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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Feb 17, 2021

Rho Thomas is an attorney, mindset strategist, and personal finance coach who believes that true wealth is having control of your time. She helps lawyers make intentional lifestyle and money decisions to regain control of their time, build wealth, and live the lives of freedom and choice they deserve. She has been featured in outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, Refinery29, and Mic and hosts the Wealthyesque podcast, which explores how lawyers can achieve lifestyle freedom by reframing their mindset and by managing their money to achieve financial independence.

Listen in to hear Rho share:

  • How she has restructured her law career during the pandemic in order to step out of the hustle
  • How her and her husbands’ money stories around being raised by single moms on very limited incomes influenced them
  • How they ended up $670,000 in debt after having their first child
  • How they found hope and inspiration to start paying off their debt
  • The first strategic steps they took to start working on their debt
  • How paying down debt built her confidence and created momentum in her life
  • Why financial independence is a form of self care
  • How to rejigger finances based on what brings you joy - instead of mindlessly
  • How women are conditioned to shrink around money and finances and how to build financial confidence
  • The difference between media messages around money for women vs men
  • How she juggles motherhood, marriage, being a lawyer, and running her business to support women and finances
  • How Kobe Bryant’s death inspired her to start her business

Links mentioned:

Book: Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicky Robin

Website: Rho Thomas

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Feb 15, 2021

We are coming up on a full 12 months of enduring a pandemic that we initially thought would last 2-6 weeks.  How are you?  No, really?

This time is very much like navigating Newbornland - that phase when you’re totally sleep deprived, but you’ve been sleep deprived for so long that it just feels normal and you don’t know what it feels like to actually be rested.  That’s where we’re at. 

We’ve been in survival mode for a year.  So long that it feels normal and we don’t remember what it feels like to not have to juggle constant worry and uncertainty. 

So, in the face of this chronic worry and uncertainty, how are you holding on to hope, power, and connection?  We must be able to harness these if we are to stay sane and functional. 

In this episode I’ll give you tactical steps to restore hope, power, and connection in your everyday life. 

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Feb 10, 2021

Shaunda Head is a Shameless Mom to her 2 year old daughter and a Shameless full time caretaker of her 96 year old Granny.  She is also an Atlanta-based brand strategist and digital marketer who helps women align ALL THE THINGS in their brand so that their brand message can impact more powerfully. She creates and implements strategies in marketing, branding and copy to help her clients SHOW UP as their whole selves, and drive higher connection with their true, dream clients.

Shaunda has 16 years of experience, including brand design, marketing, communications and business development for global companies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UPS and E! Entertainment Television. She now coaches and consults for emerging and growing entrepreneurs — past clients consist of coaches, podcasters, stylists, therapists, bloggers, e-commerce site owners and more.

Listen in to hear Shaunda share:

  • How she juggles taking care of her 96 year old grandmother and 2 year old daughter full time - while running her business from home
  • How she leans into flow and alignment to thrive in her life and grow her business
  • How she started relying on her intuition and shut out the noise in 2020
  • How she leveraged being the only Black person and the only woman in many spaces inspired her career
  • What it’s like to be a caretaker in a multigenerational household
  • The decision process of bringing her grandmother to live with her immediately following the loss of her mother
  • How taking care of her grandmother prepared her for motherhood
  • What she wants her daughter to remember about growing up in a multigenerational household
  • The biggest gifts and biggest challenges of being a caregiver to 2 generations at the same time

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Feb 8, 2021

Months of unpredictability, instability, and chaos can leave a mama feeling disoriented, exhausted, and chronically overwhelmed. 

I know I’ve been feeling this as the last year has started to catch up with me. 

One of the things that really helped me to start feeling grounded again was to identify a few “anchors” that can consistently connect me back to who I am becoming, how I want to show up, and how I have promised to take exquisite care of myself this year.

The anchors I identified for myself are:

  1. Self Trust
  2. Nourishment
  3. Nimbleness
  4. Deep Work 

In this episode, I explain what each of these anchors look like for me and how I’m consistently returning to them to stay grounded this year.

If these anchors appeal to you - STEAL THEM!  They are all yours!  And if they aren’t quite the ones for you, this episode will help you discern some other ones that might be a good fit for you.

2021 is your year to take back the reins and double down on YOU. 

