Burn Baby Burn!!!

Burning Bowl Ceremony: Usher 2021 into Fruition

As we usher in the New Year it’s important to reflect on 2020 to release whatever emotions or patterns might be holding us back from moving forward.  

Take some introspective time to reflect if you haven’t done so already and see what you need to let go of and what you want to birth this year in 2021.

While we are so ready to say goodbye to 2020, it seems we are a long way from where we were before the Pandemic started.

Eager to move on with a vaccine being slowly distributed but not there yet, and we must do our due diligence while moving into the year with the unknown.  And we all know the unknown is one of the hardest places to hang out in.

This is my annual ritual I do in groups with clients or alone.  Both are awesome.  You could even call your support circle together outside or hold a Zoom meeting and do it together online.  You could also do it with me below and turn the video on and off while you complete each step.  It’s very powerful and I haven’t missed a year for 35 years and I started the tradition with my family as well.  

New Years Burning Bowl with the Family

9 Easy Steps to Usher in the New Year and clear out the debris from 2020

  • Sit in meditation at your alter and light a candle, some incense, a flower and bell and root and ground for a few breathes or a long meditation.  These 3 things reminds us of the impermanence of life as we know it.
  • Write down all the things you want to let go of from this past year on a piece of paper.  This is your chance to get them all out of your body and mind and on to paper.  Anything at all that has a hold on you. Ie: anxiety, anger, depression, jealousy, frustration, loneliness, hurt, resentment. It can go on and on and don’t stop until you have written each one down. 
  • BURN IT!  Yes, burn baby burn.  Let it all go and feel it release far and away from you physically and metaphysically to create space inside for what you want to manifest in the New Year.
  • Write down what you are grateful for:  I know this might be a tall order for some of you with loss and the challenge from last year but it is really important because Gratitude produces more abundance in your life.  There are always things you can find even in the most dismal of times (yes, even in 2020).

And to think 2020 had such a good ring.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…. what a lesson this was!

  • Write a letter to God, Source, the Divine, Your Higher Power affirming your wishes for 2021 thanking the powers that be.  See my sample letter below from last year.  I also might write some goals that I have with dates and a plan of action and add those to my calendar.  
  • Pick 3 angel cards representing Past, Present and Future.  This is optional but quite profound and fun to play with!  
  • Stick it in an envelope, seal it and address it to yourself so you can mail it to yourself one week before the end of 2021 (write the day you will mail it to yourself in your calendar or you will forget).
  • Now, open your letter from last year.  It’s amazing what you will find.  
Past, Present, Future Healing with Angels Dorreen Virtue, P.H.D. deck

This year was like a surprise gift I could have never predicted..  If some things still haven’t come into fruition, you simply  put them on your list for next year.  In regards to my Angel Cards, I still have the same love transformed into more passion. I’m playing more and always have to be honest with my truth and integrity. I am curious about all of the cherubs in all 3 cards as this is rare. I have 4 children and had 1 miscarriage making 5. Does this mean I have grandchildren on the horizon? hmmmm…..I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  • Remember to say Thank You!!!

Here’s are samples of what I wrote this year:

What do I want to release?

Impatience, frustration, perfection, fixation, being swept away, sitting so much, poor scheduling.

What I am grateful for:

My income only decreasing in half, clients that are so gracious, new definition of self, learning to do technology hard as it’s been, seeing clients on Zoom which has been awesome and more efficient in some ways, saving so much money by only spending money on essentials: Food and wine 🤣, learning how to structure my writing, my 1,000 followers to finish the year. Thanks again. My health, my yoga and Tai Chi practice, walking, strength training, sustaining my exercise routine, making videos, time with myself, effort, struggle and worry about income and just trusting, the beautiful clean air, starting my book and joining a writers workshop, doing some guest interviews, continuing even when I’m frustrated, help from some of you when I’m at the 9th hour and stuck, simple gatherings of everyone pitching in, letting go of messes in the house, amazing parents, kids, friends, pur word press family.

