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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Oct 31, 2018

Courtney Shorter is the Owner and Event Designer at RyanMorgan Events and Soul Free Mamas, where she plans memorable events and retreats that bring people together… Courtney has always loved planning gatherings, parties, and yes...meetings! Fascinated by all the details in dressing up, dancing, the music, lights, the food, and the glamour.  Much like a stylist helps her clients find the best garments to showcase the greatest versions of who they are; Courtney helps her clients throw the best party or event to exhibit the very best of what they have to offer. 

Over the last few years, life has been a world wind of joy and pain but Courtney’s mission is always to find the joy... She loves to bring fun and help families find their joy.  Her company, named after her twin angel babies, Ryan and Morgan, is built on a bedrock of love, a passion for what’s possible and a commitment to be an unstoppable force for good!  As a way to honor her babies, after many years of event planning and heartbreak, she recently extended her business to empower women who have experienced infant loss, miscarriages, and/or women who are living with infertility.  Courtney has created a powerful space for women that crave to be heard and supported along this lonely journey. 

Listen in to hear Courtney share:

  • How her 10-year infertility journey led her to find a brain tumor
  • The story of the birth and loss of her 1 pound twin girls
  • How finding regular joy saved her from her grief
  • Why she created her own grief group to connect women of color experiencing grief 

Thank you to our sponsor:

  • 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.

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Oct 29, 2018

A recent conversation in our Shameless Mom #everydamnday Facebook group stopped me in my tracks. 

One Shameless Mom posted that she only got a couple hours of time to herself each month.  And that her partner thought this was an appropriate amount of time – he didn’t see why she might need anymore. 

I found this disconcerting.

But more disconcerting was the chorus of moms who commented saying they too didn’t get much if any, time to themselves on a regular basis.


This is NOT ok. 

Time to yourself is essential.  Time spent serving no one but you is crucial.

Sacrificing regular time to yourself is sacrificing your true self and your basic need to cultivate your identity outside of the roles of mother and wife.

Whether its taking a bath, going out with girlfriends, getting a massage, sitting alone reading in a coffee shop, going to book club, taking a photography class, joining a knitting circle – you need time just for you. 

And this time should not be a gift from your partner.  This time should be a requirement of your relationship. 

In this episode, I dig into these 4 steps to getting more time in your life:

  1. Make it a requirement, not a reward
  2. Ask for support, not permission
  3. Work in small doses #everydamnday
  4. Opt out and unscheduled whenever possible

Thank you to our sponsors:

Homesick Candles: Save 10% off any order over $50 and get free shipping at Home Sick when you use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.

Oct 24, 2018

Heather Chauvin has been named the next generation’s thought leader in parenting and women’s leadership. Her mission is to crack women open to their deep potential and help them create the life their soul craves.

Heather is the creator of the New & Noteworthy Podcast, Mom Is In Control, and has been featured on/in the OWN network, Huffington Post, and various other media outlets. Through her Courageous Rewrite Initiative, Heather gives voice to many humans who courageously took inspired action to create lives they’re proud of.

With wit and wisdom, Heather inspires a global community of women to take back control of their lives and evolve how they lead, work, play, and parent.

Listen in to Heather share:

  • Why she’s excited to have her mom move in with her despite their challenging past
  • How she went from almost taking her own life to almost having her life taken from her
  • Why you need to focus on energy management NOT time management
  • Why you need to slow down to speed up
  • The phases of Survival  Momentum  Thrival  Creative Abundance and how they touch different areas of your life
  • The power (for you) in giving your child a safe place to experience any emotion

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Oct 22, 2018

I often tell people that my “mommy podcast” is not about momming.  It’s no about how to potty train your kid or get through sleep training.  It’s generally NOT parenting advice.  


Except now.  


Because I will shamelessly declare that there are a few instances in which I will use my platform to give parenting advice.  Protecting your kids from predators and sexual violence is one of those instances.


