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Sara Dean launched the Shameless Mom Academy to help moms lead more positive, powerful and purposeful lives #everydamnday. Sara is an award winning fitness professional, author, speaker, and transformation coach who spent the last 16+ years serving moms in the fields of psychology, sociology, health & wellness. But, it took becoming a mom herself in 2012 to learn that - holy cow - this is hard work, and if you’re not paying attention you can completely lose your own sense of identity while raising babies. Join Sara every Monday and Wednesday as she and her notable guests (such as Gretchen Rubin, Carrie Wilkerson, JJ Virgin, Susan Hyatt, Cathy Heller, Nichole Nordeman, Melanie Shankle, and Jadah Sellner) dig deep into topics like creating the confidence you crave; turn your struggles into strengths, building better boundaries, and tuning into tiny habits that can change your life. Discover how why thousands of moms all over the world are turning to The Shameless Mom Academy to live bigger, bolder, braver lives #everydamnday.
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Dec 27, 2017

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:

 

  1. I started owning my wins in a more positive and powerful way
  2. I presented myself as who I wanted to be instead of feeling limited by who I currently am
  3. I started paying more attention to my words and how they empower/disempower me and other women

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!

 

Links Mentioned:

  • Want to join me for the next Shameless Mom MOMENTUM Mastermind?  I will be starting a new group in January!  Shoot me an email at info@shamelessmom.com to get on the interest list.
Dec 25, 2017

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!

 

  • Ep 98 Holly Joi Rigsby: Finding Everyday Joi
    • Holly shares the impact of her divorce and why her divorce was a pivotal move toward happiness. She also shares how she became a sought after leader, even though she didn’t used to identify as one.
  • Ep 112 Liz Nead: Nead Inspiration and the 100 Day Journey
    • Liz shares her story of become an unexpected mother to twins at a young age.  She also dives into her experience with racism and how “diversity training” has actually been harmful to society. 
  • Ep 142 Mike Vardy: The Productivityist
    • Mike shares his philosophy that structure = freedom.  He gives specific tips on time crafting, schedule theming and journaling to create simplicity and ease in your life.
  • Ep 150 Renee Metty: On Mindfulness
    • Renee shares her experiences with silent meditation retreats and how she has trained her self to sloooooow down in order to absorb more and live more mindfully. 
  • Ep 108 Leanne Kabat: When You Only Have 5 Years To Live
    • Leanne shares her story of being told she only had 5 years to live (10 years ago.)  This is one of the most fascinating stories I have ever heard.  Leanne also dives into how she lives differently since her shocking diagnosis.
  • Ep 100 Amy Moses, PT: The Truths and Myths About Your Mommy Bladder
    • Amy gets into the nitty gritty of your pelvic floor and how you can heal yourself from pregnancy and childbirth trauma in order to have better bladder control and pain free sex. 
  • Ep 118 Shasta Nelson: How to Deepen Friendships, Health & Happiness
    • Shasta dives deep on the loneliness epidemic. (It’s a thing.  For real.)  She talks about why you need strong relationships and how to build them. 
  • Ep 140 Jen Lumanlan: Your Parenting Mojo
    • Jen shares powerful and fascinating research on parenting, the truth about only children, and growth (and attributes) of home schooling.
  • Ep 144 Julia Freeland: Your Value and REvolve YOU
    • Julia shares how motherhood qualifies you to be a CEO (seriously.)  She also dives into how and why you need to constantly evolve your belief system. 
  • Ep 130 Lauren Pak: Life With Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    • Lauren shares her struggle with BDD and how paralyzing life was when she was impacted by this illness.  She also talks about how women can start to heal from body image issues, based on her own healing process. 

 

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  • Want to join me for the next Shameless Mom MOMENTUM Mastermind?  I will be starting a new group in January!  Shoot me an email at info@shamelessmom.com to get on the interest list.
Dec 20, 2017

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:

  • Why she had to start having conversations bigger than belly fat and muffin tops
  • How moms can regain, reclaim, and retrain their lives
  • Fun family dinner hacks that let you off the hook
  • How work/life balance really looks when you’re on a mission
  • How and why you should focus on continuous never ending improvement

 

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Dec 18, 2017

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.”

 

Yuck. 

 

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.

 

Links Mentioned:

Interested in my next Shameless Mom Momentum Mastermind?  Email me at info@shamelessmom.com to get on the interest list!

Dec 13, 2017

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:

  • How she survived the loss of a child, her son’s diagnosis with autism, and a soul crushing divorce
  • The significance of stored trauma and how it impacts you physically
  • How to use the philosophy of cleanse vs clog to improve all areas of your life
  • The neuroscience of personal development and how it can completely shift your mindset

 

Links Mentioned:

  • Mary’s Website: http://maryshores.com/
  • Book: Conscious Communications
  • Book: Conscious Communication Guidebook 
  • Free FB group: Fearless Ambition
  • Thank you to our sponsors:
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Dec 11, 2017

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….)