What I’ve learned about myself:

That I can stop driving myself to goals and trust the process, that I am capable of learning technology even though I have a difficult time with it, that I am resilient, that it’s ok to ask for help, I do much better with order and a schedule, it takes time to learn so it’s a double edge sword, to be gentle with myself, that I need to stop and eat and drink more water, that I love writing but hate sitting so much, that exercise, meditation and my yoga and Tai Chi are essential and imbedded in my genes at this point, I need to get up every hour and break, that interruptions of all of the animals is grating on my nerves, they teach me patience,

My letter From 2020: 

Weird I started this right after my birthday Feb 29th on March 1st (late this year) before Covid

This was wild to read because all of this came into fruition this year without any thought that my life would shift. At the time I was seeing a full load of clients 4-6 a day. Covid was the gift of allowing me to create this new shift. Otherwise, I would have just kept plugging along in my familiar and expected patterns. Yes, it took a pandemic for me to ask what about me, what do I want? Ask any busy person to get something done because they will do that and more. Now I have limits on what I want to do and how much is actually good for me, which is so freeing. I’m not sure why I didn’t address my letter in my usual way with is usually Dear Father Mother God, Thank you for my blessings of……..

I also enclosed a second page this year which I never do. I also often write down exercise goals, etc. and put dates on them and add them to my calendar. Somewhere, I must have known there would be no schedule this year.

Here’s the second page I included. It was so unusual for me to do a semi poem or thoughts propelling me into writing without even knowing it. I thought I would spare you from my horrible writing this time. 🤣

Gathering, chirping, nesting
Moving from limb to limb
Leaping to new heights
Swinging off branches
Singing my song.


Listening closely to my heartbeat
We all have a song waiting to be told
And to share with the world
Deep penetrating, dark open
to shed light on wounds and cleanse
Drinking in the nectar of life’s gifts
.

Sharp fans spike shadows of light
moving gracefully, gently and swiftly
cutting through lies
People have their ideas but they can’t define me
All are mirrors to grow and learn from.

Happy New Year as you put into motion an attitude of gratitude so that no matter what happens to you next year, you can ride the current, go with the flow and find your dristi (focus) and bliss.

As always, thanks so much for your time and support. If you found this useful, please remember to like (if you do of course), comment and or share.

In Gratitude,

❤️🙏

Cindy

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179 thoughts on “Burn Baby Burn!!!

  1. What a celebration ritual, I love it! I resonate deeply with all you wrote here especially the burning of intentions to be released, I practice that daily in my shamanic practice. Beautiful as always dear Cindy🌈 and here’s to a powerful 2021🌠🙌🤗❤

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    1. Thank you Maria! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It is so wonderful you do a daily ritual in your shamanic practice to keep clearing a pathway for intentions to manifest. Thanis so much for checking in and your kind thoughts. I like the sound of a powerful 2021! Cheers to that and always love, ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌟

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  2. ‘This year was like a surprise gift I could have never predicted.’ I couldn’t agree more. This time last year I had a boring job and was taking time for everyone but myself. Now I am doing what I’ve dreamed of all my life! Unexpected blessings and plenty of reasons to be grateful, whatever the challenges.

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  3. Cindy, this is such a lovely post. I want to go into detail but hubby is urging me on, so I will come back and finish the video and my comment later, but I wanted to wish you a Happy 2021, and thank you for becoming such a good friend in 2020.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Marsha! Oh you are so cute. I do understand a husbands nudge. Oh good I’m glad you will try the video and all the best to you in 2021!!!!! I am grateful for our friendship as well! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. What a brilliant idea! I do write letters to myself but they’re more like a prank I play on my future self😂 I loved the prompts you’ve mentioned and absolutely agree that gratitude can make so much difference!
    Have a blessed year ahead!!❤️❤️

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    1. You are soooo funny.. I promise you will be surprised.. try it one time and see.. I’m glad you like the idea!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️indeed Gratitude helps everything! ❤️And you stay blessed as well! 🙏

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  5. Cindy, this intimate & brave post is just perfect. I have so much admiration for your willingness to share so much with your readers. That is probably one of the reasons you are so well-loved in this community. It’s like we each feel that you trust us enough to reveal your heart’s secrets & we gobble up every word!

    Back to this specific post, I love the burning bowl ceremony, and took part in it yearly when working at and/or attending Unity and Science of Mind churches. I can remember talking about setting things on fire in my corporate America days, too. 😜 There is something we perceive as so final about the burning process. A great way to let go of things that don’t serve! Thank you for your lovely reminder! 🌞

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    1. Your words have touched me so deeply today Lisa, Thank you! You know we all have those days we break a little bit even when we know we have done and tried our best and this is one of them. Your affirmative words are touching and bring a tear to my eye. Even when we try sometimes we fail and it truly makes me thankful that I continue to share my truth and heart for comments like these. Thank you deeply for reading and taking time to share your words with me that are so affirmative.

