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Sara Dean launched the Shameless Mom Academy in her pursuit of being, well, more selfish. Sara is an award winning fitness professional, author, and speaker who has worked closely with moms in her Seattle based gym since 2003. But, it took becoming a mom herself in 2012 for her to learn that - holy cow - this is hard work (and much wine is needed for survival.) Join Sara every Monday and Wednesday as she offers hilarious stories, inspiration, and powerful tools to help moms bridge the gap between motherhood and living the life of their dreams.
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Jun 20, 2018

Rachel Paz is a Shameless Mom to her 9-year-old sonm as well as a relationship-readiness coach for independent women who feel like finding companionship and intimacy is impossible without settling.

Rachel didn’t magically know exactly what she wanted in a relationship and how to get it - but a divorce and entering the dating world again were a wake-up call to address the fear of intimacy she had experienced her whole life. To get at the root of the issue, she broke down everything she did in relationships to figure out the reason why behind it. Along the way, Rachel realized that everything she did in relationships that had her feeling like she was settling, were actually behaviors that inherently avoided intimacy. Through identifying the patterns of these self-sabotaging behaviors and practicing alternative ways of doing things, she developed a sense of loyalty to herself that had never been there before, leading her to have deeper and more fulfilling relationships than she ever thought possible.

Now Rachel leads women on this journey of examining who they are and who they want to be in their relationships, clearing out what’s in the way, and attracting partners that fit. She loves to see women unravel the intricacies of what they want, break patterns, and learn the skills to feel ready to love again without sacrificing themselves in the process.

Rachel gets extremely open, honest, and vulnerable in sharing her story and her path to a much better life through the demise of her marriage and finding herself through Orgasmic Meditation.  Rachel’s dad was a priest before having a family.  Rachel had always lead repressed, albeit comfortable and controlled, life.  But she was not happy or fulfilled.  She shares her defining moments here. 

If this conversation makes you uncomfortable, that miiiight mean you need to stick around and hear the message.  This is a powerful conversation that might really hit home in ways you did not think possible.

Listen in to hear Rachel share:

  • Why (and how) she started practicing Orgasmic Meditation
  • How Orgasmic Meditation helped her reprioritize her whole life and discover her true preferences and passions for the first time
  • The common traits and struggles of an independent (often proudly Shameless woman) and how to rectify these
  • Why identifying as an “independent woman” might actually be harming you more than helping you
  • The 8 steps to take responsibility for the relationships in your life
  • One step you can take today to start getting more of what you truly want in your life

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Jun 18, 2018

Let’s get real.

Real fast.

Shit happens. 

We all have brutally painful moments in life where everything changes.  Dreams are lost, hearts are broken, grief is all consuming, the pain is REAL.   And sometimes relentless.

There is a time and place to sit in your pain.

And there is a time and place to turn your pain into POWER.

Today, I’m going to share 4 of my biggest struggles that I turned into 4 of my biggest strengths.  These struggles have touched every area of my life.  I know you’ll be able to relate to at least one of them, possibly all of them.

Tune in, take notes, and then get to work. 

Consider how you can start turning your struggles into your strengths by moving away from the limits of pain and into alllll of your power.

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Jun 13, 2018

Deborah Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a podcast and online community for parents raising differently wired children. Debbie’s podcast has more than 300,000 downloads and on it, she interviews high-profile thought leaders in parenting and education. Debbie’s new book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World.

Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent fifteen years writing inspiring books for teen girls.  As a teen girl authority, she frequently spoke about self-esteem and confidence.

In 2013, Debbie and her family moved from Seattle to Amsterdam, where she currently writes and homeschools her 13-year-old differently wired son, Asher.

I will share that I rarely read a book cover to cover before interviewing my guests.  But I found Differently Wired to be such an essential read, I read every single page.  Whether your child is differently wired or not, you will find such comfort and wisdom in Debbie’s stories and expertise. 

If you are parenting a differently wired child, Debbie’s work will be an invaluable resource.  If you are in a community with differently wired kids (and I promise you are, whether you know it or not), you will learn how they see the world and how you might best be able to support their families. 

