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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.
305 Episodes
302: Nicole Walters: Unexpected Overnight Shameless Mom of 3
By age 28, Nicole Walters was a highly-paid executive at a Fortune 500 company, managing multibillion-dollar accounts. But something wasn’t right. “My job was feeding my family, but not my soul,” she says. So in YRTK, Nicole quit her corporate job to open her own business and product development consulting firm, The Monetized Life. As her audience ramped up, so did her revenue—she made $11,000 in the first three weeks of working with small business clients full time. Now, when she’s not hanging out with her husband and their three adopted kids, she shares her secrets to earning “passive income” with other entrepreneurs through her wildly popular online course, 1K1Day. “I teach people how to add commas to their bank accounts,” says Nicole. “They learn that they don’t have to trade time for money.” I discovered Nicole on Instagram and was immediately drawn to her story of becoming an unexpected overnight Shameless Mom to 3 sweet daughters.  I am so excited to share her Shameless story with you all! Listen in to hear Nicole share: How she became an unexpected, overnight mom to 3 daughters The boundaries she built around her commitment to motherhood, even before she knew she would become a legal guardian to her daughters The hilarious and brilliant ways she shows up (sometimes virally) to motherhood How and why she quit her corporate job online, in front of 10,000 people Her secrets to building a multi 7 figure business Links Mentioned: Connect with Nicole: tv Nicole on Facebook Nicole on Instagram Nicole on Periscope Nicole on Youtube Nicole on Twitter 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. For 50% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit Take Care of and enter the code SHAMELESS at checkout. Simple Health: Find a better way to get birth control – delivered right to your door. Go to Simple Health or use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to have your $20 prescription fee waived.
301: Why You Should Set Your Secrets Free
I recently had a conversation with a group of women about the secrets we hold and how they hold us back.  Truth be told, a lot of women hold onto secrets for the better part of their lives - and these secrets cripple us in multiple areas our lives.  If you have been holding onto a family secret since you were a little girl, there is a part of you who is stuck in the body and mind of that little girl.  Holding on to secrets and not allowing ourselves to process and heal from them can arrest our development and impede our ability to deeply connect with others. When we start to share our secrets with trusted people we experience freedom, healing, relief, and power.  And we often find that our secrets were not as big as we let them become in our own minds.  When you share your secrets in groups of women, you’ll quickly learn that everyone has secrets, stories, and experiences that have felt crippling to them at certain times in their lives.  And when we start sharing these stories, we begin to heal and we allow ourselves to connect more deeply in our relationships with others - win/win! In this episode, I’m going to share with you a series of secrets that other women have allowed me to share, as well as a few of my own.  I think you’ll see through these examples how your sharing your secrets can set you FREE and allow you to be more SEEN - which can be life-changing. Thank you to our sponsors: Butcherbox: For $20 off your first box and 2lbs of FREE salmon go to Butcher Box shameless and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout to save $20 off your order and get 2 lbs of FREE ground beef in every box for the life of your subscription! Instacart: Get your groceries delivered to your door with free delivery on your first order when you go to Instacart or use the free mobile Instacart app and use the promo code SHAMELESS at checkout.
