Back to School Puts the WAR in Wardrobe

Ugh, it’s August again….

 

That means we are drawing near to the kid vs parent tug of war. So why not surprise them with an argument free trip. Set your personal rules and boundaries for them and join their fun. That’s right, join them!
It’s fall and time to shake out your own wardrobe while you’re at it. Clean out all the pieces that no longer fit or carry use. You can sell them online to add to your budget. Having a clothes limit helps curb overspending or closet clutter. Have your kiddo help you decide on which pieces are keepers and which are givers. This is a great tactic to loosen the grip on that old shirt that doesn’t fit them anymore.

Have Appropriate Boundaries

 

Having individual identity is essential for personal growth in kids/teens. (BUT) So is knowing where certain types of clothing is prohibited. Check your school dress code prior to shopping and outline your own personal rules. Even if you may not agree the school dress codes entirety, it’s best to adhere to the standard set. Take up any concerns with the appropriate departments privately. (Kids can pick up on adult static, and mistake it for an acceptable reason to be disrespectful to another adult) ie: parent has cross words to say to the teacher, in front of the child. The child then loses respect for the teacher because the parent “clearly doesn’t think highly of them“. That’s something hard to reverse once it’s broke.

Do Not Argue.  Period.

 

Give one warning then leave. I’ll allow my child to have emotions, but it had better be a moment, and not a staged performance. There’s nothing wrong with cutting the trip short. They will tire of walking the stores and get discouraged, grumpy and moody. Watch for the queues that they’ve had enough. On the flip side of that, kids also need to learn that they will not always get what they want. We as parents also need to understand why they act they way they do. Kids don’t have the life experience to understand what it’s like to work for what they have. They depend on you to buy what they need, and to a kid, having cool clothes is a need. Try to understand that to them, that cool t-shirt is the equivalent to the new dress or whatnot that you wanted at the store.  Depending on your child, they may not even want to go shopping in the first place, so let them pick the stores (within reason). You may even be able to buy online without going anywhere. (Lucky you!)

 

Find Basics First

There are a ton of beautiful trends everywhere you look. Unfortunately, a lot of these trends are only that, trends. (Remember the 80s and 90s). Remind your child that having mostly basics will help them get ready in the morning.  The accessories will define their personal touch. Easy mornings should be a key seller to any kid. Before you take to the stores, browse Pinterest for some fashion ideas for the store. This gives you both some idea of what is being sought out and a huge help to keep on track while shopping. Let them know the budget and what portion will be for each. (Shirts, pants, shoes, ect).  Keep track of what types of clothes are bought. You don’t want a bunch of summer type stuff if you live where it snows most of the school year. It can easily be overlooked when it’s 80+ degrees outside.

 

Get a Healthy Amount of Accessories

Kids change their minds a zillion times before breakfast. We all know this…we were kids once too. What’s cool today might not be tomorrow. Having a good choice of extras for the school year will help alleviate the “I have nothing to wear” song and dance. Try hat’s, scarves, bracelets, watches, do rags, necklaces, jackets, purses, ect. This can be pointed out in Pinterest pins. Most of the fashion sets are put together by their accessories. This is a great way to keep from over buying in the clothes section. (Think: less laundry for you later) You can buy open containers for easy access/decision making in the mornings. Display hats/purses and other bulky items on walls as a décor addition to a child’s room to help also.

 

Remember Their Age

Kids grow at different maturity rates, and that should be taken into account. It’s our job as parents to determine what clothes are good for our kids. Some enjoy cartoons, some like metal bands, others just like solid colors that fit. Encourage them to dress as they are comfortable,  not just how others do, or how you like. As parents, sometimes we forget that our “mini-me’s” have their own taste, and we just aren’t it. (Remember your parent doing this….”omg, you’d look so good in this, let’s see if it fits.” ….All the while your silently praying the store magically gets evacuated)

 

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

 

Buy comfortable shoes! Your kiddo will be doing a lot of walking.  To school, to class, from class, to lunch, to home…get that kid shoes that make sense. They don’t have to be sneakers, they just need to stay on their feet and not carried around because their tootsies hurt. Best piece of advice I ever got and I use it to this day. “Don’t buy them just because they are cute in the store.” Many posture and back problems stem from our shoe selection. Especially growing kids. They also don’t need eight pair of shoes either. Boots, sneakers, dressy shoes all in neutral and that should be about it.

