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Does 2020 have you filled to the brim with fears, emotions, and pain?  Our life coach columnist shares a helpful releasing technique.

Hello? Is this thing on? Have you ever seen someone go up to the mic and that is the first thing that they do? Or speaking into the cell phone asking, “can you hear me now”? Perhaps this is how you are feeling about 2020. Hello!?

Isn’t it interesting to think just a year ago your life appears so different? Over the past several months, you have truly been bombarded with the ongoing emotions of 2020. You definitely didn’t have this on your vision board, and now you are tapping into mic speaking to the Universe saying hello is this thing on? Are you out there?

What if the tapping I’m referring to could be a way for you to release your own fears, emotions, and pain? Would you be interested?

Think outside of the box for a moment.  There is a tool/practice that is highly effective in shifting energy and moving through the uncomfortableness of negative emotions. This practice is called EFT (emotional freedom technique) and is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. Also referred to as tapping.

The practice uses the meridian points (much like acupuncture and acupressure) for moving energy in the body so it does not get stuck. Stuck energy can often lead to not only uncomfortableness but illness. Tapping is support for the body by creating a balance in your energy system and can be done at anytime and anywhere.

Today I encourage you to step outside of the box and start working with yourself in the manner that you can shift stuck energy and find balance in your system. Here is a video to get you started.  Jessica Ortner explains the practice in more detail and walks you through the tapping points of EFT.

I hope you find value in this practice. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  

Sending love and lots of light,

Melissa 

Stay ahead of the plumbing game with these tips on protecting your home's plumbing system.

New modern faucet and kitchen room sink closeup with island and granite countertops in model house home apartment

We tend to give our home’s plumbing system little attention until something goes wrong. Even the smallest plumbing issue can put several of your day-to-day activities on hold, like laundry and doing the dishes. Fortunately, there are several tips you can put into action to protect your home’s plumbing. Regular plumbing maintenance and periodically draining the water heater are two great tips for keeping your home’s plumbing in tip-top shape.

Educate Your Family

One of the simplest ways to protect your home’s plumbing is to educate yourself on what you shouldn’t flush. While city sewers are capable of accepting a range of debris, your home is not. Common that will clog your pipes if you flush them include:

  • Plastic
  • Cotton balls
  • Cigarette butts
  • Paper towels
  • Feminine products
  • Q-tips

To make things easy, make a it rule to only flush toilet paper. It’s also important to avoid putting animal fats and cooking grease down drains.

Insulate Your Pipes

During colder weather, the pipes in your basement and crawl spaces are prone to freezing and cracking. This is especially common if your pipes are copper. A busted water pipe can lead to major water damage and costly repair bills. To prevent this, consider insulating your pipes.

Insulating sleeves are helpful for preventing frozen pipes. They also minimize condensation, which is crucial to mitigating decay. However, before you opt to insulate your plumbing, it’s important to determine the material of your pipes. If you have copper pipes, insulation will be of the utmost value. Plastic pipes are well-known for their reliable insulation value, meaning you probably don’t need to insulate them.

Clean the Faucet Aerators

Once a month, go around the house and take the mesh tip off of each faucet. This mesh tip is known as an aerator. You need to clean it regularly to prevent a blockage of water.

Clean the Filter

If you have a water softener system or an ice maker, it’s important to clean their filters. Not only does this make the water healthier, but it greatly protects your home’s pipes. You can find instructions in the manufacturer’s manual explaining the best way to clean the filters.

Be Careful With Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are super helpful in getting rid of waste. However, they can quickly clog your kitchen’s pipes. If your home’s plumbing connects to a septic tank, it’s best to use the garbage disposal as little as possible. This minimizes the possibility of the septic tank backing up.

Drain the Water Heater

Over time, sediment will build up inside the water heater tank. Even a small amount of sediment can hinder the functionality of this appliance.

To keep this from happening, drain the water heater on a regular basis. Because it can be unsafe to drain the water heater on your own, it’s best to leave this in the hands of a professional plumber. You can easily ask your plumber to drain the water heater during a maintenance session.