If you are parenting a neurotypical child, you will still find a ton of parenting support throughout the book.  I dog-eared page after page.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Listen in to hear Debbie share:

  • How many kids fall under the umbrella of differently wired and why being differently wired provides many gifts and opportunities
  • How to parent from possibility instead of fear
  • How to introduce your child based on their strengths, not their struggles
  • How to manage the parenting comparison trap (and all those families with picture perfect vacation photos on social media)
  • How to use your loud and unapologetic voice when it comes to being an advocate for your child

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Jun 11, 2018

And all of the sudden we are HERE.

Summer!

The longer I am a mom, the more conflicting emotions I hear around summer.

“Yay!  Summer adventures!”

“How will we navigate a different camp every week?”

“Precious times with my babies!  Can’t wait for summer fun!”

“I have to be home for how long with these kids???”

“When can we just get back to our normal routine, please?!”

Regardless of where you stand on summer and time off school, you have the power to make this a fun, memorable and functional few months for you and your family.  It does not have to be all madness and chaos. 

Listen in to hear me dive into the 5 F’s of summer:

  • Common fears & frustrations of summer
  • How to create freedom for you and your family this summer
  • How to plan for fluidity in order to be more nimble as these fluctuations in schedules come your way.

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Jun 6, 2018

Dana Malstaff is the CEO and Founder of Boss Mom. She is a mother of 2, an author, business strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro. With over 9,000 students in various courses and a 20k+ community. 

With over 10 years of experience in content creation, marketing, sales, community building, and business strategy, Dana grew the Boss Mom brand into a six-figure business in less than a year. Her Boss Mom Movement is all about losing the guilt when it comes to raising babies and businesses at the same time, and believes that pursuing our passions and building our dreams while including our children in the process, is the best way to build thriving businesses and families.                                         

I met Dana at an event a few months ago and I knew I had to have her on the show when she got super vulnerable and super Shameless about her recent divorce and the impact of major transitions on a mom’s and business woman’s life.  She shares a ton in this interview.  I know you will be so fired up and inspired by Dana’s story and wisdom.

Listen to hear Dana share:

  • What inspired the Boss Mom movement
  • The power of proactive crying
  • When you’re not a “kid person” but you are a parent
  • The difference between feeling like a mom and feeling like a woman
  • How getting to know herself better lead to her divorce
  • Why you need to spend more time naked
  • Her philosophy: “Hope is not in the situation, it’s in the solution”

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Jun 4, 2018

One of the simplest ways you can transform your life is by creating a morning routine that frames and fuels your day.  I have talked about this ever since starting this podcast and now I’ve created a super simple 15 minute morning routine for you, the 15 Minute Manifest. 

The 15 Minute Manifest is inspired by my morning routine and the morning routines of many of my mentors.  This routine will give you clarity, vision, power, and a sense of freedom as you enter each new day.  I think you’ll find it extremely liberating and life-giving. 

For those of you who think you don’t have 15 minutes to spare in the morning, two things:

  1. You probably do –you just need to make time (set an alarm a little earlier, stop hitting snooze, organize yourself the night before, let your family know that you are implementing a new habit and they need to take some responsibility for morning time habits as well)
  2. If you truly can’t spare 15 minutes, this routine can be done in as little as 6 minutes and still be extremely impactful.

So, now that you have NO EXCUSES for not taking ownership of your day, tune in to this episode and download your free copy of my 15 Minute Manifest to get started on your own #15minutemanifest first thing tomorrow morning. 

THEN – tell me how it went!  We’ll be talking about the 15 Minute Manifest all week in our private Facebook group, Shameless Mom #everydamnday.  Join hundreds of other Shameless Moms and me as we practice our 15 Minute Manifests together!

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May 30, 2018

Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan. She is a writer, licensed social worker, and Certified Personal Trainer.

Dayna is the author of The Female Body Fix and a contributor to The Doctor's Book of Natural Remedies.  She also serves as a Real Answers expert on TheBump.com. She has written or been consulted on articles for The Huffington Post, The Today Show, Pregnancy & Newborn, Pop Sugar, Big City Moms, Pregnancy Corner, Women's Running and numerous other outlets.  A sought-after speaker, Dayna regularly presents on the subject of Mothercare. She lives in New York City with her family. 

Dayna and I immediately hit it off in this conversation and I couldn’t be more excited to share her brilliance with you all. 

Listen in to hear Dayna share:

  • Her confidence in mothering prenatal vs the reality of mothering postnatal
  • How to thrive rather than just survive in the drama and trauma of the first year
  • The importance of using exercise as a healing modality
  • Other healing modalities during postpartum recovery
  • Her powerful philosophy around Mothercare: The universal right of every woman to have access to safe, cost-effective, reliable, evidence-based tools to make motherhood more joyful and enhance her experiences in mothering

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May 28, 2018

Who wants to be a millionaire?

