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Author: Sara Dean

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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 (such as Gretchen Rubin, Carrie Wilkerson, JJ Virgin, Susan Hyatt, Cathy Heller, Nichole Nordeman, Melanie Shankle, and Jadah Sellner) 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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320: Lori Kennedy: On Being An Empath While Raising Empaths
Lori Kennedy is the founder and CEO of The Wellness Business Hub, which provides professional training and personal development for health practitioners looking to build and grow their businesses online. She’s also a mom and lover of all things related to coffee. Lori’s two foundational programs, The Wellness Business Academy and The 10K Success System, are growing a powerful community of health leaders who are transforming the way healthcare is done all over the world. She is also the host of The Business of Becoming Podcast for entrepreneurs who want to build the business and life of their dreams… all on their own terms. This is Lori’s second time on the show.  I wanted her to come back on to talk about her very personal experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and an empath, who is also raising a highly empathic kids.  Lori is always such a thoughtful sharer of knowledge & wisdom and this conversation is no exception.  Listen in to hear Lori share: How she recognized she is a highly sensitive person and empath, which she had identified as social anxiety for years How she protects her energy while running a massive business How she works around being contained in small spaces and crowds How she conserves energy for the right people and the right time Why she takes pride in her firm boundaries The best trick to turning around a hard morning or a hard day How to see your child(ren)’s empathic tendencies How to create space for empathic kids to process & release Links mentioned: Join me at Shameless Mom Con in Seattle on April 26th & 27th: Shameless Mom Con Connect with Lori: The Wellness Business Hub Lori on Facebook: Lori Kennedyinc Lori on Instagram Lori Kennedyinc Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Save $80 off your first month of meals by visiting Hello Fresh and entering the promo code SHAMELESS80 at checkout. Talkspace: to find your perfect match therapist for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy, go to Talk Space and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $45 off your first month. Bioclarity: Go to Bio Clarity to get 40% off skincare routines PLUS an additional 15% off EVERYTHING on their website when you use my code LOVELY at checkout.
319: 3 Years of Community, Connection, Identity & Impact
Today we are celebrating 3 years of The Shameless Mom Academy.  I launched this show three years ago not knowing up much I would love it, not knowing how much it would change my life, not knowing how many lives it would touch.  The last 3 years have been a blur and a dream - and the best part is that we are only getting started.  The growth of this podcast stems directly from you all implementing what you learn on the show.  You consistently turn the advice into action.  You are open to learning and growing and expecting more out of your life, your marriage, motherhood, and your career.  You show up and take imperfect action and get vulnerable and ask for help. I am SO HERE for all of this.  3 years, 319 episodes, 160 guests, 1.5 million downloads in 140 countries - and this is just the beginning. When I look back on all this, I can tell you the most valuable pieces have been the community, the connections, the impact and how that has stretched & expanded your identity and mine. Thank you for every single download, share, comment, like, DM, review, email.  YOU make The Shameless Mom Academy the Shameless dream that could. Links mentioned: Join me at Shameless Mom Con in Seattle on April 26th & 27th: Shameless Mom Con Thank you to our sponsors: Hourglass Cosmetics: Get free shipping with your purchase of a full sized Caution Mascara at Hourglass Cosmetics and use the promo code SHAMELESS at checkout. Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to Third Love
317: 5 Absolute Truths of Abundance
If you expect abundance, you will find abundance in all areas of your life.  If you expect scarcity, you will find scarcity.  We receive what we are looking for and what we are open to.  When you know you can do great things, you do great things.  When you know you can do hard things, you do hard things.  What you get out of life and the circumstances you create for yourself are your doing. When it comes to abundance, women often sell themselves short.  We don’t feel worthy or deserving.  We think others deserve things more than us.  We weirdly think that if we have more, there will be less for others.  This is all untrue.  Here are truths I want you to adopt in order to expect abundance in your life: You are innately deserving of good things You deserve good things as much as anyone else You are just a qualified and capable as anyone else Your beliefs will determine your outcome You having more doesn’t take away from others - it actually creates more for everyone   Links Mentioned: Join us as Shameless Mom Con on April 26th & 27th: Shameless Mom Con SMA Interview with Rachel Rodgers: Million Dollar Badass Rachel Rodgers Farnoosh Torabi So Money Interview Rachel Rodgers Thank you to our sponsors: Instacart: Get your groceries delivered to your door! Save $10 off your first order at Instacart or on the Instacart mobile app when you use the promo code SHAMELESS10 at checkout. Care Of: For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to Take Care Of and enter: shameless50 Cove: For a one month for free offer use code: With Cove
316: Abbey Ashley: High Achieving Guilt Free Mama
