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2023.06.01 18:51 Kind_Independent_923 What's the most valuable lesson you've learned from a failure?

What is the best way to handle a difficult situation with a romantic partner or spouse?
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2023.06.01 18:50 Talkinallthatjaz Fail Proof Manifesting Technique

Hey Beautiful Humans,
I thought I’d share a technique that I’ve seen the most progress with and what I’ve tested to be tried and true.
My number one rule that I ALWAYS tell people; “Keep time out of your manifestations”. I think we humans have such a hard time with manifesting because we acknowledge time. It seems between time and doubt we’ve psyched ourselves out of instant manifestation.
I like to set my intention both with a short visualization and also writing. The wording in my visualization is always “I’m setting the intention to receive…..” and then my writing is always prompted as “I am so grateful for….” along those lines. I visualize myself either writing the intention on a paper and then putting it in an envelope and sending it up into light (my higher self/source) or visualize the end result on a big screen and then placing that screen into a bow wrapped small box and sending it up in the light. I’m not the best at visualizing so I keep it short. I tend to focus more heavily on feelings and depending on what I’m asking for, sensory recreation through mostly touch or smell as well. I also definitely never say anything like “ I’ll have this by this date” when setting my intentions like I’ve been told to do in many teachings. I strongly believe it anchors resistance and doubt.
After setting my intention; I only acknowledge the present moment. I’ve trained myself heavily on leaving the ego out of my manifesting so when I’m thinking of my desire I’m focused solely on the feeling of gratitude and not the attachment to the how/when. While both in thought and conversation my mentality is “already received”. for example: my car, my apartment, I have this amount in my bank etc.
I found this method provided me with the least resistance.
For small things I also really like just simply saying things like “oh, I have those/that”, “Oue I should buy that”, or “I’m so grateful for that “ For example if I want a pair of shoes or want to go on a trip.
I did not intend for this post to be this long lol. What are some of your fail proof manifesting techniques? I’m always so curious of the many different ways of creating.
Happy manifesting! :)
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2023.06.01 18:49 Repulsive-Yak6922 Next level racing DD

Hi guys, looking to buy a wheel stand for when I upgrade to the r9 and unfortunately have no way of getting an 8020 instead and the NLR DD seems to be the best bet as you can add the seat to it I see so just wondering if anyone has one with a DD on it how is it?
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2023.06.01 18:49 BusinessPerson56 Best ways to learn brand strategy?

As the title implies, I am currently looking for the best ways to become a formidable brand strategist; from the perspective of someone wanting to utilize said skills for their own ventures and to eventually (far off into the future) offer their insight as a service rather than to seek more traditional forms of employment with the skillset, what would your recommendations be? specific books? courses? exercises? a specific degree/program? etc.
all insight is welcomed and appreciated, prefacing with a condensed list of some relevant accolades (including failures) to further contextualize input would also be appreciated.
as a side, are marketing degrees really worth it when juxtaposed against navigating the actual task of marketing and branding, fueled by your own research and failures? I ask this question because I am often very unimpressed with the work of marketing graduates and very impressed by the work of people who cut their teeth in the real world, BUT as a genuinely open minded person, I am simply interested in the best steps forward without bias.
Thankyou for your time!
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2023.06.01 18:49 Akiesph Think smarter, not harder

I present the best way to use the bot creator. Full energy turn 1
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2023.06.01 18:49 youbetterjustask Is there a bible?

Like a book explaining what you do and the reasoning behind, plus different outcomes. Like lst explained as to when I s the best time to start, plus add in the detrimental times like if you start to early you will keep her short. To late and you stress into the specified amount of time for flowering.
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2023.06.01 18:49 404_Haxy Best way to play imo

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2023.06.01 18:49 shivamuniadventure 10 Plans To Make An Effective Leh Ladakh Bike Trip From Delhi

Around 10 Plans To Make An Effective Leh Outing By Bike
Each biker's definitive dream is a Leh Outing By Bike. Beginning from staggering scenes spread across high-elevation mountain passes to wonderful snow capped lakes in shades of blues and greens, Ladakh resembles a fantasy that one can't move past. When your heart wants, you realize there's no halting till you set out on that leh ladakh bike expedition.
While it's valid, words fall flat with regards to Leh Ladakh the travel industry yet the following are 10 thoughts for you to make a fruitful excursion to this paradise on the planet. Peruse on to know our top picks from the best ladakh trip from delhi on bike bundle (that is with Mustache Departures, BTW😉) for an incredible experience that could only be described as epic. Prepared to get Leh'd?

Snap a 3 Idiots style picture at Pangong Tso

Of all the Leh Ladakh vacationer places, visiting this Bollywood well known put resembles A MUST when on a ladakh trip by bike from delhi. Well, how long has it been perched on top of your list of must-dos? Since Rancho was joined with his companions close to the lake in 2009 Amir Khan-starrer 3 Idiots? Time to book the Leh Ladakh bundle and satisfy your Bollywood dreams!
Pangong Tso likewise is the most noteworthy saltwater lake on the planet. As captivating as its peacock blue waters may be, there's no sea-going life with the exception of the couple of ducks and gulls you can detect on a superficial level. The most effective way to encounter Pangong Lake is search for Leh Ladakh bundles that offer a short-term setting up camp experience right adjacent to the lake. On this leh to ladakh trip by bike, you'd likewise be crossing the world's third-most noteworthy motorable pass, the Chang La (17586 ft)!

