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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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Dec 31, 2018

I could not be more grateful to each and every guest who joined me in the SMA in 2018.  So many of these interviews had BIG impact.  A wanted to share a variety of the episodes I found to be the most impactful in 2018 – based on the guest's stories, my experience with the interview, and your feedback on these episodes. 

If you missed any of these, go listen NOW.  If you want to know which episodes are worth a second listen, it’s these ones.  Enjoy!

Episode 194 with Andrea Owen: Your Kick-Ass Life

How women hold ourselves back from happiness and numb ourselves with food, alcohol, TV and social media.

Episode 210 with Kelly Herron: Not Today Mother F*cker

How she survived a vicious attack and used her terrifying story to become a warrior.

Episode 238 with Dana Malstaff: Divorce, Proactive Crying, and Getting Naked

How getting to know herself better led her to divorce and a new sense of hope.

Episode 240 with Debbie Reber: Differently Wired

The pervasiveness of Differently Wired kids and how we can be more supportive of their gifts, talents, and strengths

Episode 244 with Dr. Jenny Yip: Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Her story of OCD in different phases of her life and how she helps treat other moms and kids with OCD and anxiety.

Episodes 246 and 248 Danny J: Saved By The Daughter She Placed For Adoption Part 1 and Part 2

How having a baby and placing her for adoption at 16 saved her from her eating disorder, depression and suicidal ideation

Episode 264 with Jessica Butts: Front Seat Life

How knowing and embracing your personality type can change the course of your life

Episode 270 with Nichole Sylvester: Surviving Abuse, Addition, and Murder

How she addiction and abuse, and hit rock bottom when her ex-boyfriend murdered a woman in her home

Episode 280 with Courtney Shorter: Grief, Joy, and Soul Free Mamas

How her 10-year infertility journey led to a brain tumor, the loss of twin baby girls, and ultimately her sweet boy, Hendrix.

Episode 284 with Rachel Rodgers: Million Dollar Badass

How she emerged from a childhood impacted by poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and the loss of her father at the age of 12 to become a 7 figure earner. And why she firmly believes all women should aim to be 7 figure earners.

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Dec 26, 2018

Karen has over 30 years of experience working with couples and families facing transition, loss, growth and change.  Her work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spurred her determination to write “The Co-Parenting Handbook” with Kristin Little, Child Specialist. Parents learn the best ways to support their children, strengthen their co-parenting, and discover the necessary tools to skillfully create a two-home family.

 

“The Parenting Plan Workbook” followed with contributor Felicia Malsby Soleil, JD.  And most recently,  Karen and Patricia Papernow, PhD released The Stepfamily Handbook, for parents ready to date and hoping to one day successfully create a stepfamily. 

 

As a teacher, trainer, facilitator, Karen played an instrumental role in developing the year-long facilitator training program for the Compassionate Listening Project. As a certified Compassionate Listening trainer, Karen utilizes this heart-centered approach to authentic speaking and capable listening used around the world in high-conflict situations such as Israel/Palestine. Her deep listening skills make all the difference working with co-parent pairs in conflict as they find their way through the pain of divorce into a future with optimism.

 

Listen in to hear Karen share:

  • How to parallel parent if integrated co parenting is not possible
  • When you should see a co parent coach
  • How to know when kids are really struggling with divorce/restructuring of family
  • How to know when kids are ready for you to introduce new partners into your family unit
  • What to do when your partner is not capable of co parenting
  • How reading the Co Parent Manual can improve, and potentially save, your marriage NOW

 

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Dec 24, 2018

With just a few days left in 2018, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on my biggest shifts of the year.  I have to tell you, when I sat down to think about this I had no idea what I would come up with.

I am so glad I did this exercise, as it allowed me to see a lot of growth and triumph.  I can close the door on this year knowing I stretched myself in a number of powerful ways and I’ve laid the groundwork to do more of the same in 2019.  Cause a girl’s growing is never done!

