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Welcome to another Monday of inspiration. My sincere hope is that you take something positive away from this post.

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I wanted to start this week off with a mental clarity and found this beautiful meditation to help assist with that. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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I love this week’s Tarot reading.

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I get excited when I see The Fool come up in a reading. He is so carefree, on an adventure, and about to step blindly off the edge of a cliff. He is also the first card in the Major Arcana. It is a card of new beginnings, opportunities, and potential. The time is NOW! Take that leap of faith, even if you do not feel 100% ready or equipped for what is coming. This is a time of great potential and opportunity for you right now. The world is your oyster, and anything can happen. Use your creative mind with a dash of spontaneity to make the most of this magical time and bring forth your new ideas in powerful ways.

The Four of Pentacles reigns in The Fool just a little with a conservative approach and attitude toward money. It also comes with an admonition to steer clear of the “scarcity” thought pattern. The broader lesson with the Four of Pentacles is to honor and respect money and wealth but don’t become so attached that you lose sight of what’s most important to you: friends, family, happiness, and love.

The Lovers card is another energetic and exciting card. Most people look at it from the physical aspect of having or finding a new lover. But a deeper meaning is in regards to relationships in general and approaching them with open and honest communication. It can also indicate getting clear about your values and beliefs. You are figuring out what you stand for and your philosophy. At its heart, The Lovers is about choice. The choice about who you want to be in this lifetime, how you connect with others and on what level, and about what you will and won’t stand for.

MY TAKEAWAY: Beginning a new project with enthusiasm and oblivious energy is such an incredible feeling. For me, it applies on the writing level, as I am beginning a new series that is different from anything I’ve written. I’m taking that leap of faith and diving head-first off the cliff. Respecting and taking care of your money is a must in life, as is open and honest communication. So, I hope you will each take the energy of these three cards into your week and implement them in all of your actions.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And for the Dragon Card, we have this gorgeous reminder about giving and receiving.

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I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful beginning to a new year that is filled with opportunities for prosperity and abundance. We are under the influence of a new moon, the perfect time to set intentions and goals. To start a new year under this auspice is powerful. Let’s make it count!

Here’s a meditation to get the year started off on the right foot.

As I have stated before, the cards I draw are random. I shuffle the cards from front to back until one pops up. These cards could not be more clearly scripted for the beginning of a new year and I am overwhelmed with the synchronicity!

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Swords represent the mind or intellect. The number seven is the number of creation. On the Seven of Swords, we see a man moving forward with five swords in hand, while looking backward at two left behind. Many believe this card represents betrayal or deceit, but to me, it is the inability to move into the future without looking back at the past. Mental baggage often can weigh us down, preventing us to make constructive progress. At times the Seven of Swords suggests that you may need to put yourself first to get what you want, even if it means letting others down or putting others off-side.

The Three of Wands signals the many chances available to you to broaden your horizons through study, travel, business enterprise, and learning. You are becoming more aware of the opportunities that exist for you right now – and there are still more to come. To take advantage of this potential, you must stay committed to your path and be prepared to stretch beyond your comfort zone, knowing your best hopes lie outside of your current environment. It is time to think BIG. Consider what you can to open doors to more development and self-exploration. This card encourages you to dream bigger than your limitations. Accept your vision and be confident you will achieve it. The Three of Wands also brings your attention to the changes and challenges that lie ahead. 

Temperance is the card for bringing balance, patience, and moderation into your life. You are being invited to stabilize your energy and to allow the life force to flow through you without force or resistance. It’s time to recover your flow and get your life back into order and balance.

This card calls on you to remain calm, even when life feels stressful or frantic. Maintain an even temperament and manage your emotions. You have learned to keep composed in stressful situations. Little things don’t get to you, thanks to your seemingly abundant source of patience. Your respect for balance and tranquillity is what will help you achieve and experience fulfillment in your life.

My takeaway: It is time to look forward to the future, learning from the past, but not holding on to it. Broaden your horizons, be open to opportunities, and with all things, have a healthy balance and maintain a sense of calm through the storms of life.

What a beautiful Dragon Card to help us begin a new year!

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I have been under the weather having contracted a stomach virus and almost didn’t do this post, but Spirit nudged me so I know someone needs today’s message.

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Today’s meditation is all about opening to and allowing positive energy to flow.

It is highly unusual to draw two Major Arcana cards for these short readings, but that’s what we have today. We are sitting at a powerful time of the year when we are called on to rejuvenate and get ready to begin a new year.