Prepare the Plumbing for Vacations

If you’re going on vacation, you’ll need to take certain steps to protect your home’s plumbing while you’re away. You can start with shutting off the home’s main water supply. This ensures that you won’t come home to a major water leak or flooding. You’ll also want to shut off the hot water heater. If you don’t, this appliance can overheat if it doesn’t have the proper water supply.

Lastly, check the flapper valves on all toilets to make sure they’re functioning properly. If one of them isn’t, you run the risk of the toilet running the entire time you’re on vacation, which is counteractive if you’re trying to reduce your water usage.

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Bee Haven: Check out how amazing @beehavenhoney products are! They are passionate about bringing you products with the natural benefits from bees! From CBD honey, to lip balms, and so much more they have it all!

Head over to their website to see how you can get your hands on these goodies today!

Smoothie Cafe’ 513: “A smoothie shop that cares about your health!” @smoothiecafe513 is dedicated to brining you not only the best tasting smoothies, but ones that will make you feel your best as well! Whether in a bowl or a cup, their smoothies are packed with nutrients and protein! PLUS: stop in this week and make sure to pick up a vitality shot to help boost your immune system and energy!

Open:
Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm

Hello Sunshine Yoga: Strengthen not only your body, but your mind as well! @hello_sunshine_yoga is “a place to move and be moved!” They’re inclusive to people of all backgrounds and levels of practice!

Click the link in their bio to sign up for classes today! They offer not only yoga but barre and aerial as well!

Unwind Wine Bar: It’s our favorite day of the week…Wine Wednesday! Celebrate and get your wine on tonight with @unwindwinebar !! They offer not only a delicious selection of wine, but food too! Enjoy the beautiful weather out on their patio and unwind with a glass of wine!

Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm: Anyone else obsessed with not only the smell but the taste of lavender? 🙋‍♀️ At @sunshineacreslavender you can not only stick up on goodies, but pick your own lavender as well! Head over THIS SUNDAY to enjoy their beautiful lavender and more like their honey or coffee!

Down to Mars Vintage: How cool looking are these newspaper face masks! 🤩 @downtomarsvintage has created these to keep you stylish while doing your part in keeping you and others safe! Their shop is for all my vintage lovers out there! Click the link in their bio to book your appointment or start shopping online today!

Open:
Wednesday-Saturday 12-6

Sugar: My mouth is WATERING just looking at these goodies!😍 @sugar.513 creates delicious sweets for you and the whole family! And the best part? They’re delivered right to your door!

Their next menu goes live August 10th for preorder to be delivered on the 13th-15th! Make sure to mark your calendars so you can get your hands on these amazing creations!

Haven Cafe: NOW OPEN! @havencafecov is opening this weekend! Today and tomorrow from 9-5 stop in and enjoy coffee and pastries to help them celebrate opening! Make sure to grab your mask and head on over!

Camargo Trading: From home decor, to jewelry, to bath products, and so much more @camargotrading has everything for you! Since 1999 owner Meggan has been brining the latest trends and necessities for customers!

Stop by to get your shop on today! If you wish to not come in, call the store and they will help you in your selection!

The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar: Happy Saturday everyone! Get all you need to both start and end the day with @thefixcoffeebar!! Stop by this morning for a delicious coffee and pastry to kickstart your day! Then grab a cocktail, beer, and some food tonight!

Open:
Monday-Tuesday: 6:30-6pm
Wednesday-Friday: 6:30-10pm
Saturday: 8-10pm
Sunday: 8-3pm

Title Boxing Club Cincinnati: This puppy is definitely my mood every time I have to workout 😂 however, @titleboxingdowntowncinci will keep you motivated and wanting to come back for more! Strengthen your body from head to toe with their boxing classes!

Click the link in their bio or head over to the MINDBODY app to sign up today! PLUS: your first class is FREE!

