Ohhh Snap 3 Poetry Event-Three-Peat​​​!

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Thank you for tuning in to this edition of Takemetotheheights.com! If you read last month’s write-up, then you know very well what tonight’s blog post is all about. The Three-Peat Poetry Event is officially the new name for Ohhh Snap Poetry 3! I am so glad I got the opportunity to come out once again and witness artists take center stage and share their love for spoken-word poetry.

For this write-up, I decided to upload some footage I got that night just to give you a taste of what Ohhh Snap Poetry Event is all about!

Poets that night included but are not limited to:

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@the.rsolo

@smoove_montana

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@omg_itsqueen

@Wordup.poet

@parlayliving

@haunznoire

@mrsgorgeous

Along with many others.

The hosts that night were @dizzybrown718 and @mw_free (both can be found on Instagram) Together, they brought energy and Friday night’s vibe to get the crowd ready for the event. Thank yous are in order for Creative Square Studios (CSSBK) Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown, and the owner of CSSBK for once again giving me the opportunity in giving you another write-up.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 down below and you’ll find yourself wanting to see more! Luckily, I was able to upload two videos to share with you from Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 Event.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of May’s Edition of Ohhh Snap Poetry Event 3

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All in all, these poets captivated the audience and kept us engaged at all times. It truly takes an immense amount of courage to take center stage and share your passions, art but most importantly, your thoughts to the world.

Thank you, poets, for putting forth your craft and having it serve as a reminder for me to keep pushing forward and honoring my true gifts. If you are looking to attend the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event, be sure to do so if you are in the NYC area or plan on visiting. All Ohhh Snap Poetry Events are held at Creative Square Studios located in Brooklyn. Be sure to visit CSSBK’s website here for all of their future events.

Before I close out this write-up, please be sure to leave me your comments but also don’t forget to subscribe to my Vlog Channel. As always, thank you for checking out today’s blog post on Takemetotheheights.com! Don’t forget to leave me your comments about this post and share it with your friends!

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Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event April Edition

Good evening and welcome back to none other than Takemetotheheights.com!

In tonight’s installment, I am more than thrilled to embark on my journey of Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event’s second showcase!

 

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If you weren’t at this event, then you are clearly missing out on all of the magnificent spoken word artists both new and old who showed out last week Friday.

Before I delve any further, let me just note how overjoyed I felt in knowing I was able to come out for this second event.

With the excitement and anticipation from last month’s showcase, there was undoubtedly this climatic energy in the air.

April 5th’s poetry event was reminiscent of the feeling of rebirth. 

That feeling of rediscovering all that I am and all that I love made Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event all the worthwhile. Poets that night included but are not limited to:arrow click Sticker by BUSINESSGRAM

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@benedict

@jaceeThepoet

@missvibes

@Wize_prophet

@Shadeniasivad

@Negroinvogue

@parlayliving

@samara_thepvssypoet

@queenmehkai

@I_solanged_ya_bitch

@Kyla_lewis_ 

@sha_outloud

along with others.

You can find all of these poets with their respective Instagram names all on Instagram.com.

Collectively, they all allowed me to further delve deeper into my self-awareness and continue to harness the power I have.

Aside from that, I just want to express my gratitude in thanking Creative Square Studios BKNY and @dizzybrown718 (brand ambassador) the opportunity in helping me provide you guys with write-up number 2 for Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Snap event. 

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It was truly an eye-opening experience for me and then some. I just want to extend my gratitude to these spoken word artists who showcased their courageous spirits in this space made for us and by us.

Themes that presented themselves that night included but were not limited to our strength in numbers, honing in all that we are and then some, harnessing our true potentials when used effectively in our communities, love for one another, how we view ourselves in the eyes of our peers and others.

Entering this space made possible by Creative Square Studios Brooklyn NY (CSSBKNY), made it evident of its effect in fostering our development and showcasing what happens when we are granted more opportunities in Black self-expression.

Before I close out this months’ write-up for Ohhh Snap Poetry 2 Event, please be sure to visit CSSBKNY’s website by visiting csquarebk.com and stay tuned for when the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event will be held along with any other future events hosted by CSSBKNY.

Also, if you’re looking to host your very own event, look no further!