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The High Priestess is the guardian of the subconscious mind and the teacher of sacred knowledge and hidden mysteries. Sitting at the threshold of the conscious and subconscious mind, The High Priestess has an innate ability to travel between these realms effortlessly. She teaches you that the world is not always as it seems and more profound influences are often at play.

The High Priestess signifies spiritual enlightenment, inner illumination, divine knowledge, and wisdom. She shows up in your Tarot readings when the veil between you and the underworld is thin, and you have the opportunity to access the knowledge deep within your soul. Now is the time to be still so you can tune in to your intuition. The answers you are seeking will come from within, from your deepest truth and ‘knowing.’ Allow The High Priestess to become your guide as you venture deep into your subconscious mind and access this inner wisdom. Connect with your intuition and your Higher Self through meditation, visualization, shamanic journeying, and being part of spiritual communities.

When the Queen of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, you are embodying the ultimate working parent archetype. You care for your family and domestic responsibilities while also making a living for yourself and creating financial abundance. You can maintain a healthy balance between home and work by integrating the two and finding your place of ‘flow’ and alignment. Similarly, the Queen of Pentacles suggests that it is important to you to live independently, with a stable income, and with enough time and space to also nurture your loved ones. You may be trying to strike a better balance between your home and work lives, giving it your all in both domains. At the same time, you find time for yourself and prioritize ‘me’ time in between all of your other commitments.

This Queen asks you to maintain a compassionate, nurturing, practical, and down-to-earth attitude when dealing with others and your present circumstances. Focus on creating a calm and balanced life for yourself. Be resourceful and practical, dealing with issues as they arise using straightforward solutions that fix the problem with minimal fuss.

The Strength card represents strength, determination, and power.

Strength is about knowing you can endure life’s obstacles. You have great stamina and persistence, balanced with underlying patience and inner calm. You are committed to what you need to do, and you go about it in a way that shows your composure and maturity.

When the Strength Tarot card appears in a reading, you are fueled by your inner strength, personal power, strong will, and determination. You do not rule by trying to control others; you quietly influence and persuade. Others may underestimate your power because it is so ‘invisible’ – but you should see that as an advantage. You can control a situation without excessive, outward force. No one knows it’s you calling the shots. Your strength gives you the confidence to overcome any growing fears, challenges, or doubts. Feel the fear and do it anyway! If you have been going through a rough time and are burnt out or stressed, the Strength card encourages you to find the power within yourself to persevere.

My Takeaway:

This is the time of year when the veil between the two worlds is thin and we have the ability to experience both worlds, most often in the dream state, allowing us to access our deep inner wisdom and intuition while the Queen offers loving stability not only to ourselves but to our loved ones. And finally, the Strength card is just that – strength to overcome and to move forward into a new year. What a loving positive message!

And here’s the gorgeous Dragon Card for the week with an uplifting message!

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Good morning! Welcome to a new day, a new week, a clean slate on which to write our stories.

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This is such a beautiful meditation with a powerful mantra to begin a new day.

I was drawn back to the Tarot Cards for our weekly reading. I love the message!

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The Two of Pentacles is about endless juggling. As you can see from the image, he has two pentacles he has continuously in motion with the infinity symbol. This card invites you to manage your time and your priorities carefully. Your workload is high right now, and to get everything done, you need to stay focused and productive. You may benefit from a ‘to do’ list, better calendar management, and a stricter schedule. (I know. I hear you groaning because I am too) With the approaching holiday season, this is timely. Balance is a must.

The Knight of Pentacles represents hard work, effort, and the responsibility of following a dream. Notice the sturdy strength of the horse the knight is seated upon. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are working methodically towards your goals. You have a plan in place and are sticking to your schedule to get the job done. You may not work particularly quickly, but you are consistent, dedicated, and committed to your goal. Put one foot in front of the other and finish the job. This card also asks you to continue doing what you are doing, plodding along and making gradual progress. No need to change your approach. Go with the flow, stick to your usual routines, and over time, you will reach your goals.

Then the Hanged Man tells us to take a pause from all that hard work and reflect on what’s really important in life. It can sometimes indicate a delay. Don’t keep pushing forward, hoping that more force will drive you to where you want to go. Instead, surrender to the opportunity to pause and view it as your chance to reassess and re-evaluate where you are on your path. Something new is emerging, and you won’t be able to see it unless you allow the time and space for it to come through. **Addendum** Many thanks to C.S. Boyack for pointing out that the Hanged Man is reversed. I did not see that. Whether I accidentally flipped him, or he came out of the deck that way, who knows. but it does change the reading.

Reversed Hanged Man can indicate the need to hit the pause button. And if we don’t heed the warning, we may end up crashing and burning. It can also indicate delays or things being put on hold, much to our frustration.

