Five easy things you can do to keep your winter skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing — for next to nothing!

As soon as the the temperatures drop, the air becomes dry, and the winds grow strong, healthy and glowing skin can turn dry, red, chapped and flakey in an instant if it’s not properly cared for.

Living in a mostly warm climate throughout the year means that my skin essentially goes in to complete shock when exposed to cooler temperatures and harsher conditions. The change is immediate and dramatic.

Knowing this, I spend 1–2 weeks prior to any winter vacation preparing my skin for what’s to come, hoping to alleviate some of the symptoms. And every single time I make the same mistake: I focus too heavily on intense hydrating products, and not nearly enough on hydrating habits.

This time, instead of stocking up on serums and rich moisturizers, I relied on everything I know about the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin and made a habit of doing everything I could to avoid it.

Not only did it work like a charm, but it was easy to do and cost me next to nothing.

Read on to learn about fool proof ways to keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing — even in the harshest of winters.

Drink water

There is no cheaper, more accessible resource for hydration than water. Aim to drink 2–3 liters a day, and start first thing in the morning. If I can manage to drink 1 liter by noon, it is always easier to maintain the habit throughout the day and into the evening.

To avoid getting bored, throw in a slice or two of lemon for some flavor; or try switching between cold, hot and room temperatures throughout the day.

Avoid hot water

Harsh winters make steamy hot shower or soaking in bathtub really, really tempting. While I love nothing more than marinating in a bath after a freezing cold day, my skin absolutely hates it.

Hot water can be dehydrating, and really wreak havoc on the skin — and even more so if your skin is already dry, itchy or irritated.

To avoid making things worse, cut down on the frequency and length of hot showers and baths during winter months. Using lukewarm water instead will help the skin retain it’s moisture better, and heal or prevent it from becoming more irritated.

The same applies to washing your face — always use lukewarm or cold water. When removing your facial cleanser, use awash cloth to press the water into the skin instead of wiping it away, which can cause more irritation and redness.

Use SPF

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t sunny or warm outside — applying a broad spectrum sunscreen is always a good idea.

I apply SPF daily in the winter (even on the cloudiest of days) because it is absolutely essential in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, but also because it prevents my red, wind burnt skin from getting unnecessarily more red from sun exposure.

Eat hydrating foods

In addition to drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, make it a point to fruits and vegetable that are well known for their high water content.

Cucumber, celery, iceberg lettuce, radishes, cauliflower, spinach, green pepper watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe — are all made up of at least 90% water.

Over and above their hydrating benefits, fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals, which are essential for transforming dull skin and creating a healthy glow. They are also filled with fiber, which helps eliminate toxic waste from the body and reduce inflammation.

Don’t crank up the heat

When were not freezing to death outdoors, we’re cranking up the central heating at home and in our cars to warm ourselves up. But its making our skin, and leaves it feeling unusually tough and tight.

To go entirely without heat in the winter is unthinkable. At the same time, putting the heat on full blast is unnecessary a lot of time.

Play around with your thermostat; get it to the lowest temperature possible where you’re still comfortable. When you’re out of the house all day, turn the heat off or to a low temperature that’s a few notches warmer than outside. If you’re the type who has trouble sleeping when they’re too hot, then try turning the central heating off and bundling up instead.

The less you’re exposed to heat blowing up against your skin throughout the day, the more you will protect it from becoming dehydrated.

The fact of the matter is that harsh winters will always be a major culprit of dry, dehydrated skin. But you shouldn’t assume that treating dry, irritated skin is a lost cause until the season passes; or that excessive moisturizing or expensive products are the only ways to combat the problem.

By implementing these small, simple and inexpensive hydrating habits daily, you might be able to avoid winter skin woes and achieve a hydrated and healthy glow all year long.

How To Create A Positive Morning Routine

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Morning routines are so important. They establish the foundation of your day. In earlier posts, I touched on hygiene related morning routines. Today, I’m going to be focusing on a routine that nourishes your mindset.

