Pumpkin Granola

If you’ve never tried making your own granola before ~ YOU’RE MISSING OUT.

Granola is super simple to make, takes roughly 20 minutes TOTAL, and when you make it yourself you’re avoiding all the extra added sugar that store bought granola usually has.

Every time I go grocery shopping I’m always looking for something healthy to snack on. My staples are typically fruit, dried fruit (no sugar added), veggies & hummus, and sometimes I go for some good gluten free crackers or pretzels for when I’m craving something crunchy. It never fails though that I go to the granola section hoping to get my hands on something with little to no sugar. But never the less, I’m always disappointed to find most store bought granolas are sweetened with cane sugar.

So I looked into how to make my own granola and turns out ~ it’s actually REALLY easy.

By using pure maple syrup as my sweetener, I can cut back on a lot of the grams of sugar than just using regular sugar. YES, maple syrup does contain sugar, but it’s about 2/3 the amount of regular sugar and it also comes with nutrients! It is loaded with calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese.

So while it is true that you’re not cutting out all of the sugar from your granola ~ at least you can have some peace of mind that you know exactly what’s going in it and reap some health benefits from it as well!

And now that fall has arrived and I’ve been craving all things pumpkin ~ I decided it was time to make a delicious Pumpkin Granola!

For this recipe I used almonds and walnuts to give it a nice warm nutty flavor, then added pumpkin seeds cause, duhh. Mix them together with oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and coconut oil and we’ve got ourselves a delicious fall breakfast!

Top it on your yogurt or smoothie, mix it with your oats or pancakes, or have it straight up with some almond milk!

Whatever you decide, the outcome will be delicious!

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Pumpkin Granola

INGRIDIENTS:

  • 2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 C Almond Slices
  • 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 C Pumpkin Seeds
  • 3 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/4 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/4 TSP Pink Salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  3. On a sprayed baking sheet, spread mixture evenly across.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Be careful as nuts tend to burn easily.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit. Mixture will still be soft when it comes out but it will harden as it cools.
  7. ENJOY!! 

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How to Deal With Negativity

I’ve let a lot of negativity rule my life over the years. From mean friends, to judgemental family members, down to pretty much everything thrown on social media these days. I’ve quickly come to learn that people thrive on negativity. Anytime you try to be positive there’s someone there waiting to bring you down. Do they feel comfort bringing others down? Are they sad in their own lives so much that they feel everyone else around them needs to be sad too? I mean, misery does love its company.

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Being liked is one of our most wanted forms of happiness. When we’re liked, we’re happy right? Isn’t it crazy that we’d rather be surrounded by negativity than be alone? Most people are so terrified of being secluded, that they’ll agree with whatever is going on even if they are appalled what is being said. If you’re not careful, you’ll likely be sucked into their dramatic chaos and end up in a life of negativity yourself. Never striving for anything because “no one ever makes it” or “that’s just too dangerous” or “you’ll never make any money doing that”.

So how can we deal with this negativity? I know I don’t need people surrounding me telling me the negatives in every situation all the time. I get enough of that going on in my own head as it is.

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First things first, set boundaries.

Let them know they’re bringing unwanted negative energy around and stay clear of them. People need to be called out for their negative habits. Who knows, maybe you’ll spark a needed change in them and prevent them from moving on to bring down someone else. If you’re in a situation where you must be around them like a colleague or family member, do not engage. You’ll only add fuel on an already 0% contained fire. People who are negative only want to create more negative people, so if you don’t give in, they will stop looking to you for your comfort.

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Next, stop sharing with them.

If you know that all they’re going to do it sh*t on your parade, stop inviting them to it! I personally learned this the hard way with a close family member. Every time I told them something i was working on or a new challenge I put myself on, they’re response was always “okay, well we’ll see”. I never felt good enough for them even though I wanted their approval more than anything. I finally had to stop myself from going to them with new exciting things in my life because i knew they’d never be happy for me. I began to only turn to people who would cheer me on and believe in me. And now I have so much more confidence in myself because I’m not being tied down from negativity.

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An important one – pick your battles.

Don’t sit there and argue with a negative person. They’ll never let you win and you’ll only end up more frustrated. Ignore the comments, choose the high road, and prevent yourself from a toxic environment. When you start engaging in these sorts of conversations, you’re only letting them think what they’re doing is okay. Your argument is ultimately what they aim for. They thrive on drama and will only keep coming to you because they know you will participate in the game.

