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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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May 31, 2021

Is your summer planned all around your child(ren)’s fun?  When I look at everything we have planned for the summer, it’s clear that this summer (like all summers) is the Summer of Vinnie.  Camps, camping, beach trips - all for the kiddo!

And what about YOU?

What are you planning for your summer fun? 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a big fan of Summer Bucket Lists.  Every year, we create a family summer bucket list that includes all the fun family activities we want to pack into the summer. 

AND THEN, I create my own Summer Bucket List - the things I want to do just for me this summer.  Some of these things are small, some a bit more luxurious and indulgent.

It’s funny that whenever I sit down to create my Summer Bucket List, I have to think through, “What is even fun for me anymore???”  If you’re like me, this episode is for you.  Join me to tap into how to make fun for yourself this summer.  I promise you won’t regret it.

Let’s make Summer 2021 one for the books, shall we?

May 26, 2021

Sabrina Torres stands out in a crowd. With her unique point of view about the power of organic growth, engaging content, bold colors, and coffee (lots and lots of coffee), she started Be Truly Social, a social media marketing and sales company that helps business owners around the globe by making their social media pop in a busy online world. From her home in Nashville, Tennessee where she lives with her soon-to-be wife Jen and four children with autism, she puts her caffeinated energy to good use for her clients who range from solo startups to multi-million dollar organizations. They, together, also own a boutique ecommerce site, Great Democracy Tees.

I’ve been following Sabrina online for awhile now and as I’ve seen her share different layers of her story, I knew I wanted to have her as a guest on the podcast.  She is a force and a giver.  She is going to open your heart and mind as you hear her story about coming out and leaving her marriage in order to become more fully who she has always been.

Listen in to hear Sabrina share:

  • Her process of coming out as a pastor’s wife
  • How she’s coparenting with her wife-to-be, Jenn, and Jenn’s ex husband, all under one roof
  • How she discovered she was gay and decided to leave her marriage
  • The losses she experienced with coming out
  • Why she thinks she would not be alive if she had not met Jenn and the dangers of denying one’s sexual orientation
  • What it’s like parenting 4 children on the autism spectrum
  • How her children's disabilities inspired her to become an entrepreneur
  • Her lack of fear around sharing her identities around her sexual orientation and race vs her fear around building her sex toy business
  • Why she’s so passionate about her new sex toy business

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May 24, 2021

We all carry doubt. 

Even the most polished and pretty people on the internet.  For real.

In recent months, a number of people have applauded the ways I’ve shown up online and in my business over the last year. 

Friends - it is NOT without doubt from time to time. 

I have doubt on a fairly regular basis, especially when things around me feel out of my control and unpredictable. So, you know, like every single day of 2020. 

That said, I know how to manage doubt - perhaps on an expert level - because dread is one of the gifts (shall we call it?) of my anxiety.  I manage a lot of dread.  Like, every morning when I wake up.  And this has been the case for as much of my life as I can remember. 

This dread tries to tell me that things will be hard and maybe I won’t be able to figure them out or get them done or perform at the level I want.  This dread leads to a lot of doubt, so I have to call him out as the big fat liar he is.

Because I manage anxiety and the accompanying dread on the daily, I am intimately connected to feelings of doubt.  I have worked to overcome this doubt with some simple mental reframes that work very predictably well for me - thankfully!

After receiving so many compliments on how I’ve powered through the last year, it occurred to me that you are not seeing the full truth (read: doubt) behind my Instagram photos - and that’s not fair. 

So, listen in to hear me share more about doubt and the 4 specific simple ways I reframe doubt #everydamnday.

  1. What is true and what is beautiful
  2. ID the hard feelings
  3. ID where you have power in terms of options and paths forward
  4. ID your superpowers and how you can apply them to this situation
May 19, 2021

Jessica is the Creator/CEO of Front Seat Life, Myers-Briggs Expert, Life/Business Coach for Intuitive Women, Author, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, and Former Psychotherapist. She is an ENFJ, truth teller, F bomb dropper, lover of all things Maui, and fiercely dedicated to helping you be unapologetically who you are.

Jessica is a total go getter who has hustled her way to success in so many areas of her life.  And now she’s ready for some rest and possibly even some, gulp, balance.  She has seen the impact of hustle on her own life and the lives of so many women.  Our obsessive need to hustle comes at a great cost.  And it’s time to talk about that.

Listen in to hear Jessica share:

  • What prompted her to start “healing her hustle”
  • How to heal the hustle and still be ambitious and driven
  • Why we are hustling - as a result of nature and nurture
  • How 25% of us are innately programmed to always be looking for what’s next - and how this makes hustle to the point of burnout
  • How the patriarchy has forced women and POC to hustle in order to succeed and in many cases, just survive
  • How she realized she was hustled out and how she started to heal
  • The rule she made for herself to break her unhealthy phone habit and the immediate and massive impact it had
  • Why is so important to design a life for your specific personality type
  • How to embrace who you truly are and then lean into your truest self

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May 17, 2021

Let’s be honest… growth is scary.  It involves dancing with the unknown.  Yuck, right?  I’d rather dance alone in the safe isolation of my bathroom, thank you very much.

But growth is also incredibly rewarding.  Growth shows you what you are capable of.  It proves to you that you are strong, gifted, talented, and worthy in ways you didn’t know.  This can be a game changer.

So, why do we stay stuck in fear when it comes to growth? 

I think we fear growth because a lot of the most influential people in our lives also fear growth.  They didn’t/don’t model growth to us.  They modeled complacency.  Complacency seems safer, more secure.  Let’s not take chances.  Let’s not risk failing.  Let’s not make mistakes. 