[stands up, raises both hands, and jumps up & down] I DO.

Why is there shame for women around desiring massive success and wealth building?

I’ll be honest.  I find this really disturbing and frustrating.  Are men bashful about success and wanting to get rich? 

NO.

In this episode, we are going to dig into reasons women desire wealth and the specific reasons I want to be a millionaire. 

I will also share why I refuse to be shy or apologetic about this and how we are doing all women and our children a huge disservice when we keep our ambitions quiet and secretive.

Women openly striving for high levels of success, whether through a job title or a certain income level, do not cultivate a culture of greed.  On the contrary, women striving for high levels of success cultivate a culture of ambition, focus, and drive that often comes from a place of brilliant intellect, insight, and compassion that the world desperately needs.

If you have self-doubt and questions of worthiness when it comes to success and wealth this episode is for you.

Tune in to hear the specific steps I’m taking to become a millionaire and the steps you can take to start upleveling to the next level of success you desire in your life. 

This episode is jam-packed and super meaty.  Be prepared to take some notes. 

Please share this episode with the women in your life who want more success and more money!

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May 23, 2018

Megan Flatt is a Shameless Mom to her son Brady who is 9.5 and her daughter Rylan who is 7.  She is also a business growth strategist for female entrepreneurs, specifically mom entrepreneurs, who want to lead thriving businesses while remaining present for all the other important things in their lives. Megan believes women make great business owners because we are mothers, not in spite of it. You can almost always find her with a latte in hand, a stack of post-it notes at the ready and a random lego figure in her pocket. 

Like me, Megan had a come-to-Jesus kinda moment when her children were very small and she realized she needed to make some changes in her professional life, as well as get over some long-standing beliefs she held around being a stay at home mom vs working mom. 

This conversation is fun and inspiring.  I am so delighted to be connected to Megan.  I love her mission and message and I think it will resonate strongly with so many of you. 

Get ready – Megan is going to get you fired up about your mama superpowers!

Listen in to hear Megan share:

  • Our mutual love of school supplies, post-it notes, and organizational ideas
  • Her dream of being a SAHM vs her reality
  • All about the Mama Advantage and the data supporting it
  • How to find and protect your Grade A time
  • How (and why) to build a platform, not a pedestal
  • How to manage your Decision Budget

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May 21, 2018

On my recent girls trip to Sedona, a hot topic came up about being a moderator vs an abstainer.  This conversation was inspired by two of the women I was with sharing their experiences feeling overwhelmed when trying to moderate alcohol and food in their life.

One woman shared her story of giving up alcohol two years ago because it had become so exhausting to manage her relationship with it.  She found herself constantly negotiating with herself about when she would drink, how much she would drink and her struggle to maintain boundaries that felt good to her. 

She ultimately gave alcohol up all together – which felt terrifying at the time.  She equated it to a breaking up with a boyfriend.  Two years later she can see how much freedom she has regained in choosing to be an abstainer when it comes to alcohol. 

Another friend shared her struggle with consistently making food choices that support her goals.  She talked about the struggles she has when she allows herself to indulge in treats but then finds it taking days, weeks, sometimes months to get back into food routines that support her health goals.

Like the friend who struggled with alcohol, this woman finds her relationship with food to be consuming to the point of often being exhausting and overwhelming.  Perhaps abstaining from indulgences would be more liberating??

There is a lot of societal messaging around moderation. But for some people, moderation is actually much harder work that abstaining from something all together.

Often the “treats” we try to enjoy in moderation make us feel worse instead of better – even though we think the indulgence will feel fantastic in the moment.  If the aftermath is fraught with regret, remorse, and frustration, then moderation is not really an effective habit, is it?

In this episode, I dive more deeply into this conversation and into some of Gretchen Rubin’s teachings on the topic of moderating vs abstaining.  It’s pretty fascinating.  I think you’ll find it interesting and helpful if you ever struggle with maintaining habits that best support your goals.

Please share this with other Shameless Moms in your life who might find value in this conversation.