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CSSBK is your one stop shop for your event needs🙌🏾

Be sure to visit their site at csquarebk.com when inquiring about utilizing their space for your events and follow them on Instagram at cssbk.

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Also, make sure you’re following the above-mentioned poets as well as Creative Square Studio BK’s Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown (@dizzybrown718) on Instagram.

As always, love on one another and stay tuned for the next write-up brought to you by Takemetotheheights.com!

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Introducing Signed e.

In this edition of Takemetotheheights.com, I decided to switch gears and place my focus on an individual who showcases the committed go-getter.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 12.18.18 AMErica, better known as Signed e. is the fashion designer who is recapturing the essence of authenticity behind her budding brand.

Having met Erica at Sister Social (by MLNNNYC) proved time and time again that your clientele/tribe will show up for you before you even realize it.

Having the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals in this safe space like those created by MLNNYC, was and continues to be essential to further foster my own growth and development as a Black woman.

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Let’s get right into these garments

“Get Me Body” Bodysuit

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I loved that I could play around with this top due to its whimsical nature in fabric choice.

“Tie me up” short sleeved crop top

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For starters, this magical crop top isn’t the everyday top that you see in other stores. The lacing alone gave this piece the extra oompf most crop tops need.

I love the simplicity yet low key approach to this particular piece.

Down below, you’ll find me wearing the top while out on dinner. It is truly a comfortable fit. I loved that it truly stood out and can serve as a staple piece in my fall/summer wardrobe. (Pieces that can be worn in different seasons are pocket-friendly but also saves the trouble of having to rearrange our entire closet.)

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I styled the crop top with a few of my favorite dainty necklaces.

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The ambitious designer behind the brand reminded so much of myself when I was taking Apparel Design in high school.

Erica’s tenacity was that reminder for me and to all of the readers who are in fashion or are creatives to continue to push forward and presevere no matter the trials and tribulations. 

Here’s another piece that every woman needs in her closet: LBS (Little Black Skirt)

I love the versatility behind a mini skirt, let alone in black. Additions like these in your closet with allow easy transition through looks.

Purchase your very own “Adrienne Skirt”

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The next but certainly not last piece redefines sexy, yet chic and it is truly made for the curvy woman in mind (just like all of her other show-stopping pieces) I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for a body con dress, but this one?!!!

It is by far trendy in its own right but is indeed a statement piece…

 DRAYA (the new definition of body con)

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Signed e. is the perfect example of what happens when you stay true to your own identity. Erica’s self-awareness behind her brand allowed her to remain authentic and true to who she really is. 

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Before I close out this feature, be sure you’re following Signed e. on Instagram at Signed_e and check out the website here:  Signede.com.

If those above images haven’t persuaded you yet to make your own purchases,

here’s one more reminder:

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Let me know your thoughts for this feature in the reply section down below and thanks for tuning in!

Until the next blog post,

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Magnolia

 

 

Rebirth

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post from none other than takemetotheheights.com.

Tonight, I’m turning my attention to rebirth.

Inspired by A$ap Ferg’s song, Rebirth, I felt the urge going further into this month of March to discuss how much power that term has once you take ownership of it.

As of recently, I’ve been manifesting and transitioning into this new being…I felt a new leaf was being turned over for me.

Meditation sold separately*

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I grew in a deeper and much more comfortable space in expressing my feelings as opposed to suppressing them (growth y’all!) The power of acceptance was and continues to be vital.

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I made and continue to make travel plans. Experiencing the unknown allowed me to push the boundaries in connecting with other people.

But most importantly, my deeper sense of self-awareness has been blooming and I couldn’t help noticing what I’ve been experiencing.

I’ve been:

  • Taking more risks in all that I am passionate about. (Grind Season activated)
  • No longer feeling the need to carry the heavy burden of other people’s emotions/ thoughts and ideas. 
  • Trusting my gut and being purposeful in all that I do. 

Be that impulsive go-getter. No one or nothing can tell you otherwise. #Period.

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Disclaimer: This hasn’t been an overnight thing for me so as a result  I constantly go back and forth🤦🏾‍♀️

I’ve spent a vast majority of my life second and triple guessing myself. Yet, coming into this re-alignment, I found myself shedding old habits that were no longer serving me and putting in the work to match it.

