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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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Oct 18, 2017

Stephanie Lambert is a BOLD Mom Mentor, Life Coach and founder of the BOLD Moms which focuses on approaching parenting and life with a self-directed, sometimes counter-culture, long-term view in mind. 

The BOLD Moms focuses on supporting local Stay-at-Home Mom Sisters to help them reconnect with themselves, uncover their unique passions and craft their own happiness to lead a BOLD and regret-free life.  

 

Additionally, the BOLD Moms Workshops and BOLD Mom Mastermind courses teach modern moms how to parent BOLDLY - from a place of self-confidence – in the face of our compare and despair, short-term focused culture.

When she isn’t spending time with clients or mothering her 2 sons (often against the grain…) she is busy activating her love of learning by trying new and varied activities like crew rowing and drumming. 

Listen in to hear Stephanie share:

  • The power of counter culture parenting and why it’s ok to go against the grain
  • Why team sports aren’t for all kids or families
  • The truth about standardized testing (and how it might be optional for your child!)
  • The importance and insignificance of homework
  • Why you can be a stay at home mom and NEVER volunteer at your kid’s school
  • How to stop parenting on fumes

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Stephanie’s Website: TheBOLDMoms.com
BOLD Moms on Facebook

 Stephanie’s Blog: Parenting On the Rocks 

Stephanie’s Article: Motherhood Interrupted

Stephanie’s Article: Parent With a Purpose

Book: How to Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Oct 16, 2017

Do you have habits that you know are no longer serving you, but you don’t know how to break them? Or maybe you’ve tried to break old habits and they have crept back over and over again?

 

I’ve been talking to people about this a lot recently – as it relates to weight loss, stress eating, skipping workouts, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much sugar, getting sucked into hours of useless social media time, staying up to late at night, hitting snooze too many times in the morning – the list goes on…

 

The biggest trick to kicking a useless habit to the curb is making sure you have a replacement habit that serves you.

 

Listen in to hear my dive into these 8 steps to creating space for new habits:

 

  1. ID the old habit that you want to replace
  2. ID replacement habits
  3. Create space and grace
  4. Start small
  5. Practice often (remember: recency and frequency)
  6. Be prepared for the challenge
  7. Embrace discomfort
  8. Acknowledge the reward of the replacement habit

 

Links Mentioned:

Work With Me: Interested in coaching with me?  Let’s chat!  Connect with me here

 

Oct 11, 2017

Fear.  Anxiety.  Negative thinking.  Imposter syndrome.

Does this sound like you?  Shannon herself has been there; feeling like an imposter, worrying she will be found out and that she is not enough.  She has felt fear and let that both hold her back and push her forward.  She has struggled with anxiety and let it debilitate her in the past.  She has experienced obstacles that she herself created and cultivated a life around negative thoughts and stories.

 

Joyful. Authentic. Purpose Driven. Real.

This is where you will now find her.  An imperfect, wanna-be hippy/ yogi that sometimes curses too much. Simple and basic, but pointed and raw in her teaching. She makes mistakes, likes to have fun, drinks wine and knows that in order to be present she has to be authentically herself.  And only in that authenticity can she experience real purpose and joy.  

Drawing from her own personal life experiences and the privilege of working with thousands of others who have embarked on similar journeys, Shannon has the tools that she needs to effectively help women through her coaching, counseling, workshops, programs and retreats.

 

This is a really enlightening conversation about love, fear and the power of surrendering.  I know you’ll enjoy spending time with Shannon as much as I do!

 

Listen in to hear Shannon share:

  • Why she’s uprooting her fam, embracing home schooling and embarking on tiny living (all things she never thought she could do)
  • Why she has chosen Love Over Fear and the impact it has had on her life
  • How she overcame her crippling fear of flying 
  • The power of reprogramming your thoughts and your words
  • The truth about surrender and ease and how they are connected to self doubt and confidence

 

Links Mentioned: 

Website: http://www.mindbodycomplete.com

Podcast: Happy Hour Podcast with Dee and Shannon

Book: The Subtle of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Shannon on Facebook 

Shannon on Twitter

Shannon on Instagram

 

Oct 9, 2017

One of the most significant things I have worked on over the last few years (especially since becoming a mom) is standing in my power. This can be scary and uncomfortable as all get out.  But it is a necessary part of living the life I want to live, inspiring others through my actions, setting a good example for my child AND having a lot more fun, if we’re being honest!

