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Two local experts are teaming up to help entrepreneurs revamp their website, branding, beautiful images, and social media strategy in just one day. Read on for more.

Branding is key for businesses, especially in today’s digital-dependent world. But it’s confusing to know where to start and overwhelming to think about how long it’ll take once you do. 

Enter, the One Day Brand Makeover. It’s a new service that aims to revamp and launch your brand, website, and imagery in a hands-on, one-day makeover. This unique concept is the brainchild of Kaleigh Turner, Cincinnati-based brand stylist / educator, web designer, Certified Showit Design Partner, and Amanda Donaho, Cincinnati-based brand mentor, photographer, and founder of the IlluminareRetreat for female business owners. 

This branding duo originally came up with the concept while taking part in their own one-day brand makeover. “It wasn’t long ago that we sat side-by-side as she created my new branding and website – in a day,” says Donaho. “She (Turner) was able to crawl around in my mind and put to paper the ideas I had but couldn’t express well. The back and forth between us at her computer allowed her to get fast feedback from me and left to amazing branding and web design done in a flash. Together, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the process. We’ve created an experience that will leave no piece of our client’s brand untouched. Head-to-toe, they’ll have a perfect look that truly represents the business they’ve spent so much time creating.” 

What types of services will be included in the day? There are over 15 services that will offered for clients to take part in to revamp their business. Turner and Donaho will assist in: 6-part Brand assessment to refine your message and brand vibe, Designing new custom primary and secondary logo workmarks made with your ideal client in mindleading into your one-day makeover, Color Palette and Font selections, Implementation of your new brand images, Website launch, Modern headshots that represent you and your brand, 3-5 outfits / looks, Fully customized Showit template restyle (from Kaleigh Turner Creative’s high-end templates) Wardrobe consultation, Personalized social media strategy and coaching session, and more. 

For a complete list of services, you can visit their website: http://theonedaybrandmakeover.representyourbrand.com/. The One-Day Brand Makeover will take place five minutes from downtown Cincinnati in Donaho’s new studio space. “For our out-of-town clients, we will send a travel guide prior to their makeover so they’ll be well-equipped with information on the best places to stay, visit, and eat while in the Queen City,” says Donaho.

The journey to watch The One Day Brand Makeover come to life has been a journey for both Donaho and Turner. “For me, it’struly two-fold: I get to do what I love by giving people what they’ve always wanted, a brand that will elevate their business and bring in their dream clients, while working with my ridiculously talented friend, Amanda,” says Turner. “We work really well together and that’s part of what makes this experience so unique – our clients will get both of us, together, side-by-side as we bounce ideas off of each other in real-time.”

“I’m so passionate about helping entrepreneurs break through the noise to dig into their unique skill-set & offer that to the world in a way that attracts their ideal client,” says Donaho. “I love seeing everything come together in one day – and sending someone out our studio doors with not just a beautiful brand, but the knowledge of how to continue to implement their new brand going forward.  Kaleigh and I have a combined experience of 26 years in our respective fields, and the combination of knowledge we bring to the table makes this makeover dynamite.” 

For more information, visit http://theonedaybrandmakeover.representyourbrand.com/

To stay connected with Kaleigh Turner, visit https://kaleighturnercreative.com/ & Instagram and Facebook

To stay connected with Amanda Donaho, visit https://representyourbrand.com/ & Instagram and Facebook

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Learn more about a new gallery boutique bringing a breath of fresh air to New Richmond by showcasing the work of more than 100 local and regional artists.

The Collective is a brand-new gallery boutique that has been a breath of fresh air for New Richmond, Ohio in times such as these. This local shop features the work of over 100 local and regional artists, making it the perfect place to treat yourself or a loved one while supporting a local, handmade and small business. 

The mind and owner behind The Collective is Aly Stacy. “I feel we have built something special with The Collective. I wanted to bring the magic of the art shows that I have been a part of with my other company, KreativeMindz, to a store, while also helping to revitalize my community and town,” says Stacy. “I am hoping The Collective will help make New Richmond a destination, outside of the city, while supporting local and regional artists, along with the handmade and small business movement. It’s home to such unique small businesses and breathtaking views.”

