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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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Mar 9, 2020

‘Tis the season of disappointing other people.  Fa la la la la….

As my platform has grown so has my exposure to judgement.  In my personal and professional life, there are people who have been disappointed in me, even angry with me, over the last year or so. 

I will be honest with you, this kind of thing used to really eat me up inside.  I’m not going to tell you that I’m super-cool with people being upset with me now.  But I can tell you that I have done a lot of work to be ok with some people being mad at me - and me NOT OWNING their feelings. 

The truth is this: a person’s emotions are their own responsibility.  I have repeatedly found that the people who are disappointed in me or angry with me have one or more of these things in common:

  1. A poor sense of self
  2. A general lack of self-awareness
  3. Poor coping skills
  4. A weak or completely lacking support system

For these folks, I will forgive them in order to make peace in my own life so I can move forward.  I will not make space for their energy or abuse,  In fact, I will actively distance and separate myself from it.  And, most importantly, I will not take responsibility for their emotions. 

If I hurt someone or cause someone harm, I will own that and apologize.  I will take radical responsibility for myself and my actions - but not for others reactions to my actions.

This is what it looks like to have boundaries.  This is what it looks like to be a grown-up.  It is not easy.  But it is the only way to show all the way up for those who matter most to me.  I would be doing myself and my loved ones a massive disservice if I took on my haters anger or displaced feelings.  The same goes for you.

How do you stay in your own way when it comes to other people’s opinions and judgments of you?  You must take radical responsibility for that.  This episode will teach you how. 

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Mar 4, 2020

Parijat Deshpande is Shameless Mom and the leading high-risk pregnancy expert, mind-body health specialist, trauma professional, speaker and author who teaches women how to deactivate their stress response before, during and after a high-risk pregnancy so they can give their baby a strong start to life. Her unique approach has served hundreds of women to manage pregnancy complications and reclaim a safety and trust in their bodies that they thought was eroded forever. Parijat is the author of bestselling book Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy. She is also the host of the popular podcast Delivering Miracles®, that discusses the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing once baby comes home.

Listen in to hear Parijat share:

  • Her journey of serious and dangerous complications during fertility treatments that lead to the delivery of her 24 week old baby boy
  • How she managed preterm labor, used her mind to dramatically impact her and her baby’s health, and bought her son a life giving 15 additional days in utero
  • The very bittersweet journey of having a second child via a gestational carrier
  • The impact of prenatal stress/trauma on pregnancy outcomes and how you can learn to self manage prenatal stress/trauma by re-regulating your nervous system
  • The truth about trauma and how your body and brain resolve it - or not

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Mar 2, 2020

You  have probably heard the saying, “The only way out is through.” 

I would add to this that the only way into your power is through the pain and discomfort of growth.

Power, achievement, growth, and success only come from putting yourself in situations that push you in new ways.  And that can be ridiculously hard and scary.  For me, there are often nearly impossible nerves to overcome, a racing heart that makes me unable to speak, a belly that cannot stop flip-flopping, and legs that won’t stop shaking.

The more dramatic the symptoms, the more I know I’ll grow through the discomfort. 

Case in point: as I’ve taken up new challenges in skiing this year, I’ve experienced all the above symptoms very regularly.  And I hate it.  I hate it to the point that I get angry.  Also, I’m growing in the biggest ways since I started skiing - as a skier, an athlete, and a woman who is becoming more powerful in all areas of life through actively embracing fear.

It’s really hard.  But I’m HERE. FOR. IT.

If you want more power in your life you will have to get more uncomfortable.  You will have to do hard things.   There is no way around it.  It is only through the consistent exposure to scary and hard things that we get to see who we are becoming, how much potential we have for success, and what kind of true joy we are capable of creating for ourselves.

Listen in to hear how I’m using exposure therapy to face my biggest fears this year - and how it’s changing the game for me.

