This is Part 2 of my interview with Leslie Juvin-Acker. If you haven’t listened in to Part 1, listen to that first!
In Part 2 of this interview, Leslie dives deep with me to give me some coaching around my own experiences with money (like deep-rooted stuff from my childhood – good times). It’s a really fascinating conversation and I think you’ll learn a ton from some of the connections Leslie and I make based on my history/story.
On top of diving into my story, Leslie shares:
This was a really powerful conversation for me and I think you’ll find it really valuable as well!
How many times have you found your self admitting to indulging in a “guilty pleasure”?
Can we all get over that?
Can we simply enjoy the things that bring us joy and happiness (like long showers, dark chocolate, alone time, cheese, and Real Housewives) without connecting them to guilt?
Cause the truth is that you deserve all the chocolate (and cheese) in the world. You don’t even have to earn it. Or feel guilty about it. You can just have it. Because you’re worthy of joy and pleasure.
It’s really that simple.
Listen in to hear 5 reasons you need to stop being guilty about your pleasures.
Leslie Juvin-Acker is Chief Happiness Officer at Leslie Inc. where she coaches stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed senior managers, executives, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Her message is happiness and she helps leaders find their State of Happiness with intuitive insight, practical advice, and simple solutions.
In addition to her work coaching high achievers, Leslie is a psychic medium, a hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master, a domestic violence survivor, a postpartum depression warrior, and a Shameless Mom to her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.
I was so excited to talk to Leslie because I wanted to hear about so many aspects of her story and background. This conversation got so deep and involved, Leslie kindly agreed to stay with me longer than planned so we could do a 2 part interview and she could actually coach me in the second half!
Listen in to hear Leslie share:
Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Episode 198 where Leslie coaches me through my own background and experiences with money to help me see where I might be holding myself back. We dive deep into my family history with money and how that has impacted me. This is GOOD STUFF, friends. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing some of my story that I haven’t shared before!
There are 4 essential steps you need to take in order to successfully hit any goal or resolution you may be going after this year:
Some (all?) of these might be a little counterintuitive or go against the grain of what you’ve practiced in the past. That is a GOOD thing. Because doing the same old thing will only get you the same old results. Try to do things in a little different fashion this year and you might surprise the heck out of yourself when it comes to your long-term results.
Listen in to hear me dive deep into each of these and explain exactly how you can start getting more of what you really want in the new year!
Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.
She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster). Her second book: How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness is out this week!
When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice or hosting retreats, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain”.
I loved this conversation. Andrea and I hit it off from the moment we got on Skype together. She is brilliant and sassy – which is my favorite combination for a superstar guest. You care going some great (possibly hard) and valuable things in this conversation. Buckle up. This is not for the faint of heart.
WARNING: this episode contains explicit language relevant to the content and Andrea’s book.
Listen in to hear Andrea share:
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To kick of the New Year I am making a bit of an offering to you. I want to give you my 3 wishes for you in the New Year. I especially want you to be mindful of these wishes over the next month.
I think there is a lot of pressure to DO. IT. ALL. in January and I’m inviting you to NOT.
Instead I want you to consider how three little words might impact your actions for the entire year. These three words are my wishes for you.
Listen in to hear how these words are (weirdly) intertwined and critical to your 2018.
I couldn’t be more delighted to be kicking off a new year with YOU. Cheer, friend!
Every year is filled with so many opportunities to learn, grow & expand in new directions that is hard to identify just a few life altering decisions of the year. But I know there are things I did this year to be more powerful in my everyday life. AND I’m ready to kick off 2018 with some new awareness around how I want to make powerful things happen in my life in the new year.
Here are the 3 Most Powerful Changes I made this year:
Listen in to this episode to hear how these three changes had a massive impact on my life.
Lastly, THANK YOU for spending time with me this year. The work I do here in the SMA is what makes me more powerful #everydamnday. I couldn’t do it without YOU. And I can’t wait to do it lots more in 2018!
I put together a list of our most downloaded episodes of 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you. I know it can be hard to keep up with alllll the shows that come out in a year, so I thought this would be a great reference for those of you who might want to catch up on the best of the best that you may have missed in 2017.
These Shameless Moms (and one very Shameless Dad!) lit up my year. In addition to being ridiculously inspired by each of these guests, learned a ton from every one of them. I am delighted to have these friends and colleagues in my life. And I am PUMPED to share them with you again. ENJOY!
Oh, and feel free to share this list with friends you want to introduce to The Shameless Mom Academy. These shows would be a great place for a new listener to start!
