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“...I've been here for almost two years, and I still have not figured out what powers this thing or what gives it momentum. How this journey speeds up, and then, slows down unexpectedly, I couldn’t tell you. Time is a strange thing...” - @__1908kma 
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New story! ✍🏽 link in bio! 
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#peacecorps #howiseepc #peacecorpsthailand #pcvlife #article #onlinemagazine #culture #travel #serviceabroad #englishteacher #expatthailand
Was woken by these beauties as they got ready for work plowing up the fields. Hopefully they’ll be working in the field next to my house soon so I can get some videos. It’s amazing how most of Tanzanian is still worked by hand hoes and cows with plows. .
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#tanzania #peacecorpstanzania #peacecorps #pctz #pclife #pcvlife #villelife #njombe #howiseepc #volunteerlife #pcv #internationalvolunteering #cows #Plows #farming #ruralfarming #cowsandplows #whatwedo #thisislife
A man and his bucket - photos that remind me of how small we really are are strangely comforting to me.
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Peace Corps Volunteers' homes vary from country to country and even from site to site! Whether our volunteers live in rural sites or the country's largest cities, each volunteer finds a little place to call home during their service.

In order to give you a view of the variety of places our volunteers call home, we are bringing you our Peace Corps Ecuador edition of #Cribs.

The next volunteer in this series is Youth and Families Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Lobo. Lobo spent his first two years of service living with a host family in a rural site and is making the transition to lviing on his own in an urban setting. His space allows him to be within walking distance to his work sites though he had to be a bit unCONVENTional in finding his crib.

#howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsecuador #pcvlife #lifeabroad #travel #peacecorpscribs #youthdevelopment
I used to be so uncomfortable being in pictures. I didn’t smile. I didn’t make funny faces. I ducked behind other people in group shots and hid my face. Tanzania has given me many things, but being able to look at a photo of myself and see that I’m happy, healthy, and not feeling awkward or ugly is one of the things I’m incredibly thankful for. You don’t realize how much weight you carry around being unhappy with yourself every day until it stops. I’m still a little angry at myself for all the self doubt and not being able to appreciate all my wonderful qualities prior to this experience, but At the very least it taught me something I needed to learn. .
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#thisisme #selfie #portrait #me #whoiam #metamorphasis #howiseepc #pcvlife #pclife #wanderlust  #thelifeichose #wanderer #intentionalliving #volunteerarbroad #loveyourself #selfconfidence #me
“Puu-Ying Power” is simply the embodiment of the powerful females who have inspired, loved and moved us... To begin this series, here is a look at the females at my site whom I have dubbed as my girl gang.” - @biancaelizabeth__ 
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Who are your powerful puu-yings (women) at site? 💪🏽✨ Read about Bianca’s - Link in Bio 💯 
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#peacecorps #howiseepc #girlpower #powerfulwomen #pcvlife #peacecorpsthailand #womenempowerment  #onlinearticle #article #onlinemagazine #serviceabroad #cultureexchange #thailandculture #culture
Yesterday I hiked to Marusha Falls. This hike was TERRIFYING for me since I'm scared of heights and I didn't realize what exactly I was getting myself into. However, with the help of some great friends I did it! I made it up to the fourth falls and promptly sat my butt down on the solid rock outcrop by the waterfall. I'm really proud of myself for overcoming my fears and pushing through! I'm also extremely grateful for some of the great friends Peace Corps has put into my life! •
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#marushafalls #dayhikes #kosovohiking #waterfalls #overcomingfears #peacecorpskosovo #kosovo #easterneurope #mypeacecorpsstory #pcv #balkans #peacecorps #pcvlife  #getoutside #travelblogger #travelblog #wander  #traveltheworld #travelgram #globetrotter #glt #girlslovetravel #travelwithaninsider #justwanderingjoan #travelphotography #discover #explore #adventure #everydayadventures #sofetravels
What we really do on the weekends #pcvlife  #hobbit #knit #crochet #girlsnight @wanderlust_redhead
📍Montañita #ecuador🇪🇨 #latergram
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I followed the effervescent @elsanneflora here after we met in Mindo. Both M's are on the backpacker trail of Ecuador, but whereas Mindo is a quiet bird-watching haven, Montañita is a former sleepy surfing spot that has evolved (devolved?) into a place where anything goes. Not very "PC" but I was a good boy 😇 .
