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Self-Realization through Memoir Writing with Monica Hall - Ep 138

Unraveling Adoption

Release Date: 03/25/2024

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"I think that being an adoptee groomed me to relinquish my own child." -- Monica Hall

Transcript of this episode: https://app.swellai.com/t/tp_01HSM5N1067HY39ZRSGK11MB5T

Podcast Episode Synopsis:

In this episode of Unraveling Adoption, host Beth Syverson welcomes guest Monica Hall, an adoptee and birth mother who has recently published her memoir titled Practically Still a Virgin: an Adoption Memoir. Monica shares her journey of healing and self-discovery through writing her memoir, which delves into the complexities of adoption, trauma, and family relationships.

Monica opens up about her challenging childhood in Alaska, where she faced abuse and trauma within her adoptive family. She candidly discusses her experiences of relinquishing her daughter for adoption and the guilt and complexities that came with it. Through writing her memoir, Monica unravels layers of repressed memories and emotions, ultimately finding healing and clarity.

The podcast episode highlights Monica's writing process, where she initially struggled with self-doubt and perfectionism but found guidance and support from a dedicated editor. Monica emphasizes the importance of allowing oneself to start writing without judgment and to embrace the process of uncovering deep-seated emotions and experiences.

As Monica shares her personal journey of healing and self-discovery through writing, she encourages other adoptees and birth mothers to embark on their own memoir-writing journey. The episode concludes with a special giveaway of Monica's memoir, inviting listeners to participate by writing a review of the podcast or becoming a Patreon member.

Listeners are encouraged to explore Monica's powerful memoir, Practically Still a Virgin, and to support her in sharing her story of resilience and growth. The episode serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of storytelling and the importance of finding healing through self-expression and reflection.

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Music written and performed by Joseph Nakao

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Timestamps:

00:00:00 - Introduction to Unraveling Adoption Podcast
00:05:30 - Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Identity Issues
00:09:25 - Starting the Memoir Writing Journey
00:16:08 - Writing Process and Reflections
00:20:46 - Uncovering Layers of Trauma and Family Relationships
00:24:18 - Recovery and Healing Journey
00:26:23 - Advice for Aspiring Memoir Writers
00:27:41 - Book Giveaway Announcement and Support for Unraveling Adoption Podcast