 

Shop Online

If you already have a favorite store, you may even give them a list of “needs” and let them shop online with your final approval prior to payment. This gives them a little privacy to feel in control but not so much freedom that they racked up a $500 bill with only “Angry Bird” t-shirts and shoes. You aren’t done either. Keep a portion of the budget open for things that they will need as the year goes by. Odds are your child, like mine, grows insanely fast. Don’t try to buy an entire wardrobe for the whole school year. Do another small trip during winter break to get through spring. You’ll thank me (or flip me the bird) later.

Don’t Waste Your Money: Skin Care and Make Up Advice

STOP WASTING MONEY!!!!

The worst thing you can do is waste money when it comes to skin care and make up. There are literally thousands of make up and skin care lines, not to mention hundreds of thousands of products. So how do you find the ones right for you?

The answer is GET PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS!  Not just GET them, TRY THEM.

That’s right, you can go to most counters at your local Sephora, Ulta, ect and ask for samples. I love Ipsy for this as well You can find my promo link Here.

This way you have time to make an informed decision based on a weeks worth of trying the product before you spend your HARD EARNED MONEY.

We all have that “junk drawer” in the bathroom with tons of crap we will never touch again. To add insult to injury, we cant even pawn these useless items off on our friends. So we either “save” them for when they’ll magically be useful on our skin. Or more likely, throw them away.

On average, an individual spends between $150-$1500 per year on make up and skin care they will never use for more than a week. This doesn’t even include hair and nail products.

The beauty industry makes money because their consumers and clients often don’t know what to buy and are hiding behind the term “experimenting”.

Yes you, I see you looking at your make up choices in bewilderment.

Alas, there’s a solution! It is called the All Mighty Color Wheel. First, you will need to gather info on yourself. Be prepared to be surprised and hopefully relieved.

Research!

First is skin tone. You should ask the advice of a beauty professional on this one. You need to know if you are warm or cool toned and what underlying tones you have (red, yellow)

Second, eye color. This helps determine what colors will complement your faces/eyes. If you have dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, pinks and red eyeshadow aren’t a good color. At least not on me. (I end up looking bloodshot) Write down what you see, then take to the wheel.

Third, hair color. Yes, it matters. It’s framing your face and accentuating your skin tone. That’s why cool skin tones can look washed out with black or blonde hair. For best results, look for colors that complement the color wheel.

Having basic knowledge of why colors work is essential to having good make up days. For instance, the day you have dark circles but dont correct them with an appropriate color (or product) is going to make the difference.

We’ve all seen the palettes, but did you know why you used them? There are 3 primary colors: Red, Yellow & Blue. Mix all 3 evenly it becomes neutral brown. This is also why box color “color corrections” don’t work for most people.

You can’t fix a bad bleach job with box brown. It turns green. Blue dominate undertones+overly porous Yellow hair=Green or baby poop green hair.

Now that we understand the basics of color

Let’s review skin care. Be honest, when was the last time you changed your routine? A lot of people don’t change their skin care routine from their teens until almost their mid 20s or early 30s.

Please reevaluate your face. Skin types change over the years with stress, having kids, environment, hormones, diet and a whole host of other reasons. (Diet is a huge factor) But I’m concentrating on the current use of chemicals.

I can’t even wrap my mind around how many things we put on our faces to look like a photoshopped version of ourselves. Like one day we’ll wake up to look like we’d never need make up again.

I hate to break it to you, but there is no magic slather that’s going to make us look like a 20 something Cindy Crawford right outta bed. BUT, there are plenty of great products to help extend and preserve the skin we were given.

WHAT ABOUT THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

Let me ask you this. If you committed to forego sugars, processed food and relentlessly went to the gym on their routine, would you see results?

Of course!

The before pics of any site are of people who were not doing anything special prior to their treatment. (Chemical or topical) They were instructed to follow a routine. Which I’m positive included SPF, a ridiculous amount of water (to help flush the body) and professional products.

Do yourself a favor and start with the water first. This will help minimize the amount of correction, contouring or other face altering magic tricks you feel you need to learn.