 

As women, we often shy away from power – thinking it is a too much, too masculine, too uncomfortable.  The truth is that power if not a bad thing, as long as it’s not abused.  Power can bring about change and beauty and growth.  Power can be transformative and ridiculously positive.  

 

It’s time for all of us to take more #radicalresponsibility over our true power and USE IT for the greater good.  Let’s be brave and bold together, deal?!?

 

Here are 3 ways I have been standing in my power a lot more recently:

  1. Owning and embracing my stories
  2. Standing up to bullies 
  3. Being the boss of my choices

 

Listen in to hear my stories around each of these and how YOU can stand in your power #everydamnday!  

 

Oct 4, 2017

Anna Willard is an author, personal trainer and the oldest child from a family of five.

 

From her personal exercise journey streaming from numerous sports and multiple injuries, she discovered hope through movement. After many injuries and failed goals she experienced how movement is medicine. Exercise and movement continue to give her hope and allow her to dream again and again! Understanding this power she works with women and men strengthening them on their journey towards a living a life beyond their dreams.

Seeing first hand how hopes and dreams go hand in hand with physical fitness, she recently wrote her first book, Spark Your Youth.

 

I am so thankful to Anna for doing the interview with me, as she was facing her own personal crisis at the time we recorded.  It would have been easy and completely understandable for her to cancel the interview, but she felt it was important to honor HOPE, as she does in her book and to show up and share in order to instill HOPE in herself and others, even in the face of grief.

 

Listen in to hear Anna share: 

  • How grief compelled her to take action in her life
  • Why Hope, Dream, and Believe are her 3 words and why none of them can exist alone
  • How falling victim to comparison is damaging to your true gifts
  • How to get started if you’ve ever thought about writing a book

 

Links Mentioned:

Anna’s Website: https://annawillard.com/

Anna’s Book: Spark Your Youth

SMA Ep 22 Erin Brown: Letters to Lola

 

Oct 2, 2017

Fall is my favorite for so many reasons (let’s be honest, mostly puffy vests and Uggs).  But I’m particularly embracing this fall because of some of the things that are going on around me. 

 

All around me I see people using their voices, taking a stand, letting their values shine and expressing gratitude.  YES! YES! YES! AND YES!  

 

More of all of this, please.  

 

Listen in to hear what I’m most excited about this month – inspired by some listener emails and reviews.  

 

Happy SHAMELESS October to you!  

 

xoxo, Sara 

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 155: Silence Is Not An Option

Book: I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

 

Sep 27, 2017

Ingrid Ortiz is a Self-Love & Confidence coach helping women end their struggle with comparison, so they can pursue their passion and live life to the fullest.  She pivoted from a career in personal training to guide women in a more powerful and profound way.  

In this episode, Ingrid shares her very personal experience of nearly ending her own life.  Her very serious suicide attempt nine years ago was a turning point in her life and today she is helping other women find the things she was lacking as a young woman feeling hopeless and desperate to escape her world. 

 

Listen in to hear Ingrid share:

  • How her mess became her message
  • How she survived a serious suicide attempt
  • How she found a safety net and recovered from hopelessness and despair
  • The power of FOMO and the Comparison Trap and how to steer clear of both
  • How to identify and tap into your spiritual gifts
  • The ONE THING we’re not taught in college that we need more than anything else

 

Links Mentioned:

Ingrid on Instagram

Ingrid on Facebook

With Ingrid: Crush the Comparison Intensive

Ingrid’s Free Workbook: Crush the Comparison Trap 

More Info on Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual Gifts Quiz  

App: Kill the NewsFeed 

 

Sep 25, 2017

Vinnie turned 5 over the weekend.  How did that even happen?

