Episode Description

This week I am excited to be joined by Andrea Medina all the way from California.

In the episode, Andrea and I chat about trauma, recovery and the concept of interconnected healing. She starts out by sharing her story and her journey of healing and recovery from verbal and emotional abuse. Andrea also gives us an insight into her upcoming book titled The Energized Self: Explorations of Inner Peace to Foster Self-Awareness, Compassion & Service. The book is centered on how interviewing strangers about their ways of overcoming traumatic experiences in their lives energized her to do the inner work needed to move forward from her own trauma. In this book, she presents a concept she likes to call “interconnected healing” or healing through the oneness that we recognize in our stories and those of others, regardless of the background.

Andrea currently teaches Junior High English through Teach For America in Mississippi. She have a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Literature from Claremont McKenna College. She is Mexican American, a language enthusiast, meditation and journaling practitioner, a writer, and a colossal rap fanatic. Her newest project is a book titled, The Energized Self: Explorations of Inner Peace to Foster Self-Awareness, Compassion & Service, which will be coming out in the Winter of 2021.

I enjoyed the conversation with Andrea, and it was a pleasure to have her join me on the podcast.

Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening.

About The Author

Marlene McConnell

Marlene McConnell is an author, podcast host, self-love teacher and trauma survivor. She believes that trauma recovery is accessible to everyone, and that it starts with the acknowledgement that something has happened to you combined with a willingness to heal. McConnell’s book was inspired by the realization that she touched many lives by sharing her story at a support group. Her message of hope not only resonated with the survivors, but also with the family members and friends who supported them at the group sessions. Marlene is also an attorney who holds B.Proc, LLB and LLM law degrees. She loves travel, Pilates, nature, learning new languages, and good food.