After you get settled into a healthy place for your routine, it’s time to evaluate your skin needs. After drinking water (at least for 4 weeks) you’ll notice you are probably not as dry skinned or maybe not as oily. (Oil production can be result of dehydration).

Basic recommendations:

Cleanser,  moisturizer or day cream, primer, (make up), setting spray optional, make up remover, exfoliatant, night cream.

There are a zillion ways to mix and match these basics. It will highly depend on your skin type, problem areas, age, medications, ect.

Literally every part of who you are and what you put in your body will determine what kinds of products will be beneficial for you. Do you remember perms? Every Perm started with 2 washes with a clarifying shampoo to strip the built up medication on the hair so the perm could work. (Also why folical hair drug tests work)

Everything you put in your body from food, drink or air, has the ability to affect your skin and hair. Skin and hair are just dead cells. Which is also why you look like crap after you go out drinking. You’re dehydrated.

Now that you know what colors to look for, the skin type you have and exactly what areas you need to focus on. Please take a look at the professional products I’ve worked with, and stand behind at www.hardwalktoafeatheredbed.com Under STORE.

If you have any questions,  comments or feedback, feel free to do so, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Find your Zen

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The Mental Health Idea

Mental health is not just about psychiatrists, pills and therapy. When you hear the term “Mental Health”, it’s mostly associated with “Mental illness” and that’s wrong.  Everyone has a breaking point when it comes to stress. The idea behind Zen helps break up the difference. Breaking points don’t mean there is something that needs to be medically fixed.  It means that the stress was not alleviated enough to work through and find a workable solution.  There are many misdiagnosed people every day and each year because of this idea. Now, if there is self harm or other red flag issues that’s a different story, and help can be found here.

 

Everyone Needs Quiet Time

There’s a reason that spas charge high dollar prices for relaxation. It’s often hard to find at home or in public (unless your happy place is outdoors). We need time away from the noise, chaos and everyday stress of living. This is where we find our thoughts and enjoy the ability to think clearly. That’s also why you can find hoards of laptop users at the local coffee shop or empty 24 hr diner.

The time you get away from stress helps reset your mind, ease anxiety about future tasks and lets you simply not fill the void with noise. My favorite things to do are: write, take a hot bath with a few drops of lavender oil and Epsom Salt, get a coffee and listen to music or go for a walk. Sometimes I’ll go a little crazy and put the spa music on in the bathroom and turn the light off for that spa feel if I’ve had a particularly long day. Just make sure you have an alarm set or someone one check on you to make sure you don’t fall asleep in the bathtub… that could be bad.

Everyone has there own version of a happy place. Some people prefer some background noise to help focus (think yoga or spa music). These can be found in an app on your phone too if you would rather have those vs the radio. I know I usually do because the lyrics often distract me from what I’m trying to accomplish.

 

Drink Preferences and Types of Relaxation

Drinking often is associated with relieving stress. “Getting drunk on Friday night” is seen as a stress reliever. I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink alcohol ever. I’m saying don’t forget to drink water too. Alcohol makes us dehydrated and can lead to a hole host of issues because of it. So if you decide to get your Mimosa or Margarita, make sure you are drinking enough water to offset that need. If you’re looking for a new favorite drink, I wrote a post on teas I recommend trying. I have found that I really enjoy finding new drinks I can make at home for very little money and effort. Another favorite is smoothies. I simply buy the frozen fruit from the grocery store and add Arizona Tea for the liquid ( you can add other things of course) and voila!

 

Get Out…Alone

Another thing I’ve done to help promote relaxation is the “big parenting no no”…. I send my kid to daycare for a half day or full day, depending on my needs. (My husband will often offer to keep her, but when he is busy or had enough himself, its an option) There are days you need to get bunch of errands done and dragging the mini me is not fun for either of us. She really enjoys playing with the kids at daycare and I enjoy not arguing with her about pointless things in the middle of Walmart. It’s a win/win.  I can also have lunch in peace…..by myself.

In my opinion, you should never feel guilty about giving yourself a day alone while you kiddo is having fun elsewhere.  Not only are you not stressed as much, but you can even go home for a couple hours and do some home yoga, home spa day or chores without looking over your shoulder. This lets you be mentally prepared for the rest of the week. Being a supermom/dad doesn’t require you to be with them playing “Present parent”  every moment of every day. You were an individual before the kids with interests and you need to be able to tap into that. You cant just wear all the parent hats (cook, maid, nurse, ect) and not allow yourself to wear your own hat too….The one that doesn’t have kid related stuff attached.

