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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 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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Mar 31, 2021

Shannon Kenny Carbonell grew up in Sydney, Australia, and moved to the U.S at 18 to study acting. After earning a BFA in Theater from The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), she worked in regional theater where she had the privilege of playing some classic roles like Nina in The Seagull, Julie in Miss Julie, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She then transitioned into television guest star roles, one of her favorites being Katrina Banks on HBO’s Dream On— a parody of Courtney Love—where she got to shoot heroin between her toes, sing in a music video with Brian Benben, and (being the excitable girl she was) experience the thrill of meeting Warren Zevon. Her other favorite guest star role was playing Alison, George’s girlfriend, on NBC’s Seinfeld.  Shannon was cast in series regular roles on TV shows and if she fails to rank the show Muscle as her best experience, she’d risk offending her wonderful husband Nestor, whom you might recognize from his role on LOST, or more recently on The Morning Show; it was on this show the two of them defied producers orders to not date other cast members.  After many roles in movies and TV, Shannon pushed pause on acting to focus on motherhood while Nestor was traveling to film LOST.  Shannon and Nestor currently live in Los Angeles with their two sons Rafa and Marco and their dog Donna Borrelli Carbonell.  Shannon just published her first book All Is Not LOST, which talks about her journey into motherhood and her journey back to herself and all the ways her life paralleled the show LOST, which has been so near and dear to their family.

Listen in to hear Shannon share:

  • How she lost her sense of identity after motherhood
  • The unexpected sense of loss, grief and emptiness she felt as she left her career and stepped into motherhood
  • The risks of space and silence when we no longer have reasons to lean into our gifts and creativity
  • How being in HA for LOST played a role in her reconnecting to her identity
  • How her life parallel storylines in LOST and how the show helped lead her back to herself
  • What it was like for Nestor to see Shannon struggle with her identity
  • Why we all want to be seen and our constant search for meaning

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  • Bulldog Online Yoga: Head to bulldogonline.com and use promo code SHAMELESS for a 30 day free trial and 50% off your next month!

 

Mar 29, 2021

Last week, we had to very quickly and unexpectedly say goodbye to our sweet dog of 14 years, Granny Dani.

Our hearts are broken. 

My husband and I lost our first baby - this creature we doted on with all of our love and affection before welcoming Vinnie 6 years later.

Vinnie lost his sister - his best friend with whom he spent hours each day, snuggling and singing fart songs (that no one else in our house wanted to hear…) 

We didn’t realize how much space our sweet girl took up in our home and our hearts until she was gone.  Every room I walk into seems so big and so empty without her.  Piper, our puppy, roams from room to room and dog bed to dog bed searching for her sister.

Our family is grieving for sure.  But there have also been many gifts over the last week that have made this loss beautiful in unexpected ways.  These gifts make the grief bearable.

We have all lost something over the last year.  We are all grieving.  I made this episode thinking of all the ways we all are grieving, in hopes that it might help you find the gifts in moments of loss that feel absolutely unbearable.

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Mar 24, 2021

Tiffany Bluhm is the author of She Dreams, Never Alone, and her newest book Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up. She is a sought after speaker, writer, and podcast co-host of the popular podcast Why Tho, a show answering the existential and nonsensical questions we ask ourselves, with author and speaker, Ashley Abercrombie.

She speaks at conferences and events around the world, and her work has been featured in World Vision Magazine, TODAY Parents, the Hallmark Channel, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and more. She was named a Woman to Watch in 2018 by Premier Media.

Tiffany leads an engaged audience online around women’s issues, identity, and faith. As a minority, immigrant woman with a interracial family, she is passionate about women’s equality, justice, and dignity.

Listen in to hear Tiffany share:

  • How she operates at the intersection of women and justice
  • Why women are disposable vs men are indispensable
  • How white women’s proximity to power makes them complicit in many cases
  • The important difference between women being nice and being kind
  • How systems have been intentionally architected to oppress and silence women
  • How WOC are silenced in ways white women are not
  • The difference between fighting for power vs fighting for equality
  • How we are all passive vs active enabling of abuse and oppression
  • Specific ways you can help start breaking down systems of oppression

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Tiffany’s podcast: Why Tho

Thank you to our sponsor:

  • Bulldog Online Yoga: Head to bulldogonline.com and use promo code SHAMELESS for a 30 day free trial and 50% off your next month!

