The Shameless Mom Academy

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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Jan 30, 2017

There is so much to say about my Women’s March on Washington experience.  I want to share my story.  I want to share the global impact of this movement.  I want to tell you what it was like to spend 8 hours with over 1 million marchers.  I want to capture it perfectly for you. 


But I cannot. 


It was so big and so impactful, I can’t find all the words.  And you know I’m not one to be at a loss for words…


Because I’m still feeling totally overwhelmed by the magnitude of this event a week later, I asked a few of my March friends to help me explain what it was like to March on Washington.  


Listen in to hear the most memorable moments of the day from 4 of my friends – and some of the raddest women I know. 


Listen in to hear how the logistics of the day played out, from getting off a red eye, to not peeing all day, to marching with Macklemore, to making friends with Trump supporters.  


Then keep listening.


Hear about the haters I’ve encountered this week – the comments and conversations I saw online, and continue to see:


“I don’t really get it.  Women already have the same rights as men.”


“I don’t see how this movement is helping anything.”


“From the news coverage, I just saw a lot of angry women who didn’t have a unifying theme/message.  It didn’t even make sense.”


“I know a lot of really successful women.  No one’s holding women back.”


I’ll tell you what I told the haters – and hopefully you’ll find it useful information that you can share with any haters you encounter.  


From where I sit, I see the largest movement of global solidarity ever.  I see action.  I see power.  I see hope. 


**Special thanks and huge hugs to my friends Dana, Beth, Angela and Christine who shared their March perspectives in this episode.  And thanks to Angela for letting me march with your sign.**


I will not normalize the behavior of this president. 


Links Mentioned:

Article: Racial Gender Wage Gap Persists in US Despite Some Progress

6 year old Sophie Cruz’s speech on YouTube

My March pics on The SMA Facebook page








Jan 25, 2017

Stacy Tuschl started her first business in her parents’ backyard at the age of 18 and turned that company into a 7 figure business.  She is a #1 international bestselling author of, “Is Your Business Worth Saving?”.  In her book, Stacy reveals proven strategies for pulling entrepreneurs out of a rut and launching them toward business success.  Stacy is also the host of the top-rated podcast She’s Building Her Empire. 


Stacy loves her businesses (yes, she has multiple) and is extremely passionate about her work.  She is also madly in love with her two daughters, ages 4 and 17 months.  You could say she’s a little busy.  But, it does not feel like too much.  It feels right.


Stacy is unapologetic in her approach to business and motherhood and where the two collide – or don’t, because she won’t let them. 


Listen in to hear Stacy share:

  • How she built a 7 figure business that started in her parent’s backyard
  • What she did as a 21 year old entrepreneur to connect with other like minded, successful people
  • Why investing in yourself and your business or career, even though risky, is the wisest thing you can do
  • How to make a plan to START if you want to pursue a new goal or dream
  • Why daycare is magic


Links Mentioned:


Facebook Group: 

Book: The Power of Habit


Jan 23, 2017

I wanted to put out this episode at this exact time because this is about the time that we start to reconsider our New Year Resolutions and/or give them up all together.

I would like to offer an alternative. I would like to give you a PLAN. Just because you don’t knock a goal out of the park immediately does not mean you should put that goal on the back burner.

In fact, the best way to approach a goal is through small steps over time. So, if you have already given up on a health goal for 2017, I’m hear to give you permission to put that goal back on the table. Your goal wants to be met. It wants to be realized. It wants to improve your life. Your goal needs you. 

So let’s get started, together, shall we?

If you’ve been struggling to make fitness stick in the new year, I year you. While there is a lot of hype about fitness in January, it is usually a very transitional month for people, making it challenging to take on new habits and make them stick. LISTEN IN if you need help getting your rear in gear!

4 Tips to making exercise stick

  1. Have an accountability plan
    1. HINT: This can involve any of the following: a calendar, your fridge, your family, your friends, your boss, your co-workers, a sticker chart 
  1. Do something you enjoy
    1. HINT: You won’t always enjoy it in the moment, but you should enjoy the overall experience and the benefits that begin the moment you are done
  1. Tell other people
    1. HINT: Learn how to brag (yes, there is a “right” way)
  1. Be in it for the long haul
    1. HINT: you gotta create some hype around your plan and your plan needs to be evolve-able to keep you engaged for the rest of your life 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 92: Pratima Aravabhoomi - From Arranged Marriage to Independent Woman

SMA Episode 69: Nasty Woman Manifesto


Jan 18, 2017

I’m delighted to have Halley Bock back as a second time guest on The Shameless Mom Academy. She is here today to talk about her new brilliant book, Life, Incorporated.  


A couple years ago, Halley was approached to write a book honing her expertise in organizational leadership.  But, when her personal life started to implode her book took on a different purpose.  She started writing about herself and her story, instead of how she led organizations.  


In Life, Incorporated she shares how she put herself back together and how any person or organization can create a better, more powerful and positive existence by learning to live from the “Inside Out”. 


