Coping in Isolation

“When everyone leaves you it’s loneliness you feel, when you leave everyone else it’s solitude.”

– Alfred Polgar

It has been a good few months since I last wrote a blog due to life taking over. But, after having similar conversations with people on how to cope during this pandemic, I decided to open-up WordPress to share these recommendations.

1. Routine

This will underpin all following points. Everyone’s ‘routine’ will look different depending on your responsibilities. Whether you are a parent, carer, student, working from home; it is important to ensure that you wake up and go to bed at a set time. Doing so will help the adjustment to this new way of living, while ensuring that we are prepared for when the rules are lifted.

2. Structure

Giving structure to your day helps. Mine has been: wake up, get changed, complete a small uni-related task, go out for a jog/walk during my lunch break, perform a larger uni-related task until evening, then, finally, use my evenings for entertainment and relaxation.

Again, those who have children or caring responsibilities will have a very different structure, but maintaining structure and routine will give you the best opportunity of getting done what you need to. If you are self-isolating but cannot work from home, use this as an opportunity to do tasks around the house, such as those which you have been meaning to for some time.

3. Exercise

Even if self-isolating, exercise is important. You can do a whole range of work-outs from home. Why not use those large text-books for weights? Or chairs for dips? Get the music pumping and go for it. There are many free calisthenic guides online to help you along the way. If you do go outside (making sure you maintain social distancing!) I would recommend going for a walk/run between the hours of 10-3. This way you can maximise the amount of vitamin D your body gets while the sun is high in the sky which can help increase mood.

4. Mix it Up

Who doesn’t love Netflix? But, if you are bored at home and feeling a little at a loss, then rather stick to the same-old shows – mix it up. One evening, catch up on TV shows. The next, read the novel that you’ve always promised yourself you would. After that, play games online with friends – which is both fun and social. Haven’t touched your violin in years? Pick it up. Fancy learning a new language? Go for it. Make yourself a list of movies and do a virtual movie night. Draw. Paint. Write. Create. Now is a pretty good time to give it a go.

5. Do What You Can

There is so much going on right now, we need to stick together. The NHS are calling for volunteers. Perhaps offer to help out parents by doing some online teaching. Even calling a friend you think may be feeling the effects of this, there is usually something small we can do a day to help someone. This is the time where we will see the best and worst in people, so let’s all do what we can to bring out the best.

6. Keep Social

Stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues. Have coffee catch-ups on Zoom. Do you have friends you usually message? Call them instead. If you are living alone it is easy to go days without actually speaking aloud. This is so important for a number of reasons, not just for yourself but to the people you are calling. Don’t wait to be reached out to if you’re feeling the effects, you can also do the reaching. On the flip side, if we are reached out to, it is our duty to answer.

7. Information Fatigue

We can find ourselves in a situation where we are reading, watching and talking about news regarding COVID-19. However, what can happen is that we end up feeling down, frustrated, at a loss and/or anxious. There is a lot of information out there, on social media as well as every other form of media. This can all be too much and we can become overwhelmed, or desensitised to it. I would highly recommend allocating a limited amount of time, e.g. 1 hour, looking through news and articles to keep yourself informed, but not so much so that it brings you down. Also, when you catch-up with people, make sure you talk in greater detail about other aspects of life, or how they are coping broadly, rather than solely COVID-19.

8. Insomnia

With all this extra time indoors, you may find yourself struggling with sleep. So, if you are struggling sleeping, here are a couple small tips in addition to what has already been said:

  1. Limit screen time before bed
  2. Get showered and dressed when you wake as if you were going out (even if you aren’t)
  3. Do work at a table, go into the lounge area for entertainment/relaxation (especially if you live in a studio flat), which will help you associate different areas with different activities (bed=sleep, desk=work, etc.).

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have found it helpful. What techniques have you put in place to stay motivated during this time? Please send a message or comment/share any thoughts, questions, ideas. Remember, stay safe! I look forward to hearing from you.

New Dawn, New Day

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

– Carl Bard

Spring is often associated with life, birth and rebirth, but for me, Autumn is. Autumn, when the air turns brisk, leaves start to change colour, and night-time slowly creeps into the day. Though these changes may be associated with the end; of warmth, of green trees, of daylight, it is also the start of something new.

