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Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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5 Things None of Us Talk About Until We are 50

Let’s face it — none of us is getting any younger. I know I’m not anyway.  Yet, I will admit that adding another a few more years have taught me many things. Some lessons I wish I didn’t need to know and others I am grateful for them.  One of those

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4 Things That Matter Most in Life

There are many things life teaches us. Some of those lessons come without warning while others become blessings all in their own time. Sometimes, we are the teachers and other times, we are the students.  As we continue to move through life, there are 4 things I have come to

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The Magic Found in Beginning Again

No matter who we are, we have all experiences things that ended. Some times, those were not decisions we made and other times, we knew it was a decision long overdue. We realize that when one thing is over, another must start.  Things look differently. They feel different too. We

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Finding Calm and Peace in Simple Moments

Much of life remains the same. The birds sing every morning and the flowers bloom with the rise of each sunrise. With the blue sky and white clouds softly drifting above me, I find peace in the simple things life has given me. I have come to a place of

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Second Chances: Why we all need them in life

Lately, I have been thinking about the significance of trying again. When the benefit of the doubt is long gone and new information influences how we feel about something or someone. How do we learn to move past the experiences that hurt us? How do we allow someone new in?

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When Life Breaks You…

Life isn’t always easy. It comes at you before you even know what happened. In over a year, my heart has been broken, tossed aside, and made me feel things I was afraid to admit. Perhaps you have been there as well. 2020 was a hard year. Yet, in some

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What Makes Life What it is? These 10 Guarantees

Life can be confusing Let’s face it…life has it’s moments. Some are easy to see while others seem to just show up out of nowhere. There are going to be times when we wish for a “mulligan” and others times we want to distance ourselves as much as we can.

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The 4 Ways We Cheat The World Every Day

We are all cheaters Next to liars, I dislike cheaters just the same. If someone called me a cheater, I would adamantly refute that accusation. In fact, I would be angry. Chances are you would be too. Deep down, I know I cheat. So do you. Like you, I don’t

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The Truth about Happiness: 8 Rules to Follow

Finding happiness We run around every day, searching for that one truth. The ONE thing that constantly eludes us. We buy this and that, hoping it will bring immediate gratification. And when it doesn’t happen, we buy more and more only to be disappointed once again. So the truth becomes

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All The Planning in the World Won’t Make You Perfect

I planned to be perfect For most of my years, my plan was to be flawless. From an early age, that was my goal. Regardless of the event or purpose. To be pristine. Extraordinary. While I was in school, I grew very accustomed to planning life. Whether it be around

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A story of hope can be found in a single smile

A single smile It can capture us and hold us like nothing else can. Within it, we find something small, but meaningful. We notice it right away. Ignoring it is not so easily done. We see it and grab hold of it. Believing in the moment it is given as

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The 5 Best Things To Do When Life is Falling Apart

Sometimes, life is just hard Without notice, our life can take a 180 turn. It rips the rug out from underneath us. While we are still trying to figure out what just happened, it lands a one-two punch. Knocking us over. Leaving us bleeding. Full of confusion. Creating a stress

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Confidence is the most important attribute

Confidence is HUGE! There are times in life when we feel really confident. Other times, not so much. Some skills we are born with, while others are learned. Although there are many ways to be confident, it is something we see, hear, and feel. Maybe it is found in something

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4 Reasons Why You Should Fall in Love with Curiosity

Being curious From an early age, we ask questions. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why are Grandpa’s hands wrinkly?” “When did you meet Mommy?” Teacher encourage asking questions too. That’s how we learn. All of us. We push buttons on things that have buttons. We all do it. Then something

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The truth we fail to see every day

What we don’t see With the way the world runs, there are a lot we miss. Things we don’t see. Maybe we don’t do it on purpose. But it still happens. Some things happens so slowly, its impact isn’t felt immediately. It’s there. We are so focused on what is

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Here you are: why not start here?

