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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Jun 3, 2020

As a woman and person of color, Abbi Wood has heard more than her fair share of what to say and do in the world. At times a whisper, and at times a yell, she's used her voice to create what she calls a full and fulfilling life. Primarily, she works with biz owners to help them find their voice (or, as she calls it, uncover their biznality) so that marketing and talking about their business feels like a natural extension of themselves vs an out-of-body experience.

I reached out to Abbi after hearing her speak at an event.  She was there to speak about helping women find their voices in their businesses and brands.  But what was so compelling about her talk was her own story about finding her own voice after being silenced by her family, pushed into an arranged marriage, and moving across the world to build a completely new and independent life.

Listen in to hear Abbi share:

  • Her experience being raised in Pakistani family in England
  • Her experience feeling like she didn’t fit in anywhere - in her brown family or in her white world
  • How her voice was quieted by her family and culture
  • Her path into an arranged marriage
  • How she ended up secretly on birth control while also in fertility treatment
  • How she got out of her arranged marriage and found her voice
  • How she helps women find their voices, embrace their stories and create their biznality

Links mentioned:

Connect with Abbi: Abbi Wood

Abbi and Biznality on FB

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Jun 1, 2020

In the last 3 months, we have had the opportunity to postpone, pivot, and repurpose nearly every aspect of our lives - over and over again.  It has been hard, heavy, confusing, and disorienting to say the least. 

But 12 weeks in, I’d say we have begun to master these shifts.  We are able to take a critical look at the opportunities in front of us each day and assess: “Is this a time to postpone, pivot, or repurpose.”

I know these decisions are becoming more clear for me, as I make them over and over.  I’m able to make them with increased ease and confidence. 

Today, I’ll share how I’m discerning when to postpone vs pivot vs repurpose.  I’ll use a few recent family and business examples, the biggest and most scary (and most successful) being the massive shift to repurpose Shameless Mom Con 2020 to the Shameless Mom Con Collective. 

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May 27, 2020

Nancy Jane Smith, MSEd., LPC is a licensed professional counselor and trainer. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from Miami University and earned Masters of Science degrees in both Counseling and Higher Education from the University of Dayton.

With 13 years in private practice and more than 20 years working as a counselor and coach, Nancy has established herself as an expert in High Functioning Anxiety. Combining her years of research, countless hours working with clients, and first-hand experience in her own life, Nancy developed the Happier Approach, a three-step system to help you motivate yourself, accomplish your goals, and be kind to yourself. Really, it is possible!

Nancy is the creator and host of The Happier Approach podcast and has written three books on living happier, most notably The Happier Approach: Be Kind to Yourself, Feel Happier and Still Accomplish Your Goals.

Listen in to hear Nancy Jane share:

  • What high functioning anxiety is and why is it harmful and insidious
  • Signs of chronic anxiety and high functioning anxiety
  • Why positivity thinking and gratitude can be be harmful to people with high functioning anxiety
  • Why people with HFA need different rules around checking social media, email, news, etc
  • How you can treat and manage high functioning anxiety
  • How to identify your Monger, your BFF and your Biggest Fan in order to manage your anxiety

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May 25, 2020

I’m wondering how many of you, like me, saw the beginning of this pandemic as similar to a series of snow days or a long weekend?  Perhaps you let typical habits and routines go in order to hunker down with late-night TV binging, extra treats, lotsa wine, little movement, and a bit of disregard for what really fuels your body.

Perhaps as you got deeper into this weird and unsettling season of life, you had less and less time to yourself.  You stopped doing restorative activities that allowed you to have moments to yourself to think and breath - probably because there was no way to actually be alone. 

We are now months into this season of life and many of us are suffering because we have let go of the habits that truly serve us: fueling our bodies well, moving our bodies to process stress, and resting/restoring when we need time and space to ourselves. 

Listen in to hear how you can get your body back into a groove that supports the energy you want to carry each day - and gifts you the space you need to keep your head above water. 

