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Gift your besties with these products meant to inspire women and girls to be organized, creative, and authentic. 

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Elizabeth In Kind! 
Betsy Leonidas, founder of Elizabeth In Kind: Elizabeth In Kind is an online paper goods and gift store! Our products are meant to inspire women and girls to be organized, creative, and authentic, but the heart of our business is meant to inspire females to be strong but also kinder to one another. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Leonidas: I have wanted to start a paper and gift shop since I was 22. I moved to New York City and while my friends shopped in Soho, I would spend hours wandering through Paper Source in heaven sifting through all things paper and gift giving letting my creative mind wander. I’ve wanted my own store ever since but have reserved this dream for when I retire from corporate life. I would move with my husband to Colorado and spend my days toggling between the store and getting that tan weathered mountain air face on the slopes.  

Fast forward 15 years. I’ve hustled my way up the corporate ladder while having four beautiful healthy kids. I’ve learned so much and have fought to build a career I’m proud of, until one day I realized that the corporate world was no longer my dream and furthermore the environment wasn’t right for me either. It was hard to see the way people treated each other, often women. Ladies, we can do better! 

So I’ve decided to combine my two passions of opening a store and for lifting women up. My goal is to inspire us all to be strong and fight for the things we want, but to also always be kind and supportive of one another. This world is enormous, and there is room for us all to succeed, but we can’t succeed without strength, without grace, and without helping one another. 

“Elizabeth” is after me and my daughter Adeline Elizabeth and “In Kind” is to remind us all of the ripple effect of kindness, so let’s spread some kindness one word at a time! 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Leonidas: I am the founder! I do have a production assistant who’s been a big part of helping grow this business, Francine Wright.  

Cincy Chic: When did you launch your business?
Leonidas: We opened in February 2020. 

Cincy Chic: What do you carry in your shop?
Leonidas: We carry primarily paper goods (stationery, notebooks, Post Its, writing and drawing supplies, etc) and gifts (drinkware, pouches, etc). Most of our items can be personalized. My goal has always been to carry products that help women feel unique, creative, and organized. That could be anything from a wine glass with a funny saying that makes the perfect gift, the markers that inspire girls to keep channeling their inner artist, or notebooks that capture the hopes, and dreams of women. With creativity, organization, and that unique flair, we foster confidence, which is what every woman or girl needs more of. 

Cincy Chic: How can readers shop your products?
Leonidas: Shop Elizbeth In Kind at www.Elizabethinkind.com 

Cincy Chic: What makes Elizabeth In Kind unique?
Leonidas: There are so many paper and gift shops out there, and there really is room for all of us to succeed. I think what makes Elizabeth In Kind unique is our mission. We’re all about women supporting women, and that really shows through all of our content and products. Women really are getting behind our mission, which is an amazing feeling of community.  

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Leonidas: We’re always up to something fun and creative for those big holidays and gift giving moments and we are always designing new stationery, but I have big goals of manufacturing 2022 planners! It would be such a dream come true!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Leonidas: Come hang out with us on Instagram! You can also shop the store and our collections at https://www.elizabethinkind.com.  

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

In Part 1 of her story Odayme Quesada, MD of The Christ Hospital Health Network shared her approach to leading though whole-self wellness, investing in herself so she can be strong enough to support others.  Dr. Quesada has built the Women’s Heart Center around recognizing unique risk factors for women, such as pregnancy, and the distinctive ways heart disease can present in women. Odayme has hit her stride in occupational wellness and she’s recognized that the journey is marathon, not a sprint. 

We spoke with Dr. Quesada about physician burnout and the increasing reality that 51% of female physicians claim to be experiencing burnout (1).   So, how can physicians like Odayme work long hours, support their patients and other team members while supporting themselves too?

Dr. Quesada’s secret: integrating movement and a healthy diet into her daily routine.  “I maintain physical wellness by exercising 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week and focus on my nutritional intake.” Quesada loves using her Peloton and makes a point to get up and utilize it daily. 

Quesada subscribes to the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, one that is largely high in fiber, low in saturated fat and includes “healthy” monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil.  Check out this smoked gouda and olive oil tapenade recipe on Multi-Seed Crunchmaster Crackers for a Mediterranean-inspired snack.

Odayme Quesada, MD recently moved to Cincinnati, OH and the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably made it challenging for her to meet new people.  With this being said, Quesada is committed to making the region feel like home.  When she does hit the town she “masks up” and heads to the city’s newest hotspots like Vista at Lytle Park. Quesada has found community in giving back to groups like the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and actively participates activities hosted by WISe Wellness Guild, however, no one is more excited to work on their social wellness than Dr. Odayme Quesada once this period of isolation is past us! 

