Oct 18

Player One

By Celeste DeCamps | General

I had an interesting conversation with my brother, Zach, about video games. He said, "You know, there's scientific research being conducted, as we speak, about the possibility that we are in a computer simulation. The movie, The Matrix may not be that far-fetched. Think about it. We all face different levels of challenges, a certain amount of success and failure, and new players are added regularly."


I was not aware this possibility was under investigation. If I'm genuinely in a video game, I would like the opportunity to change players. I don't believe the person who's handling my avatar is very good at this particular game. I prefer someone who can jump to levels of progress more quickly. I want to be living the dream of having a house on the beach in Florida and a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park. 

While we're at it, please decide on the direction of my life. I see other players knowing exactly what they want to do in this game. Their passion for business, sports, or the arts is quite admirable. I seem to flit around from one career to the next. I enjoy speaking to audiences to help inspire them to find their voice. Whoever created Tony Robbins, though, plays this game way better than my creator does. Everybody in this world knows him, but I'm pretty much anonymous. Wait a minute, are you programming this writing as well? Don't try to blame me for not being as famous. It would help if you took responsibility for not practicing this game more. That figures, I would have someone who wants to have an actual life and not waste time on stupid entertainment.

Does this mean I don't have to try anymore? Do I sit back and wait for my producer to figure out my next hurdle? I hope it's something easy like trying to decide which beach house my husband and I can agree on. Speaking of husbands, thanks for picking a magician for me. Evidence for believing this is all a computer game is the fact that I'm married to a magician. Of course, I'm still waiting for the house on the beach to appear. Again, maybe a little bit more practice in this game would be a great help. 

How do you know when you win? Does this illusion of consciousness have an end game? Do I stop pushing and pulling on my life because I don't have any control after all? There's a sense of relief if I don't have any choice in this world. To think that free will doesn't exist because all my direction is beyond my control. Then again, I'm not sure I want to give up power that easily. I prefer to believe that I have a purpose that goes beyond playing a computer program. 

The feeling of love and the pain of loss is real to me. If my consciousness is the result of a simulation, I still feel the need to do my best in this world. The only thing that is important to me in this lifetime is to be of service to others. I believe we are here to lift each other up. When we work to encourage and support everyone in our community, that's when we succeed. 

As far as The Matrix is concerned, I told Zach that it was easy to figure out that Neo was the One. All you had to do was unscramble his name. I know, mind blown.

Oct 13

Bad Rehearsal-Good Show

By Celeste DeCamps | General

An old saying in showbiz is, "if you have a bad rehearsal, you'll have a good show.When you've been working on a performance or presentation, most likely, problems will still need to be worked out. It's better to find them out during practice than on stage. You'll know to correct mistakes and become more aware of any other possible issues. The result is a fantastic show. 

It's the same with life. When you approach new challenges, the best way to look at them is a dress rehearsal. You'll make errors and bad decisions, but that's how we learn. I don't know of anyone that goes through life perfectly. Successful people are the first to admit all the failures and heartache they suffered to get to where they are now. Why are we so afraid to make a mistake? Because no one likes to be judged and considered insignificant. 

We're all familiar with the trolls on the internet and how nasty they can be with their worthless opinions. They tear people down while they sit at home, never putting themselves out there. It's easy to sit back and make fun of others. It's harder to put your ideas together in the form of writing, music, dance, or artwork in hopes of inspiring others. Granted, not everything is good or well done. Everyone has to start somewhere, and hopefully, the right help will come along. We should be willing to take constructive criticism. Listening to advice and suggestions will better our chances of achieving greatness. 

It's not comfortable getting critiqued, but if it's someone whose opinion you trust, it's a gift. I always appreciate the help I get when I ask for it. I'm lucky to have people around me that have no problem telling me the truth. I know that their goal is to help me and not hurt my feelings. There's a difference. Some people like to feel superior by telling you everything that they think is wrong about what you're producing. They don't offer any solutions. I find those people are insecure and would never put themselves in a position of being reviewed. I take their opinions with a grain of salt. 

The more we work and prepare our offerings to the world, the more impact we have on each other. Many inventors were laughed at or scorned, and it didn't deter them from creating. Our world would be dull if we didn't have people jeopardize their feelings to share their art with us. We wouldn't evolve or advance in technology, storytelling, music, dance, or sports without the risk-takers. 

