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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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Oct 30, 2019

Tavona Givens is a Shameless Mom to two sons, a coach, writer, speaker, and a widow. She has always been in the business of healing, as a massage therapist and reiki master for over 13 years. She has developed an exceptional way of building trust and connection with every person she works with. With the sudden passing of her husband in 2014, it has been her mission to create space for widowed mamas like herself to use their pain as a catalyst for growth. She is the proud mother of two sons James and Jordan. She lives for family, travel, waterfronts, podcasts, chocolate, laughter, and random acts of kindness.  She holds a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, Master’s in Public Administration, and is VP of Education for ToastMasters. She is currently preparing to launch her own podcast.

Tavona life was flipped upside down literally overnight with the very sudden passing of her husband, James.  I heard Tavona’s story a couple years ago when she first joined my community and I knew I wanted to have her on as a guest someday.  I am so honored to have her here to share what grief has looked like for her.

Listen in to hear Tavona share:

  • The intimate details of losing her husband very quickly and completely unexpectedly
  • The trajectory of her grief and what it looks like 5 years after losing her husband
  • How her boundaries and badassery have strengthened as she’s worked through grief
  • The theory and impact of “widow brain”
  • Her belief that trauma is not our destiny - it’s our greatest catalyst for growth
  • How joy and hope and pain and grief all coexist
  • How she’s rebuilt her life on her terms - including writing her ideal life narrative

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Oct 28, 2019

You are a leader.  There is no way around it.  #sorrynotsorry

You lead in your household.  You lead in your community.  You lead in your profession.  You lead in your relationships.

You are a leader.

So, how are you stepping into that role?  How do you lead with integrity?  How do you lead with compassion?  How do you lead with just the right amount of power and purpose to inspire others to follow?

There are 4 key characteristics to every great leader, whether they are leading a family of 4 or a multimillion-dollar organization: courage, confidence, compassion, and curiosity. 

All 4 complement each other in a very synergistic way.  And when you have all 4 dialed in you can lead in the most dynamic ways - where you’re working in your greatest strengths, inspiring others to take positive action, and having the most profound impact.

Listen in to learn how to more fully step into your role as a leader in order to get more of what you want and have the most impact along the way.

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Oct 23, 2019

Jessica Sinarski is a Shameless Mom of 3, a clinical supervisor, consultant, writer, and educator. She is the author of RILEY THE BRAVE (available in English and Spanish) and the founder of BraveBrains, an organization committed to helping adults living and working with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or significant losses.

Jessica is a thought leader in connecting neuroscience with practice in adult-child relationships and has shared her expertise as a contributor to Fostering Families magazine, Adoptalk, blogs, and podcasts.  She has trained thousands of parents and professionals across the country and maintains a private practice in Delaware, incorporating neurofeedback and attachment-based therapeutic models.

Jessica shares some GOLD here as it pertains to our brains, our childrens’ brains, and how we can reverse stress to the brain.  I learned so much in this conversation.  I think you will too!

Listen in to hear Jessica share:

  • The major benefits of understanding brain function - to give you power and massive insight to improve the way you live and parent
  • What is the most important thing for moms to know about the brain - for yourselves and your kids
  • The impact of stress on a baby/child’s brain - and why it’s reversible
  • The power of turning toward our trauma instead of hiding it and/or hiding from it

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Literati: For a limited time, go to Literati and use promo code SHAMELESS for $20 off your first box. Plus, kids three and up get a special blacklight pen.
  • Everlywell: For 15% off an EverlyWell at-home lab test, visit EverlyWell and enter code SHAMELESS.
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Oct 21, 2019

It is no secret that the people you spend the most time with will rub off on you.  This begs the question - are you spending time with the right people? 

Are you investing in relationships with people who inspire you, push you, hold you accountable, cheer for you?

Are you investing in relationships with people who have similar core values, who want to do good for the greater good, who want to elevate others as they climb, who want to elevate those who have less privilege?

Are you investing in relationships with people who are doing big things, scary things, great things - the things you want to do?

The relationships you invest in will determine your path, your growth, and your joy.  And in many cases, they will clear the path for you, expediting your growth, bringing you joy you never thought possible.

Listen in to hear why you must get yourself in the room with like-minded mamas and my secret growth formula that makes the relationships you build in these rooms invaluable to your growth.

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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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Oct 16, 2019

Dana V. Adams is a Shameless Mom of 4 boys, the founder of the Life Mapping Institute, author of Live Your Gift and the Live Your Gift Companion Guide, and considered one of the country’s top thought leaders on the life mapping process. For decades, first as a student and now as a teacher and mentor, Dana has inspired, empowered, and led thousands to embrace their life’s gifts to live happy, abundant and authentic lives. She leads the highly acclaimed Life Mapping Workshop to corporations and individuals.

Dana’s life was deeply impacted by life mapping a few years ago, so she took it upon herself to reach out to the creator of the concept, Bill Cohen, to ask him if they collaborate - major Shameless move!  He said yes and Dana has had the opportunity to build a truly transformational program at the Life Mapping Institute as a result of this collaboration.