Get flabbergasted at Attractive Slope

In this way, express, you're on the Leh Kargil Roadway, nearly covering the delhi ladakh bike trip distance and afterward pretty much 30 km from Leh city, you'd encounter a weird peculiarity. A billboard would welcome you to the "Attractive Slopes".
Presently here assuming you leave your Bike on unbiased, you'd gradually regard yourself as going uphill. Somewhat creepy, on the off chance that we should say on the grounds that nobody really knows the specific reason! Some say it's an optical deception, some express the attractive power hypothesis, others call it like gravity slopes found at different spots all over the planet while neighborhood legends discuss the presence of a flight of stairs to Paradise.
Whatever be the explanation, in the event that you don't really accept that it, look at our Leh Ladakh bike visit bundles and we would take you there to observe the bizarre peculiarity with your own eyes.

Cross the most elevated motorable pass Khardungla on this bicycle visit

Obviously, you're in the Place that is known for High Passes and no Leh Ladakh schedule is finished without visiting Khardungla, the world's most elevated motorable pass (18,380 ft.). It falls while heading to Nubra valley on the delhi to ladakh trip. Thus, you can visit a Leh bicycle rental to lease a bicycle and ride 40 km to arrive at this pass prior to riding to Nubra.
As you cross the South Pullu designated spot, the streets begin getting dustier and more brave. All things considered, experience is the reason you're here on the Leh Ladakh slug trip, correct? You'll begin feeling the slimness in the air as you gain elevation however the view gets significantly more wonderful. When you arrive at the top on this Leh trip by bike, have your "pahadon wali chai and Maggi" (and click heaps of pictures as well, duh!).
Incidentally, the Leh bike rental cost begins at around INR 1800 for Imperial Enfield despite the fact that assuming you are alright with driving a programmed bike, your Leh bike rental expense would come down to around INR 1000 every day.

Hear the narratives at Imperial Leh Castle

One of the most outstanding spots to visit in Leh Ladakh is the Imperial Leh Castle. Inherent the seventeenth 100 years, it stands tall with its nine stories, overcoming everyday hardship. It's a fine illustration of middle age Tibetan design, having been built taking motivation from the Potala Royal residence of Lhasa. On the off chance that you love history, head towards the gallery for an understanding into Ladakh's social legacy. Furthermore, you additionally get all encompassing perspectives on the Leh town underneath with the Stok Kangri mountains in the scenery.

Partake in the harmony at Shanti Stupa

In the event that you're on a Delhi to Leh bike trip, you must make a beeline for Shanti Stupa. Far away from the boisterous roads in the city, Shanti Stupa offers the sort of serenity which will remain with you into the indefinite future. The stupa likewise holds the relics of Buddha that were cherished by the fourteenth Dalai Lama. However, notwithstanding its strict importance, what makes Shanti Stupa a must-visit in all Leh Ladakh bike trip bundles from Delhi is the 360 all encompassing perspective on the Leh town from here.
We offer Leh Ladakh bike trip bundles covering Shanti Stupa and a few other touring places at the best rates. Look at them now! We can likewise assist you with your Chandigarh to Leh excursion.

Recognize our conflict legends in Kargil

On your Delhi to leh trip by bike, when you cross Srinagar, require a night's stop in Kargil. We as a whole have some familiarity with the detestations that happened in this spot very nearly twenty years back before activity Vijay shut down it. In this way, pause for a minute to give proper respect to our legends at the Kargil war remembrance on your Leh Ladakh bike trip. En route to the raised area at the remembrance, you'd find the names of the saints engraved in pink sandstone, a sight that lowers you in a flash.
In the event that have opportunity and energy to investigate further, go with Leh Ladakh visit bundles which would likewise cover Dras in Kargil. Dras is the second coldest possessed put on Earth after Siberia and is an exceptional objective for skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey. Do a Leh Ladakh bike trip plan with something like 2 - 3 days in Kargil and we guarantee, you will not be disheartened once you find its unlikely treasures.

Ride the twofold bumped camels in Hunder

At the point when you consider camel safaris, the principal thing that strikes a chord is likely immense miles of undulating sand ridges and burning intensity. However, for what reason would we say we are discussing camel safaris in the mountains on a Leh Ladakh visit? All things considered, it is precisely exact thing it is. At 10,000 ft., on your Leh bicycle visit, you'd run over the virus desert sand ridges of Hunder.
Hunder is a little town concealed in the Nubra Valley and is known as "Desert overhead". The sheer sight of the Bactrian twofold bumped camels at this elevation would make each penny of your Leh Ladakh bike trip cost worth the effort. Also, what could be better? Because of Leh Ladakh temperature, you get to dump the standard 50 degrees Celsius desert temperature nevertheless partake in a camel safari on your Leh Ladakh bike trip from Delhi. Jaisalmer, you got some serious rivalry here brother!

Visit the northernmost town of Turtuk

Fast tip: Except if you're willing to carry your own bike the whole way to Ladakh, leasing a bike in Leh is the best technique to visit Ladakh. Because of the way that rental bicycles from beyond Leh are completely restricted from being utilized for the travel industry reasons. Thus, on the off chance that you are arranging a Leh Ladakh visit by bike, do observe this.

Get shipped to the moon in Moonland

Alright, perhaps not in a real sense. Yet, it feels so when you visit Lamayuru Moonland in Ladakh. The spot is very famous for its lunar scene and on the off chance that you weren't living under the stones, you would have certainly gone over explorers posting photographs and recordings of "moonscape" in Ladakh via web-based entertainment from their Leh excursion.
Furthermore, the eleventh century Lamayuru religious community is incorporated into this moonscape! For sure, Lamayuru's weird geographical elements make you wonder where, precisely, Leh Ladakh is. Is it truly on the Earth or some odd Space heavenly body?

Investigate the cloisters on your Leh Ladakh visit

When in Ladakh, you can't however set out on your Leh bike to investigate its various cloisters. While some like the Diskit religious community can undoubtedly be covered with a Leh bike trip bundle, others like Phugtal Gompa must be arrived at by walking. Ladakh's cloisters seem like they came straight out of a postcard, with the delightful snow-covered mountains behind the scenes! While you're here, you would have harmony and serenity. Likewise, do invest some energy with the priests to grasp their basic lifestyle.