300: Rose Wetzel: Shameless Ninja Warrior
As the founder of Stack-It! Mamas, Rose Wetzel loves empowering women when they feel most vulnerable – after giving birth (at least that’s when SHE felt most vulnerable). A personal trainer and professional athlete (obstacle course racing, specializing in Spartan Races and American Ninja Warrior), Rose has to stay fit for her livelihood (getting paid to work out sounds nice, right?), but after a post-delivery complication/emergency surgery set her back many months, she had to start from scratch to rebuild her fitness, while working through postpartum depression, and worrying about her husband’s rare cancer returning. (It hasn't!) She tried all the tools in her trainer toolbox, but when she didn’t get efficient results, she got creative…until one day something clicked. In fact, it worked so well that not only did she get her strength and career back on track, but she realized her new calling: to focus on helping women feel fit, energetic, and confident after having a baby, AND make sure their results lasted. Her new method, call the Stack-It! Method flips traditional fitness on its head - helping you restore your energy through self-care routines that involve habits other than working out - like baths and rest! Rose and I worked together as personal trainers years ago, and the minute I found out she was pregnant, I told her she had to come on the show one day.  I could not be more excited to share her story with you for our 300th episode! Listen in to hear Rose share: How being the youngest daughter of 9 kids shaped her life Her rock bottom postpartum moment she took to Facebook live to share with the world How she clawed her way out of postpartum depression and back to the podium The impact of childbirth and motherhood on the life of a professional athlete Her mindset resets around not reaching her biggest goals in the last year How she’s preparing for her upcoming year of racing and American Ninja Links Mentioned: Join my Plan & Prep Pajama Party: Pajama Party Connect with Rose: Rose Wetzel Join the Stack-It! Mamas FB group Follow Rose on Facebook Follow Rose on Instagram Rose’s husband Tim’s Blog: Race Sherpa Rises
299: 5 Uncommon But Super Effective New Year's Practices
If you are a high achiever, or a perfectionist, or prone to anxiety or depression, you likely already feel totally behind on your New Year’s goals/resolutions.  I am with you.  As a high achiever prone to anxiety it’s easy for me to feel totally behind if I haven’t met three new goals by January 2nd at noon.  So, we’re in this together. Let me help you out….. You are not behind.  You are right where you’re meant to be. In today’s episode, I’m going to walk you through 5 uncommon & unconventional but super effective New Year’s practices that will help you exhale and allow you to create space for everything you truly want in 2019. I’m going to give you a sneak peek at these 5 practices, but you also must listen in so you can see how these practices will be the most useful and effective for you! 5 Uncommon, Unconventional, but Super Effective New Year’s Practices: Don’t start anything new on January 1 Spend some time with your calendar Spend more time listening than planning Don’t start with goals, start with dream lists (this is *magic*) Plan small, even tiny, action steps - not leaps On top of this deep dive into these 5 practices, I also give you 5 DO NOT DO practices that will probably clear a ton of negative space in your head, in order to make space for GREATNESS in 2019.  You ready??? Links Mentioned: Join me for my 2019 Plan & Prep Pajama Party: Thank you to our sponsors: com: Save 30% off your Premium Membership by going to Care. Beachbody On Demand: Start your free trial and get access to their 14 days results plan when you text SHAMELESS to 303030.
298: Molly Mahar: Reconnect and Reclaim Your Truth
Molly Mahar is Shameless Mom to Max and Juliet and the founder of Stratejoy — an online community that has helped thousands of women reclaim joy and meaning in their world. She’s an entrepreneur, mama, and adventurer obsessed with taboo topics, designing personal experiments, and the power of sisterhood. Molly teaches everything she knows about claiming ownership of your life + your truth in her 10-month program, Reclamation. A free spirit with a passion for mindful entrepreneurship, Molly loves sharing her knowledge with others and cracking numerous self-deprecating jokes. Bonus if she gets to be barefoot + dole out hugs upon entry!  She has spoken at numerous events and conferences and been featured in The Washington Post and Forbes.  Molly’s superpowers are telling the truth kindly, gathering awesome women together, and yes — reclaiming joy.  I have been dying to connect with Molly for years, so I am so excited that we got to finally have this conversation.  I think you’re going to love it! Listen in to hear Molly share: Her desire to pursue and embrace mastery in 2019 How she learned she pregnant – when she thought she had bipolar disorder Why she wiped out half her business and half her income on purpose Specific practices you can use to reconnect and reclaim your truth How to pay attention to what brings you pleasure and joy– and make decisions around those feelings The 4 questions you should have answers to in order to pull yourself out of tough moments and days Links Mentioned: Register for my 2019 Plan & Prep Pajama Party: Pajama Party Connect with Molly: Stratejoy Learn more about Reclamation: Reclamation Follow Molly on Instagram: Molly Mahar Follow Stratejoy on Instagram: Stratejoy  