You are here We want to know our location. Whether we are at the local mall or at a sporting venue. In order for us to get where we want to go, we first must know where we are. It is essential to all of us. Yet too often, we

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7 reasons why change makes us better

There are many reasons for change Life is funny sometimes. Other times, it is just down right scary. We change schools, move jobs, and fall in love with different people. We start one day with one kind of attitude then something happens and changes it. Maybe neighbors move away and

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5 Reasons It’s Hard Being a Teenage Girl Today

Teenage girls have it hard I had forgotten how hard it really is for them. After all, it has been some time since I was last their age. Over the last 10 days, I was reminded of just how difficult those years really are. Boys have it hard too. I

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The 5 Things I learned from 70 little girls in 3 days

I am always learning Although I have learned a few things in my years, I still find myself in moments of learning. My education is not only found in a classroom. Or in typical settings. Sometimes, some of the best lessons are found where you least expect them. Like in

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The magic found in our beautiful stories every day

Our beautiful stories The lives we lead are full of amazing things. Magic we could not imagine, let alone describe. Every day, the way we interact with others becomes a part of our story. Some days seem pretty uneventful. Others transform us in ways that leave us speechless. Life is

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Peaks and valleys are to be expected in life

Life is a series of peaks and valleys No matter where we come from or who we are, life is bound to have some really high points as well as some really low ones. The world is always watching. Whether we are at a high moment or low one. People

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Show your heart — and who you really are

Showing your heart I will admit that I had kept my heart hidden. For years. Maybe for a variety of reasons, but still… I kept it to myself. Afraid that someone would see me. See the real me. The same me I have always been. The person at the heart

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The 4 best reasons you should believe in yourself

It’s hard to believe in yourself We want to believe in ourselves. When we are young, we are told we can do anything. Words offered by people who care about us… From parents to grandparents to siblings to neighbors to teachers. They encourage us to be more. Filled with dreams

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When Life Doesn’t Give Us What We Want

We don’t always get what we want Life makes sure of that. We can want and want. But that doesn’t make it happen. In fact, we are often disappointed. No matter what it is, it affects us all the same. Our reactions are very similar. Somewhere along the road, we

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Never stop trying to be better

Being better is for all of us The other day, my husband and youngest son went to the driving range to hit golf balls. First, let me also tell you this: my husband loves to golf. It is where he spends most of his spring and summer. He dresses the

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The connection you are all afraid to make

The connection We have this yearning to connect, not just with the people around us, but with our true self. It is one thing to relate to someone else. Something different when we unite with another person. Finding our answers in the story heard. As humans, it is something most

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It’s Important to Trust What You Feel

Head vs. Heart For most of us, we suffer through a never ending dilemma. Over a lifetime, we battle between the two. In some instances, our head knows best. While in others, our heart wins. How do we know which one is right? Have we trusted logic instead of intuition?

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The 5 Best Reasons to Be Lost in Life

Being lost is a bad thing, right? As kids, once of the worst feelings ever is being lost. When we are young, we step away from our parents for just a second. Our world comes crashing down as we yell, “MOM!” and every one stares at us. Relief only comes

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The simple reason we need more joy

Where is the joy? Most people do not have joy in their lives. A few years ago, I ran into an old acquaintance. We hadn’t seen each other for some time and I casually asked her what she had “been up to.” Her reply surprised me with its honesty. Without

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The most amazing story never shared

For centuries, we have loved stories. They have transcended through time for as long as we can remember. When we were little, we read lots of stories. Do you remember Dick and Jane? Or maybe where Margaret talked to God? How about the mysteries Nancy Drew seemed to find? I

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A world this cruel still is made up of kindness

We live in a cruel world There are things we become aware of that are not pretty. Some are too horrible to mention. Things we could never imagine are very real for others. Surrounded by negativity. hatred, and anger, it is easy to see why we struggle. Cancer strikes the

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In life, love wins every time

Life will show us tough moments Life doesn’t play by the rules. It isn’t fair. For example: When a woman becomes a mother and a widow on the same day. When a 22 year old women is killed in a car accident the day she graduates from college. When illness

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Show Up On The Days You Dont Feel Like It

Some days we just don’t have it As some who spends her days writing to inspire and to influence people just like you to live more inspired, I have a small confession to make. One that might make you shake your head as you quietly say, “I knew it. She’s

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Why we should forget the plan and see what happens

I have a confession to make. One most of you will relate to or understand. For the majority of my life, I was a planner. BIG time planner. I would self-diagnose myself as an obsessive compulsive planner. 25 years ago, we didn’t have smart phones and apps with reminders and

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When the world is crashing down, do this ONE thing

Some days just suck There are those days when we feel like the world is ending. When we aren’t even sure of our name. We are helpless to do anything about it, too. One day, your day is going along, as expected and then “WHAM!” Right out of nowhere, the

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The unconditional love I found in forgiving myself

When I was younger, it was easy Forgiving others was not even something I thought about. I just did it. It didn’t matter what someone else did or didn’t do. Words never said couldn’t hurt me and the ones that were, I brushed off. I never held onto any of

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The 10 best things to do when your life runs amuck

