Tell me about those “3” things you want….

I do not like New Year resolutions, as I believe that you should constantly be setting new goals. Why wait to the end of the year to decide to do something big? I like to have direction, and find it nice to look forward to things. One of the things that I have been excited about since 2011 is my website SophiaWorld, also known as my baby. I see it as a website where people can come and feel that they have been dosed with inspirations and positivity. Day 13 blog challenge was all to do with my intentions for my website.

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What three things would you most like your website to have and how will you go about getting them?

Tell me what is it that you do”

When I first started SophiaWorld it was a creative output. I did not have a clear purpose for what the website was. Time went on and I seemed to have developed a common theme – wellness and lifestyle. It was one editor who once tagged me as the “lifestyle writer”. At the beginning of this year, I decided that I needed to monetize from the website. One question that came up after I would touch base with the people whom I network with was, “tell me what the purpose of your site is?” So it became evident that the message of my website was not clear.  I did some homework, even contacted a blogging coach. The feedback was that I needed to find a niche. Love seemed to be an obvious and popular choice; and it tied in with the book I was writing: the Love Series. Have you noticed the banners on this website? I decided to stay true with my intention of taking my audience on a self-exploratory journey, where they see my highs and lows; and there is always a theme of positivity. This is the message that I will convey. I have already started to work with a copywriter. I will also be working with my website designer so that I can change the home page

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“I want people to easily find me”
Following from the website needing to have a clear a message, I want more people to find me through “keyword” searches. So I will be working on this.

“What can I offer people?”

Besides my audience getting to know me through my blogs, I will be offering more. This will be through my books. The first one being the Naked Series. I want to inspire them and boost their positivity and confidence. Maybe the latter should be my main website tag.  I like what the writer Karen Salmansohn has done with her website. I will eventually have a site similar to her one where my different offerings are made available.

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The Creatorpreneur

A business is an extension of you. This became evident to me earlier on this year when I was going through some personal issues. At first I did not connect how the personal stuff was having an impact on my business. Then came one afternoon when I was looking for clarity in my life and business, and it became very clear that I needed to work on me. If you want to hear more about this episode then please watch out for my upcoming book the Naked Series. This leads me onto day 12 of the suitcase entrepreneur 30-days blog challenge.
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What is your USP Unique Special Proposition that sets you apart from the crowd?

 Do you want to be in my tribe?

Ever since I was younger, I felt that I was different in terms of how I sometimes did not fit into the crowd with my counterparts. I was instead in my own little world, which consisted of me dreaming about being well known and wanting to do something great and big in the world. Not that I shouted this out to my classmates but I sometimes did not fit in. There was a part of me, who would say, “why do I need to be the same as everyone else?” As I got older I realised that it was okay to be my own person, I did not have to pretend to be someone else to fit into a tribe.

 

Keeping it real

When I first started SophiaWorld back in 2011, I already set up a twitter account. I post tweets and interact with people on there, telling them about the lifestyle articles that I had written. One American singer, Catte Adams, read one of my blogs and said that she liked it. How I was real, not trying to play someone else. This comment has stuck with me about how I am open and real with my story, and other stuff that inspires me. In a sense this is one of the foundations that my brand is built upon. I started writing the Love Series, and I paused with this as I acknowledged how I needed to address what was going on in my personal life. I wanted to be true to my audience when I wrote about certain life issues. How can I write a book about a topic, that I needed to figure out on a personal level?

 

 

Miss Positive

I do not mind being open about my struggles as well as the good parts. Uplifting and making people feel good is important. I see the power in being positive and like to vibrate this out

Miss Happiness

 

The Creatorpreneur

I am not a fan of the term Mumpreneur. Not that I am dissing businesswomen who are also mothers. But this focuses on just women who are mothers. How about the women who are not mothers? How about young people? How about me? The term that I wished I created would be Creatorpreneur. This is because I am an entrepreneur and creative in what I do. To be more specific I like to co-create possibilities. However I found a lady who uses that term Creatorpreneur. She has it trademark. I can use the term but not say I own it.

 

I can juggle

Skills that you develop and acquire can be transferable. I have worked in accounting, been a business analyst and lectured in business and corporate law. These days I coach and write. It is nice to have these options, and apply what I learnt in one area to another situation. When people work with me, they are acquiring this background.

 

You are unique and special in your own way

So being true to myself and having a multitude of skills and experiences gives me the opportunity to have insight and relate to people. So I, is a valuable concept to my brand.

