avoid rinsing themselves out. If you don’t already, get your favourite pen and your prettiest notebook because you will want to take some notes during this episode of Women Who Rebrand!

The ladies talk about Tamu’s life journey and how, even if it didn’t feel like it initially, her experiences led her to where she is now. She has always been a gatherer of people, bringing them together and organising events, from her school days, nay, nursery days! Formally, she ran a Brunch Club, where women in the creative industries could come together and discuss in a supportive environment. There was also Motherhood Reconstructed, with a previous Women Who Rebrand guest Leah, where Black mothers could come together and share experiences. She has been connecting people, from seemingly different and incompatible groups, for years. Nothing has been an accident; everything happens for a reason!

Tamu describes herself as the ‘Purveyor of Joy’; she explains joy as a settled state of confidence, contentment and hope. Her theory helps us see how choosing yourself by prioritising and setting boundaries can ensure that your happiness is protected. She begs us to give ourselves a break and show ourselves some compassion.

“I support freelance and entrepreneurial women to learn how to take care of their needs, enjoy who they are and cultivate a trusting friendship with themselves.

I am a joyful lover of life. I am curious about what it is to be human and I love to learn. I live in a state of awe and wonder. I will never not be amazed that we were birthed from this beautiful planet. The fact that we live on a floating rock covered in soil and water only protected by the ozone layer is amazing. I think it is a real privilege to be a human being and wish we embodied that, I recognise that this is a privilege – I know that my parents and ancestors endured a lot for me to create this privilege for myself despite living in a system that is built to oppress me.” – Tamu Thomas

The Importance of Choosing Yourself with Tamu Thomas

Tamu Thomas

“I can’t choose you above me…if it starts to feel like a pair of ‘too tight’ skinny jeans, I’m out of there!”

Tamu Recommends

India Arie – Strength, Courage and Wisdom. A track to motivate while reinforcing the practice of choosing yourself.

Where to find Tamu

Live Three Sixty
Web: livethreesixty.com
IG: @LiveThreeSixty

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Period Products with Lauren Derrett – Founder of Wear ’em Out pads. E.20

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Acast, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

Sareta & Cee Catch Up

The Ultimatum; Marry or Move On' - Netflix

Before welcoming this week’s guest, Sareta and Chioma discussed ‘The Ultimatum; Marry or Move On’. The show’s a spin-off from the ladies’ favourite dating show, Love Is Blind, and encourages couples to put their love to the test. Hosts Nick & Vanessa Lachey introduce other potential matches. Couples have an opportunity to date and potentially marry instead of their current partners. Expect mess, tears, and tantrums; a Netflix dating show wouldn’t be a hit without the emotional recipe for disaster.

This weeks guest

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Earth Week may have been last week, but sustainability and environmental awareness are for life! Sareta and Chioma continue the theme by chatting with Lauren Derrett, founder of Wear ’em Out, a reusable period pad brand that’s changing the way people period.

Lauren left school at 14 and describes herself as an introverted Jack of all trades. She started her first business aged 40 and credits her success to being open to the lessons that failure brings and can pivot at a moment’s notice.

As converts to reusable period products, the ladies are keen to understand why more of us should be using them and why it’s essential to recognise that not everyone can – and that’s ok. They also have an interesting chat about some of the sacrifices we must make, even when we want to save the planet because we do what we can. As Lauren says, “we’re here to respect the 50 shades of green”, so no judgement.

Lauren shared information about her educational Wear ’em Out packs during the show. They were created to be used in a learning environment and strike up a much-needed conversation around periods. If you’d like to learn more, visit the Wear ’em Out website – Wear ’em Out Educational packs.

More From Our Guest

Did you know that a single disposable pad or tampon takes longer to degrade than the lifespan of the person who wore it, in fact, it can take up to 800 years! Or that 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products are used in the UK every year equating to 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste hitting UK landfills per year?  The good news is, that making the switch to more eco-friendly periods is easy.

“Hey, I’m Lauren, founder of WEO. I’ve created a pretty darn cool, totally reliable and efficient re-useable pad for you to use when you’re on your period. It’s for all you eco-curious, modern people out there. It’s time to pave the way, set new trends, cross new boundaries, and be the influence all while contributing to our shared one home, our innocent and affected planet. ⁠Try it, I promise you won’t look back.” – Lauren Derrett, founder of Wear ’em Out

Learn more about the Wear ’em Out brand by following Lauren on your favourite social media platforms, including Instagram & YouTube

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Lauren Derrett, founder of Wear ’em Out

Lauren is a master of reinvention and has shamelessly reinvented herself many times over her 48 years. Now running an established brand who are stocked in Next online alongside many independent physical and online stores.