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Feb 3, 2021

Dayna Parish Dennis is a wife, Shameless Mom, and doctor. Originally from Oklahoma, she relocated to the Bay Area to complete her residency in pediatrics. She has served patients in low income, urgent care, private practice, and Hospitalist settings, and just recently made partner at a multi-specialty group practice in the Bay Area.  She speaks a couple of languages, loves reading books with happy endings, and raising 2 free Black children.

Listen in to hear Dayna share:

  • What it’s like to be a doctor in this pandemic
  • How she’s managing her mental health as a physician, wife, mom, and woman during this time
  • What it was like to be the only Black person in her medical school class
  • The pressure of being the sole Black representative in conversations around race
  • The relief she found in moving from Oklahoma to Oakland for residency and to work with other Black doctors
  • How her employer (Kaiser Permanente) responded to George Floyd’s death and supported the Black Lives Matter movement
  • The benefits she’s seeing in living through this pandemic and why we need not desire going “back to normal”
  • The power in making partner in her medical practice this year
  • The legacy she is building to show her daughters that Black girls can do anything

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Feb 1, 2021

Rae McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, CST (They/Them) is a Gender and Certified Sex Therapist and Coach who works with folks feeling anxious and lost about a transition they’re experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships.  Rae also provides consultation & training for professionals and organizations wishing to uplevel their knowledge and expertise in these areas.

Rae is the founder of Practical Audacity, a Gender & Sex Therapy group practice in Chicago, and GenderFck: The Club, an online group coaching community designed to help transgender/non-binary/questioning folks transition with less suffering and more ease.

Listen in to hear Rae share:

  • Their experience growing up adopted into a family of evangelical christian missionary puppeteers
  • The evolution of their identity from bisexual to queer to non binary
  • The relief of coming out as non binary
  • Why not everyone in your life needs to know all the ins and outs of your identity and how you can prioritize safety when coming out
  • How gender exists on a spectrum, not just two categories of male and female
  • Why they are having top surgery and how they came to this decision
  • Why they use they/them pronouns and why pronouns matter
  • Why it’s inaccurate to refer to someone’s pronouns as their “preferred pronouns”
  • How they are working to take the suffering out of transitioning for trans people

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Connect with Rae: Practical Audacity

Join Rae’s Genderfck program

Rae on IG/FB: @practicalaudacity


Jan 27, 2021

Megan Hadley, MS, RDN, and LDN is a nutrition therapist and owner of Simple Nutrition, a nutrition counseling practice in Greensboro, NC, and founder of Fork the Food Rules, a membership for people who have decided not to diet. She believes that all bodies are good bodies and that from cake to kale, all foods are good foods. After helping hundreds of clients recover from diet culture, Megan knows that when women think less about food and body and more about what really matters to them, they begin to thrive in all areas of their life.

When she’s not working, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She loves cooking, traveling, long naps, good wine, and french fries. Megan finds her strength, both personally and professionally, rooted in her deep faith in Christ, as she knows she was created to live a life of abundance and to help other women believe and discover that, as well.

Listen in to hear Megan share:

  • Why she walked away from the pharmaceutical industry to become a registered dietician in order to have a bigger impact in people’s lives
  • What originally drew her into her work with intuitive eating and health at any size
  • The difference between an eating disorder, disordered eating, and non-disordered eating
  • All the (tricky and subconscious) ways that negative relationships with food show up
  • What intuitive eating is and how it differs from food plans and programs
  • How the media breaks our ability to trust our own bodies
  • How restrictive eating is the number one predictor of overeating/emotional eating/binge eating behaviors
  • Why comfort foods can be beautiful and affirming and should absolutely be a part of your life
  • What steps to take to start being more intuitive with your eating
  • The truth about BMI and life span/longevity
  • What kind of freedom comes with choosing not to diet or changing your body

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Jan 25, 2021

Let’s just stop.

Stop faking fine. 

When you’re hurting, let it be known. 

When you’re tired, let it be known.

When you’re depleted, let it be known.

When you’re worried, let it be known.

When you’re lonely, let it be known.

When you’re uncertain, let it be known.

When you’re DONE, let it be known.

Stop faking fine. 

Everytime you fake being fine, you perpetuate this ideal that women should button up and stuff it down and dishonor themselves by disowning their pain. 