The Collective opened its doors to the public on June 27, 2020. Their unique store holds the work of over 100 local artists, with more being added over the next few weeks. Their product lines range from bath and body, coffee and cottage foods, apparel and jewelry, upcycled and fine art, toys, paintings, pottery and more. There is a special gift for everyone at The Collective. “I had no idea I was surrounded by so many creatives and talent, their work is amazing.”

It has been a unique journey for Stacy to find local artists for the storefront. “In the beginning, I reached out to my favorites and scoured local and virtual markets for new makers. I am looking for a specific quality and presentation, as well as a wide variety of work. Today, we are accepting artist submissions via our website.” The inspiration and creativity of the local artist is the heart of The Collective. While they have only been open for a few weeks, the local shop has brought life to the old German church The Collective now calls home.

“One of my favorite parts in launching The Collective has been watching the hope I have seen it bring to so many customers and artists,” says Stacy. “They are inspired by the space; I see them connecting with a particular pieces and artist statements and brings a smile to their face. With so much goodness under one roof, it is hard not to feel something.”

The Collective is located at 411 Walnut Street in New Richmond, OH. They are open Wednesday – Saturday, 11-6pmand Sunday, 12 – 4pm. 

To connect with The Collective, follow them on Facebook and Instagram and visit their website, http://www.thecollectivenr.com/

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See how two local women are disrupting the money conversation through experiential education, laughter, storytelling and emotional freedom.

Your financial future and truly understanding the value of your money can be stressful, confusing and daunting. SheMoolah is here to help with the tools and support you need to take the reins and be the “SheHero” of your life. 

SheMoolah is a partnership between financial experts Liz Kitchell and Dawn Parks. Together, they have over 50 years of experience, stemming from every angle in the financial industry. When Kitchell and Parks crossed paths a couple of years ago, SheMoolah was born. 

“Together, we saw an opportunity to bring our combined skills and experience together to disrupt the money conversation people have about women and that women have about themselves,” says Kitchell and Parks. A unique aspect of SheMoolah is there focus on disruption through experiential education, laughter, storytelling and emotional freedom when it comes to the topic of money. 

SheMoolah offers a variety of programs, each specific to one’s current financial journey. Their programming takes place on a wide scale, including Zoom, consultations, public speaking events, and conferences. Some examples of their programming include, Understanding Your Money Archetype: 90-minute workshops to introduce participants to the concept of “money personality.”

Embracing Your Money Personality: 4-week, highly interactive Zoom-based program for participants to understand the power of your “money personality” they have developed. Crack Your Money Code: 6-week examination of how your established “money personality” impacts your future. One Day Intensives: 1-day, intensive workshop celebrating important money conversations that provide a strong foundation one’s life. SheMoolah Mastermind: 6-month journey with coaching and peer-to-peer coaching for one to uncover their next steps with the SheStory mindset. For more information on their various programming, visit their website (coming soon) at http://www.shemoolah.com/

“Since starting we have helped hundreds of people at SheMoolah,” says Kitchell and Parks. “We select tools based on what participants want to disrupt regarding their money story. The number of clients and impact we’ve made in previous coaching and consulting is several million dollars in impact.”

Their multi-modal practice includes tools such as meditation, journaling, mind-mapping and many more. “It is so exciting to see women pursue their dreams and find the financial support and guidance they need to get there. When participants step into their own power and create their own dreams, it is an amazing and tremendous award.”

To stay connected with SheMoolah, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit their site (coming soon) at http://www.shemoolah.com/.

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From tutoring and subscription boxes to birthday parties and Parents Night Out events, see how one local company is providing unique, hands-on resources for a lifetime of learning.

The idea behind Strive Academy, LLC. sparked from a simple conversation between two middle school teachers. Today, it has impacted nearly 500 local children, and families worldwide have taken part in hands-on learning for life-long learners. 

Strive Academy, LLC.encompasses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based learning and activities to engage learners of all levels. “Using STEAM, students will be able to increase their creativity, ask questions, and be innovative,” says Strive Academy founders Amber Hawk and Emily Hunt. “As certified teachers, we know how important it is for students to increase their problem-solving skills through hands-on learning. These skills will help our next generation change the world for the better.”