Abbey Ashley is the Founder of The Virtual Savvy. She helps aspiring virtual assistants launch and grows their own at-home business from scratch. Abbey started her own virtual assistant business in 2013 and was able to double the salary from her full-time corporate job, working only 20 hours a week... in just 30 days! She's since gone on to grow a multi-six figure business and retire her husband ALL from her at-home business. It's now her passion to help others start their own VA business so they can taste the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship as well. Listen in to hear Abbey share: How she started her virtual assistant business and replaced her full-time income while on maternity leave What kinds of work moms can do from home as a VA How to get started as a VA (it’s easier than you think!) The pros and cons of working for a VA company vs starting your own VA business How she has gotten over mom guilt in order to embrace being a high achieving entrepreneur Links Mentioned: Join me at Shameless Mom Con on April 26th & 27th: Shameless Mom Con Connect with Abbey: The Virtual Savvy Get Abbey’s Checklist: Checklist Abbey on Facebook Abbey on Instagram Abbey on YouTube Thank you to our sponsors: Grove Collaborative: Shop at Grove Collaborative today and get a FREE $30 Mrs. Meyer’s gift set with your first order at Grove Collaborative. Headspace: If you’ve been wanting to add mediation to your life, check out the Headspace app and get a free month trial at Head Space Open-fit: Join the Open-fit 30-day challenge and get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to Open-fit when you text SHAMELESS to 303030.
315: 4 Steps To Play Bigger In Life Without Asking Permission
When I look around to see who’s taking action in their lives, I see a lot of women doing two things: Waiting for an permission Waiting for an invitation Stop. Please.  There is no reason to ask permission to play bigger in your life.  There is no reason to wait for an invitation. NONE.  These are actually just “noble obstacles”, as Jon Acuff calls them.  These are the obstacles that we let stand in our way as a crutch to stay comfortable, procrastinate, dwell in our own perfectionism, live in fear, and keep our lives way. too. small. Today, I’m giving you 4 steps to start playing bigger in your life without asking permission: Take a seat at the table Know your worth and your power Assume you’re qualified Reach out and connect with the big dogs 99% of the time, there is not a benefit in waiting to take action.  99% of the time, the best time to take action is now.  99% of the time the best time to play bigger is now.  99% of the time when you start to play bigger, you get to live bigger.  99% of the time the net result is RADNESS. Are you ready to take a seat at the table? Links Mentioned: Join me at Shameless Mom Con on April 26th & 27th: Shameless Mom Con Thank you to our sponsors: Care: Save 30% off your Care.com Premium Membership by going to Care. Talkspace: to find your perfect match therapist for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy, go to Talkspace and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $45 off your first month.
314: Carin Rockind:  Resiliency After Abuse & Armed Robbery
Carin Rockind is a leading happiness expert, motivational speaker, and the creator of PurposeGirl, a movement to empower purpose-driven living. She has taught thousands of people real-life strategies to reclaim their happiness, and live to their fullest potential of success and well-being. Having survived domestic abuse, divorce, and armed robbery, she teaches others to be resilient through stress and grow from trauma. After fifteen years as a marketing executive, Carin pursued her great passion: teaching women to thrive. Carin was one of the first 250 people in the world to earn a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she has also served as adjunct faculty. Carin speaks at large companies worldwide and is a regular contributor to national media such as NBC, CBS, PBS, and NPR.  She recently launched Women's Global Happiness Day in over fifty cities around the globe. Listen in to hear Carin share: How being held a gunpoint changed the trajectory of her life Why women are less happy today than 30 years ago How we ignore living in our own bodies - because we’re conditioned to try to live in men’s bodies Why happiness sometimes actually sucks How her second miscarriage at age 43 sent her into a deep depression and then inspired her to launch Women’s Global Happiness Day The power, beauty, and opportunity of Post Traumatic Growth Links Mentioned: Join me at Shameless Mom Con on April 26th/27th: Shameless Mom Con 2019 Connect with Carin: Carin Rockind Carin’s podcast: Purpose Girl podcast Check out Women’s Global Happiness Day: Women’s Global Happiness Day Carin on Facebook Carin on Instagram Thank you to our sponsors: Betabrand: Get 20% off the most comfy Dress Pant Yoga Pants ever at Beta Brand.
313: Why Magic And Discomfort Are Soulmates
A few weeks ago I made a post on social media about magic and discomfort being soulmates.  This is the straight up #truth, friends.  Embrace it. The next morning I was listening to SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah and she 100% confirmed my theory (cause O and I are BFFs.  Obviously.) On Oprah’s show, she was interviewing Steven Pressfield and they were talking about resistance - and that resistance MUST exist in all opportunities that provide growth, evolution, and magic.  In fact, Steven said, “ Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the life unlived within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” WOW.  YES.  So much YES. I see so many Shameless Moms embracing the resistance to make big things happen.  And it is MAGIC.  It is powerful and profound, and life-altering.  And I see Shameless Moms who feel the resistance and take it as a sign that something is not meant to be. Mama…. NO.  I want you to lean into the resistance.  See it.  Embrace it.  Own it.  Walk through it.  It will change you - in all the BEST ways.  Listen in to hear me share the 3 phases of leaning into resistance that will allow you to walk through resistance, find your power and declare a magical VICTORY on the other side. Links Mentioned: Shameless Mom Con: Shameless Mom SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah and Steven Pressfield: Unlock Your Creative Genius Thank you to our sponsors: Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to Third Love Instacart: Get your groceries delivered to your door! Save $10 off your first order at Instacart or on the Instacart mobile app when you use the promo code SHAMELESS10 at checkout.