 

I remember so many days in Newbornland when I thought I wouldn’t make it until 5pm and now I’ve made it 5 YEARS?! 

What???

 

How???

 

The truth is I don’t know.  Because motherhood is magic and you don’t know most of the things you need to know until the exact moment you need to know them.  So, I don’t know much of anything… Yet…

 

What I do know is that motherhood has surprised me a million times over.  Some of the things I thought would be awesome have not been that awesome (hello, natural childbirth and nursing.)  And the things I didn’t even know to keep an eye out for have been nothing short of magical and mystical and just beyond words.  

 

Basically, motherhood is an anomaly.  

 

It’s weird and unpredictable and inconsistent and abnormal.  But it’s also THE. BEST. 

 

It’s hard and frustrating and exhausting and infuriating.  But it gives me more energy and enthusiasm than ANYTHING.  

 

It makes me laugh and cry and scream and melt EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

 

Listen in to hear my 5 biggest surprises in motherhood so far.  Warning: be prepared to laugh (at me or with me, your call.)

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 20, 2017

Elizabeth Friedland is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Appirio, a global tech consultancy. She's spent more than 12 years in the public relations and communications world, working in both Indianapolis, where she currently lives, and New York. Outside the office, Friedland writes, directs, and produces award-winning short films. She is also an advocate for foster care; in addition to being a proud foster mother to five children since 2015, Elizabeth is a member of the Foster Success Leadership Council, part of the nonprofit Connected by 25, an organization dedicated to providing the financial, educational and social support to assist Indiana youth as they age out of the foster care system. 

 

I was so excited for this interview because I have been thinking a lot about foster parenting in recent months.  I am also so intrigued by Elizabeth’s decision to do this as a single woman.  I learned so much in this interview, from the logistics of fostering to the emotional challenges of raising a child for a period of time and then sending them off to someone else for permanent placement.  

 

I know you are going to adore Elizabeth as much as I did.  I can’t wait for you to hear her story.  I hope she inspires you to consider fostering or sharing this story with someone else who might be in a position to foster.  Please to share this episode!

 

Listen in to hear Elizabeth share:

  • What inspired her to become a foster parent as a single woman
  • What is required to become a foster parent
  • How she got started fostering and what the first year looked like with 5 different babies
  • Her different relationships with the biological families of her foster babies
  • How her most recent placement has changed her heart and what she’s doing about it
  • The myths and truths about fostering
  • How you can get involved with foster kids without committing to being a foster parent

 

Links Mentioned:

Sep 18, 2017

Before heading to Paris, we decided that if we were going to visit the Eiffel Tower we needed to go allllll the way to the top.  So we bought 3 Eiffel Tower Summit tickets.  Vince and Vinnie were very excited about this.  I was excited about the idea of it.  But I was not excited about the actual doing of it – the endless ride in a glass elevator to a tiny landing way high up in the sky on a structure that most certainly could topple over at any given moment. Not. My. Thing. 

 

We did make it to the top.  And – SURPRISE – I did not die.  

 

Once back on firm ground (thank you Baby Jesus), I was able to walk about from my Summit experience with some positive and powerful insights that I think might be helpful to you.  These lessons apply to everyday life – not just high in the sky adventures:

 

  • Sitting with discomfort will eventually get more comfortable
  • From way up high you can see how much you're missing out on 
  • You can cling to what is comfortable and comforting, but little reaches out of your comfort zone create momentum and progress
  • There is relief in doing something hard and scary and it feels magical and powerful 

 

Listen in to hear about our European adventures and specifically about me surviving the Eiffel Tower Summit – where I thought I would most certainly die.  Not exaggerating. 