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Lisa Druxman is the Chief Founding Mom of FIT4MOM, the parent company to Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides and Body Back. With nearly 2,000 class locations nationwide, FIT4MOM is one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Lisa is the author of the upcoming book, The Empowered Mama and the host of the Motivating Mom podcast. She has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America and more. Lisa is a speaker, writer and thought leader with a passion for helping moms get out of overwhelm and into a healthy and happy life. And most importantly, Lisa is a Shameless Mom to Jacob (16) and Rachel (12).
Lisa professional resume is so inspiring to me, as she built a fitness empire for herself while raising two littles. She definitely learned a lot along the way and has changed how she operates over time. Like me, she is done talking about mommy belly fat as if it’s a national disaster. She would much rather support women in becoming more strong, powerful and capable in all areas of their lives.
Listen in to hear Lisa share:
I got a message from a woman the other day, “Sara, I’m thinking about quitting.”
I have a lot of thoughts around quitting.
A lot of people will spew BS lines about “winners never quit”, or “pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”
And totally untrue.
There is absolutely a time and a place for quitting.
But you need to do a bit of an assessment and get REAL with yourself before making a final call to quit something.
Listen in to hear the advice I gave the woman who messaged me, and the advice I would give you if I got the same message from you.
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Mary Shores is the internationally known author of Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life.
As an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and CEO, Mary Shores teaches individuals and businesses to fearlessly create their own realities by using scientific methods and practical personal development. Mary has appeared internationally in magazines, on
television shows, and has been a guest on over 80 podcasts. Her practical and scientific methods, straightforward teaching, and actionable tips ensure that anyone can improve their life.
In 1992 Mary's daughter was born profoundly brain damaged, which meant Mary lived in-and-out of children's hospitals for more than a year to attend to Hayley's needs until she passed. Mary has since had two children (one son has autism) and suffered a soul crushing divorce. Wow, that's a lot of life for a woman in her forties to draw upon while building a multi-million dollar business.
Mary is a fighter, a survivor, and a warrior - with a powerful message. I know you’ll learn a few things from her!
Listen to hear Mary share:
I’ve been studying and reading up about all sorts of things related to self identity, Imposter Syndrome, and how we see ourselves versus how others see us. It’s been fascinating and I’ve learned a lot.
I did a little experiment last week and I was blown away by the results, so I had to share with you right away. I’m also inviting you to do the same experiment and I’m telling you exactly how to do it!
Listen in to learn how to EMBRACE and ACCESS all your most positive and powerful qualities (that you might not even know you have – yet….)
Cortney McDermott is an award-winning writer, TEDx speaker, and strategist to Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurial leaders, and think tanks around the world. She writes for a number of international publications, including ‘She Owns It’ and ‘HuffPost’. Her debut book, “Change Starts Within You: Unlock the Confidence to Lead with Intuition” was selected for Inc.com’s “26 Favorite Books of High Achievers” and has been featured in multiple media outlets internationally.
Before turning entrepreneur, Cortney served as an executive at Vanity Fair Corporation, vice president at Sustainability Partners, professor of graduate studies for Big Ten US universities, and global associate for the renowned beCause Consortium. (She has also moonlighted as a deli waitress, secretary, and everything in between, as a way to put herself through school and life.)
Cortney is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a certified cultural mediator in multiple languages. She lives with her family between the United States and Italy.
Cortney’s book is the perfect reading material for any mom. It is packed full of bite sized nuggets that are thought provoking and game changing. It is ornanized in a way that you can take in just a few bits and turn around and change your whole day or maaaybe your whole life. I recommend it to all busy moms who don’t have time to get cozy with “chapter books”!
Listen in to hear Cortney share:
I sat down to record this episode on December 1st and December was already kicking my butt. On the first day of the month.
Even with the best planning and the best intentions and the best holiday cheer, December is a month that can catch up with you – quickly. Like within the first darn 24 hours of the whole month, apparently.
Listen in to hear me talk about the three magical components of December – Fuel, Freedom & Fun, and Fire – that will help you set yourself up for a powerful month filled with equal parts joy, good cheer, space and grace.
Make sure to share this episode with other mamas who might need some support and motivation to have the best holiday season.
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Jon Acuff is the New York Times-bestselling author of five books. His most recent book is FINISH. He's helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he's spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at companies such as Microsoft, Nissan and Comedy Central. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.
FINISH is easily one of my favorite books of 2017, as it weaves interesting research, hilarious anecdotes, and easy to implement advice into a simple, fun, and inspiring read. If you’ve ever quit something, this book is for you. If you want to finish more things with more ease, this book is for you. If you need a reset in working toward your goals, this book is for you.
