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THE BRAVE ENOUGH SHOW 

A Podcast By Dr. Sasha Shillcutt

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Dr. Sasha Shillcutt interviews change-makers, leaders, influencers and overcomers on this show to elevate your spirit, and encourage you to define success on YOUR terms.

Season 9: The Parenthood Series

Mom First, Physician Second: My Biggest Lessons (and regrets) as Physician Mom

Season 9 Episode 1: December 2, 2022

Finally… I caved. In Season 9 of the Brave Enough Show, I am bringing you all things parenthood. I’ve always been afraid to do this… but as I am going on 20 years as a parent, I guess I have somethings to share, things I’ve learned along the way. Join me! I'll be discussing: 

1. My biggest parenting fears

2. My favorite things about parenthood

3. The biggest lessons parenting has taught me

4. I'm sorry: the most important words

5. Don't sweat the small stuff: letting go as a mom

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More Than A Mother: Defying The Motherhood Mystique

Season 9 Episode 2: December 9, 2022

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Sasha and Erin Lane discuss:

  • What it is to be “Someone Other Than a Mother”  
  • Mothering as a verb 
  • The pressure on women to become mothers 

About the guest: 

Erin Lane grew up being told there was no love as strong as a mother’s love. As a young Catholic girl growing up in the Midwest, she was given two options for a life well-lived: Mother or Mother Superior. She could marry a man and mother her own children, or she could marry God, so to speak, and mother the world’s children. Both were good outcomes for someone else’s life. Neither would fit the shape of hers. 

“Not birthing children doesn’t mean forgoing a family. It means faith in a wider, wilier vision of family,” writes Lane. “I have practiced making meaning beyond motherhood in two life stages now: one as a person intentionally without children and one as a person suddenly raising three through foster-care. Along the way, I’ve learned that the problem with the mother scripts is not simply that they don’t work for some women. The problem is that they’re assumed to work for all women, thereby shaming any woman who lives beyond their cloud of certainty.”  

Interweaving Lane’s story with those of other women—including singles and couples, stepparents and foster parents, the infertile and the ambivalent—Someone Other Than a Mother challenges the social scripts that put moms on an impossible pedestal and shame childless women and nontraditional families for not measuring up. 

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Four Mindset Shifts Every Mom Needs

Season 9 Episode 3: December 16, 2022

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Dr. Sasha and Dr. Sarah discuss:

  • The power of the pause 
  • All or nothing thinking and how to break free from it 
  • Boundaries with our kids 
  • Taking time for yourself as a busy working mama 

About the guest: 

Dr. Sarah is a psychiatrist who has published quite a bit on burnout and depression at UCLA, UCSD, UCSB and Harbor-UCLA. She dabbled in the corporate world before medical training - She's devoted to helping working professionals feel their best again, especially when dealing with depression, anxiety or other psychiatric challenges associated with work stress, intense workload, deadlines, no work-life balance and others. 
 
She incorporates exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management, efficient time management (especially as a full-time psychiatrist and mom of 2 under 2), and other sustainable lifestyle changes.

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When the Doctor becomes a Patient: How a diagnosis helped me prioritize Motherhood with Dr. Lisa Whitty Bradley

Season 9 Episode 4: December 23, 2022

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Dr. Sasha and Dr. Lisa W. Bradley discuss: 

  • Normalizing asking for help as mothers 
  • Setting radical work life boundaries 
  • Being present when we are with our kids
  • How a chronic disease became a blessing 

About the guest: 

Dr. Lisa Whitty Bradley is the CEO & Founder of Loop Plastic Surgery, SC and Chicks with MDs, LLC. Both entities focus on the education and empowerment of patients, physicians, and the community at large. She is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive coaching expertise including, but not limited to the following: private practice building and restructuring, crafting social media strategies for physicians, contract negotiation, medical copywriting, med tech consultation regarding health care-patient education-physician resources, self-advocacy and care, and disability and malpractice coverage for physicians.  

In 2013, Dr. Whitty Bradley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and restructured her practice to include advocacy for both patients and medical professionals who live with chronic medical conditions. She also spends a significant amount of her practice time teaching young, as well as seasoned physicians about the essentials of creating a legally and financially secure practice environment.  

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How to Thrive as a Solo with Robert Beeson, founder of Solo Parent

Season 9 Episode 5: December 30, 2022

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Dr. Sasha speaks with the founder of Solo Parent, Robert Beeson, a successful Grammy-award winning music executive who found himself as the sole parent of three young girls. They talk about common misconceptions about single parents, how to support single parents, and the growth that comes in what Robert calls the “solo season”. 

You don’t want to miss this episode! 