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May 20, 2020

Renae is a Shameless Mom of 3, an occupational therapist, and an advocate for moms who desire more grace, space, and rest within their lives.  She has found strength beyond her own to navigate life's struggles...multiple miscarriages, life with 3 kids, working mom life, stay at home mom life, and a husband with a brain tumor and seizures. She’s the founder of the Rising Moms Club, a community for moms who are ready to RISE ABOVE the chaos and overwhelm of life and busy days, and trade exhaustion and the never ending to do list for a life with more JOY!   She is also the host of the annual More than Mom Summit, The Great Clutter Clear Out Challenge, and the podcast Rising Moms Podcast.  

Listen in to hear Renae share:

  • How she navigated her husband’s cancer diagnosis and care with 3 kids under 5 years
  • Why more “stuff” for your kids is not making them more healthy or more happy
  • How shedding physical items helps you declutter your mental health
  • How to get your kids on board and engaged in decluttering
  • Her Rise Above Framework to decluttering and overcoming overwhelm
  • The 4 steps to her Rise Above Framework
  • How to create rhythm around your menstrual cycle and why this rhythm can be so beneficial
  • The foundational element needed to say no without guilt

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May 18, 2020

Last week, I got an email from a Shameless Mom that started with, “I'm A Badass Mom Who Is So Scared To Shine.”

This mama went on to share, “I'm scared of owning my badass part of me.  I'm scared what people will think of me if I get too big.  I'm scared of being so successful that I am seen.  I have never put these thoughts out there but they are there, bubbling at the surface…”

I’m in conversations with moms who are afraid to shine on the regular.  This is so common.  And here’s the problem…. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU TO SHINE. 

When you shine, we all win. 

When you hide and shrink, we all lose.

Listen in to hear my love note to this mama and all of you who are afraid to shine right now.  You are not alone.  I GOT YOU.

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May 13, 2020

Abbi Perets wants moms to know they don’t have to choose between kids and career. She’s the coach and mentor moms turn to when they want to break into freelance writing and earn great money from home, on their own terms.

Abbi combines nearly 20 years of experience freelancing for some of the world’s biggest companies with firsthand knowledge of having five kids of her own — including one with special needs. She understands the unique challenges moms face every day and has created programs specifically tailored to meet those challenges and empower moms all over the world to have it all.

Listen in to hear Abbi share:

  • Why she moved from Pennsylvania to Israel to join the Israeli army at age 18
  • What prompted her to start freelance writing and how it saved her when her son had cancer
  • How moms can get started in freelance writing
  • What kinds of experience/expertise you need (and don’t need) to get started as a freelance writer
  • The importance niching down and specializing in specific content areas as a writer
  • How to believe in yourself and your ability when you’re doing something new
  • Why she has no qualms about running her business and selling her services during COVID-19

Links mentioned:

Connect with Abbi: Successful Freelance Mom

Get Abbi’s free course: How to Be a Freelance Writer

Instagram: Abbi Perets

FB Group: Writing Mom Conference

FB Page: Successful Freelance Mom

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May 11, 2020

Building confidence is like writing a book or running a marathon - you do it one action step, one word, one block at a time.  It's not a one-and-done process.  It's a lifetime of practice.  A lifetime of choosing courage - often tiny acts of courage. 

In 2019 I did two of the most courageous things I've ever done:

  1. I hosted the first Shameless Mom Con. This was such a big and overwhelming task to take on. But I knew if I could pull it off it would be life changing for my attendees and for me.
  2. I learned how to ski. I know this might sound silly to classify as a massive act of courage, but for a girl who is terrified of speed and momentum and heights (read: chairlifts), this was a big deal.

I was only able to take on these acts of courage because I am constantly working on building my confidence - especially around things that are hard or uncomfortable for me.

I have practices that I engage in daily that allow me to step into my confidence #everydamnday.  These are small things that do not take a lot of time but have big impact in my ability to keep my confidence high, especially in trying times. 

Right now we are in trying times - the likes of which we have never seen before.  If there has ever been a time to cultivate confidence and remind ourselves just how much power innately exists inside of us, it is now. 

Often, cultivating confidence comes from tiny action steps repeated over and over that lead us to take on bigger goals (starting a business, running a marathon, creating and sharing our art, learning a new skill, taking on a new leadership role.) 

Listen in to learn 5 tiny action steps you can take each day that take mere minutes but have deep impact in your ability to cultivate the confidence you need to make it through trying times - perhaps even thrive through trying times.

