Friday, July 10, 2020, I celebrated! A happy dance. A hug. A cheer. because I finished recording my spiritual memoir, On the Other Side on audio.
My memoir is about healing and forgiveness after childhood sexual abuse.
When my blind friend asked me when my audiobook would come out I has ZERO intentions of recording my memoir and told her that.
To do all the healing work required to write the book was one thing. To be able to read my vulnerable AF stories out loud into a microphone to record audio for others to listen to is a whole other level of healing that I wasn’t sure I wanted to do.
Then my sweet friend said, “Oh that’s okay. I will ask the Library of Congress to record it.”
That did it.
There was NO WAY I was going to have some random person read my deeply personal stories in their voice for my audiobook.
So at that moment, I decided I would record my memoir on audio myself.
On the way to the first recording session, I was a little nervous, so I put on Dr. Joe Dispenza’s GOLOV-20 meditation, breathed into my heart, tapped on the sides of my fingertips, and sent love to all my listeners and readers. My body calmed down and I got connected into my heart.
Fifteen minutes in, I was enjoying the process.
One of my biggest takeaways during that first recording session was to BE PRESENT.
When I was present, the words lit up on the page for me and my voice naturally inflected where it needed to.
When I drifted off for a moment while reading, thinking a thought like “did that sound okay?” “I wonder what my dad thought when he read that story.” then the next sentence sounded off and I would have to stop to get reconnected and start recording again.
While reading, anytime I flubbed up
I stopped, took a sip of water, breathed into my heart, touched my hand on my heart, and then started reading into the microphone again. It was amazing how much that helped me get centered and focused.
Audiobook edits are next before it’s released in August 2020.
In addition to my ebook, my hardcover book will make its way onto Amazon, too. Covid-19 interrupted the regular book distribution process so part of my first order of books was routed to my house and are available on my website until they are gone. (I am signing all copies purchased through my website!) I’ve been enjoying signing, packaging, and mailing my books with love. When you order my book, you’ll receive a free Reading Guide and Journal that I put together for you, too.