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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Feb 27, 2017

Can we all agree to tear off our Busy Badges and chill out a little.  Life is only as hectic as you make it.  If you find yourself living in constant overwhelm, it’s because you are allowing that to happen.  Let’s all start taking Radical Responsibility for our time and our priorities.  And for goodness sake, stop indulging your ego by telling others how busy you are.  


When I started taking Radical Responsibility for my busyness, I became a LOT less busy.  I was able to slow down and simplify my life in a number of ways.  I no longer wear my Busy Badge.  I tore it off and stomped on it until it was no longer recognizable. 


Here are 7 secrets to help you slow down & simplify:


  1. Meal Plan – do not be a slave to the 4:45pm “what’s for dinner” trap.  Listen in to hear my top tips on how to make meals suuuuper simple forever.


  1. Time Block Chores – stop doing chores everyday.  Yep, I’m giving you permission.  It’s a waste of your time and an energy drain.  Listen in to hear how to do less laundry and less bathroom cleaning (and stop dusting!)


  1. Divide & Conquer – you are not the only capable person in your family or your neighborhood or your children’s school.  Listen it to hear how to enlist help and support.


  1. Social Boundaries – Your kids have social boundaries at school, right.  There is a time for play and a time for work and a time to chill.  You should have the same at home, especially on the weekends.  A go-go-go lifestyle is not good for your kids or for you.  Listen in to hear how to create some rules around your social calendar.   


  1. Stop Over Scheduling – you and your kids don’t need to be involved in everything.  It doesn’t make them more well rounded.  It doesn’t make you more important.  It just makes everyone a little more nutty.  For real.  Stop.  Listen in to hear how to pick and choose activities.


  1. Quality Quiet Time – this is my best secret.  You have to do it.  I promise you’ll thank me. 


  1. Outsource (groceries, yard work, laundry) – free up mental space and create more time and energy by getting help.  It doesn’t have to be expensive.  Listen in for cheap tips!


If you can follow any of these 7 steps, you will:

  • free up mental space
  • reduce decision fatigue
  • create space for peace and calm
  • model good habits to your kids 
  • tear off your Busy Badge
Feb 22, 2017


Miracle Mindset is a groundbreaking new book that covers the 7 powerful lessons author JJ Virgin learned after her 16-year-old son Grant was in a brutal hit-and-run accident. JJ is best known for her bestsellers The Virgin Diet and Sugar Impact Diet, but fighting for her son’s life inspired a new focus on mindset and the power of courage, strength, and resilience to help you not just survive, but thrive during life’s hardest moments.


I had tears in my eyes for the first 100 pages of this book (which I read in one sitting because I could NOT put it down).  JJ stories is every mother’s worst nightmare.  But out of this story comes the best lessons on how to THRIVE, no matter your life circumstances.  


As it turns out, you can live a strong, empowered life anywhere, anytime, any day.  This book will teach you exactly how.  


In Miracle Mindset and in this interview, JJ gives you permission to take inspired but imperfect action.  She gives you the tools you need to start today, with her Day Framer and Mindset Hacks.  She shares the power of forgiveness and exactly how she went about forgiving the women who hit her son and left him for dead. 


JJ says, “your limitations become your life”.  Your success, happiness and joy are only limited by YOU and your mindset.  


Listen in to hear JJ share:

  • The biggest thing holding you back
  • How your limitations become your life
  • How to develop resilience and courage in 1 minute per day
  • Why forgiveness is crucial to moving forward (and how to do it)


Links Mentioned:


  4. Book: Mindset
  5. Tapping





“Don’t Wish It Were Easier, Make Yourself Stronger” and “Your Limitations will Become Your Life”


Excerpt From: JJ Virgin. “The Miracle Mindset.” iBooks.


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Feb 20, 2017

Adele inspired me in a million ways at the Grammy’s.  But what touched me most deeply were her comments on motherhood.  


In today’s episode I’ll share more about what Adele said and why it was so important, as well as go in depth as to why we lose ourselves in motherhood.  


I’ll confirm for you that you are KILLING it, even though no one has thanked you in a really long time.  


I will touch on how you do all you do - that you don’t even know you are doing – making you a superhero of the most invincible kind. 


I’ll discuss your supreme and extreme sense of responsibility that no one else in your household can relate to.


I’ll award you with your Masters Degree from Newborn University that you gained overnight, while you were in labor, since everyone else probably forgot to give it to you. 


I’ll give you permission to be more shameless and more selfish #everydamnday


Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 22: Erin Brown - Letters to Lola


Feb 15, 2017

Scott Colby is an adventure lover who has created businesses around his passions. Although he has spent over a decade in the fitness industry helping people create transformations, it is his love of international travel and thirst for adventure that has led him create his favorite brands - Say It With Gratitude and Unplug and Play Adventures. 


I invited Scott to come on the show because I wanted to talk to him about the power of gratitude in his life and how he has used it to fuel his career.  Scott recently launched Say It With Gratitude, a movement designed to help people have more gratitude and happiness in their lives. It starts with thank you cards, designed by kids impacted by charity. 


Scott’s mission with Say It With Gratitude is powerful.  The impact gratitude is having on his life and on those he serves is profound.  Scott is also quick to clarify that gratitude, while it should be practiced consistently, can be practiced imperfectly.  There are no strict rules or “right” ways to do it.  The power is in doing it in a way that you are reflecting positively on your own life and touching others in a positive way.


