I almost forgot to breathe.

I almost forgot to breathe… As I type this post I am shaky. I feel weak. And I am scared. I do not really know what I am afraid of. I think maybe it is just the big huge black hole of unknown. You see my life was planned out. I was going to stay […]

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The Arrow.

Last year I got a tattoo of an arrow on my forearm. I had just gotten back to Ecuador from an overextended trip to the states. During my time in the states I had a variety of test done to figure out why I was having seizures… It was a low time in life. I […]

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Senior Pictures

Hey guys, I recently had the opportunity to shoot senior pictures for one of my dear sweet friends. It was my first time doing so, and it was honestly so much fun. In the past, I have only done engagement shoots working with two people.It was so different working with just one person, but I […]

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Botanical Garden!

Hey Guys We took a trip to the botanical gardens a couple weeks ago, and it was of course so beautiful. I am so in love with plants and with green. Living in Ecuador I am always covered in an abundance green beauty. I, of course, took way more pictures than necessary, but I just can’t […]

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Engagement Pictures

  I  was so honored to be able to do this engagement shoot for my dear friend and her new husband. She is one of the most selfless people that I have met. She works alongside me at the children’s home, and her love and patience for the kids is always so encouraging. I thank her […]

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A Life Update

Life moves in a funny way at times. I do not want to say or frame that in a negative light. It is just that sometimes I have to remind myself to put my feet back on the ground. To love and cherish the time that seems to just slip through fingertips like the liquid […]

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A day In Pictures: Quito

Oh hey, guys long time no see.  I thought I would share some pictures with you all of a past adventure that had In Quito. Life has been nothing but crazy sometimes I wonder… Is life really crazy or is it just me (deep thought) (Late nights). Things. Goals. Ambitions. Ideas. They do not always go as […]

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A Trip to the Coast

A while ago I took a quick family trip to the coast, and it was such a needed trip. I love the ocean. I feel like I am the happiest when I am in the ocean, however, I mean yes I am a mountain person, but guys the ocean is magical. I think that’s why I […]

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Engament shoot.

I had the privilege to shoot my second engagement shoot. I have launched a new section on my blog. A photography page where I hope to showcase some of my work. I also post a lot of my work on my Instagram. It is so special when couples allow me to capture such special moments of their […]

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My Reading List

Big magic The Four Agreements The Color Purple How To Win Friends & Influence People The Alchemist Madness: A Bipolar Life 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Outliers The Last Lecture Brainspotting The Road Less Traveled The Hate U Give As A Man Thinketh The Bell Jar Invisible Man War Is Not Over When It’s […]

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Depression sucks.

Those who suffer understand. You know that moment the moments when you realize that you spent the last God knows how many weeks, days, months living in a fog. Going through the motions. Not even understanding why. When it first starts I am completely aware of the fact that my joy and my drive is […]

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Sometimes you have to get back on your feet.

  To live a life of depth. It’s always been something I have strived for. I don’t want to look back in my life and realize I wasted my time doing nothing valuable or worthwhile. To look back and realize I could have been used in a better way. I often ponder on what I […]

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Tell Your Story

An account of past events in someone’s life or in the development of something. The past, stories, thoughts, beliefs, fear, words that were spoken. These are the very fibers that bind humanity. What would the past future and present time be without the stories? How would the absence of storytelling change the daily interactions we hold with […]

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Submit Your Stories

  DearWhoever. People sharing stories about their life and about the world around them. I want to sponsor you on my blog I want you to write a story share something anything. I want to know about your struggle and about how you have been able to overcome those struggles and hard times in your […]

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Jenise

Dear whoever is a lifestyle blog. Here on my blog, I talk about my life. My faith, Mental illness, Healthy Living, Personal struggles, Fear, Perseverance, Travel, Missions, Ethical Fashion, Cultural stigmas, Social issues, Equal rights, Minimalism, Creating a safe environment where everyone can share their story. The parts about them that lie untouched. The stories that remain unspoken. Hey, Welcome to Dear whoever I am Jenise. This is my […]

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Dear Whoever

Dear whoever…. I have always had a passion for storytelling. I am filled with so much joy when I am able to hear the stories of those I share this world with. There are 7 billion of us. 7 billion individual lives that we can learn so much from. Providing us with an abundance of […]

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Goal: 30 Posts In 30 Days.