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 13, 2017

Robbin Rockett, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and single parent of three young children. She hosts the podcast Solo Parent Life and each week takes on a variety of issues facing single parents, including dating, finances, stress management, parenting, and co-parenting, and brings in experts, therapists, and authors for frank and friendly conversions that offer guidance for solo parents to become more mindful in their own self-care. Robbin speaks with integrity and from the heart about the people, books, blogs, and resources that have helped her as a solo parent.

 

Being raised by a single mom myself, I was really interested in hearing Robbin’s story.  I love what she had to say about the power she found in her divorce – even though it was understandably isolating and scary, as transitions tend to b e.  She shed a lot of light on how to process change and adapt to a new life.  She also talked about the importance of acknowledging the losses in divorce, rather than trying to just push past them. 

 

Listen in to hear Robbin share:

* The power and importance of group therapy and solo therapy

* The unexpected gifts she experienced in her divorce

* How divorce ultimately lead her to a more confident and powerful place in life 

* The importance of acknowledging and grieving the death of the family that takes place in divorce

 

Links Mentioned:

Robbin’s website: www.SoloParentLife.com

Robbin’s Free Online Summit: www.SoloParentLife.com/summit

Book: Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers 

Book: True Refuge 

 

Sep 11, 2017

Many of you know I recently had a fairly major surgery.  What most of you don’t know is that I had a boob job.  It’s probably not what you think – as we often jump to a lot of conclusions when we hear about a woman altering her body. 

 

 

Listen in to hear what I did, why I did it and what I encourage you to do with your own body.

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 6, 2017

Tonya Leigh is the founder of French Kiss Life, a destination for women who want to inject more elegance, style and joie de vivre (enjoyment!) into their daily lives. Her mission is to inspire women to style their minds, bodies, lives and success – from the inside out and the outside in. 

 

Through a vibrant online community of over 50,000 women, online programs and immersive LIVE experiences, Tonya infuses a French flair into her teachings to encourage women to slow down and cultivate well-lived lives no matter where they live in the world.  

 

She is a proud mama of a 19-year old daughter and her little guy Winston, an English Golden retriever.  She lives in a small mountain town in Colorado but you’ll often find her sipping Champagne or tea at a cafe somewhere in the world.   

 

I loved chatting with Tonya about how she came upon her own desire to French Kiss Life and how she is helping women all over the world French Kiss Life.  You’ll hear her share some real life stories that prove that life isn’t always pretty and things definitely don’t always go as planned – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a life you love madly around the chaos and the grit. 

 

Listen in to hear Tonya share:

  • Why you need to break the rules and embrace your own GPS
  • The truth about other people’s judgment
  • How to plant your kids in a BIG pot
  • How to emotionally manage yourself and take control of your feelings
  • What is the most important question you must ask yourself

 

Links Mentioned:

 

Sep 4, 2017

September is a pivotal month.  School is back in session (can I get an AMEN?!) and we are rapidly approaching fall and the final quarter of the year.  Over the years I have noticed this to be a time women are ready to hunker down and take care of some serious business.  Whoop! Whoop!

 

I want to encourage you and support you in taking back some of your time this month.  I want to invite you to dedicate some time to focusing on yourself, your routines and the things that bring you closer to your goals.  

 

Listen in to hear some specific details on how you can build better routines specifically around movement, fuel, and sleep this month.  

 

Oh – and – excuse me while I name drop…. But I also share my recent celebrity run ins with Dr. Drew, Gretchen Rubin, and Heather McDonald in this episode.  So, LISTEN IN!  

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Aug 30, 2017

Lahana Vigliano is a holistic nutritionist and the founder of Thrival Nutrition. She has her bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science + is currently finishing up a post-graduate program through the Clinical Nutrition Board. She started Thrival Nutrition to help empower and teach people how to get more out of life by feeling your absolute best through nutrition, exercise, and natural remedies. Outside of her passion for nutrition, she is a wife + mother of two. Which is where the journey all started!