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Compatibility in business

It’s day 11 of the suitcase entrepreneur’s 30-days blog challenge, and I must say it is becoming clearer what strategies I need to use in developing and building a business.  Building a business has been an interesting process for me; it has made me look at things from a different mindset to when I was working for someone else. A business is like my baby. I feel so strongly about my brand SophiaWorld, I will fight for it. No one can put my baby down.
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Which business model is best for you and what one revenue stream is most feasible?

When reading the supporting resources for today’s challenge by the lovely Natalie Sisson, I came across the following quote:

“to make money in a way that suits your personality and serves what you value most in life”

I found this statement poignant, as it sums up my work ethos: doing something that is compatible with my beliefs. I have previously lived the life where I was stuck in a corporate cage, having to play by their rules – resulting in my creative personality being stifled. So it is important for me to stay with my core, heart-centred entrepreneurial needs.

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I love people

I am a people person, so I like working with people. So I will spend part of my time actively earning from group coaching and 1-2-1s. There will be some programs linked to the books and other materials that I have written. One of the core themes of my programs is to provide positivity and to increase confidence. There may even be tags developed such as #theconfidencecoach.

Spreading the message…

As mentioned in day 10 1/2 post, writing comes natural to me. So I can imagine that I will be writing and publishing my written work. This will be a residual income; my books will be selling even when I am sleeping. I can also be picking up new customers, wanting to work with me.

Hypothesis testing

Sometimes it may be difficult to determine how an idea may pan out. In my life/business journey I have made some discoveries. This can be a mode of business that does not work. One main lesson I have learnt is “trading time for money” is not a sustainable model for service provider. So when I come up with new ideas for generating income, I will need to test them first. This is all part of the learning curve, where some bits may need to be tweaked to find out “what are my customers requirements?”

So it is an on going process, nurturing my baby.

 

 

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I have a plan

It is day 10 and a half of my suitcase entrepreneur blog challenge, and it is quite clear that I must put the work in. I am referring to putting into action what I have been learning as the challenge has been progressing. Talking about putting things into action, it is sometimes at this stage when people decide not to continue. This may be due to it not being right for them right now, or simply not wanting to do it.  I have decided to be a lady of action.

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What are the key ways in which you want to make money online in your chosen business?

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  1. Sell Books. I love to inspire people and the writing comes naturally to me. I envisage creating and writing books linked to wellness. My first book is the Naked Series, and I have already started to write the second book. I see a future with more published books. I see my first book being available in digital form.  I cannot wait to officially announce the launch date
  2. I like to network with people and I love to share the work of other inspirational people too. So I can see myself collaborating with other people in the form of online affiliation.
  3. Programs/Talks. This extends from the work that I have written in my books where people may need help in putting things into action, after they decide they want to go on a journey of transformation. Doing this online also provides people with the opportunity to work virtually with me. Some of the training can be recorded as well as live. This flexibility is great for me, as I do not need to necessarily “trade on my time”.
  4. Web TV/Web Therapy. I would love to work in TV and develop scripts The web allows people to watch programs at their own pace. Again, I can reach a wide audience.
  5. Training. I will be having an offline business selling notes on study techniques. There will also be some law courses for my specialist subjects. By using software like e-junkie, it will help to make the process automated.
  6. Expertise. I will continue to write for my blog and guest blog in other similar genre magazines linked to my wellness/lifestyle niche. This will enable to further sell my expertise.magazines

 
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The Heart Centred Entrepreneur

It is day 9 of the 30-days blog challenge, and yesterday was a day to be proud for completing Act 1. I have thoroughly enjoyed  the process, as I have always found writing a good way to explore concepts, and self-discover things about yourself. Question: have you ever looked back at letter, emails or diary entries that you have written? I find by looking back it tells us more about the situation and us. So here comes Act 2, I hope that you enjoy the rest of this journey.

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Whose online business do you admire most and why?

I must confess, when usually asked this style question that begins with  “who is your favourite….”, I kind of clamp up and I do this as it is usually hard for me to “pinpoint” only one person, who has written the most inspiring quote or written something amazing. In my business a core thread is to do with inspiration. Life inspires me: nature, the people I meet and the experiences that I go through. There are many amazing people out there.

Down to business

In the past 2 years, I have noticed that there has been an online trend with adverts saying: “how to create a business that will give you a 6-figure income” This may have been going on a bit longer and I may have not noticed it, because I was not looking to earn money independent from one source of income. I am mentioning this as most people who want to create a business, unless it is a non-profit organisation, want to earn a good amount of profit – be solvent. When we want something, then we will be attracted to adverts saying: “how to get more leads” or “how to earn more, work less”. I am not saying here that it is wrong to put yourself out there, and sell a service or product. I tell you now one of the qualities that I admire in looking at other people’s online business: actions.