This is not only detrimental, it’s downright dangerous.

Model being less-than-fine to others. 

You go first. 

Let them know:

I’m struggling.

I’m hurting.

I’m tired.

I need help.

It is in owning and honoring where you’re really at that you will find the soft places and most sacred spaces to land - where others will be waiting to hold you, arms open wide.

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Jan 20, 2021

Today we have an extra special episode with two guests, who are not only powerhouse Shameless Moms and entrepreneurs making deep impact in the world, but also sisters.

Caren Lettiere is the Founder and President of Democracy Clothing, the casual lifestyle brand designed for the modern, multitasking woman who grew up with fashion, then got busy with life.

Best known for its “Ab”solution jeans with fit technology, Democracy Clothing embraces women of all shapes and sizes, providing them with confidence-building clothing that helps them look good and feel good, while doing good.

Alongside Democracy, Caren’s proudest accomplishment is the fulfilling family life she’s built with her husband of 29 years, David, and their amazing kids Nicole and Josh.

Julie Neale is a life and leadership coach, community builder, writer, and mom to two high energy boys who challenge her to grow into her best self. Alongside a 20 year career in youth development, it was Motherhood that transformed her and set her on a course to live a truly E.P.I.C. life.

Now, as the founder of Mother’s Quest and the Mother's Quest Podcast, Julie provides inspiration, coaching, and community-building so that mothers, and those who care for young people, can connect to support and resources, fulfill their unique purpose, and live their E.P.I.C. lives.

I’ve been so excited for this conversation for months now and I just know you’re going to love so much about it.

Listen in to hear Julie and Caren share:

  • How you can have the audacity to forge your own path without having to prequalify yourself
  • The birth of Mother’s Quest podcast and Democracy Jeans
  • How their separate businesses and goals converged into a collaborative working relationship
  • How Julie and Caren were able to participate at Sybrina Fulton’s (Trayvon Martin’s mom) Circle of Mothers event to bring joy to mothers who lost children and family members to gun violence
  • Shawna Free Jeans Freakout article
  • Caren’s philosophy around “My body is the carriage I arrive in”
  • Julie’s philosophy of leading and living an E.P.I.C. life
  • The power of opening the door for yourself instead of waiting for someone else to open the door for you
  • How ignorance can actually help you be a problem solver

Links mentioned:

Julie’s article on committing to anti racism




Jan 18, 2021

As we continue to see white supremacy reign here in the US, it’s critically important to pause and reflect on where we have come from, how we can do better, and how we can talk to our kids about it all. 

I am not a race educator, but I will point you to some excellent people and resources in this episode from whom you can learn on an ongoing basis.

I am showing up for this conversation because, while I want you to be learning about race from people other than middle class white ladies (me!), I want to share some things that we have been doing in our family to educate our 8-year-old while also taking big responsibility for our commitment to our own anti racism journeys. 

My intentions in this episode are 3 pronged:

  1. To share resources
  2. To invite you into longer term commitments in your anti racism journey
  3. To push pause to reflect on the importance of carrying out Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy

Please note all the resources below as you continue to listen and learn and take action.

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Jan 13, 2021

Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultramarathoner, and author of the bestselling memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008 and started her blog Fatgirlrunning—about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner endurance athletes— while training for her first marathon. Mirna's athletic story has been featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. In 2018 she was chosen as one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, and most recently appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show, Access Hollywood, and the short Running Through Barriers, produced by LLBean.

Listen in to hear Mirna share:

  • How she is discerning about who gets her time and energy
  • Why she is participating in NANOWRIMO and how it’s been transformational to her
  • What your identity truly is and how it dictates how you interact with the world
  • How she’s leaning into different parts of her identity and learning new things in this year
  • How she manages haters
  • How she steps into fear as she steps into new partnerships, especially her new position with Lululemon
  • How anxiety shows up for her and how she has learned to manage it
  • How she helped Will Smith train for a half marathon
  • The best lesson she learned from Will Smith

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Jan 11, 2021

As you are thinking about what you want out of 2021, I'm inviting you to keep things super simple.  We tend to make things too hard and way overcomplicated as we enter a new year.  I think this is only because we want to make things super FAB, but still - no need to make things tricky, as this minimizes your chances of actually building any momentum and getting things done

So, how can you build momentum in order to have a few quick wins and feel like you are off to the races in 2021?  Here are 4 tips:

  1. Know Your No’s
  2. Know What Works
  3. Make It Up As You Go
  4. Stay Connected

In today’s episode, I’m going to help you dig into each one of these tips so you can feel lighter and more inspired to GET STARTED in a year that has already proven to be cumbersome and tumultuous in so many ways.

