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Jul 11, 2023

What’s your course of action in the face of adversity?

It can be all too easy to fall into the trap of despair and self-blame. 

But entrepreneur and cancer thriver Nika Stewart chooses to look at the bright side and find creative ways to have fun and thrive no matter what challenges life brings her way.

You don’t have to go through hard times all alone. Learn to seek support, let go of shame around your hardships, follow your intuition in designing a recovery process that feels good to you, and unpack the life lessons in this challenging time of your life.

Tune in to this episode: A Counterintuitive Approach to Conquering Adversity with Marie-Elizabeth Mali and Nika Stewart.

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Go through it in a way that feels good to you. Being diagnosed with cancer is a well-documented process that many people have experienced. But Nika’s intuition encouraged her to do things differently.

✔️ Document your experience. Everyone faces and has to overcome some kind of adversity. Write yours down. Take photos and videos, and share your story online. You’ll never know who will be uplifted and inspired by your content.

✔️ Imperfection creates connection. Don’t wait to put on makeup before getting on camera. Allow people to fall in love with your authentic self. You’re also giving permission for others to show up as they are!

✔️ Find the funny in your situation. Vulnerability can mean looking for humor in your situation. While cancer can be depressing for most, Nika chose to turn it around. What’s more hilarious than automatically grabbing a barrette even though you have no more hair?

✔️ Be grateful for the lessons. What is this challenge trying to teach you? This setback could be your chance to review your life trajectory and design it the way you want to.

You don’t have total control over your life circumstances. But you can take charge of how you feel about them.

As a working mom, entrepreneur, social media influencer, and cancer thriver, Nika Stewart offers a powerful message of resilience. Nika helps entrepreneurs show up and shine on video as the unique, brilliant superstars that they are, so they can get the recognition they deserve and make a meaningful impact as they grow their businesses. She's on a mission to inspire other women to defy the expected and create their own paths to joy and fulfillment.

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★★★ About Marie-Elizabeth Mali ★★★

Marie-Elizabeth is the founder of Relationship Alchemy, where she helps growth-oriented women develop clarity and alignment with themselves and their vision, so they can attract or deepen their relationship with their ideal partner and create a fulfilling life without compromising who they are. 


For passionate women having a “Now what?” moment who are ready to turn on their unapologetic power.

As a Relationship Alchemist, two-time TEDx Speaker, and host of the Relationship Alchemy podcast, Marie-Elizabeth Mali helps women communicate more effectively and transform patterns of thinking and behavior that get in the way of love, connection, and success in relationships and business. Drawing on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches women how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. She is also a published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks. Learn more at