About the guest: 

Robert Beeson is the founder of Solo Parent, a nonprofit that provides community, support and restoration to thousands of single parents all over the world. Prior to his work with Solo Parent, Robert had a 17-year career as a Grammy Award winning music executive, overseeing the signing and/or development of artists like Jars of Clay, Third Day, Michael W Smith, Casting Crowns and many others.  

In 2006, at the height of his career, Robert’s life changed dramatically when his wife left and he found himself raising his three young daughters on his own. Crushed and broken, Robert went searching for support and help for single parents. Unfortunately he came up short and found that there just weren’t resources. He felt so alone. During his Solo season, as he calls it, Robert found that his brokenness led him to one of the greatest gifts of his life - a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. Over time, his wounds healed, he came out of the fog, and found that his life had been transformed by God’s grace and love. 

Although this wasn’t the path he would have chosen, it altered his course and reframed his understanding of every aspect of life. Realizing that more than a third of American households are run by single parents, Robert saw a huge need and wanted to share what he learned with others that had experienced similar pain.  

In 2017, Robert started Solo Parent —launching the movement to help single parents and their families thrive. Today, the organization provides in-person and online groups 7 days a week with participants from around the world, a weekly podcast with more than 350,000 downloads, the Solo Parent app where thousands of single parents connect, daily meditations, e-books and other online resources, and so much more.  

The results have been overwhelming - lives and families are being transformed. But there is still much to do. Even though Solo Parent has served more than 189,000 single parent families, that’s still only one-percent of single parents in America. And so, Robert’s mission continues—helping single parents find hope, healing and purpose. 

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Raising Confident Children with Dr. Jasmine Zapata

Season 9 Episode 6: January 6, 2023

In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Dr. Jaz and Dr. Sasha discuss: 

  • Teaching our teens body positivity 
  • The effects of screen time on teens 
  • The power of positive affirmations 
  • How to ask for help as parents  

About the guest: 

Dr. Jasmine Zapata aka “Dr. Jaz” is an award-winning 7x author, speaker, and double board-certified physician specializing in the fields of pediatrics and public health. As a medical doctor, she does public health research, works in the hospital caring for newborn babies, trains new doctors, and serves as a state public health official. Outside of her medical roles, she is extremely passionate about mentorship and girls' empowerment.

She is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful Girls Empowerment Movement, which helps girls increase their confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills. Beyond Beautiful means you are more than what people see on the outside- your true beauty is within! The Beyond Beautiful books, live events, music and courses have now reached schools, churches, health systems, and nonprofits both nationally and internationally. Her team recently completed a 14-city national Beyond Beautiful book tour and is excited about many big opportunities and partnerships in the works for the future.

Dr. Zapata also is the founder of a book publishing coaching program that has now helped over 100 authors also write books that have had a tremendous impact on youth and young adults across the country. Overall, Dr. Jaz’s ultimate mission in life is to heal, uplift, and inspire.

Learn more about Dr. Zapata here: www.drjasminezapata.com

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How to Co-Parent with Your Polar Opposite with Lance Shillcutt

Season 9 Episode 7: January 13, 2023

If you are like me… you are likely coparenting to someone who was raised differently, thinks differently, and sees the world through a distinctive lens. In this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Lance (Enneagram Type 1) and Sasha (Enneagram Type 8) discuss the highs and lows of parenting together for the past 20 years. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy while they discuss:  

  • How their own childhoods sculpted their parenting styles 
  • How their Enneagram Types affect their approach to parenting 
  • How the resolve conflict in parenting 
  • How they parent as a team 

About the guest:

Lance is the husband of Sasha, father of four, Christ follower and a Physical Therapist. Lance is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters of Physical Therapy. Originally from Kansas City Missouri, Lance has lived in Nebraska since 1999. When not practicing physical therapy or working at Brave Enough he enjoys Crossfit, spending time watching his 3 boys play soccer and basketball, and his daughter dance. He loves to travel with Sasha and is a foodie.

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Mothering Through Grief

Season 9 Episode 8: January 20, 2023

On this episode of The Brave Enough Show, Dr. Sasha and Dr. Michelle discuss: 

  • How to parent through grief
  • How to allow grief to be part of your everyday life 
  • Normalizing emotions for kids

About the guest: 

Michelle Chestovich, MD is a family physician of 20 years, a certified life coach and a mom of four.  Her ongoing passion for physician wellness was amplified by the unexpected death by suicide of her younger sister, Dr Gretchen Butler in March 2021.  She is using her voice to raise awareness about the high risk of suicide in medicine, in particular for women. She speaks out on the need to implement effective solutions to burnout in medicine and empowers physicians to take care of their needs and mental health through coaching and self-compassion. 
She is a keynote speaker on the topics of physician burnout and suicide awareness and has a weekly podcast, Re-Mind Yourself, where she shares wellness topics for physicians.  She is honored to be dedicated to the work of helping heal the healer.

Help is available. Suicide hotline: 988

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