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May 16, 2018

Gina Fresquez, MS, CHC, Clarity and Confidence coach and #1 international best selling author, is the founder of The Women’s Side Hustle Society, where she is committed to empowering ambitious, soulful side-hustling women to bring their biggest entrepreneurial dreams to life in a way that’s infused with confidence, joy, ease, and freedom—without having to sacrifice their health, sanity, or lifestyle.

After spending many years in corporate sales and nutrition, Gina’s dream of becoming an entrepreneur came true in 2012, when she started her first side hustle. Since then she has enjoyed the journey of strategically and intuitively coaching her clients through mitigating fears, breakthroughs, transitions, and transformations of building a successful business in a way that feels good to them. Gina accomplishes this through one-on-one coaching, masterminds, and women’s retreats. She also loves sharing stories of other amazing, successful side-hustling women on her podcast, Women’s Side Hustle Society.

Gina is also a Shameless Mom to 3-year-old Ezra who was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder 6 months ago.  Gina had long wondered why Ezra’s behavior was such a departure from her and her husband’s calm, chill ways.  After a powerful conversation with a preschool teacher, Gina took action to learn more about how Ezra learns and experiences the world and it’s changed her as a mom. 

Listen in to hear Gina share:

  • Her experience parenting a child with SPD – the signs, the treatment, and daily coping
  • Learning self-regulation with SPD
  • Why she walked away from a corporate job she loved
  • How her side hustling resulted in her becoming an international best selling author
  • How you can go about finding your own soulful side hustle
  • How to “take the stairs” instead of taking a risky leap into new territory

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May 14, 2018

Last weekend I got to spend 4 days with friends from high school.  We had not all been together for any length of time in 24 years.  It was magic.

A few nights after I returned, I attended a happy hour with a bunch of preschool moms from Vinnie’s class.  Also, magic.

These two events, while very different, had a lot of similarities.  This got me thinking about the value of friendships and how we can find them and fuel them.

Listen in to hear me share the 3 C’s of friendship:

  • Connection
  • Camaraderie
  • Curiosity

I address each C and dive into how you can use it to deepen the friendships in your life.  I also give you some solid pointers on finding friendships and connections if this is a struggle for you. 

This is a good one – one worth sharing.  Please share this episode with the other Shameless Moms in your life.  If we all have more Connection, Camaraderie, and Curiosity in our relationships, the world would be a better place.

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May 9, 2018

Kym Campbell is the creator of the free 30 Day PCOS Diet Challenge and The Beat PCOS 10 Week Program where she seeks to help women overcome their PCOS diagnosis by applying evidence-based approaches to food, exercise, and emotional wellness practices.

After having struggled with health issues since her early teens, it wasn’t until her 30’s when she began struggling with infertility that Kym was diagnosed with PCOS. After a long journey of completely transforming her health through diet and lifestyle changes, Kym fell pregnant naturally after years of failed IVF treatments.

When not busy supporting women with PCOS, Kym’s other passions include writing and recording music, surfing, and spending quality time with her husband and her 10-month-old son.

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  It is much more common than you might think and many women go undiagnosed despite their symptoms of irregular periods, unexplained weight gain, hormonal imbalances and more.

One of the great things about a PCOS diagnosis is that it is often very treatable through lifestyle changes, rather than long-term medications (that come with lots of side effects).  Kym talks in depth about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

It is very likely that someone close to you struggles with PCOS – perhaps undiagnosed.  For those who go undiagnosed, there is often a tremendous amount of shame around their symptoms and their bodies that seem like they are failing them at times.  If you think this episode might be helpful to a friend or family member, please share it with them.

Listen in to hear Kym share:

  • Kym’s story about the impact of PCOS on her life
  • Common symptoms, struggles, and health concerns around PCOS
  • How PCOS impacts fertility
  • The 3 pronged approach to treating and managing PCOS long term
  • The most common missing link in treating PCOS

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May 7, 2018

If you struggle with chronic worry or anxiety, it is very likely you go through life spending more time dreading what lies ahead than dreaming about the magic you may be about to encounter.  Can you relate?

As someone who has made it my lifelong, full-time job to worry about everything (I mean everrrrrything), I can tell you I have wasted a lot of time and energy dreading, well, life.

And it has been a total waste.

Dread doesn’t serve you. 

At all.

Dread doesn’t make your outcomes better.  It doesn’t get you to your goals faster.  It doesn’t make anything enjoyable.

Dread makes you feel powerless, exhausted and often defeated – before you’ve even tried taking action. Like I said – a TOTAL waste.

