Delivering a fat-huge-conscious-loving & passionate HELLO to 2019!

49509502_1891756564255019_8873569378914795520_n.jpgCelebrating 2018 is a huge part of preparing for the best year of our lives – we cannot move forward, heading for true JOY, if we don´t bow in gratitude towards everything we´ve lived.

This year brought the (physical) death of one of my best friends – Khaled Roshdy -, the growth and increasing success of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School; finding the Love of my Life; life in Morocco, then in Bali; a major earthquake with a terrifying tsunami threat in Lombok, dengue fever (my man), a fire, the birth and publishing of a new book; a resetting of life priorities and dreams.

I take the unpleasant as I take the pleasant: with open arms, ready to make the best of everything that comes my way. Meanwhile, I keep on dreaming and taking action upon those dreams – lazy bones have never been my thing.

As we draw 2018 to an end, I share a special video on Authentic Egyptian Dance and, ultimately, Life. I´m sure you´ll understand why.

Wishing YOU the brightest, most loving and abundant NEW YEAR!

Video: What is Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah of Cairo Text & dance pieces by Joana Saahirah Video edited by Khaled Roshdy

Last note (before the new year arrives) – something to take into 2019:

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Check out all the Pioneering Courses available at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

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Dig in, and explore, the treasure ark of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School.
Our School stands for a SOULful Dance & a SOULful Life; we promise, & deliver, authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment.
ALL our courses happen live, face to face with the teacher, and are recorded.
Even if you miss the live classes, you have access to the class recordings for as long as our school exists. Plus, you can download all your classes into your computer until the 29th November (Powhow, the platform that has served our school, is closing down by the 30th November)
Every course offers Bonus Material – articles, videos, music, images – to take you deeper into each subject & turn your learning process into an Adventure.
All you have to do to access any of our courses is to LOG in Powhow (www.powhow.com),  go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase or follow the links shown below.
The system will lead you from there.
If you have any doubts or suggestions, don´t hesitate in contacting us via email (send a message to dancemagica@gmail.com).
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Lotus FlowerLet´s start with the Special, out of the box, Courses I wish my teachers had created when I first started to learn Egyptian Dance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Finding & Expressing Yourself in Egyptian Dance

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/finding-expressing-yourself-in-egyptian-dance-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerThe BASES of Egyptian Dance & Joana Saahirah´s method –
Courses I suggest to dancers of EVERY level:

 

 

 

  • How to create your first Egyptian Dance Choreography – Level 5 of Egyptian Dance ABC & Creative Awakening”

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/how-to-create-your-first-egyptian-dance-choreography-recorded

 

 

  • Arms & Hands in Egyptian Dance Full Initiation – Levels 1 & 2

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/arms-hands-in-egyptian-dance-full-initiation-levels-1-2

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Baladi Courses

 

  • Sensuality in Baladi – Posture, Technique, & Choreography

Log into your Powhow account and follow the link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography-recorded

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Rhythms & Tabla Solo Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerOm Kolthoum Special Courses

 

 

Lotus FlowerShimmy (Drills) Technique & Combos

 

 

Lotus FlowerEgyptian Dance Folklore

 

Lotus FlowerSpecial Interest Courses

 

 

 

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Follow the links to watch a series of Videos about
Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School:
  •  Our School´s launching video
  •  Why our School is NOT for everyone
  • What you need to know when you join our School

NEW Online Course “Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers – Introduction”

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Reaction from the audience in an Om Kolthoum concert, June 1st, 1962.
This image speaks for 1000 words.
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Join my live & recorded Online Course
“Om Kolthoum & Tarab for Oriental Dancers Introduction”,

a journey into the Soul of Egypt.

*Promotional priceoffered to all our students valid ONLY UNTIL the 20th October 2018 (ONLY $69 for 7 live & recorded classes & exclusive bonus material that will rock your world). The price goes up from the 21st October on ($89).