I have decided to set a new goal for myself for the next month partly because I want to know if I will be able to accomplish my goal, and partly because I want to put more energy and time into creating content that I love. This blog was originally created to document my life […]

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A change In Diet

Hello everyone, I have always been very aware of the effect diet can have on our lives and well-being. A huge goal of mine has been to clean up my diet and let go of unhealthy things. I am going to be changing my diet to a plant-based diet, cutting out sugars, diet sodas, and all […]

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It’s okay to buy him flowers

I had a thought the other day. It was a thought that came from a place of bitterness and selfishness. I thought about the last time that my husband had bought me flowers. It had been a while, but then the thought dawned on me…when was the last time I bought my husband flowers? I am going […]

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Bullet Journal

Bullet journal: I personally have a major journal addiction. I buy and re-buy at least three or four per year. The problem I seem to always run into is that I have never been able to find a system that works well for me. Either the pages are too small, or there are not enough […]

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Weekend Wrap-up

Weekend wrap-up. This week life was good. I feel like everything went at a pretty slow and reasonable pace. My parents are here in Ecuador which is so exciting and something that I am actually enjoying so much. Things around our life have been slow and they have been pretty routine. I remember as a younger person I always feared routine. I thought that routine […]

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My Goals

Finding balance and motivation in daily life has always been a struggle for me. It is easy to allow myself to get into a rut. I truly believe that the best way to stay focused on the things that we want to improve in life is by making a clear list of those said things. […]

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Weekend Wrap-up

Hello, everyone. This last week:  Was great. I felt more motivated and focused than usual. Kyle and I are in the process of getting our two-year visas, and let me tell you it has been a process. Probably my least favorite task in the entire world. It is the most time consuming unorganized nonsensical process […]

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Welcome February

Hello everyone, I cannot believe it is already February. I feel like I am losing grasp of time. I have wanted to start a theme for each month. Something that keeps my ideas and blog post related, and helps me find motivation to keep writing and keep creating. I have an extremely scattered mind. If I […]

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Link of the week.

There is no denying that there is a tremendous problem in our society surrounding women. Did you know that 1  out of 3 women have experienced sexually or physical abuse by a man? I have been bombarded time and time again with the normalization of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and a general cultural acceptance […]

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My first Engagment shoot

No feeling has yet to trump the feeling of capturing moments to keep forever. Moments of joy, fear, and happiness. I remember when I was younger, the one thing that always helped me really understand the past and present was photography. Photo journaling to be exact. Photos of war and famine, photos from all over […]

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Lately

Lately…. Home. Our yellow house is finally feeling more and more like home. The process has taken longer than I would like, but I am so thankful that we are getting there. I have made it a goal of mine to make a couple of the pieces of furniture that we are going to have […]

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Journey To Minimalism

This is all of our belongings before we packed them away in my parent’s attic. We currently only have 12 boxes in the states 🙂 “The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs […]

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Protective Hair Style: Crochet Braids.

  Hello everyone, So a while ago I posted a protective hairstyle post here on my blog. My goal with that post was to share with you all what protective hair styles are and why I started to wear them. I will link that post here. Well, a while ago I tried out a new […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #6

Hello, everyone. I have not posted a weekend wrap up in a couple of weeks. Sometimes life just happens, you know? I shared with you all in a couple earlier posts about having bipolar disorder. While I feel like sharing about my diagnosis has become pretty easy, sharing about the crippling side effects has been […]

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A few of my Faviorte places: Cosecha

Hello everyone Kyle and I get asked often what exactly we do when we aren’t working, and we never quite know how to answer. Sometimes I feel like asking them the same question. “Well what do you do on your weekends” the beauty off weekends are the openness that they possess, and I mean to be […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #5

This week has been pretty incredible, to say the least. Kyle and I are back in Ecuador. It feels so incredible to be back doing the things we love with the people that we love. This week’s mantra was to always remain in awe. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #4

Goodbye Washington. Thank you for the last three months. It is official. Kyle and I are on our way back to Ecuador. It is so hard to believe that we have been gone for three months. So much can change in three months. I believe that I have grown more over these past months than […]

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Protective Hair Styling…

Hello, everyone. Today I am going to be sharing with you why I am absolutely in love with putting my hair into protective styles, and why I started making it a major tool in my journey to healthier hair. I started my natural hair journey three years ago. With the big chop. But I mean […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #3

Tickets are officially booked and I will be heading back to Ecuador next Sunday. I am so happy and extremely nervous. I have a lot of packing to do; my tummy is filled with butterflies every time I think about going back. It has been so long. I cannot help but feel like I am finally […]

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Eleven Random Facts about me.

Hello everyone. I have been back home in Washington for the past month and have found myself with a lot more time than normal. I love this blog, however I do not really commit myself to it enough. I always think “I should blog today”, but other more important things manage to fill my time. […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #2

Mantra of the week. Have patience with myself.   Hello all, I am a little late on this weekend wrap up, but sometimes that’s life. This week was a slow week. Family time was in abundance. My grandmother was in town. I realize more and more how much I am changing. I recently was put […]

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An Interview.

