Ep. 147: Mary & Lynlee Ropp – Shaking Your But with Pride

Do you need more self-confidence? Does fear hold you back from chasing your dreams? If your answer is YES, then today’s show is one you cannot miss. We are discussing how to improve your self-confidence, overcome fears, and take baby steps toward true success. 

Mary and Lynlee Ropp focus on building self-confidence in women and generally kicking butt in life. They are a little unconventional, mixing metaphysical spiritualism with good old-fashioned swear words. They wrote their book, Shake Your But! to help others pursue and realize their dreams. They do this through their personal development coaching business, AscendingU. They love how their stories are giving voice to other people. In their words, “It’s time to celebrate who we are, stand up and grab our dreams by the lady balls.”

Helping others

If you’ve fought to gain self-confidence in your life, then you become passionate about helping others achieve the same. This is true for Mary and Lynlee, who started their coaching and personal development company, AscendingU, to empower people to laugh, grow, and love. They love seeing other people achieve their goals and succeed, and they gain great satisfaction in watching that process. Self-confidence is feeling comfortable in your own skin, living for you and not someone else, and loving who you are. Having self-confidence can help anything and everything become attainable as you overcome fear to chase your dreams.

TWEET: If you can think it and dream it, then you can do it. @ascendingu #chasingdreams

Step by step

Are you honest about how you’ve grown and changed? Mary and Lynlee are brutally honest about the personal examples of how they have grown and changed, hoping these will inspire and empower others to do the same. The techniques mentioned in their book are from concepts they have applied in their own lives. Their message is to stop making excuses and take small steps to improve your life. The first steps to take are to build self-confidence and battle against fear and imposter syndrome.

TWEET: I realized I didn’t like the person who was staring back at me in the mirror. @ascendingu #chasingdreams

Steps to “Shake Your But”

Is your life full of “buts”? If you stop and think about it, then you will probably admit that you battle against the “buts” of limiting beliefs. The first step is to identify and acknowledge those limiting beliefs. Ask if your belief system is serving you OR constricting you. Mary and Lynlee say to reframe your thoughts, take action, push past the fear, and put your beliefs into action. Each little step will help you gain confidence. Taking just one or two steps will help you realize you CAN do it. You have to do things in the face of fear and build on each little success.

TWEET: If you don’t think you can do something, then you’re not going to. @ascendingu #chasingdreams

Guest Recommendation: ONE action for a dream chaser: 

From Lynlee: “Get out of your comfort zone and ask for what you want. Don’t believe that you CAN’T do something. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but just have the confidence to make changes.” 

From Mary: “Buy our book! Step outside your comfort zone and your fear. That’s where the magic happens and where you start to grow. Wake up ten minutes early tomorrow and think about what you’re thankful for and think positively about yourself. You’ll be surprised how that positive mindset can change the course of your day.”


  • [:57] Mary and Lynlee’s occupations today
  • [2:35] AscendingU and problem-solving
  • [4:34] What it means to have self-confidence
  • [11:13] Where they’ve come in the last 10 years
  • [14:40] The struggle in creating the book
  • [17:15] The first chapter on Limiting Beliefs
  • [19:38] How limiting beliefs may follow you
  • [22:04] Steps to “Shake Your But”
  • [24:40] How fear holds us back
  • [30:01] How the book has been received
  • [32:09] The intent behind the practical workbook format
  • [33:30] ONE action for a dream chaser


AscendingU Website 

Shake Your But! by Mary and Lynlee Ropp

AscendingU on Facebook 

AscendingU on Instagram 

AscendingU on Twitter 


TWEET: Knowledge is worthless if you can’t apply it. @ascendingu #chasingdreams

TWEET: What baby step can I take today toward my goal? @ascendingu #chasingdreams

TWEET: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  –Jack Canfield @ascendingu #chasingdreams

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