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An Effective Way to Move from Negativity to a Positive Future in 5 Steps

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And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. ~Matthew 21:22

There is a lot more negativity today than ever before. Is there truth in that statement? Your answer is really the narrative or perspective you choose to view life. It’s in your way of thinking, your state of mind.

A negative view can add unnecessary stress and hold you back from reaching your intended goals or ignore what’s really important. You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice because you’re actually creating a new habit after all.

Don’t expect to become an optimist overnight if you tend to have a negative outlook. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You will also become less critical of your environment and the world around you.

When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.

The following points are an effective way to help you focus on what’s important, and move from negative thoughts to more positivity in 5 simple steps: Continue reading

3 Causes of Food Cravings You Can Conquer! 

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(The following is adapted from the new book Cravings Boss: The REAL Reason You Crave Food and a 5-Step Plan to Take Back Control by Natalia Levey , CHC, CNC)   

Unsatisfying relationships, stressful jobs, disappointing sex life and emotional highs and lows can all cause excessive binging or deprivation eating. Remember the break-up movie scene? When emotions run high, the body sends craving cues in order to obtain “rewards” from the brain, even if temporary. It’s always best to seek out non-food related rewards first.

When was the first time you bought a ticket for the emotional rollercoaster? Are you still on that ride? Or do you receive a monthly subscription of emotions, gradually increasing over time? Let’s take a look at how this might play out.

1. Fear. Fear and worry show up throughout the day. You may be nervously anticipating your next meeting, worried about a conversation you had, or simply anxious about how to get everything done on your to-do list. Continue reading

How Biofeedback Can Revolutionize Your Health

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Biofeedback is a new method of self-care based on several key foundations:

  1. Our body is constantly under stress
  2. This stress is largely psychologically/emotionally based
  3. Such stress manifests as physical symptoms (such as insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure, chronic pain)
  4. Thus treating the mental source of stress should be a primary method for treating physical ailments

It goes back to something we’ve known for many years, which is that our bodies and our minds are not separate entities, but rather interwoven mechanisms of a whole-person ecosystem. You’ve probably had the experience of feeling inexplicably nauseous or tense after an argument with a friend, or feeling irritable or emotional in the face of some relentless physical pain. Even if you practice plenty of meditation and keep excellent care of your body, the one is bound to encroach at some point on the other.

And this is where biofeedback comes in. This burgeoning method of care focuses on relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help patients deal with certain health concerns. Patients begin working with a doctor who can teach them the techniques, which they can in turn take home and practice on their own.

Here are 5 sample biofeedback exercises to achieve whole-person wellness:

Relaxation Sample Exercise (Kansas State University)

Biofeedback for Heart-Rate Variability (Livestrong)

Biofeedback Therapy Relaxation (Inner Health Studio)

Biofeedback Five Finger Exercise (Emporia State University)

Stabilizer Biofeedback Lower Abdominal Exercise (Holistic Sam)

 

By harnessing the mind’s power, you can potentially achieve noticeable improvements in your health, happiness, and overall well-being. It is similar to the way in which meditation, as we know, can have a profound affect on a person’s total wellness by helping reduce stress, increase focus, and lower heart rate. The first step to healthy living is setting the intent and investing the time and energy you deserve.

Try these exercises out and let us know how it goes!

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6 Tips To Start Balancing Your Life Like a Boss

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.23.25 PMAs an entrepreneur with two young daughters and who holds family time as sacred time, runs a small tech-firm by day and, by night, works passionately building a second venture with a mission to empower others, I am constantly being asked, “How the heck do you balance it all?”

The truth is …. I don’t! And, before you click off this article thinking ‘well, thanks for nothing, lady’, just hear me out here! Nobody does. The word “balance” itself implies that some sort of destination has finally been met where the weight of one’s life has been distributed evenly in every regard: career, family, health, personal growth, relationships, self-care, etc. And, in this line of thinking, since you’ve already arrived, there is no need for improvement in any of these areas. But, it just doesn’t work that way! Even if all things are perfectly balanced for a moment (hooray!) – don’t blink because it just takes one of life’s infamous little curve balls to be thrown our way to completely knock everything out of whack.