We find Quesada’s approach to wellness and leadership inspiring and believe many could learn from her commitment to investing in her own wellness.  

To learn more about Odayme Quesada, MD visit The Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital.Donate to Go Red for Women today!

Photography & Styling by Jerin McIntosh

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

  1. https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/women-critical-care-infectious-disease-physicans-COVID-burnout-Medscape/593843/

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Our life coach is encouraging you to take a deeper look at your friendships.

Do your friends often disappoint you? Do they put you down or make fun of you? Do they cancel on you or abandon you when you need them most? If so, maybe it’s time to find a new friend.

Friendship begins with an acquaintance who soon you realize you enjoy being with them.  They are fun, bring you joy, and make you laugh. You get to cry with them and share all your dreams and desires. 

A friend is someone you trust and with whom you share a deep level of understanding and communication. 

A good friend will share the same interest and listen to what you have to say, think and feel. The bottom line is they accept you for who you are.

While they may give you the advice you don’t want to hear from time-to-time, they will never purposely steer you wrong. They tell it like it is.

Having that friendship of someone you can rely on regardless of the circumstances is priceless. 

When you think about how you are showing up in your friendships:  

Are you a good friend who is loyal?

Do you accept them for who they are in the good times and bad?

Are you willing to give more then you take?

Are you showing up when they least expect you to and shower them with love?

Take a deeper look at your friendships and see if they have the following attributes that many describe as a healthy friendship:

  • mutual understanding and trust
  • respect
  • appreciation for each other 
  • equal give and take
  • not one-sided

If any of these are missing you may want to reevaluate the continuation for the relationship. Or perhaps you may want to improve your own friendship attributes to meet the needs of others.

And remember that friendships can come in a season, or are there for lifetime, you decide. Often these friendships can be like a branch on a tree, sometimes pruning is required to allow a new, stronger branch to form.

Here’s to friendships — “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there…”  

Sending Love & Light

Melissa

 

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A new Pop-up in Cincinnati has everyone wanting to escape down the rabbit hole.

Hidden Cincinnati provides immersive experiences in the city.

During these difficult times we’ve all found ourselves wanting to escape from reality. That’s the idea behind the new pop-up experience in Cincinnati, The Alice.  

The Alice is a 12-week pop up that combines cocktails, theater and an escape room. It’s a unique blend of solving riddles to find ingredients to make cocktails in steaming tea pots all led by The Mad Hatter,” says Shelley Allen with Hidden Media Network. “It’s a fun, 90-minute experience where our curious team takes the curiouser down the rabbit hole!”  

The goal behind The Alice is to bring a unique type of escape to people. “In these difficult times we wanted to bring a bit of fun and joy into the world! The inspiration is from an urge to escape for 90 minutes, be someone different and do something totally different,” adds Allen.  

So who is behind The Alice you may ask? Explore Hidden has hosted thousands of virtual and live experiences in over 30 different cities from Los Angeles, California, to Sydney, Australia.

With pop-up experiences still quite unusual in the Cincinnati area, people may be surprised by how immersive the experience can be. “It’s an empty warehouse structure that has been transformed for this pop up for 12 weeks, so it’s raw, it’s gritty and it’s very silly. It’s not a bar, it’s a 90-minute immersive journey that takes people into a different realm for a period of time,” Allen says.

“There are lots of fun and exciting pop-ups coming soon,” she adds.

To learn more, click here

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Shop local and feel good with these soy wax candles from a one-woman show. 

SisFlips makes hand poured soy wax Volcano candles in upcycled bowls and jars.

Cincy Chic: What is SisFlips? 
Meg White, founder of SisFlips: SisFlips is a soy wax candle company that will soon be selling other ceramics and home decor.   

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
White: I have always loved candles, but I am allergic to basically everything! The paraffin wax that most candles are made from are a big contributor to allergic reactions to candles. I wanted to create a cleaner, more affordable version of my favorite candle so I did my research and decided to go with Soy Wax and clean scents.  

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
White: It’s a one woman show! I handpick all the jars and hand pour the candles in my home. 

Cincy Chic: When did you launch SisFlips?
White: I launched in 2015. I started by “flipping” furniture for people. I read a blog about having a “little” to sell along with the bigs. Not everyone goes to a market looking to buy a $200 dresser. But they will look to buy a “little.” It made perfect sense and within a year my littles started to outsell the bigs. 