 

Links Mentioned:

  • Book: Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
  • Resource: Word Cloud Generator
  • Thank you to our sponsors:
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Dec 6, 2017

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:

  • The truth about (miserable) success and how to redefine success for yourself
  • The power of sustainability – the ability to sustain yourself
  • Why we need to unlearn and what we need to unlearn in order to see the truth and magic in our lives
  • Why you might want to start being way more unrealistic
  • Steps you can take today to get more dialed into your intuition

 

 

Links

Dec 4, 2017

I sat down to record this episode on December 1st and December was already kicking my butt.  On the first day of the month. 

 

HOW?!?

 

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.  

 

Links Mentioned:

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors for this episode!

 

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Nov 29, 2017

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:

  • Why finishing something is much harder than starting it
  • How your secret rules hold you back in life
  • The link between perfectionism and NOT finishing things
  • Why you need to choose what to bomb
  • The power of Noble Obstacles and why you need to get over them

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Jon’s Book: FINISH

Jon’s Course: Finishcourse.com

Jon’s Website: www.Acuff.me

How to read more: http://www.Acuff.me/read

 

Nov 27, 2017

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. 

 

Links Mentioned:

  • Sponsors:
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  • Sudio headphones: www.sudiosweden.com.  I’m currently obsessed with their Tre and Regent models of wireless headphones.  Use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save 15% on any order at checkout.   
Nov 22, 2017

Whitney Nicely went from no investments (or strategies) to 19 houses, 19 apartment units and 7 chunks of land in less than three years all bringing monthly money to her bank account on auto pilot.

She has traveled the United States speaking on stages, teaching her simple strategies, and meeting with other successful real estate investors- and still buying houses the way she teaches others.

Whitney is a dog mom to Abby the Labby-130 pounds of loving fur, wifey to Jason East- an apartment investor, stepmom to Gavin (12) and Harrison (10).

Since 2016, Whitney has led and trained hundreds of future real estate rock stars to grow their portfolios, collect checks and achieve financial freedom. 100's of real estate newbies are securing leads, signing deals and scaling their dream incomes through the First Deal Done Fast Program.

Whitney is a WEALTH of information and she shares a ton of knowledge in this episode.  Get ready to learn some powerful ways to get involved in real estate in low rise, but profitable ways!

 

Listen in to hear Whitney share:

  • How you can get involved in real estate in low-risk ways that still financial reap benefits
  • Why it’s important for women to have a real estate portfolio
  • The truth about flipping houses on HGTV 
  • Different ways you get in the real estate market  (I’m sure some of these will be new to you!)
  • How to circumvent risk when starting out
  • How to get into real estate without investing your own money and still make money every month

 

Links Mentioned:

Connect with Whitney: https://www.whitneynicely.com/

Whitney on Facebook 

Whitney on Instagram 

15 Ways To Be A Badass #everydamnday PDF: email Sara at mailto:into@shamelessmom.com

 

Nov 20, 2017

This episode is to give you power and might to make you do the things you want to do and need to do – BUT – you might be a little scared to do.  

 

I’m inviting you to take action, baby steps if necessary, to live a bigger, bolder, braver life.   Here’s how…

 

15 Ways To Be A Badass #everydamnday

 

  1. Take one small step toward a big goal 
  2. Stop worrying about what other people think
  3. Exude confidence
  4. Be relentless
  5. Always find the silver lining 
  6. Be a better stalker
  7. Lead with kindness
  8. Do what’s right even when it’s hard
  9. Find your voice and use it
  10. Say NO more often
  11. Say YES more often
  12. Write new endings to your toughest stories
  13. Make mistakes 
  14. Practice gratitude   
  15. Be mighty, but also be humble

 

Be sure to listen in to hear me go into detail on each of these. 

 

Also, I made you a free download to go with this episode!  Email me at info@shamelessmom.com if you want to see the beautiful “15 Ways To Be A Badass #everydamnday” art I had created for you to download, print and share with others! 

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 13: How to Be A Better Stalker And Fangirl

 

Nov 15, 2017

Katie Anthony is a writer and mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5. She knows a lot about backhoe loaders, velociraptors, and rage. Her writing has appeared in BUST.com, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, and the PEPS Blog. She swears and blogs about parenthood, feminism, and scotch at KatyKatiKate.com.

 

I was introduced to Katie via one of my favorite podcasts, For Crying Out Loud.  Co-hosts of FCOL, Lynette Carolla and Stephanie Wilder Taylor, read a piece of Katie’s writing that had me so fired up, I couldn’t help but Facebook stalk her (my favorite pastime and one of my best skills) and beg her to come on my show.  