I think the most important guideline to keep in mind when creating a “positive mindset” morning routine is to TRY TRY TRY. Try everything and then narrow it down to what is effective and works for your life. Go into it with an open mind and you may be surprised at the results. Right now, my “positive” morning routine is still a work in progress. I think I’ve created something that makes me feel more positive and open to positive things throughout my day. I just have to fine tune the timing of everything.

The very first thing I do when I wake up every morning is Pranayama or breath work. I do type of breathing exorcise every single day. I cycle through a few of my favorites so I don’t get bored with my routine. The three I used the most are 3D Breath, Alternate Nostril Breathing, and Color Breathing. If you don’t know what those words mean thats okay! You can look them up and I also plan on making some videos about breath work on our Youtube Channel (Nordic Moon LLC).

Then, I meditate. I either do a simple 5 minute meditation on my own or look up guided meditations on youtube. I also love using apps like Calm and Headspace. I’ll also be creating and posting meditation videos of my own on our youtube channel.

After that, I quickly list of ten things that I’m grateful for. I just do this in my head and name anything that comes to mind. Nothing is too small to be grateful for.

Once I’m done with that I usually do a quick morning yoga routine. Yoga combines physical movement, muscle stretching, and mindfulness. It is a great way to get in exorcise for your body and your mind. I normally just create a routine off the top of my head but I also really like Yoga for Adrienne on youtube.

Then I write ten thank you’s in the notes section on my phone. I did it this way so I could save paper. These thank you notes don’t have to be long. Just ten thank you notes to things or people (including myself) that I am thankful for. I usually try to come up with a specific reason why I am thankful for that person or thing.

Once that’s done I head into the bathroom to start my hygiene routine. On my bathroom mirror I have a few different index cards of affirmations. On the back of each index card I have a description for when I should use it such as “use this affirmation when you’re feeling hopeful” or “ use this affirmation when you’re feeling stuck.”

I know that may seem like a lot. Especially since I didn’t even get into my hygiene routine or breakfast or anything else about my morning. However, I think we as humans often forget that we also need to nourish our mind in order to be healthy. In my opinion, that is the foundation for everything else. When my mind feels better I have more energy to put into my physical, social, and career health.

Thank you all so much for reading. If you’d like me to do a full Youtube video on my morning routine let me know!

With Love,

Kate

Co-Owner Nordic Moon

Why You Should Write Letters to Your Emotions — and How to Start

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Emotions get a bad rap.

As a society, we’re constantly trying to lessen them, hide them, reel them in, and alter them. But the thing is: No matter what we do, our emotions will always be there.

“No matter what we do, our emotions will always be there.”

So, why not spend more time trying to get a clearer understanding by building a deeper relationship with them?

I get it — that’s easier said than done. Tuning into emotions can be tricky, and getting to the root of why you’re feeling them at any given moment isn’t always self-explanatory. There’s a lot of, “Where do I even start?”

But one tried-and-true practice that a number of psychologists suggest when it comes to exploring your emotions is writing therapy. More specifically, transactional writing.

Transactional writing, or letter writing, is intended to help us process our feelings. Writing letters to your emotions encourages you to take a step back from a particular trauma or emotions and create perspective — this gives you the chance to examine what it is you are actually experiencing. Research shows that writing about one’s emotions is linked to relieving stress and anxiety.

Writing letters to your emotions encourages you to take a step back from particular trauma or emotions and create perspective — this gives you the chance to examine what it is you are actually experiencing.”

It’s a tactic I personally love. There have been a number of moments in my life in which I’ve felt consumed by a feeling — so many thoughts, worries, doubts, fears racing through my mind all at once.

It wasn’t until I took pen to paper and was able to release these emotions that I finally gained clarity. Writing a letter to my emotions, instead of allowing them to run wild in my mind, gave me a chance to step outside of myself in order to find peace.

How exactly is this done? Well, similar to a traditional letter you can start by addressing it to someone — or in this instance, some feeling. You can, of course, select whichever emotions you feel are most prominent in your life, but a few common ones we’ll dig into are our hope, fear, ambition, stress, and love.

The key to writing letters to your emotions is communicating your thoughts and feelings. To do so, ask yourself intentional questions about how this particular emotion has recently surfaced in your life. Then, write down the answers as though you are talking to the emotion itself.