A few weeks ago I released an episode titled, “How To Not Raise A Rapist.”  After that episode, I got a number of messages asking, “What about our daughters?  How do we protect our girls from predators.”  


I immediately knew I needed to create this follow up episode.  And this episode is not just about protecting your daughters.  It’s about protecting girls and boys from predators.  


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • 17 tools to protect your kids from predators
  • 6 reasons victims don’t report assaults
  • 6 things every parent should know about predators
  • The reality of people who perp on kids and the exact behaviors they use to build trusting relationships before they victimize


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Thank you to our sponsor:

  • Follain: Save over 50% and get Follain’s Clean Essentials Kit today for only $22.  Go to and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout to get free shipping. 



Oct 17, 2018

Katie Krimitsos is a Shameless Mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster, business strategist, seeker and change maker.  She's committed to brightening the light of women around the world - through her Biz Women Rock community, which supports Women Entrepreneurs - and now through Meditation for Women, guided meditations that are specifically created with the special journey of women in mind.  These meditations are tools to help women reconnect with the divine wisdom already inside of each us so we may live our own, extraordinary lives.

I connected with Katie at an event after some light stalking…  She had the most magnetic energy and I knew I wanted to connect with her.  We ended up chatting and I immediately felt like I found a new friend.  I am so excited to share her with you.

Listen in to hear Katie share:

  • How motherhood exploded her universe in unpredictable, expansive, dynamic ways
  • How she created her Mompreneur Mission Statement and what she included in it
  • How she has reframed and renamed “mom guilt” so it doesn’t exist in her world
  • Why it’s a myth that you have to make less money in motherhood
  • When and why you should push pause, get quiet, and take a timeout
  • How transparency and sharing helps us turn our struggles into strengths

Links Mentioned:

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.
  • 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
Oct 15, 2018

Like most women, I spent a lot of my life trying to blend in.  I wanted to be the same as all the people around me.  In fact, I hated that I had red hair and freckles for my entire childhood.  I didn’t like looking different.

However, today, as a 42-year-old woman, mom, wife, entrepreneur, I LOVE standing out.  I love being my own unique person.  I love being recognized for what makes me different.  I love my red hair and freckles (and I get super offended with certain skin care companies say they have creams to minimize/lighten freckles – WTF?!?  Not cool.)

I’ve come a long way in owning my differences, embracing my oddities, and sharing my true self.  And the result has been magical – as now I attract all the best people into my life. 

When I was trying to blend in I had a lot of relationships that were NOT satisfying.  Sometimes I felt misunderstood and like I needed to hide parts of myself.

No more. 

Now I let my freak flag fly and the people I attract people have many of the same values as me, and often the same interests (Real Housewives, entrepreneurship, fitness, personal and professional development, mental health awareness).  I actually build friendships around geeking out on common interests instead of pretending to like what someone else likes.  And, it’s SO MUCH BETTER.  Who knew???

Listen in to this episode to learn 4 ways you can let your freak flag fly and how flying your freak flag will change the dynamics of your relationships. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Fabfitfun: 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.
  • RXBAR: RXBAR is offering you an exclusive pack of 6 adult bars and 4 kids bars + 25% off your first order when you go to RXBAR and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Oct 10, 2018

Marina Pearson is a Shameless Mom to 3-year-old Leo, host on The Joy of Being Podcast, bestselling author and investor. Aside from being featured on/in ITV This Morning (in Europe), Marie Claire, The Guardian and The Daily Mail she lives her life working on projects that light her up. When she isn't spending time with her son at the beach in Javea Spain (where she lives) she is running exclusive Joyriding Retreats in Spain for women/mums in business who want to ditch the overwhelm or overseeing her investments, or hosting her Joy of Being Podcast where she interviews transformation professionals, business owners and creatives on how moms and women in business can live a life full of joy and freedom.