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Feb 26, 2020

Naomi Clark is the CEO of Her Money Map where she helps women transform their mindset around money and partners with them to create cash flow strategies that support their values and lifetime goals.  Her mission is to help women crush their self-limiting beliefs and barriers when it comes to money. She believes one of the primary reasons women struggle with confidence in making financial decisions is in large part due to the patriarchy which is designed to make women feel doubtful and distracted.

Naomi is also the creator and host of "The OutSpoken Girlfriend" podcast where she encourages and celebrates women to step into their best selves - their authentic selves.  But this isn't your typical personal development podcast. As a self-described "sworn enemy of the patriarchy" Naomi provides strategies and tactics that teaches women how to dismantle the patriarchy as they pursue their best lives.

In the "muggle world" Naomi has a degree in Finance with over 20 years of corporate experience in Accounting, Supply Chain Management, and Project Management.

In addition to all this, Naomi is one of the OGs of the Shameless Mom community and one of our speakers for Shameless Mom Con 2020.  I think you’re going to love hearing her story of growth and transformation as a Shameless Mom.

Listen in to hear Naomi share:

  • What the American Dream looked like for her as a black woman and why it was not so dreamy
  • How letting her life get really small made her life miserable
  • How setting the simple goal of cleaning off her dresser snowballed into cleaning up the vision for her life
  • The truth about working against the patriarchy - and how she’s helping women do this powerful work
  • Her powerful message for white moms and white women

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Feb 24, 2020

Have you ever met a woman who didn’t have anything to offer?

Yeah, me neither. 

Every woman I’ve ever met has had something extraordinary and unique that qualifies her to take up her very own special place in this world. 

While you may fully recognize what other women have to offer, you may fail to see what you have to offer.  You may think that everyone else has something to offer - and you don’t. 

This is simply untrue. 

This became glaring to me when I recently asked in our private FB group, “What’s holding you back from attending Shameless Mom Con?”  A few mamas said they were worried they didn’t have anything to offer and thought they might not fit in with the other awesome attendees. 

Isn’t it funny (and sad!) how we get in our own way???

Listen in to hear me coach you out of this mindset that you have less to offer than anyone around you.  Listen in to hear the truth.

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Feb 19, 2020

Ashley Abercrombie fought to overcome addiction, rape, abortion, perfectionism and dysfunctional relationships to become an honest, whole and free woman (most days). She wore a mask more than half her life, and considers herself too old, and too annoyed to ever put that thing on again.

Ashley is a speaker and a writer, featured in many magazines and digital outlets, including Darling, Relevant and Grit and Virtue. Her YouVersion Bible study, Finding God in the Hard Places, has been completed by over 200,000 people. Her first book will be released in the fall of 2019, with Baker Books. Alongside fellow author and speaker, Tiffany Bluhm, Ashley is the co-host for the hilarious and helpful podcast Why Tho.

She has an unrelenting passion for justice, particularly anti-human trafficking and mass incarceration initiatives, and served the city of Los Angeles for seven years, winning commendations from the LAPD and Los Angeles Mayor’s office, before transitioning to Manhattan to pastor at Liberty Church, Downtown, alongside her husband, Cody. Ashley is an executive board bember of Treasures, a non-profit that reaches and supports women in the sex industry and victims of sexual exploitation, while training leaders globally.

The Abercrombies are nearly brain dead from sleep deprivation, but love their life, raising two incredible sons, Levi (5) and Lucas (2), in their beautiful neighborhood in Harlem, New York.

Listen in to hear Ashley share:

  • How she gave up her PhD in pretending her life was great and get honest about her story and proudly own it - how to stop pretending and performing for others
  • How enduring an eating disorder, addiction, sexual assault, and abortion led her to her current place of grace in life
  • How our secrets inevitably lead to self harm
  • The benefits of adjusting your expectations every morning instead of assuming every day will be great
  • The exact action she takes to be honest with herself #everydamnday
  • The beauty of recognizing the notion that time is your friend
  • Why a day of rest is essential as a family
  • How to have more holy gumption in order to live your best, most spirited life

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Feb 17, 2020

Today I am taking a moment to celebrate Black History Month.  To be honest, this moment feels too short and inadequate.  I really wish I planned better for this month because this celebration deserves more attention than what I have created space for.  While I aim to elevate black women and black moms all year long in the SMA, I understand the special importance of taking extra time to do this in February and I have already committed to dedicating more than one episode to this next year.  I hope that in acknowledging my imperfect action here, other white allies will step up their game too.  This is work is crucial, even when the steps feel too small.  Something is better than nothing.  And I vow to keep learning more so I can keep doing more. 

