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The Shameless Mom Academy

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.
286 Episodes
283: Relationships, Boundaries, And The Stories We Make Up
It was pointed out to me a few weeks ago that I might be the kind of person who makes up BIG stories in my head that are often UNTRUE.  This happens when I think someone might be mad at me or when I think I’ve been wronged or when anything feels unjust in my world.  I’m quick to make assumptions, jump to conclusions, and sometimes downright freak the heck out.  And it’s often all for nothing.  The story I created in my head was just that – a story – with no basis in reality. Can anyone else relate? So, the reason this happens is a thinking process called the Ladder of Inference.  This is where we take in an experience or some sort of data and then filter it, determine it it’s a threat or a benefit to us, make assumptions, jump to conclusions, form beliefs and take action based on these beliefs.  I’m really good at climbing that damn Ladder of Inference super fast, which can totally mess up my head and sometimes my interactions with others.  I know I’m not alone here.  Listen in to hear how you might be climbing this ladder with me and how it’s potentially damaging your relationships and maybe even your upcoming holidays.  Thank you to our sponsors: Lola: Get 100% organic tampons delivered right to your door for 40% off. Go to Lola and use the code SHAMELESS40 at checkout. Rothy’s: To get free shipping on any order of Rothy’s shoes, as well as free returns, go to Rothy’s and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
282: Taryn Perry: How To Be A Shameless Coach And Influencer
Taryn Perry is a Shameless Mom of 4 and a 6 figure earner as a Beachbody coach.  She became a Beachbody coach 10 years ago to prove the infomercials were a big fat lie and she lost 25 pounds and built a whole new career, replacing her 6 figure commercial real estate salary in just 3 years.  Since then she has worked with multiple MLMs and in multiple fitness spaces as a Turbo Kick instructor, a CrossFit coach, a Boot Camp coach and a Core de Force instructor.  She recently added nutrition credentials to resume as well.  She never stops showing up for herself (at 4am) or her business, which has taken her to the top ranks of Beachbody and landed her on QVC with Tony Horton. I’ve known Taryn for years and I’ve watched her do more in her MLM than any other woman I know.  Given how many moms I know test the network marketing waters, I had to ask Taryn to come on the show and share her secrets. Listen in to hear Taryn share: How she built her business on connection and relationships, not through sales The power of consistency How she manages the naysayers What her exact paychecks have looked like over the last 3 years Her secret sauce to making a magical career in a network marketing business Links Mentioned (go to and click on Ep 282 for clickable links): Taryn on Instagram Free Kitchen & Ab Makeover ebook Join Taryn’s Free Facebook Community: Momstrong Project  Thank you to our sponsors: Kathie Lee Gifford book - The Gift That I Can Give You: Get 30% off Kathie Lee’s children’s book, The Gift That I Can Give You at Faith Gateway and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout. Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to
280: Courtney Shorter: Grief, Joy, and Soul Free Mamas
Courtney Shorter is the Owner and Event Designer at RyanMorgan Events and Soul Free Mamas, where she plans memorable events and retreats that bring people together… Courtney has always loved planning gatherings, parties, and yes...meetings! Fascinated by all the details in dressing up, dancing, the music, lights, the food, and the glamour.  Much like a stylist helps her clients find the best garments to showcase the greatest versions of who they are; Courtney helps her clients throw the best party or event to exhibit the very best of what they have to offer.  Over the last few years, life has been a world wind of joy and pain but Courtney’s mission is always to find the joy... She loves to bring fun and help families find their joy.  Her company, named after her twin angel babies, Ryan and Morgan, is built on a bedrock of love, a passion for what’s possible and a commitment to be an unstoppable force for good!  As a way to honor her babies, after many years of event planning and heartbreak, she recently extended her business to empower women who have experienced infant loss, miscarriages, and/or women who are living with infertility.  Courtney has created a powerful space for women that crave to be heard and supported along this lonely journey.  Listen in to hear Courtney share: How her 10-year infertility journey led her to find a brain tumor The story of the birth and loss of her 1 pound twin girls How finding regular joy saved her from her grief Why she created her own grief group to connect women of color experiencing grief  Thank you to our sponsor: Fabfitfun: To get $10 off your first subscription box (making it only $39.99 for $200 worth of products) go to Fab Fit Fun and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout. Links Mentioned (clickable links are available if you go to and click on Episode 280): Connect with Courtney at Ryan Morgan Events Join Courtney’s private Facebook group: Soul Free Mamas Get Sara’s Shameless Friday emails: The Shameless Mom Academy Follow The Shameless Mom Academy on Instagram