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May 6, 2020

Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo is a Shameless Mom and a board certified pediatrician of over 15 years and an academic faculty member for over a decade, providing coaching and mentorship programs for physicians of color. She is also the CEO of Strong Children Wellness, an innovative telemedicine practice that addresses both unmet health and social needs for families in New York and the founder of Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood, an organization focused on empowering and supporting the personal & professional development of Black women physicians, especially mothers, to achieve their vision and build their capacity to support other women of color.

Her career has been defined by a passion for social justice, an advocate, a professor & researcher committed to ensuring all mothers and children, no matter their race, income, or background have an equal right to thrive. She has worked as a global physician in NYC, Boston, and in 12 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Dr. Uwemedimo is a national speaker to both physician and community audiences in the fields of overcoming implicit bias and racism in healthcare settings, inclusion, and equity for women physicians in healthcare and health equity for marginalized children and families, including those from immigrant and Black communities. She has been featured in several media outlets including, Newsweek, Reuters, NPR, and CNN Espanol.

Listen in to hear Omolara share:

  • Her experience being a physician in New York during COVID-19
  • Why she made the professional shift to serve female doctors of color
  • The importance of vulnerability, community, and confidence as the antidote to burnout
  • Why she decided to create a community specifically for women physicians of color

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May 4, 2020

Leadership is typically a series of imperfect action steps. 

Leaders tumble, fall, and crash just like anyone else.

But when a leader tumbles, falls or crashes, there is an audience watching to see how they will stand back up, pick up the pieces, and put things back together. 

When a leader crashes and harm is done to others in the wake of their errors, people watch even more closely. 

When harm is done, trust is eroded.  Trust is broken between the leader and anyone who was harmed, obviously.  But trust is also broken between the leader and anyone who is watching if the bystanders don’t see the leader take active steps to rebuild trust with those who were harmed.  Those harmed hope to be held.  Those watching hope to see the leader offer protection to those hurting. This is how everyone can recover and heal and know that they are in a safe community.

Positive leadership looks like owning your mistakes and owning when you’ve caused harm without providing excuses or placing blame on others.

Positive leadership looks like having uncomfortable conversations publicly.

Positive leadership looks like recognizing your blind spots and committing to active and ongoing learning so you can see them more fully.

Positive leadership looks like inviting feedback when you have caused harm and engaging in conversation with those who are hurting.

Positive leadership looks like protecting people in your community from abuse and trauma.

Positive leadership looks like pushing pause on the day-to-day parts of your work to rebuild trust where you have broken trust.

We are all leaders - whether you are leading families, PTAs, soccer teams or companies.  You are a leader.

You are going to screw up.  You will crash.  You will cause harm.

How will you rebuild trust after you cause harm?

Listen in to learn how leaders can do better when they cause harm, especially as it pertains to race and protecting people of color in your community.  This episode is inspired by a leader who recently crashed and then opted not to protect those harmed.  A community became fractured and the erosion of trust was massive. This example is a powerful example of how leaders, especially white leaders, need to do so much better. 

Women of color to follow on Instagram (follow these women, buy their books, listen to their podcasts, and support their work):



Apr 29, 2020

Meagan Francis is a mom of five kids ages 11 - 22, author, writer, and co-host of The Mom Hour podcast. She regularly speaks and coaches women and moms on building sane and satisfying lives, embracing creativity, and reinventing their careers.

Meagan has been momming for her entire adulthood, having her first child in her early twenties.  She has been writing, blogging, and reinventing herself online for 15 years.  She has learned a lot of lessons along the way.  Her energy is infectious and her perspectives are so refreshing. 

Listen in to hear Meagan share:

  • How current times are taking us back to Newbornland
  • How she’s finding and creating joy in unpredictable times
  • How she went from blogging to podcasting (and whether you should start a blog or a podcast!)
  • How moms can find happiness and satisfaction in spite of the media telling us that motherhood is hard, overwhelming, and frustrating
  • Why she is actively opting out and rejecting the current COVID climate around homeschooling
  • The value of embracing constant reinvention

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Apr 27, 2020

Many of you have shared that the biggest and most relentless challenges of this time are finding motivation and personal time in this current version of Groundhogs Day.