Lauren Recommends

My Therapist Ghosted Me podcast (recreational time) and Diary of a CEO podcast (for inspiration).

Where to find Lauren

Wear ’em Out
Web: wearemout.co.uk
IG: @WearEmOutPads

Wear 'em Out

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PR and Marketing Sustainably with Marie-Claire Frederick. e.19

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Acast, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

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Hey... is that me? Shop

Hey… is that me? Shop

During this week’s catch-up, Sareta and Chioma share their experience in marketing. As you may know, Cee runs a design brand alongside her family. They promote their African pride in their designs through their original prints and apparel. Sareta explains the not-so-nice side of working with PRs within influencer content creation. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more.

This weeks guest

https://lemonquarters.com/

This week is Earth Week, and Chioma and Sareta talk about the importance of marketing with Marie-Claire Frederick. She’s the co-founder of Lemon Quarters Media, a content agency where starting and listening to exciting conversations is the driving factor, over pushing out tired, uninspiring content. Don’t worry – the link to Earth Week will become clear as you listen to the episode…

Marie-Claire is also keen to pay it forward and has co-founded a 500+ strong female network of amazing and inspiring women in business. The Nurture Network aims to help and encourage female business leaders and professionals to grab that seat at the boardroom table.
The ladies discuss Marie-Claire’s journey through PR and marketing from following her dream of teaching in Japan, to her first role in PR, to the move into marketing and advertising, to harnessing her creative side differently and launching a luxury handbag brand, to her current self-employment as co-founder of Lemon Quarters.

Marie-Claire is passionate about social justice and sustainability. With Earth Week in mind, Marie-Claire shares her advice on what businesses can do to successfully market themselves while remaining conscious of digital and environmental waste. She is hopeful for the future, which is reassuring. Listen in to the episode to find out what the one, single, most significant thing that you, as an individual, can do to be more sustainable – it might surprise you…

More From Our Guest

“Marie-Claire Frederick – An avid cyclist. Albeit on a very slow vintage Dutch bike with a massive basket the size of a Christmas hamper. Passionate about storytelling and finding interesting ways to capture an audience’s attention. Over two decades in TV advertising, Content & Events. She’s seen it all yet is always learning” – LemonQuarters.com

Having worked for 15 years + in the advertising and content marketing world with the likes of Havas Worldwide, RAPP UK and Saatchi, Marie-Claire decided to co-create her own practice – Lemon Quarters.

They deliver tailor-made content for clients and partners. Companies include- Reuters, Concur, Pay Check, Ziglu, Tide Bank, British Business Bank and sync money, to name a few.

Learn more by following Marie-Claire on Instagram, and on her website.

https://lemonquarters.com/nurture-network/

The Nurture Network

Amazing things happen when women stand for other women. Join our Nurture Network to help your career thrive while helping other women too.

Marie-Claire Recommends

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins 
“Throughout your life, you’ve had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?”

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Where to find Marie-Claire

Lemon Quarters
Web: Lemon Quarters 
IG: @The_Nurture_Network

 

 

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Modern Maternity with Birthworker Nikita Akilapa. e.18

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting-over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

Sareta & Cee Catch Up

Lindt Chocolate

During this week’s catch-up, Sareta and Cee share what they’ve been doing with the kids during the Easter break. The two joke that they’ve reached ‘middle class’ status due to their hilariously bouji kids’ tastes, including Lindt Chocolate and trips to the restaurant Burger and Lobster. While talking to their special guest, they also discuss their maternity care and how it affected their birthing experiences. 

This weeks guest

Modern Maternity with Birthworker Nikita Akilapa

Sareta and Chioma meet Nikita Akilapa, PR and Marketing exec turned birthworker who supports birthing people through the pre and post-natal experience. She is your one-stop shop when it comes to all things birthing. She is passionate about sharing the positive birth stories and the beautiful images that accompany these stories, too (when Instagram permits obvs… )

As a Yoga teacher, Doula, hypnobirthing and breastfeeding Instructor, Nikita provides emotional, educational and physical support during pregnancy, birthing and beyond.
She is also a mother to two gorgeous humans.