You absolutely have what it takes to make great things happen in 2021.  Let’s get to work.

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Jan 6, 2021

Jennifer Litner has over a decade of experience working, studying and teaching in the field of sexual health, with a specialization in sex therapy, sexuality education, and helping people thrive in their intimate relationships.

Ms. Litner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sexuality educator whose passion is helping couples, individuals and families navigate sexual concerns. Ms. Litner is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a Certified Member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Litner earned a Master’s of education and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in human sexuality studies at Widener University with emphasis in human sexuality education. Ms. Litner is also an adjunct professor at Adler University in the Departments of Counseling and Couple and Family Therapy where she teaches masters and doctoral students. Ms. Litner empowers individuals to make healthy choices about sexuality by providing them with accurate sexual health information.

Listen in to hear Jennifer share:

  • Where caregivers can begin when they want to talk to their children about sexuality
  • How to talk to your kids about touch and hugs at an early age
  • Research based myths and truths about having “the talk” with your kids
  • How to talk to your kids about sex in a developmentally appropriate way (in grades 1-3 vs grades 3-5)
  • What it means to be sex positive and how you can be a sex positive caregiver
  • How to talk to your kids about gender identity and gender expression
  • Examples of shaming, sex negative messaging and the harm perpetuated in shameful messaging
  • The intersection of conversations around pleasure and privacy
  • How to be warm and neutral in conversations around sexuality with your kids
  • How to create a sex positive home for your kids - even if you had a sex negative upbringing

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Jan 4, 2021

You get to start fresh.  It’s true. 

While we are kicking off a new year in the middle of a continuous shitstorm, you still get to choose how you will begin.

Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, says, “Uncertainty is chronic.  Instability is permanent.  Disruption is common. We can neither predict or govern events.  There will be no new normal.  There will only be a continuous series of not normal episodes defying predictions and unforeseen by most of us until they happen.”

How’s that for affirming that change and evolution will continue to be constant disruptors??  Happy 2021, lol!

In spite of all this, there is still plenty you can do to step into 2021 on your terms.  You still get to dream.  You still get to take charge.  You still get to make great things happen. 

I’m waking up #everydamnday ready to own the day and make progress in the face of uncertainty.  I want this for you too. 

Listen in to hear 4 simple steps to start fresh this year - in order take charge and disrupt the doubt and worry that has been so permanent over the last 10 months. 

You got this.  2021 is yours to own and nurture.

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Dec 30, 2020

Catherine Gray is a Producer, Author, Speaker, and Podcast Host. Catherine is also the Co-Founder of the SHE ANGELS FOUNDATION and 360Karma Productions. Catherine is producing a new original series for television called She Angels. It covers the exciting journeys of female founders and funders. The series, together with her SHE ANGELS FOUNDATION, has a vision to create a global initiative that will accelerate the funding of women, since currently they get less than 15% of the funding dollars. Catherine founded 360Karma Productions, which is a multimedia platform that creates everything from films and shows, to game changing events to empower women. These include past events such as the Live Love Thrive Conferences, workshops, and podcasts to the SHE ANGELS PITCHFEST, with the City of West Hollywood, CA. She will soon launch the SHE ANGELS TV series and the INVEST IN HER Podcast. The show and podcast series showcases ways to accelerate the funding of women, and provide resources and inspiration to the entrepreneur listeners.

Gray says, “I am so proud to have produced several award-winning films including the very first documentary film about gay marriage entitled ‘I Can’t Marry You,’ narrated by Ellen DeGeneres’s mom Betty, which aired on PBS in more than 60 cities nationwide. I believe filmmaking is a powerful catalyst to change on every front. My focus now is on empowering female entrepreneurs. I enjoy working on socially conscious projects that are impacting the world in a positive and powerful way.”