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Lastly, stay positive.

The more positive you are, the less negativity will effect you. When you surround yourself with positive people, good things can’t help but happen for you. You don’t have to be alone in your search for a positive life. You’ll gain knowledge and tools from others to assist you for the rest of your life. You’ll learn that you don’t have to sit there and be unhappy in someone else’s sadness, you can rise up and embrace your own happiness AND have others cheering you on in the process. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have that positive support system right now either. Once you begin to let positivity rule your life, you will begin to automatically attract the support system you need.

If you’re down on yourself because negative things have been said about you… ask yourself this, does it ring true for you? Do you believe what they’re saying is true? The answer should be no. Anyone saying bad things about you is only to bring you down on PURPOSE. Nothing they’re saying is true and you must remember that if you want to move passed their comments. And if you really believe what they’re saying is true and it’s truly effecting your mood, what can you do to fix it? There are options for you, we are not stuck in our unhappiness. You own the power to make positive changes in your life… Remember that next time you feel a surge of negativity. If someone says they don’t like your sweater, go look in the mirror and tell yourself you look beautiful in your sweater.

Change your perspective, change your mood.

 

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3 Ways to Get Your Motivation Back

Don’t fret, friend. We’ve ALL been there.

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You find something you want to change. Get really excited. Plan everything out in your planner. Go to sleep early. Wake up PUMPED on Monday ~ ready to succeed. This feeling continues for a few days, maybe even a week or two.

But of course, one thing happens that delays your goals a day.

Then another thing happens.

I’ll restart tomorrow” you say to yourself.

Tomorrow comes and maybe you feel tired, beat down.

“Monday is a new week, I’m gonna kick ass then and rest now”

Monday comes and you have every intention of jumping back on the horse, but alas, your new goals prove too difficult to achieve with your schedule.

LIFE happens and old habits creep their way back in.

We enjoy the comfort of their embrace.

And eventually, forget about the reason we started.

But the real secret to achieving new goals and creating a new lifestyle is this….

It’s not about how hard you fall, it’s about how you pick yourself back up.

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The ground is always there ~ to support you in weak times, to be there if you fall down, to provide a sturdy foundation for you to build upon.

But if you stay down for too long, you become stagnant.

And even water becomes deadly when stagnant.

So, how do you get up when you feel like you’ve got nothing left in you?

I’m here to share with you my top 3 ways that I personally get my motivation back after falling off course. Because I too lose track at times, but I ALWAYS come back. Because I remember how important my happiness is and I’m not willing to completely give up on myself.

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1. Turn to a Friend/Support Group

No one can do anything alone. Nor should they have to. When you’re trying to do everything yourself or change your habits without the help of anyone, you’re 100% more likely to fail. Being alone is, well… lonely. But if you have people by your side who are constantly reminding you of your goals and telling you that you CAN ~ then you’re more likely to believe it. Get your friend to text you daily, join an online community, maybe even go to in person support groups. When you see that other people in the same boat as you are DOING it for themselves, it gives you the CONFIDENCE you need to do it for YOURSELF. Others can give you tips, tools, and support along the way which will give you a better chance at succeeding.

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2. Take Baby Steps

I’ve been guilty of not taking this advice one too many times. There are so many things I want to accomplish, so many goals I have. I try to change EVERYTHING at once which in the end leaves me feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. To the point that I never actually accomplish ANY of my goals because I’m like “Maybe I should read that book, but I haven’t finished that one yet so I shouldn’t read this new one, but I’m not really in the mood to finish that one”…. So I end up never reading EITHER of them! SMH… Or I want to take that course, but I have to do this course first, but that one is going to take all year and I don’t want to wait that long to start this new one…. So I never end up taking either course and that year went by anyway!

Sound like you?

Maybe you want to lose 10 lbs… So you decide that you’re going to workout 5 times a week (even though you’ve never worked out before) and you’re going to meal prep every week (but how do you even meal prep!?) and you’re going to cut out coffee (how exactly does one study all day without coffee!!??) but you’re school load this semester is bigger than it has EVER been before and you end up feeling too overwhelmed because you never have time to meal prep or workout and you are constantly eating out and you’re falling asleep in your books without that coffee that you’ve been drinking your entire life!!!

RECIPE. FOR. DISASTER.