My takeaway:

I almost had to laugh out loud at this card spread. We have the balancing act of too much to do, hard work, then put on the brakes. So, to me, it is saying for this week, work hard, stay balanced, and don’t resist taking pause at the end of the week for a little R&R. We don’t want to crash and burn! Sounds good to me! And how ironic that we have a full moon in Aries this week which is full of drive and passion, then moving into stillness by the weekend when the moon is void of course inviting us to take it easy.

And as always, the beautiful little dragons bring such an uplifting message.


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I feel such a beautiful energy today and I hope that somehow I can share it in this post with you.

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The meditation today is short but very uplifting and power-filled!

A most interesting tarot reading for this week. Sometimes it seems like I see some of the same cards over and over, but I trust the process. I randomly pull them, so there is no manipulation on my part. The Universe brings the message we need to hear.

I feel that the Seven of Pentacles applies to all of us who write our stories, or any other creative endeavors. It shows you understand the value of putting in time and energy now for longer-term rewards and have a strong desire to invest in sustainable results. You are not looking for quick wins (but wouldn’t we all love a quick win?). You also want to make sure you are putting your attention on the right areas instead of wasting time and effort on tasks that will not deliver any value. Sometimes we need to step back from day-to-day operations and take a look at the bigger picture. If you have been working hard or putting extra effort into something challenging and important for the last few months, the endeavor or project is near its culmination. Rest assured, your hard work will pay off. You are likely to see financial or other tangible rewards for all of your hard work.

The Page of Pentacles brings a message of new beginnings, as does the Ace. When the Page of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, you are tapping into your ability to manifest a personal goal or dream, or the start of a new educational experience. You are excited about the possibilities and potential of what you put your mind to, knowing you can create whatever you want with focused intention and action. This Page does not specify the fulfillment of dreams as much as the initial motivation and energy to begin the process of turning those dreams into reality.

The Ace of Swords seems to show up often for us. It marks a wave of new energy from the intellectual realms. You may be on the verge of a significant breakthrough or a new way of thinking that allows you to view the world with clear eyes. Or, you may have a sudden realization or conscious understanding about an issue that has been troubling you and can finally see the path ahead of you. Meditate regularly to clear away the mental chatter and make the most of this intellectual potential.

My overall take on this reading is that while we may be nearing the end of one project, there are new ones on the horizon with strong energy and inspiration behind them. Your thoughts?

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Welcome to another start to a fabulous week ahead. I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote in the poll regarding these posts. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading as they are. That’s not to say I may not change them up from time to time, but it made me happy to know my followers enjoy these posts!

The theme this week seems to be all about positive energy. The world around us is filled with turmoil, disasters, and death. So in the midst of that, we would do well to keep our mental health positive and light. That is our only weapon against the darkness that threatens to overwhelm us. So, this meditation is designed to do exactly that. Enjoy!

When I pulled these cards for the reading this week, I literally gasped. You’ll see why.

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The Suit of Pentacles Tarot cards deal with the physical or external level of consciousness and thus mirror the outer situations of your health, finances, work, and creativity. And look at all those Pentacles!

The Seven of Pentacles shows you understand the value of putting in time and energy now for longer-term rewards and have a strong desire to invest in sustainable results. You are not looking for quick wins. You also want to make sure you are putting your attention on the right areas instead of wasting time and effort on tasks that will not deliver any value.

When this card appears in a Tarot reading, see it as an invitation to step back from the day-to-day operations and look at the bigger picture. Celebrate what you have created and assess your progress so far.

We’ve had the Three of Pentacles before and it represents teamwork or collaboration. Each person has an important role to play, and when they come together as a team, they can create something much more significant than if they were to undertake the project on their own. So, when the Three of Pentacles turns up in a Tarot reading, take it as a sign to collaborate with others, creating synergies to achieve big results.

The Ten of Pentacles is a positive sign that you have reached a point of completion and accomplishment in your journey. As a Pentacles card, this sense of accomplishment is likely to be the result of a successful career path, smart financial investments, and a possible committed and long-term relationship. You have accumulated wealth and abundance through your hard work and dedication and can now relish sharing this wealth with others. This is one of those cards that promises everything will eventually come together and you will be proud of everything you achieved.

To sum it up, the Seven-card is all about looking at the bigger picture, not wasting time or effort on tasks that will not deliver any value, while we team up with others for an amazing payoff.