It is the beginning of a new academic year, where students of all ages from Reception to Postgrads, across every spectrum are starting a new journey. One chapter finished. Summer been and gone. Now we are back and students everywhere will be vowing to themselves, this year will be different.

This blog post contains general thoughts aimed to provide some insight, primarily targeting those starting postgraduate (PG) study, though applicable to students at all levels.

Age Doesn’t Matter

Most people, when picturing a ‘student’ may think of a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 18-21 year old, and if that’s you then great! 20’s are an amazing time of life to be a student. However, it DOES NOT MATTER whether you’re 20 through to 70 or beyond. Whatever your age starting (or continuing) as a student, join in. Join in with all the activities provided. If you want to represent the ‘student body’, become a student rep or get involved in the students’ union in other ways. There are so many PG mature-adults returning to education after a break. This should be celebrated. You have so much experience, real-life knowledge, and use that to your advantage.

Similarly, if it has been a while – or perhaps you’ve never had any higher-education training – do not be afraid to ask. Ask your lecturers or fellow students, they will not think less of you for not knowing. If anything, they may feel daunted by how much external knowledge you have – and if there’s one thing that bonds people, it’s the panic and confusion around assignments. This will help you become truly integrated in student life.

Socialise

My Master’s was part-time, over two years. The first year it was so exciting, easy to make friends, get involved, much like the start of an undergraduate degree. But alas, a year goes too quick. Just like that it was the end and people I started with left to move onto bigger and better things. It was so hard trying to gain the motivation to talk to the new students, they were lovely but I kept thinking ‘what’s the point?’. Now I know.

The point is to enjoy that year. Even if it’s a brief moment in time, getting to know new people, understand new stories, have and be that help, throughout the year. You can still make memories. Higher education is tough – the more you learn, the less you know. But if I could talk to past ‘Lauren’ – or any part time student – I would say, even though it’s hard watching people come and go, don’t give up. Keep at it, keep those doors open.

Time for Yourself

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. No matter how important the degree is, you are more important. So, paired with ‘Socialise’, allow yourself that time to have fun. Life is made for living, and having that drive to better yourself academically is great, but mix it with doing something different. Variety is the spice of life. If part of that variety is having a night-off, then amazing.

Self-care is also important. Be that positive voice to yourself. Be your biggest fan. It can be hard, as there is so much in this life, and in your studentship, that will try to break you down. From your first academic conference, to failing an assignment, to the reviewer’s comments on your first (and every subsequent) paper, maybe even your lecturers or supervisor or fellow students. Have a positive self-mantra; ‘I’m doing the best I can’, ‘I will do this’. Try to catch those negative self-thoughts when they creep out in a sentence. It’s difficult, it’s tiring, but you can do it.

Get Involved

In conferences, public engagement, training, teaching, demonstrating – whatever it is. Your PG degree is the perfect time to try and do those extra-curriculars, see what you enjoy, practice what makes you scared, it all helps towards personal development.

This is especially important if you’re unsure what to do after your degree. Not everyone knows what they want to do, but if you at least make the most of the opportunities available to you, it all adds to the CV, it may help you decide, or it can at the very least, open yourself up to future opportunities. You never know who you may meet along the way…

Thank you so much for reading! What would you tell your past-self? Please send a message or comment/share any thoughts, questions, ideas. I look forward to hearing from you!

Stop! Imposter!

To attain “success” without attaining positive self-esteem is to be condemned to feeling like an imposter anxiously awaiting exposure.

Nathaniel Branden

An international public speaker, Hugh Kearns, came to the Uni at the start of my second year of the degree, and it was an extremely insightful two days of training. He gave practical advice on planning the PhD, discussed the importance of sharing your research across different platforms (part of the reason I started blogging), and, made us aware of something called ‘The Imposter Syndrome’.

The Imposter Syndrome is, essentially, feeling like a fraud in your life. Whether it be in your career – the arts, sciences, management, business, or in your personal life, everywhere and anywhere in society. This syndrome essentially stems from the thought that if you are good at something, you have to do it right all the time and never make mistakes. But, as we are all human, and do make mistakes, some people believe that mistake is the ‘ proof ‘ we are not good, so must be frauds.