The ladies talk about Nikita’s work as a doula, the range of support that she can provide, and the limits of her care. Did you know that there is a difference between physiological birth and vaginal birth? Did you know that doulas can support caesarean section births? Did you know that giving birth doesn’t have to be traumatic?

They also discuss the importance of ante-natal education and reminisce on their own birth experiences, reflecting on what they might have done differently. Nikita gives her take on the inequalities for Black and brown women within maternity care in the NHS (MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care Report, 2021).

 

More From Our Guest

“Nikita is fully invested in your comfort, safety and empowerment at all stages of pregnancy. She keeps her clients well informed and equipped with knowledge. She can advocate for mothers and their families during birth, protecting and reinforcing their birth plans or preferences. Nikita supports new parents emotionally and practically to help them confidently transition to parenthood.”  – www.nikitaakilapa.com

Getting ready to meet your baby is an exciting time for expectant parents, and Hypnobirthing is an excellent way to prepare for birth and beyond. This May, you and your partner can attend a 4-week group Hypnobirthing course in North London with Nikita Akilapa to help equip you both for the big day. Sessions will focus on:

  • Sharing all the information you need to feel prepared and make educated choices
  • Techniques for relaxing the nervous system to support a smoother birth
  • Swapping fear and anxiety for positivity and excitement around the birth experience
  • Building confidence in your ability to birth calmly, gently, naturally
  • Empowering birthing parents to confidently own their births
  • Helping birth partners understand and prepare for the important role of birth support

The classes offer a comprehensive antenatal education, based on the latest scientific and midwifery research.

Sessions cover the most important aspects of birth and postpartum preparation, including positive birth stories, birthing postures, guided relaxations, breathing techniques, natural comfort measures, advocacy and birthing rights, writing birth preferences, postpartum healing and nutrition, breastfeeding…and so much more!

Ideally recommended for around 20-25 weeks, but it’s never too early or too late to join.

Learn more about modern maternity and upcoming courses by visiting her website and by following Nikita on Instagram.

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Book a spot on Nikita Akilapa’s forthcoming Hypnobirthing & Antenatal education course

Nikita Recommends

Me And White Supremacy, by Layla F Saad

Me and White Supremacy shows readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviours, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated, and over 90,000 people downloaded the book.

The updated and expanded Me and White Supremacy takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

Where to find Nikita

Nikita Akilapa Birth Services
Web: nikitaakilapa.com
IG: @NikitaAkilapa_Birth

 

 

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting-over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

Sareta & Cee Catch Up

Lupita reaction - Oscars 2022

Chioma and Sareta didn’t discuss what everyone was talking about last week. They chose peace, let’s move on. 

This weeks guest

M3NSA

This week we welcome M3NSA, Bondzie Mensa Ansah; British Ghanaian producer, composer, rapper, singer, and filmmaker.

He is known for his recognisable sound and instinctual storytelling while still deeply rooted in his motherland. He has grown into an international sensation because of his ability to navigate different languages, cultures, and art expressions.

M3NSA began his musical career as a member of The Lifeline Family, a group he founded and worked with as a rapper. He later extended his talent to producing music, including various Ghanaian musicians, some of which include SaminiKK FosuObour and Tic Tac.  

As a music artist, M3NSA has toured with musicians such as the Wu-Tang Clan and The Roots. M3NSA’s works have gained recognition from the KORA, MOBO Awards, and the Ghana Music Awards

Solo albums, 2001 – Repablic, 2004 – Daily Basses, 2007 – Weather Report & 2011 – No.1 Mango Street.

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If you asked many Ghanaian rappers why they rap, they would probably answer, “Because of M3NSA”.

M3NSA is known for his recognisable sound and instinctual storytelling. Although his roots are still deeply rooted in Ghana, he has grown into an international artist through the years. Not only for his ability to navigate different languages but also for different cultures and artistic expressions.

Growing up in a family of artists, he was drawn to creativity. Following his brothers’ passions, he immersed himself in Hip Hop and Ghanaian music, and Manga culture. He was indefinitely suspended from school for missing classes to spend weeks living in a recording studio when he was a teenager. What could have been considered a regrettable episode was a statement towards a conservative educational environment and the inability to nurture a creative mind.

With a career spanning two decades, M3NSA’s work has been recognised with a MOBO nomination for his debut album, No1 Mango Street.

