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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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Nov 23, 2020

2020 would like you to think you can’t do it, you’re not enough, you just don’t have it in you. 

I would like to suggest otherwise.

You CAN do it.

You ARE enough. 

You DO have it in you.

On any given day, at any given moment, your life is full.  Full of gifts and magic.  Full of hope and power.  Full of everything you need to keep going and to keep growing.

Last week we did a 5 day Abundance & Gratitude Challenge with 250 Shameless Moms.  Maybe you were one of them.  Every day of the challenge I was blown away by all the abundance we have in our collective lives.  HOT DAMN.  So much goodness. 

In this episode, I walk you through 4 areas of your life that are already abundant - as long as you choose to see them that way.  By the end of the episode, you’re gonna be all kinds of fired up about the gifts in your life that you perhaps have struggled to see in 2020.

Link mentioned:

Book: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

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Nov 18, 2020

Gail Keyes Allen is an Accountant, a Life & Money Mindset Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur. She is the host of the Midlife Moneymaker Podcast, a podcast for multi-passionate women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond who want to transform their relationship with their money and their life. Her coaching is centered around helping women discover their limiting beliefs and take them on a journey to transform their money mindset from scarcity to abundance.

Listen in to hear Gail share:

  • How she is co grandparenting with her ex-husband
  • Her hero’s journey from poverty to abundance
  • Having her daughter at 26 weeks - as a 2lb preemie
  • How she helps women see their financial potential and overcome money mindset blocks
  • How you can use thought work to grow your abundance mindset
  • The intersection of money, race, and age
  • How to check in on your relationship with money (do you have a booty call relationship with money or a committed relationship with money)
  • How society trips up our financial perspective and money mindset
  • How motherhood has made her a resilient businesswoman

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Nov 16, 2020

At least once a week, I sit down to write a social media post and I want to start it with, “YOU GET TO CHOOSE.”

Every day, no matter where things stand with the world, we get to choose - so many things. 

We get to choose how we show up. 

We get to choose who we share our energy with.

We get to choose who gets the best pieces of us.

We get to choose how to honor ourselves.

We get to choose how to live out our core values.

We get to choose it all. 

This year, more than ever, we have had the responsibility of big choices.  In this episode, I share three really powerful examples of what you get to choose right now, as these seem to be popping up over and over in my life and in the lives of others in our community:

  1. You get to choose how you use social media
  2. You get to choose where you’re going professionally
  3. You get to choose how you see your life and your life story

Listen in to get inspired and fired up about the choices you get to make today and #everydamnday.

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Nov 11, 2020

Sophia Yen, MD, MPH is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health, birth control delivery. She has a passion for making women’s lives easier, preventing unplanned pregnancies, and educating women about #PeriodsOptional.

With more than 20 years of experience in medicine, she is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. from MIT, M.D. from UCSF Medical School, and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in Maternal Child Health. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford Medical School.

Dr. Yen's company, Pandia Health, is the first-ever female doctor founded birth control company.  Men have been leading an industry they know little about, which is crazy to think about. But now, women across the country are turning to Dr. Yen and Pandia Health for birth control (pill, patch or ring) and telemedicine needs. Plus, the science and safety behind skipping your period is a topic often not talked about. In fact, 66% of women have never been informed by their doctor that they can safely stop their period. Dr. Sophia Yen is on a mission to help educate women about this crucial health topic.

Listen in to hear Dr. Yen share:

  • How to use birth control as hormonal treatment to manage your life
  • How periods have changed over the over time and why we have hundreds of more periods over our lives than women used to (or current women in African tribes currently have)
  • The truth about period poverty
  • The impact of periods on the environment
  • How fewer periods reduces your risk of endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancers
  • How stabilizing hormones with BC support other health issues
  • The truth about “pill anxiety” and the mad dash to keep your prescriptions fills
  • How to safely use telemedicine
  • How to be a conscientious consumer around your health, birth control,

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Nov 9, 2020

Amy Fish is the author of I WANTED FRIES WITH THAT: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need. She is also the “Chief Complaints Officer” (also known as the Ombudsperson) for Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, which has more than 50,000 students, and where she spends her days investigating, analyzing (and mostly resolving) complaints for a whole variety of people. Amy's insights and wisdom have been featured in and on Reader's Digest, CBC-TV Canada, CBC Radio Canada, Global TV Canada, The Huffington Post, and many other publications. She lives in Montreal with her family and believes we all can make the world a better place by standing up for ourselves — even about the small things.