The Fairfield: Happy Sunday! Get your brunch on today with @thefairfieldbellevue !! They offer coffee, cocktails, and more to kickstart your Sunday! PLUS: enjoy a nice cocktail from the comfort of your home with their boozy bags😍

Open:
Monday: 8-3
Tuesday-Thursday: 8-11
Friday-Saturday: 8-1am
Sunday: 8-9

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    A local woman launched an organization dedicated to helping children battle life threatening illnesses, and leaving a legacy by making them the superheroes of their own stories. Click here for all the page-turning details.

    Photo: Angie Lipscomb Photography

    Sarah Curry Rathel has been working with children battling life-threatening illnesses since 2004. 

    “I’ve met hundreds of sick children from around the world,” she explains. “None of them asked for these terrible and scary battles, yet they have no choice but to face them. Some are born fighting for their lives and never know anything other than being sick. Others experience a trauma or the onset of an illness and the life they knew changes instantly. Either way, these kids go through so much that other children, and even adults, don’t understand. Yet, they still want to laugh and be ‘kids’ just like everyone else. Their hearts are pure but they are put into a life that isn’t conducive to just being a child. They deal with the effects of steroids or chemo, they have tubs running in and out of them, they need oxygen to breathe, feeding tubes to eat, and wheelchairs to move. Even though this forces them to become ‘old souls’ in a way, inside, they are still innocent children.”

    The desire to help these sick children be children is the inspiration for Curry Rathel’s nonprofit organization the Smile Books Project.

    The Smile Books Project is dedicated to bringing smiles to children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. 

    Curry Rathel, alongside her illustrator and co-founder Robert Kelly, create personalized books to make each child the main character of their own heroic story, with the sales of each book being donated back to the child. 

    “Smile Books Project doesn’t keep any money raised,” says Curry Rathel. “By doing this, not only can we share the stories of these heroes, lift their spirits and even their legacies, we can also help raise money to support them.”

    Together, Curry Rathel and Kelly work with the families of the children they write about, which she believes is what makes the Smile Books Project so impactful. 

    “These books become such a huge success when the community rallies behind the kids and puts that extra support in place,” says Curry Rathel. “Working with children all over the world has allowed us to see the power behind strong communities and that is something I wish everyone could see. The love and support these kids feel through their own book is priceless.”

    Curry Rathel wants to do her part in making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by bringing a little joy to their lives with these books. 

    “Not only do we bring smiles and give these children an outlet, but we share their messages and leave their legacies,” she says.. “One of the most heartbreaking things I have been told by children is that they are afraid people will forget them. This book helps ease that fear if that is their situation. For the parents we have written books for, we give them the chance to share things with their children who will grow up without them. These parents share with us only things they would know or be able to tell their children, including words of advice and wishes for the future. For both children and parents, I’ve seen the relief that this brings. As truly devastating and heartbreaking as it is, this is one gift we can offer them in a creative way nobody else can.”

    Also, the Smile Books Project writes books about courageous adults with terminal illnesses to share their leagues with their children as well as for organizations to spread the word about their work, when possible. “With any book we do, proceeds are donated back,” adds Curry Rathel. 

    Curry Rathel says that the Smile Books Project is always taking referrals. Currently, she’s in the process of starting a book for a little girl born with a rare disease and a little boy with a rare form of cancer. “Both of these children are under the age of 5 and have already gone through more than most people will their entire lives,” she says. “We can’t wait to share their stories with the world.”

    New books for sale are featured on the Smile Books Project website. There, you can view the project page to meet the inspiring children, adults, and organizations we have written books for and purchase a copy there.

    You can find the Smile Books Project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. There are also blogs and stories about the books they write on their website, smilebooksproject.org. “After a long day and in the world today, there is something inspiring and hopeful about those we write about and we hope that anyone following the Smile Books Project feels hope just by reading along,” adds Curry Rathel.

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    Old world charm, beautiful views and outdoor living space, with a dream kitchen, walk-in closets, and bathrooms. Read on for a look inside this week's Listing of the Week!