Best Chance To Visit Leh Ladakh

The best opportunity to visit Leh Ladakh is June - September when every one of the streets open up and the lakes sparkle their bluest varieties. Leh Ladakh weather conditions is wonderful during this time! Be that as it may, assuming you're searching for snow, ice skating, and a frigid experience (in a real sense, given to the freezing temps), the cold weather a long time in Leh Ladakh are most likely the best chance to come.
There's no question Ladakh is hypnotizing in additional ways than only one. Yet, now that we've done all the movement motivation chat on Ladakh, when are you going along with us for your fantasy ride? Your fantasy Ladakh bike trip is only a tick away! You should simply book your Leh Ladakh bike trip bundle here and you're arranged! Grants, bike, stays, food, you can leave all of that stressing for us. So this was our finished blog about Leh Excursion By bike of Mustache Breaks. What's more, who's in the mood for posting on Instagram that large number of pictures of ceaseless streets with mountains on the two sides? We bet you are! ;)
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2023.06.01 18:49 TimeUnicorn I(F22) am growing apart from my best friend(F 22)?

So, I(F22) feel like I'm growing apart from my best friend(F22).We started being friends around 7 years ago in high school. We were both kind of hanging out on our own, not being very close to anyone in our class, so I think this kind of became a reason we got close. In our friendship at school, I always used to be a softer person, while she was more hard and confident, which resulted in many fights we had with each other, when I was skipping school without telling her in advance, for example. Nevertheless, we still had a lot of fun together, especially when we started doing sleepovers at my place almost every week, and we never got tired of it. All this time we were each others' only friends.
Fast forward a year or two, she started having a long-distance relationship with a guy, and I was very happy for her. They could even meet a couple of times in another country. We were preparing for our graduation exams, and we had a lot of goals and plans for the future. We continued to hang out together, and we were really, really close. At that point, we started calling each other best friends.After high school, I went abroad to study, and she continued her education in our home country. Long distance was hard, but we still managed. We called each other every week, laughed, and everything felt pretty normal. The only thing is, I started feeling like our connection was not as strong as before.And now several years after I started my education, due to the war raging in our home country, I am constantly living abroad with my mom, while she got married to her boyfriend and is living with him, also abroad. Our time zones became very different, so it was also more difficult to continue video calling each other regularly. Our personal lives also changed a lot. Compared to me being very closed-off and soft-spoken in school, I became very outgoing, started a new job, currently trying to graduate from uni, and most of my free time I'm either, working, studying, hanging out with other people, who I became close with. In the meantime, my best friend is mostly working from home and only spends time with her husband, and I'm still the only close friend she has.
Now my best friend is very annoyed and angry, that I'm not spending as much time with her as I did before. I already explained that I am trying, but at this point my life has changed so much, it's getting more and more difficult. I want to prioritize my comfort, and want to spend my few hours of rest from work, studying and socializing on my own, with my own hobbies and just relax. She is still mad at me and is trying to make me feel guilty. I'm pretty sensitive in that way, so I am starting to feel very upset and anxious. I do feel bad about how I'm treating her, but I also feel like we really are growing apart from each other, but she just cannot understand it.
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2023.06.01 18:49 letitburneracc Do you have a fear of parenthood? Or how you’ll behave?

21F I can honestly say my biggest goal in life is to be a wife and a mother. I know that is not the life for everyone but I dream of it always. Everything I work for now is for the future of myself and my future children
But with my diagnosis I often wonder how I’ll be as a parent, that plus postpartum?? My goodness
I’m more on the mild Bipolar side according to my psychiatrist but I notice things within myself that I don’t like or that concern me. Like when I have pets and one minute I love them to death and the next i get so upset that they even NEED me and I’m having a depressive episode and getting angry at it for meowing because it’s hungry…. I just always hope I have more patience with my children. I never want to hurt them or traumatize them but sometimes my brain gets the best of me.
I’m still trying out meds so hopefully that will stabilize me more and I won’t have to worry about my episodes when I’m a mom. But yea just on my mind
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2023.06.01 18:49 Family_Man_On_TV Are Protestants more spirituality vulnerable?

I see a lot of Protestants (specifically Evangelicals) talking about attacks from Satan (or "the enemy" as they call him). I always thought they were making it up. My Catholic friends and I rarely think or talk about Satan. I always thought they were making it up, but then another idea crossed my mind.
Are Protestants more vulnerable to attacks by demons than Catholics?
They don't partake in the things that repel demons the best (the Eucharist, reconciliation, the rosary). They never ask for the intercession of saints, such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Benedict. Does Satan recognize them as the weakest of Christ's flock, and single them out?
The stories about demonic attacks, possessions, and demons manifesting are way more common among Evangelicals than mainline Protestants (Lutherans, Anglicans). They seem to increase in frequency the further their religion is from Catholicism.
An atheist attacked by Satan might write it off as nothing, but a Protestant will acknowledge the presence of Satan, while lacking tools to defend themselves.
So, is it all Evangelical nonsense, or are they really the most vulnerable of Christ's flock?
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2023.06.01 18:49 EuropiumNeptune Best way to get rid of boston and poison ivy?

