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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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Mar 27, 2019

Tiffany Bluhm wants every woman to recognize, embrace, and pursue the big dreams and beauty born inside of them. The author, blogger, speaker, teacher, podcast host, wife, and mother shares her personal stories of self-value and self-doubt, international adoption, entrepreneurship, marriage, heartbreak, motherhood, and more with an ever-growing audience now numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In addition to reaching readers via her own blog, Tiffany shares her disarmingly perceptive, honest, and frequently funny writing on other popular outlets including ScaryMommy.com, Deeply Rooted Magazine, and more. As co-host of the Why Tho podcast and an in-demand speaker, Tiffany also leads key conversations about modern faith, contemporary women, culture, and so much more. She has penned two books: the acclaimed Bible study Never Alone, released in February 2018, and her newly released book, SHE DREAMS: LIVE THE LIFE YOU WERE CREATED FOR, Tiffany lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and is a Shameless Mom to her 4 and 8-year-old sons.

Listen in to hear Tiffany share:

  • Her story of being born in an orphanage in Dehli India and adopted by a white family at age 2
  • Her experience of being unlike everyone around her from the time she was born because of her birth story and her skin color
  • How rejection at age 21 reopened her birth rejection trauma
  • The suicide rate and mental health struggles are 8 times greater in adoptees
  • Why her decision to adopt internationally had nothing to do with her experience of being adopted
  • How she has faced discrimination as an East Indian woman, especially since 9/11
  • How she is talking to her kids about systemic racism and walking her black son through his own awareness of discrimination at a young age

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Watch Tiffany’s Women To Watch Talk: Youtube

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Instacart
  • Brumate
  • Betabrand
Mar 25, 2019

Heaviness can show up in our lives in a lot of ways.  Sometimes it’s a trauma like a cancer diagnosis or the death of a parent.  Sometimes it’s a transition like a new job or a new baby or moving to a new city.  Sometimes it’s a stressful phase - lots of expectations at work, a partner who is traveling a lot.  Sometimes it’s general overwhelm - so. many. things. to keep up with #everydamnday

In these times of heaviness, sometimes we are tempted to tell ourselves to “Stay Strong!” and “Power Through!”  But the reality, sometimes you actually TRULY need a break - a respite.  And after that break, you will actually be more STRONG and POWERFUL.  

It is really important to make a concerted effort to lighten our load and lighten up sometimes (probably more often than you think).  When we give ourselves the space & grace to do so, we come back to focus, we have renewed our mental and emotional reserves.  This rejuvenation is almost always palpable.  These breaks for levity and lightness are so valuable. 

Listen in to hear a deep dive on these 10 ways to lighten your load and lighten up:

  1. Dedicate time for play - whatever that means for you
  2. Find your zen
  3. Listen to funny podcasts
  4. Watch a comedy special or funny Netflix series
  5. Engage in menial tasks
  6. Find an inspiring place to complete hard tasks
  7. Go shopping
  8. Make hard things fun
  9. Read a funny book
  10. Give yourself rewards

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Join us at Shameless Mom Con: Shameless Mom Con

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Open Fit
  • Grove
Mar 20, 2019

Lori Kennedy is the founder and CEO of The Wellness Business Hub, which provides professional training and personal development for health practitioners looking to build and grow their businesses online. She’s also a mom and lover of all things related to coffee. Lori’s two foundational programs, The Wellness Business Academy and The 10K Success System, are growing a powerful community of health leaders who are transforming the way healthcare is done all over the world. She is also the host of The Business of Becoming Podcast for entrepreneurs who want to build the business and life of their dreams… all on their own terms.

This is Lori’s second time on the show.  I wanted her to come back on to talk about her very personal experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and an empath, who is also raising a highly empathic kids.  Lori is always such a thoughtful sharer of knowledge & wisdom and this conversation is no exception. 

Listen in to hear Lori share:

  • How she recognized she is a highly sensitive person and empath, which she had identified as social anxiety for years
  • How she protects her energy while running a massive business
  • How she works around being contained in small spaces and crowds
  • How she conserves energy for the right people and the right time
  • Why she takes pride in her firm boundaries
  • The best trick to turning around a hard morning or a hard day
  • How to see your child(ren)’s empathic tendencies
  • How to create space for empathic kids to process & release

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Hello Fresh: Save $80 off your first month of meals by visiting Hello Fresh and entering the promo code SHAMELESS80 at checkout.
  • 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.
  • Bioclarity: Go to Bio Clarity to get 40% off skincare routines PLUS an additional 15% off EVERYTHING on their website when you use my code LOVELY at checkout.
Mar 18, 2019

Today we are celebrating 3 years of The Shameless Mom Academy.  I launched this show three years ago not knowing up much I would love it, not knowing how much it would change my life, not knowing how many lives it would touch. 