In 2021, M3NSA released his self-titled solo album, “Bondzie” (M3NSA’s full name is Bondzie Mensa Ansah – Akan word for “speak up”/”birth your voice”). We can discover the growth of a man, the development of a producer and composer, the experimentations of a lyricist who can rap in different languages and sing across music genres and styles.

“Bondzie” is not just a collection of songs; it’s also a collection of thoughts and connected stories that still stand on their own independently.

The album has been released with a series of visuals and content and a short documentary, “The Making,”. The documentary will be available at the end of March 2022.

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Bondzie Mensa Ansah

M3NSA Recommends

mensaansah.com

Where to find M3NSA

Spotify: M3NSA
IG: M3NSA
T: M3NSA
FB: M3NSA

 

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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting-over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!

Women Who Rebrand is available on many popular podcast streaming platforms including:
Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Stitcher.

For episode reminders and conversations about each episode join Women Who Rebrand on Instagram: @WomenRebranded

Sareta & Cee Catch Up

Bridgerton Netflix season 2

During this weeks’ catch up, Sareta and Cee shared their delight about the new season of Bridgerton; one of the most-watched Netflix series in the world. Bridgerton returned 25th March and to mark the occasion, the ladies, thanks to Astrologer, Lisa Stardust, determined which character they’d be based on their star sign.

Sareta – Pisces
– Daphne Bridgerton
Being a true believer in love and happily ever afters, Daphne won’t settle for anything less than ideal when it comes to romance.
Astrologer, Lisa Stardust, says: ‘Like most Pisces, she has an open heart and is looking for an intense partnership that transcends time.

Cee – Aries
– Anthony Bridgerton
Anthony is the oldest sibling of the Bridgerton clan, which means that he acts bossy all the time — a relatable sentiment that describes every ram.
Lisa says: ‘Anthony’s need to control the lives of his family and his own backfires swiftly because he learns to not go to battle with those he cares about and let them make their own decisions whether they’re good or bad.’

Seems like a great balance for the podcast duo!

To see which Regency-era Duke or Duchess you’d most likely be in society, head over to Casumo.

This weeks guest

Katty Janneh - The Realness in Business

Katty Janneh is the founder of The Realness in Business, which supports Creative Entrepreneurs to be as proficient in running their businesses as they are in honing their Craft.  She is also a serial headwrap wearer, which we love!

As well as teaching in further education for a number of years, Katty had a small millinery business for nearly 15 years and has spearheaded exhibitions and pop-up stores with like-minded Creatives.

This week our special guest is Katty Janneh, a business coach who supports creative entrepreneurs. As a multi-faceted creative, she has used her experiences in Crafts, Fashion & Retail to create business courses and workshops for creatives who recognise that they need to get real about the business side of things if they are going to have success on their terms.

Katty has helped many to transition into the career of their dreams and generate income to work to live, not the other way around! We welcome Katty to today’s episode of Women Who Rebrand.

More From Our Guest

“I am an Accessories fiend who fell in love with fashion when I was 8 years old after watching a TV drama about Coco Chanel. I discovered Millinery in an evening class at my local College to boost my Portfolio. It worked. After University, I realised I enjoyed making Hats far more and, for 15 years that is what I did. That chapter is now closed and after a hiatus, The Realness in Business was created”. – Katty Janneh

Katty runs creative business courses aimed at creatives who are pre-start to those who have been in business for a couple of years and are fed up with winging it. There is nothing like learning as you go, but having fewer bumps in the road would be really nice right? The self-paced courses offered will help with that. Learn more about upcoming courses by following Katty on Instagram, and on her website.

Shop prints by Katty Janneh

Shop prints by Katty Janneh

Katty creates inspiring and motivational prints. Take a look at her Etsy store to find a piece of art suitable for your home or office.

Katty Recommends

Live Three Sixty, founded by Tamu Thomas, an emotional well-being coach and the purveyor of joy!

Tamu supports freelance and entrepreneurial women, teaching them to learn how to take care of their needs, enjoy who they are and cultivate a trusting friendship with themselves. This trusting self-friendship enables women feel safe to be power-full and exercise their agency. Women, are you ready to emancipate your own business? Find out more.

Where to find Katty

The Realness in Business
Web: therealnessinbusiness.com
IG: @TheRealnessInBusiness

Shop Prints-
Etsy: kattyjanneh

 

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Yvadney Davis: Fashion Stylist & Contemporary Artist. e15.