 

Lahana was a very young mother – she graduated high school (and concurrently completed her first year of college, because she is 100% badass) while pregnant.  She now has a 7 year old son, a 4 year old daughter and a business she has built from the ground up, based on values she loves and lives.  She is excited to live to be 150 years old with her great, great grandchildren underfoot, while feeding everyone healthy (and delicious!) food. 

 

Listen in to hear Lahana share: 

  • What it was like to become such a young mother 
  • How others doubts fueled her to be successful in every way
  • How she pivoted when something wasn’t quite clicking in her professional journey
  • Tips to help your picky eaters eat more healthily
  • The power of kiddie smoothies (and how to make them super tasty)

 

Links Mentioned:

Website: www.thrivalnutrition.com

Thrival Nutrition on Facebook

Thrival Nutrition on Instagram

 

Aug 28, 2017

I had a funny situation recently where I pushed some limits that I would have never pushed 10 years ago – back when I was a little more controlling and a little more anal….  

 

It has taken the last 15 years as an entrepreneur + 5 years of motherhood + a few years of infertility for me to realize that, as Marie Forleo says, “Everything is figuroutable.”

 

Today, when my back is against the wall, I know I am never without options.  I can create my own outcomes.  Damn, that feels good.  

 

I don’t need to control it all, because I can figure it out as I go and I can create options as I need them.  Sometimes, I can even break the rules.  Whooooop!!  

 

Listen in to hear the recent story that made me realize how far I’ve come with this – and you just might fund some nuggets that inspire you to push some boundaries, break some rules and create your own outcomes.

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2017

As the CEO of BLH Consulting, Sharon Lipinski helps people transform desired behaviors into common practice. She is the author of "365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That's Good for You and for Others” which helps people make the 7 generosity habits a reality in their daily life. She is a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, a speaker, TV personality, and coach dedicated to helping people create the right habits so they can be happier, healthier, and more productive at home and in their work. 

Founder of the non-profit Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, which helps people make small donations that make a big impact by pooling their small donations with the donations of other people who care about the same cause. They’ve donated more than $58,000 to great charities around the world. She also maintains the largest repository of information documenting the tools, strategies, and accomplishments of some of America’s eight hundred charitable giving circles. 

 

I loved all the data and details Sharon laid out about habits and will power in this interview.  It was so insightful and HELPFUL.  She offered a ton of practical tips that I know will help you as you determine what habits you want in your life to support your goals.  

 

Listen in to hear Sharon share:

  • The 3 reasons your will power fails you
  • Why habits are more powerful than will power and how they actually bypass will power
  • Why scarcity mindsets keep us stuck in the same bad situations
  • How to use the Minimum Requirement Strategy when starting a new habit
  • How to reward yourself and how NOT to reward yourself for success with habits and goals
  • The power of generosity and how to build habits around generosity

 

Links Mentioned: 

Aug 21, 2017

I’ll let you know up front that I was uncomfortable and nervous about recording and releasing this episode.  I wasn’t sure where to start and I was worried I wouldn’t know how to finish.  But I know I know that silence is not an option.  Because we have seen over and over again that silence is death. And I won’t be an accomplice. 

 

I hope that you will listen in and learn today.  I hope you’ll find something meaningful and valuable.  I put together this episode so you could hear my experiences over the last week and perhaps glean something new and impactful from what I’ve learned as I’ve been researching.  

 

Many of us don’t know how to take action that will be meaningful.  I believe that learning is one of the first and most powerful ways you can START.  Please START and encourage others in your life to do the same.  

 

If this episode was meaningful and valuable to you, please share it with others. Here is the link to share: http://shamelessmom.com/episode/silence-is-not-an-option

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 69: How to Be A Nasty Woman

VICE documentary – Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Article: White Feelings 0-60 for Charlottesville

Donate: BLM Charlottesville

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Aug 16, 2017

Dana Skoglund is a certified yoga health coach, yoga teacher and mother of 2 rambunctious young boys. She has been studying yoga since 2000, and teaching since 2004. Eventually her desire to take her health and wellbeing into her own hands and to learn how to keep her family healthy led her to Ayurveda in 2011. 