Life will show us these moments… You know what I am talking about. The days when we feel like our lives are running around us. When one small thing becomes a little bigger thing and before long, it’s HUGE! Maybe some of those moments show us something we hadn’t planned

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The 7 Worst Reasons You Avoid Your Greatness

I’ll bet you can relate… Growing up, you had big dreams. You looked to the future and knew nothing could stand in your way. Without a single doubt, you were excited. This energy was something you just “had.” You didn’t know where it came from, but you knew it was

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Another year of hopes and dreams on the horizon

Hello, 2017! Like you, I embrace the new year. It’s not because I am ready to let go of the old one, it’s more about what lay ahead. I’m not one to make a resolution and attempt to keep it for the next 365 days. One or two challenges throughout

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Want to feel better? Do these 12 unselfish things every day

Feeling a little bit gloomy today?  Maybe finding yourself a little sluggish after the holiday parties and endless supply of grub. Looking like a traveler in your home town as you stare at the red street light, not even sure where you are going? Some days, we find ourselves in

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Love is how you influence the world every day

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.” – unknown We have opportunities to let go of hate and forgive. To accept one another without prejudice or judgment. To support one another without explanation. But we don’t do that. Instead, we find reasons

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6 things being a pessimist taught me about optimism

Some of you might think that I have always been an optimist. But you would be wrong. Back in July of 2010, I was asked if I was an optimist or pessimist and although I said optimist, a friend told me that my answer wasn’t true. I looked at her

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Feeling grateful: My 8 most important blessings

Tomorrow, many of us will spend the day with family and friends. Maybe we stuff our bellies with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Maybe we cheer on our favorite football team. Maybe we try to save some money with those early-bird shopping deals. As you clear your plate, nod off

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Believe in who you are — that’s all you need to know

Life wasn’t always good to me… As a young girl, I didn’t believe in many things. Not good things anyway. Although not intentional, I stopped believing in anything good. Those things never seemed to come my way so why waste time wishing for them? Unfortunately, that mindset had been become

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5 reasons why I must have hope every day

In our world today, it is easy to hold onto the doubt and fear that comes with uncertainty and change. Especially today. No matter how the world is reacting to events, I refuse to let go of something I have fought too hard to find and keep. Despair becomes our

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5 simple reminders of blessings we forget every day

This time of year, we begin to feel a little more thankful for the lives we live and especially on the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate. Most of us will share this day with family and friends, surrounded by enough food that we will wish we had worn our

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6 reasons why the struggle is better than the outcome

Regardless of who we are, we all have dealt with something that wasn’t so easy. Something that seemed to be extended by time in a way few of us could ever imagine. Even the seemingly small things that might appear to never impact us sometimes rise through the darkness to

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Simple words of encouragement are powerful

Having grown up around being on many different athletic teams that spanned close to 15 years, I had many teammates and many coaches. Just like everything else in the world, I had really great teammates and really great coaches. On the other hand, I had some really bad ones of

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The wonderful surprises I found in the itinerary I never made

Having been raised by retired teachers, “planning” is something my parents did well. Their very written out expectations of the coming weeks, full of lessons and tests for their middle and high school students taught me something as well…a lesson that became a part of my makeup and a way

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The beauty of every life is found in the struggle

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the struggle. I know that might sound weird to some of you. Our natural born instinct is to not want to struggle. I get it. No wants life to be hard. The harsh reality is that it

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When was the last time you “saw” life?

Lately, I have noticed something different about the way life unfolds around me. Okay, maybe that last part isn’t entirely true. Maybe life isn’t doing anything different…maybe I am. Today, I have been perplexed by this crazy notion that life for years basically didn’t have much of an effect on

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Being a little afraid is the best time to do anything

Ever been afraid? How many times have we heard people ask, “Are you ready for that?” or “Are you sure you’re ready?” And our immediate reaction is to actually try to answer that question, but we do so full of doubt and fear that we convince ourselves that we might

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Why living a life of fulfillment is worth more every day

When was the last time you added some fulfillment to your life? We all have those days when we feel just like this mannequin…we are completely and utterly exhausted. When our lives seemed to have fallen into something we almost believe we will never recover from and define our worth

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Why confidence is important to every girl

Like most girls, I grew up with many dreams of what life would look like and what I wanted to be when got older.  I was an excellent student and was known for my athleticism from a very early age.  In fact, it was not uncommon for me to be

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Help the little guy: it helps you too

We all know what it’s like to be the “little” guy. On my walk this morning, my friend and I walked past this tiny grey creature in the middle of the trail. He was so little. He didn’t move. He didn’t make any noises. We thought he was dead. (We’ve

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How the challenge never accepted lives in a regret later

Some challenges are much easier to do than others. Maybe because they weren’t really challenges to begin with. Maybe they were speed bumps or small hurdles at best. You know, just something to be a minor distraction with their inconveniences as being their biggest quality. Other challenges are just bigger.

