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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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Feb 28, 2018

"Not Today Motherf@#!er" was the battle cry Kelly Herron screamed on a Sunday afternoon when she experienced every runner's biggest nightmare - a mid-run assault. Using the skills she recently learned in a self-defense workshop offered at her workplace, she fought back against a transient sex offender who attacked her in a park bathroom, trapping him inside until police arrived.
Her Instagram post showing the frantic GPS lines tracking the violent encounter went viral, inspiring women around the world to fight back - whether it be against assault or even against someone who is underestimating them. 
Kelly has been featured by Women’s Running Magazine among the 21 Women Transforming the World through Running, has partnered with Runner’s World Magazine to support survivors through merchandise sales, and has been a tv guest on shows such as Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and The Doctors.

She has used her story to raise thousands of dollars to support survivors and raise awareness about personal safety and self-defense.

This interview will give you goosebumps and tears as you listen to Kelly very eloquently share her story.  It will also give you a tremendous about of hope that trauma doesn’t need to define you, and it can even make you better.  What you do with trauma is up to you.  You have the power to make it something can change your trajectory for the better like Kelly did because only YOU can write the ending to your story.

WARNING: This episode contains content and language not appropriate for children.

Listen in to hear Kelly share:

  • The play-by-play of her attack and how she prevented being sexually assaulted
  • Specific self-defense techniques that she used that anyone should use in an attack
  • Why awareness and perseverance are KEY in saving yourself from an attacker
  • How she has spent the last year as a fighter, survivor and warrior, and not as a victim
  • What recovery from trauma looks like on a day to day basis
  • How her recovery from alcoholism aided her assault recovery

Links Mentioned:

Kelly’s Website and Merchandise: nottodaymf.com

Kelly on Instagram

Kelly on Facebook

Kelly on Twitter

Self Defense Classes in Seattle:

Seven Star Women's Kung Fu

Fighting Chance Seattle

Online Self Defense Course

Women’s Empowerment Safety Course

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Feb 26, 2018

The last couple weeks have been stressful for me on a few different levels.  Anyone with me???

Here’s the deal - stress doesn’t have to be lonely and isolating.  And we don’t have to sit in helplessness.   Because that sh*t does not feel positive or productive.

I have had to do some serious coaching of myself to get out of my head and into action over the last couple weeks and I thought it would be helpful to share this coaching with you.

Listen in to hear me share what I’m feeling helpless about, how I’m making strategic escapes, what kinds of productive plans I’m making, and how I’m dumping & processing with others so I don’t have to go it alone (NO ONE should ever have to go it alone!)

Links Mentioned:

March 14th Women’s March Walkout – a national 17-minute walkout

March 24th: March For Our Lives (in Washington DC and other large cities)

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Feb 21, 2018

Heather Brooker is an actress, comedian, 2 time Emmy Award-winning writer, and host of the Motherhood in Hollywood podcast. She is a regular contributor to the Today Show Parenting TeamThe Huffington Postmom.me, and entertainment website Wonderwall as well as her own blog. Heather has appeared on The Office, Grey's Anatomy, and The Mindy Project just to name a few. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and celebrity cat, Gracie I Love You.

This is Heather’s second visit to the show.  I asked her back because she is such a fun interviewee AND I wanted to get her take on all things Hollywood right now.  I wanted to know what she was seeing in her red carpet experiences related to the #metoo and #timesup movements.  We also get into some parenting nitty gritty and friendship chit-chat (like why is it hard to make new mom friends???)

Listen in to hear Heather share:

  • The biggest shifts she sees happening in Hollywood right now and why they are so relevant to all of us
  • What she predicts for #timesup conversations at the upcoming Oscars
  • Her thoughts around men in Hollywood right now
  • How she’s preparing to lose her daughter to kindergarten next year
  • Drama around making new mom friends – why is it so rigorous???

Links Mentioned:

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Feb 19, 2018

You know I love to geek out on self-care and all things health & wellness.  So today I’m diving into 4 categories of health to give you practical and tactical tips to level up your health game – BIG TIME. 

We’ll explore:

  • Sleep (how to get more)
  • Exercise (how much you really need to do to get results)
  • Nutrition (a super simple way to start eating more mindfully)
  • Hydration (and how maybe drinking water is kinda sexy)

This episode is chock full of tips, so take notes!

