37 minutes | Jan 15, 2021

Adoption and Identity in Adulthood

When Leigh Mitchell was three months old, she was given up for adoption. Her adopted parents divorced when she was only a year hold, causing disruption to the stability she felt from an early age. In school, Leigh struggled to find her stability, suffering from learning disabilities and constantly moving from place to place. Eventually after finding her footing in high school, Leigh watched her father buy a resort and suffer from a nervous breakdown that changed the course of his life. As a business owner herself today, Leigh has spent years helping both herself and others heal from similar traumas. In adulthood, Leigh managed to reconnect with her biological parents, putting together estranged pieces of her identity and began counselling to better understand how her traumas had affected her life. Today, Leigh is a thriving entrepreneur as the founder of Women in Business Network, a group of 30K+ women created to support female business owners. 1.41 - Leigh’s adoption and childhood4.30 - Leigh moves back in with her mom5.10 - Leigh’s learning disabilities6.20 - Leigh’s stepfather has a car accident, family moves to Mississauga7.20 - Leigh’s relationship with her biological parents8.05 - Leigh starts hanging out with older crowd9.10 - Leigh’s weekends with her adoptive father10.14 - Leigh’s adoptive father buys a resort, sees her father have a nervous breakdown11.52 - How Leigh’s trauma affected her12.57 - Amy’s reflection on Leigh’s story13.57 - Leigh goes to college instead of university14.44 - Leigh gets her driver’s license16.21 - How Leigh found and met her biological parents18.55 - Leigh gets an explanation for her adoption from her father21.55 - Leigh experiences postpartum depression after having her first child22.17 - Amy’s second reflection23.17 - Leigh starts seeing a psychiatrist 24.59 - How Women in Business Network was born25.42 - How our businesses are often reflections of ourselves26.21 - How to deal with rough days in business29.58 - Self care for entrepreneurs32.50 - Making decisions33.56 - Leigh’s dedication35.21 - Amy’s takeawaysSupport the show (https://www.amysyed.ca/calmafterthestormpodcast)
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