Listen in to hear Catherine share:

  • How telling our stories lead us to making societal changes that create equity and justice
  • Why we need more women inventors and investors
  • Why women only get 15% of business funding
  • What angel investing is and how you can become an angel investor at any level in order to support another person’s company/invention
  • How you can go ask for money and funding to start your company and bring your ideas to life
  • The first step to take if you have an idea to invent a product
  • The importance of bringing your visions to life to help others (why you must be brave and vulnerable!)

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Dec 28, 2020

What if 2020 wasn’t just a dumpster fire?

What if, instead, 2020 was the year you:

Built better boundaries

Got clear on what really matters

Learned to sit in hard feelings

Worked on your most intimate relationships

Got to know your kids better

Pushed yourself to stretch in new uncomfortable ways

Became a million times more adaptable

Decided your voice had value

Said good bye to relationships and circumstances that were no longer serving you

Found joy in ridiculously small things

Learned to laugh at yourself

Tried scary new things and didn’t die

Stood up for your core values - even around those who disagreed

Gained clarity on who you are becoming and who you want in your corner

What if 2020, in spite of it’s pain and grief, was a year of massive growth and life changing accomplishments?

As you prepare to close the door on 2020 and open the door to 2021, I invite you to think about what you are taking with you and what you are leaving behind. 

What if you left behind self doubt, over doing, over consuming, allll the noise, and ignorance & idleness?

What if you took with you hope, power, patience, ease, adaptability, self trust, boundaries, empathy, and your voice?


While we cannot flip a switch and heal the messes of 2020, we can step into 2021 realizing the potential that lies ahead - and the responsibility we have to meet that potential.  Listen in to squash your dumpster fire and find some beautiful remains.

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Dec 23, 2020

Kelly Altman is a certified health coach, a fitness business owner and a Shameless Mom to 4 kids, ages 2-14. Growing up overweight and lacking energy she fell in love with exercise and the way it made her feel in her 20's and became an entrepreneur by "accident" when she and her husband, Jay, started a fitness business in 2010.

After taking a back seat to the business when her 3rd child was born it was only then that she started to realize how much of her own thoughts, feelings, and desires were taking a back seat in so many aspects of her life. She knew something had to change when her physical and mental health were suffering and she was ready to play by her own 'rules' - including stopping the endless cycle of 'on and off' again dieting that had manifested when she became the face of a fitness business.

She became a health coach to help busy women see that in their life there is nothing more important than their physical and mental health and that they can put themselves first even when they need and want to show up for everyone else.

Through her one-on-one coaching, group coaching, and her new on-line course she helps women upgrade their lifestyle by forming their own rules around eating, exercise, and their daily habits so they can gain the energy and confidence they desire.

Listen in to hear Kelly share:

  • The impact of moving 13 times in her childhood and how it built her resiliency
  • Her compromise to work at a job she didn’t like to keep medical benefits for her daughter’s health condition
  • How she left corporate in order to help her husband grow their fitness business
  • How diet culture damaged her - while she was selling diet programs
  • How her dieting compromised her fertility
  • Her shift from following other’s lead to become a leader in her own right
  • How she asked her husband for support and not permission in her building her own dreams
  • The gift of COVID - How she has totally shifted her business to position herself as a leader and be in total alignment with her core values
  • The most important thing you can do to make change
  • How to put yourself first - even with a ton of people counting on you

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Dec 21, 2020

As a Health and Success Coach, Kelly Travis helps ambitious, high achieving women realize they don’t have to “should” their way to success in life or business. Through her programs and speaking, Kelly helps women realize what they actually want for themselves, ditch limiting beliefs and excuses, and create a sustainable action plan to achieve their big scary goals. Kelly models the ideal mix of professionalism, compassion, and discipline to help women get to where they want to go - not to where she thinks they should go (her methods are not prescriptive) but where they truly want to go in their career and life.

Her brave, sassy, and always approachable coaching style encourages women to take a cold hard look at their habits, mindset, boundaries, and everything that goes into creating a life on their terms.

Officially, Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an emphasis on mental health from Central Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she earned her certification as a Holistic Health Coach. Her passion for wellness and her ability to create successful strategies to reach goals started in college, where she was a collegiate All-American runner at UNC-Charlotte.