Neighbor has a lot of boston ivy and poison ivy that is growing through to our property. What is the best and safest way to keep it under control?
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2023.06.01 18:48 Desperate-Ad5647 Security Clearance

I plan on accepting an offer with Lockheed Martin and I need to do background checks for a secret clearance. I have no criminal record, no gambling debt, no ties to foreign nationals, and no ties to groups that want to overthrow the United States, and MO other red flags I can think of.
Only thing I'm worried about for clearance is that I've experimented with THC and resold a sealed bag of cannabis I found once while I was cleaning at work to someone I know because I wasn't going to smoke it. I've used weed recreationally 3 times in my life over the last four years. I've used THC once in 2019 at a party when someone brought a bong and was passing it around, once in 2021 at a former best friend's party in the form of an edible (hated that), and once in January of 2023 in the form of a joint at a sports party for Wildcard Weekend. The bag of weed was a sealed bag I found in 2022 that someone left at my place of work (movie theater) that I found after I was cleaning and I thought that I'd resell it because it was sealed, worth 30 bucks, and I don't like weed, the last two times I've used THC being helped by social pressure I've put on myself plus wanting to experiment a bit.
As it stands, I've tried weed, it doesn't do much for me, and I've never sought it out and especially never sought to distribute it. I respect the federal government's laws on it, knowing that they supercede all the laws of my state of NY, and other drugs and I'd be more than fine with not continuing these activities in the future.
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2023.06.01 18:48 kaplansaplan What are some super difficult fun starts with achievements attached to them?

Took around a year's break from eu4 and came back with domination. I'm ironically super bored with all the major nations so after a pirate republic So > Japan game for freest man in the world I tried some non-Japanese OPMs or other minor countries wedged between great and regional powers. I really enjoy finding the best opening and strategy for each nation and not looking at guides. I love playing these super small nations where your only option is expanding into wrong culture and religion areas. Spending tons of admin on coring lands that major nations would start with and reducing inflation, spending lots of diplo on war exhaustion and accepting cultures with no money for advisors. Getting tons of interest and inflation from all the small loans. All of this is really fun compared to snowballing from the start. You get to have fun micro intensive wars where you have to outsmart the AI every day to win. And there's always an end game boss to fight, even if that end game is in the 1600s at least it's something. Playing a minor in the mediterranean also makes you appreciate how powerful naval can be with all the straits.
I've gotten Basque in Glory, Saladin's Legacy and I'm currently working on a Mzab game where I got An Unlikely Candidate and going for The Third Way. What should I put on my list? I have the Russian minors and true heir of timur on the back burner. I have 1k hours and have all the dlc except Lions of the North, but I'll buy that one after payday.
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2023.06.01 18:48 cmisanthropy Best way to flood only certain parts of a model with more verts/faces?

Have a humanoid base mesh and do not need a ton of polys on the body since it will be covered in clothing/armor but I do want to sculpt a very high poly face.
Is it better to just keep two separate objects and join later, or is there a way to only increase “definition” on the head and neck area?
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2023.06.01 18:48 Pleasant-Affect8433 Best time to introduce a smartphone

Good afternoon, I’m curious on the best way to introduce a smartphone. We’ve been reinforcing positive technology habits like learning to use the laptop supervised with the family to promote motor skills instead of just swiping on a tablet, no unsupervised screentime unless it’s sub 60min of television or semi unlimited reading on the kindle, consistently talking about being safe online to avoid danger and viruses, rewarding positive tech interactions and going through the rare negative interactions together to understand what went wrong (acting out when we can’t play another round of something on the switch, discussing how technology can hurt our brains and attention - this isn’t me being cooky, research demonstrates that technology actively changes your brain, which is often extremely harmful). We’re nowhere near needing to give them a smartphone yet but we were thinking of 14-15. I know a lot of parents wait until eighth grade because they can’t hold out against the societal pressures but a majority of the kids I’ve known/observed with unlimited phone access end speed running screen addiction - even with restrictions sometimes. I’m confident as long as we keep modeling healthy screen usage things will turn out better than what I’ve seen outside of our home, and I’m soon planning on implementing a flip phone as the kids get older for safety purposes. Our household has the strategy of redirecting towards the real world whenever we get requests for more tech, so going to state and local parks, fun vacations, museums, making friends, summer camps, lots of hands on learning and crafts, and just trying to provide lots of core memories of amazing real world to keep them grounded. Is 14-15 too late or just right? Thoughts?
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2023.06.01 18:48 ChaoticDominance I need help with tires.

Would like to buy on amazon so I'm not paying ridiculous shipping fees and so it gets here fast. Not looking to spend more than $40 but just because that's my upper limit, doesn't mean I want to spend that much if I don't have to. So the $40 limit isn't "I need something at $40", but is "$40 is a lot of money right now, I'd love to spend somewhere around $25-30".
The amount of times I've listed a price and suggestions are way more than the suggested price because "It's worth it"...
Anywho, 27.5x2.0 is what I'm looking for. I'm looking at the Schwalbe Hurricane but the item dimensions in the description doesn't match the title size so I'm worried it's not actually it. It was suggested I get the Schwalbe Energizer Plus but I have no idea how to translate their sizing guide to find what I'm looking for.
I'm looking at these ones but would love suggestions if neither of these work for my needs. Can someone with better educated eyes than me, help me solve this problem of sizing?
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2023.06.01 18:47 ahamsterball To the devs: I feel sad and disappointed

I want to keep this short, I’ve bought every pass and plenty tip jars since I downloaded the game, and after the most recent changes to generators, I am seriously considering uninstalling the game.
I really love this game, but the decisions you devs have made are making me think that you guys are just trying to find more ways to annoy your players so they will spend more money on the game.
The response you gave justifying the changes is so tone deaf, I don’t understand at all how this change is “ensuring the best possible playing experience for our players.”
I feel sad and disappointed because I might need to stop playing this game…
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2023.06.01 18:46 ohhello_o [WP] The prophecy has been spoken - the hero who shall destroy the dark lord will soon be born. For most, this is a joyous moment, but you don’t feel like waiting around for a couple decades watching the kingdom burn while some child gets trained.

