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Hosted by the notoriously real and raw Sara Dean, The Shameless Mom Academy is a top-rated podcast for moms who are looking to gain confidence, improve relationships, build better boundaries, cultivate resilience, create joy, and position themselves as a leader in their households, communities, workplaces, and businesses. The Shameless Mom Academy provides inspiration, learning, and stories that guide moms to become more confident and courageous decision-makers and action-takers.  With a deep commitment to truth-telling, Sara and her guests share vulnerable stories that are not often shared between mothers.  You can expect your head and your heart to expand a little with every episode. If you’re ready to overcome mom guilt, reject imposter syndrome, and quit perfectionism, you’re in the right place.  You can count on The Shameless Mom Academy to provide practical advice and simple strategies to make your life a little better starting today. Warning: Sara is known to make listeners laugh and cry and walk away feeling like you just spent time with a new best friend.

The Shameless Mom Academy: Motherhood, Motivation, and Mindset Tips for Busy Moms Sara Dean

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Hosted by the notoriously real and raw Sara Dean, The Shameless Mom Academy is a top-rated podcast for moms who are looking to gain confidence, improve relationships, build better boundaries, cultivate resilience, create joy, and position themselves as a leader in their households, communities, workplaces, and businesses. The Shameless Mom Academy provides inspiration, learning, and stories that guide moms to become more confident and courageous decision-makers and action-takers.  With a deep commitment to truth-telling, Sara and her guests share vulnerable stories that are not often shared between mothers.  You can expect your head and your heart to expand a little with every episode. If you’re ready to overcome mom guilt, reject imposter syndrome, and quit perfectionism, you’re in the right place.  You can count on The Shameless Mom Academy to provide practical advice and simple strategies to make your life a little better starting today. Warning: Sara is known to make listeners laugh and cry and walk away feeling like you just spent time with a new best friend.

    864: Permission to Unload the Mental Load of Motherhood

    864: Permission to Unload the Mental Load of Motherhood

    The mental load of motherhood is the invisible yet relentless responsibilities, from managing household chores to coordinating family schedules, which often fall disproportionately on mothers. This burden not only involves physical tasks but also includes the (often more exhausting) emotional and cognitive labor of anticipating and attending to the needs of their children and family members.
    The Motherload (aka the mental load of motherhood) includes the 175 running lists you keep in your head in every single moment of #everydamnday.
    It includes:

    every school form you need to sign tonight

    how much creamer you have left in the fridge

    how many rolls of TP you have in the house

    when you need to call your mom

    what bills you need to pay by next Wednesday

    when the kids have their next day off school

    every single email you need to reply to today and which ones can wait until tomorrow

    what time the babysitter is coming on Friday

    which hotel you need to book for spring break

    which of your kid’s friends can’t have peanuts

    which of your kid’s friends you need to buy bday gifts for

    which socks your kid will NOT wear

    how many pairs of clean undies every single person in the household has left before you have to do laundry again

    what you’re having for dinner tonight and tomorrow and the next night and the next night and the next night and the next night

    which kid will eat crusts

    which kid will eat carrots

    Have any of the children had any water today?


    You are a living, breathing library of information. You are basically hosting an entire internet system right inside your head.
    It’s a lot. Too much. So overwhelming and often maddening.
    And sometimes downright unfair.
    The Motherload is exhausting on so many levels.
    I want to give you some hope. But I’m going to warn you that this will require some work (I promise to keep it simple!) on your part. But the work will be REWARDING. The work will lessen the load!
    When it comes to The Motherload, we tend to make it really hard on ourselves. We get in our own way over and over. We get stuck in perfectionism and martyrdom, making ourselves completely miserable.
    Listen in as I give you 4 methods to manage the madness. These simple methods are going to dramatically improve your life and create space in your head (who doesn’t need more space in their head?!)