I’m really excited to share my 5 Biggest Shift of 2018 with you.  Although, if I’m being honest, a couple of these made me pretty uncomfortable, which you’ll hear me express as I talk through them.  In fact, one of them I didn’t even want to talk about.  But you know I’m not about holding back.  So you get to be in on ALL OF IT. 

What have your biggest shifts in 2018 been?  I would LOVE to hear from you!

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Dec 19, 2018

Radiah Rhodes is a visionary, entrepreneur, designer, engineer, and coach. After two decades of experience leading small businesses and Fortune 100 companies in the beauty and information technology industries, Radiah became known for her strategic insights, impeccable design aesthetic, and natural ability to connect, lead, and get results. She has led and coached many executives and organizations to deliver exceptional business results and launched a strong portfolio of multi-million dollar products and services around the globe.

Most recently Radiah authored the book, Being is the New Doing: A Divine Guide to Owning Your Energy, Time and Peace of Mind. She also launched a collection of brands and products designed to transform and expand your intention and well-being.

As an entrepreneur, corporate leader, wife, and Shameless Mom to two amazing and active children, Radiah knows what it takes to be extraordinary in life and leadership. She trains clients on how to tap into and leverage their intention as the fuel and fire to create any desired outcome with ease and authenticity.

Listen in to hear Radiah share:

  • Why intention is a measure of how you’re showing up and who you’re being
  • How to elevate your intention through regimens and routines that open up space in your life
  • How making declarations about who are can help you redefine yourself
  • Why you need a rotating “energy leader” in your household
  • Why you must recognize that your Busy Badge defines who are you being… is it working for you or against you?
  • Why we get stuck staying small in order to stay safe

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Dec 17, 2018

Raise your hand if you’re a quitter!

Oh, you’re not?? 

Fantastic.

While it’s likely that you wouldn’t identify as a quitter, you probably feel like quitting things on a regular basis. 

Annnnd, it's possible you actually do quit things sometimes – maybe even on a regular basis. 

We quit diets and workout programs and books and friendships and jobs and clubs and committees and marriages.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes quitting is 100% the right move.  See link below for my episode on the merits of being a quitter!

But, sometimes we need to pull up our big girl pants and SHOW UP and POWER THROUGH and DO HARD THINGS.

On these days, when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and we’re not sure there will ever be a pay off for our valiant efforts, we need some skills to keep us going. 

This episode will give you the skills you need to keep moving forward, to keep taking action, to prove to yourself that you are a powerful, resilient, tenacious badass who gets what she wants and needs out of life.  Cause you actually ARE that lady already.  I know it.  Let me show you.

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Dec 12, 2018

Jody is the Shameless mom, a wife, and a nature lover. She’s a two-time Amazon bestselling author of “Let Love in 101; A Practice Guide to Happiness” and her most recent book “Mommy Reboot; A Busy Mom’s Guide to Self-Care”.

Jody is a self-care coach working exclusively with busy moms who want to feel less overwhelmed and more fulfilled and she’s known in her industry for transforming the lives of moms through the art of self-care.

She’s the face behind the Mommy Reboot Facebook group, a rapidly growing worldwide community of busy moms who are passionate and determined to be a good mom by taking care of themselves.

Jody’s vision is for a world where women around the globe are caring for and nurturing themselves as easily as they do for their children and families.

She believes that “self-care can no longer be a cutesy catchphrase, it must be...a movement...a revolution, and a new way of living for the modern day woman.”

Listen in to hear Jody share:

  • How she survived losing her dad to suicide, finding herself pregnant by her drug dealer boyfriend, and leaving her marriage to an unfaithful husband when she had a 10-month-old baby
  • Why and how to be grateful for opportunities for resilience
  • Your (surprising) #1 job as a mom and a woman
  • How to incorporate self-care in non-traditional, unconventional, simple ways
  • The truth about self-care and why it must be more than a cutesy catchphrase – and more of a revolution

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Dec 10, 2018

Let’s get really clear about something real quick…

You deserve to enjoy your holidays. 