Execution is all that will matter at the end of the day.

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So far, I’ve embarked on my life journey countless times😩 and I’ve slipped up on numerous occasions. But I knew deep down, this was all a part of my process and that change is not linear. 

Before I end tonight’s blog post, it’s imperative for me to point out the power that we all possess. Take ownership of it. Put in the work and you’ll reap the benefits of it all.

Let me know in the reply section your thoughts on tonight’s blog post. Have you been experiencing this wave of rebirth? If so, let me know down below!

Until the next blog post,

 

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Ohhh Snap! Poetry Event

Thanks for tuning into today’s write-up brought to you by the folks over at Takemetotheheights.com! I’ll be exploring my Friday night at Creative Square Studios Brooklyn!

I got the opportunity to attend CSSBK’s event: Ohhh! Snap Poetry Event🙌🏾

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When I tell you my life was made and then some that night?!!!! Bruh, I was left speechless by the poets who graced the stage and captivated the audience with their intoxicating insight.

Through their twists and turns of words touching on themes prevalent in our society like racial injustices, love, and so forth, these poets successfully left an imprint with the attendees.

ms-PJE6rq.gifPoets such as Samara,  Hattress, Leah V, i_solanged_ya_bitch, Young I_Aka_YJ, Citoblanko, She_Shi86, Iamsouliel, _artofromancelvg, Rsbexpressions, Parlayliving, Sincity_sota, Wizeprophet, and WritersBlockNYC presented their poems and their spoken word pieces. Collectively, they each brought their personalities, as well as showcased their love for this artistry to their peers.

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Ohhh! Snap’s host that night was Dizzybrown718, who delivered his own spin to new age hosting at CSSBK. Friday’s event at Creative Square Studios Bk was the prime example of what happens when more Black spaces are created for expression.ms-j4MIwi.gif

If you weren’t there that night, you definitely missed out on greatness.

Before I close out today’s post, be sure you check out each of the poets’ Instagram pages to check out their amazing work. Also, make sure to visit the above-mentioned host’s IG page to see when the next Poetry event will be.

Above all else, don’t forget to visit Creative Square Studios BK website as well as their Instagram page to stay afloat of their future events. If you find yourself visiting Brooklyn, New York, make sure you stop by and let them know Takemetotheheights sent you there!

Let me know your thoughts about today’s write up in the reply section!

If you wish to have your very own write-up or you’re looking to be featured, be sure to click the contact tab for more info.

As always, love on one another and be sure to stay tuned to my next post.

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You Gotta Know

“Epiphanies are essentially the building blocks to making your dreams a reality” M.V.

Welcome and thank you for joining this week’s installment of Takemetotheheights.com. This week we’re gonna focus on the power of epiphanies and how important it is to pay attention and listen to what they’re saying to us. 

Before anything else, let me just wish us all a happy March filled with productive and prosperous filled moments. 

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As of lately, my epiphanies have literally been showing me what I never took the time to realize in myself: KEEP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND KEEP PUTTING IN THAT WORK AND SHOW AND PROVE!

So here I was, back from my trip and all I kept thinking was:

“Am I truly living a purposeful life?” 

“Am I doing all that I set out/dreamed of since I was a child?”

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I couldn’t keep faking the funk. I allowed myself to believe that I’ll eventually get to it when I have the money or my absolute favorite excuse: “When I have more time.” I knew better than anyone else that time waits for no one. 

I knew I needed/desired to put more action into what I’m truly passionate about no matter the circumstances. And so, my epiphany, sure enough, came when I was on my trip and taught me something: “You took a risk coming here alone because you BELIEVED you could. Why stop there?!”

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So with that thought in mind, I began EXECUTING all that I envisioned for myself. Trust me, it took years (forever and a day) for me to get to this point. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. 

I began organizing more. Setting deadlines and holding myself more accountable for the things I sought after. Regardless of how tired I felt from my day to day, I knew I had to essentially keep grinding.

Before I close out tonight’s blog post,  I just want to say tap into your intuition and pay attention to what the universe might be trying to show you. 