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    • 30 min
    863: Julie and Ryan Neale: Mother & Son Neurodiversity Advocacy on College Campus

    863: Julie and Ryan Neale: Mother & Son Neurodiversity Advocacy on College Campus

    Julie Neale is a life and leadership coach, mom to two neurodivergent boys, and creator of Mother’s Quest, the Mother’s Quest Podcast, and the Live Your EPIC Year Planner. Started in 2016, Mother’s Quest provides inspiration, coaching, and community for mothers who want to live their version of an E.P.I.C. life while raising their children. At the age of 50, Julie received a diagnosis of ADHD, realizing that she is also neurodivergent. The diagnosis explained a lot and has provided a window for her to understand better what it’s like for her children to embrace their differences while finding strategies to address the challenges. This year, Julie is serving on the UCLA Parents' Council. She looks forward to working alongside her son Ryan, from a parent perspective, to support neurodivergent students and their families at UCLA.
    Ryan Neale is a neurodivergent sophomore at UCLA, planning to double major in Communication and Disability Studies with a minor in Film Studies. He is part of the College Scholars Program at UCLA and recently was selected as part of the 2023 Chancellor's Leadership Program cohort. He is passionate about neurodiversity advocacy and sharing his own experiences to pave the way for others. He is currently a staff member at the Bruin Resource Center, where he is a student lead on a new campus-wide neurodiversity initiative to make UCLA more inclusive for students like him. This summer, he served on staff for the Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for high schoolers wanting to create neurodiversity advocacy projects. He was also a speaker at the 2021 Stanford Neurodiversity Summit and has been a guest host on the Mother’s Quest Podcast. Ryan was diagnosed with autism at the age of 18 months old and also identifies with ADHD and anxiety.
    April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. I was so honored to have Ryan and Julie here to talk about neurodiversity, including autism, and all that Ryan is doing to build inclusive spaces for kids like him on college campuses.  
    Listen in to hear Ryan and Julie share:

    Ryan’s optimism around the neurodiversity movement, esp in collegiate environments

    Ryan’s autism diagnosis at 18 months and his experience of learning of his diagnosis at age 13

    Ryan’s disconnection from his diagnosis given his propensity for rich connections

    How Julie was diagnosed with ADHD when going through menopause 

    The difference in the ways Ryan and Julie accepted and integrated their respective diagnoses

    What Ryan’s transition into college life has been like

    How Ryan has leaped into neurodivergence advocacy at UCLA

    Links mentioned:

    Connect with Julie: https://mothersquest.com


    Connect with Ryan: www.ryanjneale.com 

    Mother’s Quest on IG: www.instagram.com/mothersquestpod


    Ryan on IG: www.instagram.com/ryan.neale04


    Ryan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-neale-031112176/


    Autism Story Telling Project in San Fransisco: https://www.autismstorytellingproject.com/ 


    Spark Course about Ryan’s college experience 

    Mother's Quest Podcasts with Ryan related to neurodiversity:

    https://mothersquest.com/ep-93-learning-outside-the-lines-in-college-with-neurodivergent-advocates-ryan-neale-jonathan-mooney/

    https://mothersquest.com/embracing-neurodiversity-and-being-an-adult-with-julie-lythcott-haims-and-ryan-neale/

    https://mothersquest.com/ep-18-yolo-you-only-live-once-and-other-milestone-reflections-with-ryan-neale/


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    • 51 min
    862: A Year from Now Nothing Will be the Same

    862: A Year from Now Nothing Will be the Same

    A few weeks ago, my dear friend Dana shared a post to her IG stories that said, “A year from now nothing will be the same.”
    I immediately took a pause. Dang. What a true statement that I hadn’t previously considered. When I think about where I was this time last year, there are so many things I couldn’t have predicted happening over the last year. My husband’s layoff, a layoff that is still enduring 10 months later. Going to grad school. A number of professional opportunities. A handful of personal breakthroughs, as well as some losses.
    When I think about what life could hold a year from now, I realize that there is so much coming that I don’t know about. Yikes! Or… Yay??? I’m not sure which. Maybe a bit of both. 
    Wherever you are today, the moment you are in will pass. The things that are hard today will be different a year from now. The things that are great right now will have shifted and evolved - maybe gotten even better, maybe disappeared. And, there are a whole bunch of things coming your way that you don’t know about yet. Big things. Great things. Hard things. 
    So, how can you hold space for what’s to come so you’re not devastated by the hard things or unable to engage in the great things? In this episode, I will walk you through 3 ways you can stay open to possibility as life gets ready to life all over you over the next year. 

