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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: December, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Your social media feed is probably full of posts touting how awful 2019 has been.  People who look back on a year of losses and defeat, eager to close the door and start over. 

I get it to some extent. 

And also… I think you are doing yourself a MASSIVE disservice if this is the attitude you choose to close the door on 2019 with. 

You did a lot this year.

You did hard things. 

You did big things.

You did brave things.

You learned. 

You grew. 

You prospered. 

Sometimes you fell. 

And you got back up.

You cleaned your wounds. 

You kept going.

You are stronger for everything you endured this year.

You are better for all the times you fell.

You are tougher for all the times you ugly cried.

This was a year of lessons and learning that will serve you WELL in 2020. 

And a lot of great things happened all over the world this year. 

You don’t get to see that when you track the traditional US news cycle.

Listen to hear all the ways 2019 ROCKED in big ways and small.  There will be some surprises in this episode for sure.  I hope they inspire you to love your year and feel LIT UP about starting a new one.

I am proud of all the hard things you did this year. 

I SEE YOU. 

Congrats on your growth in 2019. 

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Dec 25, 2019

Born and raised in New York, Ali Levine has worked for some of the biggest names in the Fashion industry including Fragments, Coach, Talbots and Target as part of development and design.

 Ali relocated to Los Angeles, California where she fell head over heels in love with wardrobe styling. She is an expert when it comes to creating looks for her celebrity clients. From red carpet appearances, music videos to world tours, Ali a unique thumbprint that displays her talent as a Fashion stylist.

Ali's New York persona took the limelight, when she recently appeared with her husband on Bravo's hit show, "Stripped." As a TV correspondent, she's covered red carpet events for Celebrity Page TV and makes regular appearance promoting herself as a brand. Ali's vibrant personality lights up the red carpet and tv appearance.  After Ali's recent birth of her daughter Amelia, Ali has transitioned to mompreneur and mommy influencer across the board.

Listen in to hear Ali share:

  • Why confidence is your greatest accessory and how to step into your confidence when you’re really not feeling it
  • Her philosophy around “there is peace in the pause” especially when life feels chaotic
  • Her (NAKED) experience on the Bravo show Stripped
  • How being on Stripped prepared her for her traumatic birth experience and postpartum depression
  • The specific steps she took to work through postpartum depression
  • Her use of CBD in her postpartum depression recovery
  • How PPD prepared her for all that comes with motherhood

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Dec 23, 2019

This is the week!!

On Christmas day, the SMA will celebrate 400 episodes.

DAMN.

That’s not a small milestone.

I have learned so much on this journey and I thought it would be fun to share some of the vulnerable behind the scenes moments with you. 

Listen in to hear:

The top 4 gifts I’ve gleaned over 400 episodes

The guests that I’ve been most nervous for

A few of my most vulnerable moments on the show

The parts that have looked awesome on social media, while being far less glamorous behind the scenes

I love sharing the show with you all.  And I love sharing BTS.  I think it’s alllll super important. 

I can’t thank you enough for walking beside me on this journey.  It just keeps getting better and that is in LARGE part because of YOU.

Love, love, love… Sara

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Dec 18, 2019

Ariel Garten is a fearless neuroscientist, psychotherapist, mom, former fashion designer, and the female founder and visionary of an amazing and highly successful tech start-up Muse - a device that reads brains. She shows how through meditation and technology you can improve mental, physical, and emotional state to become our best possible self.

If you’re anything like me and have struggled to find the inspiration to meditate on a regular basis, buckle up.  This conversation is going to inspire you to find your zen in all sorts of imperfect and easy to implement ways!

Listen in to hear Ariel share:

  • Why she stepped down as CEO of her own company when she became a mother
  • Her #1 tool to LET GO in order to build her dream life
  • How to teach yourself that you are not your thoughts
  • The neuroscience of meditation and how to dramatically improve your brain function over time
  • How to integrate meditation as an imperfect practice
  • The benefits of meditation for kids and simple ways to get started at a very young age
  • How to find the power to quiet your mind and truly free your mind
  • How to overcome barriers around fear in your mind

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Dec 16, 2019

Time is possibly your most valuable and finite asset.  Especially after becoming a mom, it can constantly feel like there is never enough time. 

Managing timing and having confidence around time management makes goes a long way in feeling confident you can achieve your goals.  If you feel there is never enough time, you’ll feel like you never get to work toward your dreams.

If you feel like you have a good grip on your time, you’ll feel a sense of spaciousness in your days - as if you have the space to work toward all the things you want to make happen.  This is a game-changer.