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Yvadney – Black British contemporary portrait artist creating originals and giclee prints celebrating the Caribbean Diaspora and the sensuality of middle-aged women with soulful brush strokes, defiant colour and a lot of vintage wallpaper.

This week our special guest is Yvadney, a London-based portrait artist championing the Caribbean Diaspora and the middle years. She returned to her art practice for the first time in over 15 years, whilst enjoying a career as a Fashion Stylist. Homeschooling her two children in the middle of the global pandemic gave her the time to create, pause, reflect and pick up her paintbrush.

Yvadney talks to the ladies about fashion styling for kids and adults, dopamine dressing, radiators and drains, being inspired in her art by her working-class, Caribbean roots and prejudice faced by her and the models that she works within the predominately white, creative industries.

And how does she do it all? In her own words, “learn to stay no to things…find your real-world inspiration…your cheerleaders…actively make time for things…and celebrate the good and the joy”.

Yvadney has transitioned creatively, and we welcome her on today’s episode of Women Who Rebrand.

Wear what you mean, and mean what you wear…
Colours and their meanings

Colour 

White Black Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple Brown Pink

Meaning

Purity
Innocence
Neutrality
Mourning (in some cultures/
societies)
Authority
Power
Strength
Intelligence
Death or Mourning
Love
Romance
Excitement
Happy
Energetic
Excitement
Enthusiasm
Warmth
Wealth Prosperity
Sophistication
Change
Happiness
Laughter
Cheery
Warmth
Growth
Money
Health
Envy
Harmony
Fertility
Calmness
Serenity
Wisdom
Loyalty
Truth
Focused
Royalty
Wealth
Sophistication
Wisdom
Exotic
Spiritual
Prosperity
Respect
Mystery

Reliability
Stability
Friendship
Comfort
Security
Organic
Mourning (in some cultures/societies)

Romance
Love
Gentle
Calming

 

“I’ve just entered my middle years and strongly believe women of this age hold an unrecognised source of sensuality, wisdom and beauty. It is important to me that their bodies, alongside childbirth or ageing, have grown in power. I enjoy bringing out my subject’s personality, identity and emotions, from nuanced bodies through to the clothes they choose to wear.” – Yvadney Davis

Yvadney Davis SistrenSistren by Yvadney Davis

Yvadney’s art can currently be found in the Some Of Us Are Brave exhibition, launched by exhibition producer and curator CasildART.  The exhibition’s success inspired curator Sukai Eccleston to orchestrate a touring exhibition around the UK and the third edition of the show, which celebrates Black women’s creative expression. An inspiring art exhibition showcasing exclusively Black women’s work in Oxford until 27th March 2022. 95 Gloucester Green, OX1 2BU and the #WindowGalleries, Friars Entry OX1 2BY.

Yvadney Recommends

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
“This breakthrough book from James Clear is the most comprehensive guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day.”

10 Things This Book Will Teach You
Learn how to…

  1. Build a system for getting 1% better every day.
  2. Break your bad habits and stick to good ones.
  3. Avoid the common mistakes most people make when changing habits.
  4. Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower.
  5. Develop a stronger identity and believe in yourself.
  6. Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy).
  7. Design your environment to make success easier.
  8. Make tiny, easy changes that deliver big results.
  9. Get back on track when you get off course.
  10. And most importantly, how to put these ideas into practice in real life.
    …and much more.

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Where to find Yvadney

Art-
IG: @yvadneydavisart
Web: yvadney.art

Fashion-
IG: @yvadney 
Web: yvadney.com

“Women Who Rebrand” is a podcast with honest and humorous conversations about the natural and individual transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves. Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.  

Join us each week on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

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Getting to know the moon with Dee. e14.

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Have you ever taken a moon bath? What about making your morning cuppa with some moon water? No, but sounds good, right? Do you even know what your moon sign is? Well, you’re in luck because the next full moon is coming this week (18 March – yay!), and our guest this week is here to tell you all about how to make the most of it in your life.

Dee is a proud Palestinian, an empath and a spiritual wellness guide. She is co-founder of the Goddess Temple Twickenham, a spiritual wellness centre dedicated to celebrating the Divine Feminine. The Goddess Temple offers the opportunity to celebrate the seasons, hold spiritual events and workshops (We will attend a smudge stick workshop, stat!) and is a sacred space for quiet contemplation. Dee also runs a podcast, We Knew The Moon, in which she shares loads of interesting information about the moon, crystals, guided meditations, and everything witchy woo-woo.

