peer educators

To my white followers: you all have got to start holding your peers responsible. Educate yourself, listen to what we have to say. Ally LOUDLY. Your soft whispers of allyship cannot change anything.

She Tastes like Candlelight 



It starts with, of all things, a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt.

Logically, he knows it doesn’t make sense. She comes to work in form-fitted jackets that go tight about her waist. She’s been foregoing the baggy slacks in favor of skirts that stop just below the knees, with nylons clinging to the defined musculature of her calves; he’s pretty sure he can count on one hand the number of times he’s seen her wear shoes other than heels, excluding the clinical, white shoes she wears with her scrubs during autopsies.

He’s seen the looks she gets. Sometimes, it’s during an interview, when a witness’s gaze will linger just a little too long on her bustline, and her hand will go up and fiddle with her necklace, her arm blocking her chest in subtle defiance. Other times, it’s men on the streets of the city, shouting out obscenities to her, having the audacity to call her “baby,” and “sweetheart,” and he fights the urge to yell right back, brandishing his badge and his gun, wanting to scare the misogyny right out of the bones of anyone who thinks they’re entitled to her body, but he knows that she would find it condescending. “Thank you, but I can handle myself, Mulder,” she’d say, and it’s not that he thinks she can’t—he just doesn’t want her to have to.

And still other times, the looks come not from strangers on the sidewalk, or from people he can reduce to photos in a casefile, but from their peers. Educated, talented men who transform themselves into slobbery, teenage boys when sitting adjacent to her in meetings, eyeing her with an inappropriate hunger while she jots down notes in the margins of her agenda sheet. More than once, Mulder has found himself in the elevator with a man who will look down at Scully, and then catch Mulder’s eye over the top of her head, just so that he can wink, including him in some inside joke he has no interest being a part of.

He supposes that he empirically knows that Scully is attractive—it’s more or less objective fact—but he’s never allowed himself to notice. He’s trained himself to observe her through a filter. He considers her appearance through what he aptly names the Sexual Harassment Video Gaze. He quickly shuts down any thought that could be used as an example in a training tape on inappropriate office behavior.

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Stop scrolling for a minute.



Your existence matters. 


You being here makes the world a better place. 


You deserve good things.


You’ll be okay.


I love you very much.




—~ Please reblog this if it brightened your day. Someone who follows your blog may need a little light, too. :) ~—

Be Yourself.

Remember to be yourself. 

You are you, and I know it’s said a lot, but you should take pride in who you are. 

Express yourself how you deem fit.

Even if you can’t do some things now, you’ll be able to do them in the future. 

You’ll be out of the house eventually.

Don’t let your peers tell you how to dress, act, or live. 

You’re not alone.
You’re not unloveable.
You’re not hated.
You are beautiful.
You are kind.
You are intelligent. 

You can do it, you can survive, and you can succeed. 

You can be you.

We Intertwined: Ch. 1

An Ignis Scientia Story

AO3 | Chapter 2
Word Count: 1,600

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Ever since he was a child, Ignis had a curious mind. He was always seeking knowledge, always curious to know minute facts about seemingly insignificant things. He wanted to know about the geography of Eos, the traditions of the Lucian royal line, the tales of Ramuh and Shiva. He loved hearing those stories, loved falling asleep to his mother’s voice, telling him about the might of the Archaean.

But Ignis’ favourite bedtime story by far was the one about soulmates.

“It’s said that everyone has a soulmate,” she’d told him one night, running her slim fingers through his tawny hair. “The Astrals created life on Eos. Creatures that walked on four legs with four arms and two heads. They had two hearts, two brains, and two souls. The gods were so afraid of their power that they split them in two, and humans have been wandering Eos in search of their missing halves ever since.”