Cincy Chic: What products do you offer?
White: Right now we offer Soy wax candles in the famous “Volcano” scent. All our wax is made by USA Soybean farmers and our fragrance is part of the “clean scents” line. This means it is 100% phthalate free.  

Cincy Chic: What makes SisFlips unique?
White: Anyone can make a soy candle. What sets ours apart is my obsession with design and decor. If you are going to have a candle that smells amazing you might as well put it in a beautiful jar or bowl. Actually, searching for the jars is my favorite part of the process. SisFlips is also super passionate about supporting local so we can give back locally. We have proudly donated 10-15% of sales at events to local Forest Hills Schools, Leukemia Society, and SEM Food Pantry. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new for 2021?
White: Yes! So much. I am currently speaking to a new company opening up later this year in Northern Kentucky about becoming one of their featured vendors. Many of my go-to markets such as The O.F.F Market plan to reopen this spring/summer which I can’t wait to get back into. My biggest goal is to open my own brick and mortar home decor boutique and open it up to other talented local makers to help pay it forward. I have been lucky to be a permanent vendor at Juneberry Boutique in Anderson for the past year and I would love to follow in those footsteps of supporting other local vendors. We love cheering on our vendor friends and watching women businesses raising each other up. There is enough room in this world for all of us to succeed. SisFlips would not be where we are today without the unwavering support from other women owned businesses such as Juneberry Boutique, The O.F.F. Market and Ruffles and Rust to name a few.   

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
White: To purchase any SisFlips candles you can always find them at Juneberry Boutique located at 1971 8 Mile Road in Cincinnati. To follow along online for all candles available and which local markets I will be vending at, check us out on Facebook or Instagram. To reach me directly, send an email to sisflips@gmail.com

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Our life coach shares how you can get active physically and mentally.

Winter brings less activity and more hibernation. This time of year is when you are between seasons both on the calendar and with your physical activity. You see winter is full-on and yet spring is right around the corner. With the days getting longer you feel the urge to be more active and your thoughts are lifting with all the extra sunshine.

When you think about being active, keep in mind it is about finding what works for you, so you can be better at keeping up with the activity. 

Working from home has been challenging and yet you are finding a routine that has balance. Some ways to be more active include finding ways to sit less and take more breaks. Going on walks is great for getting you out and about. While at home, consider dancing in the kitchen while cooking dinner or crank up the music when cleaning- be sure to sing along. Health gurus are even claiming that a 10-minute burst of energy several times per day is just as effective as a long workout. 

Now let’s talk about your mental activity.

For mental activity there are some great apps you can download on your phone to work with your memory and thoughts. Other mental activities include reading, increasing your levels of vitamin D from the sun, or challenging yourself with a memory game.

Engage in stimulating conversations or take up a new hobby, and be sure to include taking time to relax your mind when it is overworked. Using guided meditation, listening to nature sounds, or journaling to help off set all that you have going on in your mind, supports mental health. 

The goal is to actively find ways to manage your over all health. Making time for you and getting active in some form or another will make all the difference in your overall wellness.

Here’s to you getting active,

Melissa

 

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Celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness.

Did you know at heart disease is the #1 killer of women, taking the lives of 1 in 3 women across the country? February is American Heart Health Month and I’m thrilled to welcome Odayme Quesada, MD of The Christ Hospital Health Network to our region.

Dr. Quesada at Cedars Sinai Women’s Heart Health Day with colleagues, 2020

Dr. Quesada has spent the last 17 years of her life completing education and training to become what she dreamed of when she was a child. Her journey in patient care and clinical research has led her to become a cardiologist and NIH clinical investigator in women’s cardiovascular health and disease and now the founding medical director of the first Women’s Heart Center in the tri-state area at The Christ Hospital Health Network.

Odayme has made it her life’s mission to support women’s heart through not only delivery of care but also through important research. Critically, Dr. Quesada has built the Women’s Heart Center around recognizing unique risk factors for women, such as pregnancy, and the distinctive ways heart disease can present in womenShe is currently leading research focused on understanding the link between pregnancy health and heart disease, specifically with women who suffered from preeclampsia as they are known to have three to four times the risk of high blood pressure and double the risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.  “There is still a lot we don’t know about women’s heart health- it is important for women to sign up for research to support future advancements.”