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When you stop being afraid, you know you’re ready

We go through life wondering if we are ready for the moments life will bring to us. Many of those moments we experience in similar ways and chances are, we have all been afraid before.  The situations are not relevant, but we all know the feelings are very real and very

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Without the bad, do we appreciate the good?

Like many of you, I read the newspaper and watch the news. I like to know what’s going on. Honestly, it is easier for me to read the paper (the real paper and not online, mind you) than it is for me to catch up via Twitter or Facebook. I

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The freedom I found in being vulnerable

I will never forget the day these words escaped from my heart and ended up on a page. That day was May 5, 2010 — a Wednesday. It was just after 7am as I finished a morning run with a friend. My heart seemed to pound louder as the stillness

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The 5 most important lessons I learned in the last 6 years

Having two parents as teachers didn’t exactly set me aside from other kids, but learning was something that always seemed to be in the forefront. When I was younger, most of my lessons (like yours) came from text books while sitting in a classroom. As kids we are taught to

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Hidden inspiration: what we miss every day

In some ways, I am surprised at what I miss every day. What we ALL miss every day. I understand how easy it is to miss something. I know why it happens. At the end of day, I try to recall if I saw anything worth remembering. Did I hear

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What kind of difference do you want to make?

At times in our lives, we can feel that our influence on the world around us seems irrelevant. That our mere presence is insignificant and pointless. That making a difference is for someone else. When we wonder if our purpose is greater than getting through one day just to hurry

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What are you going to do with your second chance?

When I woke up this morning, I knew I was going to write about second chances…I just didn’t know where my inspiration would come from. Sure, I can tell you my story (you may have read it before), but like any second chance, there is a before and an after. 

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The silent voice: why listening is your greatest asset

The world is a very noisy place. It drowns out our every whisper and silences the beats of our hearts. That voice is something we cannot ever hide from because it is made up of everything we are. We don’t notice it at first, but then begin to hear this

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Discipline: why focus has nothing to do with it

I will admit it. Sometimes, I am not very disciplined. However, my focus doesn’t change. Here is a perfect example: There is one part of my body that I constantly struggle accepting as it is and feel like I never make any progress with it getting any better. No matter

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It’s spring: the best time for every new beginning

My favorite season is spring. Having grown up in Southern California, I didn’t really grow up with the season.  For a few months in the winter, it rains a little bit more and the heat in the summer is dry, but manageable. In fact, I love the sun. But no

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Why overthinking sacrifices my heart every time

With a heavy sigh, I find myself here.  Trying to be everything I know I am, and yet, I find myself in somewhat familiar territory.  Everything that I have fought hard not become sometimes comes to the surface a little too easily. I tell myself that I must let my

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Being afraid prohibits growth and limits potential every day

We pretend it doesn’t matter.  We dismiss it.  We hold onto what’s safe.  What we know.  We let fear rule our thoughts and command our actions. We are always on our guard.  We hold back. We never venture.  We build walls. We are skittish and our senses are on constant

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The woman we never allow ourselves to be

Growing up, I never had any really good women role models to help me through the teenage years.  I held myself prisoner behind walls I had purposely built to keep the world out and me safe.  For the longest time, I didn’t realize that the walls even existed.  As I

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How to be unique in a cookie cutter world

Here is the never-ending paradox of our society: Trying to not be like everyone else in a world that loves conformity and sameness.  It is the struggle we all face when a new child is born…every girl is enrolled in a dance class by the time she is two years

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Why your instinct matters more than what you know

There is a reason why we are told to “trust our gut.”  When our heads clouds our judgment, going against everything we know if our hearts to be right and true.  When our instinct matters more than anything else.  Who hasn’t walked into a room or turned a corner, only

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Why I chose to be involved with FITGirl, Inc.

This coming Saturday, February 6, 2016, FITGirl Inc, a non-profit organization whose soul mission is to empower teenage girls is holding the first of its kind, Wellness Expo at IL Palazzo in Omaha, Nebraska from 10am-6pm. This event is going to be epic — with dynamic performances by dancers and

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The best choice you can make every day: look up

It’s funny what you see when you are waiting to be seated at one of your local restaurants for dinner on a Saturday night and because the place was crowded and I had more time on my hands than I normally do, I became a people watcher.  Like most of

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