Strive Academy, LLC. offers parent’s nights out events, birthday parties, tutoring, after-school programming, summer camps, and just recently released, STEAM box subscriptions. “We have been established in the Cincinnati area since the summer of 2018,” says Hawk and Hunt. “Each year, we have expanded our offerings based on family interests and needs.”

Since inception, children and families in the Cincinnati area have been engaging in its Strive Academy’s STEAM learning through a multitude of services, such as:  

  • Parent’s Night Out: 3-hour activity time for kids on select Friday nights for hands-on STEAM games, challenges and activities. 
  • Birthday Parties: 8 fun themes available with the option to host in home or on location at Strive Academy, LLC. 
  • Tutoring: In-person and virtual tutoring for a variety of ages and subjects. 
  • STEAM Subscription Box: 4 hands-on STEAM activities, shipped right to your door each month. Materials and video instructions included.

Strive Academy LLC offers many more services and activities for all ages, visit https://www.striveacademy.org/our-services for a complete list. At Strive Academy LLC., STEAM learning is encouraged outside of the classroom and welcomed into homes, with over 40 free activities on their site, brand-new subscription box model, math bundles, and the option to custom design a program that is best fit your group to match its needs. 

“Some of our favorite activities are lava lamps, volcanoes, paper airplane challenges, squishy circuits, chromatography, and solar ovens,” says Hawk and Hunt. “We love watching children have fun when we give them the freedom to be creative and imaginative. In most aspects of life, they have so many constraints, so it is incredible to see what they can do when given the opportunity.” 

The best way for families to become involved is to visit https://www.striveacademy.org/ and stay up to date by registering for the latest programming by joining the email list. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook, visit their website or email them at info@striveacademy.org.

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A Cincinnati-based company producing cinematic stories is harnessing the power of commercial film to connect brands with their audiences around the world.

Since 2011, Barking Squirrel Media has been using the power of cinematic storytelling to connect audiences all over the globe.

Their talented team takes corporate videos to new heights by combining the oldest form of communication known to humanity (storytelling) and the most modern technological form of engagement (film making), according to their company’s mission statement. “Since the beginning, our goal has been to make corporate films that change the way people think about a product or service,” says Barking Squirrel’s President and Producer David K. Bray. “We have a history of creating commercial films that engage hearts, change minds and inspire measurable action.” 

Barking Squirrel Media has produced thousands of videos since the beginning, filming in over 24 countries on 4 continents. While they have not shied away from adventuring outside of the city, they have never lost touch with their Cincinnati roots. 

“I came to Cincinnati from North Carolina to go to UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. After a number of years of living in the area, I fell in love with Cincinnati, the area, culture, OTR, start-up incubators, professional sports, and so much more,” says Bray. “While I have been offered many positions over the country throughoutthe years, I have always turned them down, so I could live in the city of my choice, Cincinnati, Ohio. There is no place on earth I would rather live and base my company out of.” 

Barking Squirrel’s client list is very robust and continues to grow, seeing as it includes companies such as P&G, Amazon, DHL, Kroger, Miami University, St. Elizabeth Health Care, Northern Kentucky University, and Perfetti Van Melle. At Barking Squirrel Media, collaboration and synergy are key, seeing as they welcome creatives into the process and maintain many partnerships with companies such as iHeart Media, Agar, Culture Monster, YGB, and Ashire Communications. 

Their cinematic storytelling is unique to each client, whether it be an educational film, corporate film, humorous film, non-profit film, testimonial film or product film. A company like this is no one-man-show. 30+ sub-contractors, overseen by three core staff,specializing as gaffers, art directors, make-up artists, script writers, and many other specialties make the magic happen. How does the process work to make the videos? There is a five-step holistic approach that guides Barking Squirrel throughout the producing process:

1. Discovery: Becoming inspired by the client’s story and theuncovering the best approach to tell it. 
2. Pre-Production: Preparing every detail of the shoot and creating the script, storyboard, and talent.
3. Production: Filming the project (duration dependent on the scope of the project) by an award-winning team.
4. Post-Production: Editing video, enhancing audio, creating scores, and animating graphics using cutting edge technology and equipment. 
5. Distribution: Ensuring the film gets to the right people, on the right platform, at the right time using the correct marketing strategy.