So….. BABY STEPS. Maybe try working out ONE day this week. Just ONE. For 30 minutes. Maybe try drinking a Tall latte instead of the Venti one you normally order. Maybe try just cutting up a few veggies so they’re ready to be cooked whenever you need them this week. See if you can succeed at this FIRST. Then work off those successes! Work WEEK BY WEEK. When you jump into too many changes at once, you’re body is GOING to freak out and send you into failure. Start small and work your way up, like you would do with ANYTHING in your life.

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3. Work in Daily Inspiration

Once again, GUILTY!! On the days when I wake up and read some pages from an inspirational book, or listen to a self help podcast, or scroll through some motivational blogs… I feel like I can do ANYTHING! There are so many times I’ve been listening to or reading something and it HITS me. I’m like….. OH MY GOSH HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN IT THAT WAY BEFORE! I’ve received so many tools just from paying attention to what others are throwing out there. When I hear that someone else has gone through hardships and came out on top, it helps me believe that I can do it too!

Then, on days that I DON’T do this… I feel down. I don’t have that extra motivation. It’s funny cause at the end of the day I’ll be asking myself why I felt so “off” that day and I realize it’s because I didn’t listen to my usual podcast or read anything.

Work some sort of motivation into your day, EVERY DAY!! You never know what you might discover that could give you the push you needed to get in that workout, or eat a little healthier, or make that decision at work, or decide to quit smoking, or put away a little extra money, or book that vacation that you’ve been wanting, but are too scared to spend the money…. I PROMISE you, this will help.

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What will you do TODAY to help get back your motivation?

 

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No Bake Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

I know Summer isn’t over just yet, but I can’t help but dream of hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and cozy Netflix & chill nights.

Anyone with me? 😀

So to tame my cravings, I decided it was time to whip up a new version of protein bars!

Making my own bars has been something I’ve been doing for years now since beginning my journey to a healthier me. This way, I know exactly what’s going in them and avoid any strange ingredients.

This recipe is super simple to make and uses only 5 ingredients as the base ~ plus I added Hemp & Pumpkin seeds for some added nutrients!

Fueling your body properly is a HUGE factor for building confidence. I know personally when I wasn’t treating my body with respect ~ I had less energy, I constantly felt tired, and my skin was dull and oily… which of course only made me feel bad about myself.

I struggled a lot with my relationship with food and it wasn’t until I started making my favorite foods in a healthy way that my life truly began to change!

Dates instead of sugar?

Green juice instead of apple juice?

Pink Himalayan Salt instead of table salt?

Who knew such little changes could make such a huge impact!!

With these protein bars you’ll get the boost of energy you’re looking for in a way that supports the waist line.

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No Bake Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C Pitted Medjool Dates, tightly packed
  • 1 C Walnuts
  • 1 C Dried Apple Rings, NO SUGAR ADDED
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 C Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 C Protein Powder
  • Water as needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a food processor, add apple rings and blend until they are in small pieces
  2. Remove apples from processor and set aside
  3. Add dates to processor and blend until little pieces form
  4. Add walnuts, Cinnamon, Protein Powder and blend until well combined
  5. Add Pumpkin and Hemp seeds and blend once more until a sticky ball forms
  6. If mixture seems too dry, add water 1 TBSP at a time until a ball forms
  7. Line an 8 in square pan with wax paper and transfer mixture to pan
  8. Evenly spread out the mixture
  9. Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes before cutting into 10 bars
  10. Enjoy!!

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Practicing Short Term Discipline for Long Term Pleasure

Ask yourself this one question:

Are you willing to trade in short term pleasures for long term happiness?

Because this is the exact recipe you need in order to accomplish your goals.

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This is the main difference between successful and unsuccessful people. Successful people are willing to give up things that give them short term pleasure because they would rather have long term pleasure. They are willing to give up that random night out with friends to stay home and work on themselves because they know it will pay off for them in the end. They are willing to accept FOMO in exchange for a better self.  They know that when they are taking care of themselves ~ they will perform better in all aspects of their life including their work, relationships, and could even become a better parent.

They choose self improvement over short term pleasure.

In the grand scheme of things, what is more important to you? Those foods and drinks? Or personal greatness? I know I choose personal greatness a million times over food and drinks. I know deep down in my heart, that no amount of fried foods or cake can replace the feeling I have after I’m done with a workout. Or the satisfaction I have before bed knowing I am living up to my life’s purpose. Be Confidently You wouldn’t be here if I had continued to live a life filled with short term pleasures.

I would’ve never found the confidence in myself to pursue this dream ~ nor the energy.