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Be sure to leave me your thoughts and comments if this blog post resonated with you. Let me know what your specific goals/dreams are. What’s your plan of action? 

As always, thank you for checking out this week’s blog post. 

Love on one another and I’ll catch you guys in my next post. 

 

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Fire and Desire

Hey and welcome back to another post brought to you by takemetotheheights.com.

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I hope you all are well. This week’s blog post is special in the sense that I am manifesting all that I’ve set my eyes on since FOREVER! For starters, I am in California writing this blog post to you guys. If y’all only knew how much it took for me to get to this point in traveling; in my life, let alone going on my first solo trip, y’all would understand.

The Lordt only knows how much I needed to take this time being on break from work to go away. I’ve been holding on to so many emotions, that the moment I landed I felt a sense of relief. I felt as if I regained my independence but most importantly I felt like I got me back.

For some time now, I felt indifferent about myself and the ways in which I would handle certain situations in my life (I thought I had the answers but my name ain’t Sway!)

As a result of that feeling, I’ve decided to touch on intentions for this blog post. Before you go and look up the word INTENTION, it’s basically a cooler way of saying purpose (depending on the context of what you’re saying.)

So long and behold. Here I am in California thinking about living with intention. I realized there were numerous occasions in which my life full circled and I was constantly reminded of my purpose.

I initially set out to do all the basic tourist attractions, but after visiting Venice Beach, it dawned on me that I’m on this trip for me and no one else. I have the power to truly go anywhere I wanted and I wouldn’t be pressed about it.

It’s truly an amazing feeling to have and I feel blessed in knowing I have that agency in my life. This new surge of power I’ve been feeling has inspired me to talk to you guys in other capacities aside from takemetotheheights.com.

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In the past, I didn’t feel I had that power within myself.

I handed my power off to the wrong people/relationships I’ve dealt with.

This new wave of agency/ownership has allowed me to have an incredibly different outlook on life. Who would’ve thought in my 27 years of life I would be in a place where I can acknowledge that?! Accountability is everything and then some y’all!

But on a more serious note, I know I have more work to do in terms of putting in the time to continue to heal, as well as truly and wholeheartedly continue to put my feelings on the forefront.

Before I close out tonight’s blog post, I decided to share my footage of Venice Beach down below!

 

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As always, please be sure to leave me your thoughts and comments. Let me know if you’ve visited California or are from there!

Until next blog post,

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Magnolia

 

And Another One

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

Before I even get into this week’s blog post, let me just say that I am eternally grateful to those who root for Takemetotheheights. Your patience and support to not only me but to this blog site mean so much to me and then some. In due time, I will show my gratitude to you guys. (Stay tuned!)

Above all else, it’s already February. Was’nt it just the New Year literally yesterday?! And who else needed a redo of January? (I definitely restarted my New Year this month so if you see me and I say Happy New Year to you, please say it back lol)

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I am beginning this month by reaffirming my love affair with self-care and wellness. Lord knows how much I’ve taken a HUGE back seat in that department and I am currently paying the price for it.

These last few months were incredibly hard for me (where’s my box of tissues?)

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There were literally moments where I no longer wanted to write anymore. But deep down I knew that wouldn’t be fair to myself or my readers. The trauma and grief I was dealing with (still am, unfortunately) was for sure trying to eat away at me. I had no desire to do much of anything. Yet going into this new month, I knew I needed to change my outlook on things and just appreciate life for what it truly is.

My mother would’ve wanted me to do so. She always pushed for me to really live my life to the fullest and not allow trials or tribulations to get the best of me.

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Trauma can and will destroy you if you allow it to do so. I didn’t want to mourn the loss in such a detrimental manner any longer nor did I want to stop doing the things I truly love to do.

I ideally needed to rediscover my happiness and tap more into what truly makes me, well me. I am a lover of beauty, design, travel…basically any and everything that ideally exemplifies a Libra. (Libra gang, Moon in Aries to be exact)

And so, with that being said, I have a few things coming up this month….one which requires me to pack which I have yet to do (I literally pack the night before, I gotta do better) and the other….well I don’t want to give it away just yet….