The next time you’re feeling some kind of way, try breaking out a pen and paper to write your own letter — or, even just draft it in your Notes app. Here, we dig into what five emotional letters could look like.

Dear Hope

Hope is something a number of us yearn for in moments of difficulty when we need the will to keep going. Think about these questions: How have you used hope recently? What is it helping you navigate? How can you call on it more?

“Hope is something a number of us yearn for in moments of difficulty when we need the will to keep going.”

For instance:

“Dear Hope, When I received the difficult news that I was going to be laid off, I had to lean on you to ease my pain. Without you, I don’t know how I’d get through the job search process.”

Or

“Dear Hope, I was recently laid off and need you at this moment. To find you, I’ll have to believe — in myself and that things will be okay. I’m going to work to keep you close so I can stay motivated.”

Dear Fear

With emotions like fear, on the other hand, you may find more success by incorporating a 2-step process of transactional writing.

Author of the game-changing memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, once shared with readers her practice of writing to fear.

“Give your fear the opportunity to express itself by asking, What are you actually terrified about, in this situation?”

She remixes the traditional form of transactional writing and instead begins with a letter from fear. Elizabeth explains that she likes to give her fear the opportunity to express itself by asking, “What are you actually terrified about, in this situation?” She then writes out exactly what is making her feel fearful, which serves as her letter from fear.

In a second letter — written from her to fear — she’ll compassionately acknowledge fear’s reasoning and from there provide it with a solution to help ease her dread.

Her example letter:

“Dear Fear: I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still — your suggestions will NEVER be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote.”

Dear Ambition

Ambition fuels the desire you have to meet your aspirations. Ask yourself: How do you incorporate it into your daily life? Is it something you hope to have more of? How has ambition gotten you to where you are currently? When do you feel you’ve needed more?

For example:

“Dear Ambition, You push me to go for things that seem completely out of reach — and I may love-hate you for that. But ultimately, you remind me that I’m capable of so much and my ability to go after big things.”

Dear Stress

Oh, stress. Stress is something a number of us encounter on a daily basis, maybe even several times throughout the day. What are some things you can say to it to bring more peace to your day-to-day life? What situations bring you the most stress? How has your body reacted to it? In what situations has stress actually helped you in the past?
 One take:

“Dear Stress, Wow, you’re really showing up today. I know you’re trying to help me get stuff done, but, honestly, you’re kind of distracting me from what I actually have to do. I see you — but I think I’m going to quiet down your voice so I can focus.”

Dear Love

The ultimate love letter: A letter to love. The best example of transactional writing may have to be when R&B artist, Musiq Soulchild melodiously speaks to Love in a song with the same title.

Love Through all the ups and downs the joys and hurts Love For better or worse I still will choose you first

In what ways are you choosing to spread love each day? Who are some of the people that you share the love with or would like to receive more love from? How are you showing yourself the love that you deserve?

Through asking questions that require more than a simple yes or no answer, you can really dig deep into how these emotions play into your life — after all, they are a part of you.

“Through asking questions that require more than a simple yes or no answer, you can really dig deep into how these emotions play into your life.”

By nurturing each emotion, you’re allowing yourself the space necessary to live wholeheartedly.

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First.

Defining self-care & its importance.

If you’ve ever been on an airplane and listened carefully to the safety instructions before the flight (I do on every flight like it’s new information😂), you will recall that they advise that in case of an emergency, you are to put on your oxygen mask FIRST before a child or anyone who needs help. While I’ve always looked at that as just a safety precaution, I never realized how relevant it is to daily life. That is why today I find it very NECESSARY to talk about the importance of self-care. Because you simply can’t help someone else if you haven’t helped yourself first.

What is self-care?

Self-care can be defined in a number of ways that collectively mean the same thing. I would define it as: taking the time to take care of you. By dictionary definition, it means: “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” It can also be defined as: any activity you do to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Simply, self-care is what you do to charge back up. It should make you feel better, especially in tough times.

Why is self care important?