I get told all the time on the road, “I can never bring myself to workout while I travel” or they ask, “how do you have the motivation to workout on the road?”. To these things I say, “I just know I am more important than having fun ALL of the time”. Even though I am surrounded daily with new adventures to go on, new friends to see, and new people to meet, I still make a conscious effort to take time out for ME. It’s tough though sometimes because when we visit friends ~ everyone wants to go out drinking because it’s a special night out since we don’t see each other very often. But what a lot of people don’t understand that while yes, for them this is a once in a blue moon event, for me it’s like that everyday – just with different people.

If I said yes to every person to go out drinking or yes to when they say “well what’s one day of missing a workout so we can hang out”, then I’d be drinking all day every day and never working out or bettering myself. The thing to remember is it’s not about them, it’s about doing it for YOU. Sticking to your schedule is so incredibly important not only for your goals, but for your body as well. We THRIVE on doing the same thing at the same time everyday. Doing this ensures our bodies are performing at optimum levels so we have energy for our workout PLUS everything else the day is going to throw at us… Because the Universe only knows what kind of crazy shit is gonna happen out of no where!!

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Traveling is like the main event of short term pleasure. So many people give up their normal eating, sleeping, and exercising schedule while gone. But we all know how hard it is to get back on track after making poor food decisions and not exercising. This is when people fall off the wagon the most. They get home and need a day of “rest” from their vacation and before they know it it’s been weeks and they haven’t moved their body once ~ only to lose all motivation and eventually have to start back over. When if we’d just adjust our travel schedules to our regular schedules, we’d come back from vacation in the full swing of things and never miss a beat. At least if you’re going to be eating differently, which is totally normal and OKAY while on vacation, stick with your exercise schedule and don’t eat poorly for EVERY single meal!

This way your short term pleasures with ALIGN with your long term goals.

So again, ask yourself the question:

Are you willing to trade in short term pleasures for long term happiness?

Are you willing to put YOU first?

Are you willing to say “no” now, to say “HELL YES” later?

If the answer to these questions is yes…

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.

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How You Could Benefit From a Social Media Cleanse

If you’re a person in 2018, chances are you have some form of social media. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or even the forgotten Myspace. Pretty much everyone I have come into contact with uses some type of SM platform. Which isn’t surprising as it was designed to be addictive. The likes, comments, followers… All of these things provide us with a digital high ~ or possibly a low if you are not getting the attention you’re searching for.

I’ve personally had a serious love-hate relationship with social media the past few years.

While on one hand ~ I love it because it allows me to connect with like minded people from all over the world. Some of my best support systems are women I have never even met IRL! There is a whole community of loving, supportive, and authentic people on SM that make it worth spending some time scrolling. And I’ve curated my feeds to make me feel good every time I hop on which leaves me feeling motivated and inspired. It’s also a great platform for small businesses! Being able to get noticed and sell product without spending a grip of money on advertising has been life changing for some people. Plus it allows us to connect with our customers on a deeper level.

But on the other hand, SM can be detrimental not only to our physical health (because chances are we’re not running while we’re scrolling!), but our mental health as well. Because we’re typically only seeing the best part of people’s days, it paints a picture that everyone else’s lives are perfect while we may be suffering and alone. We start to question ourselves and wonder why we can’t always be happy like the people we see online. Why do they have more followers? Is my content not as good? Do people not like me? If only I were prettier, skinnier, richer, had more friends… We enter into a downward spiral of comparison and self doubt when in reality our lives are actually pretty awesome.

It’s also extremely time consuming. If you haven’t noticed, Instagram implemented an algorithm which basically means unless you are constantly using the app – like commenting, liking, DM’ing, storying, etc – then your posts won’t show up in your followers feed. So unless you’re spending hours engaging, then chances are no one will even see your pictures.

If you’ve been feeling lately like SM has been more of a burden to your life than a benefit ~ you may likely be in need of a detox!! Which is exactly what I did! I made the decision on the last New Moon (August 11th) to take the entire moon cycle off of SM. I’ll do another blog post on my experience, but for now I wanted to share with you how you might benefit from taking your own social media cleanse.

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1. You will stay focused and therefor get more done

We all do it. When we get bored ~ we reach for our phones. Really only to scroll through and see someone’s food, a selfie, or maybe a quote here and there. While interesting ~ it’s just not productive. You know it’s bad when you reach for it so many times in a day that when you refresh there’s nothing new to see. Have you ever noticed yourself opening up your phone to look something important up ~ but then out of habit you open up SM and start to scroll, only to forget about what you actually went on to do? Once I noticed myself doing this ~ I realized I had a problem that needed to be fixed. SM takes up so much of the time that we could be spending creating or working. But if you were to take SM out of the picture completely, there would be nothing to distract you. You’ll find you get more work done, you create more, which leaves more time to spend on other things you enjoy!