It is definitely challenging to motivate when you don’t know what’s coming, you feel you have very little control over your future, and you have no space to think through what you want your life to look like right now.

I know one of my biggest challenges during this time has been the constant closeness of my family.   Don’t get me wrong, there has been some magic in this. But also, it’s a LOT.  And it’s never-ending.  I was pretty accustomed to (and appreciative of) my quiet days working solo from home.  There is nothing solo about my days anymore. 

Yes, I’m grateful to be working, but it’s overwhelming and exhausting to work full time with a child and a dog constantly by my side.  I know many of you are doing this with more than one child by your side.  I bow down….

During this time, we must create and fiercely protect small spaces of personal time.  This will tremendously help us find motivation and stay motivated.  I have been creating little pockets of personal time that break up my day and really help keep me moving forward with a decent attitude. 

Listen in to hear exactly how you can find more motivation by creating pockets of personal time each day.

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Apr 22, 2020

Patrice Washington is a Shameless Mom to a 12-year-old daughter, an award-winning author, transformational speaker, hope-restoring coach, and media personality.  And she is committed to redefining the term wealth for our generation.

Patrice got her start as your favorite personal finance expert, “America’s Money Maven”, having tremendous success with her “mindset approach” to personal finance. A licensed real estate professional by her sophomore year in college and a real estate and mortgage broker at 21 years old, Patrice took her boutique brokerage from the dining room of her 700-square foot condo to a 7-figure real estate empire by just 25.  After losing her fortune in the Great Recession, she dedicated her life to not just rebuilding and reinventing her own life but helping the masses move from debt management to money mastery. She has since expanded her brand and mission, encouraging women to chase purpose, not money.

Patrice is committed to redefining the term “wealth”, using its original meaning, “well-being”. She encourages women to have “wealth” in all aspects of their lives by pursuing their purpose, being fulfilled, and earning more without ever chasing money. Through her teachings, Patrice empowers women to look at life through the lens of abundance and opportunity, instead of lack and scarcity.

As the founder of Redefining Wealth and The Earn More Money Movement for Women, Patrice has built a thriving community of high-achieving women committed to creating a powerful life vision--in their careers, home, health, and personal finances.

Every week, millions of listeners have tuned in to her weekly segment, Redefining Wealth with Patrice Washington as part of a top-rated and nationally syndicated radio show. Patrice’s podcast, The Redefining Wealth Podcast with Patrice Washington, which takes a deeper dive into her radio segment content, launched in 2017 with overwhelming success. Her popular podcast was recently featured on as one of "15 Inspiring Podcasts for Professionals of Every Stripe".

Listen in to hear Patrice share:

  • Why 2020 is her year of obedience
  • How she has overcome being known as “the Money Maven” vs being Reagan’s mom
  • Why it’s ok to suck at cooking - and to stop trying to make it better
  • How to focus on what you want vs what you don’t want
  • 3 pillars to redefining wealth
  • How our self-image holds us back in all areas of our lives
  • The connection between physical clutter and mental chaos in our lives
  • How to truly live a life of purpose - on your own terms

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Apr 20, 2020

As we get deeper into pandemic life, there is more and more need to take a critical look at what’s working for you, what’s not working, and what beneficial changes could be made during this uncertain time.

Along these lines, there are a few things you may benefit from quitting. 

Years ago, I did an episode called, “Be a Quitter.”  I’m a long time fan of quitting things that don’t serve me.  In fact, I can’t stand supposed inspirational quotes that suggest we should not be quitters.  I think we should frequently assess what’s no longer working for us and quit those things quickly and without hesitation, in order to make space for the things that serve us, promote good physical and mental health, allow for appropriate boundaries with others, and keep us evolving in the directions we want to grow and thrive.

As you have settled into new routines over the past 6 weeks, it is likely that you’ve also settled into some routines that aren’t optimal.  Listen in to this episode to assess where you’re at, what’s not working, and what you might consider quitting in order to maintain optimal mental health as you continue to move through this time. 

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Apr 15, 2020

RB Fast is an activist, leader, envelope pusher, magic maker, and mother of a child who is creative, brave, and transgender.

I asked RB to come on this show because I wanted to have a parent of a transgender child share with us what parenting can look like when there are major shifts around a child’s identity - shifts that the rest of the world might not understand or might not accept. 