 

The Amazing Yoga Studio….in my living room

I wish I could afford the price tag pinned to those awesome studios. I have done some donation Yoga studios and they are awesome, but until the budget allows…. Home studio is where its at! I even wrote a post on 5 Reasons you need Yoga for Stress and Anxiety. Yoga is about focus, not about twisting into some weird shape and holding yourself hostage like that to prove you can. Getting started is pretty easy. All you need is a Yoga Mat ( I think the strap is useful for when you do join a class, you don’t have to carry your mat like a wood log). A water container that keeps your drink cool and preferably from “sweating” and making the floor wet. Something appropriate to workout in, I like Yoga Pants and breathable yoga top. Some do a Sports bra and yoga shorts. And a “yoga bag” and balancing block (A bag you can fit your wet clothes, block and towel in). Make sure to check with the studio before you go to assure you will have everything you need.

As I mentioned, I do these things in my living room. I run my console on the Tv, find YouTube and select yoga for beginners and away we go. This way I can  get use to the moves, take breaks, make tea, sit on my porch for a few minutes between sets or just go pee without disrupting anyone.

 

Tell Me About Your Rituals

Leave me a comment about what things help you collect your thoughts and keep your Zen buzzing. Then hit like and share to let me know you liked this post! Thanks guys!

 

 

 

The Journey Continues

As of July we have a vehicle,  which was GOAL NUMBER 1.  (thanks to my in laws).  In a big city, having your own transportation is crucial. Vehicle maintenance and replacement should always be in the budget.
Now we are on to GOAL 2 & 3.

Goal 2. Launch and monetize our blog.
Obviously,  we have launched, but are still playing with the affiliates and overall feel of the site. We want to give support to new professionals by giving the inspiration and products you need. This is where I’m a little stuck. In the near future we will have a separate affiliates page to send our readers for the best products I can find. Feel free to comment below about which products you would like most to see, and I’ll tailor my search as we get going.

 

Goal 3. Study/pay for Real Estate Exam
I was so overwhelmed with the vehicle and blog situation, that I’ve had no time to really study. I took a 4 day course back in Feb at the same time I applied to take the exam. Unfortunately for me, that set a deadline of Feb 2018 to complete the exam. Which means, I need to get my butt in gear even more than before. Thankfully I have a very supportive husband.

My plan is to carve out two days a week, one for blog things and the second for studying. Now ask me where my toddler is…. yup she will either be with her dad or at daycare so I can hear myself think. I can’t listen to Paw Patrol and do anything productive. Some supermoms can and that’s amazing, but this sidetracked mama couldnt do it. Serious sensory overload.

At this point, we are well into our 1-3 month goal list and I’m pretty excited about sliding into the 3-6 month list. These will most likely be pretty boring, because it’s just saving $$$ to buy into the RE board, fees and get a realistic wardrobe for the career change  (so I look like I belong there).
As much as it makes me physically ill to think about spending money on clothes, I realized that my Salvation Army half priced shopping days were over.

(Well maybe not for everything, but definitely for this).

When you enter a professional field like that, you absolutely need to look the part. First impressions mean way more than they should and if the client isn’t impressed, will take their business elsewhere.  You don’t want that.

I’m in a great place in my current field where the dress code is pretty relaxed, and personality in your clothing styles is encouraged. Not that I dress like a rag doll, but you get what I’m saying… I’m going to need more appropriate clothes.

Leading me to my next awesome point about affiliates! I will be joining forces with a great place to find all these awesome styles. I’ll post the outfits I end up getting and link to where you can find them. A starter piece I wrote about wardrobes can be found here.
I’m looking forward to writing a comprehensive post about finding your body type and what clothes look best for each. There will also be a post on finding your complementary colors too! They are generally determined by skin tone, hair and eye color.

So many great things to talk about and post in the very near future! If you like my blog, give it a like, comment and pin! Thanks guys!!!