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    • 34 min
    861: Tressa Beheim: Entrepreneur & Expat Supporting Ethical Businesses

    861: Tressa Beheim: Entrepreneur & Expat Supporting Ethical Businesses

    Tressa Beheim is an online business manager and strategic partner who supports women entrepreneurs in all that they do. She’s a project manager, back-office coordinator, and a people wrangler who knows product development and online marketing. She goes beyond the typical Online Business Manager with nearly 15 years of experience and knowledge plus the ability to help her clients execute their big (and small!) visions in the real world.
    Tressa is one of those extremely organized, type-A people and it aligns perfectly with her role as a strategic partner. Running a micro agency allows her to utilize everything in her toolbox, knowledge and business acumen attained through an MBA, skills mastered through years in a corporate position, and managing businesses since 2009 to help her clients thrive. She is from the United States and has lived abroad in Leipzig, Germany since 2016 with her husband and two daughters.

    Listen in to hear Tressa share:

    What it’s like being an expat in Germany

    What it’s like raising 12 and 14-year-olds in a country different from what she grew up in?

    The difference in kids’ independence in Germany and the US

    How she started her business as a virtual assistant when her daughters were very young

    The cost of carrying tons of 5-minute tasks on your To-Do List

    The unexpected gifts of having someone else as a decision-maker and action-taker in your business

    How to know when you need more strategic help in your business


    Links mentioned:

    Connect with Tressa: tressabeheim.com


    Tressa on LinkedIn 

    Tressa on IG


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    • 54 min
    860: What’s Stopping You from Saying Yes?

    860: What’s Stopping You from Saying Yes?

    When given the opportunity to try something new, unfamiliar, or uncomfortable, it’s often easier to say NO than YES. It’s typically pretty easy to justify your NO, too.  
    Nope, I’m too busy right now. 
    Nope, that sounds terrifying. 
    Nope, I’m just not ready yet.
    For some, NO is a default that prevents critical growth. But, every NO has a cost. When you say NO are you considering all that you’re saying NO to? Often your NO to an opportunity is also a NO to growth, excitement, validation, affirmation, a new level of success, a new skill, new relationships, and an enhanced sense of self.  
    When you look at what’s stopping you from saying YES, it is likely self-limiting thoughts, uncomfortable emotions or feelings, and/or limited resources. These can all be very valid objections to missing out on an opportunity. But, sometimes it is well worth pushing back on your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and even resource limitations to consider the value of saying YES while recognizing all the possibilities and potential that this YES could carry.
    In this episode, you will have a chance to take a close look at what’s stopping you from saying YES and how you can get out of your own way to make choices that invite growth, advance success, and amplify your sense of self in significant ways.  

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    • 29 min
    859: Dr. Amy Porto: The Overlap of Food Elitism, Healthism, and Supremacy Culture

    859: Dr. Amy Porto: The Overlap of Food Elitism, Healthism, and Supremacy Culture

    Dr. Amy Porto is an anti-diet registered dietitian, nutrition professor, and certified intuitive eating counselor. As an expert in her field with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Porto speaks the truth about nutrition. Her purpose is to disrupt mainstream diet culture with real science, a dash of humor, and a little bit of common sense. And while she holds a BS in Biochemistry and a PhD in Nutrition Science, she believes you shouldn’t need a PhD to decode food labels at the grocery store. Breaking down complex information about food and nutrition into digestible bite-sized pieces of information is her passion — plus, she loves a good pun. Amy’s ultimate goal is to help you trust your body and reclaim your relationship with food.
    This is Amy’s second time on the show and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her back. Every once in a while I have a guest who makes me think, “Maybe we should start a podcast together or take our show on the road”... Amy is one of those guests. I could talk to her and learn from her all day every day.  

    Listen in to Amy share:

    What food elitism is and how it shows up in society

    The dangers of putting food in a hierarchy

    Why the “Dirty Dozen” food list is not worth your worry

    Why language matters so much when we speak about food and the dangers of labeling foods as bad, trash, fake food, junk food, clean food, etc

    How food elitism contributes to discrimination toward people who are food insecure

    Her thoughts on healthism and the morality of health

    How our judgments around food are whitewashed and part of the Supremacy culture we live in

    How you can start to unfold your own biases around food, nutrition, and health

    Why you should avoid health & wellness practitioners who weaponize fear to sell to you


    Links mentioned:

    Connect with Amy: Amyporto.com


    Learn about Amy’s Eat Better Club: Amyporto.com/links


    Amy on IG and threads: @dr.amyporto

    Amy on FB

    Pesticide Counter: https://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/ 


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    • 1 hr 5 min

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