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"/>Yes to a New Challenge - Ann McMaster M.A., L.P.C.


Yes to a New Challenge

Tom Parish instigated my blog, saying, “I’ll set it up, all you have to do is write.” Hmmmm

Several years later, he added his voice to others, saying, “Write a book.” Double Hmmmmm.

It seems that others now have the need to create projects for me – “make an MP3 out of your book” – nothing I know a scintilla about. So I turned to Tom Parish, podcast king, and asked for guidance. Would this be worth the time and effort?

Bottom line, over the holidays, we spent 7 hours recording my book, Lifeshocks – Out of the Blue. At the beginning, I was feeling tight in my stomach – trepidation – wanting to do a good job, knowing this was absolutely out of my wheelhouse.

Fortunately, this is completely within Tom’s wheelhouse – he even loves doing it. Go figure! He showed me all the equipment (of which there was a long table of black boxes with dials and gauges – with a life all their own. Yep, intimidating.) I sat semi-enclosed by black sound-proofing and a microphone – an industrial microphone, not like the ones I’m used to wearing in a training room.

Seven hours later, I felt excited, proud of myself, grateful to Tom, and a bit nervous that I sound like a hick. Recorded forever in my hick-voice. Ah well … a new challenge, unsought, but presented, then chosen and actualized. Great way to finish 2018.

PS He’s now doing the hard part – turning it into an MP3.

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    Ann Gordon

    Oh, Ann! I LOVE this! And all the ‘Yeses’ you backed up with your WILL! (or was it vice versa?) And your YES probably came after and through many NO’s! And of course I love YOU more! Thank you for being in my life and in the world and FOR us all! I love you!

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    Dear Ann,

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. You are an inspiration for me.

    My new Challenge for 2019 was playing pool, in a pool Tournament, with all men and one other
    woman. I allowed myself to go for what I wanted, and am happy I did so. It may not sound like
    much, but to me it is. I am happy I did not ‘drop out Linda’ one more time. I took my stand, and had fun doing it.
    I often think of you saying ‘where are you dropping Linda out’?
    Thank you my Dear Gemini Sister!!

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    Your voice is full of so much…strength, compassion, joy, love and laughter. Can not wait to have a click away! Super job for be willing to share yourself with others!

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    Penny Dressor

    Can not believe the courage that demonstrate, you will now touch many generations ! Looking forward to hearing you calm, authorative and loving voice! Namste my friend!

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    Ann, I just saw this post, and I’m thrilled that you recorded your book.
    (Patting myself on the back now for having added my voice to the “you should record your book” chorus.)
    I think your voice is a balm that reaches into the soul. Thank you for sharing this gift.
    Seven hours? Mercy! You do have some stamina, lady.

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