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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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Now displaying: September, 2019
Sep 30, 2019

You can’t afford to be indifferent.  You can’t afford to not care or have an opinion. 

When you let others have all the opinions and all the loud voices, you also let them have all the power. 

When you let others play big while you stay small, you risk losing or never even acquiring what is rightfully yours. 

When you don’t create space to own and honor your truths you miss opportunities to share your strengths, gifts, and talents with the world - massively limiting your impact and your legacy.

When we as women don’t show ALL THE WAY UP we pay the ultimate price - perpetuating sexism and gender inequality on a global level.

You might think I’m sounding a little dramatic here.  A little “extra”, as the kids would say. 

I’m going big with this statement and my beliefs around this because I’m not willing to passively perpetuate gender inequality and I’m not interested in growing a community of passive women who want to stay cozy and comfy with the status quo.

I’m here for you - and for your power, your gifts, your opinions, your stories, and the legacy you’re building.  I’m here to see you get the promotion, get the raise, get a seat at the board room table and rock the mic on the biggest stages. 

So, let’s go be a little extra together, shall we? 

Links mentioned:

Get your Early Bird tickets to Shameless Mom Con 2020: Shameless Mom Con

Book: Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

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Sep 25, 2019

Rising star Angela Lewis has garnered many roles in some of the most illustrious off-Broadway play productions to award-winning drama television series. Angela will make her return as ‘Aunt Louie’ on season 3 of the FX series, “Snowfall” created by award-winning director, John Singleton.  Her role as ‘Aunt Louise Saint,’ a drug-addict with big dreams in the middle of the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic in South-Central LA, is set to showcase her artistic talent of acting.

With appearances in many popular hit TV shows, such as “iCarly”,“Code Black”, and “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,'' Lewis is sure to show the industry her never-ending talent.

Now residing in Los Angeles with her husband, Lewis spends her time between her film and TV projects by giving back to charities that have been significant to her such as Cancer Society of America, Black & Missing, and Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Listen in to hear Angela share:

  • The impact of playing the role of a women from circumstances vastly different than her own
  • The contrast of the War on Drugs in the 80’s between the opioid epidemic today
  • The difference between “struggling” and putting in the hard work
  • How she navigates being in the “machine” of Hollywood
  • The growth, evolution, and accountability she wants to see in Hollywood

Links mentioned:

Connect with Angela on Instagram

Join our free private FB group: Shameless Mom

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Sep 23, 2019

When the inspiration for this episode hit me I got super excited.  Typical. 

But then I got a little worried.  Not typical. 

I worried that I would put an episode out there that told you all to “BUILD SOMETHING!”   and you all would say:

“HOW?”

“ WHEN?”

“ WHYYYYY????”

Look, you work your butt off as it is.  I SEE YOU.  You hustle like a mother to get yourself and the kids out the door in the morning, to run a household, to reach your professional aspirations, to keep allll the balls in the air. 

And now I’m gonna tell you to go build something on top of all that. 

It’s a tall order. 

And also….

It might be the key to your sanity, your joy, and your most ideal mental health.

You were born to create something - whether it’s creating a plentiful garden, a knitting circle, a community of like-minded women, a side hustle selling makeup, or an online business.

In creating something, you have the opportunity to tap into the truest parts of yourself.  And this is crucial in motherhood.  One of the most important parts of managing the motherload of motherhood is staying connected to YOU - and those parts of your identity that exist outside of marriage and motherhood that don’t have a ton of opportunity to SHINE unless you make the time to let them shine.

In this episode, I’m going to talk you through 4 reasons to build something outside of marriage and motherhood and 5 ways to get to building.  Building something that you’re ridiculously proud of doesn’t have to consume a ton of time and energy.  And chances are the thing you build will actually give you energy and motivation in other areas of your life. 

Are you ready?  Let’s do this!

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Join our free private FB group: Shameless Mom

Join us for Shameless Mom Con 2020!  Get your Early Bird tickets here!

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Rothy’s: To get free shipping on any order of Rothy’s shoes, as well as free returns, go to Rothy's and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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Sep 18, 2019

CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke are the co-founders of Thrive Inc. They’ve spent 20 years helping men, women, couples, and teams to resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships. They’ve written two books: The Beauty of Conflict and The Beauty of Conflict for Couples. They’ve given presentations on conflict resolution, communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving at Fortune 100 companies like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, AT&T, and Nationwide, as well as, at organizations like the Gates Foundation, University of Washington Medical Center, and San Francisco Giants and many others. They also run transformational retreats for couples several times a year, including Couples Mojo and Couples Alive. They live and work in Northwest Montana.

As someone who has historically been pretty conflict avoidant and was raised by two very conflict avoidant parents, I knew this conversation would be a good one for me to participate in!  I learned a lot in this conversation and walked away with some new strategies that I’m excited to take with me in order to lean into tension instead of run like hell to get away from it. 

Listen in to hear CrisMarie and Susan share:

  • Why conflict, not romance, is the key to a lasting relationship
  • Why walking into tension is important and powerful
  • How to use the 5-5-5 method of conflict resolution
  • How to grow and evolve in a partnership to share dreams and needs
  • Why compatibility is NOT the secret to a long and fulfilling relationship
  • Why you need to show up as a “FULL ME” in your partnership

Links mentioned:

  • Shameless Mom Con 2020 tickets are available!! Early Bird tickets and buddy tickets are on super sale here: Click Funnels
  • Connect with CrisMarie and Susan
  • Get their book: Beauty of Conflict
  • Connect with CrisMarie and Susan on Instagram
  • Connect with CrisMarie and Susan on Facebook

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Sep 16, 2019

People will treat you according to your boundaries.  If you let people walk all over you, they’ll keep walking all over you.  If you let people spit on your face in the middle of your living room (or on Facebook), they’ll keep doing it. 

