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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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Jul 30, 2018

I’m going to be a little controversial here and tell you that if you feel you don’t have enough time in your day, it’s your own fault. 

I don’t say this because I doubt you are super busy.  I know you have a lot of balls in the air.  I totally get it.  But I also know that the constant overwhelm of busyness is usually due to two things:

  1. Taking on too many things and not being clear on what you need to say no to
  2. Poor planning/use of the precious time you have

I don’t say any of this to point fingers or place blame, as I don’t think I’ve ever met a mom who didn’t struggle with this.  So, I promise, we are all in this together.

How about we get serious about owning out time and feeling in control of our days, shall we?

Listen in as I give you 6 proven tiny tweaks to help you better manage your day and increase your productivity. 

Warning: the implementation of any one of these tweaks will ease your overwhelm tremendously. Be prepared to feel lighter and more free almost immediately.

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Jul 25, 2018

Beryl Young is a Shameless Mom to her 8-year-old daughter, as well as the founder of Recapture Self and creator of Momtography® photography classes. Inspired by Beryl’s traumatic entrance into motherhood, Momtography® began in 2011 in the DC Metro Area as a creative business experiment.  Over the past 7 years, Momtography® has expanded to include an online learning experience and local classes across the US taught by licensed teachers in 12 cities. Beryl calls herself a creative coach who grants women permission to seek an identity beyond motherhood using creativity as a tool for living a bigger, bolder, more meaningful life.

Beryl is a highly inspired and creative woman who will motivate you to seek new creative pathways for sure.  I had so much fun chatting with her and I’m pretty sure she will spark something in you as well.

It can be very challenging to find creative outlets when you are managing the overwhelm and necessary nitty-gritty of motherhood.  Beryl is going to teach you how to start digging into creative spaces in simple and fun ways. 

Listen in to hear Beryl share:

  • The value of living in integrity personally and professionally
  • How family planning and trauma changed her professional direction
  • How to use The 100 Steps Project to initiate creativity
  • How you can communicate with your partner to get more time to pursue your interest
  • Life hacks to get creative and stop over thinking everything
  • How to stay wildly creative and also be successful as an entrepreneur
  • How getting tattooed and dying her hair helped her thrive with anxiety

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Jul 23, 2018

Last month, we found ourselves in the middle of a string of traumatic lies at the hands of someone we trusted on the most vulnerable level.  Managing that kind of deceit was overwhelming.  It took some time to figure out how to move forward.

When someone breaks your trust in a big way, it’s easy for your mind to go to dark places.  It’s easy to give into fear.  It’s easy to make up stories in your head that do not serve you.

In this episode, I’ll share how someone deceived my family and our community.  I’ll also share how I managed this situation.  As someone who can’t even handle being told a white lie, this was a tough situation for me.  But I learned how to not make it about me and how to move on, even feeling some compassion for the person who caused so much harm.

I’m sharing this episode in hopes it will help others who have been deceived on any level and might be struggling to process the deceit and move forward.

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Jul 18, 2018

Lauren Golden is a Shameless Mom to 3 kids and loves helping mamas free themselves from the 9-5 grind. She launched The Free Mama Movement to show working moms that they don’t have to choose between family and financial stability. 

Hundreds of families today are happier and more fulfilled thanks to Lauren and her online programs. Whether you’re a single mom, a military mom, or a mom in a two-parent family who doesn’t want to sacrifice your time with your babies in order to provide for them, Lauren wants you to know that you don’t have to.

Today, as the fearless leader of The Free Mama Movement and a thriving community of over 3,500 women, Lauren is passionate about showing other moms how to start and run a successful freelancing business from home. In her upcoming book, she shares her own story — along with plenty of practical advice for anyone looking to leave the 9-5 behind and make a real living from home. 

Lauren has amazing energy and I knew within moments of starting this interview that we would have some magical synergy.  I am so excited to introduce you to Lauren, her story and her work!

Listen in to hear Lauren share:

  • How a traumatic loss changed her life and made her quickly quit her job
  • How she went about “crafting” the life she really wanted
  • Her belief in the “have-it-all” lifestyle
  • The negative impact of business building on a marriage
  • Why “busy” is a dirty word
  • How to cut your responsibilities in half

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Canidae: We talk about families, and your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. Go to Canidae to try CANIDAE for free by requesting a free sample and get other special offers!
  • care of: For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit Take Care of and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Jul 16, 2018

Everyone struggles with Imposter Syndrome.  EVERYONE.

Over the last year or so I have been noticing how prevalent Imposter Syndrome is among some of the most successful people I know.  It has become abundantly clear that we all struggle with feeling worthy. 

So, now that I’ve confirmed that this is a problem for you, lol, I’m going to talk to you about how to manage it.

Listen in to hear me share:

  • What Imposter Syndrome is and how it might be impacting your life
  • The time I saw Macklemore struggle with Imposter Syndrome
  • How I see the women over apologizing, minimizing, and giving away their self-worth
  • The negative feedback loop that keeps you stuck in Imposter Syndrome mindset
  • 3 ways you can stop shrinking
  • 6 ways to improve your confidence in less than 10 minutes a day
  • 5 ongoing practices that will help you overcome Imposter Syndrome

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SMA Episode 149: Stop Saying Sorry

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  • Canvas People: To get a FREE 11x14 canvas print (just pay shipping) of any of your photos, text SHAMELESS to 484848.
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Jul 11, 2018

Please Note: This is Part 2 of Danny-J’s story.  If you didn’t listen to Episode 246 last week, go back and listen to that first!

