TEDx Talk By Adoptive Mother, Adoptee On Storytelling

We learn who we are by the stories we create about ourselves.

Denalee Chapman March 31, 2017

Jillian Lauren is not only an expert orator; she is an adoptive momma. Jillian talked about her family’s adoption journey. She stated, “Who we are is an act of imagination—we are not just our genetic material or how we are raised. We are the stories we tell ourselves.”

Adopting from Ethiopia, their child suffered from PTSD. Through years of night terrors, daytime screaming tantrums and more, it was Jillian and her husband’s constant stories and consistent love that has helped him grow into the family. “He is inventing himself,” Jillian said. As an adoptee as well, Jillian knows the ‘who am I?’ question is sometimes difficult to understand. We are all story-tellers, she said. We learn who we are by the stories we create about ourselves. Be entertained as you watch. And be inspired!

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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