So, instead, I personally work towards balancing my life. That little “ing” at the end of the word is oh so important. It implies that an action is taking place. And, balancing your life takes a lot of action. Daily action, even. It’s about developing a strong sense of awareness and checking in with yourself and your beloved ones on a regular basis to identify any areas that can use improvement. Are you getting enough quality times with the kids? Is your spouse feeling loved or neglected? Is your career or business running as smoothly as you would like? How are you feeling physically? Emotionally? Stressed? Are you feeling fulfilled at a soul level?

Keeping all of the balls in the air is no easy feat … especially if you are diving fully into the person you want to be. And, frankly, some days will be better than others. As humans we can only try our best. But, it is important to work consistently towards that sense of balance so that you can help others, take care of yourself, and make your impact in the world as stress-free and full of joy and love as possible.

When any one area of your life is significantly off-balance, it throws you off in every other aspect, taking you out of your “A” game and making you feel a little less awesome than you actually are.

Here are a few guidelines that will help you to maintain the harmony, peace, and balance in your life that we all yearn for!

  • Be your beautiful authentic self. You have to let go of any preconceived notions of what your life is “supposed” to look like. Definitely steer clear of comparing yourself to others. We all have different paths, circumstances, and dreams. What works for others might not work for you. Instead, focus on what you stand for. What is the impact YOU want to make in the world? Learn to be totally comfortable in your own authenticity. If there’s an area of your life that you are not completely satisfied with, then put in the work to change it! But, only do it because it aligns with your soul’s calling, not because it will make somebody else happy. You will never feel peace living the life somebody else has envisioned for you.
  • Accept with Gratitude. Life isn’t perfect. It gets messy sometimes – for all of us. So, we all need to learn how to dance in the storm. Your house is not always going to be spotless, you won’t be able to attend every single social event, you’re inevitably going to let your spouse or your kids down every once in awhile, and you may need to pass up on some seemingly awesome business opportunities. Being okay with that, accepting the imperfections, and seeing the beauty of your life with intense gratitude no matter what will give you that sense of balance even in chaotic times.
  • Prioritize. At this moment, what is most important to you? What or who lights you up? Are you spending a good amount of your time with the people that you love deeply and working on the projects you feel most passionate about? If not, where might you be a little off balance and need to pay more attention? Is there something sucking up a lot of your time that just doesn’t serve you or drive you closer to your vision? It may be time to cut back in some areas. (Yes, I’m talking to you Facebook and TV!)  And, most importantly, are you carving out some time for yourself too? Remember: If you crash and burn from not taking care of yourself, you won’t be any good to anybody else either.
  • Plan. Schedule everything! And, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to opportunities. Spontaneity sounds lovely, but reality is that if you have big dreams include balancing all aspects of your life, you must plan accordingly! I use technology to my advantage here with digital calendars that sync up to my apple products. Everything from date night to kids schedules to business meetings and workouts to when I am going to write (which is also planned in a separate editorial calendar) all get put on the schedule. I then have reminders pop up to keep me on task.  Take some of the pressure off yourself by extensively planning your days. Take time to step back and look at your big picture. Then take a step back in and plan out all the details. Whatever works for you, just use it consistently.
  • Check your Slices. A fun activity is to do is a goal wheel where you draw a circle and divide it up into even sections, like a pie cut into slices. Each section represents an area of your life. Perhaps your “slices” would be named: family, career, fun, personal growth, spiritual, relationships, self-care, money, etc, or whatever resonates with you. How much energy are you putting into each area and how satisfied do you feel? It’s normal to have a slice or two that are totally dominating while others are just a few puny crumbs. Identify this and work to even things out.
  • Reevaluate from a Birdseye View. Make sure you pop your head out of the weeds and grab yourself an aerial view of your life on a regular basis so you can get a good honest look at where you’re at. Where are things going well and where do you need to revamp or recharge? If it’s not easy to get your head out of the muck to really evaluate things, than hire yourself a personal coach to help you hone in.  A coach is one of the best investments you can ever make! But, if you just can’t afford it right now, at least get yourself a network of peers, friends, or family members who can help guide your way on. Multiple brains are better than one and sometimes it takes an outsider to really call us out on our sh*t.

