Every year is filled with so many opportunities to learn, grow & expand in new directions that is hard to identify just a few life altering decisions of the year. But I know there are things I did this year to be more powerful in my everyday life. AND I’m ready to kick off 2018 with some new awareness around how I want to make powerful things happen in my life in the new year.
Here are the 3 Most Powerful Changes I made this year:
Listen in to this episode to hear how these three changes had a massive impact on my life.
Lastly, THANK YOU for spending time with me this year. The work I do here in the SMA is what makes me more powerful #everydamnday. I couldn’t do it without YOU. And I can’t wait to do it lots more in 2018!
I put together a list of our most downloaded episodes of 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you. I know it can be hard to keep up with alllll the shows that come out in a year, so I thought this would be a great reference for those of you who might want to catch up on the best of the best that you may have missed in 2017.
These Shameless Moms (and one very Shameless Dad!) lit up my year. In addition to being ridiculously inspired by each of these guests, learned a ton from every one of them. I am delighted to have these friends and colleagues in my life. And I am PUMPED to share them with you again. ENJOY!
Oh, and feel free to share this list with friends you want to introduce to The Shameless Mom Academy. These shows would be a great place for a new listener to start!
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Lisa Druxman is the Chief Founding Mom of FIT4MOM, the parent company to Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides and Body Back. With nearly 2,000 class locations nationwide, FIT4MOM is one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Lisa is the author of the upcoming book, The Empowered Mama and the host of the Motivating Mom podcast. She has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America and more. Lisa is a speaker, writer and thought leader with a passion for helping moms get out of overwhelm and into a healthy and happy life. And most importantly, Lisa is a Shameless Mom to Jacob (16) and Rachel (12).
Lisa professional resume is so inspiring to me, as she built a fitness empire for herself while raising two littles. She definitely learned a lot along the way and has changed how she operates over time. Like me, she is done talking about mommy belly fat as if it’s a national disaster. She would much rather support women in becoming more strong, powerful and capable in all areas of their lives.
Listen in to hear Lisa share:
I got a message from a woman the other day, “Sara, I’m thinking about quitting.”
I have a lot of thoughts around quitting.
A lot of people will spew BS lines about “winners never quit”, or “pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”
And totally untrue.
There is absolutely a time and a place for quitting.
But you need to do a bit of an assessment and get REAL with yourself before making a final call to quit something.
Listen in to hear the advice I gave the woman who messaged me, and the advice I would give you if I got the same message from you.
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Mary Shores is the internationally known author of Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life.
As an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and CEO, Mary Shores teaches individuals and businesses to fearlessly create their own realities by using scientific methods and practical personal development. Mary has appeared internationally in magazines, on
television shows, and has been a guest on over 80 podcasts. Her practical and scientific methods, straightforward teaching, and actionable tips ensure that anyone can improve their life.
In 1992 Mary's daughter was born profoundly brain damaged, which meant Mary lived in-and-out of children's hospitals for more than a year to attend to Hayley's needs until she passed. Mary has since had two children (one son has autism) and suffered a soul crushing divorce. Wow, that's a lot of life for a woman in her forties to draw upon while building a multi-million dollar business.
Mary is a fighter, a survivor, and a warrior - with a powerful message. I know you’ll learn a few things from her!
Listen to hear Mary share:
I’ve been studying and reading up about all sorts of things related to self identity, Imposter Syndrome, and how we see ourselves versus how others see us. It’s been fascinating and I’ve learned a lot.
I did a little experiment last week and I was blown away by the results, so I had to share with you right away. I’m also inviting you to do the same experiment and I’m telling you exactly how to do it!
Listen in to learn how to EMBRACE and ACCESS all your most positive and powerful qualities (that you might not even know you have – yet….)
Cortney McDermott is an award-winning writer, TEDx speaker, and strategist to Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurial leaders, and think tanks around the world. She writes for a number of international publications, including ‘She Owns It’ and ‘HuffPost’. Her debut book, “Change Starts Within You: Unlock the Confidence to Lead with Intuition” was selected for Inc.com’s “26 Favorite Books of High Achievers” and has been featured in multiple media outlets internationally.
Before turning entrepreneur, Cortney served as an executive at Vanity Fair Corporation, vice president at Sustainability Partners, professor of graduate studies for Big Ten US universities, and global associate for the renowned beCause Consortium. (She has also moonlighted as a deli waitress, secretary, and everything in between, as a way to put herself through school and life.)
Cortney is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a certified cultural mediator in multiple languages. She lives with her family between the United States and Italy.
Cortney’s book is the perfect reading material for any mom. It is packed full of bite sized nuggets that are thought provoking and game changing. It is ornanized in a way that you can take in just a few bits and turn around and change your whole day or maaaybe your whole life. I recommend it to all busy moms who don’t have time to get cozy with “chapter books”!
Listen in to hear Cortney share:
I sat down to record this episode on December 1st and December was already kicking my butt. On the first day of the month.
Even with the best planning and the best intentions and the best holiday cheer, December is a month that can catch up with you – quickly. Like within the first darn 24 hours of the whole month, apparently.
Listen in to hear me talk about the three magical components of December – Fuel, Freedom & Fun, and Fire – that will help you set yourself up for a powerful month filled with equal parts joy, good cheer, space and grace.
Make sure to share this episode with other mamas who might need some support and motivation to have the best holiday season.
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Jon Acuff is the New York Times-bestselling author of five books. His most recent book is FINISH. He's helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he's spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at companies such as Microsoft, Nissan and Comedy Central. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.
FINISH is easily one of my favorite books of 2017, as it weaves interesting research, hilarious anecdotes, and easy to implement advice into a simple, fun, and inspiring read. If you’ve ever quit something, this book is for you. If you want to finish more things with more ease, this book is for you. If you need a reset in working toward your goals, this book is for you.
After reading FINISH, I knew Jon would be a really fun and fascinating interviewee and he did not disappoint.
Listen in to hear Jon share:
Jon’s Book: FINISH
Jon’s Course: Finishcourse.com
Jon’s Website: www.Acuff.me
How to read more: http://www.Acuff.me/read
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.
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:
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Be sure to listen in to hear me go into detail on each of these.
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SMA Episode 13: How to Be A Better Stalker And Fangirl
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.
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:
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!
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
For Crying Out Loud podcast episode where I found Katie
Book: Hunger by Roxanne Gay
Book: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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:
Melanie’s Website: http://www.MelanieShankle.com
Melanie on Instagram: @MelanieShankle
Melanie on Twitter: @bigmama
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!
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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:
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
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.
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:
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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We have officially arrived at the Season of Plan B.
We are at the time of year where sh*t happens:
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.
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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:
Stephanie’s Blog: Parenting On the Rocks
Stephanie’s Article: Motherhood Interrupted
Stephanie’s Article: Parent With a Purpose
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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:
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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:
Book: The Subtle of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Shannon on Facebook
Shannon on Twitter
Shannon on Instagram
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:
Listen in to hear my stories around each of these and how YOU can stand in your power #everydamnday!
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:
Anna’s Website: https://annawillard.com/
Anna’s Book: Spark Your Youth
SMA Ep 22 Erin Brown: Letters to Lola