When I stopped fearing growth and started taking chances, I found new people to surround myself with.  People who were committed to doing new things in unconventional ways - in order to let their unique gifts and talents SHINE. 

I saw women around me breaking the mold.  And I became friends with those women.  Then I started breaking the mold too.

This is how you step out of fear and into growth.  You find the places where you can be connected and supported by other people who don’t want to stay in fear, who don’t want to be isolated in constant self doubt, who won’t settle the way things have always been.

And from there, you start to believe in the possibility of a new reality and new rules.  You start to believe that you are a trailblazer and a change maker.  That you can grow and thrive in any direction you want.

Listen in to hear 3 reasons moms secretly fear growth and how you can overcome your fears around growth. 

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May 12, 2021

Pauline Cheung is a women’s leadership speaker and coach on a mission to show professional women how to trust their voices and create professional and personal success – without conceding to people-pleasing and perfectionism.

Despite 12+ years as an international executive working with Fortune 500 C-suite and senior-level leaders in the areas of strategy, marketing, and business development, Pauline comes from humble beginnings. She knows how challenging it is to step into the unknown and navigate the fear of failure and judgment. Her deep compassion for women wrestling with similar desires and demons helps her coaching clients and audience members break out of their fears and step into full visibility as their unique and brilliant selves.

Listen in to hear Pauline share:

  • How she had to juggle work with motherhood as her child needed extra medical attention
  • How she’s working on harmonizing her work and home life - and why the concept of harmonizing is more full of ease than seeking “work life balance”
  • Why time is currency and the value of time - sometimes over money
  • How she grew up with the message, “It’s not safe to be me”, as a Chinese girl growing up in England
  • How she found safety by making others happy - and the costs of making others happy
  • How she recognized the truth about fear and stopped letting it preventing her from going after the things she wanted (even if she didn’t know how she would actually get them)
  • Her journey from corporate to culinary school to coaching other women
  • The 3 specific ways women stay in their own way, preventing them from taking a stand in their life
  • What belonging actually looks & feels like, and how to own who you are to create a more confident sense of belonging
  • How we can overcome the constant internal battle of being “too much” and “not enough” at the same time

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May 10, 2021

Earlier this year I received two mental health diagnoses.  One did not surprise me at all, but the second did. 

I have been processing and thinking through the gift of diagnosis a lot over the last few months.  Yes, the gift of diagnosis. 

Receiving these diagnoses was more affirming and validating than I ever could have imagined.  Instead of feeling plagued by some parts of myself that have been bewildering since I was very young, I now feel stronger and more connected to who I truly am and WHY I am who I truly am. 

What a relief! 

My mental health diagnoses are not my weaknesses, they are my superpowers.  Because of them I am more compassionate, more empathetic, more conscientious, more thoughtful, more intentional, more talented in unique ways, more creative, more adaptable to things others can’t adapt to, more capable in ways others aren’t, and more sensitive to the world and other people in so many ways that make me a better citizen.

So, ye, I am delighted by my diagnoses - and everything that comes with them.  Including medication.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I am sharing my story with you because mental health diagnoses are not something to be ashamed of.  And mental health diagnoses are not uncommon - which I learned quickly as I shared my story with friends over the last few months and had so many of them quickly reply “me too.”

My hope is that this episode provides light and hope for anyone who might be struggling to see all their gifts right now.  You are not alone. 

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May 5, 2021

Trudi Lebron is an entrepreneur, coach, consultant, podcaster, and speaker working with social impact leaders, and transformative coaches who want to increase the impact of their efforts. Trudi is the creator and head coach of BeABoss a personal and professional development program for Millennial Women of Color, works with entrepreneurs to help them start social impact businesses, and supports social impact executives with leadership coaching, strategic planning, and creating systems and practices to bring alignment between your personal values and the way you work.

I asked Trudi to come on the show because I knew her story around motherhood as well as the deep impact of her professional work.  I have been dying to interview her for a couple years now - and I can tell you this conversation was worth the wait!

Listen in to hear Trudi share:

  • Her experience of dropping out of high school and becoming a teen mom to two babies by age 16
  • How her traits of being stubborn and making her own rules served her well as a very young mom - and now as she has paved her way to multiple layers of success in education and business
  • How she can see the privilege she carried as a teen mom and why seeing all our layers of privilege is so important
  • How attaining her GED all on her own was the most impactful lesson of her life
  • How the welfare system tried to make her choose between food stamps and getting her college education - and how the system is designed to keep people in the margins down
  • How her experience as a Latina teen mom fueled her entire career
  • How she constantly chose to capitalize on her strengths in order to build success
  • How she uses discernment around her role as a mother to Black sons vs business consultant to lead conversations around her justice, diversity, equity & inclusion work
  • How she was able to listen to the urgent needs of her industry to show up & serve in a completely transformational way in 2020
  • Why we need to move from consumption of race education to taking action toward equity

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May 3, 2021

I’m not going to pretend that boundaries are easy. They are tricky and sticky and often intimidating.  But boundaries are also the KEY to liberating our time and energy and mental space. 

Telling you to simply “have better boundaries” is not helpful.  It’s like telling a worry wart to “just stop worrying.” 

So, instead of telling you to have better boundaries, I’m going to give you three actionable steps you can take to start building better and more brave boundaries. 

I want you to have more time, energy, and mental space for YOU, as well as for the things and people who deserve the best parts of you.

Listen in to learn 3 steps you can take to build braver boundaries #everydamnday.

As you implement these over time, you’ll find that you feel increased ease and power throughout your days and within your relationships.  This will feel totally liberating, my friend!

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