The last 3 years have been a blur and a dream - and the best part is that we are only getting started.  The growth of this podcast stems directly from you all implementing what you learn on the show.  You consistently turn the advice into action.  You are open to learning and growing and expecting more out of your life, your marriage, motherhood, and your career.  You show up and take imperfect action and get vulnerable and ask for help.

I am SO HERE for all of this. 

3 years, 319 episodes, 160 guests, 1.5 million downloads in 140 countries - and this is just the beginning.

When I look back on all this, I can tell you the most valuable pieces have been the community, the connections, the impact and how that has stretched & expanded your identity and mine.

Thank you for every single download, share, comment, like, DM, review, email.  YOU make The Shameless Mom Academy the Shameless dream that could.

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Mar 13, 2019

Kristen is the founder of Brilliantly, a brand that provides the support women need on their journey toward feeling vital and strong in their mind and body after a mastectomy. Motivated by her own personal experience, she is committed to providing solutions that help women deal with long term physical and emotional needs so they can prosper in their post-surgical life.

Listen in to hear Kristen share:

  • How losing her mom to metastatic breast cancer at age 23 led her to have a preventative mastectomy
  • How she talked to family, friends, and her kids about her decision
  • What her surgical journey looked like and the unexpected challenges it presented
  • How to be a better self-advocate and how to seek support in advocacy
  • The impacts of surgery and scars on body image

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Rothy's: Go to Rothys and enter shameless to get your new favorite flats and free shipping
  • Simple Health: Don’t miss your chance to try this service for free - my listeners get the $20 prescription fee waived by going to Simple Health or entering code shameless at checkout.
  • Fabfitfun: Use my code SHAMELESS to get $10.00 off your first box!
Mar 11, 2019

If you expect abundance, you will find abundance in all areas of your life.  If you expect scarcity, you will find scarcity.  We receive what we are looking for and what we are open to. 

When you know you can do great things, you do great things. 

When you know you can do hard things, you do hard things. 

What you get out of life and the circumstances you create for yourself are your doing.

When it comes to abundance, women often sell themselves short.  We don’t feel worthy or deserving.  We think others deserve things more than us.  We weirdly think that if we have more, there will be less for others.  This is all untrue. 

Here are truths I want you to adopt in order to expect abundance in your life:

  1. You are innately deserving of good things
  2. You deserve good things as much as anyone else
  3. You are just a qualified and capable as anyone else
  4. Your beliefs will determine your outcome
  5. You having more doesn’t take away from others - it actually creates more for everyone

 

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Instacart: Get your groceries delivered to your door! Save $10 off your first order at Instacart or on the Instacart mobile app when you use the promo code SHAMELESS10 at checkout.
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Mar 6, 2019

Abbey Ashley is the Founder of The Virtual Savvy. She helps aspiring virtual assistants launch and grows their own at-home business from scratch. Abbey started her own virtual assistant business in 2013 and was able to double the salary from her full-time corporate job, working only 20 hours a week... in just 30 days! She's since gone on to grow a multi-six figure business and retire her husband ALL from her at-home business. It's now her passion to help others start their own VA business so they can taste the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship as well.

Listen in to hear Abbey share:

  • How she started her virtual assistant business and replaced her full-time income while on maternity leave
  • What kinds of work moms can do from home as a VA
  • How to get started as a VA (it’s easier than you think!)
  • The pros and cons of working for a VA company vs starting your own VA business
  • How she has gotten over mom guilt in order to embrace being a high achieving entrepreneur

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Grove Collaborative: Shop at Grove Collaborative today and get a FREE $30 Mrs. Meyer’s gift set with your first order at Grove Collaborative.
  • Headspace: If you’ve been wanting to add mediation to your life, check out the Headspace app and get a free month trial at Head Space
  • Open-fit: Join the Open-fit 30-day challenge and get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to Open-fit when you text SHAMELESS to 303030.
Mar 4, 2019

When I look around to see who’s taking action in their lives, I see a lot of women doing two things:

  1. Waiting for an permission
  2. Waiting for an invitation

Stop.

Please. 

There is no reason to ask permission to play bigger in your life. 

There is no reason to wait for an invitation.

NONE. 

These are actually just “noble obstacles”, as Jon Acuff calls them.  These are the obstacles that we let stand in our way as a crutch to stay comfortable, procrastinate, dwell in our own perfectionism, live in fear, and keep our lives way. too. small.

Today, I’m giving you 4 steps to start playing bigger in your life without asking permission:

  1. Take a seat at the table
  2. Know your worth and your power
  3. Assume you’re qualified
  4. Reach out and connect with the big dogs

99% of the time, there is not a benefit in waiting to take action.  99% of the time, the best time to take action is now.  99% of the time the best time to play bigger is now.  99% of the time when you start to play bigger, you get to live bigger.  99% of the time the net result is RADNESS.

Are you ready to take a seat at the table?

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  • Care: Save 30% off your Care.com Premium Membership by going to Care.
  • Talkspace: to find your perfect match therapist for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy, go to Talkspace and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $45 off your first month.
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