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The podcast where adoptees discuss the adoption experience. This is not the usual adoption talk. You will find real, raw, and deep feelings addressed in these interviews. No sugar-coating here! Come and laugh, cry, learn and heal with us. Adult adoptees share stories of search, reunion, and secondary rejection. Adoptees On also curates recommended resources to encourage and educate the adoption community about adoptee issues.
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Join host Sky Bradshaw on the second and fourth Fridays of each month for interviews, messages from Spirit, and helpful tools for your personal growth and balance. "In this podcast I plan on having exciting, knowledgeable guests, and creative content all while being a vessel for Spirit. Using one of my core beliefs that “When the one is strengthened, the sum is strengthened.” I hope to curate a beautiful tool for those touching their own personal growth. By doing our own work we grow, and th ...
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285 | [Healing Series] The Seven Insights into Adoptee Attachment with Pam Cordano, MFT Today’s episode is a special episode in our Healing Series, where I interview therapists who are also adoptees themselves, so they know from personal experience what it feels like to be an adoptee. We’re joined by Pam Cordano, MFT, talking all about the seven ch…
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In this episode, Sky explores the theme of community, highlighting the strength and power of human connections. The Skylight segment features a conversation with life coach Christina Calabria, who brings her unique insights into the importance of community. Christina shares her experience and insights into community, emphasizing the joy of discover…
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284 | Dr. Alice Diver Today’s guest is the remarkable Dr. Alice Diver, law professor and outspoken adoptee advocate. Alice has written multiple journal articles and books on the topic of adoptee rights, including her latest, Genetic Stigma in Law and Literature: Orphanhood, Adoption, and the Right to Reunion. Alice shares some of her personal story…
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283 | Cam Lee Small, MS, LPCC We have a returning guest, adoptee therapist Cam Lee Small back with us today. Cam has a brand new book out, The Adoptee’s Journey: From Loss and Trauma to Healing and Empowerment, published by a faith-based press. I recently got to meet Cam in real life, and he’s just as warm and genuine as he appears on the Internet.…
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282 | Alison Larkin Alison Larkin is here today, and we are so so honoured to have her with us. It’s likely a lot of you already know Alison, but for those who are new to her, she is a stand-up comedian, voice artist, audiobook narrator, actress, producer, screenwriter, and bestselling author of The English American. Today we get to hear her story …
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Discover the transformative power of self-expression with the latest episode of the Be Your Soul Podcast! This insightful episode explores embracing authenticity as a pathway to self-acceptance. Join Sky Bradshaw and her guest, Peekaboo Point, an interdisciplinary performance artist, as they delve into the intricate dance of self-discovery and crea…
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281 | Janet Sherlund Today we’re welcoming Janet Sherlund to the show! Janet is the author of the brand new memoir, Abandoned at Birth: Searching for the Arms that Once Held Me. Janet shares some of her story with us, including her challenging relationship with her adoptive mother, her struggles with anxiety, and the reason she finally felt free to…
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280 | Svetlana Sandoval We’re back, and I’m sick again, and my voice is only going to be like this for the intro because luckily I was healthy when I interviewed this week’s guest, Svetlana Sandoval. Svetlana is an international adoptee, adopted from Russia at about six months old. We talk about what sparked an interest to search for her biological…
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This episode of the Be Your Soul Podcast, hosted by Sky Bradshaw, explores the theme of "Music as Medicine" with guest William Morris, guitarist of RAM Haiti. Their conversation delves into the spiritual and emotional aspects of music, emphasizing how music connects individuals to their authentic selves and serves as a tool for healing and self-exp…
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279 | Reshma McClintock Oh it is such a delight to get to share this interview with you. Reshma McClintock, the producer and subject of the film Calcutta is My Mother is back with us today. Reshma is a transracial adoptee from Calcutta, India, and this incredible film documents her return to Calcutta for the first time since her adoption, and she w…
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278 | Adrian Wills Today’s guest is fellow Canadian, award-winning director and filmmaker, Adrian Wills. Adrian has a brand new documentary out called A Quiet Girl where get to follow his journey of a public search for his birth mother, and experience every new discovery along with him. Today we talk with Adrian about how his friends prompted his s…
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This episode delves into the concept of seed setting, exploring the idea of planting seeds for long-term growth rather than seeking immediate results. Special guest Mena Killough joins host Sky Bradshaw, and shares her journey from herbalist to master distiller, emphasizing the importance of following one's instincts and allowing for natural growth…
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277 | John Gallaher, Ph.D. You’re in for a treat today, we have award-winning poet John Gallaher with us! John’s newest poetry collection, My Life in Brutalist Architecture releases this month and it’s his first collection focused in on his experience as an adopted person. Even though he was a kinship adoptee, he still had to take a DNA test to fin…