This sounds so logical on paper. Everyone knows mistakes happen. But, in my case it is true. I am a fraud. I don’t know what I’m doing and it’s just a matter of time before someone realises. It was just a lot of luck, good fortune, and kindness of other people that meant I was accepted into this degree… Those were a few of the panicked thoughts rushing through my mind at the start of the talk. Then, Hugh gave us some topics to discuss with our neighbour, which were then shared with the room…

It was amazing. Following a simple discussion, research, academic, and non-academic staff alike, from assistants to professors, put their hands up to say they too felt like frauds. They gave examples of situations they were in and their fears, reflecting mine. These are the people who have changed policy, have huge followings for their research, bring hundreds of thousands of pounds into the university to fund their research. How could they feel like a fraud? And what’s worse, if they with all they have achieved are frauds, what am I?

Apparently the Imposter Syndrome is something a lot of people feel, and interestingly enough, the more work you put in trying to feel less like a fraud, subsequently the higher up in rank you go, and thus the cycle continues.

The two days of training were invaluable, as there was considerable amounts of self-reflection. This primarily stemmed from some of the ‘warning signs’. These included aspects I wouldn’t have ever considered to be linked to imposter-ism – such as perfectionism, over-committing, what I like to call ‘practical procrastination’. It was eye-opening and slightly scary, thinking the traits that make me a ‘good worker’ in many people’s eyes may not only be traits that feed into feeling like an imposter, but may actually a form of subconscious self sabotage.

It’s funny though, because even with this awareness of the Imposter Syndrome, it is hard trying to believe that you aren’t a fake, if you’re that way inclined. If you have these self-doubts, or can see how a little bit of luck and good fortune has lead to the various opportunities that have arisen. Trying to overcome these negative thoughts with positive ones is tiring.

I haven’t yet overcome those thoughts and feelings. Like all things in life, it will take time. Maybe if I just work harder, they will go away (or is that the Imposter Syndrome talking?!) What is comforting though, if I get too overwhelmed with these worries, I think back to the day in Hugh’s talk, picture the sea of hands in the air and think, at the very least… I’m not alone.

Thank you for reading! I do hope you enjoyed. Do you ever feel like an imposter? Please share your thoughts/comments/suggestions, I’d love to hear them! For more information on the Imposter Syndrome, check out Hugh Kearn’s info:

And… Breathe…

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.

Mark Black

It’s now summer… The time for ice-cream, holidays, and sunshine. Funnily enough though, this time over the school holidays is often the most precious to those in academia, as the number of lectures start dwindling and colleagues take time off to look after their children. There is more time to finish writing that paper you’ve been meaning to get published, or work on a cheeky summer project. Soon enough though, that once semi-clear diary is filling up.

I’m not sure what it is, but there seems to be this pressure, either external or internal, on research students and early-career researchers to be chained to their desk. The feeling that you’ll be judged if you go home at 5 or 6pm – it has to be 8 or 9. Oh! And don’t forget those extra hours you need to do over the weekend. Even though I’m writing this now, mid-summer, it happens all year round. Now is just particularly sad due to the gorgeous weather!

In many jobs, people have contracted hours, usually eight, so why is it early-career researchers feel this pressure to put in so much extra all the time? Perhaps it’s the drive to success, maybe it’s feeling the need to prove yourself to funders or seniors, it could be to get ahead on your career path, or even the pressures to maintain the ‘norm’ when comparing your work outputs to others.

There’s many reasons it could be, and a recent column in Nature discusses these challenges faced by early career researchers in greater detail, with reference to a survey conducted by the Young Academy of Europe, if you wanted to know more. But here, I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone, at whatever point you may be in your career, to take a step back, and breathe.

It is okay to take a break. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload, being crushed under the weight of it all, take a day! Take a Saturday, a Sunday, or a holiday, go hang out with friends or family, grab a cup of coffee, whatever it may be, you are allowed to.

If you take these breaks, it will mean better production overall. I’m not saying to bury your head in the sand when the going gets tough, but have a real, hard think about your deadlines or timelines, and remember to make yourself your top priority, it can do the world of good.