Listen in to hear Kelly share:

  • The truth about our struggle to dream or create goals
  • The way we make choices that provide false benefits and let us hide from our dreams
  • How her eating disorder led her into her career
  • How her unplanned pregnancy pushed her to learn how to use her voice and ultimately leave an abusive marriage
  • Her daily coping skills to continue to work on herself as she recovers from an abusive relationship and is a single mom to two littles
  • How she shows up as her very imperfect, messy, most authentic self
  • How to start working toward a goal based on how you want to feel vs metrics & milestones
  • Why you need to make decisions for yourself and not based on other people’s formulas, templates, prescriptions or opinions

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Dec 16, 2020

Leslie Tagorda is a multiracial, brand astrologer, designer, podcast host, and author. An Aquarius boss woman and Human Design Projector, she calls herself a Brand Navigator as she guides spiritual entrepreneurs, social impact makers, and visionaries to become the luminary leaders they are born to be using an innovative system of empowered brand and biz astrology called The AstroBrand™ Framework.

Since 2004 Leslie has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and social impact organizations clarify their brand so they can stop hiding and contribute their expertise in the world through their websites, social media, and brands.

Leslie hosts a podcast and Facebook community The Savvy Luminary – Astrology for Entrepreneurs.  And while you might think this sounds too woo woo for you, I invite you to listen in to all the really practical ways you can use astrology to greatly amplify your voice and your gifts in the world.

Listen in to hear Leslie dig into:

  • Acknowledgment that we have all lost something and we’re all grieving something right now
  • The rise and power of female leaders and spiritual leaders in 2020
  • Her accidental entrance into motherhood and grieving her pre motherhood life
  • How her multi cultural family lead her on a spiritual path to discover astrology - and then turn it into a career later in life
  • How to amplify your energy and your gifts by understanding your astrological birth chart
  • Why the massive energy around change, shift, and growth in 2020 is totally real and part of an expansion that only happens every 800 years
  • How this big shift applies directly to you and your ability to overcome self limiting beliefs in the near future
  • The reading of my actual birth chart
  • How having your birth chart read can affirm and validate your direction in life and career

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Dec 14, 2020

What do you need out of these holidays to consider them a success?

This is an important question if you want to make this time count.  In a year of heartbreak and loss, we still have the power to create joy and magical memories in alignment with our values. 

When I sat down to think about what I want out of this season, I came up with this:



Good Citizenship




Having identified this list, it was so much easier to make decisions around what is right and what is best for our family as we celebrate the holidays this year. 

In this episode I help you decide what it is that you truly want out of this holiday season and then I give you 4 simple strategies to actually getting what you want. 

While this year is anything but normal, there are still plenty of opportunities to connect and find joy & magic this holiday season.  We are in this together.  I got you.

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Dec 9, 2020

Mia Hemstad is a wife and mom of two kids (ages 2 and 4). She works full time as a social justice activist, and runs her personal company online where she talks about her daily life with PTSD and depression and the importance of doing the hard, inner work of overcoming trauma and taking care of yourself. A recovering perfectionist and people pleaser, Mia wants women to learn to take their power back by making themselves a priority. Mia’s raw and honest content about mental health and stepping into her power has earned her features in media outlets such as Romper,, Cafe Mom, and several others. Some of Mia’s favorite pastimes include trying out new coffee shops, taking naps, watching anything about food, and buying yet another journal from the planner section at Target.

Listen in to hear Mia share:

  • Her identity around being born on Guam, one of 11 children, into an African-Caribbean/Mexican/German family
  • What it was like to be an American living on Guam, watching the mainland US from afar
  • Her journey through PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation
  • How she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and how it changed her life
  • Why she decided to start talking about her mental health publicly
  • How to catch yourself in perfectionism and let it go
  • The difference between self care and nourishment
  • The critical difference for women stuck in comparison vs seeking camaraderie

Links mentioned:

Book: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Mia Hemstad

Mia Hemstad

Facebook: Mia Hemstad

Instagram: Mia Hemstad

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Dec 7, 2020

Holy cow.  500 episodes.  500!!!

Part of me wants to be all exasperated, “How did that even happen?  How did we get here???”

But that would diminish what I know to be true. 

500 episodes of The Shameless Mom Academy happened because I chose to show up - ALL THE WAY UP - 500 times. 

I have shown up full of joy and hope. 

I have shown up with a broken heart, in a puddle of tears.

I have shown up to teach and coach and listen and learn and share and apologize and cry and push myself and push you and model leadership and celebrate. 