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Elsanne and I didn't get any cute pics together other than drunk selfies [#3], so here's a pic of me with a typical juice booth that you can find all around Montañita... yes, I'm posting it partly because my arm looks strangely big
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Seguí a mi nueva amiga aquí después de que nos conocimos en Mindo. Los pueblos de "M" están en el sendero mochilero de Ecuador, pero mientras que Mindo es un tranquilo refugio de observación de aves, Montañita es un lugar donde todo vale. No muy "CP" pero yo era un buen chico 😇
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Elsanne y yo no tomamos ninguna foto linda juntos con el paisaje, así que aquí hay una foto de mí con una típica tienda de jugos que puedes encontrar por toda Montañita... sí, lo estoy publicando en parte porque mi brazo se ve extrañamente grande
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#ecuador #visitecuador #allyouneedisecuador #ecuadortravel #ecuadortravel_ig #discoverecuador #ecuadorturistico #turistea #turisteaecuador #ecuadorentusojos #montanita #montañita #party #selfie #tbt #gaytravel #travelphotography #traveling #travelgram #peacecorps #peacecorpsecuador #howiseepc #pcvlife #volunteer #volunteerlife #snapseed #swipeleft⬅️
#HowISeePC: "Kids from our village school visited our local soccer team for a mid day soccer lesson. Apparently my name has been getting around, because as soon as I arrived they swarmed me for autographs 🤣. When they show you this kind of love, you can’t be anything BUT grateful!"
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#HowISeePC #PeaceCorpsMoldova #moldova #pcvinmoldova #pcvlife #soccer #playinggames #playingsoccer #makingadifference
I blame myself for the drawing portion. The kids in my English class did their part brilliantly!
#peacecorps #service #volunteer #peacecorpspanama #teachenglish #pcv #pcvlife 
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thursday night mood // @peacecorpscribs #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #kherson
This is Tika, the cat that lives with my new host family. She is the most loving cat I've ever met. Until I'm eating then it's death glares because I won't give her my food. 😂 •
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#catsofinstagram #catlife #cats #peacecorpskosovo #kosovo #easterneurope #mypeacecorpsstory #pcv #balkans #peacecorps #pcvlife #hostfamily #petsofpeacecorps #everydayadventures #catsofpeacecorps
Update from the past couple weeks: time has been flying by! I got out of the desa (village) and got to see an amazing waterfall with some amazing peeps. Definitely want to go back. Also getting to connect with some of the community members in a community mapping activity was super amazing, and it went very well!! Excited to put some more tools PC is giving us into practice soon 👍🏻💕 and exited to explore more of Indonesia’s beauty soon! #pcvlife #peacecorpsindo #peacecorpsindonesia #exploringnature #makingprogress
“Mi casa, es tu casa,” which translates to my home is your home; basically, make yourself comfortable... A whole world, language and culture far away, I still manage to find moments when I feel like I’m right at home 🏘
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Check out our latest article in our Hispanic Heritage Month Series by TESS 131 PCV @biancaelizabeth__ ✍🏽link in bio ✨
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Our Hispanic Heritage month highlights continue with Youth & Family Development PCV Rhina who tells us about how her Dominican heritage has influenced her interactions with people in her community. “…although I was born and raised in the United States, I identify myself as Dominican…They [HCNs] ask questions like: How come if you're American, you don't have blue eyes and blonde hair? How did you learn Spanish so quickly? I always approach these conversations with an open mind and patience, because I know that for many Ecuadorians, their only exposure to someone from the US has been through the media, which tends to underrepresent the diversity of our country. …I have encountered some surprising challenges in my short time in Ecuador. I have had to adjust my language to fit the culture as there are many words that don't translate the same in Dominican Spanish… I have also been told that my appearance can be confusing, because when meeting me for the first time, people can't place exactly where I am from…