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Dating an INTJ

1. Will argue the weirdest things
2. Mine is obsessed with cute tiny things. Like he went on for 10 minutes about a tiny beaker.. But I’m also cute and tiny so it’s ok
3. Not many people can deal with his bullshit so I don’t need to wear any stupid repellent
4. Like is actually a squishy human on the inside
5. His backup plan is being a doctor
6. Smart af and punny
7. Tbh I’m ready to take the world over with him but procrastinating together on that actually implementation
8. He gets lost. Everywhere
9. Messes my name up with the two other people he can stand to socialize with and one is his sister. But he also calls them my name and then each others names so he just messes names up in general??
10. Understands my weird kinks and embraces them
11. Tries really hard to make me a better person than he is
13. When he’s tired he says things like “the world would be an egg if it were a really mishapen egg”
14. Is better at debating than me and I’m an ENTP and my oxygen is debating
15. Uses logic and debating methods to win arguments and makes me cry when I lose even though I’m right
16. Nerd
17. Video game nerd
18. DnD nerd
19. Terrible at emotions
20. Literally doesn’t emotion
21. Actually a very needy cuddler
22. Isn’t evil and actually forces me to be nice to people and not cut them out of my life in a true ENTP fashion
23. Gets upset when I call him heartless and evil
24. Doesn’t like oral kisses but is crazy good at all kinds of kisses if you catch my drift
25. Is on YouTube like 110% of the time
26. Doesn’t stand up for me when, say, an ENFJ might. Expects me to stand up for myself even when I want him to step in
27. Knows the weirdest facts about everything
28. Knows things before I learn them
29. One year ahead of his peers in education. He went into college already a sophomore. Y u so smart????
30. Literally can only stand like 3 people including his sister me and his quasi best friend

vocaloiderutauer  asked:

Hm... I'm enthralled now. How did you come to do voice acting? Was it a sort of, spur of the moment? Or was it more so like a passion you wanted to pursue after highschool/college? I've also begun to wonder. What do you specifically do to change the timbre of your voice? I assume its different for every voice actor out there and, given your experience, you've most likely developed a method no? Lastly, how do you land jobs? Do you need a specific talent or is it more so fitting the voice color?

January 2007 

I discover that voice acting is a thing. My time spent on Neopets noticeably dwindles for the moment.

(Also none of these are specific moments that I think made or broke my career, I am just offering all relevant moments in time)

Feb/Mar 2007 

A man by the name of Deven “Mac” notices my frequent postings on Newgrounds - my fervent spamming, more like - and informs me about Voice Acting Club. Kira Buckland, 10 years younger, is finishing up school soon and has begun plans for moving out of Alaska to pursue life in Cali

March 2007 - 2008

Amateur Voice Acting AHOY! I audition for a shitload of projects, mostly fandubs. Mostly Newgrounds. my voice is terrible but my enthusiasm and energy is unyielding. Mac helps me with basic tenets of voiceover techniques and I also exhibit some pretty shitty behaviors (delaying submitting lines for weeks because I’m nervous about ‘doing them wrong’).

September 2008 

I get accepted into Western Michigan on a scholarship. I decide to major in Film/Video/Media studies because it’s ‘the most similar to what I want to do’ (Voiceover) and decide to put more personal interests in as minors (Journalism, Japanese, Psychology).

The actual curriculum itself did jack shit for my career but it’s what I did during my time there that matters more.


Four years of college. I make friends within my interest groups but nearly all of my time is spent either in class or in my dorm room on my PC. OMGPOP is king of my time until Maplestory releases the Evan class.

More importantly, it was also the formative years of my freelance career.

I sign up for Voice123 membership. It goes horribly. Low ratings nearly all the time. I take on an audiobook job and deliver over-estimate by 7 goddamn months. Client is PISSED.

A site called VoiceBunny also crops up; more suited for quick one-off jobs that don’t need 'the perfect voice’, just a suitable one. Extremely reliant on being at your computer at a moment’s notice.

I have no social life.

This meshes well.

Within college, I am constantly involved in things related to acting/voiceover.

- On-campus Sexual Health Peer Education group (skits and lectures) all 4 years of attendance. This also gave me opportunities to record voiceover for segments needing 'voice of god’
- local radioplay group All Ears Theater (2 productions every 2-3 months, included a formal audition process and live performances in front of audiences for later broadcast via radio/web)
- Audio Production class (as part of my Major) quick-learns me basic editing techniques, directly translates to my ability to do quickfire editing and turnaround now as a freelancer.
- Continuing to do auditions for stuff for Voice Acting club. This is probably the most similar to many ‘Tumblr phase’ performers on here.