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The Be Your Soul Podcast celebrates its one-year anniversary with gratitude for its growth and community support! This episode explores the theme that every moment is both a teaching lesson AND a learning moment, delving into insightful discussions with licensed massage therapist Janet "Wolf" Blevins. Through mindfulness practices and engaging exer…
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In this episode, host Sky Bradshaw discusses the concept of art as a passionate meditation, featuring an interview with artist Ebony Smith. It explores how art, whether visual or performative, can be a form of self-care and self-expression. Smith discusses her journey as an artist and emphasizes the importance of embracing creativity as a tool for …
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276 | Sanjay Pulver Today’s guest is Sanjay Pulver, an Indian adoptee who has become an outspoken adoptee advocate in recent years. We talk about the complexities of being adopted from an orphanage in a country that is not currently safe for him to return to as a queer trans man. We discuss the intersections between being transnationally and transr…
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275 | Sara Docan-Morgan, Ph.D. Today’s guest is Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan, professor of communication studies and author of the book “In Reunion: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Communication of Family”. Sara shares some of her personal story, and then we dig into her qualitative research from multiple Korean adoptees who have been in a relations…
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In this episode, host Sky Bradshaw discusses the value of consistent, persistent work with her guest, Liza Castro, High Priestess of Clann Caladvwlch, a Western Mystery tradition coven in Winston-Salem, NC. Plus Spirit Messages of Wisdom and a gratitude journaling practice. Learn more about Liza Castro at: https://www.clanncaladvwlch.com https://ww…
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274 | Julian Washio-Collette Today’s guest is Julian Washio-Collette, a writer and monastic spiritual seeker, whose story includes the rarity of being relinquished and adopted twice. Julian shares what he hears when someone says the term “forever family”, how building community was difficult here when seemingly no one else has had the same experien…
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In this episode, host Sky Bradshaw explores the topic of feeling whole, and how living the whole self can be freeing, with her guest, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Heather Lee Grant. In addition to messages from Spirit, Sky offers a journaling practice to look into the stories we tell ourselves about our challenges, and how we can bri…
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273 | SunAh Laybourn, Ph.D. We are so excited to welcome professor and sociologist Dr. SunAh Laybourn today! Sunah’s brand new book is called Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants and it is definitely one you’re going to want to add into your collection. Today we talk about SunAh’s research, the realization that heritage culture camp…
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272 | James Cagney Today’s guest is award-winning poet, James Cagney. Author of Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory and Martian: The Saint of Loneliness, James is known for his absolutely dynamic live poetry readings, and we are honoured with a reading in this very episode! We discuss how James came to find out he was adopted, and as …
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In this episode, host Sky Bradshaw discusses personal transformation with her guest, Magical Blacksmith Sam Thompson. Rather than turning lead into gold, the alchemy here is to bring clarity, understanding and trust to the connection with our authentic self. Sky also presents a technique to turn the inner critic into an ally. Learn more about Sam T…
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271 | Healing Series: Ask an Adoptee Therapist with Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC Today’s episode is our last one before our holiday break. We’ll be back with brand-new weekly episodes on January 12, 2024. We wanted to bring you a Healing Series episode to make sure we all had a little extra support before the holiday rush takes over. This year we st…
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270 | Sara Easterly Sara Easterly is back with us, she’s the author of Searching for Mom and the founder of Adoptee Voices. Today we’re talking about how Sara became friends with an adoptive mother and a birth mother in order to write a book called Adoption Unfiltered. It’s a hard conversation because when Haley got asked to endorse this book she h…
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In this episode, host Sky Bradshaw discusses the idea of being the architect of your own destiny with her guest, Dr. Tomi Bryan, author of "Emotional Intelligence 3.0: How to Stop Playing Small in a Really Big Universe," corporate and personal coach. Sky also shares messages from spirit on the topic, as well as tips for creating space for intention…
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269 | Dr. Liz DeBetta Today we welcome back Dr. Liz DeBetta, author of Adult Adoptees and Writing to Heal: Migrating Toward Wholeness. Liz shares some reunion updates with us, including some very sad news about her sister. We discuss what lead her to choose to remain childfree. And of course, we talk about how writing, re-writing and examining the …
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268 | Kimberly McKee, Ph.D. We are so excited to host critical adoption studies scholar, Dr. Kimberly McKee. She’s the author of the impactful book Disrupting Kinship, and her brand new release is Adoption Fantasies: The Fetishization of Asian Adoptees from Girlhood to Womanhood. We talk about Kim’s reunion with her family in Korea, where she’s cur…
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We live in a world geared toward distractions, where it can be difficult to focus and be present. In this episode, Sky and her guest, Spiritual Holistic Educationalist, Victoria Brownlee, discuss what getting present means to them. Sky presents messages from the Universe, plus a simple practice to help you get present every day. Learn more about Vi…
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