When RB and I first started talking about doing this interview, she said she had to talk to her son about it.  She wanted him to fully consent to this conversation - as well as set any boundaries he needed.  RB also set boundaries around this conversation, as you’ll hear us talk about.  This is such a beautiful and powerful example of sharing someone’s story in order to help others more clearly and deeply understand something, while also protecting someone’s boundaries.  

Listen in to hear RB share:

  • Why she gave up her business to go back to a traditional job and why sometimes seemingly moving backward is actually moving forward
  • How she creates boundaries around sharing a story of parenting a trans child and protecting her child at the same time
  • How to practice curiosity over judgement if your child may be LGBTQ+
  • How parents can raise children who are strong allies
  • Signing up for unconditional love couched in a universe of uncertainty

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Apr 13, 2020

The life you are living right now is not normal.  It is far from it. 

Pretending this is normal is dangerous.  We can’t afford to normalize this because we would risk losing our compassion, our fighting spirit, and the opportunity to innovate and create solutions that are desperately needed right now. 

If we normalize this, we risk bypassing our grief and our suffering.  We risk not learning critical lessons in order to know better and do better next time we are faced with a similar crisis.

Right now, we are not ok.  While we may be counting our blessings and feeling lucky and grateful in many ways, we are not ok.  We get to be both.  Two conflicting emotions get to exist:

Not ok and lucky.

Sad and hopeful.

Tired and cheerful.

Scared and joyful.

Overwhelmed and grateful.

Isolated yet overly connected and enmeshed with every member of our household (am I right??)

We are not ok and we will not normalize this, but we do need to create a sense of normalcy in our everyday lives.

Listen in to learn 4 ways to create normalcy when life is anything but normal. 

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Apr 8, 2020

Natalie Hixson is a Shameless Mom, wife, auntie and certified professional life coach who helps discouraged moms overcome destructive anger and burnout. After learning to thrive in motherhood and process anger in a healthy way, Natalie became convicted to help other moms avoid those dark years of motherhood by helping them to appreciate and process their anger, learn to identify their triggers, and ultimately control their reaction to those triggering situations. She enjoys her own motherhood journey by hanging with her husband Mike and their three daughters in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. She recharges with Jesus, coffee and adventures with her family like skiing in the winter, hiking and swimming in the summer and traveling year-round!

Natalie was extremely transparent and generous in sharing her experience with destructive anger in motherhood in this episode.  So many of you have reached out to me asking to talk more about anger and I couldn’t be more grateful to Natalie for taking this DEEP dive into this topic with me. 

Listen in to hear Natalie share:

  • What it was like to grow up in an angry household
  • How her anger got out of control, destructive and dangerous in motherhood
  • How she overcame destructive anger
  • The difference between healthy anger and destructive anger
  • How to use “calm down time” to re regulate emotions during angry moments
  • How to teach your kids about anger through your own anger management
  • Why you need to validate your anger and/or mom guilt
  • How to process anger in safe and healthy ways
  • Why conflict in your household can be healthy and productive
  • How to own your anger with your kids

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Apr 6, 2020

Sometimes we forget that we have power.  So much power.  That no one and no circumstances can take from us.

We forget that we have the power to make choices, the power to decide (and upgrade) our thoughts, the power to manage and adjust expectations, the power to pause before reacting, the power to find joy in the middle of deep sadness, the power to build something when everything around us is seemingly falling apart.

When we are in pain, it can be hard to find our power.

But what if your pain is a prerequisite for your power?

What if it is the pain that pushes you to reach in, lean in, own your power, and stand back up?

Your power is abundant.  It is limitless.  It is expansive and constantly evolving.