      Well, aren’t we kindred souls because I too attended Unity and Science of Mind and loved the ritual. My mom still goes and got all of her papers and letter through the mail. They do such a good job. Oh yes indeed fire is a great reminder to release and let go. ❤️

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  6. Cindy, Thanks for sharing some of the rituals of your life. It is interesting to see how last year’s writings foreshadowed the better aspects of 2020. I hope we can take what we have learned from 2020 and move into the future in a more enlightened way. I am excited to see what 2021 may bring. All the best, Cindy…a year of growth and fulfillment! ❤

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    1. You’re welcome Cheryl and always thanks for your kind support and comment. It really blew me away as i’ve never written such an informal letter before and here we have been living life as it happens with one foot in fromt of the other. I hope for the same thing and am always hopeful of renewed faith. All the best to you Cheryl and I’ll look forward to sharing another year together. B❤️❤️❤️

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  7. What a lovely ritual, Cindy, and how fun to read the letter from the previous year. I’m going to take some quiet time today to go through these steps (with runes rather than angel cards). Thanks so much for sharing your year. I hope all your dreams and goals come to fruition in 2021!

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  8. Wonderful tradition and ceremony to share with family and friends as well as clients. Soo beautifully executed.
    Glad all of your goals came into fruition you deserve it and so much more. It is obvious that you are a very loving and honest person . Much love to you 💕❤️💕

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    1. Oh thank you so much Marlene for checking in and sharing here. I’m glad you enjoyed my authenticity and honesty. I do my best like we all do and I appreciate you seeing that and your support always!!! Much love to you and week ahead. Wishing you a beautiful start to your New Year, just like you are! ❤️

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  9. I keep a daily journal, Cindy, a practice I have pursued for the past 20 years, ever since I read Julia Cameron in 2000 while hanging out on a beach in Baja. 🙂 At the end of the year, I go back and reread it as part of my process of planning for the coming year. It’s a great way look at where I have been and think about where I want to go.
    Have you been to Burning Man? I would suspect you have. I’ve been numerous times since 2004. One of my favorite things about Black Rock City is the beautiful temple they build there where people leave messages to loved ones, people who have passed on, favorite pets, joys and sorrows. I always take at least an hour to wander through the temple and read the messages. The temple is always burned on Sunday night, and the thousands of messages that have been left are sent skyward. It is a beautiful, cleansing ceremony. –Curt

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    1. That’s a great way to anchor into the year and look at the past one! Now that I’m writing more, I haven’t been journaling as much. Much of what I write is introspective though. You know, I haven’t been but my burner friends have such fond memories of their time their. Some of them are in mourning to miss it. It truly is amazing the art that goes into all of it and some of the stories might even surpass your trecking trips,. I can only imagine. ❤️❤️🤗❤️ (might I remind you we had this convo re: peggy and the bike ride)? It’s good you have friends to remember when you forget.. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 🥰Cindy

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      1. Forgiven…. you know as a teenager.. I wouldn’t know about that ( leap year) until next month.. THANK GOD!!! We did NOT… don’t worry you didn’t loose it completely 🤣. Just was straightening your followers out for you. Soooo funny… I’m sure I do but I was a little off in the year and my mother was soooo strict! ❤️ My daughter and her B.F have been.. Nail biting … Georgia eh?!

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  10. Wonderful post Cindy with so many pearls of wisdom from you as always and to begin a year with all of your tips would be amazing. 😊❤️😍 This idea of burning out your weaknesses or the things you want to let go and don’t want to continue with, is a great idea and a sign to move towards being a more better and positive individual. 🤗 indeed every dark times teaches you as well and 2020 has taught us a lot, if we take heed. I loved your semi poem 💝🥰 We have so much to say, thoughts seated deep inside of us and isn’t it wonderful how here we share ours and when people resonate while commenting, it feels soo good. And one of such beautiful and kind soul are you ❤️❤️❤️ May this year bring so much of health, joy and happiness for you and all your loved ones. 🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it Samreen and there were some pearls of wisdom there. You know like I do, that all have been said but it’s the old saying, when the student is ready the teacher appears. It is just old age wisdom to symbolically affirm what we want and release what we don’t. It is so true that we learn from the dark times and I feel so blessed to grow in the midst of chaos this year. Oh you are sweet to comment about my semi poem; that’s sweet of you ❤️. It does keep us close and very connected which is truly a gift your right and it is a bright spot in my day as well. Oh thank you sooooo much. It takes a kind soul to know one and i’m blessed to share these special moments with you. Cheers to That and to YOU!!! ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🙏🌟🌟🌟🌟🥰