Listen in to learn how to celebrate black history and black women by becoming a better ally and, better yet, an accomplice.  Please take notes as I share powerful resources and a fantastic list of podcasts hosted by black women whom I admire tremendously.  I want you to go subscribe to them all!

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Feb 12, 2020

Davide Di Giorgio is the number one international best-selling author of “Being UNapologetic”, a keynote and TEDx speaker, Comparanoia™ expert, and a speaking and confidence consultant for students, teachers, parents, influencers and celebrities. He is a writer for The Good Men Project, Thought Catalog, Thrive Global, and Success Profiles Magazine. His philanthropic endeavor, Project Being UNapologetic dares to tackle bullying and build confidence and self-esteem while funding dream projects for high school performing arts students.

We don’t showcase Shameless men on the show very often, but when we do they are SO. GOOD.  Davide is a brilliant and beautiful human and I’m so honored to have him join me for this conversation.

Listen in to hear Davide share:

  • How an incident in kindergarten kicked off years of being bullied
  • How he broke the cycle of being victimized by life circumstances
  • The very really struggle of Comparanoia™
  • How to manage and overcome Comparanoia™
  • How he coped with being abandoned by his parents when he came out at age 33
  • His experience in Shameless parenting in a non-traditional way
  • How he’s practicing celebration during especially challenging times

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Feb 10, 2020

I recently had a week where everything just felt so off and so out of my control.  Can you relate?  We’ve all been there.  It’s hard. 

And... it’s ok to not be ok.

Sometimes we try to just blow past our emotions or frustrations.  We feel like we don’t have time for them.  I mean, who has extra time to sit around feeling dumpy??

But it’s also necessary to process why we are not ok.  Some questions to ask:

What got me here?

Why is it so uncomfortable?

Did I make a poor choice? 

Am I absorbing and owning someone else’s junk?

How can I make things better - not just put a bandaid on it - but really make it better?

How can I create some space to figure out positive and powerful next steps?

If you find yourself putting up a front on the regular, this episode is for you.  Give yourself permission to stop faking fine and be less than awesome every now and then.

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Feb 5, 2020

Katie Krimitsos is a mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster and seeker.  She's committed to brightening the light of women around the world through the Women's Meditation Network, guided meditations, and resources that are specifically created with the special journey of women in mind.

Katie walked away from a business she built from the ground up at the peak of its success - because she had an inkling she was meant to do something different.  She leaned in to self-trust - HARD.

I’ve watched her navigate this journey and it’s been pretty amazing.  This is the reason I asked her to be a keynote speaker at Shameless Mom Con.  I know she’s going to inspire your pants off today and at Shameless Mom Con. 

Listen in to hear Katie share:

  • Why she decided to shut down her business after her first 6 figure year
  • How her mom allowed her to build massive self-trust
  • How she approaches tough, life-altering decisions
  • How to use meditation to be a better listener (to yourself)
  • How to know when you’re moving in the right direction (and when you’re not)

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Feb 3, 2020

No one told me…

I had no idea how much mental space motherhood would require.  I didn’t know that my brain would learn to run endless concurrent lists of tasks and to dos and important data, all day, everyday. 

There have been days that I thought my brain would explode from all the keeping track of things.  All the remembering of things.  All the planning of things.  All the noting and filing away of things. 

It never ends.

It’s exhausting.

But there are ways to better manage it.  There are ways to protect your mental space - especially from the invasion of details, content, and drama that you don’t need, that sucks your precious mental space and mental energy when you let them in.

Listen in to learn 6 ways to create more (super precious) mental space in motherhood. 