To find out more about the producing process, visit Barking Squirrel’s website. “I love everything involved in film making. To be fulfilled, I need to be creative, collaborate with people and create something that allows people to truly think. It is safe to say I am fulfilled every day.” says Bray. “My favorite films are the ones we create about people that struggled, but through the help of others, overcame all of their obstacles and rose up. A film that encapsulates that was for Hamilton City Schools and particularly Nate Lampley.”

There are many ways for you to stay connected with Barking Squirrel Media. 

Visit their website: https://barkingsquirrelmedia.com/

Follow them on InstagramFacebookVimeo, and Youtube.

Find out more about their company and process by visiting their client deck.

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Ready to take the next step toward reaching your goals and creating the life you've always dreamed about? Learn about an upcoming workshop that connects, inspires, and engages.

Beginning June 22, Melissa Kirkpatrick of Find Your Own Drive is launching a two-week mastermind workshop. The workshop gives you access to the mastermind sessions, a self-care package of organic, handcrafted products from Earthganics, and a 21-day mindfulness daily email package. 

The workshop, called Progress Toward A Purpose – Successful Principles for Manifesting From Quarantine and Beyond, provides life-changing work that will not only inspire and motivate but also take you into the best version of yourself.

“When the pandemic happened, I wanted to help and what I could do to support others in this fearful time of their life and it became evident that I needed to offer a vision board workshop to focus beyond their current circumstances and manifest from quarantine a life that they love more than ever,” says Kirkpatrick. “And I did just that by donating my time to create the Virtual Vision Board Workshops. With over 300 registrations I knew my gift offered hope!”

Self-care package from Earthganics

The new workshop is a new idea following Kirkpatrick’s previous Vision Board workshops. “I started thinking how can I help these individuals further,” she says. “What seemed evident was that I need it to be able to personally connect with them and help them as they develop these vision boards and also create more effectively from a place of understanding the connection between their thoughts and actions.”

Kirkpatrick knew that she wanted to help others find progress toward a purpose, which led her to establish eight principles that she knows works and will offer others a cornerstone from getting from here to there quicker and more easily. 

The format for the mini-mastermind workshop includes motivated individuals who are ready to take action toward emerging from the pandemic strong and well-equipped to succeed. “Collectively the energy will ignite the power to achieve your goals faster,” adds Kirkpatrick. “I believe when we work as a group we can discover what is or isn’t working that may be someone else’s concern. The mastermind approach is the perfect way to engage, learn, and share with one another.”

The original price of the workshop is $147, but Kirkpatrick is offering it from $97 until midnight on June 19. Participants will receive a workbook with daily lessons, mentorship from Kirkpatrick, accountability, and support to make game-changing progress toward a purpose that will bring about the life you’ve always wanted.

You can take back your life and make real progress toward your desire future by registering for the mini-mastermind workshop at http://www.findyourowndrive.com/mini-mm

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Learn more about this unique, web-based video series inspiring the next generation of scientists by focusing on science happening right in your backyard. 

Cincinnati is a unique city full of amazing sites, great eats and even curious scientists. Each day, new discoveries are made by scientists both around the world and in back yards across Greater Cincinnati. 

Science Around Cincy is a web-based series highlighting engineers, researchers and scientists and their distinctive work and passion. The platform is geared towards 4-8th graders, but anyone curious about the world is welcome to join in on the fun. “Our platform is all about inspiring the next generation of curious scientists and engineers,” says Science Around Cincy Founder and Host, Chris Anderson. “There is so much to learn, and science is all around us, even here in the city!” 

Anderson began teaching science at Princeton High School in 2008, but made moved out of the classroom and began working as a coach with Hamilton County ESC in 2016. He started to write for a blog and several local publications when he realized his yearning to connect with his audience through visual storytelling, rather than just words on a page. He combined his love for teaching science and visual storytelling together and, with the help of amazing colleagues and community, Science Around Cincy launched. 