We need to support each other to go after our goals and dreams and should not fear ridicule or shame for making mistakes. Success comes from forming new course directions and correcting miscalculations. Our time behind the scenes is all part of our journey to showcase all that we've learned. It's a never-ending process but one that keeps our lives interesting. Have your dress rehearsals, make your mistakes, and enjoy the applause when you're finally performing for your audience.

Oct 06

Fun With Customer Service

By Celeste DeCamps | General

I have an iPhone, which is different from a uPhone. This phone is supposed to be all about me. I say, "Siri, call Eric," and my phone will call my husband. Which is terrific, except that when I say "Siri," the response is not "What can I help you with?" the answer I get is, "Hmm?''

What is that? "Hmm." Somehow, I'm bothering my phone with a request. I'm not expecting a greeting of "How are you today, Celeste? You look lovely. How can I help you?" That would be nice, though. What I don't appreciate is, "Hmm?" I even told Siri that I'm not too fond of that response, but apparently, it's not going to change.

I'm reminded of the importance of customer service. When we're willing to part with our hard-earned money at an establishment, it would be delightful to be treated well. If I have a question or a concern, I want someone to help me. I don't want to be ignored or dismissed unceremoniously. I don't particularly like standing at a hostess stand or a receptionist's desk and feel invisible. I understand that you're on the phone, but after a few minutes of being in front of you, it only takes a second to acknowledge my presence. Look up and smile at me. I will smile back and know that you see me. It doesn't take a lot of effort, but the gesture goes a long way.

I've conducted staff trainings at various restaurants. I've explained that a place could have the perfect wine list, food menu, and decor, but if the service was terrible, that's all people will remember. If the server is personable and cares that the guests have a great time, the reviews will always be favorable. Everyone likes to feel special, and it's a wonderful experience when that happens.

I know dealing with the public is not easy. I've worked as a waitress and bartender. I've had customers come in looking for a fight. My philosophy was to "kill them with kindness." Of course, in my head, I actually want to hurt them. These people are doing their best to be rude and obnoxious. I recognize that they're not having a good day and want to take it out on someone. I've learned to keep smiling, stay upbeat, and tell them a horrible bar joke. Sometimes it worked, and they ended up enjoying themselves. Othertimes, if their behavior got out of hand, they were asked to leave. Consideration and respect is a two-way street.

By far, the worst customer service is calling a company because you have an issue with their product or billing system. We either end up in a holding pattern or trying in vain to reach an actual person. I understand that many questions can be answered online or choosing the correct number on a menu. The worst part is realizing you missed your window and have to start the process all over again. People like talking to other people and have the satisfaction of having their problems solved. I'll go out of my way to give a service rep an outstanding score when they get on the phone with me.

The time and energy spent trying to get a friendly voice on the line can lead to a lot of frustration. Many businesses would have more positive feedback if they took more time investing in their consumer assistance department.

I'll admit I've had some great conversations with the little chat box that pops up on most websites. I've found them, for the most part, to be professional and efficient. I still prefer talking to someone, but it beats the hell out of staying on-hold for twenty minutes.

Being courteous and pleasant should be the norm when we're working with each other. Everyone has a bad day, but we should do our best to be civil anyway. I try to be nice to Siri, but I must've hit the wrong button. It doesn't look like our relationship can be saved. Siri will not receive a glowing report from me anytime soon. 

Sep 29

Basic Instinct

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"My inner voice needs a cocktail."

I'm having trouble finding my intuition. I know it's around here somewhere, probably hiding under the bed. I'm letting myself be bombarded daily with bad news. If I'm not on my phone, then I'm on the computer. All of this noise is cutting off my internal voice. A voice that I rely on to help me navigate my place in the world. Decisions on the direction of my career, people that I can trust with my ideas, and how to keep moving forward are somehow lost on me right now. Luckily, there are ways to get back my gut instinct.

The little voice inside us is a real thing. Scientists have discovered that the feelings we have in certain situations elicit a physical response. It could be the hair rising on the back of our necks, goosebumps on our arms, or a feeling in our stomach. I can't tell you how many times I looked back on my life and wished I paid more attention to my hunches and warning bells that went off in my head. It would've saved me from a lot of heartbreak.