312: Lisa Woodruff: Organize 365
Lisa Woodruff is a Shameless Mom to two teenagers and the founder of Organize 365, the creator of the 100 Day Home Organization Program, the Sunday Basket Workshop and Sunday Basket Workshop Paper Organization Certification Program. As the Amazon bestselling author of The Mindset of Organization, Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time & How ADHD Affects Home Organization. Lisa shares her belief that organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life.  Lisa has helped thousands of women reclaim their homes and finally get organized with her focus on functional organizing, encouragement, and humor her through her weekly podcasts Organize 365. Listen in to hear Lisa share: How everyone can benefit from organization, even if you’re not an organizer by nature How to better manage the (research proven) 28 hours of week required to manage a home How to implement her Sunday Basket system that will create a ton of freedom in your week and in your head Specific steps to get kids involved in organization The science behind how much time and energy you safe when you commit small amounts of time organization Links Mentioned: Connect with Lisa: Organize365 Lisa’s 100 Day Organization Program Join Lisa’s FB group: Organize365 Thank you to our sponsors: Grove Collaborative: Shop at Grove Collaborative today and get a FREE $30 Mrs. Meyer’s gift set with your first order at Grove. Fabfitfun: To get $10 off your first subscription box (making it only $39.99 for $200 worth of products) go to Fabfitfun and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout. Native: For 20% off your first purchase, visit Native Deodorant and use promo code shameless at checkout.
311: Acknowledging and Navigating My White Privilege
For the better part of 2018, I was trying to figure out the best way to talk about race in The Shameless Mom Academy.  I was doing all the research, learning all the things, curating all the resources.  I wanted to be able to have the most valuable, productive, well-planned conversation possible.  Then I realized something.  I was sitting up on my high horse of white privilege waiting to make this as comfortable as possible for me, so I could make it as perfect as possible for you.  And that is NOT how this conversation should go.  This is not about my comfort.  This is not about tying anything up in a bow.  And by waiting to have this conversation with you, I was not only sitting in my white privilege, I was continuing to make space for white supremacy at the expense of people of color, including my friends of color and Shameless Moms of color. So, a few days ago, after an incident in this community that screamed of privilege, I knew I could not sit this out any longer.   By waiting to talk about this I was doing harm, I was being complicit.  I was part of the problem and not part of the solution. I sat down and recorded this to share what I’m learning about white privilege, how I’m navigating it and what resources I’m finding to be the most informative and valuable. My hope is that you find this informative and eye-opening.  After over a year of reading and research, I have been humbled over and over by how little I understood about white privilege and how much I was doing to contribute to the problem more than the solution.  Please note the people and resources listed below.  These women have been instrumental in my learning over the last year - and have been powerful forces of education and support in countless conversations about race at the expense of their own time, energy, and resources.  They are heroes and warriors. Resources: Books: Me and White Supremacy Workbook by Layla Saad This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union I’m Judging You by Luvvie So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish White Fragility by Robin Diangelo Hunger by Roxane Gay This Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor Becoming by Michelle Obama People to follow on social media: Layla Saad Rachel Cargle Ijeoma Oluo Danielle Brooks Sonya Renee Taylor Lena Waithe Laverne Cox Tracee Ellis Ross Issa Rae Serena Williams Ericka Hart Jessamyn Roxane Gay Catrice Jackson ShiShi Rose Morgan Jerkins Please note this list is not comprehensive.  These are resources that have been helpful to me.  I would love to know if there are others that have been helpful to you. Thank you to our sponsors: Bioclarity: Go to BioClarity and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to get your free clarifying masque when you purchase a skincare routine. Hourglass Cosmetics: Get free shipping with your purchase of a full sized Caution Mascara at Hourglass Cosmetics and use the promo code SHAMELESS at checkout.
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Hannah Esther Dayan

I love the actionable advice in this episode and all the great stories.

Feb 15th
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Hannah Esther Dayan

omg what a powerful episode!!

Jan 7th
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