Listen in to hear Dana share:

  • The process of breaking through the fear around setting goals
  • How she got out of paralyzing fear in order to create space to go after her dreams of writing and speaking
  • How losing her mom by suicide shifted her ability to resist perfectionism and start taking risks to become an author
  • The power of putting things in the context they need to be in order to overcome her family stories around incest and suicide
  • What her intuition feels like and how she has learned to listen to it more often
  • How life mapping can get you in deeper touch with your intuition
  • The importance of having a deep and clear understanding around the WHY attached to each of your goals

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Oct 14, 2019

Do you suck at time management? 

I get it.  I’ve been there.  Like, this week.

I have to laugh at the timing of this episode.  I recorded it a few weeks ago, but at the time of writing this show description, my time couldn’t feel more tight.  It has been one of those weeks where I’m constantly having to follow my own advice. 

In a week when all the things are exploding and imploding, I’m having to be exceptionally clear around why I’m spending time on every single task - to make sure that I’m not prioritizing the wrong thing at the wrong time.  This is HARD.  This means that I’m dropping a few balls - on purpose.  And that’s ok.

Time management is not about getting all the things done on time.  It’s about getting the right things done at the right time.  It’s about identifying what the “right things” even are.

Listen in to this episode to learn how to:

  • Work with your vision instead of against it when it comes to prioritization
  • Gain clarity around action steps versus tasks (so important!)
  • ID how you engage in procrastination and perfectionism (and how to stop)
  • Eliminate/automate/delegate

Links mentioned:

  • Enrollment is open for Momentum Mamas! Join our life-changing membership community here: Momentum

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • BruMate: Right now, Brumate is giving my/our listeners a special discount of 15% off your first order when you go to www.brumate.com and use our code SHAMELESS15, that's BruMate.
  • Honey: Get Honey for FREE at Honey.
Oct 9, 2019

Torie Henderson is a Shameless Mom of two teens, a master certified life coach, public school teacher, and creator of LifeCoachingforParents.com. She has helped hundreds of overworked and exhausted Supermoms transform their parenting, their careers, and their lives. Torie is host of the Supermom is Getting Tired Podcast and is devoted to helping moms release the burdens and the guilt so they can truly enjoy this time of their lives.

Listen in to hear Torie share:

  • The connection between “helicopter parenting” and fear
  • Noticing our feelings vs judging and feeling guilt around our situations
  • How we can disconnect our identity from our children’s successes, struggles, and failures and recover from enmeshment with our kids
  • Why we must let our children experience negative emotions
  • How to stop over-parenting and do less for your children (especially teens!)

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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.
  • Stamps: Right now, my listeners get a special offer that includes a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just go to Stamps, click on the Microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in SHAMELESS.
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Oct 7, 2019

I’ve known for the last few years that motherhood is a massive qualifier for any CEO role.  For quite some time I’ve been compiling lists in my head of different ways motherhood prepares a woman to lead and negotiate and teach and advocate at the highest level. 

But when I sat down to create a master list of the TOP ways motherhood qualifies a woman to be a CEO, I could barely contain my excitement.  The thoughts that had been swarming in my head for years came pouring out and the connections were so clear and so obvious. 

It is not a stretch by any means to state that motherhood qualifies you to lead at the very highest level.  In fact, I would suggest that in some (many?) instances those who are not mothers are significantly less qualified to lead at the highest levels.

Motherhood requires you to be a master multitasker, people manager, time manager, negotiator, decision-maker, action taker, planner, budgeter, teacher, coach, mentor, visionary, value creator, boundary enforcer, teammate and advocate who can be patient, persuasive, compassionate, fearless, agile, empathetic, resilient, intentional, resourceful, disciplined, determined, and tenacious as all get out.  Tell me what other role, job, experience would make you more qualified to be a CEO?

You are capable of being the CEO of your life, your household, your community, and any other organization you want to build or lead.  If you’re not 100% certain of that already, this episode is for you.  Listen in.  More than once.

Links mentioned:

  • Enrollment is open for MOMENTUM Mamas for a very limited time at a big discount: Momentum
  • Join us at Shameless Mom Con 2020: Shameless Mom

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Lola: Get organic cotton tampons and other hygiene products delivered right to your door. To get 30% off your first order, go to Lola and use the code SHAMELESS30 when you subscribe.
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Oct 2, 2019

Arianna Taboada is a Shameless Mom, maternal health researcher, author, and owner of a consulting firm that helps female founders intelligently design maternity leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs.  She draws from her expertise as a maternal health professional, combined with her experience as a business owner and mother, to provide highly personalized services for service-based entrepreneurs. Prior to her consulting practice, Arianna worked on maternal health issues for over a decade as a health educator, a social worker in a mental health clinic, a reproductive health researcher, and a yoga therapist.

Listen in to hear Arianna share:

  • How to approach maternity leave as experimental and not templated - understanding that you cannot predict what your situation might be
  • The necessity of framing maternity leave as a basic human right
  • 3 tips to “babyproof your business” for entrepreneur mamas
  • Places and groups where you can connect with other new mamas in order to strengthen your social support networks
  • How to create a transition plan back to prepare to re-enter your work postpartum

Links mentioned:

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Openfit: Join the Openfit 30-day challenge and get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to Openfit when you text SHAMELESS to 303030.
  • Talkspace: To match with your perfect therapist for a fraction of the price of traditional therapy, go to Talkspace, Make sure to use the code SHAMELESS to get $65 off your first month and show your support for the show.
  • Framebridge: Go to Framebridge and use promo code SHAMELESS you’ll save an additional 15% off your first order.
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