On the other hand, dreaming is expansive and promising.  It helps you feel optimistic, hopeful, inspired and energized.

Dreaming about your day instead of dreading it can change the way you approach a situation, the way you take action, and the outcomes that you create for yourself.

So, how do we go from dreading to dreaming???

Listen in to this episode to learn how to:

  • Change hopelessness into hopefulness
  • Visualize a future you’re totally fired up about (whether it’s just getting through today or powering through the next 5 years)
  • Turn anxiety into action.

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May 2, 2018

Kate Swoboda (aka Kate Courageous) is a Shameless Mom to her three and a half year old daughter, the Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification and creator of YourCourageousLife.com, where she teaches people how to change old patterns of self-doubt and create courageous habits (and courageous lives) using the neuropsychology of habit-formation. She helps individuals who feel stuck start connecting to their most courageous selves, and she helps companies to create more innovative office cultures where teams at every level feel valued for their contribution to the whole.

Kate was deemed one of the top 50 bloggers in health, fitness, and happiness by Greatist. She has contributed to Entrepreneur, USA Today, Forbes, Lifetime Moms, The Intelligent Optimist, MindBodyGreen, Business Insider, and more.

Kate works with companies, teams, and individuals around the topic of courage as it relates to personal development, releasing overwhelm, business and marketing, money mindset, wellness, increasing emotional resilience, and healthy goal-setting using habit-formation techniques.

Her first book, The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life (New Harbinger Publications) has just come out and you’ll definitely want to order it after hearing this interview.

Kate and I dug into a lot of great topics here, but I think I was most delighted by one her response to my final question, “What makes you a Shameless Mom?”  Make sure you pay special attention to that!

Listen in to hear Kate share:

  • How to get out of fear-based patterns and habits
  • How to incorporate courage based habits
  • Her thoughts around perfectionism, pessimism, martydom, self-sabotage
  • 4 essential behaviors that cultivate courage and emotional resilience
  • Why fear thrives in isolation and how to find your community
  • How to get around the fear of shining too brightly in your life

Links Mentioned:

Kate on Facebook
Kate on Instagram
Kate on Twitter 
Kate on Pinterest
Program: The Courageous Living Program
Certification: The Courageous Living Coach Certification
Program: The Coaching Blueprint digital marketing program

Book: The Courage Habit
Free resources for listeners/viewers: Your Courageous Life

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Apr 30, 2018

I made a major life decision and transition a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to share it with you today, as it very much impacts our future together in the Shameless Mom Academy!

Today I talk you through how I made the big, terrifying, overwhelming, and very responsible decision to sell my gym, Sync Fitness.

I share why you should not wait until your fully ready for change before you make big moves.

I walk you through how you can prove your strength, power, and resiliency to yourself so you can feel inspired to take on new challenges.

I teach you the value of leaning into all things exciting and scary – and why these are very specifically the thing you must lean into!

Warning: this episode may just inspire you to go take a flying leap!  J

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Apr 25, 2018

Cathy Heller is a Shameless Mom to three little girls (after 12 rounds of fertility treatments and countless losses) and the host of the hit podcast, Don’t Keep Your Day Job. She is also a singer, songwriter, licensing music to ads tv and films. She started her podcast to help others figure out their own dream jobs and it was an overnight success. Her show is consistently ranked on Apple Podcasts with powerhouse shows like Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.

Each week Cathy encourages thousands of listeners to find more purpose in their life and get paid to do what they love full time. Cathy’s girl next door approach and out of the box hustling style is helping so many people feel hopeful and excited about what lies ahead. Cathy often says “purpose is the opposite of depression” and she is truly lifting others to be the happiest version of themselves.

I have seen Cathy speak at two different events and both times she blew me away.  IN this episode, I share the most recent story of Cathy sharing the stage with three male colleagues who have years more experience in podcasting – yet she OWNED the stage.  It was so powerful that I ran up to her after to tell her she rocked my Shameless world.

Listen in to hear Cathy share:

  • Being raised in a family that struggled with anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation
  • How we are all still trying to get through our childhoods
  • Why her three week trip to Jerusalem ended up lasting over 2 years
  • How we all have an infinite spark and how to start to discover the vastness of your own possibilities
  • Why alignment is the new hustle – and how to align yourself to get what you want out of your work and life
  • Specific steps you can take if you dream of quitting your day job

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Apr 23, 2018

I recently got an email from Shameless Mama Megan about her experience taking a stand against sexual abuse against children that is happening in the LDS church.