 

Mar 22, 2021

When you spend a year (or any season of life) worrying about what’s next and wondering how you’ll manage all the things you cannot control, you are likely to find yourself in exhausting cycles of fear and doubt.  Then, to combat the worry and fear and doubt, you find ways to numb so that you may quiet the fear and the doubt. 

This happens to us in the year after having a baby, the season after losing an important relationship, and certainly after a year of enduring a pandemic. 

This leaves us feeling stuck as all get out - stuck in our heads, stuck in poor habits, and stuck in a life without much joy on the horizon. 

At a certain point, you have to decide that you will stop staying stuck.  You will take action to start moving forward. You will process the season you’ve been in so that you may move forward with less fear, less doubt, and better coping skills. 

Also, you will create joy.  Because joy matters.  Even when you’re too tired to plan the joy, you need the joy.  Create the joy, dammit. 

In this episode, I’ll walk you through 3 ways you are likely staying stuck right now and how to get unstuck. 

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Mar 17, 2021

As a podcast visibility expert and host of the Go Pitch Yourself podcast, Angie Trueblood knows that the only 'perfect pitch' is the one that leads with value and focuses on building a genuine connection. Whether she is teaching entrepreneurs how to pitch themselves or working behind the scenes to secure opportunities for others, Angie leverages her super-connector powers to grow businesses and build long-lasting relationships. When she's not working with her clients or being active in her local community, she loves exploring Richmond, Virginia's parks and playgrounds with her two kiddos, checking out new restaurants with her hubs, and laughing about motherhood over cocktails with friends.

Listen in to hear Angie dig into:

  • Why she elected to homeschool her kids this year and the gifts that have resulted
  • Why she left the corporate workforce even though she had loved her work and always been ambitious
  • How her corporate ambition in work transferred to ambition in motherhood
  • The significance of making the ask in order to get what you want
  • The power of curiosity in networking and and connecting
  • How motherhood led her to building a business amplifying women’s voices
  • Where to start if you have a story you want to share with the world
  • What you need if you want to pitch yourself to podcasts

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Thank you to our sponsor:

  • Talkspace: To match with your perfect therapist for a fraction of the price of traditional therapy, go to talkspace.com, Make sure to use the code SHAMELESS to get $100 off your first month and show your support for the show.

 

Mar 15, 2021

5 years ago today I launched the first episode of The Shameless Mom Academy.  To be honest, if it hadn’t been for a pushy coach I would likely still be saying, “I think I’m going to do a podcast soon.” 

Starting is the only way to find the magic and I’m so glad I started when I did.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing and I wasn’t quite sure why I was doing it.  I only knew I had some things to say. 

I wanted - no, needed - to talk about the trauma of motherhood.  It had shaken me to my core.  Nobody warned me about that part.  Everyone told me I would be tired.  No one told me I would be completely lost.

I also needed to talk about the shrinking of women.  I was pissed that I had been a participant in an industry that thrives - to the tune of many billions of dollars a year - on telling women they must be smaller in order to be valuable.

So, yeah - I had things to say.

5 years, 264 powerhouse guests, 528 episodes, 3.5 million downloads.

I’ve a few learned things - and most of them haven’t been easy lessons.  In today's birthday episode I will share the top 5 lessons I’ve learned on leadership and motherhood over the last year.

Thank you for listening and inviting me in to your ear week after week.  It is a privilege I do not take lightly.  I’m so honored to be on this Shameless journey with you.

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Mar 10, 2021

As an award-winning business strategist, host of the Promote Yourself to CEO podcast, and best-selling author, Racheal Cook is on a mission to end entrepreneurial poverty for women. Over the last 10 years she has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs design predictably profitable businesses without the hustle and burnout that doing #allthethings inevitably accomplishes. In fact, Racheal is a sought after speaker on entrepreneurship, marketing, and productivity and has been featured by the US Chamber of Commerce, Forbes Coaching Council, Female Entrepreneur Association, and more. Her real passion, though, is supporting savvy, soulful women as they implement the strategy, systems, and support to uncomplicate their business so they can work less and live more.