279: 4 Ways To Make More Time For Yourself
A recent conversation in our Shameless Mom #everydamnday Facebook group stopped me in my tracks.  One Shameless Mom posted that she only got a couple hours of time to herself each month.  And that her partner thought this was an appropriate amount of time – he didn’t see why she might need anymore.  I found this disconcerting. But more disconcerting was the chorus of moms who commented saying they too didn’t get much if any, time to themselves on a regular basis. MAMAS.  This is NOT ok.  Time to yourself is essential.  Time spent serving no one but you is crucial. Sacrificing regular time to yourself is sacrificing your true self and your basic need to cultivate your identity outside of the roles of mother and wife. Whether its taking a bath, going out with girlfriends, getting a massage, sitting alone reading in a coffee shop, going to book club, taking a photography class, joining a knitting circle – you need time just for you.  And this time should not be a gift from your partner.  This time should be a requirement of your relationship.  In this episode, I dig into these 4 steps to getting more time in your life: Make it a requirement, not a reward Ask for support, not permission Work in small doses #everydamnday Opt out and unscheduled whenever possible Thank you to our sponsors: Homesick Candles: Save 10% off any order over $50 and get free shipping at Home Sick when you use the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
278: Heather Chauvin: Mom Is In Control
Heather Chauvin has been named the next generation’s thought leader in parenting and women’s leadership. Her mission is to crack women open to their deep potential and help them create the life their soul craves. Heather is the creator of the New & Noteworthy Podcast, Mom Is In Control, and has been featured on/in the OWN network, Huffington Post, and various other media outlets. Through her Courageous Rewrite Initiative, Heather gives voice to many humans who courageously took inspired action to create lives they’re proud of. With wit and wisdom, Heather inspires a global community of women to take back control of their lives and evolve how they lead, work, play, and parent. Listen in to Heather share: Why she’s excited to have her mom move in with her despite their challenging past How she went from almost taking her own life to almost having her life taken from her Why you need to focus on energy management NOT time management Why you need to slow down to speed up The phases of Survival  Momentum  Thrival  Creative Abundance and how they touch different areas of your life The power (for you) in giving your child a safe place to experience any emotion Links Mentioned: Heather’s podcast: Mom Is In Control Connect with Heather: Join Heather’s Facebook group Thank you to our sponsors: BarkBox: Get a free month of Barkbox with any 6 or 12 month subscription by visiting
277: 17 Ways To Protect Your Kids From Predators
I often tell people that my “mommy podcast” is not about momming.  It’s no about how to potty train your kid or get through sleep training.  It’s generally NOT parenting advice.     Except now.     Because I will shamelessly declare that there are a few instances in which I will use my platform to give parenting advice.  Protecting your kids from predators and sexual violence is one of those instances.   A few weeks ago I released an episode titled, “How To Not Raise A Rapist.”  After that episode, I got a number of messages asking, “What about our daughters?  How do we protect our girls from predators.”     I immediately knew I needed to create this follow up episode.  And this episode is not just about protecting your daughters.  It’s about protecting girls and boys from predators.     In this episode, you’ll learn: 17 tools to protect your kids from predators 6 reasons victims don’t report assaults 6 things every parent should know about predators The reality of people who perp on kids and the exact behaviors they use to build trusting relationships before they victimize   Resources/Links Mentioned: SMA Episode 271: How to Not Raise A Rapist  Book: It’s Not The Stork (for young children) Book: It’s So Amazing (for slightly older children) Book: It’s Perfectly Normal (for preteens) (and follow up books) SMA Episode 120 with Amy Lang: Bird and Bees and Kids Resource - RAINN: Article - Parents Magazine: How To Protect Your Kids From A Predator   Thank you to our sponsor: Follain: Save over 50% and get Follain’s Clean Essentials Kit today for only $22.  Go to and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout to get free shipping.     