After reading FINISH, I knew Jon would be a really fun and fascinating interviewee and he did not disappoint.
Listen in to hear Jon share:
Jon’s Book: FINISH
Jon’s Course: Finishcourse.com
Jon’s Website: www.Acuff.me
How to read more: http://www.Acuff.me/read
I’m not gonna lie. I’m in major hustle mode right now and that is not my favorite place to be. But sometimes it’s necessary. I’m not at my best when I’m hustling. I get frustrated and anxiety ridden and just downright cranky.
However, I’ve gotten better at checking myself over the years, so I’m actually able to manage myself at these times in my life without making myself or those around me too crazy.
A pivotal moment happened this week that really helped me realize how far I’ve come when it comes to managing the hustle, managing expectations, finding the silver linings at all times, and connecting to my gratitude #everydamnday.
I think my lessons might help you. Listen in and let me know! As always, we’ll continue this conversation over on Instagram and Facebook at The Shameless Mom Academy.
Whitney Nicely went from no investments (or strategies) to 19 houses, 19 apartment units and 7 chunks of land in less than three years all bringing monthly money to her bank account on auto pilot.
She has traveled the United States speaking on stages, teaching her simple strategies, and meeting with other successful real estate investors- and still buying houses the way she teaches others.
Whitney is a dog mom to Abby the Labby-130 pounds of loving fur, wifey to Jason East- an apartment investor, stepmom to Gavin (12) and Harrison (10).
Since 2016, Whitney has led and trained hundreds of future real estate rock stars to grow their portfolios, collect checks and achieve financial freedom. 100's of real estate newbies are securing leads, signing deals and scaling their dream incomes through the First Deal Done Fast Program.
Whitney is a WEALTH of information and she shares a ton of knowledge in this episode. Get ready to learn some powerful ways to get involved in real estate in low rise, but profitable ways!
Listen in to hear Whitney share:
Connect with Whitney: https://www.whitneynicely.com/
Whitney on Facebook
Whitney on Instagram
15 Ways To Be A Badass #everydamnday PDF: email Sara at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
This episode is to give you power and might to make you do the things you want to do and need to do – BUT – you might be a little scared to do.
I’m inviting you to take action, baby steps if necessary, to live a bigger, bolder, braver life. Here’s how…
15 Ways To Be A Badass #everydamnday
Be sure to listen in to hear me go into detail on each of these.
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SMA Episode 13: How to Be A Better Stalker And Fangirl
Katie Anthony is a writer and mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5. She knows a lot about backhoe loaders, velociraptors, and rage. Her writing has appeared in BUST.com, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, and the PEPS Blog. She swears and blogs about parenthood, feminism, and scotch at KatyKatiKate.com.
I was introduced to Katie via one of my favorite podcasts, For Crying Out Loud. Co-hosts of FCOL, Lynette Carolla and Stephanie Wilder Taylor, read a piece of Katie’s writing that had me so fired up, I couldn’t help but Facebook stalk her (my favorite pastime and one of my best skills) and beg her to come on my show.
Luckily, she was flattered by my stalking and said YES.
Katie is an amazing witty writer and a truly talented truth teller. I kind of want to live in her head. I think you will too after you hear this interview.
Listen in to hear Katie share:
Warning: this episode contains explicit language and a decent amount of F bombs. We opted not to edit them out, as they are relevant to Katie’s writing, her personality, and her story. Enjoy them all!
Katie’s Blog (including posts on Harvey, Scott, Kevin and Chad): www.katykatikate.com
Katie’s Book: Feminist Werewolf
Support Katie on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/katykatikate
Katie on Facebook: www.facebook.com/katykatikate
Katie on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yokatykatikate
Scott Rosenberg article
For Crying Out Loud podcast episode where I found Katie
Book: Hunger by Roxanne Gay
Book: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Melanie Shankle is the New York Times bestselling author behind Nobody’s Cuter Than You, The Antelope in the Living Room, Sparkly Green Earrings and her newest book, Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life. She first shared her hilarious observations and loving wisdom on The Big Mama Blog, which helped define a new genre of blogging for women as it attracted a devoted audience now thousands deep. The Texas A&M graduate is also a guest blogger for high profile outlets and an in-demand speaker at events across the country. A proud Texan, self-professed Target junkie and lover of Anthropologie sales, Melanie calls San Antonio home with her husband Perry, teenage daughter Caroline, and two wild dogs Piper and Mabel.
I had a great time preparing for this interview and reading different pieces of Melanie’s writing. I highly recommend you check out her blog, The Big Mama Life, and her books!