You have every right to have high standards and high expectations around how others are allowed to treat you. 

It’s ok to expect people to act in high integrity.

It’s ok to let people know certain things don’t fly.

It’s ok to draw a line in the sand and say, “NO MORE.”

You deserve to be treated like the queen you are.  You deserve to expect and demand respect from others.  And when that doesn’t happen, you need to make it clear that it’s not ok and you will not stand for it.

Listen in to learn 5 ways how you can better train people how to treat you #everydamnday - including powerful and painful examples from my own life and a major lesson from the queen herself, Brene Brown.

Links Mentioned:

  • Shameless Mom Con 2020 tickets are available!! Early Bird tickets and buddy tickets are on super sale here: Shameless Mom

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Sep 11, 2019

Michelle Barry Franco is a Shameless Mom to three teen daughters who works with founders and entrepreneurs, especially coaches & wellness experts, who want to become recognized leaders in their industry through speaking and thought leadership. She has helped many clients share their message and story on TEDx stages and at the best conferences in their industry, and along the way grow thriving businesses that make a positive difference in the world. Michelle is the author of Beyond Applause: Make a Meaningful Difference through Transformational Speaking and is the host of The Thought Leadership School podcast.

Listen in to hear Michelle share:

  • How the death of her brother to alcoholism turned her on to public speaking when she was just a teenager
  • How to build your own stage instead of waiting for others to invite you on theirs
  • How to get started as a speaker
  • If you should speak for free or only paid gigs
  • How speaking impacts identity (in all the best ways)

Links mentioned:

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Sep 9, 2019

I took a serious vow 10 weeks ago.

I vowed to embrace adventure over chaos for the summer. 

I embraced this mission with all my heart. 

I had a strategic plan. 

I had a support crew.

I had hope.

And even with all that, this mission was HARD. 

There is no denying that there were moments of magic this summer.  There were plenty of those.  And for that, I’m beyond grateful. 

But I’m ending this season exhausted and in need of rest and reflection to figure out how I can do better next year. 

Even in the face of fatigue, there were some valuable takeaways from my “adventure over chaos” mission. 

I learned:

  • I can be wildly productive in short stints of time if that’s all I have
  • I can keep my business growing outside of the structure and routine I typically thrive in
  • I can ask for help and everyone will immediately lean in to help me
  • I can compartmentalize work and play more than I thought I could (barely, lol)
  • My simple routines keep me grounded, even in chaos (morning practice and workouts, mainly)
  • In the absence of full days to myself, small blocks of restorative time make a big difference
  • I’m not as immune to mom guilt as I thought I was

Listen in to this full episode if you’re also recovering from a season of overwhelm OR approaching a season of overwhelm.  There are some powerful lessons shared that will help you through the hustle!

Links mentioned:

  • Shameless Mom Con 2020 tickets are available!! Early Bird tickets are on super sale here: Shameless Mom

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.
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Sep 4, 2019

Liza Harper is a Shameless Mom, a divorce coach, and lover of personal growth and meditation who has a passion for helping women breakthrough divorce! She has helped many through coaching and development in the corporate world for over 17 years and now shares these same skills and life experience to help women navigate their divorce and live their new beginning. As a twice-divorced single mom of three, she knows firsthand how scary divorce can be.  With the right tools, time, and allowance of love and acceptance of where you are, creating your new beginning is right on the horizon- and she is here to help you get there and Live By your DESIGN.

Listen in to hear Liza share:

  • Her experience of weathering two very different divorces while raising small children
  • How to navigate the post-divorce learning curve to rebuild a life and define new boundaries
  • Why you should get excited about forgiveness and the magic behind it
  • How to navigate co-parenting with a partner who is stuck in a highly emotional, highly reactive space
  • The evolution of the stigma around divorce and why she completely owns her divorces rather than hiding them

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Sep 2, 2019

September is the new January 1 for moms.  Truly.

We drop our kids off at school - FINALLY - and instantly have a renewed sense of self (and freedom!!) after a summer of adventure and chaos.

So, let’s treat this season appropriately.  Let’s hunker down and dig into new habits (or the reintegration of old habits that fell by the wayside over the last 3 months.)

Let’s get back to what serves us as women, as leaders, as the CEOs of our lives.

Let’s get back to our proactive, planning selves who refuse to spend one more day in the exhausting existence of summer reactivity (please tell me I’m not the only one who got trapped here for a few weeks?!)

In today’s episode, I’m going to walk you through 3 powerful exercises that will allow you to take back your time and energy as you transition into a new school year and into the last few months of 2019. 

We will cover:

  • How to delegate and reorg family roles so you can stop doing everything
  • How to integrate weekly family meetings (and the specific protocol my family is using)
  • How to integrate a simple morning routine that sets your entire day up for success

This is the best time of year to create new routines that serve you and your entire family.  Take advantage of this time to learn how to thrive in your daily life.

Links mentioned:

Download my 15 Minute Manifest

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