276: Katie Krimitsos: Reframing Mom Guilt and Other Mommy Myths
Katie Krimitsos is a Shameless Mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster, business strategist, seeker and change maker.  She's committed to brightening the light of women around the world - through her Biz Women Rock community, which supports Women Entrepreneurs - and now through Meditation for Women, guided meditations that are specifically created with the special journey of women in mind.  These meditations are tools to help women reconnect with the divine wisdom already inside of each us so we may live our own, extraordinary lives. I connected with Katie at an event after some light stalking…  She had the most magnetic energy and I knew I wanted to connect with her.  We ended up chatting and I immediately felt like I found a new friend.  I am so excited to share her with you. Listen in to hear Katie share: How motherhood exploded her universe in unpredictable, expansive, dynamic ways How she created her Mompreneur Mission Statement and what she included in it How she has reframed and renamed “mom guilt” so it doesn’t exist in her world Why it’s a myth that you have to make less money in motherhood When and why you should push pause, get quiet, and take a timeout How transparency and sharing helps us turn our struggles into strengths Links Mentioned: Connect with Katie: Biz Women Rock Join Katie’s private Facebook group Katie’s Meditation Podcast: Meditation for Women Katie’s Business Podcast: Biz Women Rock Thank you to our sponsors: Canvas People: To get a FREE 11x14 canvas print (just pay shipping) of any of your photos, go to Canvas People and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout. Scentbird: To save 50% off your first order and get your first scent for just $7.50, go to Scentbird and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout
275: 4 Ways To Let Your Freak Flag Fly
Like most women, I spent a lot of my life trying to blend in.  I wanted to be the same as all the people around me.  In fact, I hated that I had red hair and freckles for my entire childhood.  I didn’t like looking different. However, today, as a 42-year-old woman, mom, wife, entrepreneur, I LOVE standing out.  I love being my own unique person.  I love being recognized for what makes me different.  I love my red hair and freckles (and I get super offended with certain skin care companies say they have creams to minimize/lighten freckles – WTF?!?  Not cool.) I’ve come a long way in owning my differences, embracing my oddities, and sharing my true self.  And the result has been magical – as now I attract all the best people into my life.  When I was trying to blend in I had a lot of relationships that were NOT satisfying.  Sometimes I felt misunderstood and like I needed to hide parts of myself. No more.  Now I let my freak flag fly and the people I attract people have many of the same values as me, and often the same interests (Real Housewives, entrepreneurship, fitness, personal and professional development, mental health awareness).  I actually build friendships around geeking out on common interests instead of pretending to like what someone else likes.  And, it’s SO MUCH BETTER.  Who knew??? Listen in to this episode to learn 4 ways you can let your freak flag fly and how flying your freak flag will change the dynamics of your relationships.  Thank you to our sponsors: 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. RXBAR: RXBAR is offering you an exclusive pack of 6 adult bars and 4 kids bars + 25% off your first order when you go to RXBAR and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout.
274: Marina Pearson: The Joy of Being
Marina Pearson is a Shameless Mom to 3-year-old Leo, host on The Joy of Being Podcast, bestselling author and investor. Aside from being featured on/in ITV This Morning (in Europe), Marie Claire, The Guardian and The Daily Mail she lives her life working on projects that light her up. When she isn't spending time with her son at the beach in Javea Spain (where she lives) she is running exclusive Joyriding Retreats in Spain for women/mums in business who want to ditch the overwhelm or overseeing her investments, or hosting her Joy of Being Podcast where she interviews transformation professionals, business owners and creatives on how moms and women in business can live a life full of joy and freedom. Listen in to hear Marina share: The power of not limiting yourself to one title/role The power of stressing less and living more How she mothered in spite of feeling she lacked the “mom gene” How to create space between emotion and reactions in order to feel more in control of your reactions How she manages a challenging/unconventional custody schedule The difference between easy and effortless and how to create more effortlessness in your life The truth about Connection (yes, it starts with a capital C) Links Mentioned: Marina’s Podcast: Joy of Being Connect with Marina: Marina Pearson Free Resource: Joy Catalyst Scorecard Marina on Instagram Marina’s free Joy of Being Facebook group Thank you to our sponsors: 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. Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to Third Love
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Daisy Lawrence

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