You deserve to eat the cookies.

You deserve to drink the nog.

You deserve to live it up and laugh out loud and love lots in all the ways that fill your soul.

AND, you deserve to do all this guilt-free.

That said, I want you to be mindful and intentional about what truly brings you joy.

I want you to be aware of delightful indulgence vs mindless consumption. 

For me, delightful indulgence is:

  • A piece of my Aunt Sara’s chocolate cake
  • A glass of a full-bodied red
  • Extra time spent with family and friends
  • Crab dipped in melted butter at my Aunt Marybeth’s annual crab feed
  • Wearing pajamas all day
  • Watching Elf 87 times
  • A cold, crisp run in the sun in my mom’s neighborhood
  • Putting my phone down and being more present

For me, delightful indulgence is NOT:

  • Going to bed so full my stomach hurts
  • Being wide awake with insomnia because I had 3 glasses of wine after dinner
  • Eating so many cookies I have a massive sugar rush and then crash an hour later
  • Hungover parenting
  • Skipping workouts
  • Constant posting to FB/IG

Because I know what my delightful indulgences are, I am careful to prioritize those things.  In fact, I often pass up a lot of other things to make space for these delightful indulgences.  I’ll skip the nog in order to enjoy the red.  I’ll pass on the cookies to enjoy every bite of the cake.  I’ll switch to club soda after 2 glasses of wine so I will sleep well.  I’ll decide which days I’m wearing PJs all day, so I can also determine which days I’m getting up to go running. 

Determine your delightful indulgences.  Then make space for them.  Then, say NO to the things that are not as awesome as your delightful indulgences.  Don’t be in constant consumption mode.  Be in thoughtful consumption mode.  You will enjoy every bit of your holidays more. 

Tune into this episode to get specific pointers on how to be intentional around your delightful indulgences so you can spend your holidays in delighted JOY.

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Dec 5, 2018

Fortune is a Shameless Dad and the oldest of two kids. These things should have made him a responsible, motivated leader – which he is today.   But his road to get here reads differently…

Although he graduated from university with honors & an opportunity to play professional baseball, he chose to become an accountant for the government. But, the government wasn’t challenging enough for his active imagination. So, he started studying successful people and decided that’s what he wanted to do with his life.

It was at this point that his life changed. It got much worse before it got better.  Financial success in real estate revealed emotional & mental wounds that needed healing. Before he could make those shifts in mindset, he battled addiction, 5 felony charges, and found himself facing a potential 12-year prison sentence.

He then wrote a book about his journey & the lessons he learned along the way. As a father, coach, author, & speaker, Fortune brings a unique approach to understanding the wisdom of living a purpose-driven life. You’ll learn from him not only the practical steps for improving the major areas of your life; but also the scientific evidence & spiritual elements that lead to a blessed life and business.

Listen in to hear Fortune share:

  • His entrance into fatherhood as an addict
  • How facing 5 felony charges and a 12-year prison sentence turned his life around
  • How he got clean in order to show up for his kids
  • The power of habit in overcoming addiction
  • How he uses his No Doubt Mindset to stay focused and successful

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Dec 3, 2018

We spend a lot of time in the SMA talking about the comparison as it relates to us as women.  But we haven’t really dug into how we compare our kids to other kids.  I’m noticing as Vinnie gets older that kiddie comparison is A THING.

I think some of the kiddie comparison trap stems from the same place as our own comparison trap: our own insecurities, poor self-worth, self-doubt as women and moms -  and maybe some guilt, too??

In this episode, I dig into 5 ways to look at your child’s strengths, struggles, and phases a little differently.  I share ways to focus on the power of perseverance, problem-solving, resourcefulness, and compassion over disparity, weaknesses, and fitting in.

I also encourage you to work on YOU.  If you’re comparing your child to other children, you might have some Shameless work to do on yourself. 

Let me know how this episode resonates with you and how you have seen kiddie comparison traps play out in your circles of moms.

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