Listen in to hear Melanie share:
Melanie’s Website: http://www.MelanieShankle.com
Melanie on Instagram: @MelanieShankle
Melanie on Twitter: @bigmama
Here we GO!
We are about to dive into the holiday season. Are you ready?
I love the holidays and would be happy for them to last for months on end, but I know they can add stress and chaos for a lot of people.
I want you to be conscientious about how you enter into your last 2 months of 2017 so you can actually enjoy with ease.
Today I’m going to give you my Three G’s to enjoy this season with ease. Take notes, write out your template (I’ll teach you how!) and share it with me on Facebook or Instagram at The Shameless Mom Academy!
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In addition to being a Shameless Mom to Charlie (14) and Pepper (9), Nichole Nordeman is an award winning singer-songwriter and acclaimed worship leader who just wrote her first book, Slow Down: Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood. The book is based on Nichole’s song “Slow Down” that pulled the heartstrings of mothers everywhere—with 14 million views in five days and has exceeded 21 million total views. Nordeman’s viral video showcased the reality of how fast children grow up and why it’s important for parents to be intentional.
Slow Down discusses the heartfelt feelings and memories of parenthood in her book—it is filled with stories, song lyrics, photos, wisdom, and encouragement. Nichole encourages parents to be intentional and slow down, so that they can appreciate the beauty and joy of raising children.
Nichole and I had such and enlightening and powerful conversation about the joy and pain of parenting. I will fully admit that I did some stalking of Nichole before and after our interview and I have just fallen in love with her music and her writing. I am so honored she made time to share with us in the Shameless Mom Academy.
There are a lot of treasures in this interview. I hope you love them all.
Listen in to hear Nichole share:
Nichole’s Website: http://www.nicholenordeman.com/
Nichole’s Book: Slow Down – Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood
Nichole on Facebook
Nichole on Instagram
Nichole on Twitter
Nichole’s Album: Every Mile Mattered
YouTube video: Slow Down
SMA Ep 149: Stop Saying Sorry
The truth about having it all.
Let’s get real for a minute. There are a lot of non-truths out there about having it all. And most of the non-truths that exist in our head are there because we have made them up.
We look at someone’s seemingly perfect Facebook life and determined that it is possible to be beautifully perfectly happy all. the. time. #nontruth
We watch another family and the way they so effortlessly laugh at just the right time about just the right thing and determined that they do all the right things in all the right ways at all the right times. #nontruth
We see another woman with the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect body and assumed she is perfectly happy every damn day. #nontruth
The notion we have about someone else having it all is just a perception and a manifestation of the comparison trap and FOMO rolled up into one big ball of judgment.
It is ok to want more out of life. It is ok to do more with your life. It’s ok to want to have it all. But want it because it’s right for you, not because it looks good on someone else. Do things because they light you up, not because they are part of a culturally designated formula of happiness or satisfaction.
Do not write your happiness formula based on your outside view of someone else’s experiences.
You can actually very safely assume that no one else truly has it all. And you don’t need to have it all either.
If you want to have it all, define what you want and WHY you want it. Then determine how you can get it. There is always a way.
And while you are working toward what you want, enjoy the heck out of what you already have. If you’re not grateful for what you already have, you will never love the things you get later. Come from gratitude and work from there.
Maria Alcoke is host of the Engine Mom Podcast, a CrossFit-L1 trainer at CrossFit Cove in Columbia, Maryland and runs her own graphic and web development studio, MariaVida Creative.
After over 10 years in the creative field in both agency and education settings, she left the corporate world to pursue her own business right before she the birth of her daughter. Two years in to her motherhood and entrepreneurial journey, Maria has a thriving design business and has merged her passion for teaching and fitness through coaching.
Maria realized the true value of community and connection while navigating some major life transitions which included moving across the country, starting her own business and becoming a mom.
She started The Engine Mom Podcast with the goal to share different perspectives from Moms who are driven by their passions. By sharing these stories, she hopes to empower Moms from all walks of life to be their best selves by identifying what fuels them: their passions and greater purpose.
Maria is an inspiring woman and entrepreneur. She is also one of my very first Shameless Mom Mastermind members and one of my very first Shameless Mom Coaching clients. So, I’m obviously ridiculously proud of her. I can’t wait for you to hear her story. I know she will inspire you to start getting a little more uncomfortable and a lot more excited when it comes to building a life you’re really passionate about.
Listen in to hear Maria share:
Engine Mom Website: http://enginemom.com/
Maria’s Graphic Design Website: http://mariavida.com
Engine Mom on Facebook
Engine Mom on Instagram
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