 

Luckily, she was flattered by my stalking and said YES.  

 

Phew. 

 

Katie is an amazing witty writer and a truly talented truth teller.  I kind of want to live in her head.  I think you will too after you hear this interview. 

 

Listen in to hear Katie share:

  • How writing became her therapy in motherhood
  • Why she just can’t keep quiet about the ways she sees men abusing their power
  • All about her buddy Chad, who you know too, btw
  • How she is managing newfound fame and glory after going viral (for real) a few weeks ago
  • Why she asks her readers for money (gasp) 

 

Warning: this episode contains explicit language and a decent amount of F bombs.  We opted not to edit them out, as they are relevant to Katie’s writing, her personality, and her story.  Enjoy them all!

 

Links Mentioned:
Katie’s Blog (including posts on Harvey, Scott, Kevin and Chad): www.katykatikate.com

Katie’s Book: Feminist Werewolf

Support Katie on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/katykatikate

Katie on Facebook: www.facebook.com/katykatikate

Katie on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yokatykatikate

Scott Rosenberg article

http://deadline.com/2017/10/scott-rosenberg-harvey-weinstein-miramax-beautiful-girls-guilt-over-sexual-assault-allegations-1202189525/  

For Crying Out Loud podcast episode where I found Katie 

Book: Hunger by Roxanne Gay

Book: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

 

Nov 8, 2017

Melanie Shankle is the New York Times bestselling author behind Nobody’s Cuter Than You, The Antelope in the Living Room, Sparkly Green Earrings and her newest book, Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life.  She first shared her hilarious observations and loving wisdom on The Big Mama Blog, which helped define a new genre of blogging for women as it attracted a devoted audience now thousands deep. The Texas A&M graduate is also a guest blogger for high profile outlets and an in-demand speaker at events across the country. A proud Texan, self-professed Target junkie and lover of Anthropologie sales, Melanie calls San Antonio home with her husband Perry, teenage daughter Caroline, and two wild dogs Piper and Mabel.

 

I had a great time preparing for this interview and reading different pieces of Melanie’s writing.  I highly recommend you check out her blog, The Big Mama Life, and her books!

 

Listen in to hear Melanie share:

  • How she has grappled with and come to embrace raising an only child
  • Things she wish she’d known earlier- related to motherhood, womanhood, and perms
  • The “lies of unicorns and perfect mothers”
  • How she sees women living more shamelessly today than ever before
  • Why moms need to push their boundaries in front of their kids

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Melanie’s Website: http://www.MelanieShankle.com

Melanie on Instagram: @MelanieShankle

Melanie on Twitter: @bigmama

Book: Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces that Make Up A Life

Nov 6, 2017

Here we GO!

 

We are about to dive into the holiday season.  Are you ready?  

 

I love the holidays and would be happy for them to last for months on end, but I know they can add stress and chaos for a lot of people.  

 

I want you to be conscientious about how you enter into your last 2 months of 2017 so you can actually enjoy with ease.  

 

Today I’m going to give you my Three G’s to enjoy this season with ease.  Take notes, write out your template (I’ll teach you how!) and share it with me on Facebook or Instagram at The Shameless Mom Academy!  

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: CanvasPeople – go to http://www.canvaspeople.com and use the code SHAMELESS to get your FREE 11x14 canvas of any photo of your choice (just pay shipping!)

 

Nov 1, 2017

In addition to being a Shameless Mom to Charlie (14) and Pepper (9), Nichole Nordeman is an award winning singer-songwriter and acclaimed worship leader who just wrote her first book, Slow Down: Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood. The book is based on Nichole’s song “Slow Down” that pulled the heartstrings of mothers everywhere—with 14 million views in five days and has exceeded 21 million total views. Nordeman’s viral video showcased the reality of how fast children grow up and why it’s important for parents to be intentional. 

 

Slow Down discusses the heartfelt feelings and memories of parenthood in her book—it is filled with stories, song lyrics, photos, wisdom, and encouragement. Nichole encourages parents to be intentional and slow down, so that they can appreciate the beauty and joy of raising children. 

 

Nichole and I had such and enlightening and powerful conversation about the joy and pain of parenting.  I will fully admit that I did some stalking of Nichole before and after our interview and I have just fallen in love with her music and her writing.  I am so honored she made time to share with us in the Shameless Mom Academy.  

 

There are a lot of treasures in this interview.  I hope you love them all.  