Listen in to hear Marina share:

  • The power of not limiting yourself to one title/role
  • The power of stressing less and living more
  • How she mothered in spite of feeling she lacked the “mom gene”
  • How to create space between emotion and reactions in order to feel more in control of your reactions
  • How she manages a challenging/unconventional custody schedule
  • The difference between easy and effortless and how to create more effortlessness in your life
  • The truth about Connection (yes, it starts with a capital C)

Links Mentioned:

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Talkspace: to find your perfect match therapist for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy, go to Talk Space and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $45 off your first month.
  • Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to Third Love
Oct 8, 2018

I’m guessing someone at some point told you something like, “If you take good care of yourself, you’ll be so much more able to take good care of others.”


Can we just call BS on this?!?


First of all, you are allowed to take good care of yourself because you damn well deserve it, not because you need to serve others better.  




When is the last time anyone ever told a dude to take good care of himself so he could better serve others?


Ummmm, never. 

You wear a million hats and serve others in a million ways. 

But if you don’t serve yourself first, you won’t see the beauty in any of it. 

You’ll be anxious, bitter, overwhelmed, exhausted, and uninspired to use your best gifts to their full capacity. 

When you show up in any role do it FOR YOU.
Prove how strong you are FOR YOU.
Show how patient you are FOR YOU.
Let yourself cry FOR YOU.
Be assertive with your voice FOR YOU.
Share your time and energy FOR YOU.
Laugh out loud FOR YOU.
Become an artist FOR YOU.
Run a marathon FOR YOU.
Quit your job FOR YOU.
Go for the promotion FOR YOU.

The idea that you should take care of yourself so you can better take care of others is bullshit.

Take care of yourself because you are a hero, friend, mother, daughter, visionary, QUEEN, ruler, woman who damn well deserves to take care of yourself FOR YOU.


Thank you to our sponsor:

  • care of: For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
Oct 3, 2018

Colleen Hauk is a public speaker, co-author of the bestselling book, Women Who Ignite, a Certified Professional Success Coach and creator of YOU SO NEW ™, a program designed for successful professionals who fail to take care of their personal life.

All of this coupled with over 15 years of corporate leadership, training, and consultative selling, Colleen shares her skills, personal experiences and research in a unique way to authentically connect and empower high-performers to ‘have it all’ without losing it all.

Married to her supportive husband, Matt, they live in Southern California where both were born and raised.  They enjoy life with their beautiful children, Jordan (24), Ethan (12), and Reese (9), camping, hosting fun-filled evenings with friends, and spending quality time with their nearby extended family.

Listen in to hear Colleen share:

  • How picture perfect lives aren’t usually picture perfect
  • The costs of prioritizing her work over everything else
  • The impact of her family having to walk on eggshells around her
  • How to live the “and” life
  • How to define your own version of “having it all”
  • How she intentionally integrates her personal and professional life

Links Mentioned:

Thank you to our sponsor:

  • 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.
Oct 1, 2018

There are so many things I want to scream out of rage and disillusionment right now.  But that is not what is most productive.  What is most productive is being an intentional part of the solution. 

The solution is to dismantle rape culture.  And it starts HERE. 

It starts with how we are raising our boys. 



It starts with the conversations you’re having with your sons and the behavior you’re modeling.

Is it a big undertaking?


Can we do it?


In this episode, I explain the exact (science/research based) parenting my husband and I are committed to because we are committed to not raising a rapist. 

If I had a daughter, I would want to know that every boy, young man, and the older man she was in contact with understood and valued these guiding principles.

Please listen and share with everyone you know who is participating in any way to raise the next generation of men.

See full show notes in link in bio for recommended articles and books related to raising emotionally intelligent boys.


Article: 3 Do’s and Don’ts For Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids

Article: 5 Ways To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Boys In The Era Of Toxic Masculinity

Article: How To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids

Book: Raising Cain: Protecting The Emotional Life of Boys

Book: Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child