“Action speaks louder than words”

The visionary and creator behind this 30-days blogging challenge is Natalie Sisson. I like how she has involved her audience in the process of launching a new book and seeing how you can use some of the principles to move forward in your business. This is genius. You have many people out there saying the talk, but are not necessarily sure if then can demonstrate the end results. She also follows the ethos of genuinely wanting to “help” people with a problem, that being: creating a freedom lifestyle and adding travel to this.

“I am not the only one”

I cannot remember exactly how I discovered Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneurial Association, may be it may come to me after I have published this post. I LOVE what she does online. She had a vision and dream, creating not only a community for women entrepreneurs but a monthly magazine too.

What I like about Carrie is how she has been open about her business story, sharing not only the amazing moments but also her struggles. She also studied law at University and even started her first business there. She looks at tools that also will be beneficial for other budding entrepreneurs, and uses the power of her growing audience to align with different industry experts for them to introduce business concepts.  She has passion in what she does.  I have even had the privilege to have some email conversations with her. Part of her online success is by using affiliation programs. She partners up with an expert, lets them introduce their product or service and as I suspect earns a commission. This is not a bad way to generate income.

Talking from the heart: “I’m going to talk about the good, bad and ugly”

I was first introduced to Gabrielle Bernstein, last year when I was reading one of the Female Entrepreneurial interviews via the This Girl Means Business. This led me to wanting to buy her book the Spirit Junkie. To me it was relevant to where I was spiritually. I am also what some may describe as New Age in terms of how I look at everyday life issues. I admire her positivity, and how she likes to come from a love source rather than fear. Gabby (as she is often referred to in the press) has also built a women’s community online Her Future. As well as writing books, she also does talk and other trainings. This is a business model that I will be applying in brand SophiaWorld. I am already doing it, in terms of writing this blog – sharing my story. In my new book to be released later on this year I discuss the genre “real-life”, as a progression from self-help.

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The famous successes

There are also the Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Bransons of the world. As well as the other celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger. These are inspirational people. The challenge was people who have an online business, but we cannot ignore the power of digital media. I saw a very inspirational video featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger the other day, how he talked about pushing himself and going for what he believed in. I am a person who likes to come from the core of the heart. I admire people who also do so.

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The lady who lived in her head

It is day 7 of the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30-days blog challenge, and I feel very proud of myself for keeping up with the daily posts. Yeah! I have gone on an adventure – a self-exploratory one, looking at my internal thought processes and how this is acted out in my day-to-day life and business. It is interesting how this very morning, I was reading a FaceBook post about how you react and behave in situations shows the person you are. This made me wonder, when I did not go through with things in the past, was I presenting that I was just a dreamer – not an action taker! It is powerful looking back at YOU.

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Which key tools will you turn to regularly to maintain your mindset and how will you use them effectively?

What do I do?

This question today really HIT me, in terms that it was delving much deeper into my psyche. It could have easily been rephrased to, “tell me what it is that you really do, on a day-to-day basis?” I can easily have started this post by jumping into what resources and techniques that I should be applying in my personal and business life. For you as my audience, you would have been none the wiser. This is not to say that there is no method in what I do.

In today’s resources on Natalie Sisson’s page, there were some useful articles and tools on your mind and body. I liked how she reminded me of how you cannot forget about your wellbeing, on this journey of building a freedom lifestyle and adventure. Today, I downloaded iYoga App, as well as listening to the calming and soothing voice of Susan Piver.

Love me!

Sometimes with me playing the busybody, I may forget to self-love. Look after my mind and body. How can I not self-love? So I realised in this exercise that I have to add into my schedule more power-walks and treat days.

 

Write it down

I like to write my thoughts and ideas on to post-it notes, or the Evernote App when it first hits me. I usually have this latter one open most of the times on my Mac Book Air. In terms of projects, when I start to form an idea, I will map it out in PowerPoint as it helps me to go through the logic. I realised today that when I look at the bigger picture, or “higher-level” view of the details as they would describe in business, that I tended to keep it all in my head. So this made me feel like the lady who lived in her head. I must place all these visions all on my vision board.

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Hello Again Mr Bento

With the 3 current projects I have, it is amazing how I have been working on them simultaneously. I realised today that I should be having more conversations with my Bento. This can lead to better utilisation of my time, plus it’s a nice feeling to see the words: complete and accomplished.
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Something Big 2013

In today’s preface to the suitcase entrepreneur blog challenge, Natalie Sisson pointed her audience to keeping it real in terms of choosing to live life on your terms. I found it interesting as I read earlier this week, a newsletter on how there are people out there who  are misleading people into believing that they are living the so-called fabulous lifestyle; and when you may dig further they are actually struggling, and needing help with what they tout to be good at. I like the theme of keeping it real, and this moves us on to day 6 of this blog challenge.