Now is a great time with the sun out, all it takes is a good half-hour outside and you’ll feel the vitamin D take effect. Why not head to the park, find a tree and read a book? Something unrelated to your day-job. Maybe a café, or afternoon tea for two. How about a wander along the pier, overlooking a beach? For me, it’s my Sunday walks/jogs with my Dad – fresh air, a right laugh, and good chats.

Self-care is so important. You are more than a cog in a machine, a results-producer. You are a person, and there is more to life than work. If anyone tells you otherwise, send them my way.

Many thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Feel free to leave comments or any thoughts – I’d love to hear them. Or, if things are tough at the moment and you fancy a chat, do please message.

The Perfect Supervisor?

A leader is someone willing to give their strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.

― Beth Revis, Across the Universe

There is an award at the University dedicated to outstanding supervisors, and today the fabulous people at the Postgrad Office put on sessions to advise on answering the questions (and help us untangle some of the bureaucratic language used in the form).

I attended this session because I really appreciate all the time, effort and true support my supervisor has given me over these last two years and feel she should be recognised for it. So, it got me thinking. What is it about my supervisors that have made this weird roller-coaster… Well… Doable?

As a result, here is a list on the top things that make a supervisor fabulous – one student’s opinion.

1. Time

Probably the difference between a nightmare and a successful, dare I say even enjoyable, PhD. Time. A door that’s always open, as well as structured, regimented sessions – monthly at the very least, bi-monthly when possible, and weekly when needed. If they can see my motivation lacking, they book in extra sessions to make sure I keep on going.

Even if there really is nothing new to report and all is going fine, the meeting can be cut short and your supervisor will have an extra 45 minutes they didn’t previously.

Or, you can chat about the process overall and any hurdles that may have cropped up, delaying progress. No meeting is a waste, because being able to have those honest discussions about any challenges hindering you, and what the next steps are, gives a much better working environment.

However, getting to this type of relationship is only possible, when coupled with the next point…

2. A Personal Touch

We are all human. Having a supervisor that cares – that treats you as more than just a publication robot. This means, when you have those weeks with less production, you can have an open chat, and not be made to feel scared or small, a waste of space for just being human.

Little things, like encouraging you to take time for yourself – understanding there is more in your life than just your day-job and they actually ask about it. Remembering special occasions, and congratulating you on a job well-done.

Essentially, treating you like a researcher. A colleague. An equal. Such seemingly simple things can make you feel more than just a student or a cog in a well-oiled publishing machine.

3. Boxing Coach

I am no boxer. But, from what I’ve seen on TV, a good supervisor is just like a good coach. They have been through the ring so many times, they are experts. But, they understand that you are in the ring now, and their purpose is to make you the best you can be.

They fight your corner, no matter how much this journey batters you.

Supervisors aren’t your family or friends in the crowd, shouting positive things with the best intentions, with an observers, rather than a competitors, understanding of the game. Though, honestly, they don’t even know your research title. Good supervisors are there with a towel, a stool and water when you’re dripping in your own sweat, blood, and tears, exhausted from a tough round, and rally you to stand up and keep going.

4. Understanding You

A great supervisor understands you. They make it their business to know your strengths and weaknesses, what you enjoy doing and dislike, and find out why. They ask questions, about what you want to take out of the experience, and when you answer they do the best they can to help you reach your goals.

A supervisor acknowledges your strengths and help find ways to improve weaknesses – we all have them. And I’m not saying a supervisor can turn a weakness into a strength – they’re only human too. But, they can help to make a weakness… Well, a little less bad.

Now is the time to look stupid, and if you’re trying then that’s all that matters. Scared of public speaking? Then now is the time to practice, and a good supervisor will make you aware of opportunities to try – it is still you that has to do it.

More than that, they support and advise in a way that is adapted to you. We all handle positive feedback and ‘opportunities to develop’ in different ways. How this is relayed from an external party can either end up extremely damaging or remarkably uplifting.

5. Seamless Transition

Whatever you do prior to any sort of postgraduate research, it is always a bit of a jump (understatement of the year)… But, the best supervisors make this transition so simple. There will always be challenges – it wouldn’t be a step up otherwise! However, supervisors should assist with this adjustment, balancing providing information while making sure you aren’t overwhelmed.