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      1. Pleasure is all mine Cindy, oh yes I always do😊❤️ That’s a wonderful saying 🙂That is soooo sweet of you to say dear, i too feel blessed and immensely happy to share mine too, thank you soo much for your love and kindness, stay safe and happy 😍😍❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗💕💕💕😘😘😘

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  11. beautiful Cindy and lovely to hear your voice here ☺️ also funny as I did burn…smudged…and created and yes already New Year happy! time just feels like an illusion now…hugs and peace to you and all your loved ones…thank you for all you share ~ 🤍🕊 hedy

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    1. Oh thanks you Hedy. I was sure you already did some ceremony of such to celebrate. I do usually smudge but I forgot.. lol. what day is it again. such an illusion is right. Thanks and to you and yours. Oh thank you so much and you too. I appreciarte the mutual support!
      ❤️ Cindy

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      1. You’re so welcome!!!
        Thanks i sure will… I’m snuggled in with my cat 🐈‍⬛ Star and Harry (my dog) and my husbands somewhere in here 😂. Have a great day ahead! See you tomorrow. 🥰

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  12. Hi Cindy!
    Such a beautiful and helpful post! I finally managed to check your blog (I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while now). I am so glad I decided to visit it! I love everything about it! Your blog oozes positivity in every sphere! I read a few of your posts and I was very surprised about how relatable and helpful they were! Honestly, being a teen, I don’t often come across relatable stuff in WordPress. But your blog is amazing!!!!!!!!

    2020 has taught be a whole lot of stuff, But in a way, I’m grateful for it too. I got more time with family, made new friends (isn’t that amazing?) and most of all I realized the fragility and value of life. How remarkable that it only took a small virus to shut the oh-so-powerful humans into their homes! Most of all, I’m grateful that I decided to join WordPress and got to meet awesome people like you!

    A very Happy New Year to you! Here’s to us interacting more!

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    1. Hi The One Who Always Talks!
      Soooo nice to wake up to your nice message and meet you this morning. What a kind and heartfelt message. That means a lot that I can be relatable to a teen. Maybe cuz i”m a leap year baby and a teen myself. Since my birthday only comes every 4 years on Feb 29th I am only 16.. 🤣🤣❤️. I Think we can never loose our sense of wonder in life. Thank you so much for your viery kind words and welcome and thank you!!!

      Wow, it sounds like a great year of learning, sharing and growing for you! How cool is that!😎 Yes, life is fragile and we better enjoy it while we can. Pretty wild how we have all been going through the same thing togetehr in the world.
      Oh how awesome.. are we friends? I will check in on your site too.

      Happy New Year to you too and yes, we wil be sharing more in the new year. May I call you by name? 🙏❤️ 🥰 ❤️Cindy

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      1. Oooh so you’re a teen too (kinda) 😀
        Yes we’re automatically friends 😂
        I’m actually anonymous here soo……you may just call me umm “Sep” (I just came up with that, and it doesn’t stand for September 😂)

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    1. There you are! Thanks Era and hope you are off to a great one as well! oh gosh I kringed at putting my writing in that I thought was horrible…. 🤣 Thanks and Cheers to all of it and especally you!!! Haven’t seen any of your posts yet for the new year? ❤️

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    1. Hi Rishika! Thanks so much! Well tonight i’m totally dismayed with this election but we are coming to a head and close. Thank god and thanks for asking It’s just so sad how it’s going down but justice will prevail. In general, I’m doing well. How are you doing? ❤️ 🙏❤️

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  13. Wow Cindy this is truly inspiring….an excellent idea. I think I should start doing this….but I’m afraid I’ll lose my envelope from the previous year….. it the idea is awesome…..I really love the steps….they’re very organized and I think it should help with introspection and decluttering of the fragile mind and soul……🤩😍🤩🙏🏼🤩😍🤩😍🤩😍🤩….thanks for the idea Cindy…….🍭😍🍭😍