    Enjoy living in one of the historic iconic homes in East Walnut Hills. Completely updated for today’s lifestyle. This home has every bell and whistle, while maintaining the historic elegance of past eras. Listing Agent is related to Sellers. This magnificent home is 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and is listed at $3 million.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    Cincy Chic's 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women's Health Expo is going virtual! See how you can participate this Saturday from the comfort and safety of home -- plus, how to get in on all the swag and prizes!

    Cincy Chic is going virtual for its 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women’s Health Expo.

    We’ll be taking you on virtual tours through the Tri-State’s healthiest hotspots and learning from local experts along the way on August 8 from 10am-12pm. Registered attendees will receive a virtual swag bag, healthy recipes, entry for several door prizes, and access to a live women’s health panel with physicians from The Christ Hospital. The event also supports Melanoma Know More, which you can donate to during registration. 

    Learn more about the sponsors for this event:

    Melanoma Know More: Melanoma Know More strives to reduce the impact of melanoma through awareness, education, support of medical research, and assist those affected.

    Queen City Tans: Queen City Tans offers expertly-applied, natural spray tans to keep your summer glow year-round without sacrificing the health of your skin. They also offer other beautification services, such as teeth whitening and a hydrating skin rejuvenation. 

    The Christ Hospital Health Network: For more than a century, The Christ Hospital has been dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate care to the Greater Cincinnati region. The Christ Hospital is an extensive network of physicians and healthcare providers, with a new location in Liberty Township, to provide even more outstanding patient experiences with unique facilities and offerings, such as a Family Birthing Center featuring: Spacious, home-like rooms with kitchenettes; Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms; Region’s only Cesarean section viewing rooms; Natural childbirth amenities, including extra-large showers; Breastfeeding support, including lactation store; Special care nursery rooms.

    Performance Lexus RiverCenter: Led by one of the only female dealership GMs nationwide, this team at Performance Lexus RiverCenter is located in Covington and works with clients to find the vehicle – new or pre-owned – they want at a price they can afford.

    Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate: Ron Erdmann and his team at Guaranteed Rate helps customers with low cost home purchases and refinancing mortgages through great service, fast closings and a streamlined, online experience.

    Togather Moments: Togather Moments offers stickers to help spark family conversations around the dinner table.

    Pharm CBD: Pharm CBD is a family run business based in Trimble County, KY that has combined strengths in agriculture, pharmacy, chemistry, quality, and engineering to provide superior CBD oil where they control the process from seed to shelf, soil to oil.

    Elevate MD: Elevate MD was opened by Dr Franzese to do what’s right by you. Offering women’s health/gynecology, cosmetics, and hormones for men and women, Elevate MD has the most up to date and advanced protocols in the Tri State area.

    Rapid Results Cryo: Rhapsody by Fyrh Hanz Wellness Studio offers professional wellness services to help you look and feel your best. All of their health and wellness services are administered by their professional staff, who work to ensure that you get the most out of each session.

    Stella & Dot with Alice Lin: Stella & Dot offers jewelry and other women’s accessories — effortless pieces made for your multitasking world. Alice Lin is also passionate about selling the EVER Skincare line, which is touted as transformative skincare and high performance beauty for all.

    Hamall Oils and Wellness: Hamall Oils and Wellness offers doTERRA essential oils to help experience the power of essential oils. 

    Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon: Mary Kay has a long history of offering beauty and skin care products, but they’re always on the forefront of current demands — from the hottest seasonal colors to eco-friendly packaging and practices. Plus, learn about their nine products now with added sun protection. 

    Paparazzi with Bonita Harrison: Paparazzi offers affordable, customizable jewelry — most under $5!

    DeGroot Handbags: DeGroot Handbags, are locally-designed but celebrated nationwide as unique statement pieces, with a timeless, modern edge. They are bold, yet sophisticated; unexpected, yet elevated.
    “We believe that our customer possesses an ageless attitude and so do our designs – an exceptional design does not have an expiration date and should be considered as relevant in ten years as it is today,” says designer Missy DeGroot. 

    Ann Phillips Color Street: Color Street nails are at-home manicure and pedicure sets with pre-painted polish and designs. These 100% nail polish strips provide base, color, and top coat in every strip with the bonus of no drying time!