297: My Most Impactful Interviews of 2018
I could not be more grateful to each and every guest who joined me in the SMA in 2018.  So many of these interviews had BIG impact.  A wanted to share a variety of the episodes I found to be the most impactful in 2018 – based on the guest's stories, my experience with the interview, and your feedback on these episodes.  If you missed any of these, go listen NOW.  If you want to know which episodes are worth a second listen, it’s these ones.  Enjoy! Episode 194 with Andrea Owen: Your Kick-Ass Life How women hold ourselves back from happiness and numb ourselves with food, alcohol, TV and social media. Episode 210 with Kelly Herron: Not Today Mother F*cker How she survived a vicious attack and used her terrifying story to become a warrior. Episode 238 with Dana Malstaff: Divorce, Proactive Crying, and Getting Naked How getting to know herself better led her to divorce and a new sense of hope. Episode 240 with Debbie Reber: Differently Wired The pervasiveness of Differently Wired kids and how we can be more supportive of their gifts, talents, and strengths Episode 244 with Dr. Jenny Yip: Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Her story of OCD in different phases of her life and how she helps treat other moms and kids with OCD and anxiety. Episodes 246 and 248 Danny J: Saved By The Daughter She Placed For Adoption Part 1 and Part 2 How having a baby and placing her for adoption at 16 saved her from her eating disorder, depression and suicidal ideation Episode 264 with Jessica Butts: Front Seat Life How knowing and embracing your personality type can change the course of your life Episode 270 with Nichole Sylvester: Surviving Abuse, Addition, and Murder How she addiction and abuse, and hit rock bottom when her ex-boyfriend murdered a woman in her home Episode 280 with Courtney Shorter: Grief, Joy, and Soul Free Mamas How her 10-year infertility journey led to a brain tumor, the loss of twin baby girls, and ultimately her sweet boy, Hendrix. Episode 284 with Rachel Rodgers: Million Dollar Badass How she emerged from a childhood impacted by poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and the loss of her father at the age of 12 to become a 7 figure earner. And why she firmly believes all women should aim to be 7 figure earners. Links Mentioned: Register for the 2019 Plan & Prep Pajama Party: Pajama Party Take Jessica Butts’s personality quiz Get Nichole Sylvester’s book: Oh Shift Thank you to our sponsors: Third Love: To find the perfect fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase got to Third Love
296: Karen Bonnell: Co-Parenting in Marriage, Separation, and Divorce
Karen has over 30 years of experience working with couples and families facing transition, loss, growth and change.  Her work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spurred her determination to write “The Co-Parenting Handbook” with Kristin Little, Child Specialist. Parents learn the best ways to support their children, strengthen their co-parenting, and discover the necessary tools to skillfully create a two-home family.   “The Parenting Plan Workbook” followed with contributor Felicia Malsby Soleil, JD.  And most recently,  Karen and Patricia Papernow, PhD released The Stepfamily Handbook, for parents ready to date and hoping to one day successfully create a stepfamily.    As a teacher, trainer, facilitator, Karen played an instrumental role in developing the year-long facilitator training program for the Compassionate Listening Project. As a certified Compassionate Listening trainer, Karen utilizes this heart-centered approach to authentic speaking and capable listening used around the world in high-conflict situations such as Israel/Palestine. Her deep listening skills make all the difference working with co-parent pairs in conflict as they find their way through the pain of divorce into a future with optimism.   Listen in to hear Karen share: How to parallel parent if integrated co parenting is not possible When you should see a co parent coach How to know when kids are really struggling with divorce/restructuring of family How to know when kids are ready for you to introduce new partners into your family unit What to do when your partner is not capable of co parenting How reading the Co Parent Manual can improve, and potentially save, your marriage NOW   Links Mentioned: Connect with Karen: Subscribe to Karen’s Youtube channel Karen’s Book: The Co Parenting Handbook   Thank you to our sponsors: Hourglass Cosmetics: Get free shipping with your purchase of a full sized Caution Mascara at and use the promo code SHAMELESS at checkout. Katie’s Crib podcast: Check out this new podcast hosted by new mom Katie Lowes, who played Quinn on the hit show Scandal.  Check out Katie’s Crib on or anywhere you listen to podcasts.       