Research shows that our experiences, combined with our rational thoughts, helps our intuition work. There's a positive light that seems to shine within us when we feel good about a decision that we've made. The opposite is true when we feel a pain in our abdomen about a possible judgment call we "know" is somehow wrong.

When we need to make a snap judgment in a situation, our best bet is to go with our first idea. When we have time to mull over an important, possibly life-changing choice, we need to give ourselves time to listen to our inner dialogue.

Our instincts work better when we're in a good mood. We're more open and calmer to pay attention to our feelings. When we live in our minds, we can argue forever about our next plan of action. It leads to frustration and anger. Poor choices are the result.

Taking a long, quiet walk helps me unplug. I focus on my breathing and relax. I find meditating, yoga, and dance work to relive the anxiety that I know is building up. Self-talk gives me a chance to hear what my concerns are out-loud. Practicing mindfulness has a centering, healing effect. It helps me from worrying needlessly. I'm very good at worrying even though it has yet to prevent me from facing challenges.

We can't stop the news of the world from happening, but we can set limits on how much we ingest. We need to take time for ourselves to listen to our inner voice. It takes practice, but it's worth the effort. Our intuition is an integral part in guiding us to make the right choices, finding the best people to hang out with, and preventing us from possible regrets.

I know I can coax my inner voice out from under the bed. I have to promise that I'll stay in the here and now, be grateful for all that I have, and offer it a cocktail.

Sep 22

Fast Forward

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"I want a fast forward button to know how all of this will end."

I've wanted to fast forward my life for as long as I can remember. I planned my wedding and my funeral when I was six years old. On my first day of nursery school, I was already looking forward to graduating from high school. When I was in my first semester of a four-year college, all I could think about was starting an exciting career. When I began my television job, I wondered how big my retirement party was going to be. It may be normal to dream of the end game, but I do it with everything.

When I get ready to enjoy a night out with friends, I'm thinking about the close of the evening. In my mind, I'm home, back in my pj's. I like planning and being thrilled about a party or a trip. At the same time, I can't wait for the event or vacation to end. I imagine myself relishing a memory before it's happened. The problem I'm having with this speeded up timeline is, I'm not staying in the moment. I want the finish line without participating fully with the run.

I want to know the future and how my story turns out. I don't bother with psychics or fortune-tellers because I know my free will can alter my course at any time. I believe I have choices that can shape my destiny. I'm searching for a direction that will lead me to my purpose for this lifetime. I think this is the main issue. What is the reason for my existence on this planet? If I could get a glimpse that all will work out, maybe I could relax and dwell, happily, in the now. I realize this is cheating. I want the answers to the test because I'm not sure I'm studying the correct subject matter. Did I somehow miss a course of action, and now I'm doomed to wander aimlessly through my life?

I'm practicing being more mindful, and meditation helps. When I stay present, I'm aware of my breathing. I feel calm. The nervous energy that is always with me takes a break. When the feeling of not "being enough" comes over me, I stop and embrace it. The more I hold onto it, the sillier the notion becomes. I focus on my work or the person in front of me. I'm getting better at paying attention to the opportunities coming my way. I realize the foundation of all my experiences continues to build, and I can help others. When I'm working with someone to find their voice and create their message, I feel my best. I don't feel the need to rush their progress or race through the time I have with them. I've come to believe we are all here for various reasons, but in the end, it's to benefit each other.

I still want a sneak peek of the meaning of my life, but I'm not in as much of a hurry. When I do catch myself trying to decide where my ashes should be scattered, I bring myself into the present. I put on my favorite music, and I dance. I smile and appreciate all that I have right here, right now. 

Sep 15

The Crab Effect

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"When You're Ready to Take that Leap of Faith, Trust Someone Will Be There to Catch You."

I learned a long time ago to say "Yes" to any opportunity that came my way. I didn't worry about whether or not I was qualified or had the right job experiences. I had other people around me that did the worrying for me. I would hear, "Are you sure this is something you really want to do?" "Other people deserve this title more than you." "I don't think this is the right time for you to be experimenting with a different course of action." I'm sure they all meant well. I wanted to think that my future was important to them. I understood, quickly, that wasn't the case at all. I began to realize that they were projecting their fears onto me. They couldn't see that taking chances was the way to grow and find success. They were too afraid of failure. This phenomenon is called "The Crab Effect."