I have shown up on some of the best days of my life and some of the worst days of my life.

I didn’t get to 500 episodes on accident.  I got here on purpose. 

I worked hard to get here. 

Just like I encourage all of you to do, I’m going to own the heck out of this accomplishment. 

Most podcasts don’t make it past 14 episodes. 

And here we are. 

500 episodes. 

Your legacy is built on how you choose to show up over time. 

These 500 episodes are a massive part of my legacy. 

I have learned so much about the power of showing up over the last 500 episodes.  I have learned exactly why it matters, exactly how it can change your life, and exactly how it can open big huge doors to your future. 

Listen in to get really inspired and totally FIRED UP to keep showing up for your life and your dreams.

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Dec 2, 2020

Meredith Atwood is a former attorney, podcaster and motivational speaker, and 4x IRONMAN triathlete. She is the author of the best-selling triathlon book, Triathlon for the Every Woman, and the new book, The Year of No Nonsense. She’s the host of the iTunes Top 50 fitness podcast, “The Same 24 Hours.” She has been featured in The Boston Globe, The New York Post, the Seattle Times, and dozens of online publications. Meredith is a contributing writer to Psychology Today online, Triathlete Magazine, and Women’s Running. She is a sobriety advocate, and the founder of Grateful Sobriety. She is a USA Weightlifting Level II, USA Triathlon Level I, and Precision Nutrition Level I Coach. She is originally from Georgia and lives in the burbs of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two tweens.

Listen in to hear Meredith share:

  • Her spark moment in a spin class that changed everything in her head and opened her eyes to totally new layers of potential within herself
  • Her experience doing her first triathlon - in an overweight body
  • How she used triathlons and Ironmans to try and prove she was healthy when she was truly unhealthy
  • What caused her to give up a 2 bottle a day wine habit
  • Why she identifies as an addict and how she negotiates moderation and abstinence in different areas of her life
  • How she defines Nonsense and how this concept shaped her life
  • How to open up your Truth Onion in order to find freedom and liberation and escape a lot of your own self inflicted oppression
  • What real leadership looks like in these days of influencer culture
  • The dangers of marketers who present themselves as leaders and take no accountability for the harm they do online

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Nov 30, 2020

There are all sorts of stories that people will tell you about procrastinators.  They are lazy and lack motivation.  They are ill prepared and unqualified.  They just don’t have what it takes.  They don’t have their shit together.

If you’re someone who struggles with procrastination, perhaps these are the things you say about yourself?  You wouldn’t be alone…

The truth is that procrastination is commonly a form of perfectionism. 

Many people procrastinate because they are paralyzed by the fear of doing something wrong, making a mistake, looking foolish, not being good enough, and being stuck in analysis paralysis.  This makes them feel guilty and weak and like they are not enough.  This creates feelings of dread and worry and massive self doubt.

Relatable much???

Many (most?) women struggle with perfectionism because we have been conditioned to believe we must show up a certain way, on certain terms, within certain parameters.  The specificity around what is acceptable and what is not is a fine line drawn with a Sharpie.

Listen in to learn more about why procrastination is not a bad thing, how to use it to your advantage, and how to release yourself from the perfectionism that comes from procrastination.

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Nov 25, 2020

Kristen Westcott is a Shameless Mom to two little girls, as well as a business growth strategist and founder of Kristen Westcott Media who has spent the last decade in the legal and education fields supporting leaders and students in the areas of goal setting, productivity, and project management. After recognizing her true passion lies in serving entrepreneurs, Kristen honed her skills as a Director of Operations. She quickly noticed that what was holding many business owners back wasn’t a lack of drive or ability, but a lack of foundational systems that could support the day-to-day operations of a scaling business. These days, she spends her time helping online coaches, copywriters, and course creators scale without the frustration that massive growth often brings.

Listen in to hear Kristen share:

  • How she navigated the decision around wanting children vs not wanting children
  • What triggered her Postpartum Depression for her and how it showed up for her
  • Being thrown for a loop when she got pregnant on the pill
  • How PPD showed up very differently after both of her daughter’s births
  • How she treated her PPD
  • Why women are resistant to getting help and support
  • How to be more adaptable in order to use our best skills in all areas of our lives
  • How to own your skills in order to access them in hard times and places
  • How to prioritize and optimize hiring help in your home and your work

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