Right now you are likely in pain in one way or another, or perhaps in many ways.  Know that from that pain you have the power to:

* Manage and upgrade your thoughts

* Determine your actions

* Demonstrate love, compassion and kindness

* Make choices that serve you and your family

* Set boundaries

* Choose to be purposeful and intentional

* Restore hope

* Connect with others in new ways

* Be creative in how you operate in new norms

* Adapt to circumstances that initially felt overwhelmingly uncomfortable

* Change you see the world

* Create new guidelines for how you want to live

* Grow into new ways of being that feel positive and purposeful

* Channel joy in the smallest moments of the day

* Nurture relationships in new ways

* Thrive under conditions that would normally seem oppressive

I want you to look at the verbs that kick off each of the above examples of power:

* Manage

* Determine

* Demonstrate

* Make

* Set

* Choose

* Restore

* Connect

* Be

* Adapt

* Change

* Create

* Grow

* Channel

* Nurture

* Thrive

These are all actions you are capable of, actions you have power over.  What forms of power will you choose today?  How will you harness your pain and turn it into something that allows you to KEEP GOING, to KEEP SHOWING UP, to KEEP SHINING? 

Listen in for more guidance to tap into your innate power during hard times.

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Apr 1, 2020

Monica Packer is passionate about teaching practical transformation. As a podcaster, growth coach, and podcast educator, she guides women to find sustainable growth by adopting progress over perfection. Monica is a former middle school teacher, a forever Oprah and Harry Potter fangirl, a perpetual cookie dough maker, and a beginning swimmer. She's a mama of four living in the Bay Area, CA.

We recorded this interview before COVID-19 reared its ugly head.  But there has never been a better time to learn how to better manage and even overcome perfectionism.  We are all working so hard right now to keep the world spinning and Monica and I want to give you a ton of permission to just keep taking one imperfect step after another. 

Listen in to hear Monica share:

  • The root of perfectionism and how it shows up specifically for moms
  • How a lack of goal setting and action taking is also a form of perfectionism
  • The truth about overachieving and underachieving perfectionists
  • Her own experience with perfectionism that led her through eating disorders and suicidal ideation
  • How leaning into the opposite side of perfectionism allows her to disconnect her worth from her achievements
  • How to use imperfect action as exposure therapy to recover from perfectionism
  • How you can prioritize progress over perfection
  • How to model imperfect action to high achiever/perfectionist kids

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Mar 30, 2020

When things get hard, you know how to show up.  You know what matters most.  You know where to set boundaries.  You know what you stand for.  You know how to prioritize your time and your efforts. 

You have weathered some big storms in your day and you always come out stronger on the other side.

You set boundaries because you know what matters most right now and you know when the risks outweigh the benefits and when the benefits outweigh the risks.

You are not afraid to take uncomfortable action because you are a mama bear who knows what it means to go after what you and your family need most.

You are being tested in big ways right now.

Really big ways.

But it's ok. 

You got this.

Because you know who you are.  And you will continue returning to your roots.

You will continue to lean into your core values.

You will continue to be someone who does the right thing for your family and for the greater good.

You may cry.

You may bleed.

But that does not dampen or dim the torch you are carrying that will lead you to the next place you need to land.

You have seen hard times before.  And you have found the cracks in order to let in the light.  You are not someone who shies away from shining when the going gets tough.

If you can keep returning to who you are you will continue to be comforted by your own strength and power and tenacity. 


Mar 25, 2020

Sheri Gazitt is a Shameless Mom of 3, the founder of Teen Wise and is dedicated to guiding teens and parents through the ups and downs of adolescence. She advocates for teen mental wellness by advising foundations, appearing on TV, Radio, and podcasts, presenting to parents and teens, and writing for magazines both off and online. Coach Sheri also provides private coaching for teen girls to help them find their inner joy, tame stress, claim their confidence, and navigate friendships. Her latest program encourages parents to create space for their teen’s inner joy by resisting the rat race and prioritizing mental wellness over GPA's and college applications.

Sheri’s mission is powerful and so necessary right now.  Her work to reframe joy and connection for teens and parents is critical. 

Listen in to hear Sheri share:

  • What inspired her work in teen advocacy
  • Why her work with teens is JOY focused
  • The main drivers of anxiety and depression in our youth
  • The importance of stepping out of the kiddie and teen rat race
  • Why you and your kid may benefit tremendously by letting go of a traditional path to success
  • How to connect with your teens instead of just making sure they are checking boxes in achievement
  • One step that parents can take right now, today to start making the shift to prioritizing joy over achievement

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Mar 23, 2020

Fear doesn’t get to drive.