294: Radiah Rhodes: Being Is The New Doing
Radiah Rhodes is a visionary, entrepreneur, designer, engineer, and coach. After two decades of experience leading small businesses and Fortune 100 companies in the beauty and information technology industries, Radiah became known for her strategic insights, impeccable design aesthetic, and natural ability to connect, lead, and get results. She has led and coached many executives and organizations to deliver exceptional business results and launched a strong portfolio of multi-million dollar products and services around the globe. Most recently Radiah authored the book, Being is the New Doing: A Divine Guide to Owning Your Energy, Time and Peace of Mind. She also launched a collection of brands and products designed to transform and expand your intention and well-being. As an entrepreneur, corporate leader, wife, and Shameless Mom to two amazing and active children, Radiah knows what it takes to be extraordinary in life and leadership. She trains clients on how to tap into and leverage their intention as the fuel and fire to create any desired outcome with ease and authenticity. Listen in to hear Radiah share: Why intention is a measure of how you’re showing up and who you’re being How to elevate your intention through regimens and routines that open up space in your life How making declarations about who are can help you redefine yourself Why you need a rotating “energy leader” in your household Why you must recognize that your Busy Badge defines who are you being… is it working for you or against you? Why we get stuck staying small in order to stay safe Links Mentioned: Connect with Radiah at Evok: Evok Life Get Radiah’s book: Being is the New Doing Check out Radiah’s Evok INTENTION Planner System Thank you to our sponsors: Read Me Romance Podcast: Check out the sizzling new podcast, Read Me Romance, with hosts Alexa Riley and Tessa Bailey. Tune in at Read Me Romance or wherever you listen to podcasts. 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. Lola: Get 100% organic tampons delivered right to your door for 40% off. Go to Lola and use the code SHAMELESS40 at checkout.
293: 5 Ways To Keep Going When You Want to Quit
Raise your hand if you’re a quitter! Oh, you’re not??  Fantastic. While it’s likely that you wouldn’t identify as a quitter, you probably feel like quitting things on a regular basis.  Annnnd, it's possible you actually do quit things sometimes – maybe even on a regular basis.  We quit diets and workout programs and books and friendships and jobs and clubs and committees and marriages.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes quitting is 100% the right move.  See link below for my episode on the merits of being a quitter! But, sometimes we need to pull up our big girl pants and SHOW UP and POWER THROUGH and DO HARD THINGS. On these days, when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and we’re not sure there will ever be a pay off for our valiant efforts, we need some skills to keep us going.  This episode will give you the skills you need to keep moving forward, to keep taking action, to prove to yourself that you are a powerful, resilient, tenacious badass who gets what she wants and needs out of life.  Cause you actually ARE that lady already.  I know it.  Let me show you. Links Mentioned:  SMA Ep 28: Be A Quitter SMA FB Group: Shameless Mom #everydamnday Download my 15 Minute Manifest: 15MM Get on my email list to get the 2019 Plan & Prep Pajama Party Invitation: News Letter Thank you to our sponsors: Mack Weldon: For 20% off your first order of the most comfortable underwear, socks and leisure wear your guy will ever wear, go to Mack Weldon and use the code SHAMELESS at checkout. 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.
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Hannah Esther Dayan

omg what a powerful episode!!

Jan 7th

Daisy Lawrence

Women’s studies

Jun 12th
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