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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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Sep 26, 2018

Nichole Sylvester is International Bestselling Author of OH SHIFT: A Journey from Chaos to Consciousness and host of the OH SHIFT Show. She is a Shameless single mother to her 13-year-old daughter, a Spiritual Success Coach and a transformational speaker on a mission to guide people home, to themselves, to discover their innate power. She supports thousands of people per year through her online programs, private coaching, and retreats.
I heard Nichole in an interview on another podcast recently and immediately Instagram stalked her and asked her to come on the SMA.  Her story is mind-blowing.  From watching her dad OD in front of her to smuggling drugs taped to her body between states to having a woman murdered in her own home at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend, Nichole’s journey is more than you think one woman can endure.  Yet, here she is.  A survivor and a warrior and a powerful thought leader.

Listen in to hear Nichole share:

  • How she survived rock bottom when her ex-boyfriend murdered a woman in her home
  • How she drugged her abusive boyfriend to escape with her daughter
  • How she turned a life of addiction and abuse into a life of service and purpose
  • The power and purpose of radical compassion
  • How to move into the “lesson and leadership” phase to share your story
  • Why you need to start with celebration in your life in order to get over feeling like you’re not enough

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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Sep 24, 2018

Every now and then I get an email from a Shameless Mom that just blows me away.  A couple weeks ago I got one such email – detailing a mama’s struggle with her current relationship with an addict and her past decision to terminate a pregnancy. 

What was so overwhelmingly touching about this email was that a lot of the email was about how HAPPY this mama is.  That 96.34% of the time she is extremely happy, caring, empathetic, and grateful.

But then there was the admission that, “the murky undercurrents of my past sometimes swirl with the polluted storm of my present; and my sunny disposition is immediately overcast by a darkness so ominous and pensive, that I fear I will suffocate under all the darkness......”

I asked this Shameless Mom if I could share her story and do some processing on this episode and she so kindly agreed. 

To any mama who has struggled to make peace with your past or is currently struggling to find peace in the present, this is for you.

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Resource: Design Mom Gabrielle Blair speaks on abortion  

Thank you to our sponsor:

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Sep 19, 2018

Erika Tebbens is a Sales Strategist for female entrepreneurs. She teaches women to sell in a way that feels good, instead of "pushy." She's also a leader who encourages women to play bigger and show up more boldly in business, and in life. She runs a vibrant and dynamic group for women in business and does public speaking for passionate, female entrepreneurs. When she isn't working, you can find her sipping black coffee on her couch with her husband, 13-year-old son, and two very spoiled dogs. 

I was so excited to have Erika join us in the SMA because I wanted to ask her about all her unconventional hobbies and interests – like roller derby, running for political office, and building a successful direct marketing business.  I was so curious to learn what guided her confident behavior.  I loved hear her story and I think you will too!

Listen in to hear Erika share:

  • How roller derby stopped her from being “swallowed” by motherhood
  • What inspired her to get involved in politics even though she didn’t have the traditional credentials – and the powerful ripple effect her campaign had
  • How she maintains the confidence to try new, scary things on a regular basis
  • Why she left a successful MLM/direct marketing company
  • Tips on selling without being sleazy (KEY for any moms in sales and/or direct marketing positions!)

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Scentbird: To save 50% off your first order and get your first scent for just $7.50, go to Scentbird and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout
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Sep 17, 2018

There is a saying that goes something like, “A goal without a deadline is just a dream.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Don’t get me wrong - dreams are nice. 

But a goal with a deadline is much more likely to dramatically change your life.

An early mentor of mine used to always say, “Cut your deadlines in half.”  His purpose in giving this advice is that if you could accomplish something in half the time you thought possible, you’ll constantly be raising the bar for yourself.  You recognize quickly that you are strong and powerful beyond measure.

In this episode, I’m going to dig into how to start setting better deadlines and actually meet them.  I will also talk about your procrastination habits that might be really impeding progress toward your goals on a regular basis.  This is something most of us are guilty of and it’s usually subconscious.

The best time to set a deadline is right NOW. You ready?

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • 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.
  • True Botanicals: to get free samples and save $20 off your order of $40 or more for your first purchase, go to True Botanicals and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Sep 12, 2018

Jessica Turner is here to share her new book, Stretched Too Thin.  She is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours and the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. Additionally, she is an award-winning marketing professional, speaker, and freelance writer. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Today ShowO MagazinePregnancy & Newborn MagazineBetter Homes and Gardens, and Inc.com. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their three children in Nashville, Tennessee. Kids 10, 7, 3.5

Jessica is a mover and a shaker to her core.  She is also completely Shameless about how she builds a guilt-free life (read: empire) in which she gets to live out all her dreams, in spite of conventional norms and myths around mom guilt and work-life balance. 