Over time, constant exposure + guidance from peers/my mentor helps me to hone my skills. I still tend to 'loud-act’ things, IE using an unnecessarily loud/forceful voice for simple business narration,but I’m beginning to understand the intricacies of different styles (Commercial vs. Promo vs. character, etc)

January 2009

During winter break, on a ski trip with family, I learn about Anime Expo’s AX Idol competition. I tell my dad the one thing I want for my birthday present is funding to help go to this convention and compete. He obliges.

Summer 2009

I go to Anime Expo and compete in AX Idol for voiceover.

Things go well.

Fall 2009 - sometime 2011

Things DO NOT GO WELL. My victory at AX causes me to feel like I know what I am doing, leads to an almost 2 year stint of godawful delivery choices as I 'phone in’ performances like they’re just going to be good on foundation. My mentor is frustrated with me and at least one peer of mine actively thinks I don’t deserve the kinds of opportunities I’ve had over how hard he himself has worked.


I graduate from college, determine that the only way I’m going to make progress is by forcing myself into the community where the industry exists. If I’m going to get workshops and studio auditions and actual non-online work, I need to be where the work is.

Summer 2012, 2 months after graduation

I move from Michigan to California

I have enough savings to cover about a year of rent if everything goes horribly horribly wrong (including losing every single freelance client I’d slowly built relationships with during college), but it’s obvious I need to find work to continue to stay out here.

I take a Graveyard shift job at Stanley security. It sucks my fucking soul out.

Meanwhile by day, I am still doing my freelance thing. I let BangZoom know I am now local. I work with my mentor on piecing together a demo both from good bits I’d done before and fresh content written for the demo, something I can show off to clients that is good enough to be worth listening to but that I can admit “I am new to the area and aiming to get my foot in the door for more professional work so that I can update my portfolio accordingly”


The Workshop Grind

Workshops with BangZoom, with Crispin Freeman, with VoiceTrax West, etc.

Through character archetype classes, I begin to understand where my inherent strengths lie (I already had an idea from my freelance side, but now I was able to confirm those strengths by having actual professionals go “You made great choices”)

BangZoom, meanwhile, SLOWLY works me up the chain of trust. I get called in for unpaid walla sessions just to see if I can meet appointments on time and follow directions.

Then unnamed 1-time characters in a crowd.

Then unnamed characters you can hear.

Then a recurring unnamed character.

Then at some point I get audition sides for something called Sword Art Online, for Kirito and Diabel. I initially only plan on auditioning for Kirito (dem Protagonist dweams) but have a last-minute Skype Workshop with Crispin about my auditions and get feedback from him.

He recommends I still try out for Diabel because it plays into my strengths and “why the hell not?”

I do.


Pretty much my ONLY studio work is coming from BangZoom, and it’s not frequent. I quit my job at Stanley only because I had some extra savings now and wanted to force myself to 'git gud’ instead of letting a safety net of money keep me from pursuing more.

But slowly, SLOWLY, through BangZoom auditions and the occasional booking, web strings begin to attach.

Out of personal interest, I do a brief stint as a QA tester for NIS America. This also happens around the time BangZoom is casting for DanganRonpa and Fairy Fencer F. My employment didn’t affect my audition chances, but it did solidify NISA’s knowledge of me as a voiceover artist.

I do some work for Ys: Memories of Celceta for a company called XSEED. Nothing comes of it until almost 3 years later, when a new localization lead named Brittany recalls my performance from Ys and says “I think he could be a really good fit for this dude named Rean Schwarzer”.

I land work on Killer Instinct through BangZoom. The director of that LOVES my performance, proceeds to slowly bring me back now and again for recurring roles on stuff like Gundam IBO and other projects.

Back to XSEED.

I land my lead role in Trails of Cold Steel. Recording is at PCB Productions, who now knows I exist.

Everyone has a good time, I send my samples/demos to PCB (now updated further), they begin sending me THEIR audition sides as well.

At one point, a director for PCB I know well is collaborating with a studio called Cup of Tea on Akiba’s Beat. Kira has been working with Cup of Tea for YEARS but I had never had an opportunity to get in touch with them before now.

Director puts me in touch with Cup of Tea, who now knows I exist. Session goes decently, I tell them I am very interested in pursuing future work/auditions and would like to share my demos with them. They accept.
For sake of time I will leave that thread where it is because I imagine you can understand what the underlying theme is.

