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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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Jan 29, 2020

Ceca Mijatovic is a badass life coach and a host of the Truth & Dare Cancer Podcast. She focuses on helping women going through or living with cancer learn how to navigate their cancer journey alongside family and career, how to supercharge their self-healing, and how to recalibrate their lives by using cancer as a powerful catalyst for change. She has had her own battle with the “Big C” and it became a potent agent for positive change in her life, and now she wants to help other women use their diagnosis as an opportunity to transform their lives for the better.

Prior to becoming a life coach, Ceca was in numerous leadership roles at Fortune 50 companies as well as startups. She is a founder of the Truth & Dare Cancer coaching practice where she helps women with cancer take charge of their health, their body, and their outcome!

Listen in to hear Ceca share:

  • Her road through infertility and how she decided to stop pursuing motherhood
  • How she moved on and got closure on her motherhood dreams
  • Why her diagnosis of uterine cancer brought her peace
  • How she helps women find truth and strength and grace during cancer
  • Why women with cancer need massive mindset coaching after diagnosis and cancer treatment
  • How emotional healing parallels physical healing
  • Why cancer is full of misery and magic
  • The power of receiving

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Jan 27, 2020

I recently did a full episode (Ep 391) on why moms lack self-trust.  The quick & dirty is this: women are conditioned from a very early age to trust others thoughts/opinions/judgements/instincts over our own.  So, by the time we get to motherhood, we are already struggling (greatly) to listen to our gut.  And babies make this even harder - because we must prioritize their needs over our own.  We stop noticing that we’re hungry or tired or in need of, well, anything.  We learn to shut off our own needs entirely. 

If you didn’t listen to episode 391, go back and do that.  THEN, listen in here to hear how you can relearn self-trust.  In this episode, I teach you two powerful feedback loops that will help you learn how to trust your gut and your power in new and profound ways.  The second feedback loop is the most critical, so make sure to listen to the end - especially if you’re someone who struggles to find success in the face of failure and struggles. 

I am dedicating myself to rebuilding self-trust in 2020. It is one of my top priorities this year.  Any of you are welcome to join me on this journey of learning to trust again.  I am ALL IN on listening inward this year.  Let’s do it together!

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Jan 22, 2020

Casey McGuire Davidson is a certified life coach, the founder of Hello Someday Coaching and creator of the “Sober Girl’s Guide To Quitting Drinking, 30 Tips To Help Get You Through Your First 30 Days”.

She works with busy, successful women who want to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol, quit drinking, and create lives they love without their nightly glass (or bottle) of wine.

She’s also a wife, a mom, a practical dreamer, recovering corporate ladder climber, retired people-pleaser and ex-red wine drinker, who's been known to crawl into bed at 9 pm and whisper "Don't worry...you're still a badass" to herself.

Casey and I met at an event recently when she approached me as a fan of the SMA.  We immediately hit it off and the second she told me that she works with moms who are reevaluating their relationship with alcohol I knew she had to come on the show.  So many moms have a silent struggle with alcohol.  I think it’s one of the most under talked about issues of motherhood.  And that is not ok.

Listen in to hear Casey share:

  • How she relied on wine to manage her emotional and mental health
  • What pushed her to attempt 100 days of sobriety
  • What red wine represented for her and her fear of giving up something she loved so much
  • How to view giving up alcohol as a positive powerful choice vs sad consequence
  • The best question to ask yourself if you’re thinking about giving up drinking
  • The pros and cons of different sobriety programs and why she believes some are better than others for women

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • FamilyAlbum: Please find FamilyAlbum on your favorite app store, or by searching for FamilyAlbum on the web. And remember FamilyAlbum is all one word.
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Jan 20, 2020

In 2019 I set out to quit 3 things that were no longer serving me.  Not only were these three things no longer serving me, they were sucking precious time and energy to the point I could no longer ignore their negative impact on my life.

It would be cute and fun and just oh-so-perfect if I could have sat down to record this episode and shout from the rooftops, “I DID IT!  I QUIT THESE THINGS THAT WERE NO LONGER SERVING ME!”  But I didn’t. 

I had varying degrees of “success” in the quitting of each thing.  I put success in quotes because we tend to gauge success in really black & white terms and one of the best lessons I’ve learned over the last couple years (as someone who really likes to keep things black & white), is that often the magic is in the gray.  We think “success” lives in the black & white.  But true success is in the gray - where you have the power to shift your perspective #everydamnday in order to find wins, gain growth, and feel the magic even when you haven’t found the “success” you were initially looking for.

Listen in to learn with me as I share my “success” and my SUCCESS of kinda quitting three things that were no longer serving me.

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Jan 15, 2020

Kaitlyn Gresham is a Shameless Mom and the founder and Executive Director of Under the Same Tree - a non-profit organization that is preventing the effects of poverty through economic empowerment - equipping families affected by extreme poverty around the world to build their own income sources. They offer the opportunity for their supporters to match with a family served by their programs, to build meaningful relationships and the tangible opportunity to see the impact that is being made.

Kaitlyn was born in Southern California and now lives in Saint Louis, Missouri with her husband, David, and daughter Valeria, who joined their family via adoption from Nicaragua in 2017. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and she loves fish tacos, hiking, and sunshine.

I was introduced to Kaitlyn through her nonprofit and immediately wanted to interview, as well as support her amazing cause.  I am so excited to share Kaitlyn’s message and mission!