Final thoughts

I have been so fortunate to have two exceptional supervisors. They bring two alternative perspectives to the table, and are fantastic in different ways. However, it is a gamble. It is extremely difficult to know for certain whether the people assigned to guide you through this stressful chapter will help or hinder the process.

On the other hand, even a perfect supervisor can’t automatically grant you a degree. It is still down to you, the work you put in, and effort you go to in order to make the most of it – educationally or otherwise.

Thank you for reading! Do you have any thoughts on what you would consider ‘best practice’ for supervisors? Have any leaders gone ‘above and beyond’ to make your experiences great? Please comment/send me a message, I’d love to hear!

It’s What You Make of It…

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

– Mae West

When looking back over the last 7 years of this ‘uni chapter’ of life, the one piece of advice I give everyone who talks to me before they start their next chapter… Life is what you make of it, so make the most of it.

Simple, yes? Not always.

A little bit of context. One of the things I do, and have done throughout being a student, is to be a student ambassador at the university. It involves showing prospective students around the uni and telling them all about it. It is one of my favourite jobs as I love Swansea Uni and have enjoyed every step of the way. So it is really easy to talk to future students.

But, when they get to uni, there are usually two types of students: those who make the most of the opportunities available and those who don’t. Now, yes uni life is about partying, making new friends, and having fun. Even getting good grades along the way. But, there is so much more than that. Here are my 5 ‘top tips’ for making the most of university (or life in general really?!)

1. Try Something New!

Be it a club or society, an evening sports-class, being a student representative, or some public engagement. Doing something new is great because:

  • It adds another ‘feather to your cap’
  • Networkinggg
  • Potential new hobby
  • Personal development
  • Gets you out of your comfort zone

Even if you try and don’t enjoy it, you can learn from every experience – what you would do differently, understand yourself a bit better, and it overcomes a fear! Yes, doing something new is scary at the start, but even if it doesn’t turn out great, overcoming that initial fear is huge for personal development.

2. Get a Job

Even if you don’t necessarily need to – if your student loan covers your living, great! But, getting a job is really useful for a number of reasons:

  • Money helps… Right?
  • Exposure to new people
  • New opportunities and experiences
  • Sense of independence to support yourself
  • New skills

Many of the opportunities I’ve been asked to take part in, or became aware of, are because of the jobs and volunteer experiences I’ve had. You never know when something new and exciting is around the corner and it’s just about exposing yourself to it.

Note: if you may be struggling with short-term mental or physical ill-health, focus on yourself because that’s most important. If it’s a long-term illness, try and communicated with people in similar situations as yourself – you’d be surprised at the support that’s available out there if you wanted to try something different.

3. Volunteer

Whether it’s for a charity or to help a lecturer with a research project, any sort of volunteering will be beneficial:

  • Career aspirations
  • Great CV experience
  • Giving back to the community
  • So many skills…
  • Meeting new people

Volunteering is the perfect way to try and gain some skills. Anyone who is willing to give their time for free is an asset, and any good charity will train you to make sure you get not only the skills you need, but the skills you desire as well. It is also a really good way to make sure you enjoy your future career. After all, if you’ve never worked with kids, it would be a bad time to realise you hate being a teacher after spending all those years at uni and studying for it!

4. See the world

University is a unique time of your life. You have summers that last three months, the amazing student loan, and very little responsibility (compared to future you at least). Essentially, if you don’t do it now, then when? Try to travel either with good people or, if possible, solo – and I don’t mean 4* all-inclusive holidays. I mean nitty-gritty traveling, because this is where the true ‘life’ experience comes in and it can:

  • Increase your confidence in yourself
  • Get that all-too-important ‘you’ time
  • Experience different cultures
  • Widens your perspective on life
  • Memories that will last a lifetime

Typically, late teens through to late twenties is PERFECT time to do this. However, everyone’s path is different, and if you have the ability to take a month off, do it. Take a sabbatical. Just do it!

5. Take time for yourself

The most important thing in the world – making sure you take time for yourself. If you want to spend a day eating take-out in front of the TV, do it! This is your life. Do the late nights, do the long days to finish assignments and hang with friends, work then get to the birthday celebrations. Just make sure you do take the odd day to relax, reflect and rejuvenate, why? Because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading this post! Please feel free to send a message or comment about any thoughts, questions, ideas. I look forward to hearing from you!