 

After implementing the daily routine of Ayurveda and noticing the profound impact it had on her energy and happiness, Dana began coaching clients into these better body habits in 2013. Dana aims to inspire others about the importance of healthy habits in crafting the life of their dreams. She is deeply passionate about travel, adventure, learning, movement of any kind and the arts.  

 

This was a fascinating conversation, where I learned so much about myself.  I know you’ll learn a lot from Dana, too.  Dana shares a ton about Ayurveda, which is so enlightening (and will make you eager to implement simple new habits!)  This episode is packed with helpful tips and powerful insights.  Take notes!

 

Listen in to hear Dana Share:

  • What is your dosha and why it’s important to understand it
  • How following the cycle of the sun aids in digestion and improves health
  • How you can make simple changes to honor the cycle of the sun
  • How you can change the way you use time and how to use exercise to create time
  • How to change your habits without feeling overwhelmed
  • 5 ways to dramatically improve sleep

 

Links Mentioned:

Aug 14, 2017

This episode is the sister episode to Stop Saying Sorry (Episode 149).  So, if you haven’t listened to that episode yet, go back and do so now!

 

Now that you’re done apologizing for everything all day everyday – let’s do some fun stuff.  Moving forward, I’m giving you permission to be a quitter, to be imperfect, to live bigger and bolder, to try something scary, to forgive and to be POWERFUL - starting today.  

 

This episode is all about moving ON and moving UP.  My hope is that if I give you permission today, you will give yourself permission tomorrow and everyday after that.  Cause I happen to have it on good authority that you are a total badass and perhaps you’ve been selling yourself short lately…

 

Listen in to all 29 things I’m giving you permission to do – TODAY.  Now.  

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Aug 9, 2017

Charmaine Ironside owns and operates two successful Fitness studios in Calgary, Canada with her husband Patrick. She also owns The Diet Dropout, a thriving online coaching business where she helps women overcome challenges with weight, food, and mindset on the road to living their best lives in their best bodies.

She enjoys all the hats she wears, including being a mom to 2-year-old daughter Kennedy, a wife to an incredible husband, and an entrepreneur who is constantly looking for ways to help people live better lives. Charmaine is an eternal optimist who lives life to the fullest, taking full responsibility for her own joy and success.

 

I always love a good convo with a fellow fitness professional.  I was especially excited to hear Charmaine talk about her personal journey with dieting and weight loss.  As it turns out, we are very similar – raised by awesome moms who also happened to be chronic dieters.  We both started dieting at very young ages.  That will mess with a little girl’s self-image for a lifetime…

 

Listen in to hear Charmaine share:

  • Her journey in emotional eating and how she overcame it
  • How she uses personal development to support habit change
  • The correlation between self-care and your relationship with food
  • The power of kindness and gratitude in behavior change
  • How to b e more intuitive and less restrictive
  • What you need to know about intermittent fasting and the keto diet
  • How dieting disempowers you and removes your self-trust

 

Links Mentioned:

 

 

Aug 7, 2017

I have something new for you this week and this month  and every month moving forward – YAY!  

 

It seems impossible that it’s already August, right?  I mean, you might be elated because SCHOOL – it’s almost here again.  But you might also be bummed – where did summer go and did we really do all. the. things??? 

 

I know I’m not ready for summer to be over.  While Vinnie’s Summer Bucket List is nearly completed, I’ve barely begun mine (typical #momlife, right?!)

 

As I was mourning the rapidly approaching end of summer this morning, it occurred to me that every darn month is like this – the months come too fast and they go too fast.  They all seem significant and pivotal for some reason, too.  Like I don’t want any of them to escape until I’ve had my way with them.  You with me???

 

So, my brilliant idea for the SMA…

 

I’m going to start a new tradition for our first episode of every month.  The first Monday of every month will be the “3 Things to Think About in [New Month]” episode.  This way, I can give you some pointers on setting intentions and goals for the month that are relevant to where we are in the course of the year.  I think this will be SUPER DUPER helpful for you (and for me – whoop!)