 

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What are my three priorities for the next 30 days that will move me closer towards living life on my own terms?

Let’s talk about getting excited about something big

In today’s blog title I decided to use my traditional method for choosing a phrase. This time I have two words and a year. To me these are powerful, it is foretelling of something great to occur. I believe in miracles, don’t you?

Last year was an interesting year for me, as I became more spiritually aligned and aware. This was more related to how I saw my past experiences and the positive outlook and mindset, which I was going to continue to carry forward. I remember one evening I was on a high, and no this was not due to artificial stimulants. I believed that “I can”. I set myself some objectives in terms of how I was going to push myself forward; one was writing and publishing a book. At this stage, I can say that I have accomplished writing the book.  There was also much more that I want to achieve. Whether I am going to be successful is all in taking the required action.

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Action required: My 3 priorities for the next 30 days

  1. As mentioned above, getting my book published and shouting out about it, to a wide world audience is important to me. I have a weekly newsletter and in today’s edition I talked about how I did not get my projected funding, which I had marked for progressing with my book published. I announced that I will have a go at using the power tool of the social crowd, Kickstarter, to give me the funding to make it happen. So I now have 30 days from today to go out there, tell my story of what I intend to do with the Naked Series so that I can make it happen.
  2. Get my law course programmes available for my new brand Miss Law Tutor. Design the courses, and create them so that they are ready to be purchased. I admit I have procrastinated a bit.
  3. Get some more sign-ups for my new GoGetterMe reality newsletter, AKA The Naked Diaries.

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Waiting to Exhale….

It’s now day five of the 30-days blog challenge and I decided to go back to my typical SophiaWorld style in terms of my blog title: Waiting to exhale. This was partly due to some tips that were provided in today’s challenge. If you would like to see it, please click here. I recommend you read this first, as you do not want to miss out on the flow.

I do not usually explain outright in my blog posts the reason behind their titles, as:

  1. the answer is usually within the post; and
  2. I like to get the reader thinking – be curious.

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Today’s question of this 30-days blog challenge was:

What’s does your perfect day look like?

Subjective Test

The state of being perfect is a subjective test. Here, I must be sounding like a lawyer. For readers new to the brand SophiaWorld, I did read law at university. (Just a little on my back story) Going back to perfect, it reminds me a little of the fairytale “Goldilocks and The Three Bears”. In this story Goldilocks was trying different porridge bowls, stating too hot and was happy when it was “just right”.  This leads me to my perfect day.

Waiting to Exhale

In 1995, the movie Waiting to Exhale, starring Denzel Washington, the late Whitney Houston and Angela Basset was released. One of the characters talked about finding a life or love partner, and how it was a great moment when they found them. They described this moment when then can finally relax, exhale and allow to flow with life. This feeling flashed to my mind when thinking about my perfect day.

Opening Act – Day start

I awake to the sound of the birds chirping away, I slowly stretch from my foetal position. I had a nice rest. As I start to focus and become alert, I hear my “love” moving around in the kitchen, humming, whilst making the breakfast. I think, is he not sweet, knowing how I like to be treated? I can smell the porridge with the cinnamon -yum, yum.

I walk down into our kitchen of our beach house, which is one of our favourite homes. I take my seat at the round table; look at the folded newspaper and laugh as my love knows that I am very selective in when I will read the news. He comes up behind me and plants a kiss on my cheek, then takes his place opposite me. We go through our morning ritual, where we talk about what we want to do for the day ahead and our projects. He asks me if I have any ideas for any new Film/ TV/Internet show. I also ask him about his plans. At this moment I remind myself how thankful I am to life, the universe for providing what I have called for. One being: this lovely partner whom I can share in this freedom of location lifestyle. Just like heaven now plays in the background…

Middle Act

I have so far spent three hours of working solidly, catching up on emails and working on one of my projects. I have been working on a new coaching programme for my fans. I hope that they will be excited as I am. Now I can start to slow down and enjoy the rest of the day with my love.

Closing Act

I have left my beach house and decided to go with my love, to one of our favourite local restaurants. The service at the Asian-food restaurant was always good. We thought that it be our night out from the kitchen, although my love does most of the cooking. After dessert we start to talk about our travel plans, where we will be basing ourselves. With my work being online, and I am being able to operate well from anywhere once I have a good internet connection, this allows us flexibility. We start to think about basing ourselves closer to our family, as soon there will be a newer addition to our family. It is so nice to have friends or love ones close by. I remind him that although it will be nice to be closer to the family, I am happy once our little family is together.