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2. You could use that time to better yourself

Every time I would end up on SM, I’d go on with the intention of only spending a couple minutes ~ then look up hours later only to have found myself on my best friends-friends-cousins-sisters-friends account on January 1st 2015 wondering where she got that cute dress. I’d end up feeling bad about myself because I could’ve used that time to better myself. Whether it be studying a subject I’m interested in, practicing yoga, reading, listening to a self help podcast, or maybe even spending time outside ~ anything would have been better than scrolling aimlessly for hours. Studies have shown that people on average use SM for 3 hours a day…. THREE HOURS! Take a second right now to think about all of the things you could do in three hours….. A lot, right? Most people’s biggest reason for not eating healthy and working out is that they don’t have the time, but what they don’t account for is all the time that they spend scrolling. If this sounds like you ~ maybe a little detox wouldn’t hurt?

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3. Create real connections

While our connections to the outside world are becoming more abundant ~ our connections to real life human beings are decreasing every day. Because we now have an inside look into people’s daily lives and we share everything we do on SM, we don’t typically reach out and see how anyone is actually doing. We find out about engagements and pregnancies through SM instead of phone calls, we comment on cute pictures instead of texting, and I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen a group of people sitting at a table together, but all on their phones (I know I’ve been guilty of this!). We’ve forgotten what it’s like to make real connections with other humans. People are becoming lonelier every single day because SM fills a void of actually having to see anyone. But without SM, we HAVE to reach out to chat with our friends. We HAVE to go out for coffee to catch up because we have no idea what their life is like. We HAVE to text pictures of our kids because we’re not seeing them grow everyday. Ever since starting my cleanse, I feel both disconnected and extremely connected at the same time. I may be disconnected from the online world, but I’m better connected to my friends because I’m actually taking time to talk to them. 

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4. You’ll Sleep Better

Have you heard of the dreaded blue light? Your phones screen emits a blue light that makes it difficult for your brain to produce melatonin (which is responsible for helping you sleep). While some phone companies have implemented a sundown feature (turn it on if you have it! Lookin at you iPhoners) ~ it’s probably not the best anyways to be scrolling through your phone before you settle down for a good nights rest. Have you ever laid down for sleep knowing you have to get up early, but sat there on your phone for hours before you actually went to sleep. (Guilty, again.) But without the distraction of SM ~ you’ll be able to set your phone down and get a solid 8 hours. Some people say it’s best to not even sleep with your phone next to you at all! I know what you’re going to say ~ “But I use it as my alarm!”…. Invest in an alarm clock and watch your life change. Plus, this will mean getting fully out of bed before checking your phone which has many advantages in itself!

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5. You’ll live in the moment

Most of us get satisfaction from letting people know what we’re up to at all times. We feel the need to post a story, a picture, a status, a snap right then and there. I see this a lot at concerts ~ but if we’re spending half the time taking the pictures then the other half writing something about it and posting it ~ then are we really even experiencing the music? At that point you may as well have stayed home and saved the money and watched a video from it. But the truth is…. IT CAN WAIT! People don’t NEED to know what you’re up to 24/7. What I like to do is take a bunch of pictures, then in my down time post them in bulk. That way I’m not wasting time out with friends or family just sitting on my phone. Without the focus on SM, you’ll see more, smell more, laugh more, smile more ~ try it out, you’ll thank me later!

Now, I’m not suggesting to rid yourself of all SM FOREVR.

Because it is a really great tool and can be fun to stay up to date with people. But with a little detox ~ maybe even just for the week ~ you’ll learn to reprioritize your time and discover things you may have let go that you actually enjoy. You may realize how much of your time you were giving up to these platforms which can be extremely eye opening. You could find new hobbies, start an exercise program, eat healthier, the possibilities are absolutely endless with the amount of extra time you’ll have! This way, when you hop back into the SM world ~ you’ll be more mindful of how long you scroll and have better time management skills. Maybe start with one day and see how you feel!

Maybe instead of setting a week long goal, try seeing how long you can go without it! That way, when you feel you’re ready to hop back on ~ you can do so without feeling bad about yourself.

 

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