Picture a bucket of crabs. One crab decides to try to climb the wall and escape. Just as he reaches the top, the other crabs pull him back down. Instead of working together and seeing an opportunity to survive, the crabs keep each other from breaking free. They refuse to let one of their own take, what they believe to be, an unnecessary risk.

Many people find it hard to be a cheerleader for their friend or family member who wants to move in a new direction. The idea that someone wants to venture out on their own, be it self-improvement, relocate to a new city, or try for a promotion, seems too much of uncertainty. Instead of being supportive, a sense of hostility results instead. Phrases are thrown around to cause self-doubt to the person looking to improve themselves. "What makes you think you're special? "How can you leave the rest of us behind? "Don't you see how many other people are doing what you want to do? "You can't be successful, because you're not good enough."

It's not easy to have family and friends discourage you from reaching your goals. It's hard enough to convince ourselves that we deserve better in our life. I've found that once I set out for a different adventure, people came out of the woodwork to guide me. I've always trusted that I will get the encouragement I need when I stay focused on a new project. Suddenly, I'll find the right people who will offer advice, connect me with others who can help me, and find programs to further my education.

It's critical to surround ourselves with people who see and appreciate our talents. My tip, join a mastermind group where you'll be able to bounce ideas off each other. The internet is an excellent place to start. Find a community that is open to new members. You can try Facebook or LinkedIn. Many groups are now doing virtual meetings. You can connect with people from all over the world and ask for help. You may also find a mentor who will be happy to advise and keep you on track. It never hurts to ask people that you admire for guidance. Look for someone working towards a similar goal and ask if they would like to join forces with you. You can help each other stay accountable for the plans that you've laid out.

I don't believe that our loved ones deliberately keep us from pursuing our dreams. Their reluctance to step outside of their comfort zone should not be the reason that keeps us in the same bucket. Our choices for what we want out of life is up to us. I would rather learn from my failures than look back on my life with regrets. When you're ready to take that leap of faith, trust someone will be there to catch you. 

Sep 07

Relationships and Growth

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"Marriage: A lifetime commitment to convincing the other person that you're right."

I'm celebrating nineteen years of marriage. Time still gets away from me, so like everything else, it doesn't feel that long ago. I can picture the day of my wedding as if it happened yesterday. When I start to look back over the years, I realize that I've come a long way in myself and my relationship with my husband, Eric. I once foolishly believed that self-improvement was a solo job. The reality is we learn more about ourselves and others when we are in a committed relationship.

I grew up with brothers and sisters. We learned the value of sharing early on. We had to find ways to compromise and get along regularly. It wasn't easy. We had some terrific fights, and perceived injustices happened all the time. Our parents didn't want to be constant referees, so we heard the phrase, "work it out" a lot. Little did I know those three words would be the saving grace for my marriage.

My husband grew up with a sister who was eight years older. She was more of a mother than a sibling to him. He didn't have to share or compromise with anyone. There wasn't anyone to fight with. Oh yes, marriage was going to be a piece of cake for him.

The fantastic thing about marriage is the need to be right in all things. Play the video back, and you can plainly see that I was correct in my actions and words, and Eric was not. Of course, if my husband were writing this, it would say, "Celeste was wrong, not me." I took a friend's great advice, and I read the book, "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" by John Gray, Ph.D. It helped me understand that our experiences shaped our perceptions and opinions. Our disagreements, many times, stemmed from miscommunication. Each of us taking a stand believing that the other person was not listening or understanding our side of things. Our past is always with us, and that can color our position. It can make us dig in and not allow us to see another point of view.

Over time, we got better about not jumping to conclusions and taking the other person's feelings for granted. We try to avoid getting defensive when we have disagreements. I've had to learn to open up and be vulnerable. I talk more about my upbringing, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Eric has become more communicative about his past experiences as well. We've gained a better understanding of each other, and in turn, we have grown individually. We have learned to "work it out."

