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First Time Storytelling with Darian Parker: The Mushroom Revelation

In this episode, Ann spoke with guest Darian Parker, host of Dr. D’s Social Network Podcast. He shared the story of his first time taking mushrooms and experiencing spiritual awakenings. Parker’s story begins in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was running a luxury gym. One of his buddies was researching the benefits of mushrooms and talked to him about it. Intrigued, Darian began looking into them and discovered many people raving about them. Specifically, people

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First Time Storytelling with Claude Silver: Snowboarding in Santa Fe

In this episode, Ann spoke with guest Claude Silver, a Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia. Claude is a risk-taker who loves many sports. She shared the story her first time snowboarding, an activity which is now her favorite sport. Silver’s story begins in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the year 1985. She was about 15-years-old when she went to the slopes with her brother and his friends. Snowboarding drew Claude’s attention because of its high-speeds,

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First Time Storytelling with Dave Chan: Becoming a Screenwriter

In this episode, Ann spoke with guest Dave Chan, a screenwriter, producer, and filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. Dave graduated with a degree in forensic science and once worked in the financial industry until he realized there was more life in a morgue. He shared the story of how the events of the 9/11 attacks made him realize how short and unpredictable life can be, which led him to explore and discover a love for screenwriting.

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First Time Storytelling with Rachel Noall: Making an Unexpected Connection

On September 10th, Ann spoke with guest Rachel Noall a poet, English professor, and the CEO of RN Marketing Collective. She told the story of the first time her poetry was shared which led to making an unexpected connection with a poem and inspiring her to take more leaps of faith. Interestingly, Rachel never initially planned on becoming a poet. She loved writing, but she had never considered specializing in poetry. However, as poetry became

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First Time Storytelling with Norm Cooling: Commanding in Combat

In this episode, Ann spoke with guest Norman Cooling, a retired Brigadier General (BGen) who spent over 33 years in the Marine Corps. He shared the invigorating story of his first time commanding a battalion task force in combat. Cooling had just returned from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom under General Mattis, the year prior, before assuming command of America’s Battalion, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines in Hawaii, from a good friend. He was excited to

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First Time Storytelling with Kurt Nelson: 21 Day Journey

Earlier this month, Ann was joined by guest Kurt Nelson who is currently the president and founder of The Lantern Group, a behavioral science company helping to improve employees’ engagement and motivation in the workplace. He presented his inspiring first time story full of self-discovery and taking over the reigns of his own life during a 21 day journey in the great American outdoors. Although Kurt is now the boss of his own company and

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