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    1. hhahhhahhhaha laughing.. I know about loosing the envelope. Trust me you WON’T!
      Put it in an envelope in your file cabinet. It’s really fun to look at years past and see how much you have grown. It’s powerful. Set aside 30 min and you can do it on the video with me and turn it off and on. That way we’ll be together with support. I know you might not be crazy about the angel cards so you can skip that part but it’s really fun…. for me anyway! It truly helps declutter, release and move forward in light, love and focus. Lmk when and if you do it (time) and I’ll send a little blessing to you at the same time and we’ll be together.
      ❤️🙏❤️

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      1. Hahahhahahahahaha……I hope you’re right about my organization skills 😉😉😉🤣🤣🤣😉😅😅😅😅😉😉😉…..a blessing …..that I wnat right now…..send me your blessing pleaseeeeeee🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼

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      2. lol…. yes, for sure I am. Ok ready?
        Take a breath….. breathe in Peace an serenity.
        Exhale doubt and fear.
        Do that 3 times..
        Poof you are on your way!!! ❤️👏🙏🙏🔥🔥😇😇😇😇

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  14. So many great ideas my friend. I love this. The idea of writing down all the things we have to be thankful for, so positive. Writing a letter to yourself such a wonderful idea. It sure beats thinking about the negative and watching the news my friend. Great ideas in your post. Sending ❤️ love Joni you are such a sweetheart Cindy

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    1. So glad you liked it Joni! It’s a great practice and you are soooo write, it beats the news anyway. Thanks for visiting, it means the world to me as I know you’ve been busy as a fairy spreading your dust!!! ❤️❤️❤️🥰☀️xoxoxox

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      1. Yea!!!! God knew what he was doing when he made all the animals in the world. Our furry friends are so special. Have a great day you wonderful, positive influencer. Sending you lots of love my friend. 🤗💕❤️🧚🏻🧚🏻

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      2. Haha show me someone who is my friend. Not on this earth but you have a gift for it. I could never do what you do. Too funny about being on camera or even having my photo taken. Thanks for
        Letting me know perhaps I can get my husband to do it with me. He is very strong and has always worked out but we did yoga together for three years. 🤗💕❤️🦋🦋

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      3. Lol I want to hear more songs from you!! You are so good at it!! And I couldn’t do what you do. It’s interesting friendship isn’t it? Long deep subject and yet I feel connected to you even though we have never met in person… thank you! I was used to the “lime light” early on and had to step up to that.
        These are all light weights but could be heavier but I was sore woth 2 weeks off of strength training. Busy day ahead… classes start up. Your husband probably will think it’s too girlie but it was fun for me! Hope you like it. ♥️💕🙌

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      4. Not surprising you were a performer something but you’ve got light girl, like a beam. We are connected sweetie. I don’t believe our connections are a coincidence. You are wonderful and don’t worry what he thinks. He will do it with me anyway. He can do twelve pull ups with excellent form and hold his body balanced on his arms and do an L. He is younger than me by a bit. We will have been married for 25 years this July. I will let you know how our work out goes. Love ❤️ you Cindy. By the way you are in great shape my friend. Sending lots of prayers for blessings and love. 💕❤️🤗🦋🧚🏻🧚‍♀️

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      5. laughing and blushing at the same time Joni!!! Thanks soooo much dearest. I truly appreciate your candid loving support. No coincidences ever!!!!!! That is soooo funny. He is strong. Maybe I should hire him!!!! Wow. Oh how special your love its. soooo awesome. Thanks my dearest, i work on it!!! loving hugs to you throuh your day too!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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      6. Your so sweet, he is doing it with me. We are going to do it after we digest our food. We eat a healthy breakfast and a healthy meal usually around 3:00. So we will likely do it at 6:00 pm. Looking forward to it. Keep smiling and spreading that beautiful energy of your. Love you Cindy. ❤️💕

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      7. you are sooo sweet and smart to eat at those times!!! We end up eating late with late clients etc. Good for you!!! I can’t wait to hear how it goes. Thank you and you too!!! you have a great heart and spirit yourself!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗😘😘😘

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    1. Oh Good!!! I’m sooo glad to hear that. I think you’ll like it a lot!~!! Can’t wait to hear!
      Yay, you’re all caught up. 👏👏👏👏 Being in the work world and being an author is full time job and you’ve done so much this year. Commendable!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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