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Jan 29, 2020

Ceca Mijatovic is a badass life coach and a host of the Truth & Dare Cancer Podcast. She focuses on helping women going through or living with cancer learn how to navigate their cancer journey alongside family and career, how to supercharge their self-healing, and how to recalibrate their lives by using cancer as a powerful catalyst for change. She has had her own battle with the “Big C” and it became a potent agent for positive change in her life, and now she wants to help other women use their diagnosis as an opportunity to transform their lives for the better.

Prior to becoming a life coach, Ceca was in numerous leadership roles at Fortune 50 companies as well as startups. She is a founder of the Truth & Dare Cancer coaching practice where she helps women with cancer take charge of their health, their body, and their outcome!

Listen in to hear Ceca share:

  • Her road through infertility and how she decided to stop pursuing motherhood
  • How she moved on and got closure on her motherhood dreams
  • Why her diagnosis of uterine cancer brought her peace
  • How she helps women find truth and strength and grace during cancer
  • Why women with cancer need massive mindset coaching after diagnosis and cancer treatment
  • How emotional healing parallels physical healing
  • Why cancer is full of misery and magic
  • The power of receiving

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Wickbox: To get your $10 off your first box, go to www.wickbox.co and use coupon code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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  • Derma E: To get you started on trying their clean beauty solutions they are giving you 20% off sitewide with promo code SHAMELESS20 at https://dermae.com/.

 

Jan 27, 2020

I recently did a full episode (Ep 391) on why moms lack self-trust.  The quick & dirty is this: women are conditioned from a very early age to trust others thoughts/opinions/judgements/instincts over our own.  So, by the time we get to motherhood, we are already struggling (greatly) to listen to our gut.  And babies make this even harder - because we must prioritize their needs over our own.  We stop noticing that we’re hungry or tired or in need of, well, anything.  We learn to shut off our own needs entirely. 

If you didn’t listen to episode 391, go back and do that.  THEN, listen in here to hear how you can relearn self-trust.  In this episode, I teach you two powerful feedback loops that will help you learn how to trust your gut and your power in new and profound ways.  The second feedback loop is the most critical, so make sure to listen to the end - especially if you’re someone who struggles to find success in the face of failure and struggles. 

I am dedicating myself to rebuilding self-trust in 2020. It is one of my top priorities this year.  Any of you are welcome to join me on this journey of learning to trust again.  I am ALL IN on listening inward this year.  Let’s do it together!

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Jan 22, 2020

Casey McGuire Davidson is a certified life coach, the founder of Hello Someday Coaching and creator of the “Sober Girl’s Guide To Quitting Drinking, 30 Tips To Help Get You Through Your First 30 Days”.

She works with busy, successful women who want to reevaluate their relationship with alcohol, quit drinking, and create lives they love without their nightly glass (or bottle) of wine.

She’s also a wife, a mom, a practical dreamer, recovering corporate ladder climber, retired people-pleaser and ex-red wine drinker, who's been known to crawl into bed at 9 pm and whisper "Don't worry...you're still a badass" to herself.

Casey and I met at an event recently when she approached me as a fan of the SMA.  We immediately hit it off and the second she told me that she works with moms who are reevaluating their relationship with alcohol I knew she had to come on the show.  So many moms have a silent struggle with alcohol.  I think it’s one of the most under talked about issues of motherhood.  And that is not ok.

Listen in to hear Casey share:

  • How she relied on wine to manage her emotional and mental health
  • What pushed her to attempt 100 days of sobriety
  • What red wine represented for her and her fear of giving up something she loved so much
  • How to view giving up alcohol as a positive powerful choice vs sad consequence
  • The best question to ask yourself if you’re thinking about giving up drinking
  • The pros and cons of different sobriety programs and why she believes some are better than others for women

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Jan 20, 2020

In 2019 I set out to quit 3 things that were no longer serving me.  Not only were these three things no longer serving me, they were sucking precious time and energy to the point I could no longer ignore their negative impact on my life.