Oh – and Dee is a fundraising consultant for empathic entrepreneurs and not-for-profit charities.

During episode 14, Dee listed a special blend of herbs to create the perfect Smudge Stick, for, you guessed it, rebranding! Welcome new beginnings, transformation and growth with these key ingredients:

Dried Rosemary – Great for promoting mental acuity and purification.
Dried Thyme – Fantastic herb for transitions, starting a new phase of life, leaving the past behind.
Dried Rose Petals – Usually burned in love, luck, grief, and healing rituals.

The best time to smudge your home is after organisation and a clean. There’s no point in welcoming a fresh start if your home is cluttered! Walk through each room, paying attention to corners, with your smudge stick to cleanse the energies and leave your home feeling fresh both physically and spiritually.

DIY Smudge Sticks

Ingredients

4 – 5 Rose Petals
Dried Rosemary Sprig
Dried Thyme
Scissors
Twine (or oil burner wick)

Instructions

  1. Start by trimming your herbs to size. Secure a long piece of twine around the base of your herb bundle and continue wrapping it until you reach the top. Make sure you wrap as tightly as possible to stay bound and burn evenly.
  2. Tie your twine securely and trim the excess. Trimming off any herbs that may be sticking out of your bundle.
  3. To use, light your dried smudging stick, holding a non-flammable container to catch any ash. You may have to relight as the herbs may not stay alight for a lengthy period.
  4. Starting at the Eastern point room of your home, circle the room clockwise, wafting the smoke as you go.
    Continue moving in a clockwise direction through the rest of your home. Feel free to state your intention while wafting the smoke. For example, “I welcome a fresh start and new beginnings. I am grateful for this transitional phase and rebrand!
  5. Finally, extinguish the smoke under either running water and set it aside to dry. You can reuse the same smudge stick until nothing is left to burn.

Want to know the best time according to the moon to do this? Dee’s website is an incredible resource for all things lunar. You can access the podcast, book yourself into the Goddess Temple Twickenham and find out about the current and future phases of the moon here: weknewthemoon.co.uk

You can also find Dee on Instagram:

Goddess Temple Twickenham @goddesstempletwickenham

We Knew the Moon Podcast @we.knew.the.moon.podcast

“Women Who Rebrand” is a podcast with honest and humorous conversations about the natural and individual transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves. Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.

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International Women’s Day with Johanna Rossi, The Soul Gardener. E13

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Episode 13: Celebrating International Women’s Day with Johanna Rossi, The Soul Gardener.

(Spoiler Alert: This episode contains some major Love is Blind Season 2 spoilers from 2:40 to 16:12. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 😇)

It’s International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March, and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. The aspiration is a gender-equal world where bias, stereotypes and discrimination no longer exist, and differences are valued and celebrated.

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

In episode 13 of ‘Women Who Rebrand’, Chioma and Sareta have chosen to mark the day by speaking to Johanna Rossi, a Holistic mentor and rebel with a big heart – The Soul Gardener.

“We are taught that we have to dig and uproot to discover who we are…To actually become our most authentic selves, we have to root and nurture ourselves back to our truth.” Hence, The Soul Gardener.

As a self-proclaimed “dark worker” (it’s not as sinister as it sounds, trust us), Johanna supports women in identifying and meeting their needs in-person, virtually and as part of a Women’s Circle. “You can’t expect anyone to know your needs or treat you the way that you deserve to be treated if you don’t know your needs.”

How about instead of setting goals and pushing yourself to deliver on them, you were able to act based on your emotions? And what about, responding to situations by asking yourself if things are happening to you or just around you (in your energy field)? Then what about feeling inspired to act as opposed to motivated to act?

Johanna is multi-passionate and multi-faceted and embraces this. As well as giving us ALL of the gardening metaphors, she is also a wife and mother to two wonderful old souls and a gorgeous Vizsla, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Artist, Entrepreneur, Skilful Creative, Intuitive, Writer, Podcaster, Certified Spiritual Guide, Bach Flower Remedy Practitioner student and Herbalist in training. Whew!

Follow Johanna on Instagram @raisingmywoman

“Women Who Rebrand” is a podcast with honest and humorous conversations about the natural and individual transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves. Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.

Join us each week on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Google Podcasts and Breaker (and while you’re there, subscribe too!)

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