Megan shares how she stood up for herself and her beliefs even though her entire family did not have her back.  She stood up through tears and discomfort.  She used her voice even when it was shaky.  She didn’t back down, even when that would have been the easiest way out.

Megan’s story is a powerful example of how practicing using your voice can change your life.  Megan identifies herself as an introvert and a typically quiet person.  But now she is also a marcher, a truth teller, an advocate, and a podcast celeb (after thousands of people hear her story here!) 

Thank you for letting me share your story, Megan.  Your voice matters.  Your voice is NEEDED.  Keep speaking, sister.  It only gets more powerful, life-changing, and life-giving from here.

Listen in to hear Megan’s full story that is guaranteed to light a fire in you this week.  Then, will take you through 4 ways to build your own stage, just like Megan did.  I will also give you 10 warnings around what to expect when you build your stage, so you aren’t surprised when your knees shake – and you can look forward to the exhilaration that comes with owning your voice.

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Apr 18, 2018

Sarah K Peck is a writer, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, a media company documenting the stories of women’s leadership across work and family. She hosts the weekly Startup Pregnant podcast, and she and her husband are the instigators behind More Women’s Voices, a website that promotes women speakers and entrepreneurs.

She’s a 20-time All-American swimmer who successfully swam the Escape from Alcatraz nine separate times, once wearing only a swim cap and goggles to raise $33k for charity: water. To date, she’s written for more than 75 different web publications and has delivered speeches and workshops at Penn, UVA, Berkeley, Harvard, Year of the X, Craft & Commerce, WDS, and more.  She’s currently writing a memoir of her experience working in the tech startup world while she was pregnant with her first kid.

Sarah is full of energy and passion around her messaging for moms and entrepreneurs.  She is also very realistic and reasonable.  She has simplified her life to make her dreams and desires very clear.  By living with less, she has been able to create more for herself and her family on every level. 

Listen in to hear Sarah share:

  • Why she left a startup to start her own startup early in motherhood
  • How she created time and money for herself to afford starting her own business (and some super simple budgeting tips!)
  • How to do less in order to accomplish more
  • Why you need to write your personal philosophy and how to make it actionable and not too “fluffy”

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Apr 16, 2018

Who else is dying for the season of sun, cherry blossoms, and grilling to GET STARTED ALREADY?!?

This is the perfect time to check in with yourself on how you want to Renew, Review, and Rejoice this spring.

In this episode I’ll talk you through:

  • How you can renew the habits that best fuel you (that may have fallen by the wayside over the winter)
  • How to access what you want more of and less of this spring and how to take radical responsibility to get it all
  • How to rejoice in the little things that light you up and find magic moments as the season's change

I’ll share specific examples from my life pertaining from all of the above.  Feel free to copy/model/borrow/steal it all!

Happy Spring Shameless friends! Xoxo

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Apr 11, 2018

Sara LeHoullier has always been a busy-bee. With a BA in English Literature and a Master's in Sustainable Development, she jumped from teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar to managing donor-funded projects with a large NGO, then dove into consulting with Microsoft before striking out on her own. She currently designs Squarespace websites and writes copy for passionate entrepreneurs and small businesses — she’s also the co-founder of Shop the Change, a web app designed to help consumers make value-based shopping decisions and support the brands working to make the world a better place. Her most challenging (and rewarding) position yet is being a stepmom. She’s deeply interested in social change, sustainable business, and creating space for conversations that improve the way we work and live on this planet. 

This was such a fun interview.  You will hear Sara’s magnetic energy from the very beginning of the interview.  I loved hearing Sara’s story and I really appreciate how she opened up about some of the less talked about aspects of stepmotherhood.  I know you’ll learn some valuable lessons from Sara’s journey.

Listen in to hear Sara share:

  • Her unexpected journey into motherhood
  • The challenges of building an identity as a stepmom
  • How she worked through the isolation of being a new mother figure and stepmom
  • How her entrepreneurial journey paralleled her motherhood journey
  • Where she is now – attracting all the right people at the right time

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Apr 9, 2018

There are a handful of phrases that can buy you A LOT of freedom.  These are small statements you can use to convey big messages that will get you out of over-explaining yourself, stretching the truth to get your way, or rationalizing way more than you need to in any given conversation or situation. 