Don’t worry about achieving perfect balance because that will never happen –  life just isn’t designed that way. However, making a conscious mindful effort to regularly check-in and evaluate things will help you tremendously in the delicate act of balancing.

How do you find balance in your life? Please feel free to share and discuss in the comments below!

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Biofeedback: The New Science of Self-Care

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Have you heard the expression, “Just listen to your body”? I use this phrase all the time (sometimes I receive strange looks in response), and I recently discovered that a technique called biofeedback takes this meaning to a completely new (and awesome) level. Biofeedback is an increasingly popular, non-evasive therapy that gives you control over some of your body’s physical responses, ones previously believed to be involuntary, such as heart rate, breathing, sweating, and muscle tension. Research shows that biofeedback can help with the treatment of many conditions including asthma, high blood pressure, chemotherapy side effects, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, and chronic pain.

You can practice biofeedback techniques at home after a few sessions with a biofeedback therapist who uses electrical sensors to measure your heartbeat, skin temperature, brain waves, and muscles tension. Once you and your therapist have this raw data, your therapist will teach you techniques to control and change the responses in your body that are causing unpleasant physical reactions. Using the electrical sensor machines to monitor progress, you can find out which techniques work for you and your unique situation. For example, you might learn a method to relax a muscle in your neck that constantly tightens and causes your chronic headaches. Alternatively, you might use breathing exercises to control your high blood pressure that peaks during your daily traffic commute.

The main idea behind biofeedback is that our bodies are commonly under various levels of stress, and this stress seems to be increasingly mental (as opposed to our ancestors who typically faced physical stress). Since the stress is mental, it’s more common that we are chronically stressed (you know how the mind keeps rethinking and analyzing everything), and it’s also more difficult to have an appropriate outlet for the physical energy that accompanies stress. As a result, the energy stays stuck and manifests in our bodies as mental and physical symptoms such as digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, depression, lower immune systems, chronic pain, anxiety, and high (or low) blood pressure.

For this reason, one of the primarily focuses of biofeedback is relaxation and developing self-awareness to know when your body is starting to feel stressed, and using the power of your mind to alter that response. Common biofeedback techniques include breathing exercises, mental training, visualization practices, and meditation.

If you are interested in finding a biofeedback therapist, check out the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback site to search for one in your area. Of course, utilizing a variety of stress reduction practices will also help you manage the stress in your life. Most importantly, always listen to your body; it’s your best guide and greatest asset for attaining optimal health.

Have you tried biofeedback before? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments below.  

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9 Ways to Develop True Self Esteem

Most of us know that increasing our self esteem will help us live fuller lives and have better relationships, but how exactly do you do this?

A lot of people present self esteem development as simply being a matter of doing nice things for yourself.  True self esteem comes from hard work and challenging yourself.  Perservering through difficulties, facing fears, overcoming challenges, making difficult choices and changes.  These are the things which truly develop self esteem.  Here are 9 ways to do that.

1. Finding Meaning

I think a lot of efforts to develop self esteem involve focusing only on ourselves.  Good self care is important and I will examine this further below.  But it isn’t everything.  Human beings are social creatures.  We live in and are affected by the society which surrounds us.  I believe that disconnecting from this and isolating ourselves leaves us empty and contributes to the depression which is so prolific in modern culture.  To truly feel good about ourselves we have to feel part of our community in some way.  We need to feel that we are making a contribution.  The way in which one does this is unique to every individual.  But connecting to and participating in something bigger than yourself contributes greatly to your own sense of self worth.  Find a meaning.  Find a cause.  Find something which is important to you and create it, build it, defend it.