I’m glad you asked! When you consistently take care of yourself, you feel better and you are able to accomplish your goals. Self-care also allows you to get to know yourself even more. Whether it be new activities you enjoy, things you don’t like, your limits, and even your triggers, you will have the opportunity to truly understand you. And while you learn yourself, self-care allows you to love yourself. And as I have repeatedly said, self love is the best love! And honestly, your body, mind, and soul just needs it. And as mentioned above, you can’t be there for anyone else if you aren’t there for yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup!

How do you practice self-care?

Well for starters, when implementing self-care, it is crucial that you understand that self-care is NOT selfish! You NEED it to FUNCTION, we all do. But if self-care is something that is new to you, or you want to be more seriously dedicated to it, here are some tips!

  1. It takes practice! With anything you want to change in your lifestyle, it takes an adjustment. Practice makes perfect!
  2. Actively & consistently plan it. I plan my self-care in two ways, first I schedule it in my planner, & then I write in a notebook what exactly I want to do, it helps me stick to it!
  3. Maintain your health. Eating right, exercising, getting good sleep, drinking water, & staying up to date with your doctors definitely help!
  4. Spend time w/ family & friends. Self-care doesn’t always have to be by yourself, your closest & favorite people can definitely be apart of your self-care plan when you choose.
  5. Knowing your limits. Don’t push yourself to the point that you can’t handle!
  6. Know when to say no. Realize that it isn’t always best to say yes to everything & everyone, that can be draining. But do say yes to yourself!
  7. Don’t forget about your spiritual self. Whatever that may be for you, don’t forget to fuel up! Mine is praying, reading the Bible, going to church, & maintaining my relationship with God!
  8. Ask for help. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help when you need it, you can’t do it all by yourself!
  9. Treating yourself as you treat others. If you’re like me, you enjoy making people happy. But sometimes in doing so, you forget about yourself and what you need to be happy. Care for yourself too!
  10. Love yourself! Love who you are inside & out. Love the person you’re working hard to become. And love the decisions that you make for yourself!

So, as we reach the end, I hope you have learned what self-care is and why it’s so important. And I also hope that you find a way to implement more self-care into your daily routines! So as you know, this is my favorite part, giving you my personal examples of how I practice self-care!

  • Taking a (longer than usual😅) hot shower
  • Letting essential oils fill my room….I LOVE lavender!
  • Listening to music/Playing the piano/Singing
  • Treating myself to dinner or dessert…I love a good cheat day!
  • Working out
  • Reading
  • Taking a nap
  • Walmart trip…walking around w/ no intentions to buy, just browsing all the items is very therapeutic for me!
  • Spending time w/ loved ones!
  • Talking to God/going to church/reading Bible
  • Going on a trip
  • Stretching
  • Catching up on TV shows & especially starting a new Netflix/Hulu binge😅
  • Having a drink…I’m a loyal fan of wine Wednesday lol
  • Putting my phone on do not disturb/staying off social media
  • Pinterest

I do not do all of these things everyday, some are more special occasions! However, a lot of these items are in my everyday routine & are important to me and how I function!

As always, thank you so much for staying tuned another week! I hope you all find more amazing ways to practice self-care. I also want to shoutout my job, because I work in the mental health field & times can be emotionally draining & stressful. But here is where I was required to create a self-care plan. And while I was already doing some of these activities, I now pay more attention to it! *all images from google* be back next week✌🏾

Winter Survival Kit.

am I the only one who’s effortlessly drinking loads of water and getting super dry skin these days?! it’s insaane!

The winter is hot and it’s cold this year and here are some of my favorite things to keep around:

* a moisturizing body cream that smells orangy ^.^

  • ginger milk and honey for that sore throat and upset stomach (this too smells AMAZING)
  • * a deep burgundy sweater that makes you want to hug yourself to feel the softness (not out of self-love)
  • * fluffy socks -obv.
  • * oh and Pinterest because it teaches you how to actually get a life and do stuff, I’m addicted! -to the scrolling not doing 🙂

— What’s in your winter survival kit? .

Community Health and Activists

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Take care of yourself, or else you will not last long, and you will be unable to take care of anyone else.