Listen in to hear Amy share:

  • Why women don’t speak up for themselves
  • 5 tips for standing up for yourself more effectively
  • Her philosophy that you can only change things if you start speaking up
  • Her #1 tip for sanity and happiness during 24/7 togetherness
  • How to answer uncomfortable questions with space and grace
  • How to build your “asking muscle” to build confidence to speak up for yourself

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Nov 4, 2020

Lora Cheadle is a transformational thought leader and media personality who empowers women to let go of judgment, overcome the need to please, express themselves fully, and find uninhibited success and joy every day. Using the five steps of FLAUNT! , she encourages others to take the lead in the dance of life despite any external circumstances. She is the author of the bestselling book FLAUNT! Drop Your Cover and Reveal Your Smart, Sexy, & Spiritual Self.

Lora came on the show to share an extremely vulnerable and powerful story around self trust and self worth.  I know you’ll learn some really valuable lessons from her. 

Listen in to hear Lora share:

  • The gifts of exposure in our world right now
  • The 5 steps of FLAUNT to find and maintain your center no matter what kind of chaos you’re living in
  • Her story of enduring infidelity when she found out her husband was unfaithful for 15 years with 5 different women
  • How to develop self trust in the face of your hardest moments
  • The intersection of being smart, sexy, and spiritual and why we’re uncomfortable with the intersection of these pieces of our identity
  • Her own intersection of being a lawyer, a minister, and a burlesque dancer
  • How flaunting ourselves help take down the patriarchy and break free from objectification
  • What is Naked Self Worth ™ and how it’s different and more powerful than tradition self worth/confidence

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Nov 2, 2020

Soooo… I’m taking a memoir writing class.  I do not know the first thing about writing a memoir.  I don’t know if I even want to write a memoir.  But I do know that I want to be a better writer. 

At the end of my first writing class, our teacher gave us an assignment, “Write 700 words about your topic.  And don’t try to make it the best piece of writing you’ve ever done.  Make it mediocre.”

When was the last time you gave yourself permission to be mediocre?  When did you decide to try something just for the sake of trying it and letting yourself practice?

Most of us are constantly tied up in measuring progress and growth.  We are aiming to get closer to perfect with every step.

It’s ok to stop measuring progress sometimes.  It’s ok to not track metrics.  It’s ok to be totally imperfect and messy and just play around in order to learn and grow and have fun.

It’s ok to simply practice.

In giving yourself permission to practice, you get to show up without judgement.  You get to step outside of your head and ignore metrics that you might otherwise mistakenly attach to your self worth.  You get to be creative and just have fun.  Remember fun?  Yeah, me neither…

Listen in to hear all about how you can give yourself permission to practice and step away from a constant push for progress and perfection.  This might just be the breath of fresh air you need!

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Oct 28, 2020

Leslie Lyons is the Founder of Bombshell Movement Studio in Chicago, host of the Beyond the Pole: Tales from the CEO podcast, and a sales and leadership coach for female entrepreneurs. With a background in corporate sales, youth ministry (yes-she’s a Christian and the owner of a pole studio!), and as a leader for studio owners throughout the US, Leslie has spent her life pouring into women emotionally and spiritually. Now, more than ever, her dedication to helping entrepreneurial women lead with their heart and head is the exact type of leadership we need.

Listen in to hear Leslie share:

  • How she went from leadership in ministry work to running a six figure pole dancing studio
  • The overlap of ministry and pole dancing in terms of voice, power and reclamation
  • What it really means to create a values based community or organization
  • How she uses the Enneagram to highlight her gifts and skills in order to have the most impact in the world
  • Why it’s important to know your innate strengths and weaknesses in order to be a better leader
  • How women are disconnected from their own bodies and “dead to their bodies” and why this is dangerous
  • How to recognize our somatic reactions to notice when we’re aligned or out of alignment
  • The difference between responding and reacting and how to get better at responding
  • The importance of having pleasure practices

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Oct 26, 2020

It’s ok if you’re tired.

Over the last I have had many conversations with clients and colleagues and loved ones who are just tired. 

We are tired of being home with everyone everyday. We are tired of shifts and changes to job status.  We are tired of constantly worrying about health and safety around COVID.  We are tired of adapting to uncertainty and unpredictability.  We are tired of distance learning (bless our teachers!).  We are tired of having no personal time or personal space.  We are tired of politics.  We are tired of social media.  We are tired of feeling disillusioned.  We are tired of trying to just get through it. 

