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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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Sep 30, 2020

Becky Mollenkamp is a certified coach who believes everyone deserves to feel powerful and fulfilled. She owned a six-figure content marketing agency for a dozen years before becoming a coach in 2017. Through her one-on-one services and courses, Becky has coached thousands of women to dream and play bigger, while also finding contentment in the here and now. Learn more about Becky at beckymollenkamp.com.

Becky joined me on the show to talk about how her life fell apart at the hands of her brother’s death from addiction and her own infidelity, and how she picked up all the pieces to rebuild a life that brings her simplicity, joy, and peace.

Listen in to hear Becky share:

  • How she looks on her brothers death from addiction with gratitude
  • How she came to forgive herself for her brothers death and for infidelity in her marriage
  • How she actively worked through the 12 steps of AA/NA to work through layers of forgiveness
  • How she rebuilt her life after everything fell apart and how she clarified what she wanted every step of the way
  • How you can make empowered choices without falling into the “should” trap
  • The contrast of her picture perfect (fancy) life that didn’t fulfill her vs her life today
  • How she gives herself permission to not love all the parts of parenting

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Sep 28, 2020

I found myself gutted the moment I heard.

I felt a familiar sinking feeling wash over my entire body.  It was the same feeling I had on that fateful day after the election in November of 2016.

I texted a girlfriend: Omg. RBG.

She replied: I kind of feel like the world is ending.

I felt the same. 

A few minutes later, I saw this RBG quote on social media, "I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability." 

I texted this quote to my friend and said: This is giving me solace.  I feel like we are doing this. 

She replied: That is true and a good reminder.

I've spent the last week reflecting on the gifts RBG gave us.  Here are 3 lessons she taught us that will serve as my inspiration to keep working to the best of my ability #everydamnday.  I am sharing them with you in hopes they will inspire your life and your legacy, as well.

  1. Speak up loud and proud - even when (especially when) you have an unpopular opinion.
  2. Trust that your voice has value.
  3. Be persistent.

We have a massive responsibility to SHOW UP right now.  We need to show up for this election season like we have never shown up before.  Black lives, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and the health of our planet are all in imminent danger right now.  The loss of RBG and the implications on the Supreme Court and the future of our country are monumental, to say the least.

Listen in to get inspired and fired up to SHOW UP and SHINE for the next 6 weeks. 

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Sep 23, 2020

Chelsea Stevenson is a professional henna artist, business strategist, and homeschooling mom of three based in Baltimore, MD. With a focus on brand positioning and sustainability, she teaches henna artists and other creative, niche service-based entrepreneurs how to build vibrant, profitable businesses doing what they love (and getting paid more for it!) through her brand, Hennapreneur. She believes above all things that there is power in the legacy we leave and that this legacy is built every single day. When she's not working with her clients and students, you can find her shamelessly indulging in a good Netflix binge or whipping up something tasty in the kitchen!

Chelsea and I are in a membership community for entrepreneurs.  From her very first post in the group I knew I wanted to get to know her.  She is so brilliant and funny and as real as they come.  I know you’ll adore her as much as I do.

Listen in to hear Chelsea share:

  • What inspired her 30th birthday bucket list to really conscientiously enjoy the life she’s built
  • Why she chose to homeschool in order to honor her children’s identity and create a safe place for them to experience their identity without being othered
  • How she has embraced defiance and what that has looked like
  • Why she is building her own table instead of trying to find a seat at someone else’s
  • How she’s breaking cultural norms with her art and her work
  • Why she shifted her professional work from social work to henna artist with only $32 to her name
  • The truth about making money from your art
  • Her legacy around “excellence is not optional”
  • Why you need to share your art with the world (and charge real money for it)

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Sep 21, 2020

Beaven Walters is Shameless Mom of 4, a ACPI Certified Parenting Coach and the founder of The 3D Parent, where she is a supportive and nurturing champion for bringing dignity, direction, and deep connection to family relationships. She has always had a passion for working with children and their families. Beaven began her professional career as an elementary school teacher and taught in a variety of educational settings for 10 years.

Between having her four children, Beaven and a close colleague developed an educational program for young children and their caregivers called GEM Tots which focused on connecting children to their caregivers by learning, playing, and exploring together. Beaven also created CharacterWorks, a Social/Emotional Learning program that ran for three years in the Seattle School District combining character education, performing arts, and parental support.

Beaven focuses on helping parents build stronger relationships with their children. In addition to coaching one-on-one with clients, Beaven runs parenting workshops, speaks on a variety of topics relevant to parenting, is a regular guest on local news stations, and hosts The 3D Parent Podcast.

In addition to The 3D Parent, Beaven is often found on the stage performing in local regional theater, singing, and spending time with family. 

After hearing Beaven talk about her son, Scooter, coming out to her on her podcast, The 3D Parent, I asked her if she and her son would be open to her sharing this story and journey on the SMA.  I am so grateful they both said yes.  This conversation is so important and so beautiful.  I’m truly honored that Scooter gave consent for his mom to share this with you.

Listen in to hear Beaven share:

  • Why all parents should prepare for their child’s potential coming out
  • The story of her son coming out at age 12
  • What she did well and what she flubbed up in the initial coming out conversation with her son
  • How she apologized and owned her missteps - and how all parents can better model apologizing skills
  • How her son’s peers reacted to his coming out
  • Why you should trust your child’s instincts around their sexual orientation and their coming out process
  • How she’s navigating son’s sexual orientation within her Catholic community
  • What it was like attending PrideFest after her son came out

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Sep 16, 2020

Peter Mutabazi is an international advocate for vulnerable communities and children. He is a regional manager for World Vision, a keynote speaker, and the founder and creator of Now I Am Known.