The Burden of Grief and Chicken

When black people die, the chicken seems to arrive in one quantity: too damn much. We are determined to defeat grief with food. Chicken to be exact. Chicken is our hostess gift, as customary as gifting flowers. And no, all black people don’t eat chicken. There are plenty of happy melanin bellied vegetarians and vegans among us. But generally speaking, fried chicken is our grief cuisine.

Wring The Neck

“He said I was yelling about lettuce in my sleep. It’s because of the chicken.”

One of my best friends recently suffered a loss in her family. The death sits atop a pile of misfortunes that occurred within our social circle this year. Mamas died. Daddies died. Aunties and uncles died. Some got sick, or at least sicker than they were before. And this is not to say that nothing good has come of this year. It’s not to dwell on negative things.

But damn.

Grief is epic and epidemic. It drifts about like a storm cloud, waiting to drown everything in its path.

And then there’s the chicken. People bring it by the pound, or by the pieces to be exact. 25 pieces, 50 pieces. Enough to eat at the repast, and still have plenty left over to feed loved ones who have traveled to pay their final respects. So when my friend messaged me post funeral to say that her fiancé had heard her yelling in her sleep about lettuce, I laughed because I knew precisely what she meant.

Last Spring I messaged a few friends asking if they wanted some leftover chicken. I was left with more than my family could or would eat after my father’s repast. So I lined my freezer with plastic bags filled with fried chicken, and bags with cakes wrapped neatly in foil. Some cakes so large and decadent that I had to slice and package them in portions before freezing. I told myself that I was doing all this because I hated to waste perfectly good food. But if you could have found a conduit to the basement of my soul, you would have encountered someone who looked just like me. She would have told you a different story. One about how I couldn’t physically bear to throw away food from the last event we would ever give for my father.

Pluck It

With what we know about the rampant rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol in the black community, it can’t possibly be the best idea to sit in the wake of death, the trauma of funeral planning, the heightened sense of pain, and eat fried chicken. We need water, rest and vegetables. We need food that fuels our abilities to return to a world that assumes we’re the same people and employees we were before our hearts were ravaged by loss. We need healthier grief cuisine.

Fried chicken tastes delicious and it keeps in the fridge longer than a fresh vegetable or fruit dish. I get it. We’re maximizing our dollars. We don’t want to give a struggling person food that will perish the next day. But suppose we prioritize our health and well-being over convenience? I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Limited finances and limited access to fresh produce make it increasingly difficult for poor black people to eat healthfully. Still, I think that we can take some small steps toward creating better habits. Doing so is absolutely critical to our well-being.

Gut It

My friends and I have been burying relatives and extended family who haven’t even turned 60 years old. It’s draining us mentally and physically. It feels debilitating at times. We’re becoming caregivers well before we expected, before we’ve even had or raised our own children. Our parents, most of whom are Baby Boomers, are suffering from health conditions caused by stress, poverty and environmental factors. And the trickle down of racism. Thankfully though, we’re finally beginning to publicly acknowledge mental health disparities in our communities, a huge breakthrough in the quest for black wellness.

Season It

As a professional in the field of aging and a former caregiver, I’m relieved to see more and more black people take charge of their wellness. We’re starting to recognize that our experiences aren’t just difficult. They’re plain old traumatic. And we need a combination of resources and services to guide us, because there’s no magic pill that will fix this. Therapy, spirituality, nutrition and positive socialization are just a few areas that we can combine to create a more full wellness experience. If we’re gonna bring the chicken, then let’s bring the salad. If we’re gonna bring the chicken and salad, then let’s bring the yoga mats, the prayers, and the referrals to culturally competent clinical professionals who are waiting with open offices to help us through our grief.

Cook And Serve

I gave away as much chicken as I could after my father died. When I was left with just one freezer bag, I took it to work and stuck it in the back of the freezer. Later, during one of my low weeks when it was all I could do just to make it to work (let alone pack lunch), I sat at my desk in the afternoon and suddenly remembered something. I took my time walking to the work freezer. I took out the perfectly frozen bag of chicken. I warmed up two pieces and sat in my office with it, remembering all of the people who surrounded my family with love and food in the midst of our storm.