Listen in to hear Halley share:


  • What happened when her mother fired her as CEO of her company
  • What she learned from looking inward instead of outward for validation and growth
  • What baby steps she took that changed the course of her life and her work
  • The importance of letting go of busyness 
  • What practices can heal your soul so you can truly live a life you love


Links Mentioned:

Book: Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Whole Hearted Living

Resources: Life, Incorporated Resources

SMA Episode 30 with Halley: Passion vs Purpose

Life, Incorporated on Facebook 

Life, Incorporated on Instagram 



Jan 16, 2017

Nothing is as bad as it seems.  Nothing is as great as it seems.


I have been taught this lesson over the years and I needed it this week – a few times.  Life threw me for a few loops this week.  5 loops to be exact.  There was the mold scare, the car scare, the dog scare, my mom’s medical emergency, and Vinnie’s trip to the ER. 


My tendency is to PANIC when I get hit with these curve balls.  While I’m outwardly very calm, internally I am planning for the worst in every way.  I jump to conclusions, let my mind race endlessly, and assume my pretty little life will be irreparably harmed. 


Do you do this?  Please tell me I’m not alone.  


But, here’s the TRUTH…..


Just to the left (or right) of your internal freak out is this:

  • It will all be ok
  • You are strong – phsycially, mentally, emotionally
  • You have a great support network – husband, friends, family, fan club
  • You are resourceful 
  • You are adaptable
  • You are a fighter
  • You are resilient 
  • You will learn from every challenge
  • You will grow from every challenge



Therefore, it is imperative that when faced with a challenge or hardship, you must:

  • Be up for the challenge
  • Be ready to dig deep
  • Be ready to stretch yourself in uncomfortable ways
  • Take the space and time you need 
  • Ask for help 
  • Make concessions 
  • Process



Tune in to hear by 5 crises and how I my perspective saved me from my panic.


Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 62: Carrie Wilkerson – The Barefoot Executive

Jan 11, 2017

Pratima met her husband when she was 20, shortly before their arranged marriage in India.  Almost immediately after their wedding, they moved from India to Alabama.  


After 8 years of marriage, Pratima found herself preparing to take her own life.  She could no longer survive in her arranged marriage and she didn’t yet see a way out.  


Out of sheer will and determination to create a different and better life for her daughter, Pratima saved herself. She credits one quote with saving her life, “the darkest hour is before dawn.”  


Pratima got out of her marriage, created a career path for herself, never having worked before, and built a life inspired by words that she kept close to her heart and always visible to her eyes.  


Listen in to hear Pratima share:

  • What life was like inside her arranged marriage
  • The steps she took to start her own life from scratch
  • How she worked her way out of $92,000 of debt in 6 months
  • Where she found inspiration and power on her darkest days
  • What her job with Apple taught her about running her own business
  • The biggest obstacle she sees women facing


Links Mentioned:


Instagram: @craftstrtdesign


Jan 9, 2017

I’ve been thinking about the Attitude Adjustments that are necessary in life when one wants to move forward to accomplish great things.  Cause we all want to move forward and accomplish great things this year, right?!


Here are 3 Attitude Adjustments you need to make now (warning: controversial!)


  1. What you focus on expands.
  2. You are only as busy as you think you are. 
  3. You can’t have it all – right now – and that is ok.


Perspective is everything.  I challenge you to look for new perspectives in this fresh, new year.  Don’t let yourself stay in one place.  Move – just a little bit forward every day.  Work on your head space and your actions will reflect your new attitudes.  This is crucial.  And you deserve it.  Because you deserve to have the best year. 

Jan 4, 2017

Carmen Sognonvi is founder and publisher of Top Flight Family, the leading online destination for luxury family travel. Her insights on travel have been featured in TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News, Luxury Daily, Hotel News Now and TravelDailyNews International.


Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age.  She offers family practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury without luxurious price tags.  


Listen in to hear Carmen share:

  • The tops myths of family travel - and the truth behind them
  • How to start small with family travel
  • The 3 most common mistakes families make when you traveling (I bet you’re guilty of at least 2!) – and how to fix them
  • The best upgrades that are worth splurging on 
  • How to get Global Entry for free
  • The 10 best vacation for families in the US


Links Mentioned:


Shameless Mom Free guide: Top Flight Family Guide to the 10 Best vacations For Kids in the US 


Top Flight Family on Instagram

Top Flight Family on Pinterest

Top Flight Family on Twitter

Top Flight Family on Facebook

Article: How to Get Free Global Entry

Website: The Points Guy


Jan 2, 2017

Have you noticed the Anti Resolution Revolution?  I’m a big fan.  Huge. 


Quite frankly, resolutions suck.  They are too big.  They are too vague.  They are not “bite sized” enough.  They are framed as punishments.  They are designed to make us fail.  Every year….


If you really want to improve your life you have to look at tiny habits.  You have to implement small changes that build confidence and improve motivation.  You need to be excited and positive about the potential and possibility that lie ahead of you. 


In this episode, I share:

  • Why resolutions suck
  • Why your brain literally cannot handle your resolution
  • Why habits are better than resolutions and how they are totally different in nature
  • What 3 steps you must take to make a new habit successful
  • Tips to start a new habit, whether you want to eat better, lose weight, be less stressed, manage time better, or just generally love your life more


Links Mentioned:


Article: The Science of New Years Resolutions: Why 88% Fail and How To Make Them Work 

SMA Ep 82: The Power of Recency and Frequency