    BeautyCounter with Kate Flaig: Formulate, advocate and educate. That’s the mission at BeautyCounter, a company dedicated to offering the cleanest beauty and skin care products with sustainability top of mind.

    Green Bee Ohio: Green Bee is a line of skincare and cosmetics created in Cincinnati, Ohio and proudly made in the USA. Our skincare products are 100% Vegan, formulated without gluten, parabens, or dyes, and always cruelty free. We are proud to donate a portion of every sale to preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat. Green Bee encourages conscientious living in the Queen City and beyond.

    Slate + Vine: Slate + Vine is a women’s clothing boutique featuring trendy, affordable fashions.

    Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography: Through cutting-edge thermography technology, they map, measure and monitor breast and body disease-causing inflammation followed by individualized and doctor-recommended next steps, using no radiation or compression.

    Stretch Lab Mason: StretchLab is a unique wellness concept, offering customized assisted-stretch sessions.

    Spa Melissa Allen: SPA Melissa Allen is a premiere day spa in Cincinnati. Services offered include: facials, relaxing waxing, microdermabrasion, led light rejuvenation, microcurrent and relaxing massage.

    Witchy Woman Boutique: Witchy Woman Boutique focuses on unique hand-selected items from bold and edgy to rock and boho chic. Come shop our magical mix of new, handmade, and second-hand finds.

    Harbor Hood: Get some quiet, personal space for napping, meditation, or just some time away from it all with these locally-designed quiet neck pillow hoods.

    You can watch the virtual event on the Cincy Chic Facebook page. RSVP for the event here.

     

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    See how one Oakley-based salon is all about bringing you peace, tranquility and safety as soon as you walk through their doors.

    Jasmine Hicks finds inspiration in the words “peace” and “tranquility” so when she decided to venture out on her own and open a salon, she made sure to incorporate those two words into the structure and mission of her business. 

    “I took the time to study not just what a peaceful salon has and is, but to study more of what the human body needs to bring peace to the mind, body, and spirit, which has a huge affect on our hair, skin, and nails,” explains Hicks.

    At her salon, Blown Hair Studio, you’ll find a holistic, eco-friendly, motivating, and family-oriented hair and nail salon that taps into the body’s five senses while servicing guests of all ethnic backgrounds and all ages.

    At Blown Hair Studio, there are a plethora of services offered to all textures of hair including color, blow-outs, haircuts, and different treatments such as Aloe Vera Steam Treatment. Additionally, Blown Hair Studio offers nail services.

    Hicks says that what makes Blown Hair Studio unique is its passion for tapping into the body’s senses from the moment you walk through the door. “From the relaxing aroma that you smell to the wall of affirmations to the greenery that you see,” she says. “Blown Hair Studio leaves customers feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, relaxed, and beautiful all in one visit.” 

    Blown Hair Studio is located in the heart of Oakley at 3300 Brotherton Road in Cincinnati. 

    Hicks says that Blown Hair Studio will be offering “COVID-safe” events in its attached patio area. “We’ll offer networking, young women and women empowerment events, and family-oriented small events,” she says. “Blown Hair Studio looks forward to entrepreneurship empowerment events as well as visits to foster homes to offer services to help build the self-esteem in young men and women.”

    You can keep up with Blown Hair Studio on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Using the homeschool option this year? A local nonprofit organization is offering a way to help keep kids clean, safe, and supported this school year.

    Cincy Chic: What is the Remote Learning Center of Anderson?
    Mary Beth Knight, RCL Administrator: It is exactly what it sounds like, the answer to so many working parents’ dilemma; How are we going to manage remote learning for our children while working from home, or from the office? The RLC of Anderson is a clean, safe, supportive environment in which children from 1st-8th grade can participate in their school  or districts’ online learning program with academic assistance from certified teachers and safe (socially distant) interaction with a limited number of students.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
    Knight: We are parents and teachers, and we struggled with trying to juggle helping our children with their  online learning while  we were working/teaching from home. We just couldn’t shake the feeling that there had to be a better way. It was devastating to watch our own children cooped up in their rooms, with no interaction, and, at times,  asking them to wait for us to finish our lesson or zoom before we could assist them with their work.   Needless to say it was a less than ideal situation for children and their parents. 