It would be cute and fun and just oh-so-perfect if I could have sat down to record this episode and shout from the rooftops, “I DID IT!  I QUIT THESE THINGS THAT WERE NO LONGER SERVING ME!”  But I didn’t. 

I had varying degrees of “success” in the quitting of each thing.  I put success in quotes because we tend to gauge success in really black & white terms and one of the best lessons I’ve learned over the last couple years (as someone who really likes to keep things black & white), is that often the magic is in the gray.  We think “success” lives in the black & white.  But true success is in the gray - where you have the power to shift your perspective #everydamnday in order to find wins, gain growth, and feel the magic even when you haven’t found the “success” you were initially looking for.

Listen in to learn with me as I share my “success” and my SUCCESS of kinda quitting three things that were no longer serving me.

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Jan 15, 2020

Kaitlyn Gresham is a Shameless Mom and the founder and Executive Director of Under the Same Tree - a non-profit organization that is preventing the effects of poverty through economic empowerment - equipping families affected by extreme poverty around the world to build their own income sources. They offer the opportunity for their supporters to match with a family served by their programs, to build meaningful relationships and the tangible opportunity to see the impact that is being made.

Kaitlyn was born in Southern California and now lives in Saint Louis, Missouri with her husband, David, and daughter Valeria, who joined their family via adoption from Nicaragua in 2017. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, and she loves fish tacos, hiking, and sunshine.

I was introduced to Kaitlyn through her nonprofit and immediately wanted to interview, as well as support her amazing cause.  I am so excited to share Kaitlyn’s message and mission!

Listen in to hear Kaitlyn share:

  • How she knew from a very young age that she wanted to grow her family through adoption
  • How she and her husband decided to adopt from the hardest to match adoptee list
  • The limiting factors of opportunities for women and their babies in developing nations
  • How her nonprofit provides opportunities for women in developing nations to start their own businesses and make their own money to create financial stability for their families as well provide economic growth in the local communities
  • The beauty and power of women invest in others when they have any extra resources
  • How she connects women entrepreneurs in the US to women in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti

Links mentioned:

Connect with Kaitlyn: Under The Same Tree

Mentorship Collective

Kaitlyn on Facebook

Kaitlyn on Instagram

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Jan 13, 2020

When you are “in alignment” your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions are all supportive of each other.  You feel a sense of ease knowing there is congruence between your heads, hearts, and actions.

Alignment feels good - and powerful. 

Alignment allows us to feel stable and confident and even eager about our days, in spite of the daily hiccups that inevitably get thrown our way.

When we are out of alignment, things feel quite different. We feel uneasy.  We struggle in our relationships.  We feel lost and unsure of our own sense of self and even our own self-worth.  We tend to get sick more.  We feel foggy and uninspired.  We succumb to numbing behaviors like more alcohol, more sugar, more mindless social media scrolling, more TV binging.

Being out of alignment does not feel good.  It feels disempowering, sometimes even crippling.

I want you to kick off this year with a conscientiousness around how congruent your thoughts, feelings, and motions are with your actions.  Listen in to learn if you’re in alignment and how to get in alignment/stay in alignment in 2020!

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Jan 8, 2020

Casey O’Roarty, Med, is a facilitator of personal growth and development.  Her work encourages parents to discover the purpose of their journey, while also providing them with tools and a shift of mindset that allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and their families. As a Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007 and certified coach, Casey has led countless groups through workshops and classes that have left them feeling empowered and excited about parenting. She also offers an engaging podcast, live and online classes, and individual coaching at Joyful Courage.  Her first book, Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of YOUR Parenting Journey launched May 20th, 2019. Casey lives in the Pacific Northwest with greatest teachers – her husband, and two teenage kids.

Casey and I have been running in parallel universe’s for the last couple years.  I knew she was someone I wanted to connect with - and had a sense we would hit it off BIG TIME.  Spoiler alert: we hit it off BIG TIME.  Listen in and laugh along with us!