You watch them cheer. Their voices, a cacophony of shrill noise tangled together, float through the air and into the open window of your home. You watch their smiles grow as they jump on one another and wrap their arms wherever they can fit them. It’s a rather large affair, the turnout far greater than you expected, but what’s more is that it doesn’t seem to be ending. Laughter invades your ears as even more villagers join the fray. You look beyond the crowd and out towards the kingdom. See its towering castle in the distance, the sun lowering beneath it, and the thousands of homes that settle there, against the horizon. It looks powerful somehow, as if this moment should be trivial. After all, you’d just found out about the prophesy that foretells a hero to soon be born who shall destroy the dark lord. But somehow, the occasion is far from joyous. It is just another reminder of all the bad things to exist – of the idea that it is in the fate of one person and one destiny to save an entire world. That your fate is determined by one unborn child’s will. It is undermining, inhumane, and something nefarious under your skin.
You scoff to yourself, abruptly shutting the blinds so you don’t have to see the spectacle below. You still hear them, though, and that makes something red and hot boil in you.
It’s only later, when you’re trying to fall asleep but failing because the thoughts are all jumbled in your mind, that you think about possibility. You think, why does it have to be them? And then, why can’t it be you? And finally, it can.
It can be you.
So you laugh to yourself, quietly but no less determined, and the world shakes – maybe in its own attempt to laugh – and you fall asleep to dreams of prophets and evildoers and an unborn child who will never have to carry the burden of the world.
It starts with those blue eyes.
He watches you from the distance. Has known about you for a while now. You were notorious for being malicious towards your enemies. Some may call it bravery. He calls it intent. His name is Jareth, and he is a knight. A traveller, he tells you, but you can see the way he stands, the way he always seems to be watching, and the story behind those eyes as clear as day. There is no denying his interest in you just as there is no denying your interest in him.
He takes you to bed that day. Takes you the next, too.
It is an unsurprising affair. Those blue eyes may convince you to want more, but by now you know that your trust in people is dwindling. Your own eyes have no more room in them for another – certainly not a lover, either – though that doesn’t mean you can’t look. There is much to see beyond his brazen smile and sweeping locks and eyes so like the ocean.
Jareth tells you of his time outside the kingdom. He tells you of his journey north. How he is hoping to find The Land of Alrose, a place that promises hope and peace. He tells you of his own hopes, too. That he wishes for the chosen one to be born strong and healthy, to protect them too, as it will eventually be his duty to. But you cannot fathom a man’s will to wait for someone else to save them, and so you tell him that duty is merely a word build on cowardice.
You tell him that true duty – the type that burns inside you like no other feeling before –is born from the desire to become. That it is a choice rather than a fate.
Jareth leaves that night with what you imagine to be a sour taste in his mouth, because he does not return the following day. Or the day after that. In fact, Jareth does not return for the rest of your life.
Not even when you have his child.
You name the baby Killan, after your father.
You tell him stories of your past. Of dragons and knights and witches and spite. You tell him of powerful beings and lesser ones. Though, mostly, you sing to him songs of the old. Of your mother’s nursery rhymes and lullabies. You teach him how to fight. Show him the ropes of banishing those who are bad. Who are weak and lesser and do not deserve your respect.
You do not mention his father, no matter how many times he asks. The only time you do, it is dark and cold that night, and your son is standing there, face down, shadowed by the moon pooling through the windowpane, telling you that he is leaving. That he cannot stay here lest he be consumed by thoughts that are not his own. He tells you that he must become a man – his own person – and that he is unable to do it here. Finally, he tells you that he wants to explore; that he wants to find his own destiny.
“Destiny is determined,” you bite back, sharp and loud and with no room for argument.
For the first time in his life, Killan stares back at you as if he doesn’t know you. “My destiny is made. And it’s out there, I know it.
Killan knows nothing though, and so you tell him about his father. “He was just like you, so obsessed with fate. But fate is fickle, my dear son, which is why it’s best to become someone of your own desire. Why should you do things if they aren’t by your own will?”
“But it is, mother. I want to leave because I want to discover what’s out there. I want to learn about the person I’m becoming. I want purpose.
The fury builds up within you. “Your purpose is with me!”
“No,” he says, looking back at you strangely. Grief, you recognize. And something more. Something that almost looks like illness. “No, I don’t think it is.”
It isn’t the last time you see Killan, but it is the last time you see him as your son.
Years later – at the height of your tyranny – you hear about a boy, now a man, who has become great. Who is more than great.
They call him the Chosen One. The Freer of Evil.
The Trueborn.
You scoff at the idea of this boy being the world’s destiny.
You’re the world’s destiny. You.
When the world was tarnished with evil and darkness and greed, you stepped up to become someone you didn’t have to, sick and tired of waiting for someone else to step up for you. You did this without hesitation, without a title to your name, without a destiny.
But the world hadn’t seen. Hadn’t recognized you for the deeds you’d done. The help you gave. The life you sacrificed.
Instead, they defiled you. They bid you evil with no more than a single look. Called you malicious and unmerciful and The One to be Vanquished.
They said that you were the one to be defeated. That the prophecy the child was speaking of was also indirectly speaking of you. That you do have a destiny, just not the one you thought.
This time, as you stare out into the dark land of avarice, you decide to finally stop defying fate and instead embrace it.
You embrace it like you’ve embraced no other before.
“Mother,” Killan greets. He’s grown older. Has a stubble along his chin. The look he gives you is unkind; disappointed.
But you have been playing these games your entire life.
“My son,” you greet, smirking as he narrows his eyes. They’re sparkling blue, a mirror image of his father’s.
“What did you hope to achieve by doing all this?” Your son – the fated hero – pleads. He sounds like he’s looking for a way out. As if he wants to find something inside of you that gives him reason to spare your life.
But he hasn’t realised yet that it is only you with the choice to do the sparing.
“Mother,” Killan prompts. “Please. Cease this killing. Take ownership of your crimes. This doesn’t have to end in bloodshed.”
You scoff. “I thought I taught you better than that. How naïve you must be to think this will end the bloodshed. Don’t you realize? There will always be bloodshed. I’m just doing everyone a favour by getting rid of those who think they are greater than anyone else.”
“No,” Killan denies. “You are only ‘getting rid’ of those who are greater than you. Those you deem a threat. But what you haven’t realized, mother, is that the one you should actually be getting rid of is really standing in front of you.”
You laugh – loud and shrill, an echo of that sound many decades ago, when you were but a single person wanting to decide your own path. Your own destiny. Now, it lays in front of you in all its glory. In the form of a child who used to be yours but is now someone else entirely, like a joke or a trick or something far worse. Something irredeemable.
“Fate,” you juggle with the word. Sound it out around your tongue. “Should it have been my fate to become evil? Should it have been my fate to have you? Tell me, my son, should it have been my fate to try and change it all?”
Killan sighs. There is something sad written on his face. Almost like that day years ago, when he left you. Like grief.
“I do not know mother, but I am a subject to fate just as you are. You made your own choices in this world just as I did. The only difference between us is that you wanted to become something without thinking that you were already something. And in doing so, you unknowingly gave into the prophecy.”
This time, when Killan looks at you, it is not with grief or hopelessness or even despise. It is with truth – undeniable truth – as if he’s stopped defying his own fate a long time ago.
You don’t see the knife before it’s too late. You do feel it there, however, plunged into the deep muscle of your belly, and the gasp you let out reflects the sharp pain you feel as your son twists it inside you.
It’s all rather anti-climactic, really.
“I’m sorry,” Killan says, sounding apologetic. “But this is my destiny. It was written in the stars. And I cannot have you standing in the way of it, even if you are my mother.”
You try to speak, try moving your mouth even though you know it’s futile. The only thing you can do is look up at this boy – now a man – and wonder what it would have been like to never have set eyes upon blue.
To never have heard the ringing of such cheers outside your window.
Though mostly, to never have known fate as intimately as you thought you knew the world.
Your son looks at you one last time, pity clear in his eyes, and you can’t even tell him you hate him before everything around you fades to black.
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2023.06.01 18:45 howbizsolutions Starting a Business in Toronto: Advantages, Challenges, and Comprehensive Guide