In unpredictable and unprecedented times, fear is normal - and even healthy.  Fear will sit right beside you, keeping an eye out for you, making sure you are awake and alert.  Fear might be in your front seat, but fear does not get to drive your car. 

As Marie Forleo says in Everything Is Firgureoutable, “Fear is not the enemy.  Waiting to stop feeling afraid is.”

If you’re waiting to stop feeling afraid, you will waste a lot of precious time.  You will miss out on joy.  You will be blind to opportunities that are right in front of you. 

In this episode, we will talk about how you can embrace fear, tame fear, and find joy with fear sitting right beside you.

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Mar 18, 2020

Mikaela Kiner is a Shameless Mom of two teens, a certified executive coach, and experienced consultant. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, a leading provider of flexible HR services for startups and growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. An HR professional for nearly twenty years, Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and helping companies build healthy, inclusive cultures. She's been quoted in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and The Muse, and is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council. She’s the author Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace.

Mikaela has coached leaders at all levels who want to live and lead in a purposeful way based on their values. By acting as a sounding board and accountability partner, she supports her coaching clients in achieving their goals. She particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurs, executives, and high potential women leaders.

Mikaela lives in Seattle and is happily married to Henry, who’s a musician, artist, and teacher. Their two children are good at challenging the status quo and are a constant source of learning and laughter. She is a strong believer that a healthy, inclusive culture is integral to the success of every organization.

Listen in to hear Mikaela share:

  • The diversity in interviews when interviewing 13 women with the exact same questions
  • The truth about competition between women in the workplace
  • The gift of Brene Brown telling her no
  • How to use data to create equity in the workplace
  • How to be a leader of inclusivity in the workplace
  • Why research shows that moms make awesome leaders - especially if you have 2 or more kids
  • The steps you can take to become a stronger leader today

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Mar 16, 2020

For those of us who enjoy control and predictability in life, these are tough (if not excruciating) times.  We are living in a pandemic - something I ignorantly and blissfully thought only existed in history books and Bible stories…

But, friends, we are still living.  Just under very different circumstances than we are used to.

Know this - we are standing at the start line of a marathon.  We need to show up prepared to pace ourselves, stay nourished & hydrated and - most importantly - keep our head game STRONG.

Some of you have heard the story of my one and only marathon.  At mile 2 I decided I didn’t really feel like running anymore.  I was just over it…  And the following 4+ hours were absolutely grueling.  I couldn’t mentally recover, which made me physically deteriorate at a rapid pace.

In the case of COVID-19, we cannot afford to deteriorate at the start line, or at mile 2.  We will need to be extremely intentional and diligent in managing our energy and expectations.  We will need to be nimble, adaptable, and creative.  We will need to create boundaries around the places (namely the internet) and people who drain us or create unnecessary fear, panic or anxiety within us.

We also need to take radical responsibility for seeking hope and happiness during this marathon.  If we are to sustain ourselves over the coming months, we must be able to find the cracks where the light is begging to come in.  I promise they exist - but you will need to actively seek them out.

I am in Seattle - the US epicenter of COVID-19.  Our city is pretty much shut down.  It is hard and heavy.  And there is light.  I can see the cracks.  If I can see the cracks you can too.

Listen in to learn 5 ways to find light in the darkness of COVID-19.  Also, please join me for our upcoming free Hope, Happiness & Mental Health Challenge (sign up:  We start Monday, March 23rd.  This challenge is the light you’re looking for.

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Mar 11, 2020

Gerard + Jessie Pepper have been partners in crime since 2005. Their relationship started over a clean pile of laundry, and now they dish about life, love and how to keep from losing your mind on a podcast called Marriage Is Funny. Gerard loves his day job as a financial actuary, and Jessie continues to build her career as a lifestyle expert and online brand at They enjoy preaching and speaking whenever possible, are always happiest while hosting friends and family in their home, and love being enthusiastic pet-parents to a rescue pup named Sadie Mae.

Listen in to hear:

  • Why they started a marriage podcast at the worst time in their marriage
  • What is like to record a podcast with your partner when you’re annoyed with them
  • Why they decided to be child free and why they opted to become foster parents instead
  • The beautiful gifts and intense challenges of hosting short term foster placement
  • The impact of foster parenting on their marriage
  • If fostering has shifted their perspective on having children of their own.

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