Listen in to hear Casey share:

  • How she lives and leads and makes sh*t happen as an unapologetic extrovert
  • The basic human need of connection and mattering and how it relates to Positive Discipline Parenting
  • The truth about your kids living in a reactive state
  • How to find the courage to be imperfect
  • How to move from the role of pilot to co-pilot when parenting teens
  • Managing your own narrative vs your teen’s narrative

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Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Betabrand: Right now, our listeners can get 20% off their first order when you go to betabrand.com/shameless (shameless must be lowercase).
  • care of: For 25% off your first order of personalized care/of vitamins, visit www.takecareof.com and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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Jan 6, 2020

Not gonna lie….

For years I thought this whole notion of picking theme words for the year was too “woo woo” for me. 

I didn’t see the point.  At all.

But then, a few years ago, I heard a colleague talking about her words for the year: Space & Grace. 

And suddenly I was like, “I NEED THOSE WORDS IN MY LIFE #everydamnday!!!”

This was at a time in my life that I felt I had NO space and NO grace.  I was overwhelmed, living in a lot of unknowns, and burning the candle at both ends - with no end in sight. 

So, I borrowed these two little words - Space & Grace - for the year.  They mattered.  They helped me shift my perspective on my situation.  They gave me hope and encouragement and strength during a phase of life where I felt I had very little control.

Ever since then, I have chosen words for the year.  These words gift me intention and clarity focus.  They create a filter through which I can make decisions for the year.  They remind me who I am becoming. 

Listen in to hear how choosing theme words for the year might help you (a ton), how to go about picking the best words for your current life and dreams, and how to give yourself just enough space & grace to patiently let the right words come to you so they can have maximum impact on your year.

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Jan 1, 2020

Dana Pake is a Seattle-based Shameless Mom to two daughters, Ellie (10) and Holland (7). A recovering people pleaser and perfectionist, she's a work-in-progress learning to savor the present and the impermanence of life with light-hearted flexibility. She's a lot like you. Working every day to be the best version of herself while simultaneously breaking the mold of her roles as wife, mom, daughter, sister, and employee.

Everyone has a story. Hers is punctuated by turning hardships into gifts. From her parent's divorce, living on her own since she was a senior in high school, weathering her father's suicide at age 19, outrunning Hurricane Maria and helping her husband through a difficult health episode, Dana has learned to metabolize hardship for inward and upward growth.

When she's not spending her days creating in real-life moments and human interactions that matter at events as an experience designer, you can find her planning her next trip to parts unknown (whether that's exploring new corners of the world with her family or discovering new versions of herself).

Listen in to hear Dana share:

  • The impact of her parents divorce and how she became a parental figure to her sister at age 8
  • The impact of losing her father to suicide at age 19
  • How she and her family narrowly escaped Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and set off on a year-long nomadic adventure with her husband and two young daughters
  • How she’s used work to hide, escape, and avoid pain, grief and growth - and how it’s caught up with her
  • Her family motto: embrace the detours
  • The power of the victim vs player mentality
  • How owning her resilience informs her personal and professional decisions today

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Dec 30, 2019

Your social media feed is probably full of posts touting how awful 2019 has been.  People who look back on a year of losses and defeat, eager to close the door and start over. 

I get it to some extent. 

And also… I think you are doing yourself a MASSIVE disservice if this is the attitude you choose to close the door on 2019 with. 

You did a lot this year.

You did hard things. 

You did big things.

You did brave things.

You learned. 

You grew. 

You prospered. 

Sometimes you fell. 

And you got back up.

You cleaned your wounds. 

You kept going.

You are stronger for everything you endured this year.

You are better for all the times you fell.

You are tougher for all the times you ugly cried.

This was a year of lessons and learning that will serve you WELL in 2020. 

And a lot of great things happened all over the world this year. 

You don’t get to see that when you track the traditional US news cycle.

Listen to hear all the ways 2019 ROCKED in big ways and small.  There will be some surprises in this episode for sure.  I hope they inspire you to love your year and feel LIT UP about starting a new one.

I am proud of all the hard things you did this year. 

I SEE YOU. 