Dr. Quesada, MD was born in Cuba and immigrated to the US when she was 5 years old.  Knowing she wanted to become a cardiologist as early as elementary school, she attended Yale Medical School and has moved coast-to-coast pursuing her dream. There is no doubt about it: Dr. Quesada is likely the hardest-working person in any room.  She’s a hustler like many physicians at the top of their field, but is her hustle sustainable? According to a recent study 51% of female physicians claim to be experiencing burnout. This alarming statistic highlights an important issue of long-term, unresolved stress in healthcare workers.    

Photography & Styling by Jerin McIntosh

How does she combat burnout? By staying active, eating a healthy diet and following her passion for women’s heart health, Odayme is able to find her “center” amidst a demanding career and lifestyle. “It is imperative to integrate wellness to daily life for life fulfillment” said Dr. Quesada. “Physical activity and yoga are ways I stay active-  I just got a Peloton and I’ve really enjoyed using the bike during the winter months.”

Dr. Quesada walks the foundation of her nutrition is based in the Mediterranean diet which largely high in fiber, low in saturated fat and include “healthy” monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, which do not raise cholesterol levels.  

In part 2 of this story we’ll share more about Dr. Quesada’s areas of strengths and opportunity across the 8 pillars of wellness and unpack more of her wellness survival kit.

To learn more about Odayme Quesada, MD visit The Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital.

Donate to Go Red for Women today!

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Glossary of terms: 

Womxn: noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/. a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women)

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Get ready to book it with this newly launched podcast that focuses on conversations surrounding books.


Like to talk about books? The newly launched B**K It! podcast recently launched to encourage conversation about literature while providing book lovers with another outlet for their passion. 

“We wanted to have conversations about books and reading in a way that was approachable and fun, because reading can be intimidated,” explains B**K It! host Michael Woodson. “It’s hard to be a casual reader when you compare yourself with people who are in publishing or read for a living. Simply, we love reading and we love talking about reading, so the natural next step was a podcast.” 

B**K It! is a bi-weekly podcast streaming every other Wednesday, with the occasional extra episode, featured book chats, author interviews, book club, and so much more. 

Woodson works on B**K It! alongside Jill Burket Ragase. Woodson, a freelance editor and writer in his professional life, and Regasse, a licensed librarian and book buyer for the Blue Manatee Literacy Project, are both lifelong readers.  

“I grew up with a mother who was an avid reader and my school’s librarian, and Jill grew up between the stacks herself,” he says. “Books have surrounded both of us, in some of our most important memories. I think it’s safe to say that reading and books have helped mold us into the people we are today.”  

Woodson says that he and Regasse previously worked at the Blue Manatee Literacy Project together. The Blue Manatee Literacy Project is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that operates on a buy-one-give-one model. That means that for every book purchased with them, one is donated to a child in need. 

Then, last winter, Woodson and Regasse wanted to start a podcast together and Blue Manatee agreed to sponsor the first season.  

“It was such a joy working with them – an organization that we love and people doing amazing, difficult work,” says Woodson. “Our first episode aired in spring of 2020 (right at the start of the pandemic) and our first season ran through the end of December 2020. We produced over 20 episodes all in quarantine.”  

The B**K It! podcast covers a little bit of everything from picture books to books for adults. Woodson says that they talk about movie and TV adaptations of their favorite books, pet peeves, guilty pleasures, and vacation reads. They’ve also interviewed a number of authors including Jacqueline Woodson, a Newbery Honor winner; Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize winner; and Blair Imani to name a few. 

Woodson says that what makes the podcast stand out from others is that they like to focus on the conversation surrounding books rather than how many books are read.  

“If you read one book a year, that’s just as valuable to us! The thing we care most about is the conversation you decide to have about that book,” he adds. “We hope our podcast offers people a diverse range of books to choose from. We want people to feel comfortable and confident in their reading goals, whatever they are.”

Additionally, Woodson says that another way B**K It! sets itself apart is that that he and Regasse are different readers.  

“We don’t necessarily gravitate to the same kinds of books, and that’s what makes it so interesting,” he adds. “I’ve read so many amazing books over the last year because Jill has brought them to my attention. I’m so grateful for that on a personal level, but I also think it just makes our conversations more varied. We aren’t just talking about one type of book over and over again. And we’re funny! I mean, I think we’re funny! I should probably let somebody else tell me that, but Jill makes me laugh and I make Jill laugh, so hopefully our listeners are laughing, too!” 

Although B**K It! is fairly new to the podcast world, Woodson says they’re already planning for more to come. He says they will continue working with the Blue Manatee Literacy Project and in season two they’re featuring indie bookstores across the country. They also have Book Club, which they hope readers will read along with them before listening to the book club conversation episode.  