He believes every child and young person, especially the forgotten, neglected, or abused, deserves to be celebrated; seen, heard, and known.

Peter is a single dad who has fostered 13 kids and adopted 1 (so far). When he's not speaking or advocating for others, he enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with his kids and his new puppy Simba.

Peter has lived a remarkable life and is building an incredible legacy.  I’m so honored to share his story on the show.  Grab a tissue.  You’re in for a treat.

Listen in to hear Peter share:

  • His experience growing up in an extremely abusive family in Uganda
  • How he ran away at age 10 to live on the street - and never returned home
  • His special relationship with his mother
  • How the kindness of one stranger changed the course of his life and helped him see himself as a human being for the first time
  • What inspired him to start fostering children
  • How he ended up adopting one of his foster children - in spite of trying not to get attached to the children he fosters
  • How he connects with and holds empathy for the biological moms of the kids he fosters
  • The importance of BEING KNOWN, especially if you’ve been forgotten

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Sep 14, 2020

This time 5 years ago I had just started listening to podcasts.  I was inspired and challenged by so many things I learned from the mentors I invited into my ears.  I was soaking so many new opportunities for learning and growth. 

Within a few months, I would decide that I wanted to start my own podcast… someday….

I figured it would take me many months, if not a year or so to get a show off the ground.  However, when I shared this dream with another podcaster, the momentum began and I had a show up and running within a matter of 8 weeks. 

WHOA.

I didn’t expect it to happen so fast at all.  But my podcaster friend was quick to remind me that there is no reason to wait to share your message or your mission with the world.  He was so right.

I know there are mamas who tune into me twice a week religiously who think, “Mayyyybe someday I’ll start my own podcast.” 

Maybe that someday is now???

Podcasting has changed my life in some very profound ways.  It has afforded me opportunities for impact and growth that I never saw coming.  I has allowed me to build beautiful and deeply profound client relationships, upgrade my entrepreneurial skills (and income), make ridiculously awesome new friends and colleagues, and redefine what I stand for and where I am going.

Podcasting can do the same for you.

Listen in to hear how podcasting has changed my life and can change yours too.

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Sep 9, 2020

As a mother, educator, businesswoman, and household manager, Nicole Adams leverage’s her life experiences, dual masters degrees, and 15 years of Fortune 100 human resources expertise to assist working parents in increasing their confidence, capability, and fulfillment in their career and life. Using a combination of therapeutic and business acumen tactics, Nicole partners with individuals and companies to provide coaching, workshops, events, and custom programs to create deeper support and engagement.

Nicole told me she wanted to come on the show to talk about her motherhood mission statement and I thought this would fit so well with all the talk we’ve been having around core values recently.  I love the idea of having a motherhood mission statement and hope you’ll create your own after listening to this conversation with Nicole.

Listen in to hear Nicole share:

  • The impact a road trip from Seattle to South America had on her identity
  • How creating a personal mission statement shifted her sense of self and identity
  • How she recognized her loss of identity in motherhood - and then rebuilt it
  • How to create your own Motherhood Mission Statement
  • The two things she wishes she did differently when she became a mom (her advice to new moms!)
  • The importance of letting your mission statement grow and evolve over time

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Sep 7, 2020

Your voice is a gift and a tool.  It is the bridge between your brilliance and your impact.  To use it is to change the world.  To quiet it is to withhold one of your biggest assets from the world. 

The world needs your voice - because with your voice comes a perspective and a power that can shift how others see things.  Your voice has the power to change minds and missions and policy.  And when you use your voice you grant others permission to use theirs.

How will you use your voice in the remaining critical months of 2020?

Will you set firm boundaries with others so you can stop wasting your precious energy on those who do not deserve the best parts of you? 

Will you start a podcast (yes, please) or a blog or a memoir? 

Will you run for office or step into a leadership position in your community (YES, PLEASE)?

How will you build the bridge between your brilliance and your impact during this critical time?

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Sep 2, 2020

Jaclyn Mellone helps experts exponentially grow their business by becoming the Go-To Authority in their space. She is a coach, strategist, Keynote speaker, mama, guac lover, and host of the Go-To Gal podcast!

She helps her clients get out of their own way, package their expertise to scale, position themselves as the go-to authority, and have their dream clients and opportunities landing on their lap!  Her signature approach combines restructuring her clients business models, reframing their mindset, and revamping their marketing so that they become the go-to authority from the inside out. Jaclyn supports experts at all stages from freelancer to global brands!

She has spoken at marketing conferences around the US, grown her social media channels to total over 50K followers, and has been featured in  Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance, Reader’s Digest, Parents, Well + Good, and in dozens of podcasts and radio appearances.

Jaclyn has proudly built the Go-To Gal empire in her slippers from her living room in Rochester, NY while raising two babies.

Listen in to hear Jaclyn share:

  • The impact of helping her dad start a business in 2004
  • How strength comes from vulnerability, not showing up as your strongest self
  • Her journey into motherhood as the mother of a preemie
  • How she managed emotions by not letting herself experience them - and then realized this was harmful
  • How she practices embracing feelings knowing that her personality type is prone to avoiding emotion
  • Be ok with your feelings being uncomfortable and inconvenient
  • 4 practical tips to practice feeling hard feelings

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