Listen in to hear Jessica share:

  • How she manages working a full-time corporate job plus being a writer on the side – GUILT FREE
  • Most common mom challenges and how to manage them
  • The power of noting and affirming mom’s similar experiences
  • How we can better manage the mental load of motherhood and professional aspirations
  • How to let guilt be a motivator in your life
  • The difference between work/life balance and work/life satisfaction

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Lola: Get 100% organic tampons delivered right to your door for 40% off. Go to Lola and use the code SHAMELESS40 at checkout.
  • care of: For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit Care Of and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Sep 10, 2018

Last week I tore my heart out and left in a kindergarten classroom in the pocket of my sweet Vinnie.  It was a journey to get to that day, and just when I thought I had won the day by not having a monumental meltdown, Vinnie had a monumental meltdown on the way home from school and I was reminded that my work here will never be done.  Which is a relief in this time of transition…

Even if you aren’t like me and didn’t have to tear your heart out and leave it in a kindergarten classroom last week, this is likely a season of transition for you. 

Aside from tearing my heart out last week, I love transitioning between seasons.  I try to be really intentional about what I’m gearing up for, what I want to get out of it, and how I want to grow during each and every season. 

I know there will always be bumps.  Nothing will ever go completely according to plan.  But growth will occur.  And on the other side of that growth is amazing things I can’t even imagine yet….

It’s a constant pursuit of imperfect perfection and magic, right?!?

If you’re wondering how you can embrace the transition into fall and how you can reset & reframe your mindset so you can really OWN the heck out of the rest of 2018, this episode is for you!

Listen in to hear me share some powerful mindset resets that will light up your fall!

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Talkspace: to find your perfect match therapist for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy, go to talkspace.com/shameless and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $45 off your first month.
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Sep 5, 2018

Jessica Butts is CEO and Founder of Front Seat Life.org where she helps inspire, motivate and educate people to live their life from the front seat using their innate abilities.  She is also the author of the popular books, “Live Your Life from the Front Seat” and “Don’t Do Stuff You Suck At”.

Jessica is a retired psychotherapist.  Today she is a life and business coach, and Myers-Briggs expert whose mission is to inspire others to accomplish magnificent things by embracing their innateness. She shares her message around the country in her sassy, no-holds-barred entertaining manner.

Leaving the corporate world after 15 years to start her own company has been the hardest and most rewarding challenge of her life. As an ENFJ, Jessica thinks outside the box, leads with her heart and is obsessively organized. She’s passionate about personal development, traveling, deep connections with those in her life and helping create aha’s for her clients.
I knew from the moment Jessica and I hit record that this conversation would be FIRE and she did not disappoint.  Get ready for a super high value, fast pace convo that miiight just knock your socks off. 

To get the most out of this conversation, do Jessica’s free assessment (link below) before listening in, so you can know your personality type as we discuss all things personality type!

Listen in to hear Jessica share:

  • How knowing and embracing your personality type can change the course of your life
  • How intuitive type people can thrive in a world dominated by sensors
  • The struggle of feelers and why we’re often misread by others and marginalized
  • How to assess your kids

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  • Butcherbox: For grass fed beef, organic chicken and heritage breed pork delivered to your door go to Butcher Box/shameless and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $20 off your order and get 2 lbs of FREE ground beef in every box for the life of your subscription!
  • Fabfitfun: To get $10 off your first subscription box (making it only $39.99 for $200 worth of products) go to Fab Fit Fun and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Sep 3, 2018

I only recently realized anxiety has been a part of my life for almost my entire life.  When worry has been your gift for as long as you can remember, you don’t really think about it being anything other than normal. 

A few years ago a sleep doctor asked me for how much of my life I had been hyper-vigilant.  Me?  Hyper-vigilant?  Huh…. I had never thought about myself or my worry this way.

I sat quietly and thought for a moment and then clearly and immediately knew the exact age. 

I was 8 was when I started trying to stay awake all night in case we were robbed.  I woke up screaming nightly, convinced I heard someone moving our kitchen table across the linoleum floor (cause robbers usually go for kitchen tables first??)  It became such an obsession that my mom eventually took me to a child psychologist to see why I might be so preoccupied with these intrusive thoughts. 

Today, I have other obsessions and intrusive thought patterns.  As of late, they have been mostly related to sending my child off to kindergarten. 

While I am ridiculously excited to see him leaping toward this next step with his eyes and heart wide open, I am in deep mourning that we are closing the door on a chapter of our lives that has exploded and exposed my mind and heart to the world in ways I never thought possible. 

This transition has my anxiety all sorts of fired up and ready for action.  In this episode, I share a recent event that put me over the edge and my top three tactics that help me keep my anxiety manageable in these tender and trying times of my life.

To all you Shameless Moms who are also blessed with the gift of worry, you are not alone.  I am with you.  Always. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • 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.
  • True Botanicals: to get free samples and save $20 off your order of $40 or more for your first purchase, go to True Botanicals and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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