 

Listen in to hear Nichole share:

  • How to step away from the traps that pull us out of our own reality
  • Why it’s ok to be ok with average
  • What actual steps we can take to slow down and be more intentional
  • How to manage emotion around the limits of our precious time in motherhood
  • How to manage the inevitable pain and joy of motherhood
  • The importance of always maintaining your identity outside of motherhood 

 

Links Mentioned:

Nichole’s Website: http://www.nicholenordeman.com/

Nichole’s Book: Slow Down – Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood

Nichole on Facebook

Nichole on Instagram

Nichole on Twitter

Nichole’s Album: Every Mile Mattered 

YouTube video: Slow Down

SMA Ep 149: Stop Saying Sorry 

 

Oct 30, 2017

The truth about having it all.

 

Let’s get real for a minute.  There are a lot of non-truths out there about having it all.  And most of the non-truths that exist in our head are there because we have made them up. 

 

We look at someone’s seemingly perfect Facebook life and determined that it is possible to be beautifully perfectly happy all. the. time. #nontruth

 

We watch another family and the way they so effortlessly laugh at just the right time about just the right thing and determined that they do all the right things in all the right ways at all the right times.  #nontruth

 

We see another woman with the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect family, the perfect body and assumed she is perfectly happy every damn day.  #nontruth

 

The notion we have about someone else having it all is just a perception and a manifestation of the comparison trap and FOMO rolled up into one big ball of judgment.

 

It is ok to want more out of life.  It is ok to do more with your life.  It’s ok to want to have it all.  But want it because it’s right for you, not because it looks good on someone else.  Do things because they light you up, not because they are part of a culturally designated formula of happiness or satisfaction.

 

Do not write your happiness formula based on your outside view of someone else’s experiences.

 

You can actually very safely assume that no one else truly has it all.  And you don’t need to have it all either. 

 

If you want to have it all, define what you want and WHY you want it.  Then determine how you can get it.  There is always a way.  

 

And while you are working toward what you want, enjoy the heck out of what you already have.  If you’re not grateful for what you already have, you will never love the things you get later.  Come from gratitude and work from there.

Oct 25, 2017

Maria Alcoke is host of the Engine Mom Podcast, a CrossFit-L1 trainer at CrossFit Cove in Columbia, Maryland and runs her own graphic and web development studio, MariaVida Creative. 

 

After over 10 years in the creative field in both agency and education settings, she left the corporate world to pursue her own business right before she the birth of her daughter. Two years in to her motherhood and entrepreneurial journey, Maria has a thriving design business and has merged her passion for teaching and fitness through coaching. 

 

Maria realized the true value of community and connection while navigating some major life transitions which included moving across the country, starting her own business and becoming a mom. 

 

She started The Engine Mom Podcast with the goal to share different perspectives from Moms who are driven by their passions. By sharing these stories, she hopes to empower Moms from all walks of life to be their best selves by identifying what fuels them: their passions and greater purpose. 

 

Maria is an inspiring woman and entrepreneur.  She is also one of my very first Shameless Mom Mastermind members and one of my very first Shameless Mom Coaching clients.  So, I’m obviously ridiculously proud of her.  I can’t wait for you to hear her story. I know she will inspire you to start getting a little more uncomfortable and a lot more excited when it comes to building a life you’re really passionate about. 

 

Listen in to hear Maria share:

  • Why uncomfortable leaps and scary action steps are necessary
  • What inspires her to keep following her passions and building a life around things that really cater to her strengths 
  • How Mondays feel when you’re not in alignment with your passion vs when you are
  • How she suffers from Imposter Syndrome and what she does to overcome it
  • The power of having a coach and a support system when you’re doing scary things

 

Links Mentioned:

Engine Mom Website: http://enginemom.com/

Maria’s Graphic Design Website: http://mariavida.com

Engine Mom on Facebook

Engine Mom on Instagram 

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Oct 23, 2017

We have officially arrived at the Season of Plan B.  

 

We are at the time of year where sh*t happens:

  • You’re up all night with a sick kiddo and you miss your early morning workout.  
  • Work chaos strikes and your healthy lunch plan is out the window.  
  • The kids have a day off random day off school (snow day, teacher prep day, why the eff is there no school today day, etc) and your entire schedule is flip turned upside down.  
  • Relatives come to visit for a holiday and your normal routine is tossed by the wayside.
  • Your husband is sick (pardon the stereotype, but don’t even get me started on how men manage illness…)

 

In all these instances, having a Plan B is crucial.  Your life doesn’t have to be determined by the circumstances of your day – but often your daily action steps do.  This means you need to be prepared to manage the heck out of your day even when things turn sideways.  

 

When you practice taking charge of your Plan B a few times, you will build a ton of confidence in your ability to ROCK THE DAY #everydamnday, in spite of the winter blunders that inevitably happen.

 

Tune in to get some specific tips on how to plan for anything and everything life might throw your way this time of year. 

 

Links Mentioned:

Free Registration for The Surviving To Thriving Summit

 

 

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

 

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