Congrats on your growth in 2019. 

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Dec 25, 2019

Born and raised in New York, Ali Levine has worked for some of the biggest names in the Fashion industry including Fragments, Coach, Talbots and Target as part of development and design.

 Ali relocated to Los Angeles, California where she fell head over heels in love with wardrobe styling. She is an expert when it comes to creating looks for her celebrity clients. From red carpet appearances, music videos to world tours, Ali a unique thumbprint that displays her talent as a Fashion stylist.

Ali's New York persona took the limelight, when she recently appeared with her husband on Bravo's hit show, "Stripped." As a TV correspondent, she's covered red carpet events for Celebrity Page TV and makes regular appearance promoting herself as a brand. Ali's vibrant personality lights up the red carpet and tv appearance.  After Ali's recent birth of her daughter Amelia, Ali has transitioned to mompreneur and mommy influencer across the board.

Listen in to hear Ali share:

  • Why confidence is your greatest accessory and how to step into your confidence when you’re really not feeling it
  • Her philosophy around “there is peace in the pause” especially when life feels chaotic
  • Her (NAKED) experience on the Bravo show Stripped
  • How being on Stripped prepared her for her traumatic birth experience and postpartum depression
  • The specific steps she took to work through postpartum depression
  • Her use of CBD in her postpartum depression recovery
  • How PPD prepared her for all that comes with motherhood

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Dec 23, 2019

This is the week!!

On Christmas day, the SMA will celebrate 400 episodes.

DAMN.

That’s not a small milestone.

I have learned so much on this journey and I thought it would be fun to share some of the vulnerable behind the scenes moments with you. 

Listen in to hear:

The top 4 gifts I’ve gleaned over 400 episodes

The guests that I’ve been most nervous for

A few of my most vulnerable moments on the show

The parts that have looked awesome on social media, while being far less glamorous behind the scenes

I love sharing the show with you all.  And I love sharing BTS.  I think it’s alllll super important. 

I can’t thank you enough for walking beside me on this journey.  It just keeps getting better and that is in LARGE part because of YOU.

Love, love, love… Sara

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Dec 18, 2019

Ariel Garten is a fearless neuroscientist, psychotherapist, mom, former fashion designer, and the female founder and visionary of an amazing and highly successful tech start-up Muse - a device that reads brains. She shows how through meditation and technology you can improve mental, physical, and emotional state to become our best possible self.

If you’re anything like me and have struggled to find the inspiration to meditate on a regular basis, buckle up.  This conversation is going to inspire you to find your zen in all sorts of imperfect and easy to implement ways!

Listen in to hear Ariel share:

  • Why she stepped down as CEO of her own company when she became a mother
  • Her #1 tool to LET GO in order to build her dream life
  • How to teach yourself that you are not your thoughts
  • The neuroscience of meditation and how to dramatically improve your brain function over time
  • How to integrate meditation as an imperfect practice
  • The benefits of meditation for kids and simple ways to get started at a very young age
  • How to find the power to quiet your mind and truly free your mind
  • How to overcome barriers around fear in your mind

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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  • Stitch Fix Kids: Get started today at StitchFix.com/KIDS/shameless to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive their $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL!
  • Yumi: Head to helloyumi.com/ and enter promo code shameless for $60 Off your first month of Yumi!

 

Dec 16, 2019

Time is possibly your most valuable and finite asset.  Especially after becoming a mom, it can constantly feel like there is never enough time. 

Managing timing and having confidence around time management makes goes a long way in feeling confident you can achieve your goals.  If you feel there is never enough time, you’ll feel like you never get to work toward your dreams.

If you feel like you have a good grip on your time, you’ll feel a sense of spaciousness in your days - as if you have the space to work toward all the things you want to make happen.  This is a game-changer.

In this episode I’m going to share 7 ways to take back your time, including a slightly controversial opinion about unscheduling, canceling and quitting things every single week.

If you’re ready to take back some time in order to create more mental space and more time to yourself to work toward your dreams, create more joy, or just take a darn nap, this episode is for you.

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