In this episode I’m going to share 7 ways to take back your time, including a slightly controversial opinion about unscheduling, canceling and quitting things every single week.

If you’re ready to take back some time in order to create more mental space and more time to yourself to work toward your dreams, create more joy, or just take a darn nap, this episode is for you.

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Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Cortney Baker is CEO of KidsCare Home Health, an 8-figure healthcare business serving children with special needs from Texas to Colorado. She was named the 2017 Texas Businesswoman of the Year, is a TEDx speaker and hosts the Women in Business podcast, where she shares inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs. As a leading authority on women’s leadership and a mother of three, Cortney is working to decrease the gender gap by inspiring women to lead with confidence and integrity. Using her depth of business experience and expertise, she is now helping grow 'grandbaby businesses' as she mentors and coaches creative women to shift from side hustler to CEO.

Listen in to hear Cortney share:

  • How she started motherhood as a brand new high school grad on food stamps
  • How supporting her sister who has MS inspired her journey to build a multi-million dollar service-based business
  • How can you build more power in your work, no matter what your current situation is
  • Why you need to “keep your scrappy” while you level up
  • Why she’s not willing to sit around and wait the predicted 100 years for gender equality to happen in corporate America (#screw100years)
  • How having a stroke at age 37 shifted the legacy she is building

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Dec 9, 2019

Before you get too excited about kicking off a new year and a new decade, I’m going to invite you to release a few things from this year and this decade that are no longer serving you. 

While I don’t want to speak for you, I think many (maybe most) mamas could benefit from releasing these three things in particular:

  1. Procrastination & Perfectionism (they are sisters, btw)
  2. Other People’s Expectations
  3. The Lie: Everyone Else Has It All Figured Out

If you want to make space for things that delight you and fill you up, you gotta release the things that are keeping you stuck and filling you with dread.  If you want to make space for growth, you must see where your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors are keeping you small. 

So… let’s release all this ish together, shall we?!?

Tune in to learn why these 3 releases are particularly important.

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Dec 4, 2019

Mridu Parikh is a Shameless Mom of two teen boys, a Productivity Speaker, Trainer, and Coach who helps high achieving women skyrocket their time and energy while squashing overwhelm. She excites, educates, and entertains audiences all over the country on simple strategies to stop feeling scattered, overcome procrastination, and exceed goals, professionally and personally.

Her strategies on streamlining tasks and mastering habits have been featured in The Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Good Housekeeping and many other media outlets, in addition to her own ROKU channel with over 200 videos on organizing.  A former serial procrastinator, Mridu is a best-selling author of "Accomplish It: 7 Simple Actions To Get The Right Things Done And Achieve Your Goals."

Listen in to hear Mridu share:

  • How her practice of saying NO has given her tremendous clarity
  • The power and importance of saying NO to yourself especially when you’re in the habit of creating undue urgency
  • 3 tips to “doing it all” as a busy mom with lots of balls in the air
  • Her BPS method to minimize overwhelm and stress
  • The #1 thing moms say is missing from their life - and how to find it!
  • Why she calls BS on people who say that can’t have structure in their life

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Dec 2, 2019

The media has been lying to you. 

They have been telling you to take bubble baths and drink copious amounts of wine and get manis & pedis all under the guise of self-care. 

While indulgent self-care is awesome and important, self-care is about much more than the infrequent pedicure.  And sometimes the habits we label self-care are more of an escape that fills a void than a tool that serves us (read: copious amounts of wine.)

The self-care you actually need is habits and routines that preserve your energy, promote excellent physical and mental health, and provide restoration from the hard days and long nights of motherhood.

This kind of self-care looks like going to bed earlier, maintaining an exercise routine, taking time for yourself before your family rises, going to therapy, practicing meditation, being conscientious of your wine and sugar intake. 

This kind of self-care requires discipline. 

I know it’s not sexy and sometimes it’s not fun. 

Sometimes it actually feels like work, which feels unfair. But the results and the rewards will improve your physical and mental health, help you sustain your energy all day #everydamnday, and restore a sense of harmony that you didn’t think could exist - all of which is to say that your disciplined self-care might bring actual magic into your life.

Listen in to learn:

  • 9 ways you’re doing self-care wrong
  • 8 ways to mindset upgrade around your self care
  • Simple self-care upgrades that will dramatically improve your quality of life
  • The difference between self-care as a discipline vs self-care as an indulgence (and why you need BOTH!)

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