You know I love to geek out on self-care and all things health & wellness. So today I’m diving into 4 categories of health to give you practical and tactical tips to level up your health game – BIG TIME.
This episode is chock full of tips, so take notes!
Also, please share this episode with folks in your life who want to with more energy, strength (of mind and body) and pizzazz #everydamnday.
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Once Heather R. Huhman and her husband developed their careers enough to feel financially solvent, they decided it was time to start building their family. Unfortunately, the journey to motherhood was long and traumatic. In five years, Heather endured seven embryo transfers (three retrieval cycles with fresh transfers, four frozen transfers), four miscarriages, and stillborn twins before finally giving birth to her daughter Aurora prematurely in January 2016.
Inspired by her own painful experience with infertility and pregnancy loss, Heather launched a twice weekly podcast called Beat Infertility in June 2015. The show features both infertility warriors and fertility experts to empower listeners to educate themselves and become their own self-advocates.
In her professional life, Heather is the founder and president of Come Recommended, a PR company, and a regular contributor to Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. She resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, their daughter, and their dog, Mackenzie.
I have been deeply touched by Heather’s story and I am so grateful to have her on the show to share her experiences with infertility and relating to so many mothers who struggle with loss and grief around pregnancy.
Listen in to hear Heather share:
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Wanting to be courageous and actually being courageous can be two really different things. Courage takes intention. Courage takes guts – and sometimes grit. Courage takes practice.
Today I’m going to share 4 ways you can start practicing courageous acts on a more regular basis, so you can:
Stand when your knees shake.
Stand when your voice quivers.
Meet fear in the face.
Practice scary things.
I’m going to talk about how to:
Warning: practicing these 4 things might make you a badass.
SMA Episode 149: Stop Saying Sorry
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Lori Lee, the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast--an empowerment podcast focused on how we can lift ourselves and others to greater places because of our control over our stories -- found her love, understanding and appreciation for stories as she studied and researched the personal narrative for her Master's degree program in Folklore at Utah State University. A professional writer for the past 25 years Lori has 4 books, over 100 published magazine articles, and she taught writing at Utah State University. Lori has been on Park City TV as a trails host, Studio 5 TV, and multiple radio morning shows to share her expertise. She recently released an audiobook/ebook called The Key To Your Super Self - How your stories unlock your power.
Lori is also a Shameless single mom to her sons, ages 21 and 17. She walked through cancer with her 21year old son last year and he is now thriving.
Listen in to hear Lori share:
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February is the (arbitrary) month of love. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Valentine’s Scrooge. I think I’m still bitter about all those V Days I spent wishing someone would send me some damn flowers and a singing telegram (ok, I know these haven’t really been a thing in like 50 years, but they look cool in old movies.)
In spite of my feelings about Valentine’s Day, I’m ALL about celebrating love #everydamnday and I’m more than happy to use V Day as an excuse to talk about three ways to focus on #lovegoals in February.
Tune in to hear me dig into these three areas of love:
I get into everything from self-love practices to forgiveness, to the 5 love languages, to graciousness. It’s good stuff. You’ll love it (ß see what I did there?!)
I hope your February is full of family snuggles, kiddo giggles, uninterrupted time alone, your favorite chocolates, a reflection of everything you have to be grateful for, and maaaaaybe a singing telegram.
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Aby Moore is a full-time blogger and online course creator. Aby writes You Baby Me Mummy, an award-winning top UK Family lifestyle blog, where she specializes in blogging advice, coaching, and courses. She helps mums create more freedom in their lives by turning their blogs into their businesses.
Aby built her blog while her baby slept on her chest. Within 15 months she was making more money off her blog than she had ever made at a traditional job. She takes her business very seriously and she wants to help you do the same.
Aby is no-nonsense and brutally honest in her advice, which I really appreciate. She is not going to sugar coat what you need to do to be successful. She’s going to tell you what to do and she expects you to do it. Annnnnd, she is also a total sweetheart. So you’re in for some fun, too.
Listen in to hear Aby share:
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Today’s episode was inspired by a couple lessons I learned after getting some not-so-nice feedback about the podcast last week.
Receiving other’s feedback is always an opportunity for reflection.
Then comes action.
Decide what to do with this new information.
Is it valuable feedback?
Is it garbage?
Is it a little of both?
The feedback I received was a little bit of both. But it provided me with a two really valuable lessons that I’m passing along to you:
Let me know what you think about this episode. I would love your feedback.
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Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the block-buster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Her newest book is The Four Tendencies. She has an enormous reader- ship, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages.
She makes frequent TV appearances and is in much demand as a speaker. On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
I was beyond excited and honored to have Gretchen join me on the show (as evidenced by my fangirling at the beginning of the episode.) Gretchen could not have been more fun or fascinating to interview. We also clicked really well and had a lot of similarities, which made it all the more fun to pick her brain. Like she said at the end, “we could keep talking all day.” So, we are basically besties now.
Listen in to hear Gretchen share:
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Today I’m going to tell you about the least sexy C word you need to use WAY more often.
I think this C words is one of the most impactful words in your life if you put it into practice. In fact, I can see how this word assisted me in running my first 5K, my (only) marathon, and many triathlons. It is representative of how I parent daily. It has been a huge part of my success in building 3 different business platforms over the last 15 years. It truly impacts everything I do.
When I want something to stay in my life for the long haul, I commit to fully embracing this word, even when it’s not easy. This word becomes a practice unto itself.
I would say this word is one of the most powerful and impactful words in my 42 years of life. It is what keeps me showing up over and over in any area where I want to accomplish great things.
You likely need MORE of this word in your life. Every. Damn. Day.
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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
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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.