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Welcome to You Get What I'm Saying, your invitation to explore life through the lens of the girlfriend in your earbuds. Doing her best to live up to impossible standards in a material world, host Angie Griffith authentically and imperfectly shares her truth about what it looks like to be: figuring out life and business after stepping away from a decade+ career in the Music Industry, dating in Nashville in her 30s, letting go of the pressure to “manifest” her dreams, surrendering herself to G ...
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Tara Griffith is an adoptee, adopted at the age of 13, through an open kinship adoption. She is a birth mother of almost 18 years in an open adoption. Tara is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida who has spent the last 14 years working in the field of adoptions. She opened a DCF licensed adoption home study agency in 2021 in ho…
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Let's dive into the delightful chaos of spring cleaning season. As I stand amidst a decade's worth of accumulated stuff in my well-loved home, I'm feeling the irresistible urge to purge and liberate myself from the weight of unnecessary belongings. From my overstuffed closets to the treasure trove of lotions and potions in my bedroom, I'm on a miss…
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Sara Easterly is an award-winning author and essayist. Her latest book, Adoption Unfiltered (Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 2023), is a collaboration with birth parent Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard and adoptive parent Lori Holden. Her spiritual memoir, Searching for Mom, won a 2020 Illumination Book Award gold medal, among many others. Sara’s adoption-foc…
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David Bynum was born and adopted at birth in Columbus, Oh. He began his search in 2018 and is currently in reunion with both sides of his biological family. He is a married father of three and grandfather of six. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and Retired Correctional Officer. David Recently retired from coaching High School Football at Reynoldsburg Hig…
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Tune in as I spill the tea on my whirlwind breakup saga- in a way that will help you to mentally detach and move on if you're going through the same! We're talking about the rollercoaster of intense but short-lived love, receiving unexpected information that changes what you thought you knew about the future you envisioned, and the classic "it's no…
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Original Air Date: May 11, 2021 Barbara Robertson is affiliated with NAAP (National Association of Adoptees and Parents) and co-facilitates a virtual support group Adoption Network Cleveland once a month. She is a contributor to "Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space" (The An-Ya Project) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=adult+adoptees+claim+t…
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Angie Giles is an international adoptee, orphan, sister, daughter, wife, mother, friend and craft entrepreneur. In the beginning, the only thing she knew was her biological mother's name, Isabel Gamez. Angie was given up at 6 days old to the Rosa Virginia Peletier orphanage on June 22, 1978. She was given the name Rutilia De Los Angeles Gamez at bi…
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I've had a major epiphany about dating with intention lately, and (spoiler alert), it involves ditching the whole "chemistry" requirement. Turns out, chemistry might just be our nervous system recognizing something familiar, which is not always what we actually desire long-term. So, I decided to switch things up this past year and actually figure o…
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Iris P. Bryant is a recent widow and mom of two young adults. She is passionate about helping women find purpose on the other side (or smack dab in the middle) of pain. She has served an online community at irispbryant.com for several years. She is also an adult adoptee and she created The Adoptees in Arms community to help adult adoptees find hope…
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Join me as I recount my personal exploration of Catholicism through the lens of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), spilling the details from deciding to jump into the 19-week program to the final initiation. Making the decision to become Catholic in adulthood is a unique experience that raised some eyebrows among my friends and fam…
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Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She earned her PhD from the University of Washington. Her research has been published in Adoption Quarterly, the Journal of Family Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Quarterly, Family Relations, and the …
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Join me as I unpack my profound truth behind a common phrase we've all heard throughout our lives ("the devil is in the details") and share my personal journey of breaking free from the relentless cycle of busyness. As someone who has thrived on meticulous planning and attention to detail, I explore the subtle ways Satan distracts us, preventing us…
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Original Air Date: October 12, 2021 Ridghaus relinquished a son at 19 and then later, at the age of 35, learned that he had been relinquished and adopted. Ridghaus is the co-creator of the 6WAM (Six Word Adoption Memoir). He has spent the last 20 years teaching as a professor in English, Communication, Media, and Law from his graduate degrees in En…
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Tune in as I candidly navigate the societal pressure to meticulously plan the year ahead. As influencers flood our feeds with recaps, vision boards, and resolutions, I invite you to take a breath and embrace the beauty of uncertainty. Reflecting on my own journey of stepping away from a controlling nature in order to surrender to God's plan, I shar…
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Original Air Date: November 23, 2021 Jean A. S. Strauss is an adoptee who located her birth family in 1988, a life-changing experience which she continues to learn from today, thirty-three years later. She is the author of five books (three about adoption search and reunion) and over 80 films, 55 of which are focused on the need for adoptee access …