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Here´s what you´ll get when you subscribe to this course:

1. Who is Om Kolthoum & why she´s a symbol of the Egyptian Soul.

2. What is Tarab & how do we apply it to our Dance & Life?

3. Introduction to Om Kolthoum´s music, sensibility, & time.

4. Dancing Om Kolthoum – posture, musicality, technique, feeling, & choreography.

5. A complete Om Kolthoum choreography.

5. Tips on how to improve your Interpretation Skills.

6. Secrets to attain a Soulful Dance & Life.

7. Seven live & recorded classes you´ll be able to attend, view & review, and download to your computer/mobile.

8. Exclusive bonus material – videos, articles, images, music – to make your learning adventure even more exciting.

Lotus FlowerHere ´s what you can do to subscribe:

1.Go to www.powhow.com and LOG IN with your email & password.

If you don´t have a Powhow account yet, you can create it by introducing your email and a password of your choice.

 

2. Go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase. The system will lead you through from there. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link:
http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/om-kolthoum-tarab-for-oriental-dancers-introduction

 

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the class recordings for as long as our school exists (we plan on existing for a really long time!).

 

4. If you need assistance regarding the contents of the course, or courses, you´ve subscribed to, send an email to dancemagica@gmail.com

 

If you need technical assistance, contact Powhow´s team at support@powhow.com

 

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Blooming – Finding & Expressing YOUrself in Egyptian Dance & in Life

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Welcome to

BLOOMING –

FINDING & EXPRESSING YOURSELF IN EGYPTIAN DANCE & IN LIFE

Online Course

ARRIVING, SOON, AT  Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School

 

A truly exciting, online, course, the conclusion of “Creativity & Freedom in Egyptian Dance & in Life” also available at our school.

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Here´s what you´ll find in this Class Package:

1. The Creative Process, from the seed to the flower blooming.

2. Becoming, & expressing, WHO YOU are in your dance & in your life.

3. How to deal with challenges creativity & dreams bring.

4. A romantic choreography to awaken our YOUR creative & soul juices – erasing the fear of exposure & vulnerability.

5. How to SHINE YOUR LIGHT & be a true star in your dance & in your life.

6. How to build a bridge between You & the World – The Magical Connection.

7. Seven live & recorded classes you can view, and review, as much as you wish for as long as our school exists.

8. Bonus material – videos, music, articles – offered with the course.

 

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Here ´s what you can do to subscribe:

1.Go to www.powhow.com and LOG IN with your email & password.

If you don´t have a Powhow account yet, you can create it by introducing your email and a password of your choice.

2. Go to the SEARCH BOX and write the name of the course you wish to purchase. The system will lead you through from there. Or Log into your Powhow account and copy-paste the following link: http://www.powhow.com/packages/joana-saahirahs-dance-studio/sensuality-in-baladi-posture-technique-choreography–2

3. From the moment we start our live classes (check the schedule at the school), you can join us or/and enjoy the class recordings for as long as our school exists (we plan on existing for a really long time!).

4. If you need assistance regarding the contents of the course, or courses, you´ve subscribed to, send an email to dancemagica@gmail.com

If you need technical assistance, contact Powhow´s team at support@powhow.com

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What it means to be FREE (in Egyptian Dance, as in Life)

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There´s a brand NEW pioneering Online Course starting, soon, at

Joana Saahirah’s Online Dance School​:
CREATIVITY & FREEDOM IN EGYPTIAN DANCE & IN LIFE.

In this online course, we´ll learn a complete Tabla Solo which will remind you of the true meaning of Creativity & Freedom. In Egyptian Dance, for sure, but, most importantly, in Life.

What does it mean to be a CREATIVE person?
What does it mean to be FREE?
Are we really* the authors of our own identity, dance, and life or are we following the crowds, often ending up frustrated, empty, lost from our own identity, purpose, and soul?

We don´t do shallow stuff at Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School. We do authentic dance, art, awakening, love, empowerment towards a truly shining experience – in dance, as in life.