About Our Blog and What We Can Do to Support You

As mentioned in “Our Story“, we have been though a lot of hard times. We are working towards a very big goal of having our own businesses. During this journey, we’ve decided that its not just us who struggle to make it, and we want to share that struggle with you. Finding support as a parent or new adventurer, is scary. As parents to three kiddos pre teens to toddler, its often difficult to find time for yourself and to begin breaking down what goals to set. That’s where our blog comes in. We are sharing the benefits of our experience to help inspire our readers.

We want readers to know they have support when they start reaching for their personal goals. That is the idea behind our blog. We set out to be different than other blogs. Giving readers not just advice, but the tools through affiliates, to find those needs. I’m also using my knowledge in the beauty industry to help others find professional products they can count on.

We use affiliate marketing to help our readers, keep our blog current and to continue to raise the bar on our goals.  The product reviews are there to help provide information and the ability to compare your needs. I encourage everyone to add to reviews and provide feedback on those products. Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome.

Everything you do affects your goals and achieving them.  What you decide to do, will determine how far you go. My mother once said “Time is coming whether you do something with it or not”. You can choose to be active or inactive, but the results rest solely on you“. At the time she was convincing me that braces were worth the pain and suffering I would endure for that lapse of time, for the result I really wanted. I hope to hear about your milestones and how your goals are becoming a pivotal point in your life. Good luck everyone!

 

7 Ways a Wardrobe makes YOU Stand Out

Wardrobe woes

We all do it. Sometimes without knowing it. We judge people by their wardrobe choices. The harsh, but evident reality is, it really does make a difference (and not solely in the workforce). Consider these points next time you head out to the clothing store.

  1. First Impressions

Does your wardrobe keep you from getting respected at the office or with clients? Having a polished outfit commands attention to your effort.  Unless you’re in a stay at home/work from home/ or in a get dirty environment,  your clothing choices say much more than you do. When clients work with professionals they want to be comfortable in their selection of business relationships.  (ie: A clean mechanic probaby doesn’t get much business) This applies to all types of relationships, not just professional. How many dates/encounters ended in your head after seeing the person you met? You may have exchanged info, but you just weren’t impressed? I’m not implying looks are everything, but looking like you care, holds water.

2.  Dress for the job you want

This is a great piece of advice no matter where you are on the totem pole. Newer hires can be chosen over seniority because of a difference in attitude and desire to look the part. This stays true for romantic interests as well. If you show up late and don’t even appear to want to be there, it’s unlikely they see you as a serious candidate. You could know that person 5 minutes or 5 years, it won’t make a difference. When you’re dressed up, it shows a level of motivation that can get you noticed in a good way.

3. Dressing nice builds confidence 

Thats right, in addition to getting noticed, being polished will make you feel better about yourself. As most ladies have “a little black dress” or men have the “3 piece suit”, these outfits make us feel good about how we look. When we look good, we perform better. It might feel awkward at first if you’re not accustomed to it. But when you’re succeeding, you’ll get use to it. You could hire a waredrobe assistant to help navigate the task of finding pieces. (I suggest an expert in body shapes to help determine what styles are best suited to your height and body type.)

4. Your personal style

You don’t have to wear $400 shirts and Prada shoes to dress nicely. Things that fit your body shape, colors that flatter and illuminate who you are will be enough. (Just remember, for all professions, you are dressing not only for yourself, but for the respect of your clients.) Embellish your stylish outfit and accessorize with pieces that both adds a punch of your personality and stays consistent with your look. Accessories make the outfit whole. Don’t discredit their weight in the final product.

5. Drab vs Fab tug of war

Meeting with a consultant will make picking clothes much easier.  I, myself are a HUGE fan of thrift stores for bargains. However, I don’t suggest using them as your main source. The clothes found are usually, over washed, overstretched, outdated or discolored. I’m not saying you can’t find good pieces, but understand they are still not unworn. These stores are great sources for accessories like jewelry and scarves. Take advantage of Salvation Armys’ 50% off days, if they have them in your area. It’s a great way to save. So why buy new? The styles are up to date, crisp and you won’t need to alter many pieces after they’re bought. Honestly, you will be best off with basics until you get the hang of trends and pairing colors and styles. Add color with accessories or peek a boo’s. A great way of getting fashion ideas is off Pinterest and using Amazon. It literally has everything and you can add or subtract from your cart without feeling the anxiety of register shock.