2. Self Care

Developing good self care techniques is necessary not only for developing self esteem, but for maintaining good mental and physical health.  But good self care is not simply a matter of being “nice” to yourself.  Sometimes it requires making some tough choices; i.e. changing your diet, starting an exercise regimen, etc.

3. Self Talk

Pay attention to how you talk to yourself.  If you are delivering a constant stream of name-calling, put downs, insults or negative language to yourself it’s almost impossible to have a good sense of self esteem.  Developing healthy and appropriate self talk is almost as important as developing good self care.

4. Choose Your Heroes Carefully

Don’t let the television determine who your mentors are.  Think for yourself and make your own choices.  I think we are too passive about letting the media choose our idols or heroes.  Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Kobe Bryant and Paris Hilton may be famous and may have millions of dollars, but are they really people we want to learn about life from?  Personally I don’t find that I have learned anything from them or find their stories or words inspiring.  I’m much more enlightened by the stories told by Aimee Mullins, a double amputee who runs track.  While training for a race she realized she was having trouble with one of her prosthetics.  She went to her coach, a tough old guy from Brooklyn and asked to be excused from the race.  She was afraid if she continued running her leg might come off in the middle of the race.  His response?

“Aimee, so what if your leg falls off?  You pick it up, you put the damn thing back on and you finish the God-damned race.”

She handed him her fear and he responded not with pity, but with humor.  And he handed her back courage.

See “Aimee Mullins on Running” to hear her story in her own words.  Turn off “reality TV” and listen to Ted.com for words and ideas that will inspire and enlighten you.  Read the biography of someone you truly admire.  Feed your mind.

5. Choose Your Relationships Carefully

Choose your family

Yes, you can choose whether or not to have a relationship with family members.  Just because you are blood kin does not mean you have to allow yourself to be in unhealthy relationships with them.  If you have a family member who is demeaning or abusive consider what keeps you in a relationship with them.  You may need to make some tough choices.

Choose your friends

You can also make choices about your friends.  If you surround yourself with negative, hypercritical friends this cannot help your self esteem.  I’m not suggesting that you surround yourself with people who won’t tell you the truth and give you nothing but positive feedback – that’s false.  I don’t consider that a friend.  In my opinion a friend is someone who will give you honest feedback when you ask for it, but do it with compassion and kindness.  They tell you the truth, but they don’t attack or belittle you.  They don’t bring you down, just keep you real.  Look at who you spend the most time with and how your interactions with them affect you.  You might need to make some changes.

Choose your partners

If you are in a relationship that is unhealthy you may need to take some time to work on it and make a clear decision to leave.  You cannot lift your self esteem while being disparaged on a daily basis.  Many people stay in relationships which are unhealthy out of a fear of being alone.  It may be necessary to turn and face this fear before you can feel better about yourself.

You may also want to look at the patterns in your relationships.  Do you always pick partners who are needy?  Dependent?  Partners with substance abuse problems?  Abusive partners?  See if there is a pattern to your picking and find what is behind it.  You may need to work with a counselor to learn how to make different choices.

6. Find Your Passion

If you haven’t found what excites you, explore.  We spend an awful lot of our lives working.  If your work is not your passion, if it is only for the money, if it is only because your family expects it of you – think again.  Work that is depressing or unfulfilling sucks an awful lot of energy out of your life.  You spend all day at this.  Choose carefully.  Change if you need to.

7. Stop Dressing for Success and Dress to Express

Express yourself.  I don’t wear what other people think I should.  I wear what is comfortable.  I wear what I feel good in.  I wear things that express who I am as a person.  If you live in a situation where you are not free to express who you really are, you may need to make some different choices.  LIving a lie, maintaining a facade everyday also sucks a lot of energy and reinforces in your mind that you are not “O.K.”.

8. Challenge Yourself

If there is something in your life which is plaguing you, grab it by the horns and change it.  I used to be horrible at managing my money.  But I made some tough choices and some tough changes.  My money is now much better in control and it makes me feel more mature and self confident.  If there is some behavior which bothers you, i.e. procrastination, money management, being on time, being better organized, etc. tackle it.  Getting a handle on something which has been handling you will increase your self esteem and make your life more manageable.