As a Latina volunteer, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to share my identity with the people I have met throughout my service. I was the first in my family to graduate from a university and the first to pursue a volunteer position abroad. My family has already learned a lot about Ecuadorian culture and I have shared so much with my families in-country, already. There is a level of warmth and comfort that I have encountered with my families, my coworkers, and friends that is very reminiscent of my own family back in the states. This has made my service a lot more enjoyable and I look forward to further cultural exchange.” #hispanicheritagemonth #howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsecuador #youthdevelopment #pcvlife #latinxheritagemonth
Outings with these two is always gonna be an adventure! A walk in the country ended up with us picking apples in a village & them sending a huge bag home with us. Also, peep those gorgeous leaves! 🍁🍂🍃
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#fall #dayhikes #countrywalks #peacecorpskosovo #kosovo #easterneurope #mypeacecorpsstory #pcv #balkans #peacecorps #pcvlife #mountainlife  #getoutside #travelblogger #travelblog #wander  #traveltheworld #travelgram #globetrotter #glt #girlslovetravel #travelwithaninsider #justwanderingjoan #travelphotography #discover #explore #adventure #everydayadventures #sofetravels
First ever teaching experience, and it’s in Indonesia! Wow so blessed, hope the kids had fun in this English Camp! Can’t wait to get a bit more experience under my belt! Thanks #peacecorpsindonesia for this opportunity to teach and learn! #peacecorpsindo #pcvlife #newteacher #stilllearning #kidsaregreat
Happy National Coming Out Day! I'm a day late, but whatever, let's blame it on CPT
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This is me and Kaitlin at Quito's Orgullo last June. We're in the same cohort and have been happily together since January! You can guess the actual reason why we've bonded LOL #couplesofinstagram
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But yes, Quito (and Ecuador as a whole) has been going through a lot of peril lately, so why not throw it back when it was all love and less paro? ❤ 🏳️‍🌈
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(BTW, did y'all know Christina Aguilera is Ecuadorian?)
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#ecuador🇪🇨 #ecuador #visitecuador #allyouneedisecuador #ecuadortravel #ecuadortravel_ig #discoverecuador #ecuadorturistico #turistea #turisteaecuador #ecuadorentusojos #lgbt #gaypride #gay #orgullo #quitoecuador #visitquito #quito #nationalcomingoutday #gaytravel #travelphotography #travelgram #peacecorps #peacecorpsecuador #howiseepc #pcvlife #volunteer #volunteerlife #snapseed
Spending my last few days in America full of and surrounded by love.
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Congratulations to Eben & Sonnet!! So happy for the two of you 💙 Who would've thought when we embarked on our Peace Corps service to Peru eight (!!!) years ago, that we'd end up here? It's a great reminder that anything is possible.
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¡Que viven los novios! 🇵🇪🦙😁
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#peopleofpeacecorps #peacecorpswedding #peacecorpsperu 
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Just went through one of the worst days I've experienced. But my mom always said that the best remedy for a bad day is a good meal. After school, I made myself Eggs in a Basket and Daikon Soup. Daikon is very very healthy for you and we eat it often in my family. A simple recipe of water, soy sauce, salt, sugar, Daikon, and spring onions. Bring to boiling, add in Daikon, and when it's finished cooking, turn off the heat, add the spring onions and your good. For dinner, I made another healthy dish. In the rice cooker, I made a porridge we eat in China, at least in my family with my own variation. It's super simple. Wash the rice and add in extra water. Add in Chinese Cabbage, cut chicken meat from drumsticks, add a bit of salt and cook it like you would normally when making rice. #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #pcvlife #ukraine #horodok #khmelnitsky #ukrainianstudents #cat #sacrifice #localartist #artistsofpeacecorps #catrescue #peace #tefl #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #education #peaceeducation #volunteer #volunteering #volunteerabroad #україна #volunteerabroad #communityoutreach #friends #englishteachers #englishteacher
Thank you for your service as a #peacecorps volunteer here in MADAGASCAR bro. Best wishes on your new endeavors. Mlay elah!