Just a sporadic but progressive timeline of preparedness + Opportunity allowing me to expand my options.

Back to Workshop Side:

I continue actively pursuing workshops for other companies, especially VoiceTrax west. I sign up for “meet the pros” evenigns where I have a chance to perform + get feedback.

The workshop actively disclaimers that there is no expectation of getting work + it is intended to be a learning experience, but I go in with the mindset of “I’m going to leave them WANTING to work with me”.

With a much more thorough understanding of my strengths by now, I tend to do a formula of picking 1-2 characters I know I can do well, and one that is within my range but is relatively challenging. Worst case scenario I still leave a good impression, best case I completely surprise myself (and the host) and leave a lasting one.

This works out well. Said method greatly interests a representative from Mattel and one from Disney Parks (not the animation side, just the theme park side). I thank them for their time, ask if I can share demos with them/get their contact email, contact them and express interest in receiving audition opportunities.

Through one of these same workshops, I also meet my future agency, SBV Talent’s lead person Mary Ellen Lord. I do the same thing. Mary proceeds to circumvent SBV’s entire policy of “Referrals Only” representation to ask me to come to their offices to record an official application demo.
Note that none of these workshop outcomes, or the workshops themselves, were things pointed to me by studios I was working for. This section was all self-driven/pursued (and also required me to be local).

Since then, I’ve been continuing the routine of doing freelance work from home, sending out auditions for studio-hosted projects when the sides are provided to me, and generally working with my mentor when I have questions about approaching a certain character. Either because of personal growth or recent portfolio additions (or both), my success rate with booking new roles has kind of shot up; I’m hoping this trend continues for the foreseeable future.

anonymous asked:

Hello there!! On the topic of drunken consent I'd like to say that my mother used to work in a rape crisis center and I was trained as a peer sexuality educator for my school. Here's just some basic info on what I was taught: Is Sex Always Nonconsensual When People Have Been Drinking? The short answer is no. Plenty of people have wanted sex after drinking alcohol – and to pretend otherwise, for an easy way of answering this question, disregards a lot of folks’ real experiences. (1/???)

But after someone is drinking, it does become harder to convey consent to another person–or to determine that a partner has consented to sex because alcohol affects the ability to communicate clearly. People may be more likely to willfully disregard messages they’re being sent if they’re drinking. Alcohol can give people tunnel vision, which makes them more determined to get that one thing they are focused on, and alcohol can increase aggressiveness. The best rule is that if you or a partner have been drinking, make sure to check in regularly about any sex that you’re having. Ask things like: Do you still want to do this? Is this okay? Do you need a break? Are you having fun? What do you want to do next? The big question is: How Much Do You Need to Drink to Be Unable to Consent? Basically what it comes down to is that sex under the influence of alcohol is not automatically non-consensual, but alcohol sure makes it harder to determine if you have consent. It also makes it harder for you to give consent. In my opinion, based off of what I’ve been taught, both parties were ‘technically’ inebriated and couldn’t really ‘give consent’. Both drunk, not rape. You handled the scene well. Hopefully this was helpful, if not then just ignore me!

Thank you so much for sharing! I think that clears this issue up a bit. I will not be answering any more asks about this subject. Thanks again!

ghostcrebs  asked:

i have a question about AIR and thats when karkat graduates university hows he gonna fit the lil cap on his head/how will any of the trolls fit the caps on their head/what accommodations do you think troll friendly schools offer in general

since horn length/placement varies so much from troll to troll, there’s no real, productive way to make a standard troll graduation cap… so troll friendly universities tend to supply troll graduates with the same caps they give humans, and it’s up to individuals to poke the necessary holes in them, or to bobby pin them to their hair, or whatever. some trolls wear their tassels on their horns. most trolls take their caps off asap after the ceremony because they’re such a pain in the ass to wear

karkat’s horns, even after his molt, are so nubby that his cap isn’t really an issue

accommodations troll friendly universities generally offer:

  • a wider selection of night/evening classes (but trolls are expected to become diurnal when they immigrate, so the majority of classes are still in the daytime… it’s a hot point of debate in troll activist circles)
  • an alternian ethnic studies department. usually pretty small and filled with a combo of troll and human activists, and weird xenophiles. karkat minors in alternian ethnic studies
  • sopor patches, fleet-standard and imported from alternia for use in dorms. all on-campus sopor use requires a prescription, which trolls provide upon admission. recuperacoons are too expensive for universities to import in bulk, and are forbidden from most dorms because the slime is messy and has a strong smell. trolls are expected to slap patches on their necks and sleep in human style beds. another hot topic in troll activist circles
  • alternian cuisine in the dining halls, but only rarely, and usually not successfully. mostly eaten by adventurous humans because earth chefs struggle to pull off even simple dishes, like grubloaf
  • specialized study centers and tutoring services. alternian schoolfeeding (done entirely in cyberspace using complex biotech, info-dumping directly into the brain) is significantly different from human education, so most trolls need help during their first few quarters
  • specialized counseling services to remedy culture shock and the general trauma most trolls have from growing up on a murder death hell-planet
  • interspecies sex ed, usually from peer health educators… think embarrassing pamphlets and q&a panels
  • opportunities for activism. most pro-troll rallies and protests for troll rights are held on college campuses since that’s where the most support can be found

The problem with policing identity language by suggesting that outsiders will get confused if terms are too complicated is that it ignores the fundamental fact that outsiders will get confused no matter how many distinct words there are, anyways.

The nature of all social theory/studies, both in and out of official academia, is that in order to understand advanced concepts, you need to understand the basic ones. And in order to understand the basic ones, you have to get educated, whether passively or actively.

Words are created by the people who need them, for the sake of being able to use them. Words should never be made with the consideration of “how will other people judge this necessary word that doesn’t apply to them?” Likewise, the people who are actually using these words are the ones who understand them.

Let’s say you come from a background where you/nobody you know has every washed their hair. It could be because of a genetic factor (you don’t have hair) or a cultural one (there are other ways to keep hair clean that don’t involve washing). Somebody takes you to the hair aisle of the store and you see rows upon rows of shampoos and conditioners. It turns out that shampoo is different from conditioner, and dry hair shampoo is different from oily hair shampoo, and then there’s allergen-free products and locally-made products and small bottles and big bottles and different colors and scents and consistencies.

Are big lists overwhelming? Of course. But when you know nothing about the subject at all, even the very basics of “shampoo and conditioner” is a lot to process. So for true outsiders, the amount of vocabulary doesn’t even matter if they aren’t even familiar with the most basic concepts.

People who don’t need to wash their hair don’t understand why all these varieties exist. Why can’t people just use soap and be done with it? Why does there have to be so much variety?

The answer is that everybody’s hair–like their identity–is different.

Soap will clean your hair at the end of the day, but it will also burn it and destroy its health. Everybody’s hair has unique needs, and hair product companies try to accommodate as many as they can so people can have hair that’s as healthy as possible.

People who create labels are the ones who actually need them. Any attempt to derail the legitimacy of their desire for a better-fitting word is a show of insensitivity.

“Why can’t you just be fine with split ends?” Because it’s bad.
“It’s not like dandruff is that big of a deal. Other people have it worse.” Well it’s still annoying and not good and I have the power to fix it.
“Apple-scented shampoo and rose-scented shampoo are basically the same.” I, like many other people, perceive those things to be extremely different, actually.

If you don’t understand an explanation of somebody’s identity label, it probably doesn’t apply to you anyways. But what you should do to be a responsible person is to respect other peoples’ usage of words you don’t know–especially if those words aid their understanding of themselves and their communication with like-minded peers of similarly educated backgrounds.

Success Story: WASH Program

In order to promote hygiene and improve school health infrastructure, J/P HRO established the USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project to serve as a model for health-related best practices.

The goal of our WASH program is to strengthen knowledge, attitudes, and interests of the 25 schools in Delmas 32. Our beneficiaries total roughly 3,500, including directors, parents, students, and support staff.

In phase one of the project, 10 schools were equipped with modern sanitary facilities. Remonne Etienne, 15, has memories of her old school toilets. “It was just a hole dug in the floor. The space was nauseous and dirty, with streaks of urine everywhere and we had to stand in line because it was a single latrine.” Remonne also explained how she caught an infection due to these conditions, which required 5 days of antibiotic treatments.