Listen in to hear Racheal dig into:

  • The concept of entrepreneurial poverty and why women and moms are especially susceptible
  • How mismanaging time by overgiving time uses all your precious energy for the things that matter most to you
  • The problems of hustle culture and how women fall so easily into it
  • Boundaries around our different identities - employee vs mom vs woman
  • How the pandemic has amplified hustle culture for women
  • Her projections for women starting businesses in 2021
  • Why moms actually have new and more opportunities for employment in this pandemic
  • How she and her husband have navigated Racheal being the breadwinner
  • How they systematized their household to work for both of them
  • The gift and importance of therapy, now more than ever

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  • Bulldog Online Yoga: Head to bulldogonline.com and use promo code SHAMELESS for a 30 day free trial and 50% off your next month!

 

 

Mar 8, 2021

I have repeatedly likened our survival of this pandemic to our survival of Newbornland.  We have endured a year of uncertainty and upheaval.  We have made accommodations and adaptations to our lives that we never imagined - and often thought were not possible (hello virtual learning).

This has taken a toll on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.  And, like surviving Newbornland, we cannot fully process the toll it has taken because we have had to focus on keeping our family units alive and safe - without having the time or energy to give any consideration to our own deep and chronic exhaustion.

We have carried the worry of our family’s health, security, and sanity as we have wondered how much worse things could get.  And then we watched them get worse.

We have worried about the lasting impact of this pandemic on our children’s mental health, without considering that we ourselves are also moving through a chronic traumatic event.

We have used wine and workouts and Netflix and sourdough starter as coping mechanisms in hopes of a moment of reprieve. 

We have cried in closets and bathrooms, and screamed at the people we love the most, and thrown in the towel as we’ve thrown ourselves on the floor, and then picked the damn towel back up and dried our tears and tucked our kids into bed - for 365 nights now.

We are not ok.

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Mar 3, 2021

Heather Chauvin is a leadership coach and strategic parenting expert who helps ambitious women become leaders at work and home.

Drawing from her professional experience as a social worker and her life experience raising three boys, Heather created a signature approach to focus her clients on sustainability, profitability, and ease in business and life.

She is the host of the Mom Is In Control Podcast where she reveals her most vulnerable truths about womanhood, marriage, parenting, living through stage 4 cancer, and running a successful business—without burning out.

Heather has been featured as a TEDx speaker and on The OWN Network, CTV, and The Jenny McCarthy Show. She has also appeared in Entrepreneur and Real Simple.

When Heather isn’t being a classic Canadian by driving her boys to hockey practice, you’ll find her curled up on the couch with her husband surfing the internet, researching their next family adventure.

Heather is a returning guest to The Shameless Mom Academy.  She’s joining us to talk about her outstanding new book, Dying To Be A Good Mother.

Listen in to hear Heather share:

  • What inspired her book, Dying To Be A Good Mother
  • How we are all dying to be good mothers and how it’s killing us figuratively and literally
  • Why it’s not your job to make other people comfortable
  • The power of stillness and why you need it #everydamnday
  • The power of energetic time management
  • Why she doesn’t buy into “we can do hard things”
  • Her empowering and liberating alternative to doing hard things
  • The truth about resistance and how to specifically determine what you want
  • Why we need to give ourselves permission to want what we want

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Thank you to our sponsor:

  • Bulldog Online Yoga: Head to bulldogonline.com and use promo code SHAMELESS for a 30 day free trial and 50% off your next month!

 

Mar 1, 2021

People are going to tell you NO. 

You will be rejected.

Over and over and over.

One of the gifts of being an entrepreneur is that you get rejected so often (especially early on) that you get a little callous to it - meaning, you let it roll off you easier and faster each time.  This is a blessing. 

Without this gift (which definitely doesn’t feel like a gift early on), you may find yourself crippled by the NO’s.

The rejection you face often has nothing - NOTHING - to do with you.  Yet we are masters at internalizing it and defaulting to a place of self blame and self doubt, and sadly, even self loathing when we are faced with a NO.

In this episode I’ll talk you through the actual causes of rejection (vs the stories you make up in your head) and 5 ways to manage rejection in an objective way so you can KEEP GOING and get what you want out of relationships and circumstances. 

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