Ways to practice Gratitude:

  • Say Thank You out loud and often
  • Appreciate the little things in your daily life
  • Acknowledge what you DO have in rough times
  • Acknowledge people with your words and actions
  • Notice simple pleasures
  • Notice, take in, and appreciate your surroundings
  • Get out in nature
  • Not comparing yourself to others – embrace your unique path and own it
  • Live your life as if everything is a miracle
  • Smile at others and make eye contact
  • Make small talk with strangers
  • Give compliments freely
  • Volunteer
  • Impact on your community


Listen in to hear Scott share:

  • How gratitude can change your life
  • How to practice gratitude in new, simple, easy ways
  • Why we need to resurrect Thank You cards
  • The power or pivoting
  • The magic of asking for help


Make sure to check out Say It With Gratitude and the charities and people Scott is currently working with.  I was particularly touched by Joshua’s story and Be Strong, a charity to fight bullying.  



Links Mentioned:


Scott’s fitness website:

Scott’s Podcast: The Power to Change

Book: Evolved Enterprise By Yanik Silver

Book: Miracle Morning By Hal Elrod

Book: The Gratitude Connection By Amy Collette

Book: Deep work, Rules for Focused Success In A Distracted World By Cal Newport

App: Insight Timer 




Feb 13, 2017

Last weekend Vinnie had two friends overnight for a sleepover.  For 24 hours I played mom to 3 kids.  DAMN.  That is serious business, friends.  


It was a very action packed 24 hours, to say the least.  And at the end of it all, I learned something really valuable about myself and my current life.  I suddenly felt grateful that our IVF experience over the summer had not resulted in a pregnancy.  I saw the simplicity of our current life in a new light.  I fell a little more in love with my life than I have in a long time.  


Over the last week, I have been thinking about what it takes to Fall In Love With Your Life.  It takes a lot, but it also takes very little.  


Listen in to this episode to hear my 6 Steps to Fall In Love With Your Life:


  1. Embrace a Growth mindset
  2. Quite the comparison trap
  3. Practice daily gratitude and wins
  4. Take radical responsibility for your joy
  5. Find the cracks 
  6. Keep your shield up 


It is entirely possible to fall a little more in love with your life every single day – if you choose to do so.  Let these 6 steps be your guide. 


Links Mentioned:

Book: Mindset By Carol Dweck


Feb 8, 2017

Amy Moses is a physical therapist who works exclusively in women’s health with a specialty in pelvic floor physical therapy.  I met Amy a few years ago when she was my pelvic floor PT.  I quickly developed a huge girl crush on Amy, as she made me feel so comfortable at such a vulnerable time in my life.  She helped me heal my body and become stronger as a women and a mom.  


Amy and I dive deep into the world of pelvic floor rehab today – discussing incontinence, pain with sex, and pelvic pain that happens to most women after giving birth (as well as to women who have never given birth!)  Amy is on a mission to normalize these kinds of conversations and to bring pelvic floor rehab to all moms.  


Perhaps the best part of this conversation and Amy and I disclosing our own personal experiences with pelvic floor dysfunction after having babies.  It’s not pretty, friends….  But it’s TOTALLY NORMAL.  I think you’ll get a few good laughs as we share our personal journeys – and perhaps you’ll be able to relate!


Listen in to hear Amy share:


  • The truth about incontinence, pain with sex, and pelvic pain the most of us experience
  • Why understanding this major women’s health issue is critical in the current political landscape
  • How Kegels can make everything worse
  • Why the pad/panty liner industry is making a KILLING off you 
  • What you can expect when you go to pelvic floor physical therapy
  • How to find a pelvic floor PT near you


Links Mentioned:

Amy Moses on Facebook 

Amy Moses at Moye Physical Therapy near Memphis, TN

Directory of Herman Wallace Pelvic Floor PTs 

Directory of Women’s Health PTs


Feb 6, 2017

This week I am celebrating our first 100 Shameless Mom Academy episodes with you.  I am toasting you and thanking you for everything you have taught me over the last 100 episodes.  


Here is want I know:

You are stronger than you ever thought

You are more powerful now than ever

You are a fighter

You are tough, but gentle

You are saying NO more so you can say YES more

You are telling new stories

You are standing up and speaking out

You are speaking more and listening more

You are walking away from shame and owning YOU, all of YOU


Listen in to share some special milestones with me.  


Also, head over to Instagram for our 100th episode giveaway!


Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 79 Start Telling New Stories


Feb 1, 2017

Holly Rigsby is a Lifestyle Design Coach for Moms over at Over the past 11 years Holly has coached over 29,500 women to become the best version of themselves through her programs and products.  Holly also has two sons, Tyler and Alexander, who inspire her to live in joy (JOI) everyday. 


In this interview, Holly openly and bravely shares how she has found herself at different times in her life unable to find the joy she knew she wanted.  Holly has always worked in service to others – as a teacher, a personal trainer, an online fitness expert to moms, and a mom.  Serving others is extremely rewarding, but it can come at the expense of creating joy for one’s self at times. 


When Holly looks back at her boldest moves in life – to leave her first husband when her son was still very young, to change careers, to make a dramatic shift in her business, she can identify that she makes a move when she is searching for a new level of joy.  This is the inspiration for her most recent professional move, the launching of her Lifestyle Design Coaching programs and creation of her new Everyday Joi community. 


Listen in to hear Holly share:

  • How she has become a sought after leader, even though she never identified as one
  • Why leaving her first husband was an imperative step in finding true joy in all areas of her life
  • How she built a powerful online community for women to “walk side-by-side, encouraging each other” to reach their goals
  • How the traumatic loss of her sister inspired her to make a bold professional change
  • Why the pursuit and acknowledgment of Everyday Joi is essential


Links Mentioned:

Holly’s Website:

Holly on Facebook