Many students in the beneficiary schools experienced poorly maintained toilets and facilities, such as these, prior to our WASH program implementation. For Aldy Cherestal, a 17-year-old at the l’Institution mixte de l’Espoir, the old toilets were “a nightmare.” Aldy says that even in the classrooms the odor from poor sanitation infrastructure prevented students from concentrating.

Despite the challenges and constraints, the WASH program has been able to provide improved sanitation for girls, boys, and staff in 10 schools.

The new sanitary facilities mark a new era. Teachers and students speak of “before” and “now.” The new sanitary blocks are: more hygienic, more spacious, more comfortable, cleaner, and more beautiful as described by the beneficiaries. Many used the word pride when speaking of this project.

Pierre Marie Wilda Charles, Director of l’Ecole Bethléem, says that raising awareness to keep these facilities clean has been made easier. In several schools, student committees have been set up to promote peer education and ensure proper maintenance of facilities.

Hi! My name is Kan, I use they/them, I’m a 17 year old latino bruja from MA and peer sex educator for LGBT youth at a local youth program. My gender and sexuality is as much as a mess as I am, but I’m a new mod now, so I hope this will be a good experience for all of us!

People who side with health insurance companies in thinking that profits are more important than sick people getting treatment make me fucking ill.  I don’t give a damn if treating sick people loses billions of dollars a year.  It should still be done.  Why?  Because people are more important than money.

souridealist  asked:

hey, I'm sorry if you answered this before, but I wondered if you had any particularly recommended jobsearch websites? I'm kind of flailing around, and it occurred to me that you might know.

Hiya! Sorry it took me a few days to answer this, I had to locate my old jobsearch bookmarks file. The good news is that while I was finding it, like three other people asked this too, so you are a trendsetter and I am benefiting many!

First, the general jobsearch sites I used:

* Both are specifically for not-for-profit companies only but they hire in a wide range of areas.
** USAJobs is specifically government jobs, including military, so you have to filter a lot of dreck to get to the good stuff sometimes.

Next, I thought about professional organizations in my industry. In my case that was organizations made up of not for profits, like the National Association of Independent Schools, Higher Ed Jobs, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Alliance of Museums, Chicago Artist’s Resource, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. If you don’t know what orgs cater to your industry, have a google around for stuff like “[industry] professionals” and “[industry] organization”. You might not find any, but usually there are some. I won’t lie, about 80% of the jobs I applied to I found on an industry organization’s website first, and I think they are a lot friendlier and have a lot fewer scams than more generalist sites like SimplyHired and Indeed. (I flirted with Monster once, never again.)

As you can see with Chicago Artist’s Resource, I was looking regionally in some cases, and there are often regional jobsearch sites, run either by professional orgs in the area or by the local government. Check your city website for more info on this. You can also check your local newspaper’s online job search, though I’ve never found that especially useful.

Then I thought about really specific places I wanted to work. Most of my peers are in higher education, museums, or charitable organizations; I was mainly interested in staying in higher ed or museums, so I found specific ones that I wanted to make sure I checked, like Harvard, DePaul, UPenn, the Museum of Science and Industry, MFA Boston, the Smithsonian, Victory Gardens, and NPR. I looked at a few charitable organizations like Planned Parenthood and UNICEF too, but I knew I wanted an org with good pay and benefits, so I stuck to the big ones. 

I link the above not because I think they’re good jobsites for you, but to illustrate the diversity of where I was looking – general, moderate, and specific, in many different areas, in many different types of company. Also so that you can see the wide array of design in their job search sites.

Depending on what kind of work you do, there can be a lot of untapped resources out there. If you’re in administration, for example, there is almost no company that doesn’t need good admins, so you could search any of the above linked sites and occasionally get a hit on a job you could do. Likewise things like communication and graphic design. If you find a job you can do, check what industry is in, and start looking at that industry and asking yourself “Are there other jobs for me here?”

Jobsearching is SUPER TOUGH, so hang in there.

Indigo Children ...

Are you an Indigo Child?

There are some common traits Indigo Children share through which we recognize ourselves and each other. Below is an outline of those traits. If this seems to describe you, chances are you are an Indigo. Connecting with other Indigo’s will enable you to confirm this or point you in the right direction to continue your self discovery and awakening.

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