Also, please share this episode with folks in your life who want to with more energy, strength (of mind and body) and pizzazz #everydamnday.

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Feb 14, 2018

Once Heather R. Huhman and her husband developed their careers enough to feel financially solvent, they decided it was time to start building their family. Unfortunately, the journey to motherhood was long and traumatic. In five years, Heather endured seven embryo transfers (three retrieval cycles with fresh transfers, four frozen transfers), four  miscarriages, and stillborn twins before finally giving birth to her daughter Aurora prematurely in January 2016.

Inspired by her own painful experience with infertility and pregnancy loss, Heather launched a twice weekly podcast called Beat Infertility in June 2015. The show features both infertility warriors and fertility experts to empower listeners to educate themselves and become their own self-advocates. 

In her professional life, Heather is the founder and president of Come Recommended, a PR company, and a regular contributor to Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. She resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, their daughter, and their dog, Mackenzie.

I have been deeply touched by Heather’s story and I am so grateful to have her on the show to share her experiences with infertility and relating to so many mothers who struggle with loss and grief around pregnancy.

Listen in to hear Heather share:

  • Her infertility story of enduring multiple miscarriages and stillbirths
  • Her happy ending, that was still fraught with trauma
  • Why she started an infertility podcast in the middle of her infertility journey
  • How she thinks her podcast changed the course of her infertility
  • The unexpected gifts and lessons of infertility
  • What you can say to someone who is be going through infertility or has suffered a loss

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Feb 12, 2018

Wanting to be courageous and actually being courageous can be two really different things.  Courage takes intention.  Courage takes guts – and sometimes grit.  Courage takes practice.

Today I’m going to share 4 ways you can start practicing courageous acts on a more regular basis, so you can:

Stand up.
Stand out.
Stand when your knees shake. 
Stand when your voice quivers. 
Meet fear in the face. 
Practice scary things. 
Dream big. 
Act big.

I’m going to talk about how to:

  • Meet fear in the face
  • Admit failure
  • Stand up for something
  • Listen more if you’re an extrovert

OR

  • Share more if you’re an introvert

Warning: practicing these 4 things might make you a badass.

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 149: Stop Saying Sorry

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Feb 7, 2018

Lori Lee, the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast--an empowerment podcast focused on how we can lift ourselves and others to greater places because of our control over our stories -- found her love, understanding and appreciation for stories as she studied and researched the personal narrative for her Master's degree program in Folklore at Utah State University. A professional writer for the past 25 years Lori has 4 books, over 100 published magazine articles, and she taught writing at Utah State University. Lori has been on Park City TV as a trails host, Studio 5 TV, and multiple radio morning shows to share her expertise. She recently released an audiobook/ebook called The Key To Your Super Self - How your stories unlock your power.

Lori is also a Shameless single mom to her sons, ages 21 and 17.  She walked through cancer with her 21year old son last year and he is now thriving.

Listen in to hear Lori share:

  • The function and importance of our stories
  • How her story of 3 divorces and enduring her partner’s abuse and addiction fueled her professional journey and her Love Your Story podcast
  • How to find meaning and comfort out of your sacred spaces of severe suffering
  • The 4 steps to start rewriting the stories that are holding you back in your life

Links Mentioned:

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Feb 5, 2018

February is the (arbitrary) month of love.  I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Valentine’s Scrooge.  I think I’m still bitter about all those V Days I spent wishing someone would send me some damn flowers and a singing telegram (ok, I know these haven’t really been a thing in like 50 years, but they look cool in old movies.)

In spite of my feelings about Valentine’s Day, I’m ALL about celebrating love #everydamnday and I’m more than happy to use V Day as an excuse to talk about three ways to focus on #lovegoals in February.

Tune in to hear me dig into these three areas of love:

  1. Self Love
  2. Demonstrations of Love
  3. Receiving Love

I get into everything from self-love practices to forgiveness, to the 5 love languages, to graciousness.  It’s good stuff.  You’ll love it (ß see what I did there?!)

I hope your February is full of family snuggles, kiddo giggles, uninterrupted time alone, your favorite chocolates, a reflection of everything you have to be grateful for, and maaaaaybe a singing telegram.

Links Mentioned:

Book: The 5 Love Languages: Secrets to Love That Lasts

Book: The 5 Love Languages of Children: Secrets to Loving Children Effectively

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