The Why In The How

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why we do certain things in our relationships and as parents. I’ve been digging into why I do them, why Adam does them, and whether or not I want our kids to see these attitudes and behaviors.

“The Mental Load Of Motherhood” is having a moment. You can find article after article about the tool it’s taking on mothers, on relationships. You can find studies about how much a mother’s work is worth on the open market. You can find blog posts from moms desperate, angry, shocked, and in pain because of choices we had no idea we were making.

For me it’s a little different. Adam and I didn’t have your normal courtship and marriage and honeymoon and then kids. We had our first date in June and found out we were pregnant in November. Our soon was born six days after our first anniversary.

I’d also developed depression and anxiety during my pregnancy and we went through a birth experience that was traumatic for both of us.

We never fell into the habit of me doing everything because I simply couldn’t. Adam changed the first diapers, did the first loads of laundry, had to learn quickly how to care for me and for our son because I was spinning through a deep, deep darkness.

Although I’ve recovered through years of therapy, medication, and support and even thought we’ve had a second child and I’ve built a business and we’ve moved across the country — there are still shadows in our relationship from those early days.

My perspective on the mental load is a little different.

We have to balance my triggers, his triggers, old fears and resentments, growing children, learning new things about each other, cultural differences, and all of the bullshit that comes with living in 2019 and being relatively awake and aware. Issa lot, y’all.

We fuck up. We fight. We shut down. We both react to things in ways that have a lot more to do with our past than our present. We’re working on it.

The more that I center myself, my wants and needs in our life and the more honest I am with him about all of it the better our lives work. Maybe not in the moment — not all honesty is happy honesty. But I’ve realized that fuming inside my head, stomping, door slamming, the silent treatment, being pissed because he doesn’t know things or doesn’t do things — none of that actually works or changes anything.

No matter how obvious I think it is, he can’t actually read my mind.

And he doesn’t see things the way I do. Sometimes he literally doesn’t see the same thing that I do. While we have the same dreams for our family, the details and specifics for each of us are sometimes radically different.

We have to define our terms. And keep defining them.

We have to say it out loud. (Or email — we usually email)

We have to be okay with not being okay for a while. It has to be alright that he’s pissed off at me or that I’m pissed off at him. We can’t be afraid of that or we won’t move forward, we won’t grow.

Mothers keep asking me how to put down the mental load that they’re carrying. How to more evenly divide it between them and their partner or spouse or family. But we have to start with the why.

Why are you carrying what you’re carrying?

Can you be honest with yourself and with the people in your life about it?

We have to deal with the why so that we can tackle the how. There is no trick. There is no magic pill. There is no one conversation you can have that will change something that has been created by outside society for centuries and by you in your relationship for years.

Adam and I have been consciously doing this work for years and there is still more to do. I’ve been working with clients on this for years and there is still more to do. But the amazing thing is this — you get to design your life. Each and every one of us — we get to make choices every single day.

We can choose to be honest. We can choose to have the hard conversation. We can choose to get support.

We can choose to go past the how and dig into the why.

Getting Perspective on the Emotional Response to a Positive STI Result



“because if I end up having an STI, no one will want to date me…I will be considered promiscuous and I could never call my ex and tell him — I would just die of embarrassment!”

“I can’t believe my partner cheated on me.”

“I knew there was something wrong with them.”

“What does this mean for our relationship?”

“No way I’m telling that person I’m positive, they probably gave it to me.”

Mia Biondi

Elyse Erickson

The Omnivore #5: Climate Change in Iceland; Ultramarathons in Tennessee; Surfing in Bali

This week, Iceland’s frosty beauty captures our wanderlust as we lament the strong likelihood it will soon melt away. Plus, we explore the bizarre charm of the world’s most extreme marathon, take a trendy sound bath in New York City, and choose brains over brawn in our exercise routines. Finally, we examine the narco narrative of ‘Kingdom Cons’, and catch waves with pro surfers in Bali.

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Making Waves With Sound Baths

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