    We know that many parents,  including ourselves, need a plan. There  are just too many “what ifs” and while we understand the need for flexibility in an ever changing scenario due to  Covid 19, we know that families need the peace of mind that having a solidified, safe plan can bring. 

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
    Knight: The RLC of Anderson will be managed by MyWhy, a 501 c 3 who’s mission is to provide healthy food and athletic/movement based activities to grade school children in Cincinnati living in poverty.  The RLC of Anderson hopes to offer a number of “scholarships” for area families in need, and we will base that on the number of paying students that we serve. 

    Cincy Chic: How can parents utilize the Remote Learning Center of Anderson if they’ve chosen to homeschool their kids this year?
    Knight: We offer a 2 day, 3 day or 5 day a week option, and parents can choose to drop off at 8, or 9 am and pick up at 3pm or 4pm. 

    We offer flexible scheduling, as we know some districts schedules will be rotating between 2, and 3 days per week.

    We have space for up to 40 children, but will most likely limit our numbers to 30 in case districts switch to an all remote plan so that we can then serve our students all five days.

    Cincy Chic: What makes the Remote Learning Center unique? 
    Knight: With such a small number of students we will have a 1 teacher to 10 student ratio. We will disinfect the facility daily, and the bathrooms after each use, offering our families the peace of mind they are looking for.

    The center will also offer indoor and outdoor PE, fitness, yoga and art, as well as active brain breaks between subjects in small groups of 4-6 students, all 6 feet apart. 

    Students will be able to enjoy time with their peers, instead of being secluded at home while learning.  Parents are welcome to come and enjoy lunch with their children, or even take them out to lunch then return the student to finish the days’ academic work.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
    Knight: If need be we will open a second location in Anderson to accomodate another 30 students.

    Cincy Chic: Where is the Remote Learning Center located? 
    Knight: The Patriot Center – Clough Pike, Cincinnati Oh 45244

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Knight: Readers can learn more at the Remote Learning Center of Anderson’s Facebook page. To contact us or find out more, please send an email to remotelearningcenterofanderson@gmail.com, we will set up a time to call potential students’ families. Registration will close August 20, 2020!

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    Our life coach columnist discusses the difference between burning and crossing various bridges on your journey, and which moves you toward a higher level of fulfillment.

    Growing up you may have heard the expression “don’t burn a bridge” meaning not to end a relationship (personal or professional) in such a way you make it impossible to return if you need to go back that way. And although there is validation to this statement, what if instead of not burning the bridge you simply just cross the bridge? This thought came about when I read an affirmation from the Louise Hay calendar saying, “Every bridge I cross brings me to a higher level of fulfillment.”

    Nothing in that statement implies to burn the bridge but it does indicate forward progress. And if you think about it long enough you will discover crossing the bridge to higher level keeps you in forward motion and not looking back. Therefore, a burned bridge isn’t the issue, it’s the staying connected to the past that limits you in moving toward a higher level of fulfillment.

    In this moment, I encourage you to pause and think about the bridges that you cross (and perhaps burned) that are keeping you from moving forward and continually to look back. What’s “back there” that you haven’t resolved or come to an understanding from the experience? How are you allowing it to keep you in story that doesn’t serve you today? And, when will you be ready to let it go and move forward out of the past? 

    Crossing those bridges that didn’t serve will often bring on the same pattern moving forward if you haven’t fully released the energy around the experience.  

    Here’s what I suggest moving forward from the past: Set a clear intention that you will no longer allow that moment in time to hold you back. From there, you can visualize walking across the bridge in confidence that you no longer have the time or energy to hold onto that story and are free to let it go. Now be open to find new bridges to cross that brings you to a higher level of fulfilling.

    Sending you love and light,

    Melissa

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