I hope you join us for this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G adventure. There´s a promotional/launching price valid for the next days ONLY. Follow the link for more information and allow yourself to grow, and shine, your own light: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/06/17/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life-introduction-new-online-course/

In this video: Joana Saahirah (mad) Tabla Solo at Dahab Festival 2017 Festival organized by Tara Tarazade.

Giving birth to a Shining Star

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And…push, push, push!

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Creating – a dance piece, a painting, a child, a new professional or personal project, ourselves & the life of our dreams – can be a challenge.

If it comes from your gut, and it should come from there, you must be prepared for the trials, the doubts, the lost & found moments, the risks, the uncertainty, the blood & the sweat involved in the birth process. You gotta be able to go down and dirty so you can rise up & flourish. When in doubt, observe the LOTUS FLOWER.

 

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Most of us want the flower, fully bloomed, but we’d rather not plant the seed, water, protect, and take care of it. I have NEWS for you (and me): that’s not how Creativity – in dance, as in life – works. We gotta to open ourselves, allow the seeds to settle in our heart, get our hands dirty and wet; we gotta do the work and howl at the moon. In order to create life, we have to embrace life with all its colours.

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Are you ready to give birth to your own star? ✨🌸💛

Lotus FlowerFollow the link for more information on our NEW Online Course “Creativity & Freedom in Egyptian Dance & in Life”https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/06/17/creativity-freedom-in-egyptian-dance-in-life-introduction-new-online-course/

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The Ballroom (Shall We Dance?)

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A new morning, fresh and generously damp, is upon Bali. Another big celebration is keeping the streets empty and the temples beaming with colors, life, rituals performed for so long time itself has forgotten when they´ve started.

I´ve arrived two days ago, after traveling for two days, and I haven´t stopped a second. Not physically, not mentally, certainly not emotionally. Much less spirituality.

Part of me is scared – our brains don´t like insecurity, we don´t like insecurity, the world tells us we shouldn´t like insecurity. Not knowing. Stepping on foreign ground – truly foreign, wild. Why would someone put her/himself through that?

They wouldn´t (most people don´t), unless they´re aware Life´s too short for small minds, small dreams, small hearts.

This is perhaps what it feels to be alive – out of the comfort zone, raw & open, our chest courageously open towards the wilderness: a mix of adrenaline, fear, excitement, moments of “why do I keep putting myself in these pickles?!” with moments of “Oh, God! I love myself and my life so much. I´m proud of myself for growing continuously”.

Moving to a faraway, exotic, country isn´t new to me. I´ve lived, and worked, in Spain, Lebanon, and Egypt. I´ve also traveled the world, consistently, for work in the last 5 years, dealing with people from varied cultures, educational backgrounds, perspectives.

None of that protects me from being human. Each adventure is new – the 40th leap of faith is as scary as the 1st. The risk of getting disappointed, hurt, open to failure and success; the possibility of not being able to adapt, love, engage; the possibilities for disaster and bliss are there, fresh out of the oven, as they were the first time we went out of our comfortable zone. 

I don´t think everybody should follow their dreams, the same way I don´t think everybody should avoid television, meat, gossip, self-hatred; a wide set of stuff I dislike.

I don´t even think everybody should live their fullest, brightest, life.

I do think everybody´s free to CHOOSE what they wish to do. Or not to do. Even if that means they´ll choose apathy, cowardice, fear, laziness, remaining in their comfort zone, not going for what they love, not fulfilling their purpose.

This is our biggest blessing and/or our doom: FREE WILL. WE GET TO CHOOSE who we want to be and how our lives are going to unfold. 

At our pioneering Online Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”, I taught a module on Co-creation. In that module, I called Life our biggest, and most faithful, “Dance Partner”. And that´s how I see it: 

We´re all in a ballroom. Our lives are handing their hand to us, inviting us to dance. We check the dance floor – wet, slippery, dangerous; with holes that lead God knows where, weird corners, dark spots we cannot see in detail. 

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Most of us will bow our head and decline Life´s Invitation:

-Nah! I´ll pass. My feet are hurting.