#thewayofjacobin #pcvlife
“The toughest job you’ll ever love.”
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This famous advertising tagline was used for Peace Corps when the agency was first founded in 1961, and successfully attracted many applicants until the campaign was dissolved in 1991.
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Today, on World Mental Health Day, Peace Corps Ecuador would like to acknowledge the commitment that our Volunteers take on for two years. It may be 28 years since the tagline was officially used, but its words still ring true to this day. Two years is a long time; there are definitely days when we must check in with ourselves before we continue working at the “toughest job.”
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Slide through our carousel of our current PCVs and take a gander of how they get through those tough days. These are just four of the many Volunteers who have created Peace Corps’s presence in Ecuador over time. Together, we have created a community that stretches all the way back to 1961. Always remember that this community will always be behind you!
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If you would like to read the personal stories behind these photos, ‘like’ “Peace Corps Ecuador” on Facebook now!
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Peace Corps Thailand volunteers, learn how to make this black bean burger with spicy dipping sauce at site! Recipe courtesy of PCV Psian Avilés. @psianiisis
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Be sure to check out the link in our bio 🍔 
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A big update this time. I couldn't send these earlier due to the fact that I have a severe infection with a strong allergic reaction to meds and being tired makes posting a bit more difficult. Anyways, Eevee is being just weird. She slept like that for a long time with her face next to her butt and she woke herself up by farting. Our school also held elections for student council and the mayor came to congratulate the winners! I then had an English club with a few of the students and it was a lot of fun and I hope to come again! And finally we had teachers day! Students put on a performance and it was a lot of fun. Also my students tried to get grills by taking chocolate foil wrapper and wrap it around their teeth. One of the most talented students I've ever met drew an anime portrait of me! And due to the fact that I was super sick and freezing from my fever, one of my kids lent me her scarf! It smelled like a summer breeze with the hint of the tears of students. Also, Eevee keeps trying to put her butt onto my face for some reason. I think I need to take out the litter. Part 2 #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #pcvlife #ukraine #horodok #khmelnitsky #ukrainianstudents #cat #straycat #localartist #artistsofpeacecorps #mangaartist #peace #tefl #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #englishclub #studentcouncil #democracy #education #peaceeducation #volunteer #volunteering #volunteerabroad #україна #volunteerabroad #communityoutreach #friends #englishteachers #englishteacher
A big update this time. I couldn't send these earlier due to the fact that I have a severe infection with a strong allergic reaction to meds and being tired makes posting a bit more difficult. Anyways, Eevee is being just weird. She slept like that for a long time with her face next to her butt and she woke herself up by farting. Our school also held elections for student council and the mayor came to congratulate the winners! I then had an English club with a few of the students and it was a lot of fun and I hope to come again! And finally we had teachers day! Students put on a performance and it was a lot of fun. Part 1 #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #pcvlife #ukraine #horodok #khmelnitsky #ukrainianstudents #cat #straycat #localartist #artistsofpeacecorps #catrescue #peace #tefl #teacherlife #teachersofinstagram #englishclub #studentcouncil #democracy #education #peaceeducation #volunteer #volunteering #volunteerabroad #україна #volunteerabroad #communityoutreach #friends #englishteachers #englishteacher
Self Care is sooooo important!! After 8 months in country, being blessed by a friend, I thoroughly enjoyed this much needed renewal time.  Netflix, air conditioning, and my home cooked meals made me feel like a new woman. I’m extremely THANKFUL for my tribe❤️ #howiseepc #mypeacecorpsstory #selfcare #ilovetocook #peacecorpslife #pcvlife #pcsenegal
September was a month y'all, but there was lots of fun times! It was the begining of the second year of school, Mid-service training & harvest time! •
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Pequeños Momentos con Grandes Recuerdos (Little Moments with Big Memories). The following article is part of a series dedicated towards celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.
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“I was given the task of writing a story in Spanish about my time in Thailand as an assignment for an application. Below is both the English and Spanish versions:” - @jayympea 
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Be sure to check out Yaneth “Janet” Peña’s (130 YinD) article in the link in our bio ✨
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In continuation of our Hispanic Heritage month highlights, PCV Jonathan shared the following reflection:
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"I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Therefore, I have two last names and speak Spanish as my native language.