For example, when we over-explain a “NO”, for example, we often say way too much, minimize our power, and give away way too much of ourselves. 

These 7 Phrases of Freedom will give you back your time, energy, and sanity:

  • Not right now.
  • Let me get back to you.
  • Can you send me an email about that?
  • Thank you.
  • I appreciate you.
  • That has not been my experience.

Use them liberally, starting now!

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Apr 4, 2018

Natali Morris is a broadcaster, writer, speaker, and the Co-Founder and CFO of Morris Invest. Previously, Natali was a news anchor and technology reporter for NBC, CBS, CNET, and The Today Show. Her mission is to empower couples and families to take control of their money, stop living paycheck to paycheck, and start building real long-term wealth.

After leaving a full-time job and six figure paycheck as a news anchor on NBC in order to raise a family, Natali ended up with an unexpected feeling when it came to money: powerlessness. Instead of shrinking back, she decided to run headfirst into her "powerlessness" and started operating her family's wealth like a business.

As of October 2017, Natali, her husband, and their three children (ages 1, 5, and 7) have achieved complete financial freedom due to the creative money and business decisions they’ve made, and she launched NataliMorris.com as a way to share surprising lessons learned on their journey.

Listen in to hear Natali share:

  • Why she had to get our of TV and move on to something more powerful and meaningful
  • What are performing assets and why are they necessary to building wealth
  • How to create a family mission statement based on your personal family values
  • Why you should treat your marriage partnership like a business and how to do it
  • How to be more innovative and creative around wealth building

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Apr 2, 2018

“Hi! I'm a devout listener of your podcast, and really appreciate everything you do to make that possible! I've gained a lot of emotional intelligence and lost a lot of guilt over small things!

I'm a 24-year working mama in school with 2 little ones, and on Thursday I'm getting a breast augmentation and lift!!! I'm extremely excited but have not told anyone I work with or really anyone except my 3 closest people.

I decided to go through with this and not let fear of other's judgment affect my decisions! However, I'm still nervous people (especially my in-laws) are going to think I'm "loaded" even though I have always been excellent at budgeting and finances, and work for everything I have. I'm really hoping you can give me some advice on 2 things.

  1. Is it a good idea or is it even possible to keep this private?
  2. 2. How do I deal with people's responses if they do find out? I've already come up with a few "mantras" for myself: "You are not a bad mother for getting this done", "You are not robbing money that could have been better spent on your children", "My husband supports this decision, and I am not wasting our money". But I just do not want to deal with the consequences of everyone knowing and having negative reactions.

Thanks again for producing amazing content, that literally changes peoples’ lives!”

I had sooooo much to say about this (of course!)  Listen in to hear my reply.

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Mar 28, 2018

Ali is a tireless advocate for children and families, focusing on kinship, foster and adoptive families. She launched, funded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Foster Kinship, non-profit organization devoted to the support of kinship families. She founded Foster Kinship to provide much-needed resources and peer-to-peer support for the dedicated individuals working tirelessly to raise their relative’s children, keeping these children both connected to family and safe from harm.

A licensed foster and adoptive parent herself, Ali is a frequent contributor to the local, state and national conversation on kinship and foster care.  Ali is completing a Ph.D. in Public Affairs at UNLV and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Systems Renewal (OSR) from Seattle University, specializing in family systems and systemic trauma and healing, organizational consulting and group facilitation. Ali currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband and 5-year-old son.

Ali always knew she wanted to mother through adoption.  She also felt a tremendous professional pull toward serving children and families who have experienced trauma.  Ali has so beautifully pursued her personal and professional dreams in order to impact the lives of over 4,000 children in the last 6 years, while building a family with her husband and son, Anthony.

Listen in to hear Ali share:

  • What is kinship care and why does it need more dramatically more support and resources
  • How to find resources and connections for kinship care in your area
  • 10 questions that ID if a child is at risk for mental health/physical challenges later in life
  • Considerations to make if you’re thinking of starting a non-profit
  • The beauty of imperfect action and why you shouldn’t wait until you know it all to get build something you’re passionate about
  • The power of the highs and lows of fostering and adoption

Links Mentioned:

Learn more about Foster Kinship: www.FosterKinship.org 

Foster Kinship on Facebook

Ali on Twitter

Tool: Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire

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