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I truly believe we all have the power to attract the cause and effect when we sincerely and wholeheartedly put the emotional energy into it. I have no doubt you did and what you received was what you were seeking, not just a pleasant surprise or coincidence. I enjoyed hearing you as a storytelling speaker; it was perfect. Not too long, not too short and interesting material. Wonderful job!!!

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Thank you so much - I love your reflection on this. It felt like Sicily was welcoming me - if you reach out, the universe reaches back. I appreciate the kind words and feedback!

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Sep 10, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

I really, really enjoyed this! And love that you now have anniversary shoes!!!

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Sep 11, 2023·edited Sep 11, 2023Author

Thanks so much for the feedback Reyna!! So glad you enjoyed it. And I definitely LOVE the shoes.

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Bravisima!! For a first time storyteller of this type you really did a fantastic job. I liked the sound effects and the pace was perfect. It engaged all my senses. What a sweet and beautiful story. I can't wait for the next installment of your journey!

😍❤✈💛🇮🇹💚🌧💙👞💜👡

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Thank you so much Consi!!! Your feedback really means a lot, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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Aug 17, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

So well done. Loved listening---keep ‘em coming!

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Thanks so much Claire for your feedback! I appreciate your encouragement. ❤️

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Your storytelling produced both chills and tears. I have always loved your writing and had no idea how much I needed to hear your voice speaking your story. The ending got me "...stamped in the soles"...I loved it all. Keep showing up for the miracles :)

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Wow Corrine thank you so much. Your feedback had me tearing up too. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and for your thoughtful, kind feedback. So encouraging. 🙏🏾❤️

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Aug 9, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Buenos dias! I am so glad you tried this new approach! Listening to this on the train from Madrid to Lugo. Love re-living your trip through this storytelling of your genealogy journey. Well done.

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Thank you so much Kelly! 🙏🏾❤️ Have an amazing trip.

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Aug 6, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Thank you for stepping out on faith and trying the audio story. I loved it! The sounds enhanced my visualization of your story! Keep doing it!

Even before I listened, I was immediately drawn to your shoes when looking at the picture. I laughed out loud when I heard the story behind the shoes! Did I tell you, I think we wear the same size so I would be more than happy to fly to Seattle to borrow them! Ha! Ha! Happy Anniversary!

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Aug 6, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

This is so good. Brought a tear to my eye. I like the direction you are heading with this. I like how it connects the listener to Italy and ancestry. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing these adventures. Happy Anniversary ❤️

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Thank you so much Ben! I appreciate you listening, and your kind feedback and words. ❤️

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Aug 6, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Lisette, Really well done. Professional, personal, and touching. Your voice is perfect for audio: the richness, tone, friendliness, and overall storytelling skills. Wonderful descriptions without going overboard, i.e., you kept the story moving forward. The voice overs / audio clips added charm and helped the listener be present in the scene. The mini-history lesson motivated me to do a search for photos of Taorminia and locate it on the map. Outside of my control were the goosebumps that occurred when you brilliantly closed with wearing the shoes with your grandfather's name inside. (Question: When you mentioned your husband, did you intentionally not name him?)

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Wow Gary thanks so much for this detailed feedback - so helpful! I’m happy to hear how well it flowed for you as the listener - and that the various audio added to the story well, rather than detracting from it. And so glad you enjoyed the end - I got goosebumps myself many times when the whole story was unfolding in real time. Was amazing and surreal.

To answer your question: I did actually mention Will’s name - many times in fact. First do at minute 3:10, then said it again quickly after that. Then I say his name a bunch of times later in the store when we are in the shoe store trying on shoes- starting when I mention that “Will is a shoe hound, but the frugal kind....”. Interesting that you didn’t catch that...

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Sorry, I wasn't clear. Yes, of course, you mention Will by name. I was thinking about narrative writing and how my editor suggested I mention a main character's name when they are first introduced. I believe the first time you introduce "your husband" to the story, you do not name him. Sorry for the confusion and it certainly didn't take away from the excellence of the overall project. It just caught my attention and wondered if that was an intentional choice. I'm looking forward to you next installment. I admire your passion, talent, and creative endeavors!

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Aha! Ok yes that makes sense. And yes I agree, usually one would mention a character’s name when they first introduce them. DIdn’t really catch that i didn’t do that - so no it wasn’t intentional. Actually wait.... as I type this I’m realizing how this happened! I originally had the rain story later in the narrative. Later on I decided it might be a good way to start the story. So I moved it to the front, but didn’t catch that i hadn’t mentioned Will by name. Mystery solved! A good reminder to be very careful when moving story sections around lol. Thanks again for all the positive feedback and for noticing something that no one else (including myself) caught!!!

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I really had fun listening to this, and it really is interesting to hear about how your ancestry ties in with fate and the fortuitous encounter with your cousin who owned the shoe shop. How marvelous! And the visual way you write, describing the colorful and enchanting town of Taormina, makes me want to go there even more. I've never been to Europe, as you know, so that would be first on my list. Thanks for sharing this with me, and here's to a bright future of travel and adventure!

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Thanks so much Angela for this feedback - I'm so glad it was engaging and visual for you, that was definitely what I was trying to achieve. It was such a fun moment - had to share it!

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Aug 5, 2023·edited Aug 5, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

I can tell you had a lot of fun doing the podcast, too... the inspiring energy you bring to storytelling is contagious. And the picture below with your cousin at the shoe boutique is awesome! What a lovely guy :O) The shoes you picked out look perfect on you both. It would be so fun for us four to go there sometime together!

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Aug 5, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

This is delightful Lisette! Really engaging and so good to hear your voice. Good length and clear descriptions.

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Thanks so much Jan!! Appreciate you taking a listen.

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Aug 5, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Always Buy. The. Shoes. lol (I don't know whose I covet more - Will's or yours! That color...)

I pretty much echo everything that Ethan said!

Love the story and your storytelling - and it was just the right length that I didn't feel the need to put it off until I had a "reasonable" chunk of time to listen.

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😂😂 Yeah had to be done. Thx for the kind words and glad you enjoyed it! ❤️🙏🏾

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Aug 4, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Lisette, I really enjoyed this story. From the beautiful image in the email, to the well written and calm narrative to the fun audio clips that really provided texture, it was an engaging experience. What a wonderful trip and experiences, so happy for you and Will too. I had forgotten you knew italian. Nicely done. Wish I had more time and reason to learn it. Lovely and fun language. Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks Ethan so much for the fabulous feedback! I so appreciate it. Yes - the Italian language is so beautiful. Honestly my Italian is super rusty, but it was fun to dig it back up. I was surprised how much I did remember.

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Aug 4, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

I love this so much!! The rain, the family serendipity, the shoes! Your story telling prowess makes it come alive. Well done, Lisette!

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Thanks so much Jan! I appreciate the feedback. 🙏🏾🤩

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Aug 4, 2023Liked by Lisette Austin

Waaahh!! my eyes are leaking… That’s a great story Lizette! Abigail and I listened just now on our front porch with nearby workers yelling in Spanish and Norteno music playing...

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Awww - thanks Christian! I appreciate your feedback. And I love this image of you and Abigail listening on your front porch. ❤️🤗

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