Listen in to hear Kaitlyn share:

  • How she knew from a very young age that she wanted to grow her family through adoption
  • How she and her husband decided to adopt from the hardest to match adoptee list
  • The limiting factors of opportunities for women and their babies in developing nations
  • How her nonprofit provides opportunities for women in developing nations to start their own businesses and make their own money to create financial stability for their families as well provide economic growth in the local communities
  • The beauty and power of women invest in others when they have any extra resources
  • How she connects women entrepreneurs in the US to women in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti

Links mentioned:

Connect with Kaitlyn: Under The Same Tree

Mentorship Collective

Kaitlyn on Facebook

Kaitlyn on Instagram

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Jan 13, 2020

When you are “in alignment” your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions are all supportive of each other.  You feel a sense of ease knowing there is congruence between your heads, hearts, and actions.

Alignment feels good - and powerful. 

Alignment allows us to feel stable and confident and even eager about our days, in spite of the daily hiccups that inevitably get thrown our way.

When we are out of alignment, things feel quite different. We feel uneasy.  We struggle in our relationships.  We feel lost and unsure of our own sense of self and even our own self-worth.  We tend to get sick more.  We feel foggy and uninspired.  We succumb to numbing behaviors like more alcohol, more sugar, more mindless social media scrolling, more TV binging.

Being out of alignment does not feel good.  It feels disempowering, sometimes even crippling.

I want you to kick off this year with a conscientiousness around how congruent your thoughts, feelings, and motions are with your actions.  Listen in to learn if you’re in alignment and how to get in alignment/stay in alignment in 2020!

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Jan 8, 2020

Casey O’Roarty, Med, is a facilitator of personal growth and development.  Her work encourages parents to discover the purpose of their journey, while also providing them with tools and a shift of mindset that allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and their families. As a Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007 and certified coach, Casey has led countless groups through workshops and classes that have left them feeling empowered and excited about parenting. She also offers an engaging podcast, live and online classes, and individual coaching at Joyful Courage.  Her first book, Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of YOUR Parenting Journey launched May 20th, 2019. Casey lives in the Pacific Northwest with greatest teachers – her husband, and two teenage kids.

Casey and I have been running in parallel universe’s for the last couple years.  I knew she was someone I wanted to connect with - and had a sense we would hit it off BIG TIME.  Spoiler alert: we hit it off BIG TIME.  Listen in and laugh along with us!

Listen in to hear Casey share:

  • How she lives and leads and makes sh*t happen as an unapologetic extrovert
  • The basic human need of connection and mattering and how it relates to Positive Discipline Parenting
  • The truth about your kids living in a reactive state
  • How to find the courage to be imperfect
  • How to move from the role of pilot to co-pilot when parenting teens
  • Managing your own narrative vs your teen’s narrative

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Betabrand: Right now, our listeners can get 20% off their first order when you go to betabrand.com/shameless (shameless must be lowercase).
  • care of: For 25% off your first order of personalized care/of vitamins, visit www.takecareof.com and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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Jan 6, 2020

Not gonna lie….

For years I thought this whole notion of picking theme words for the year was too “woo woo” for me. 

I didn’t see the point.  At all.

But then, a few years ago, I heard a colleague talking about her words for the year: Space & Grace. 

And suddenly I was like, “I NEED THOSE WORDS IN MY LIFE #everydamnday!!!”

This was at a time in my life that I felt I had NO space and NO grace.  I was overwhelmed, living in a lot of unknowns, and burning the candle at both ends - with no end in sight. 

So, I borrowed these two little words - Space & Grace - for the year.  They mattered.  They helped me shift my perspective on my situation.  They gave me hope and encouragement and strength during a phase of life where I felt I had very little control.

Ever since then, I have chosen words for the year.  These words gift me intention and clarity focus.  They create a filter through which I can make decisions for the year.  They remind me who I am becoming. 

Listen in to hear how choosing theme words for the year might help you (a ton), how to go about picking the best words for your current life and dreams, and how to give yourself just enough space & grace to patiently let the right words come to you so they can have maximum impact on your year.

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Jan 1, 2020

Dana Pake is a Seattle-based Shameless Mom to two daughters, Ellie (10) and Holland (7). A recovering people pleaser and perfectionist, she's a work-in-progress learning to savor the present and the impermanence of life with light-hearted flexibility. She's a lot like you. Working every day to be the best version of herself while simultaneously breaking the mold of her roles as wife, mom, daughter, sister, and employee.

Everyone has a story. Hers is punctuated by turning hardships into gifts. From her parent's divorce, living on her own since she was a senior in high school, weathering her father's suicide at age 19, outrunning Hurricane Maria and helping her husband through a difficult health episode, Dana has learned to metabolize hardship for inward and upward growth.

When she's not spending her days creating in real-life moments and human interactions that matter at events as an experience designer, you can find her planning her next trip to parts unknown (whether that's exploring new corners of the world with her family or discovering new versions of herself).

Listen in to hear Dana share:

  • The impact of her parents divorce and how she became a parental figure to her sister at age 8
  • The impact of losing her father to suicide at age 19
  • How she and her family narrowly escaped Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and set off on a year-long nomadic adventure with her husband and two young daughters
  • How she’s used work to hide, escape, and avoid pain, grief and growth - and how it’s caught up with her
  • Her family motto: embrace the detours
  • The power of the victim vs player mentality
  • How owning her resilience informs her personal and professional decisions today

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