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From redefining success to embracing a wide variety of content genres, let's chat through 10 pillars that carried me through the twists of 2023. Join me in discovering the transformative power of letting go of industry pressures, the joy found in simple pleasures like fostering puppies, and the importance of prioritizing well-being. This episode is…
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This episode is lovingly dedicated to Stephen McGue (Julie Ryan McGue's husband) who made his earthly transition on 02/12/22. Julie Ryan McGue is an American writer, a domestic adoptee, and an identical twin. She explores the topics of finding out who you are, where you belong and making sense of it. She is the author of two books: Twice a Daughter…
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From choosing the right shoes to wear on a walk to navigating life's more complex decisions, our outlook shapes our reality. Can personal reflection on our expectations or a slight shift in perspective lead to a more fulfilling life? How can we fully embrace the present, even in tough situations? Join me on this journey of self-discovery and empowe…
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Navigating the landscape of being single or simply apart from family around the holidays can easily feel lonely, but I'm here to offer you some insights around how you can turn this solitude into a season of JOY! From decorating your space to connecting with loved ones remotely, this episode is a guide to rediscovering the true spirit of the holida…
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Kate Murphy, LCSW is a returning guest. We discuss when making a difficult decision can ultimately serve to self-care and honor oneself. Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a psychotherapy practice in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in working with members of the adoption constellation with a focus on adoptees. She knows that processing the…
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Michelle Madrid is the author of Let Us Be Greater: A Gentle, Guided Path to Healing for Adoptees and host of the Electricity of You Podcast. She is an international adoptee, former foster child in the UK, and an adoptee empowerment life coach who has been recognized as an Angels in Adoption® Honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Insti…
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What does it actually mean to be living your best life? Does society determine what your best life should look like, or are you seeking out the things that will leave you truly fulfilled and happy? In this episode, I'm pulling back the curtain on five simple yet transformative things I've done to become happier in my day-to-day life. From calling i…
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Sandria Washington asks the question: How did I go from writing my first short story in crayon to living inside the biggest plot twist of my life (and trust me, God has written me into some BIG ones these first 40 years of life)? ⁣ She knew from an early age that books, words and stories would always be her saving grace. She remembered when her par…
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Welcome to You Get What I'm Saying, your invitation to explore life through the lens of the girlfriend in your earbuds. Doing her best to live up to impossible standards in a material world, host Angie Griffith authentically and imperfectly shares her truth about what it looks like to be: figuring out life and business after stepping away from a de…
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Join me on a journey through the chaos of dating apps and the sheer exhaustion that comes with the quest for love in today's digital age. In this episode, I share my own experiences with various dating platforms, and I explain why I generally tend to "swipe left" the online dating scene all together. While I remain optimistic about finding the righ…
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This episode is lovingly dedicated to Jane. Lorraine Dusky is an award-winning journalist, editor and author who prefers to write stories that will make a difference. Her controversial memoir, BIRTHMARK, published in 1979, was the first from a mother to write about the grief of giving up a child to adoption. Lorraine soon became a lightning rod for…
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*RATED R- kiddo ears not allowed!* From navigating the chaos of multiple family gatherings to the societal pressure of obligatory gifts that leave you with little to spend on your loved ones, you may feel a sense of dread heading into the "happiest season of all." But fear not! Whether you're grappling with the complexities of gift-giving on a budg…
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Constance Nicole Frierson grew up on the Southside of Chicago after spending the first 5 years of her life in Mobile, Alabama with her grandmother. She was born into a legacy of secrets and has fought to heal her heart and be an agent of truth, change, and art for her children, grandchildren, and community. Throughout her employment history, human …
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I finally pulled the trigger on something I’ve been wanting to do for a while (something I don’t think I’ve EVER mentioned on the pod)! Plus– a recent conversation with my fave 12-year-old inspired a fresh perspective on the concept of living in obedience, and I couldn't wait to share it with you. But that's not all– as the holiday season approache…
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Sara J. Streeter (Hea Sook Han) is a transracially adopted Korean-American, writer, and biological mother. Discover more of her work at her website sarajstreeter.com. Adopted daughter. Biological daughter. Youngest of six Korean sisters. Only half sister to three American sisters. She writes both creative nonfiction and fiction about grief, adoptio…
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The universal trap of equating worth with material achievements often sidelines the things that truly matter in life, so it's about time we self-reflect on the profound question of whether our identities are defined by what we do or who we are as individuals. Drawing from my own experience in the music industry- where success often hinges on endles…
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Susan Ito began reading at the age of three, and writing stories at the age six. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen,The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell …
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In 2014, Tampa-native John Miller took a leap of faith and headed to Nashville to build a career as a songwriter. Since then, his songs have been recorded by over 100 artists, including Blessing Offor (Capitol Records), Tiera Kennedy (Big Machine), Bailey James ("Finally Free" reached #42 on the Billboard charts), Cassidy Rae Gaiter ("All the Feels…