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

— Izaak Walton

During high school, I had a chat with my form tutor about what to do after leaving school. He asked me, as many people did at the time, “what do you WANT to do when you leave?”… Well… What I wanted to do was become a doctor. Specifically, a neurosurgeon, as I’ve always found the brain simply fascinating. So I told him that.

He looked stunned for a moment. Then recommended I find a different aim in life as a straight ‘B’ grade student, I’m simply not good enough to become a doctor.

Obviously, this hurt. But, just like many teenagers in school, my self-esteem was already very low. It was just another reason I am not good enough. My parents always said I’m a ‘sensible’ person, so in true ‘Lauren’ fashion, I just picked another route. Psychology. Why not? I love the brain. I’m not good enough to be a doctor. Let’s do this!

Flash forward to University and it was amazing. Having that freedom, doing what you enjoy (most of the time…). The all-nighter cramming sessions followed by days of very responsible drinking *cough*. Working three jobs but still making the essay deadlines and 9am lectures. How did we do it in school? Nowadays I can’t even attend a 2-hour lecture without falling asleep, let alone 9:00am-4:00pm!

In Uni, you’re always surrounded by friends – the subsequent fallouts, relationship dramas, seven people snuggled into a single-bed to watch a movie, and the late-night heart-to-hearts. I wouldn’t change a second of it.

But, all too-soon the glorious days of undergrad came to an end. With a first-class degree in hand and a new career aim in sight: Clinical Psychologist.

As Clinical Psychology is a difficult career to get into, my next thought was to do a Masters. This was before the UK had funding for MSc students, so I did it part time, and worked full-time alongside. To make sure it didn’t go to waste, and it was the career I wanted to go into, I also started volunteering at a local mental health charity.

The course-mates were fantastic and I finally started to actually understand statistics!!! However, the Masters years were so good because of the work I was doing alongside it. My first ‘proper’ job, with colleagues who supported you, and with enough flexibility that I could try my hand at different areas of marketing and supporting various events.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

– Theodor Suess Geisel

In what seemed to be a blink of an eye, the first year of the MSc was done, and I had to re-focus on what to do afterwards. I, naturally, applied to do a DClinPsy to pursue my aim to be a Clinical Psychologist. I also looked at jobs in case I was unsuccessful, and then received an email from my soon-to-be supervisor.

When looking back, it was a random series of events that lined up to me even considering doing a PhD. But I’ll leave the specifics for another day… The important thing was receiving an email from a Senior Lecturer at the University, who I went to a conference with. She was aware of an opportunity for post-graduate funding, sent me the details. I always try to say ‘yes’ to new experiences, and wasn’t sure what to do in the future, so went to meet with her, not quite expecting anything to come of it.

She had an idea for a research project, we specialised it to mental-health because of my background, and submitted an application. The interview came… All I remember was sweating profusely, and that dreaded feeling afterwards that I had completely fluffed it. Alongside this, my application for the DClinPsy was unsuccessful. Safe to say, the future was seeming rather bleak.

Luckily, when one door closes another opens. I was successful in moving onto the second stage of the PhD process, with a task of submitting a project proposal. With a second wind, lots of research, and several drafts later, the project was ready – and they accepted it. Just like that, the next three years of my life was planned. I still can’t quite believe it.

Submitting the MSc dissertation on the 30th September and starting the PhD the next day was a bit tiresome. It was also rather touch-and-go for a while until receiving my MSc results (distinction btw – not bad for a straight ‘B’ student, right?). But, it happened! PhD underway.

Nevertheless, throughout my first year of the PhD, I was convinced there was some form of admin error, that they would turn around and say ‘sorry Lauren, there’s been a mistake’, or ‘this is awkward but you’re just not good enough to continue’. Listening to a talk by Hugh Kearns about the Impostor Syndrome at the start of second year helped me see that it’s normal to have these thoughts, and when I look back to early life, I can see why.

So, moral of the story. No matter what people say about you, the only person that can decide your fate is you. I haven’t completed this path – yet. But, if I can even get this far, then you too can do that one thing people say you’re not capable of.

Thank you for reading this. Please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message, let me know about your journey – I would love to hear it!

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