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"In reality, I haven't had to explain my heritage extensively to host country nationals (HCNs), I just say I am from Puerto Rico, and they say, 'we thought you were Venezuelan!' Sometimes Cuban; other times, Argentinian. They are more interested in the relationship between Puerto Rico and the US When they ask, I tell them the truth: We are American citizens, but we are a territory of the US rather than a state and so we don't have the same experiences as other citizens, such as being unable to vote directly in federal elections.
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"[Being from Puerto Rico], I don't feel like I can talk much about US culture. I only know the US as a tourist, from TV, or because of the six months I spent living there with my sister after Hurricane Maria. My home is Puerto Rico, and I want so much for my home.
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"HCNs do understand when I tell them this, and it's interesting to see how they interpret it. I especially love when they say, 'Your island has so much talent, so many singers.' It makes me happy to hear this and reminds me that we might be small, but we are loud. It reminds me that we are part of Latin America and of the moving culture that we all are. To be Latinoamericano is transformation and to see the world in so many ways. I will never fully understand half of the cultural interpretation of being Latino in the US, but I will always be proud of how we can see and transform this in America Latina.
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"En fin, my service in Ecuador has been a transformation -- it has been the acquirement of so much new knowledge and an expansion of my roots. At some points, it has been challenging explaining the situation of Puerto Rico. The reality is that most people have no idea that Puerto Ricans have US citizenship; this is true in the US and in Ecuador. Throughout my service, I will do my best to explain my reality as an island-born Boricua, and I’m always willing to talk about the subject.”
Cozy sweater, cat cuddles and a good book: fall is here! I'm very excited for this new morning routine. 💕 •
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So cheeky. All fluffy and clean before I left him. It’s raining intermittently in Njombe now so we will see how muddy he is when I get home next week. . .
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I'm not from Michigan, but I accidentally celebrated #plaiderday anyway with these babes. I'm grateful to be able to learn more about the US even all the way in Kosovo! •
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This is what I live for every day. The evenings with a beautiful sunset and a happy - and hopefully tired - pup. I’m never more happy and content as when I see my boy running towards me. .
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#tanzania #africa #beauty #wanderlust #photography #africansky #sky  #cloud #landscape  #landscapes #nature #naturelovers #naturephotography  #peacecorps #pctz #pcvlife #villelife #clouds #cloudscape #naturebeauty #tz #howiseepc #optoutside #ourplanetdaily #njombe #AmanitheGSD
Cute advisory:

Too much #cuteness in one post! 
In honor of World Animal Day, we would like you to meet some of our volunteers' furry companions. 🐶🐱🐷 Many PCVs adopt pets that end up becoming family to keep them company and brighten their days throughout service. 
If you are an RPCV, we would love to hear about any pets you've had during service in the comments section below.

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Look familiar to your service?⁠
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@healthresourcepartners founder, Britany Ferrell, decided to join the United States Peace Corps during her last year of college at the University of Alabama. Shortly after her graduation in June 2010, she learned that she was going to be posted in Ghana, West Africa. Three months later, Britany arrived in the village of Eremon to be a secondary science teacher for the next two years. This week she tells her Peace Corps story on the podcast.⁠
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Exploring and connecting with my host family and members of the community in my desa (village) of Blabak! Also got a lovely tour of IAIN Kediri university campus from some very sweet English students! It is amazing to be here on Java, and everyone is so welcoming ❤️🤗😍 #pcvlife #peacecorpsindonesia #peacecorpsindo #hostfamily #blabak #kediri #eastjava
“My name is Bianca, and I’m a TESS volunteer from Group 131. I will be taking over the Healthy Living Series with a perspective on the entirety of wellness. I will be focusing on what I like to call the three pillars of wellness: Mind, Body & Soul. ” - @biancaelizabeth__ 
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We got a new series! Check the link in the bio to read up on Mind, Body & Soul!
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