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Lori Holden, a veteran in the adoption space, writes at LavenderLuz.com and hosts the podcast Adoption: The Long View. She’s the author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption (recommended by People magazine, of all things!), which is featured on adoption agency required-reading lists across the country. She has keynoted and presented at adoption …
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Happy spooky szn to all who celebrate, particularly those whose blood type is pumpkin spice. Welcome to my stream of consciousness- a casual chat between you and I, centered around a somewhat nostalgic journey through the '90s. From recording (and re-recording) answering machine messages to the anticipation of picking up developed film from the dru…
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This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Thais America Guirigay Aparicio de Sanguinetti. Thais made her earthly transition after this recording on Friday October 6, 2023. Sophie P. Jupillat Posey was born in Venezuela, adopted by French parents, residing in the United States from three to 28 years of age and now currently residing in France. S…
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Rachel Awtrey is a trailblazing influencer and podcaster who defies conventional norms by inviting her audience to peek behind the curtain of her life. In a culture that often encourages surface-level perfection, Rachel stands out by embracing vulnerability and imperfections. With over 1.5 million downloads, her chart-topping podcast Real Talk with…
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Kristin Jones is a mental health therapist with a private practice in Utah. Her personal experience as a domestic adoptee has given her valuable insight into the complexities of identity, self-discovery, and carrying the wounds of deep trauma. Her passion lies in facilitating change and growth, empowering individuals to overcome their obstacles and…
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Life's most valuable lessons often happen around the kitchen table- and lucky for me, I got to overhear this one during a nannying shift! Tune in to hear a heartwarming story that proves universal wisdom can sprout in the most unexpected places. CONNECT FURTHER WITH ANGIE: Podcast: https://www.yougetwhatimsaying.com Listen Early and Dynamic Ad-Free…
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Sheala Durant is a writer, journalist and a working mom who was born in western Michigan in the late 1960s. She adopted into her family at a young age. Sheala launched a search for her biological parents at the age of 15 with a visit to Grand Rapids. Afterwards, at age 18 she asked Bethany (Christian) Services, her adoption agency, for non-identify…
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She’s BACK! We last heard from Les Alfred in May of 2023 (ep. 102), where she shared ALL her secrets to growing her podcast as an independent creator from ZERO to nearly 8M downloads, averaging 500k downloads/month (in case you’re wondering- that’s like… REALLY good)! Launched in 2018 and revealing a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT in this episode, the Balanced …
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Michelle M. Hinton was born to a 17-year-old, at 8 weeks premature, and relinquished to social services. Her adoption court documents state that she was born out of wedlock, illegitimate, and her only name was “baby girl”. She's never seen her original birth certificate. After birth, Michelle remained in an incubator, in the NICU for 2 months. No k…
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One of my besties, Katheryn is bold and brave, and she goes after exactly what she wants in life– whether it's moving to a new city, taking a chance on different reality TV shows, going after (& usually reeling in) whatever guy she wants, or owning a room with her confidence and quick-witted humor. She's an amazing example of owning the skin you're…
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Susan Devan Harness is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and author of Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption, and multiple award-winning Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, as well as an American Indian transracial adoptee. She has been interviewed for numerous podcasts, on public radio, and …
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Mom (s/o Julie!) says she's sick of hearing about my podcast saga, so today- we're moving on! While I was skimming the podcast app for episode ideas, I ran across a fun podcast trend and decided to jump on board. Tune in to get to know me a bit better through hearing my answers to 26 questions, and if you're needing a lil content inspo, you may con…
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Dr. Patrice Martin is a same race adoptee who lives in Nashville, TN with her family. In her profession she works in grants management in the nonprofit and forprofit sectors. She has always known she was adopted. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with a loving family. As life would have it she has had some twists and turns to her story. At about age 27…
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Fasten your seatbelts, 'cause we're cruising deep into the ongoing saga this week– I've just resurfaced from a 40-hour fast, baby! Following my hail mary attempt to find clarity and uncover that shiny new podcast title, the inspiration that came to me post-fast was not what I was expecting. But here we are. So let's weigh our options. MENTIONED IN …
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Alieshaia is a 29 year old transracial adoptee from Upstate NY and currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She has recently begun her career as a school based occupational therapist. During her free time, she enjoys reading, visiting bookstores, playing video games, watching movies, sharing food and laughter with her friends and traveling with her b…
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As Jelly Roll says, do I only pray to God when I "need a favor"? Take a stroll with me down memory lane as I recall a personal story that reminds me of why it's important to be intentional with the relationships and resources God has already trusted me to steward- even when it's hard, and before I start asking Him for more. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISOD…
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