It is so lovely deciding sometime ago, that I wanted to have a lifestyle that enabled me to have the balance between business and personal. Incorporate my love for travel and adventure, and not allowing the time to continue to keep ticking whilst I am in a paralysis in not taking a step forward into living my free range-style lifestyle.

I, on most days, think to myself that I can just exhale and smile and enjoy the NOW not wondering but living. And here is the late Whitney Houston sounding out this perfect day

 

 

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The suitcase entrepreneur 30-days challenge day 4

It’s now day four of the 30-days blog challenge and it is all about the “L” word today, location. Here was the question:

 

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What is your definition of location independence?

How being in on destination almost choked me

When I was working the 9-5 lifestyle where my destination for work was usually fixed, somewhere in an office cubicle, I had days where I dreamed. In these dreams my mind would often escape from my surroundings: office gossip; office politics and the stiff-corporate game. At times I felt that I needed this escape, as I was often oppressing my true creative “genius”. So there was a lot of conformity on my part. I must admit that I did rebel in some ways. One was in the uniform, adding a splash of colour in terms of my clothing. Yes, I can be flamboyant but did this in an elegant and professional way.

How I perceive being location independent

As previously touched upon in the previous posts, in terms of deciding to live a lifestyle it is all down to mindset. Being location independent first conjures into my mind: choosing where and when, I would like to work. Instead of going to multiple locations to see clients, I may decide to work from the comfort of my bed on my Mac Book Air. Yes, it may not be in an open-plan office, seeing the same scenery but it is freedom.

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A day in the life of a location independent entrepreneur

I was bitten quite badly by the travel bug. As a result, I feel at ease when I am hopping on a plane to a different location.  And when it has been too long then I will feel some travel withdrawal malade. Being location independent will consist of making some plans and having to consider the following questions:

  1. What are my current projects or businesses? Here I am looking at my paid and unpaid work. Paid work is the one where I am generating an income flow. This could be offline products like my book “Series”: the Naked Series and later the Love Series. Programmes linked to these that I may have as an offline model or live one, where I am interacting with my delegates in real-time. The unpaid projects are the ones where I am doing the preparation for new products which may not be monetizing straight away.
  2. Where am I going to? Is it for pleasure and business? Is it purely for business? In the business model that I am currently building, one of the main things required to make it a success is the audience. A lot of what I do centres around social media. I need to build the awareness of my brand. I want to be open about me and what I am doing, so people can have confidence in my brand.  In terms of location it is great to combine business and pleasure. If this is the case then I may be very flexible in where I decide to temporarily call my abode. If my intention is to simply focus more on the business side of my life then I may be staying in a city. By the way one of the places of business where I would love to go next is LA.
  3. What settings would I like to be in? Will it be a 5 star hotel, or a 3-4 will do. I may  instead decide to feel more like the locals and rent a flat, cottage or house for a longer period of time.
  4. Money. How much do I want to spend in my travel budget?

The above questions will be food to thought. Yes being location independent is partly linked to where I want to be working and how much time I want to spend there.

Heaven to me is having that choice to communicate virtually, and then afterwards going out to explore my surroundings.

 

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The suitcase entrepreneur 30-days challenge day 3

It is day three of the suitcase entrepreneur 30-days challenge, and I will be 10% away through this challenge after finishing writing this post – yippee. I find that it is good to acknowledge the steps that you take in pursuant of the life of freedom of the travelling entrepreneur. Travelling could not only mean the in the physical sense, but also in the mind: moving forward, allowing and accepting the possibilities.

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What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?

Yesterday I described what freedom was to me: being aware that I had options and that there was no limit on possibilities. I also mentioned how good lighting and high ceilings were a must in my residences. Freedom in business is having a clear vision on what I wanted to do, and obtaining the “ideal” customers that I wanted to be serving. So these are customers who are buying and reading my books to get clarity and feel confident afterwards. It is also the people who are approaching me for coaching. Importantly, these customers are the ones who are appreciating the “value” of the service that I am providing. They are recognising my perceived self-worth.  And because of this there is no qualm about the price that is being charged.

As I am the co-creator of my life, I will be the main visionary of my business ensuring that I do not depart from my heart-centred ethos. This means doing things from my heart, not simply for the sake of earning money. Otherwise I will be defeating the purpose of living the lifestyle as the travelling, or freedom entrepreneur. I can almost be at the office, working at someone’s company, 40-hours per week.

Living as the adventurer is sometimes going into the unknown, not knowing what to expect with the people you meet or possibilities that can enfold. I will have my favourite affirmation in my head:

“All is well.  Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe”-  Louise Hay

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