Starting a Business in Toronto: Advantages, Challenges, and Comprehensive Guide
There are many advantages to starting a new business in Toronto. Toronto is the largest city in Ontario. Canada has a diverse economy. It is home to many Fortune 500 companies and is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Toronto is a multicultural city with a high quality of life and a diverse and talented workforce.
However, starting a business in Toronto also comes with challenges. Toronto is a competitive market, and you need a solid business plan and a unique value proposition to stand out from the competition. It would be best if you also were prepared for the high cost of living and doing business in Toronto.
Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or a first-time business owner, there are many factors to consider when starting a business in Toronto. This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information and resources you need to start a business in Toronto, Canada.

Step 1: Identify Your Business Idea

The first step in identifying a business idea is to conduct market research. This affects gathering information about your target market, including their needs, preferences, and behaviors. It would be best to research your competitors to determine what products or services they offer, how they price their offerings, and how they market their business.
Once you understand the market well, you can start brainstorming potential business ideas. It’s important to consider your skills, knowledge, and experience when developing ideas. It would be best to think about your passions and interests, as starting a business in a field you are passionate about can make the process more enjoyable and rewarding.
When considering potential business ideas, it’s important to focus on scalable ones that can be profitable in the long run. It would be best if you also thought about the level of competition in the market and the barriers to entry, such as legal requirements or licensing.
One approach to identifying a viable business idea is to look for unmet needs or underserved markets. For example, you may identify a new product or service need in a particular niche market. Alternatively, you may see an opportunity to improve upon an existing product or service by offering better quality, lower prices, or more convenient delivery.
Another approach is to look for trends or changes in the market that may create new opportunities. For example, you may identify a growing demand for environmentally-friendly products or services or a shift in consumer behavior toward online shopping or mobile devices.
When you have identified a potential business idea, testing it before investing too much time and money is important. This may involve creating a prototype or minimum viable product, conducting market research or surveys, or running a small-scale pilot program.
Ultimately, the success of your business will depend on many factors, including the quality of your product or service, your ability to market and sell it effectively, and your ability to manage finances and operations. However, by taking the time to identify a viable business idea, you can increase your chances of success and build a business that meets your goals and aspirations.