Some, perhaps the crazy ones, will say yes with shaking legs; they´ll allow Life to take them to the dance floor. They´ll be lead and they´ll lead.

That´s the thing about accepting Life´s invitation: WE GET TO LEAD AS MUCH AS WE ARE LEAD.

The ones who stay on the sideways, complaining about their feet, are not lead and are certainly not leading. They´re stuck to the ballroom walls, watching Life go by, whirling-whirling-whirling with the ones who don´t mind falling, or breaking a leg thanks to the slippery floor. They´ll criticize them for falling, for making mistakes, for daring:

-Ah, how do they dare!

They´ll probably not know despair, the fear of the unknown, the risks; they´ll also not know what it means to be alive. Fully, unsafely, passionately alive.

Sooner than later, they´ll watch as their feet get stuck to the floor, their muscles become frozen, and their brains dead before time.

Yes, it´s a choice. Living or dying before time. Watching life go by or DANCING WITH IT – ALLOWING IT TO LEAD YOU WHILE LEADING IT YOURSELF. Wherever you end up, in this case, will be a good place. The Dance always takes you where you´re supposed to be.

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One of the many religious celebrations that parade in the streets of Bali on a practically daily basis.

 

“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.
The great affair is to move.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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What our students say about our Online Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”

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We´ve wrapped the live classes of the Course that celebrated Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st anniversary and, now, you can subscribe to the RECORDED COURSE, available at our school, and enjoy a Dance & Personal Journey that has the power to change YOU, YOUR DANCE, and YOUR LIFE.

WARNING: If you subscribe to “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”, there´s a serious risk of growth in every area of your existence.

 

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Check out the TESTIMONIALS some of our amazing students wrote about “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.

 I´ll also add, with pride and gratitude, the classes in this course deserved a 5 stars rating from our all our students.

Just sayin´…
Thank you to the students who took the time, and the love, to share their feedback on the course. Much appreciated.

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“The best course ever! Joana taught us many valuable things, thank you Joana!”
Samira
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“Dear Joana Saahirah, I am speechless,
how an online Course can be that touching !
 
Energy flows, not taking care of any miles-distance.
 
Your structure is great, they way you announce the program of the lesson, how you guide us and how you let us free, it is such a good dose.
 
Thank you also for giving theoretical Input to get some knowledge of Egyptian dance history and culture..and all of the Bonus material!
 
Today, for me, was a clue lesson. We really dig deep in this journey :-). I thank you from and with all my heart for your honesty and the energy you put in it, in us, your faith, your trust, your love., your wisdom and your clearness.
 
May this pure love come back to you in more than 1000 different ways. Not every great dancer is meant to be a great teacher too, but some of them are…happy those who find them …thank you for sharing what your heart is burning for.”
 
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“Oh my God! We go deeper and deeper in Egyptian dance but also in our way of thinking!!! It’s completely crazy!! I think we never be the same! How can we?
 

I’m so proud to subscribe these classes! Amazing, wonderful… words aren’t big enough to describe this soulful Egyptian dance and life travel with such inspired and experimented teacher and with beautiful and kind dancers! it’s just magical. I have leaved the class with such satisfaction, recharged, full of positives projects, ready to bite the life tofull teeth! Hey world… HERE I AM!!!!!

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

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Again wonderful class, I am so lucky to take this course on live with other dance mates. The choreography is so beautiful and dramatic, I will review the classes this weekend and practice the movements, so that I can put my emotions into them and enjoy/grasp the essence of Egyptian Oriental Dance!”

Seiko

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“Thank you for discussing the difference between bringing raw emotions & exposing your private life, that was incredibly helpful for me — a paradigm shift I daresay. Wonderful class, as always. This is proving to be an epic series & I am grateful for all the thoughtfulness, work & passion you have put into it — it really shows.”

 

Justine Riekena

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“Once again, thank you for the inspiring classes. Emotions are a special chapter with me. I feel a LOT but it doesn’t always show. So I try working on that. It has to do a lot with the insecurity deep down I guess. And I’ll repeat myself, I love your classes. They resonate with me and in such a kind way.”