The just get throughedness of 2020 is wiping us out, if we’re being honest. 

I’m giving you permission to OWN  & HONOR your fatigue.

You should feel tired.  Bone tired. 

But, in spite of your fatigue, you do have to keep going. 

Listen in to hear 8 ways you can own, honor, and even recover a little from your fatigue.

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Oct 21, 2020

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor a Shameless Mom of 3, the author of 5 books, and the host of 3 podcasts.  She has also been a stand up comic, a writer on various TV shows, and the host of the NickMom show, Parental Discretion.  When she’s not hosting one of her 3 podcasts (For Crying Out Loud, Bored AF, and Rose Pricks), she’s teaching writing classes to people like ME! 

Stefanie co-hosts her podcast For Crying Out Loud with Lynette Carolla.  Their show was the first “parenting” podcast I ever listened to.  I have not missed an episode in 5+ years.  Stefanie and Lynette and so brilliant and so funny.  Stefanie has been on my Dream Guest List for years, so I’m fired up to finally have her here with us. 

Listen in to hear Stefanie share:

  • The power of writing and sharing your stories in order to own your truth and do your own therapy
  • How she managed postpartum life with Postpartum Depression and no mom friends/mom network
  • Why she decided to leave home at a young age to parent herself
  • How her worry about her child being depressed opened the door to her child coming out as transgender
  • How to decide what stories to tell and how to consider who you might offend
  • Why we might have to stop watching Real Housewives
  • Why you might want to consider being the parent who doesn’t email your kids’ teachers

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Oct 19, 2020

There is a huge difference between being connected and actually connecting. 

Most of us are very connected.  We are constantly tapped into social media, news outlets, our inboxes, TV shows, games & apps on our phone, and online shopping.  So many opportunities to be connected each day, right?! 

How are these connections making you feel? 

Being connected in so many places and spaces that don’t allow for deep connection and vulnerability with other humans can leave us feeling drained, exhausted, frustrated, hopeless, powerless, depressed, and anxious.  Being so constantly connected can instill self doubt, fear, and anger.  Being constantly connected can feel so constricting.

On the other hand, actually connecting in deep and meaningful relationships feels restorative, regenerative, freeing and joy filled.  Meaningful connecting can instill hope and power and gratitude.  This feels expansive instead of constricting.  Connecting positive impacts our physical, mental, and emotional health.  YES!

Can you see the difference between being connected vs actually connecting?  It’s pretty profound. 

Listen in to learn how you can spend less time being connected and more time actually connecting. 

Links mentioned:

  • Get the free replay of my Tenacious Mamas Business & Leadership Workshop: email us at info@shamelessmom.com

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Oct 14, 2020

As a mom, mentor, and voice for the community, Kelly takes pride in standing with those who are fighting for a better, more compassionate world.

Kelly and her husband Steve live on a farm in McDonough, GA with their two elementary age children, two horses, one pony, three donkeys, three dogs, and four cats. Their home is Kelly’s favorite place to spend time with any spare moment usually spent out in the barn visiting with her animals.

Together Steve and Kelly own and operate a successful local business, Studio 48, an acting studio on McDonough’s Square. Independently they each are still working in their longstanding careers in the television and film industry, Kelly as a Post Production Producer and Steve an actor.

In taking this step to run for Senate District 17, Kelly hopes she can inspire the next generation to get involved and prove that you do not need a specific background or look a certain way to take an active role in politics. Kelly believes that as laws are made for us it is now time to show everyone they can be made by us.

Listen in to hear Kelly share:

  • Why she decided to run for Senate after moving from CA to GA
  • The trigger around women’s rights that pushed her to go all in on her Senate run
  • The impact of her campaign and activism and hate mail on her family
  • How she handled it when her male colleague told her she should “tone it down” if she wanted to win
  • What it’s like to run for office as a progressive in a traditionally conservative district
  • How we can restore trust in politicians after such a massive erosion of trust over the last handful of years
  • How she’s allowing herself to take imperfect action while parenting and running for office

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Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Alexandra Owensby is running for the Congressional seat in Kentucky's 4th district. In addition to that, she's working at her local hospital during the pandemic.  After leaving an abusive marriage, Dr. Owensby put herself through nursing school as a full-time single mother of two, utilizing student loans.  While working the night shift to make childcare more affordable, she was able to minimize time away from her children.  After graduating and earning her RN S\status, Alexandra obtained a position as an ICU nurse.  Though still struggling to make ends meet with a salary below $40,000.00 annually, she was able to make it with assistance from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, due to their zero-dollar co-pays for medicine, dental care, and clinic visits.  Dr. Owensby believes strongly that this type of Healthcare is what all American families deserve access to. Alexandra’s journey through hardship and the American education system has inspired her to run for Congress as Kentucky’s 4th District Representative.  She is not a politician born into money, nor is she a millionaire business owner looking to boost her image.  Dr. Alexandra Owensby’s story is the spark that moves an average American citizen to ask for the opportunity to lead in a city where most do not. 