On a personal level, I was recently contacted by my publisher to inform me that my book, “Ghostly Interference,” has been chosen to be turned into a video game. My jaw literally dropped to the floor. I had never heard of such a thing. The rest of the email said I would receive an advance and royalties for seven years. So, when these pentacle cards showed up this week in the reading, I sat stunned again at the synchronicity of the Universe. You seriously cannot make this stuff up!

Have a GREAT week!

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Good morning, friends. Life has been a rollercoaster with so many ups and downs lately. While my sister still struggles to hold on to life, I had the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with family I had not seen in many years. She always loved family reunions and we all agreed that’s the good that came out of her illness.

All that aside, we will finish up the opening and balancing of the Seven Chakras today with the Crown Chakra. This is the area just above the top of your head and is the pure connection with the Universe, with Source. It is the most spiritual in nature of all the chakras. It is the source of wisdom, enlightenment, and connection to higher guidance. The color associated with this chakra is violet. The gemstones that resonate with this chakra are Phenakite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz Crystal, Labradorite, Moonstone, and Lapis Lazuli – all high vibrational stones. Some affirmations that can help enhance this beautiful chakra are: I am Connected with the Divine – I am open to new ideas – The world is my teacher – I am guided by a higher power and inner wisdom.

I found this beautiful meditation that is short but powerful for opening and activating the Crown Chakra.

And now for the Tarot Reading for this first full week in July.

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The Knight of Cups is the classic romantic of the Tarot deck. He is in touch with his intuition and emotions, and he uses them masterfully to charm and attract others. He shows compassion and understanding towards others because he has learned to understand his own feelings and emotions. The Knight is kind, caring, and very in touch with his feminine side. When the Knight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you thrive on all things beautiful and are inspired by the many creative outlets available to you.

The Temperance card is not a new one to us as we have had it before and it all about balance, moderation, patience, and purpose. You are being invited to stabilize your life and allow the life force energy to flow through you. What a perfect accompaniment to the Crown Chakra! This Tarot card is about blending, mixing, and combining diverse elements in a way that creates something new and even more valuable than its separate parts.

In its purest form, the Lovers card represents conscious connections and meaningful relationships. The arrival of this card in a Tarot reading shows that you have a beautiful, soul-honoring connection with a loved one. The Lovers is a card of open communication and raw honesty. At its heart, the Lovers is about choice. The choice about who you want to be in this lifetime, how you connect with others and on what level, and about what you will and won’t stand for. To make good choices, you need to be clear about your personal beliefs and values – and stay true to them. 

I love this! The week holds beautiful energy for creativity, balance, and honest communication with yourself and with others.

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The weeks fly by! It’s Monday again and today we are working on balancing and charging the Third Eye Chakra. It is referred to as the seat of intuition. It is also the part of us that controls our imagination, as well as the ability to think and make decisions. It is located in the middle of the forehead just above the brow line and is associated with the color Indigo. Amethyst is the gemstone that coincides with this beautiful chakra. Some affirmations to strengthen the third eye connection are: I see all things in clarity. I am open to the wisdom within. I trust and follow my intuition.

I found this meditation that I absolutely loved and I think you will too.

And now for our Tarot Reading for this week.

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Wands are associated with spirituality, inspiration, intuition, creativity, expansion, original thought, and the seeds through which life springs forth. I would say that’s a fitting accompaniment with the Third Eye Chakra. With the Page of Wands, you are inclined to give anything and everything a go. You embrace the opportunity to start out on a new journey or project and see where it takes you. You do not necessarily have a solid plan in place, nor do you really know where you are headed, but you are excited about the possibilities. You are asked to take your creative spark and ground it down into reality so that it is ready to be implemented in the physical realm.  In contrast, the King of Wands is there. He’s reached the level where he hands the creative ideas off to others to complete. That’s not to say that you need to give your creative ideas away, but instead, take the energy of the King of Wands to set a clear intent and a long-term view. You have a grand idea of what is truly possible, and you will stop at nothing to see it through. The appearance of the King of Wands also suggests that an opportunity is presenting itself to you, and you now have the power to take on the challenge. You are the determining factor in this situation. If you want it to be successful, it will. And equally, if you do not fully commit to it, this seed will struggle to blossom and grow. You can create any outcome you wish, so be mindful of your intentions and vision. You hold the power. The Judgement card goes hand-in-hand with the King of Wands in that it often indicates that you need to make a life-changing decision. It represents rebirth or regeneration. You may be at a crossroads, aware that any choice you make will bring a significant change with long-lasting effects. It can also be about purging things from your life that are no longer needed or taking a good hard look at things you’ve done.