6. Shoes, shoes, shoes

No, you don’t need to buy a pair of shoes for every outfit. A few flats, a few heels and a couple pair of boots/sandles in neutral to begin with. No need to go wild if you aren’t a “shoe fanatic”. Don’t just buy ones that look good on your feet. That’s a horribly (literally painful) idea. I advise a shoe specialist who can show you types of shoes that work well with your feet. Insoles are also a great idea for those of us on our feet a lot. The way we stand (and sit) directly affects our posture. Posture is what makes us feel tired and achy.  If you start where it counts, it relieves the pain that ales us. This makes going out after work a much less exhausting thought, thus allowing for a productive social life. Not to mention, our elder selves will thank us later.

7. So many beautiful colors

We can all agree that not everyone looks good in the same colors. This is due to different skin tones , eye color and hair color.  Have your skin tested at the local Sephora. (Its free) It will print out your best color combinations for your skin tone. Hair color also makes a huge difference. Ask your stylist or consult a color specialist. They are free to talk to and more than happy to explain. Hair should complement both skin AND eye color. Your wardrobe should complement what’s going on after that. You should see the person first before the clothes. That’s right. After all that reading about how important your wardrobe can be, it’s still YOU who solidifies someone’s opinion about who you are. Clothes, hair, make up and extras just emphasize it. So go ahead, Rock it out!

Our Story

My husband and I started Hard Walk to a Feathered Bed, to help others see that you can overcome when life is falling apart. Over the recent years we have: lost our jobs, been temporarily homeless, lived in a hotel for one year and were forced to figure out how to get back on our feet alone.

I don’t mention these things for pity, I say them out of truth. The hardest thing we’ve ever had to do, was admit that we needed help. My husband and I are in our thirties and I remember my parents never asking any of their family for help and I always felt that by this age we should have our finances and life in order.

What I’ve learned over the years surprised me as an adult. All walks of life are different. You’re not going to follow in someone else’s footsteps, because you were never meant to be a carbon copy of another person. You have to make your own path. Unfortunately sometimes that path doesn’t work out the way you had planned. This is where re-evaluation and priorities begins to take place.

Make a lot of lists. The first one we made was a priority list. Closely followed were smaller things that we could put on a back burner until all the priorities were made. For example: We need a vehicle to get to and from work to make a paycheck. I’m currently trying to change careers and have done most of the legwork.  However, if I can’t get to and from my current job,  I can’t finance that change. Always protect your (ass)ets.

The top priorities of anyone’s list should be:

  • Vehicle
  • Daycare
  • Job security
  • Bills

This means a savings should be put in place before any major changes occur. I say should very loosely. Currently we are scrapping every loose bit of pocket change to fix our vehicle or buy another off Craigslist. Transportation is our biggest expense just behind daycare cost and bills.

I list daycare because of our current situation. The lady that watches our child was recently told she was no longer allowed to do daycare out of her apartment. No matter where you take your child, you always run the risk of having to go and pick them up inconveniently or having to find another Center to take your child temporarily. Always have a plan for your day care because one day you may not have it when you need it. Luckily for us, she ended up moving and offering to pick her up and drop her off, and that saved our butts.

Job security sounds rhetorical. I assure you that it’s not. Most everyone is replaceable. I’ve been proof of that myself. I was legally replaced while on maternity leave because I had to take extra time off for pregnancy complications. Because FMLA was exhausted, I no longer had the security of having my position when I got back. Have a plan in case you no longer have a job. This also goes for write ups. Keep in communication with management and keep records.

Keeping up with the bills is both financially responsible and pertinent to starting a business or gaining credit. If you find that you have more bills than income you’ll have to examine your budget or find a new source of income. This is what my husband and I had to do.  When I lost my job, my husband went back to work and I stayed home with our baby. After examining our budget we realize we needed more income so I went back to work 2 days a week on his days off to help increase our income without using daycare. After revisiting our budget we acknowledged that I needed to work 2 more days a week and we needed to put the baby in daycare.

Don’t be afraid of change. Change is the only way we grow personally. If you’re uncomfortable, you move. It’s a personal choice which direction, forward or back.  Sometimes all we need is motivation.  And that’s why we’re here. To show you real movement by a family that has seen its fair share of hardships and dumb luck.

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I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your support in my success!