Step 2: Conduct Market Research

Market research is a vital step in starting a business. It helps you to understand your target audience, the competition in the market, and the current market trends. With this information, you can create a business plan tailored to meet your target audience’s needs and ensure that your business is competitive in the market.
Identify a Viable Business Idea
Before conducting market research, you need to identify a viable business idea. This can be an idea that you have been considering for a while or something new that you have come up with. You can use your experience, expertise, research, and analysis to identify a viable business idea. The key is to ensure that the idea is viable and has the potential to be successful.
Gather Information About Your Target Audience
Once you have recognized a viable business idea, you must gather information about your target audience. This includes understanding their needs, preferences, and behaviors. You can gather this information by conducting surveys, focus groups, or by analyzing available data. This information will help you create a product or service tailored to meet your target audience’s needs.
Analyse Your Competitors
Another important aspect of market research is analyzing your competitors. This involves understanding your competitors, their products or services, and how they position themselves in the market. You can gather this information by conducting online research, attending industry events, or speaking to people in the industry. This information will help you identify opportunities and gaps in the market and create a competitive and differentiated business.
Understand Market Trends
Finally, it is important to understand current market trends. This includes understanding the broader economic, social, and technological trends impacting the market. You can gather this information by reading industry publications, attending industry events, and monitoring social media and other online channels. This information will help you to identify opportunities and threats in the market and to adapt your business strategy accordingly.
Resources for Conducting Market Research
Step 3: Develop a Business Plan
Developing a business plan is vital for any entrepreneur looking to start or grow their business. A well-crafted business plan can serve as a roadmap to success and help you navigate potential pitfalls. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key components of a business plan and offer tips on creating one that works for you.
First and foremost, a business plan should outline your business goals. These goals should be clear, measurable, and achievable. For example, your goal might be to increase sales by 20% over the next year. Once you have established yourc goals, you can start to develop strategies to achieve them.
When developing your business strategies, it is essential to consider your target market. Who are your ideal customers, and what are their needs? How can you meet those needs better than your competitors? This information will help you develop a marketing plan tailored to your target audience.
In addition to your business goals and strategies, your business plan should include financial projections. This includes revenue projections, cash flow projections, and profit and loss statements. It is crucial to be realistic when developing your financial projections, as these numbers will be used to secure funding and attract investors.
Another critical aspect of your business plan is a description of potential challenges and how you plan to overcome them. This might include market fluctuations, changing regulations, or unexpected expenses. By anticipating potential challenges, you can develop contingency plans to help you stay on track even when things don’t go as planned.
Finally, it is essential to have a solid understanding of your industry and competition. This means researching industry trends, analyzing competitors’ strengths and weaknesses, and identifying growth opportunities. By staying informed and adapting to changes in your industry, you can position your business for long-term success.

Step 4: Register Your Business

When starting a business, one essential step is registering your business with the government. This process varies depending on the location of your business, but in Toronto, there are main options for registering your business:
Business Name
The first step in registering your business is choosing a business name. Your business name should be unique and memorable and reflect your brand’s values and goals. You will need to check the availability of your chosen business name before registering it. This can be done through a name search on the website.
Business Number
After choosing a business name, you must register for a Business Number (BN). A BN is a unique nine-digit identifier the government uses to identify your business for tax purposes. Register for a BN through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.
License and Permit
Once you have a BN, you must obtain the licenses and permits to operate your business legally. The licenses and permits you need will depend on the type of business you are starting and your business location. You can find information on the licenses and permits on the website.

Step 5: Secure Funding

Starting a business can be costly, and obtaining funding is crucial to launching your business. Entrepreneurs in Toronto have various funding options, including government grants and loans, venture capital, and angel investors.
Government grants and loans
Government grants and loans are among the most popular funding options for entrepreneurs in Toronto. The Canadian government funds small businesses through programs like the Canada Small Business Financing Program and the Canadian Innovation Program. These programs offer funding to startups working on innovative projects or creating jobs in their communities.
Venture capital
Venture capital is another funding option for entrepreneurs in Toronto. Venture capitalists are investors who fund startups in exchange for equity in the company. These investors are typically interested in high-growth startups with potential significant returns. In Toronto, many venture capital firms specialize in investing in startups, including OMERS Ventures and Georgian Partners.
Angel investors
Angel investors are also a popular funding option for entrepreneurs in Toronto. Angel investors are high net worth individuals who fund startups in exchange for equity in the company. They are often more willing to take risks than traditional investors and are interested in supporting innovative startups. In Toronto, many angel investor groups, such as Maple Leaf Angels and Golden Triangle Angel Network, provide funding to startups.

Step 6: Hire Employees

Hiring employees can be a daunting task for many small business owners. It involves a lot of planning, preparation, and legal compliance. However, hiring the right people can also be one of the most rewarding experiences for a business owner, leading to increased productivity, better customer service, and higher profits. This blog post will discuss the important things you need to know when hiring employees.
Employment laws
First, you must familiarize yourself with the employment laws and regulations that apply to your business. The Government of Canada website offers information on minimum wage, overtime pay, vacation time, and termination pay. You should also consult with a lawyer or an HR specialist to ensure you comply with all the legal requirements.
Hiring plan
Once you have a right understanding of the legal framework, you can start creating your hiring plan. This should include a job description that outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and experience required for the position. It would be best to determine the salary range and benefits package you can offer.
Job advertising
When you start advertising the position, make sure to use a variety of channels, such as online job boards, social media, and networking events. This will help you reach a wider pool of candidates and increase your possibilities of finding the right fit for your business.
As the applications start, you should review them carefully and shortlist the candidates that meet your criteria. You can then schedule interviews with them in person or through video conferencing. During the interview, ask questions relevant to the job and assess the candidate’s skills, experience, and personality.
job offer
Once you have decided on who to hire, you should make a job offer that includes the terms and conditions of employment. This should also include any probationary period or performance expectations. Make sure to communicate clearly with the candidate and answer any questions they may have.
Train New Employment
After the new employee starts, it is important to provide them with an orientation and training program. This should include an introduction to the company culture, policies, procedures, and specific job training. It is also a good idea to assign a mentor or supervisor who can provide guidance and support during onboarding.
Employee Policy
Finally, consider creating an employee handbook outlining your company policies and procedures. This should include attendance, vacation time, sick leave, and performance expectations. Having a clear and consistent set of policies can help avoid misunderstandings and conflicts in the workplace.

