Practicing courage is a lifetime of showing up and taking small, uncomfortable steps. Sometimes things work out for you. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the rewards are quick and amazing and so gratifying. Sometimes it’s all really messy and ugly and painful. Regardless, for many of us (all of us?), routinely practicing courage is the only way to continually become more of the person we aspire to be. Am I right?
When I think of who I am becoming, all I see in front of me is a series of action steps that will require courage. So, I am taking small steps each day to make sure that I am ready to keep practicing courage, no matter how gratifying or gritty it becomes.
Listen in to learn 5 small steps you can take to build big courage that will guide you for a lifetime.
Jocelyn Kopac is a DEI educator, a speaker, a podcaster, and an entrepreneur. At age 7, Jocelyn Kopac started her first business. From then on she knew that running and growing businesses would be a huge part of her future. Her ingenuity and positive attitude represent true leadership, although she attributes a lot of her success to the power of abundance, paying it forward and a great cup of coffee. Those that have a chance to meet her, learn from her, and hear her story say she is nothing but real, unfettered advice and encouragement.
A teacher at heart, Jocelyn loves helping businesses grow by facilitating the hard talks about diversity, equity, race, and inclusion. Her approach to diversity and inclusion work is one of love and education. We all have biases that we need to work on to be sure we are providing safe and productive anti-racist spaces. Jocelyn is here to educate and support you on this journey.
Listen in to hear Jocelyn share:
● How she’s navigating being a DEI educator and living as a Black woman during this culturally revolution
● The definition and role of a DEI educator
● The important distinction between diversity and inclusion
● The important distinction between equality and equity
● 4 steps to becoming a better ally
● The definition of racism as it relates to your unchecked bias
● How white progressive women are doing harm while thinking they are being great allies
● How you can support BIPOC co workers and community members right now
● The danger in trying to race through a checklist of anti racism resources right now
● What the long term (necessarily uncomfortable) process of commitment, stamina, growth & change around anti racism work actually looks like
● The importance of acknowledging each person’s world perspective as individual and unique
● Connect with Jocelyn, hire her to speak, join her mastermind: Stand In Your Bias
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If there has ever been a time to persist, it is now.
Persistence leads to change and growth and evolution and POWER.
And...there is no denying that persistence is hard. It can be overwhelming, exhausting, and feel so relentless. It is all those things, but that doesn’t make it impossible. In our fatigue, it’s easy to lose track of the importance of what we are working toward.
To stay persistent we must give ourselves permission.
Take imperfect action
Be an action taker and decision maker
Mess up and keep going
Use your voice
Take a chance
Learn something new
Rest and recover in order to keep going
Step back from unhealthy relationships/unhealthy people
Become a different person
Listen to your gut (ex: Patty)
Let go of other peoples’ expectations
In giving yourself permission to persist, you will find the power to use your voice in new ways, to affect change, to build a better legacy, and to have more massive impact. This is how we can, together, build a better world for all.
Liz Nead is an adventure speaker, coach, and author, most recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and flipping 300-pound tires in the Iowa Strongman Games. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has authored several best selling books—most recently "The 1440 Principle." Her work has been ranked in BuzzFeed and reviewed by the Huffington Post. She is a skilled story-teller and teacher, creating powerful personal development and team building strategies.
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I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has broken many (all?) of us over and over.
A friend recently introduced me to the idea of being antifragile, based on the work and book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. She shared with me that in our breaking we have this beautiful opportunity to pick up the pieces and rebuild into something more dynamic and flexible and strong and powerful and thoughtful and conscientious.
We will break and we can rebuild and in our rebuilding we can become better than before. We can embrace that we will break over and over in our lifetime and each time something beautiful can come of the way we put the pieces back together.
There has been a lot of breaking in 2020. In our breaking, our self trust has been ROCKED. Repeatedly.
It is time to rebuild. Listen in to learn 6 ways that you can start to rebuild into a woman who is more dynamic, flexible, strong, powerful, thoughtful, and conscientious.
Tejal V Patel is a stressed out mama's secret weapon. She’s a former divorce attorney turned mindfulness and meditation expert for moms and kids, host of The Time-In Talks podcast and author of Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities to Stay Present, Improve Concentration and Manage Difficult Emotions.
It’s Tejal’s mission to support moms in their journey to become mindful parents and raise the first generation of mindful children too.
Named a “Well-being Warrior” in The Huffington Post, Tejal’s soulful wisdom reaches moms globally through her signature online courses (The Mindful Kids Masterclass, Mindful Mama Experience, and 7 Day Stress Detox), inspiring podcast, booming Instagram community, motivating Tejal.TV episodes, powerful live events, and laser-sharp coaching.
Her fun and practical ways to infuse Ayurveda, mindfulness, and meditation everyday makes her a go-to resource for modern moms seeking to raise calm, confident, and compassionate children who want to feel like present, patient and peaceful parents too.
Listen in to hear Tejul share:
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This episode is different. A break from our routines and comfort zones are necessary right now.
If you follow me on social media or have listened to my show for any length of time, this probably goes without saying. But, to be unequivocally clear, I want you to know that personally and professionally I believe Black Lives Matter.
The Shameless Mom Academy is built on the following core values:
Lead with compassion and integrity
Seek out and celebrate diversity
Stay curious and humble
Stretch yourself | Embrace discomfort | Invite growth
These core values are considered in all decisions around building this community, providing services to clients, and creating impact on a global level.
I am very open about my beliefs, but if you ever want to know more about the company or core values you’re supporting when you listen to my show or invest in any of my programs, events, memberships or masterminds, please feel free to reach out to me.
In this same vein of transparency, you should also know that when you invest in the Shameless Mom Academy a portion of our revenue each month goes to the following organizations: The Loveland Foundation, Under The Same Tree, the ACLU, the Trevor Project and Planned Parenthood.
I believe all companies should be leading with pure transparency around where they stand when it comes to protecting black lives and human rights.
This episode is intentionally brief, with an invitation for you to prioritize learning from black educators today.
Go download one of these audiobooks or podcasts and listen & learn:
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
This Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
First Name Basis Podcast with Jasmine Bradshaw (how to talk to your kids about race):
Sign up for Mirna Valerio’s upcoming course: Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Antiracism for the White Community
As a woman and person of color, Abbi Wood has heard more than her fair share of what to say and do in the world. At times a whisper, and at times a yell, she's used her voice to create what she calls a full and fulfilling life. Primarily, she works with biz owners to help them find their voice (or, as she calls it, uncover their biznality) so that marketing and talking about their business feels like a natural extension of themselves vs an out-of-body experience.
I reached out to Abbi after hearing her speak at an event. She was there to speak about helping women find their voices in their businesses and brands. But what was so compelling about her talk was her own story about finding her own voice after being silenced by her family, pushed into an arranged marriage, and moving across the world to build a completely new and independent life.
Listen in to hear Abbi share:
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In the last 3 months, we have had the opportunity to postpone, pivot, and repurpose nearly every aspect of our lives - over and over again. It has been hard, heavy, confusing, and disorienting to say the least.
But 12 weeks in, I’d say we have begun to master these shifts. We are able to take a critical look at the opportunities in front of us each day and assess: “Is this a time to postpone, pivot, or repurpose.”
I know these decisions are becoming more clear for me, as I make them over and over. I’m able to make them with increased ease and confidence.
Today, I’ll share how I’m discerning when to postpone vs pivot vs repurpose. I’ll use a few recent family and business examples, the biggest and most scary (and most successful) being the massive shift to repurpose Shameless Mom Con 2020 to the Shameless Mom Con Collective.
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