Danny-J is an award-winning entrepreneur, coach, podcast host, and storyteller. As the former founder of The Sweaty Betties, an online fitness community, Danny-J discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—sharing personal and brand stories. Danny-J's work can be heard in her weekly podcast, The Best Life Podcast and can be followed in real time on all the social media platforms.

As a real-life example of "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" she uses her real "Jerry Springer Life" stories to engage with her audience, teaches life lessons and inspires others to rewrite their stories. Danny-J now teaches innovative brands and influencers to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up their brands with the irresistible power of sharing. She also helps tens of thousands of families become debt-free by sharing her real life getting out of debt story and challenge #FindTheMoneyProject.

I have been following Danny on social media for a while now.  When I learned she gave up a baby for adoption as a teen mom, I asked her to come on the show to be interviewed as a Shameless Mom.  Danny’s story is filled with trauma and heartache, but it ends in triumph and so much love and joy that she could never have anticipated as a young desperate and clinically depressed young woman. 

In this interview, we dive deep into Danny’s childhood, which was deeply impacted by her family’s religion, sexual abuse at the hands of her cousin, learning her biological father was a sperm donor, a serious eating disorder, depression with ongoing suicidal ideation, and a pregnancy at age 15 that ultimately saved her life. 

Listen in to hear Danny share:

  • How having a baby at 16 saved her from her eating disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts
  • How giving up her baby actually gave her life purpose again
  • How her grown daughter coached her on meeting her sperm donor bio dad last year
  • How opening all the doors in her biological family relationships has improved all her relationships with her parents
  • Why she is a Shameless Mom even though she didn’t raise her daughter

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Skylar: Try the Skylar sample scent palette with free shipping plus earn a $20 credit toward your next full-sized perfume order at Skylar.
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Jul 9, 2018

One of the most common questions I get is, “How do I find my passions?” 

Author Kristin Hannah says, “Finding your passion isn't just about careers and money. It's about finding your authentic self. The one you've buried beneath other people's needs.”
I couldn’t agree more.

It is easy for moms to lose themselves in motherhood.  It is very common to wake up one day, years into motherhood, and wonder:

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are my hobbies?
  • What would I do with myself if I had free time?
  • What makes me happy outside of my family?
  • How would I fill my time if I didn’t have kids to take care of?
  • What is my favorite food?
  • Do I even have a favorite color? 

The path to finding your passions and bringing TONS more joy and magic into your life is pretty simple, but not necessarily easy.  It takes some time, but it’s well worth it – and the discovery can be really fun. 

Listen in to this episode as I share 7 steps to find your passions in life (beyond motherhood and family life.)  I think you’ll be excited about starting a new journey of exploration after you take this in!

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Fitfabfun: To get $10 off your first subscription box (making it only $39.99 for $200 worth of products) go to FabFitFun and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
  • Canidae: We talk about families, and your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. Go to Canidae to try CANIDAE for free by requesting a free sample and get other special offers!
Jul 4, 2018

Danny-J is an award-winning entrepreneur, coach, podcast host, and storyteller. As the former founder of The Sweaty Betties, an online fitness community, Danny-J discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—sharing personal and brand stories. Danny-J's work can be heard in her weekly podcast, The Best Life Podcast and can be followed in real time on all the social media platforms.

As a real-life example of "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" she uses her real "Jerry Springer Life" stories to engage with her audience, teaches life lessons and inspires others to rewrite their stories. Danny-J now teaches innovative brands and influencers to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up their brands with the irresistible power of sharing. She also helps tens of thousands of families become debt-free by sharing her real life getting out of debt story and challenge #FindTheMoneyProject.

I have been following Danny on social media for a while now.  When I learned she gave up a baby for adoption as a teen mom, I asked her to come on the show to be interviewed as a Shameless Mom.  Danny’s story is filled with trauma and heartache, but it ends in triumph and so much love and joy that she could never have anticipated as a young desperate and clinically depressed young woman. 

In this interview, we dive deep into Danny’s childhood, which was deeply impacted by her family’s religion, sexual abuse at the hands of her cousin, learning her biological father was a sperm donor, a serious eating disorder, depression with ongoing suicidal ideation, and a pregnancy at age 15 that ultimately saved her life. 

Listen in to hear Danny share:

  • How having a baby at 16 saved her from her eating disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts
  • How giving up her baby actually gave her life purpose again
  • How her grown daughter coached her on meeting her sperm donor bio dad last year
  • How opening all the doors in her biological family relationships has improved all her relationships with her parents
  • Why she is a Shameless Mom even though she didn’t raise her daughter

PLEASE NOTE: this episode has been divided into Part 1 and Part 2.  Make sure to come back next week to enjoy Part 2.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Wing Alpha: Get $25 off your first cell phone bill when you go to Wing Alpha, click Join Wing and enter the code SHAMELESS.
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Jul 2, 2018

Body image has been a hot topic for me my whole life because it has been a struggle for me my whole life.

Working in the fitness industry for 16 years made me hyper-aware of how every woman battles her own body at some point in her life – sometimes for her entire life.

Having worked with thousands of women, I can tell you that a woman who weighs 125 pounds often has then same insecurities as a woman who weighs 225 pounds.  Our insecurities are universal because they are programmed into us from a ridiculously young age. 

Today I’m going to talk you through 5 ways to start deprogramming the lies you tell yourself about your body so you can start healing the relationship you have with the body that has served you well your whole life. 

I’m going to give you a lot of information and a lot of resources, so take notes!  Then go follow these Badass Body Positivity Babes on Instagram:

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Canidae: We talk about families, and your pet is an important part of your family and they deserve the best. Go to Canidae to try CANIDAE for free by requesting a free sample and get other special offers!
  • Canvas People: To get a FREE 11x14 canvas print (just pay shipping) of any of your photos, go to Canvas People and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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