Science Around Cincy is made up of several different resources. “We have 7-9-minute main episodes highlighting a broad array of scientists, bonus footage from the episodes, teacher resources and remote learning resources on our website,” says Anderson. “The topics covered in our episodes range from Frog Cryobiologists to a geneticist from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We want kids to know that being a scientist means so much more than just wearing a lab coat, science can be found everywhere.” 

A project like this is no one-man-show. Anderson’s team is made up of 10 dedicated individuals, ranging from Northern Kentucky University interns to staff. Each member holds a specific role that is vital to making Science Around Cincy into what it is today. “My team is amazing, and I could not do what I do without them – I admire each one of them greatly,” says Anderson.

“My favorite part about Science Around Cincy has been the positive feedback from students. Being able to see the kids so intrigued and invested really brought home our mission statement to get kids excited about science,” Anderson says.

To stay connected with Science Around Cincy, follow them on Instagram and Twitter and visit their website, https://sciaroundcincy.com/. You can also check out all of their videos their YouTube channel.

*A special thank you to the Science Around Cincy team: John Gibson, Jordan Bardgett, Michael Pikar, Megan Mixon, Corinne Byrne, Arianna Manners, Kerry Stephans, Aria Brice, and Jason Houston. 

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Read about the new kits available from the Cincinnati Chamber to help businesses get back to work.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber teamed up with P&B, CVG, and Brain Brew Custom Bourbon to help local businesses get back to work amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has shuttered many small businesses for months.

These packages, called RESTART Kits, are free and available to businesses throughout the region, and aim to help companies return to operation while following suggested health and social distancing guidelines. 

Each RESTART Kit includes six 750ml bottles of Safeguard® Hand Sanitizer, one 28oz bottle of Spic-and-Span® Disinfectant, and 100 face coverings.

Kristen Bailey, owner of Sweets & Meats BBQ

Some of the RESTART Kits have already been sent out to local businesses, including Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Member, Sweets & Meats BBQ, which is owned by Kristen Bailey. 

“The RESTART Kits have been vital in helping us re-open our doors,” says Bailey. “It is helping us to put the focus back on serving more of our customers safely.”

The kits are assembled and distributed at Brain Brew’s facility in Newtown, and each kit can accommodate up to 25 employees for two weeks.

At a time when uncertainty abounds, many local businesses are finding solace in the kits provided by the Cincinnati Chamber.

“We’re so grateful to have the Cincinnati Chamber advocating for us and connecting us to resources to help us thrive through this challenging season,” adds Bailey.

Local businesses are eligible to receive one RESTART Kit for every 25 employees, based on the anticipated employee count when they re-open. To learn more about the RESTART Kits, visit cincinnatichamber.com/restartkits

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Having happy employees is good for business, as it raises sales by 37%, productivity by 31% and task accuracy by 90% according to academics  at the Harvard Business Review. Despite this fact, Mercer’s “What’s Working” survey showed that around 85% of Americans are unsatisfied in their current jobs, with top causes including lack of opportunity for growth and progression, being overworked, receiving little feedback and recognition, and having little discretion to make decisions. How can bosses  improve happiness and motivation, leading their teams and achieving a myriad of goals along the way? 
 
Creating a Safe Space
 
Before workers can feel joyful at work, they need to have the basics covered. These include having a safe workplace; one in which there are structural and procedural protections set up to avoid accidents, injuries, and other traumas. As stated by workplace safety experts at  JJS Law, catastrophic injuries “can forever change victims’ and their families’ lives. They often require costly ongoing medical care and can have a significant impact on a victim’s emotional state, ability to work, and quality of life.” Offices should also be ergonomic, possess good air quality, comfortable furniture,  and plenty of natural light.
 
Continued Progression
 
After a few years in the same company, workers can feel stuck if they are not encouraged to broaden their knowledge through continuous learning opportunities. The  benefits of employee training and development include a 59% lower rate of staff turnover, greater employee empowerment, and enhanced engagement. When managers encourage staff to grow, they essentially help employees feel like part of a ‘family,’ each of which has new and valid contributions to make. Continual training can also keep a company at the top of its game by narrowing the skills gap and keeping staff on top of digital developments. 
 