9. Face a Fear

I used to be terrified of guns.  So I found an instructor who specialized in teaching women how to shoot.  I now have a very healthy respect for the damage a gun can do, but I do not fear one, because I know how they work.  I know how to disarm them and make them safe.  I once knew a woman who was terrified of palmetto bugs.  (If you’ve never seen one, imagine a giant cockroach, which can fly and is very aggressive.)  Her fear became so bad it was running her life.  She decided not to give in to it and signed up for exposure therapy (where you are slowly and carefully exposed to the thing you fear until you no longer fear it).  It worked and she feels quite proud of herself for no longer being at the mercy of a bug.  I had another friend who was terrified of speaking in public, so he signed up with Toastmasters.  Now, giving a speech to a room of 500 people doesn’t even daunt him!

So often we are taught to run from or medicate our fears.  This may work in the short term, but it doesn’t develop self esteem.  Self esteem comes from overcoming something, from fighting your way through to the other side and knowing you beat it.  Be sensible about the fear you choose to overcome and be reasonable in how you choose to overcome it, but try it and see if you don’t stand a little taller.

Originally published in 2010

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It’s Time to Take A Nap!

We live in a world that never goes to sleep. The advent of the internet and other amazing technology has opened Pandora’s Box and now we have the ability to be connected at all times.  We tweet, we blog, we watch news and entertainment media on our televisions, iPads, iPhones, Blackberries, or other devices, and we can instantly communicate with each other 24/7. We are busy, and granted, we essentially need to be.  We work, we parent, we are in relationships, and we try to be good neighbors. On top of that, we invest our time, our talent and/or our dollars in our communities, politics, and philanthropic endeavors that move us. We care about our world.  We want to make it better.

But do we realize that all this activity takes its toll on us? Do we give ourselves a little of our own attention? We should, because we’d be healthier if we took a break now and then. Turn off your gadgets, put your sweet head on a pillow, and take a nap.  Studies show that when individuals take a half-hour nap each day, they are generally healthier.  They have less stress, lower blood pressure, and are at a decreased risk for heart disease.  One very important note about heart disease:  It is the leading killer of women.  So, this is at least one good reason why women should be scheduling those naps regularly.  “Oh, sure”, you say.  “With my busy schedule, between car pool, my hectic work schedule, trying to sneak in a dinner out with my husband, and checking the kids’ homework, when was I supposed to get that nap in?”

Okay, perhaps not everyone can spare a half-hour every day for some ‘shut-eye.’ But if you meditate, practice yoga, exercise, or hopefully some combination of the three, you are already moving in the right direction to focusing on a healthier lifestyle, and that is a wise investment of some of your time.

We all need to balance our busy lives in the most harmonious way possible for us individually, and only you will know how to do that for you. I don’t posit that there is a one-way-works-for-all answer to the question of how to bring our lives into balance, but I do think it’s important to discover our own sense of harmony in order to do so.  I  am sixty now, and I have just discovered “napping” this year.  I’m late, I know.  Thankfully, I discovered meditation, Yoga and exercise much earlier.  I also know now that my body has limitations.  My energy runs out if I don’t replenish it.  A short nap, which I usually start with a meditation session, rejuvenates me.

My sense is that you don’t have to wait until you’re sixty to discover this trick of finding time for yourself.  I carved out time for myself to work out at the gym even when I was younger — so I know it can be done.  Just take some of that time — perhaps it will only be ten or fifteen minutes, but instead of pounding away on a treadmill, or spinning, use it to rest.  I promise you, it will still make you smile, and it will be dreamy.

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Create Time for Self-Compassion: Being Gentle with Ourselves

 

The more we are able to treat our bodies with gentleness, the more compassion we will call forth into our lives.

During those times when our lives are filled with what seems to be constant change and growth, it is important to remember that we need to be gentle with ourselves. Since it can be easy to use our energy to keep up with the momentum of our lives, we may not be aware of the fact that we are much more likely to run ourselves down. When things seem to be moving quickly, it is especially essential that we make a point to slow down and be gentle with ourselves.