Step 7: Market Your Business

Marketing is key to any business’s success. Once your business is operational, you must devise a marketing plan to connect with your target audience. You can access resources such as,, and HubSpot to learn about marketing strategies and best practices.
Marketing involves determining the right mix of products, prices, promotions, and place to reach your target market. Understanding your audience’s demographics, interests, and behaviors is essential in developing an effective marketing plan. By doing so, you can tailor your messaging and promotions to appeal to their specific needs and preferences.
Your marketing plan should include a mix of online and offline marketing tactics. Online marketing includes search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, email marketing, and online advertising. Offline marketing includes tactics such as print advertising, events, and direct mail.
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search engine optimization (SEO) is optimizing your website to improve its visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs). Optimizing your website’s content, structure, and code can improve your rankings for relevant search queries, driving more organic traffic to your site.
Social media marketing
Social media marketing involves promoting your business on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Creating and sharing engaging content can build a following and connect with potential customers.
Email marketing
Email marketing affects sending promotional emails to your email list. By crafting compelling subject lines and messages, you can encourage your subscribers to act, such as purchasing or signing up for a newsletter.
Online advertising
Online advertising involves paying for ads on search engines or social media platforms to drive traffic to your site. You can reach your ideal customers and increase your brand’s visibility by targeting specific keywords or audience demographics.
Print advertising
Print advertising involves placing ads in newspapers, magazines, or other print media. By creating eye-catching ads and targeting publications that are read by your target audience, you can increase brand awareness and drive traffic to your website.
Business Events
Trade shows or community events allow you to showcase your products or services to a live audience. You can attract potential clients and generate leads by creating engaging displays and promotional materials.
Direct Mail
Direct mail involves sending promotional materials, such as flyers or postcards, to a targeted audience. You can reach potential customers who have yet to hear of your business by targeting specific demographics or geographic areas.
Are you looking to increase brand awareness, generate leads, or increase sales? You must first determine your marketing goals and objectives to create an effective marketing plan. Once you have identified your goals, you can develop strategies.
Your marketing plan should also include a budget and a timeline for implementing your tactics. Setting realistic goals and budgets ensures your marketing efforts align with your overall business strategy.

Step 8: Get Help

Starting a business is a challenging endeavor that requires great determination, hard work, and, most importantly, a solid support system. The Government of Canada website offers resources and support for entrepreneurs, which can be incredibly valuable when starting a new business.
One of the most critical resources available to entrepreneurs is mentorship programs. These programs provide new business owners with guidance and support from experienced entrepreneurs who have already started a business. This support can be invaluable, as it can help new business owners avoid common pitfalls and make informed decisions.
In addition to mentorship programs, the Government of Canada website also offers networking events and workshops. These events are an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with other business owners, share ideas, and gain valuable insights into the business world. Attending these events can also help entrepreneurs build their professional network, which can be crucial for future success.
Business associations and chambers of commerce are other valuable resource for entrepreneurs. These organizations provide a forum for entrepreneurs to connect with other business owners in their community and gain access to resources and information that can help them grow their businesses. A business association or chamber of commerce member can also help entrepreneurs establish themselves as credible and trustworthy business owners in their community.
Starting a business can be daunting, but with the right support and resources, it can also be incredibly rewarding. By taking advantage of mentorship programs, networking events, and workshops, as well as joining business associations and chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs can build the support system they need to succeed. The Government of Canada website is an excellent place to start when looking for resources and support for entrepreneurs.
One of the most significant benefits of seeking support and resources from the Government of Canada website is that these resources are often available free of charge. This is particularly important for new business owners operating on a tight budget. By taking advantage of these resources, entrepreneurs can access the information and support they need to start and grow their businesses without breaking the bank.
Another benefit of seeking support from the Government of Canada website is that the information and resources are often tailored to Canadian entrepreneurs. This means entrepreneurs can access information and resources relevant to their needs and challenges. For example, Canadian entrepreneurs may face unique challenges when navigating government regulations or accessing financing. The Government of Canada website resources can help them overcome these challenges.

Step 9: Find a Location

Choosing the ideal location for your business is essential to its success. You must take into account several factors, such as traffic and accessibility. Fortunately, the City of Toronto website has numerous resources to help you locate the perfect spot for your business.
When selecting a location, you must first determine your business type. A retail store, for example, will require a different location than a manufacturing facility. Your target market is also an important consideration, as you will want to choose a location that is easily accessible to them.
Traffic is critical to the success of a retail store. You must choose a location where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic. Consider the area’s demographics when selecting a location for your business.
Accessibility is also important. Your location should be easily accessible to your customers, whether they are arriving by car or public transportation. Choosing a location that is difficult to access will deter potential customers from visiting your business.
Competition is another factor to consider when selecting a location. If several businesses in the area already offer the same products or services as yours, it may be challenging to attract customers. It may be more advantageous to choose a location with less competition or to differentiate your business in some way to stand out.
Once you have identified a suitable location, you must set up your business operations. This includes establishing a business bank account, obtaining insurance, and creating an accounting system.
Business Bank
A business bank account is necessary for separating your business and personal finances. It will also make tracking your business’s expenses and revenue easier.
Insurance is also crucial for protecting your business against unexpected theft, damage, or liability. It would be best to speak with an insurance agent to determine what types of insurance your business requires.
accounting system
An accounting system is necessary for managing your business’s finances. It will help you keep track of your expenses and revenue and generate financial statements and reports. You can use accounting software or hire an accountant to manage your financial operations.
By following these steps and utilizing the resources available, you can start and grow a successful business that can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dreams.
Starting a business in Toronto, Canada, can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following the steps outlined in this manual and utilizing the resources available, you can start and grow a successful business in Toronto. Remember to conduct market research, develop a solid business plan, register your business, secure funding, hire employees, market your business effectively, find the right location, set up your business operations, and seek help when needed. Good luck on your entrepreneurial journey!
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2023.06.01 18:45 Bartek-BB Happy Children's Day from Poland!

Happy Children's Day from Poland!
Today in Poland we are celebrating with all the kiddos, young and old. It's like second Xmass here.
I wish you all the best, Walruses - take care of this innocent, curious, open to people and world child that we carry within us. You are all so, so fantastic and inclusive and tolerant! I love you all and I wish to meet all of you earlier in my life❤️ Today I cherish that child part of myself in this way!
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