So to wrap it up, the energy of the Page of Wands inspires us with new ideas. The King of Wands gives us the solid intent to manifest the ideas and the Judgement card gives us the inspiration to make life-changing decisions that could stem from those creative ideas.

Go out and make it a great week!

On a side note, for everyone who is inclined to do so, I ask that you send positive healing energy to my oldest sister, Jean, who is in ICU in a Dayton, Ohio hospital. It looks serious. She is 85. Thank you in advance!

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Happy Monday! Welcome to another opportunity to pause and reset your intentions for a new week!

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We continue with our efforts to open and balance the chakras. This week, we are focusing on the fifth major chakra. The Throat Chakra is located in the center of the throat and back of the neck. It controls our flow of communication, self-expression, and listening. When there is an imbalance, you may find that you have a harder time speaking your truth or getting your message across to another. This also affects our creativity in writing. Our job as writers is to get the thoughts and images from our heads and hearts into words that convey them accurately and effectively. Some ways you may be able to tell if this chakra is blocked would be, hesitation to speak your truth, having your throat close up or constrict when you are trying to talk, a sore throat, a raspy voice, or if you feel anxious about a conversation. You can enhance this chakra by wearing the color blue, especially in jewelry around your neck. Gemstones that are great for the throat chakra are Turquoise, Kyanite, Aquamarine, or Lapis Lazuli. You can also help activate this chakra by doing neck stretches and repeating affirmations.

Here’s a short meditation to help balance the Throat Chakra.

Now for our Tarot Reading for the upcoming week.

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The King of Swords is a symbol of intellectual power and authority. It indicates that you have a clarity of mind and can perceive the truth, so it is up to you to take the lead with providing an objective point of view and making decisions based on impartial judgement. The King of Swords encourages you to use your logic and intellect to navigate the path ahead. The Three of Pentacles is all about teamwork, collaboration, learning and implementation. It can represent the value of different ideas and levels of experience in collaboration. Each person has an important role to play, and when they come together as a team, they can create something much more significant than if they were to undertake the project on their own. So, when the Three of Pentacles turns up in a Tarot reading, take it as a sign to collaborate with others, creating synergies to achieve big results. The Eight of Pentacles is a card of apprenticeship and mastery. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are working hard to improve your skills and become a master at what you do. It may indicate further education or study in order to hone your skills. More broadly, the Eight of Pentacles suggests you are working away at the finer details of the various aspects of your life, in an effort to continuously improve your situation. The Eight of Pentacles encourages you to keep doing what you are doing as it will eventually lead to success. 

So, an overall take on this reading would be to implement teamwork and collaboration, work hard to improve your skills and all with clarity of mind and an objective point of view.

Sounds good to me. Make it a great week!

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The Heart Chakra resides in the middle of the chest and vibrates to the colors green and pink. Affirmations are a great way to help heal and balance the heart chakra, as well as working with stones such as rose quartz, emerald, malachite and jade. You can wear the color green to help raise the heart chakra vibration. Here is a brief meditation that I found to be very effective. I hope you will too.

And now for the Tarot Reading for the upcoming week!

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The Suit of Cups Tarot cards deal with the emotional level of consciousness and are associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections. Which leads right back to the heart chakra. I swear to you, it is not possible to make this stuff up. These are the cards I was given.

The King of Cups is emotionally balanced, compassionate, and diplomatic. Something for us all to strive for. It indicates control over feelings and an acceptance of them without allowing them to get the better of you. The King also indicates the ability to manage a situation logically, while drawing upon your intuition and understanding of human interactions. The Judgement card is calling you to rise up and embrace a higher level of consciousness for the service of your Highest Good. You may be at a crossroads, aware that any choice you make will bring a significant change with long-lasting effects. The Judgement card suggests that you may find comfort in sharing your struggles with others within a group environment. There will be others who have experienced something similar and who can show you the way to freedom from your troubles. Let them guide you and help you – rise together. The Queen of Cups is, as you might imagine, nurturing, caring, compassionate and sensitive. When you see her in a Tarot reading, you are embodying her ‘nurturing mother’ energy. You support others by listening with your heart, being compassionate, and caring for them deeply. In your creative projects and endeavors, you ‘feel’ your way into them, trusting your heart and your inner guidance to lead you in the right direction. You know when something is ‘off’, and you pay attention to this, even if it doesn’t make rational sense. You may be in tune with the cycles of the moon and nature, using these cycles to manifest your goals and live your dreams. Lead with your heart, not your head.

So, to wrap it up, this reading is telling us to stay emotionally balanced while making big life choices that require us to do so with compassion and leading from the heart center.

Have a great week!