Working on my marriage has resulted in understanding myself and others in a whole new way. I've learned to be a better listener. I want to hear about a person's upbringing, where they come from, and understand their perspective. It's easy to misunderstand other people's intentions, and they yours. I'm willing to talk about myself more and not be as guarded as I once was. I know I'm a constant work in progress, but it's nice to have someone who wants to take the journey with me.
Happy Anniversary, Eric!

Sep 01

4 Tips For Better Brain Health

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"Dance for your body and your mind."

I'm reading more and more exciting studies on brain health. The best part is that we can improve our brain cells at any age without any expensive equipment. No electric shocks are needed, after all. It is possible to develop new brain cells and reduce our risk of developing dementia.

If you want to be more focused, creative, and improve your memory, keep reading. Otherwise, stop right now and ignore the rest of this article.

Excercise. Of course, exercise is the best way to reduce stress and stay fit, but it also can grow new brain cells. Research has shown that when we engage in physical activity regularly, our brain activity increases as well.
From Harvard Medical, "In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning." Walking, running, and swimming all help in keeping the neurons in our brains active. Dancing is a great way to encourage neuroplasticity because learning different techniques strengthen new neural connections. Plus, it's the best way to exercise and have fun at the same time.

Diet. Hard to believe, but hamburgers, french fries, and cookies are not a good diet for a healthy brain. To keep our waistline and our minds fit, go for fresh fruit, nuts, and leafy green vegetables. I just read that researchers have found a gene in some people that makes vegetables like broccoli and cabbage taste bitter. You may be one of those people, but you're not off the hook. There are sweeter tasting vegetables like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes you can eat. Try roasting a variety of vegetables or create colorful salads. Keep the consumption of red meat to once or twice a week and add in some grilled fish. Research has shown that a plant-based diet may help slow cognitive decline.

Meditation. Relieving anxiety and calming the mind has terrific benefits for our brain. When we practice mindfulness and reduce stress, we're also preserving our brain's neuronal cell bodies known as gray matter. Gray matter is essential for learning, memory, and compassion. There are various meditation practices that you can find on the internet and apps that you can download for free. When you take a moment to take in slow, deep breaths, you're doing your body and your mind a favor.

Sleep. Too many of us have a hard time getting a good night's sleep, but it's vital for our brain health. When we sleep, our brain gets rid of toxins that build up during the day. We wake up feeling refreshed and focused. Our cognitive skills increase, and we are in a better mood. To help your chances of getting some shut-eye, here are a few ideas. Unplug from all electronics. Keep your room cool and focus on your breathing. Let your body sink into the bed. When your mind starts to wander, think of a three-word mantra. I am sleeping. I am comfortable. I am safe.

We're all dealing with uncertainty right now, and it has us on edge. Our health and well-being are everything. Take time out for yourself and exercise. Get the whole family involved in making nutritious meals. Meditation will help you get a good night's sleep. Connect with family and friends, and have some laughs. Stay safe, stay well.

Aug 24

Mind Games

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"Being silly is better than being nervous, and it's more fun."

Joe, a young man, working in IT for many years, was promoted to a manager's position. He suddenly found himself in charge of conducting staff trainings. He enlisted the help of the company I co-founded, Authentic Voice. My business partner, Michele Marshall, and I met with him. He explained that public speaking was not his strong suit. Joe knew the information he needed to teach backward and forward, but presenting it to a group made him feel anxious. He was concerned that he wouldn't be able to project his voice and keep everyone's attention.

Michele and I encounter this dilemma regularly. Standing in front of a room with all eyes on you is not at all comfortable. We feel judged, and we worry that our presentation will fall flat. We want to appear confident, knowledgeable, and engaging. We can be well prepared and yet feel the panic rise when we have to deliver our speech. Michele and I customize our training to fit our clients' needs, but there is one technique we teach that helps everyone. We show them how to get out of their heads.

Everyone lives inside their minds. We can create whole worlds where we are the star, and we can also generate a devastating apocalypse. We tend to forget how much power we have over our thoughts until we bring the body in for help. When we sit, stand, and walk with high self-esteem, our minds will believe it, too. Michele and I show our clients how their attitude quickly changes when we shift how they hold themselves. Lifting your head and smiling signals positive body language to your audience, but it also gives you a sense of well-being. It's hard to feel insecure when your shoulders are back, and your posture is commanding.