 

Tune in to today’s episode to hear 3 Things to Think About in August.  This will help you formulate a PLAN for the rest of summer, as well as give you some SUPPORT and GUIDANCE for the upcoming transition into a new school year.  This is good stuff, mamas.  Promise. 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless(hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

Aug 2, 2017

Renee Metty, M.Ed is a Shameless Mom to 3 kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and is the Founder and CEO of With Pause™. She believes that one’s greatest asset is the quality of attention you bring to every aspect of your experience. Through speaking, workshops and training, With Pause™ boosts your ability to develop richer connections, manage stress, collaborate effectively and renew your mental clarity. 

Renee works with businesses and schools, who are seeking clarity, calm and a more meaningful life. Her approach cultivates mindfulness balanced with compassion while cultivating presence.

Renee is also a Certified Body Language Trainer, allowing her to further support people through their mindfulness practices, daily habits, and communication patterns. 

 

This interview was so fascination to me.  Renee identifies herself as a Type A personality, just as I do.  But you’ll notice that she is slow and careful with her words, the opposite of me.  She has trained herself to slow down and live calmly, even in the midst of chaos.  If you’re Type A, you will love this interview – especially everything Renee shares about the silent retreats she has attended (which sound terrifying to me!) 

 

Listen in to hear Renee share:

 

  • The power of living in perpetual self discovery
  • What it feels like when you cut your speed in half and slow down your life (and her experience doing this through multi-day silent retreats)
  • Why mindfulness cannot be practiced without compassion
  • 3 micro practices you can start doing today to become more mindful
  • The difference between gratitude and appreciation
  • The power of non verbal communication (spoiler: it’s 13 times more powerful than your words)

 

 

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Jul 31, 2017

We apologize so much it’s actually offensive.  Your empty apology for being late means nothing.  Your apology for taking up space in an elevator minimizes all women.  Your apology for taking 24 entire hours to reply to an email minimizes the value of you and your time.  

 

JUST STOP ALREADY.  

 

Before I jump down your throat too much, I will tell you I am WITH YOU.  I do it too.  But I’m really working on doing it a lot less.   Because I want to be seen as authentic and strong and of value – because I AM. 

 

Also, I’ve started to catch Vinnie apologizing inappropriately – for little things that aren’t his fault - that haven’t actually hurt anyone.  My apologizing is teaching him to minimize himself.  Fan-freaking-tastic. 

 

If you are an over apologizer, or you know someone who is, you need this episode.  

 

If you want to model genuine apologies, connection and relationships to your kids, you need this episode.  

 

I am NOT AT ALL SORRY for imploring you to tune in.  This is a good one. 

 

 

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Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

Jul 26, 2017

4 years ago, Julie Fry was fed up with too much travel and not enough control of her schedule or her family life.  She left her corporate sales job and decided to buy a blog, BusinessAmongMoms.com to have more control over her life and spend more time with her kids.   She quickly learned she was way too extroverted for a purely online company and pivoted to serve women entrepreneurs with community, education, and support for their businesses through networking and educational events.

 

Since then, Business Among Moms or BAM, has grown to 20 chapters across the country, and nearly 1000 members. 

 

Along the way Julie has learned about herself and the power of connecting women.  She has created something she truly loves and that fuels her mind and her soul.  

 

While Julie has been busy growing her dream and serving women all over the country, she has also learned how to best serve herself as she lives valiantly with blood chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  

 

I so appreciate Julie coming on the show to talk about building her dream business and building a life she loves around a life with cancer.   

 

Listen in to hear Julie share:

  • How she decided to buy a business and how you anyone can start this journey 
  • The joy in connecting women
  • How to let mommy guilt GO
  • How she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and her prognosis today
  • How to slow down and still live big

 

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Julie’s Website: www.businessamongmoms.com

Business Among Moms on Facebook

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30-day trial)

 

 

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