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But before I leave this week’s post, I just want to say I hope February and the months to come bring about more opportunities for collaboration, more coint for our pockets (prosperity out in this bish) more opportunities to truly take care of ourselves and to enjoy life while we are still blessed to do so.

Let me know in the comments section what you’re looking forward to/what you have in store and I will catch you guys in my next blog post!

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With peace and so much love,

Magz

 

 

This Can’t Be​ Life

Happy New Year and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com. Before I get into tonight’s blog post, let me just take this time in saying how much I truly missed you all during these last few months. This has been an extremely difficult time for my family and I. 

I decided to take the necessary time in truly processing all that has happened.  Before I begin, I just want to make note that I am usually the strong friend. The friend that typically checks in with my close peers and family members just to see how they’re doing.  Yet, this time around I had people check on me and it was honestly the strangest feeling.

As much as I went back and forth about wanting to talk about this, (even at this point as I type out this blog post) I knew deep down it would ideally be therapeutic for me as well as helpful for those who might have or are currently experiencing the same thing. 

Losing a loved one is never easy nor did it ever come across that way. Even typing this out is making it difficult for me in accepting that my loved one is no longer here. I still find myself hoping to hear her voice. Not seeing the physical aspect of my loved one truly breaks my heart.

There have been days where I found myself not being able to do the things I normally do. I found myself going back into my sadness. I didn’t have the strength nor desire to do anything. I would spend days on end in my room just wanting to be alone.

It’s been a hard pill for me to swallow to accept that my mom is no longer here. She was literally the only person who truly understood me and knowing that I don’t have that anymore is terrifying and devasting to say the least.

A mother’s love is undeniable and to be surrounded by its warmth is an indescriable feeling. 

At this point in my life, I want to do all the things I set out to do in the past. I remember my mom use to tell me to go out and truly live your life. You never want to find wishing you had more time to do all that you desire.

Before I end tonight’s blog post, I just wanted to take the time in thanking those who have remained patient in tonight’s return. Your response has been overwhelming and I am filled with the utmost gratitude. Thank you.

Don’t hesitate in checking on your strong friend every now and then. You never know what he or she might be going through. A simple text can literally mean the world to them.

Also, tonight’s blog post is dedicated to my extraordinary and fearless mom and to anyone who has lost a loved one. I pray that we can find peace and strength during this difficult time.

Above all else, love on one another while we can and don’t be afraid to tell someone you love and care about them.

With peace and so much love,

Magnolia

 

October’s Very Own

Happy Tuesday!!!! (definitely intended for this to go out sooner but I caught ANOTHER COLD) Thank you for checking out tonight’s blog post. It definitely means a lot to me and then some.

I can’t believe it’s already October. Just TWO more months until the year is officially over. (No, seriously, before you know it, we’ll be sharing New Years Resolutions and what not!)

I hope we take this time to truly do all that we have our hearts set for, do all that we’ve been dreaming about and not be afraid of taking any risks. Seize any and every opportunity available by any means!

For the remainder of this month, I not only challenge myself but to all of the readers to set our fears aside and our doubts and really push forward no matter what obstacles that may come about.

We owe it to ourselves to really take that leap of faith and just go for it.

Aside from all of that, I am even more so thrilled that it’s finally October because……

IT’S OFFICIALLY MY BIRTHDAY MONTH (Libra gang!)

I may or may not practice this particular move in front of the mirror lol.

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So for the remainder of this month, I’ve decided to post three times out of each week to kick off my National Holiday.

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Yes, you read that correctly. More blog posts for my readers so please stay tuned!! I look forward to giving you all even more content as I continue to explore and delve deeper into my creativity.

I can’t wait to see what else this month has in store for me. I welcome the opportunity for more collaborations as well as more opportunities to venture out and explore new experiences with people and places. I also look forward to the opportunities to refocus and redirect my attention to doing more of what I love no matter how tired I might be from working during the day.

Each start of a new month is our opportunity to start anew and bask in all of the amazing possibilities that are out there.

Before I move any further, I want to know what you’re looking to manifest for this month? Are there any goal(s) you’re looking to achieve?

Be sure to let me know what you’ll be looking forward to for this month in the reply section below and stay tuned for what else I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com!

As always with peace and so much love,

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Magz