Feedback and Recognition
 
Around  four out of 10 employees disengage when they do not receive feedback. Of course, feedback shouldn’t simply flow in one direction. Employees should also be able to give their honest opinion when asked about a procedural or role change, without fearing the consequences of disagreeing with a manager’s suggestions. The success of feedback ultimately depends on the extent to which employees authentically respect and trust their managers. Part of earning this trust involves taking a non-offensive stance to employee suggestions and giving them due recognition for excellent ideas and hard work.
 
Employee Discretion
 
Those who manage teams (large and small) can sometimes lose track of roles and procedures, even though goals can be crystal clear. It is important for communication to flow well between staff and managers, so that useful changes to procedure can be made by employees. Trusted employees should ideally have discretion when it comes to getting their job done, provided that proposed changes enhance or, at the very least, do not interfere with goals. Discretion can extend to aspects such as flexibility and remote work. With studies showing that many employees greatly value working from home, savvy managers can study the extent to which permitting this arrangement can actually enhance the flow and quality of work. 
 
Keeping employees happy and productive isn’t rocket science. Despite research indicating that happy employees are more productive, many basic flaws still exist in American workplaces — including lack of feedback, discretion, and recognition. Employees who feel that they are growing alongside the company and contributing to refining its procedures also feel more empowered. This is food for thought for results-oriented managers.

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A local life coach is hosting two free sessions to help participants visualize, plan, and create a process for success as they re-enter the world after COVID.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, a Cincinnati-based transformational coach, wants to help others live their best life. To get there, she says, you have to get really clear on where you want to go, and the steps you can take right now to get there.

To help in this mission, she’s hosting an upcoming Virtual Vision Board Series on June 4 and June 11, with live and interactive online learning sessions. These events will be free and open to the public, with the ability to also donate to The Christ Hospital’s COVID Relief Fund as well if participants choose to do so.

“Earlier in May I offered the Vision Board Workshop: Manifest from Quarantine, and the participation was over 100,” she says. “After speaking with many who took advantage of the free follow-up call with me, I discovered there was a need to offer a “next step.”

This second part is called “Next Step to Ignite the Magic” where she will show participants how to tend to the vision board and bring those desires into your reality, or something even better. 

However, she wanted to bring back the first part again for those who missed it the first time around and others who may want a refresher. 

Kirkpatrick says she was inspired to launch this series from her own journey. 

“I have been a powerful manifester in my own life since I was a kid, I just didn’t know that’s what it was called,” she says. “I would see how I wanted things to happen and they always worked as planned or better. From getting my first job as a young adult to going back to school and earning my teaching degree at 30, or even owning and operating two public golf courses. Those dreams and desires came from creating a vision so strong that it wasn’t possible for it not to happen.”

Kirkpatrick wanted to find a way to help others in a similar situation, and quarantine felt like the perfect opportunity to do so. 

“I felt so many had lost their joy and their vision for the future during quarantine that once brought them joy,” she says. “So with my experience I wanted to offer an opportunity for others to get reacquainted as they move out of quarantine to what’s next and how to visualize a future better than their current circumstances and situation.”

This series, says Kirkpatrick, is more than just putting a board together with scissors, glue, and magazine pictures, and waiting for those goals to come to you. “There is a formula and technique which is what I’ll be sharing during the workshops that will really open up the Cosmic Kitchen and allow you to create your life through images, words, and feelings, and get the results or something better – faster,” she adds. 

Although times are tough and negativity courses through many aspects of life at the moment, Kirkpatrick wants to help others realize that their thoughts become the things you create your life with. 

“What if you could flip the switch and create from a place of excitement and joy?” asks Kirkpatrick. “This is what I want to deliver to the participants, that you can create more and something better when you align your thoughts on an energetic exchange with the Universe. And, if for only the time during the workshop, you can release the fear for a moment and learn into the love I know this series will change your life moving forward.”

The Virtual Vision Board Workshop: Manifest from Quarantine will be on June 4, from 8-9:30pm. You can learn more and RSVP here. The Next Step – Activate the Magic: Virtual Vision Board Workshop is on June 11 from 8-9:30pm. You can learn more about the second workshop in series and RSVP here.

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