It might be difficult to notice what is happening to us for we may be so caught up in the whirlwind of our lives that we lose sight of the direction in which things are heading. Being gentle with ourselves doesn’t mean that we don’t accomplish things. Instead it means that we honor ourselves on an ongoing basis and take care of the needs of our bodies.

This means different things to different people. For instance, it could mean having a session with a healer; taking a remedy, herbs, or vitamins; or getting extra sleep. Putting our energy into ourselves in this way helps create space for a more positive, loving, and accepting view of our lives. By setting the intention to do so, we will be more cognizant of our energy levels on a daily basis and more able to replenish them as needed.

The more we are able to treat our bodies with gentleness, the more tenderness and compassion we will call forth into our lives. Learning to understand and pay attention to what our self needs will in turn allow us to fill our lives with unlimited loving and healing energy and to truly take care of the things that mean the most to us.

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Self-Care Video and Game

Self-Care Game!

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Smell nourishes the soul.  When we redefine our sense of smell we experience nourishment in the fragrance of roses, while chopping carrots, or the delicate sandalwood incense.

Challenge: For one day become familiar with the difference in the smell of each fruit and each vegetable you eat. Observe how much smell stimulates you and your emotions. 

Life Strategies for helping you Transform Your Self, Your Life, and your Relationships!

1.  Know that it takes time, effort, and awareness to work towards changing negative habits and continually making choices that help you ‘feel’ better! …Small steps taken on a daily basis offer BIG results.

2.  Every morning (upon awakening), read a positive quote or something uplifting to get your day off to a good start.

3.  Dress for your-Self and Your body type! … don’t try to fit in, please others, or be like someone else! Wear colors and styles that look Best with your skin, your hair, and your body type. Get to know, Love, Embrace and Reflect your Best Self!

4.  Do some form of exercise you ENJOY, with all of the possibilities available there is no point in confusing your mind-body and doing something you don’t like. … Find something you do like! Moving your body helps relax your nervous system and offers relief to stress and anxiety.

5.  Shop around the outside of the grocery store for Natural, Whole and Real Foods that serve you, … and eat 5 smaller meals that include small healthy snacks.   Eating this way is less stressful on the body and you.

6.  Choose to be around people that you ‘feel good’ with, … including your girlfriend/boyfriend, the person you choose to marry, any people you take advice from, … Medical or Financial.  Choose the work you do, and look to see that the companies mission statement aligns with you.

7.  We are not responsible for other peoples actions! … Don’t watch the News (especially before going to sleep), … pick and choose what you read or watch, for yourself.  It’s important to stay informed and get involved with a focus on making things "Positive."  Life’s tragedies won’t escape our noticing them, … do what you can to contribute, while doing your best to not get bogged down by the "negative."  You can know what goes on in the world and still keep it mostly positive, … that includes film, television, what people post on Facebook, or anything that you read!

 8.  Take responsibility for your own words & actions and be aware as to how they effect the people in your life. Be your own Best Friend by watching what you say to yourself and others. Observe your words throughout the day and replace any negative thoughts with Positive Ones immediately! In your mind, take a Big eraser and literally wipe it away as quickly as you notice it, then replace it with something Positive. Over-time, that negative voice will start fading away and your New Voice will be more dominant.

9.   Head for the shower or take a bath before you go to bed each night and Imagine that any negativity and all of Life’s challenges from the day are being washed off of you and heading towards the sewer where they belong. … your partner will appreciate the new you, as well. 😉

10.  Write down 1, or several things you feel grateful for every night before you go to sleep and keep it handy in a journal next to your bed to reflect upon.

11.  Kiss your partner and reflect something Positive that you have noticed about him or her before falling asleep.

12. Choose POSITIVE Self-Care strategies that anyone can do, … it’s the small, simple things you do on a daily basis that snowball into BIG change.

13. Remember, no-one is "Perfect," … we’re all "Perfectly Imperfect!" 🙂

 

 

 

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