Lucie Kupalová

 

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“I received very useful and practical tips for improvisation, physically and mentally. I will allow myself to be more free and enjoy the moment, no more worries what others may think about me. The Choreography is very romantic and beautiful, I am in love with it!! Thank you again for the wonderful class!”

 

Seiko Endo

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“Terrific class, wish I could have been there live today. Today’s part of the choreography features movements that fall in among my favourites, so it felt very good. Now to sharpen & bring the clarity. I must admit that my favourite part of class was at the end when you clasped you hands & laughed demonically while saying, “tomorrow’s gonna kick your ***, so sweet, so sweet.” So very Joana. Of course you know I adore you & I cherish that you bring your true self to our classes, not a filtered public persona. 😉 Looking forward to tomorrow’s additions to Enta Omri (a song I love).”
 
Justine Riekena

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“I received very useful and practical tips for improvisation, physically and mentally. I will allow myself to be more free and enjoy the moment, no more worries what others may think about me. The Choreography is very romantic and beautiful, I am in love with it!! Thank you again for the wonderful class!”

 

Seiko Endo

 

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“Five stars and more! How to become a great dancer? This is the place to grow as an oriental dancer student, as a woman and as a human being! Thank you so much!”

Patricia Ponchie-Hannequin

 

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This is how May kicked my ass (so sweetly); this is how you´ll kick ass in June!

waterlily-graphicsfairy006c.jpgI can hardly believe we´re in June (what a cliché!).

Here´s the thing I dislike about clichés: we end up bumping into them, even if we don´t want to.

Here´s today´s inevitable cliché: where did time go?

The more you focus on your own life, your dreams, your people, and your priorities, the less you feel inclined to check your neighbor´s garden and the faster time will pass. In fact, you won´t feel it passing.

Eye_of_Horus_Right.svgMay was particularly blessed, busy, and fast-paced. Here are the goals I set, & accomplished, this month:

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairy.jpgI celebrated Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st anniversary with our beautiful dance community. We had several events, Facebook live sessions, contests, gifts, and our special pioneering Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve moved forward with the editing of my upcoming book – a collaboration between me and a talented Slovenian photographer, Breda Jurecko;

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve created, and delivered, our game changer Online Course: Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love (now available, fully recorded, at our school). Aside from the classes I taught – 10, to be more exact, each focused on a particular theme related with dance, personal, and life expansion -, I´ve created extra material that totally kicked my ass; it pushed me beyond everything I´ve done, so far.

The bonus material – videos, articles, music, images, Love Sheets with Life Changing Questions & Exercises – offered with the course was in itself enough to make me work like a maniac for 6 months, at least. But I´ve made it in one month, adapting, changing, improving as we went along.

The participation of the students and their feedback was an essential key to the success of this course.

Enta Omri Journey by Joana Saahirah Online Dance School*Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyI´ve made the final decision to move to Bali, Indonesia & took care of the logistics behind such a huge life shift. 

 

Vintage-Pointing-Hand-Image-GraphicsFairyFurthermore, I´ve studied and challenged myself on a personal level like I hadn´t done in many, many years. 

Am I exhausted? Heavens, yes. Am I happy? Absolutely.

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As far as I´m concerned, June will be even better, and more intense, than May.

At least, I plan on showing up for my part of the deal.

What about YOU? How was your month? Did you achieve the goals you´ve set for yourself? Wait a second…you haven´t set your goals?

No worries. There´s no better time than NOW.

May´s gone – bye, darling! -; June´s here – hello, gorgeous!

You CAN act upon your dreams now.

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Grab a Journal, or a blank paper;

Write JUNE, the most blessed month (so far), at the top;

Write a list of your TOP 3 GOALS for the month which is now starting;

Then, write the STEPS you´ll take to make them happen;

Go ahead and schedule those steps on your agenda. 

The present moment is all we have – make the best of it.

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