Listen in to hear Alexandra share:

  • What inspired her to get involved in politics after being in the medical field
  • The unexpected gifts of running for political office (and why you should do it)
  • How moms are always dropping multiple balls and why it’s totally ok
  • Why being a single mom who put herself through school to get multiple degrees makes her uniquely qualified to be a congresswoman
  • How you can coach your kids to be more resilient during COVID

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Oct 12, 2020

I have to tell you something scary...

 

In September 2020, 865,000 women left the work force. 

 

In September 2020, 216,000 men left the work force.

 

When women are leaving the work force at 4 times the rate of men, big things are bound to happen.  

 

There will be fewer women in corporate leadership.  There will be fewer female voices at board room tables and around any meeting tables.  There will be fewer women to advocate for women's rights in the office.  There will be fewer women to point out inequities across the board in corporate culture.  

 

Let's be honest, the inequities work in men's favor, so it's unlikely they will highlight them and change them with fewer women at the office.  I'm afraid it will be quite the opposite.  

 

While this is scary - really scary - I also have a lot of hope. 

 

Because I know that many of the women who walked away from traditional/corporate jobs in September are not ready to walk away from their power & purpose.  They are just shifting it.  

 

I predict a massive shift in the way women lead over the next few years.  Instead of trying to hold space in someone else's company and live by someone else's rules that just don't fly if you're homeschooling/distance learning in a pandemic, we will see women build their own companies.  

 

I am SO HERE FOR THIS.  

 

Let's BUILD THOSE COMPANIES.  

 

Listen in for inspiration to get bold & brave in order to BUILD.

 

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Oct 7, 2020

Deborah Porter is the ultimate list maker, system creator, and investigator of anything that will make things run smoother at home and in life. From new mom to working mom to at home mom to empty nester, she's seen it all. Deborah has been married to her college sweetheart, Clif for 30 years and they have 3 adult children, Chanel (NY), Christian (NY), and Clif (DC). During the early years, she worked hard at not losing sight of her purpose and goals beyond motherhood. Having systems in place allowed her to make room for herself in every phase of life. Deborah believes that motherhood may be the only job you put your absolute all into, knowing that the goal is to work yourself out of that job and provide your children with all they need to successfully launch into their future. Deborah is a Mom Coach with Moms Mentoring Circle where we believe mothering doesn't have to happen alone.

Listen in to hear Deborah share:

  • The hope she is seeing in young during this cultural revolution - especially among her own adult children
  • What it was like to meet her father for the first time at age 21
  • Why she decided to forgive her father and the gifts that came of their relationship as a result
  • What is the biggest foe of forgiveness (naked vulnerability)
  • How you can lean into forgiveness to expand your perspective into order to move forward in your life
  • The 3 gifts you can give your kids to launch them into adulthood
  • The ultimate goal of parenting
  • The importance of collaboration over comparison
  • Her 2 powerful universal messages for moms

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Oct 5, 2020

I don’t need to tell you there is a lot of noise right now.

So. Much. Noise.

I want to encourage you (while I’m also encouraging myself, lol) to step back from the noise to become a better critical thinker. 

It’s easy to let the high emotions of this election season (and the pandemic and the cultural revolution) cause us to react in knee jerk ways.  But that is not effective or productive. 

Instead of knee jerk reactions, the best gift we can give ourselves and those who might benefit from the value of our voice, is to LISTEN. 

Rather than adding to the noise, listen for a moment before you speak.  And then, when you do speak, speak in a way that creates space for others to listen and be in conversation with you.  Speak with well formulated thoughts that can actually have impact.  Speak with your authentic voice that will allow others to learn and grow with you.

And after you speak, sit back and restore your head and your heart in order to get back to listening. 

Listen in to hear me walk you through this 3 part process LISTEN-SPEAK-RESTORE to see how you can escape the noise, add value to the conversations that matter, and sustain this climate that is bound to remain heavy and heated for quite some time.

Your voice has value.  Become a better critical thinker to use it to the very best of your ability.

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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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