Michele and I asked Joe to try the following ideas every day for a week. Start creating a strong presence when you get out of bed. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Stretch your arms up and over your head. Take a deep breath and hold it for a count of four. Exhale through your mouth for a count of four and put music on that makes you happy. Walk to your car or train with purpose. When you're paying attention to how your body feels, you're staying in the moment. Being present helps with any undue worry or nervous tension. Everyone you meet will recognize your positive energy, and it's infectious.

Michele and I met with Joe at the end of the week. We wanted to know if he tried our suggestions. Joe said he did all of them and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. He was skeptical but was amazed that taking a few minutes in the morning to breathe and stretch made a big difference. Paying attention and moving with purpose did lower his anxiety. He was also aware that more people were taking the time to say hello to him. He said most of the time he felt invisible. Joe admitted that he still felt very nervous about the upcoming software training.

I asked Joe to stand up with me. I said I want you to relax your whole body and bounce. He was smiling as I demonstrated what I wanted him to do. When he started bouncing, he began laughing. I then told him to stop and introduce himself. Joe did his introduction without any nervousness. His voice was steady and authoritative. Michele and I were impressed, but Joe was incredulous. He said, "I can't believe it. What did you do?" We simply said, "We got you out of your head and in the moment. Being silly is better than being nervous, and it's more fun." Moving forward, it was only a matter of time and practice that helped Joe conduct his lectures with confidence.

We can wallow in negativity and self-doubt, but it uses up a lot of energy. We can flip the switch. Do yourself a favor and take time throughout the day to breathe deeply. Get up and go for a walk to stretch your legs and arms. Pay attention to your body. When you need to boost your mood, sit up straight and smile. When you're home, take a few minutes to dance, move, and bounce. You'll feel better by being in the moment and enjoying a better mind-set. Be silly. It's fun. 

Aug 18

Social Media: The Show and Tell We Didn’t Know We Needed.

By Celeste DeCamps | General

"Social Media: Feel Free to Overshare."

Social media has enabled us to share glimpses of our lives to anyone who wants to see it. We're natural voyeurs because it's how we learn from each other. We're always curious about what our neighbors are doing. We look to each other for advice, consolation, and celebration. The internet and all the available platforms have connected us on a global scale. Like a small, close-knit community, we all know each other's business. I have to tell you, though, some of that information should stay a secret.

I don't have a reply when you're unhappy because you're stuck in traffic. I'm more concerned that you're on Facebook while you're driving. You could be the reason for the traffic jam. I don't know what to say when you're complaining about your job and your co-workers online. Do you want to get fired? I don't know what emoji I should use when you post that you're having trouble going to the bathroom. I guess I could recommend a good gastroenterologist followed with a poop emoji. I hope that helps.

Some people have no problem oversharing all aspects of their day to day life online. Apparently, we need to know what they made for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; how much weight they've lost or gained, and of course, why does their stomach hurt. Now, I see the popularity of the poop emoji.

 My friend, Dawn once said, "I think we need to keep our virtual curtains closed." I agree. I find it uncomfortable reading about a friend's struggle to find the right cat toy and then not knowing the outcome. Obviously, you wanted us all to know the different stores you've tried and that you were experimenting with several recommendations you received. Well, did you go with the bird teaser with feathers or the plush mouse cat toy? I hate not knowing the ending of a story I didn't care about in the first place.

I understand the popularity of social media. I enjoy looking at pictures of my friends' lives and reading about their successes. It doesn't depress me at all that they're way happier than I am. I'm glad Cheryl is having fun in the Bahamas even though she still hasn't paid me back the fifty bucks I lent her. I only feel joy when I read about my co-worker's promotion. I'm sure he deserved it way more than me. I like posting lots of little red hearts to show my love to yet another friend who quit sugar and is now training for her first 10K. I don't feel bad that I just ate a whole bowl of KitKats.

It takes me a while to get to know people and share personal stories with them. I prefer having conversations on the phone or having a virtual visit. I don't think I'll ever be willing to post intimate events unless I'm drinking champagne, then all truths come out. I make it my policy not to drink and post for that reason. I'll continue to read and enjoy my friends' snapshots and writings, but I'll refrain from giving medical advice. I'll stick to using silly faces as my answer.

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