“Our first book club is The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson, and we’re so excited because we also are interviewing the author for an extra episode,” says Woodson. “We have so many other author interviews lined up, like Cincinnati’s own Jessica Strawser for her upcoming novel A Million Reasons Why. We’re also partnering with local baker/influencer Josh Lehenbauer (joshisbaking) for a “food in fiction” episode!” 

After episodes, listeners now have the opportunity to visit their Bookshop.org link. As a go-to online retailer for indie bookstores, Woodson says that every purchase made through the link will help financially support indie bookstores across the country. 

“It’s the indie bookstore’s answer to Amazon,” he says. “Every single book we talk about on the podcast is available for purchase on the Bookshop store.” 

To learn more about the B**K It! Podcast, give them a follow on Instagram. You can also visit the website for indie bookstore features, blogs, and more. B**k It! is available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Audioboom, and Stitcher

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Travel the world without leaving the Queen City in this newly opened bar located in the heart of Mt. Adams. 

World Glass Bar is located in the heart of Mt. Adams.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about World Glass Bar!
Steven Hromadka, founder and owner of World Glass Bar: World Glass Bar or “The World Glass” is a casual and comfortable neighborhood bar and cozy patio in charming Mt. Adams. 

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open the bar? 
Hromadka: The vision is to create a space where people can taste the world through a glass of beer, wine, or a custom cocktail. The idea is to have people enjoy premium selections from across the globe all under one roof. This inspiration comes from my experiences growing up abroad and traveling extensively throughout the world. I want people to use this space to reminisce or share about their travels or their home country in a multicultural environment. 

Cincy Chic: When did you open World Glass Bar?
Hromadka: We had our grand opening on February 15, 2020, only to be shut down by COVID-19 a month later! We worked very hard to re-open in the fourth quarter and are hoping things improve in 2021! 

Cincy Chic: What can readers find on the menu and drink list? 
Hromadka: We focus on offering an international selection of high-quality options in each category, as well as the typical domestic and local favorites. 

We have beers on draft and in bottles/cans from the top beer producing countries of the world ranging from the Czech Republic to Japan. We have wines on draught, by the glass or the bottle from countries ranging from South Africa to New Zealand. Our custom cocktails are prepared with premium liquors from around the world like Cachaca from Brazil or Ouzo from Greece. We also feature a great selection of fine bourbons. 

We also offer small bites to eat from around the world that pair nicely with our drink selections.

Cincy Chic: What makes World Glass Bar unique?  
Hromadka: In addition to our international selections, the photos I have taken on my travels lining the walls on either side of the LED backlit world map, the blue epoxy flooring meant to resemble the ocean, and the travel-inspired programming on the TVs, all work in tandem to create the feeling of an international adventure. We even include all taxes on guests’ bills, similar to many countries around the world. 

Cincy Chic: Where are you located and what are your hours? 
Hromadka: We are located in the space that used to house Yesterday’s Saloon. We spent eight months remodeling the space and continue to make updates and upgrades.  

We are currently open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5pm during the week and 4pm on the weekends.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?  
Hromadka: Yes, after the success of our recent wine tastings, we have planned more, as well as some bourbon tastings. We will be starting comedy shows with the first on February 25. We also have plans for expansion and will be adding multiple items to the menu soon. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along? 
Hromadka: People can follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well as our sites worldglassbar.com or theworldglass.com

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In a month that's focused on loving others, our life coach shares how you can love yourself.

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” released in 1965 by Jackie DeShannon, with lyrics that are applicable still today. 

The month of February celebrates the big day of LOVE on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you can take time as you are eating your chocolates and reading your card, and perhaps you are having that amazing dinner out with your partner, to tap into the love that lives within you.

The song goes on to say “it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” and so I want to challenge you to raise your awareness of self-love.

Often, love is lost when you are pushing up against what you do not want. So, what if you push up against wanting to return to love? What does that look like? How does that feel? Not good.

Here is a way, that takes just a few minutes, for you to tap into a higher level of awareness so you can return to love.

Pause. Deep Breath. Think about all your greatness, your accomplishments, the people in your life, and all the magic that love brings you. Visualize all those moments when you were in pure bliss. Hold that feeling as long as you can.

Yes, doesn’t that feel so good? Feel your energy rise?

Embrace the feeling of love and keep practicing.  

As you do this work, others will see a change in you, and don’t be surprised if they don’t release more love, sweet love, onto you!

You deserve to live your best life,

Melissa

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