I believe that the most crucial factor of internal growth is  through the discovery of your passions. Finding that passion is only the beginning; once you find it is then your responsibility to do something with it. Not just for your own growth, but also for the betterment of humanity. God makes us all so […]

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Weekend Wrap-up #1

I am inspired by the fall. The leaves slippery underneath my boots. The colors, reds and yellows, with all variations in between. Perfectly covering my back yard. Gathering firewood for bonfires. Moments where I can breath as I feel the cold fall wind. Moments when the stars are the only thing witnessing my emotions. Nights […]

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Another Quito Vlog and Outfit Of The Week

Hello everyone. I am back with another Vlog and Blog post. Sadly its been a while I have had this video half was finished for about five months and I am finally finished with it. I have fallen in love with Ecuador it is such a beautiful country and I still have so much of […]

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Day at the Zoo

A while ago Kyle and I went on a small adventure with a very special four year old to the Zoo. Here are some pictures from our adventures 🙂 She did not enjoy the turtles… Or this…. Air plane watching Yes we feed her junk food… Challenging Kyle to a coke chugging contest He accepted. She […]

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Week on Instagram

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime -Mark Twain A post shared by Jenise Rouse (@jeniserouse) on Nov 24, 2015 at 5:41pm PST Pigtails. A post shared by Jenise Rouse (@jeniserouse) on Nov 25, 2015 at 7:38am PST #Ecuador […]

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Trying Something new on the blog

Lets talk change, lets talk guilt, lets talk about being human. Strange way to start a post, especially a post about fashion. I also think this post needs some back story. I love clothes. I love fashion. I love the combinations of color and the way I feel when I dress up. It changes me, […]

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My Job

In this video I share will all the exciting details of my job new job in South America. Kyle, and I have had the time of our life’s working here, and we both feel like this job is not a “normal” 9-5. It’s the most fulfilling experience and I am so thankful that I was brave enough […]

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A Birthday Celebration

Carmen’s Birthday Last week we celebrated the birthday of a pretty special person here at the Hacienda. I feel like with 26 kids, I attend quite a few birthday celebrations, and thought of sharing some of them with you. No matter how many birthday parties I attend or host each one is so fun and so very special. We […]

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Ecuador update #2

When you lose everything. A couple of Sundays after Kyle and I arrived in Ecuador our church here in Tabacundo was able to be a blessing for a local family. We heard about a family who lost everything they had in a sort of flash flood, and we were able to provide them basic things for their home, we brought them food, […]

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Window sills always make me really happy. They are sort of an extension of the person they belong to. Some people leave them bare while others decorate them with succulents or blooming flowers, glass bottles or big rocks and crystals. Every time I travel somewhere new I make it a point to stop at every […]

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Ecuador update

Hello everyone I feel like there is so much to tell you all about our time so far in Ecuador. I have already made so many memories, and experienced my life in a completely new and exciting way. I have formed relationships with people that will forever leave the biggest impression on my heart. Ecuador is amazing, the children are […]

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Time we spent in Arkansas City…

Before leaving for Ecuador my husband and I got to visit my grandparents in Arkansas city, Kansas. I’m guessing you have never heard of the town. Don’t feel bad, its a small town in Kansas on the border of Oklahoma. It’s where I’m from, my mom is from, my grandma is from and her mom […]

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To do’s And Goals for the week

– Run every night and improve mile time – Get bags backed for Ecuador – Read bible every night – Be more patient – Meditate every day – Clean out car – Be more present – Clean out purse – Create a playlist for traveling – Get my computer fixed – Sign up for classes […]

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Weekend Wrap Up

This last week was crazy to say the least. Kyle and I are officially moved out of our apartment. My parents are so kind and let us store our lives in their attic while we are away. We fly out of here on the 9th and spend a week in Kansas to visit my family […]

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Three Bean Salad

This salad is definitely one of my favorite summertime Snacks/lunch/dinner side dish/picnic dish. Pretty much its just super yummy to eat whenever and so healthy. The weather has been heating up here, which had me craving summertime dishes so I made this as a side dish for dinner for my family, and it was a […]

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DIY All Natural Banana Oat Face Mask

Face Mask Ingredients  1/4 Cup of Oats 1 Large banana Almond oil ( I prefer to eyeball the amount I want to put in. I use more when my face is extremely dry and less when it’s feeling more moisturized) 2 tbsp Almond milk A blender A Fork A paintbrush to apply your face mask […]

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Ecuador Update #1

I might have a slight succulent obsession. We bought some seeds that where on sale. We are going to try and grow them in Ecuador.   So it’s happening! Today Kyle and I officially canceled our lease. We have until March 20th to be packed up and ready for our adventure well, sort of ready. […]

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Hello lovelies I am so happy to be posting my first weekend wrap up. Like I said in a previous post this blog is something that has become very special to me and something that I want to invest more of my time into. This week was a very quiet week in our home full […]

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WE ARE GOING TO ECUADOR

Hello lovelies, So I can finally share my exciting news with you all. My husband Kyle and I are going to moving to Ecuador become house  parents for The Hacienda of Hope an orphanage in Tabacundo Ecuador. To say that I am excited for this season of my  life would be an understatement., and I […]

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Proverbs 27:7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

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2015 New Years

With the New year. I have so many goals I want to accomplish. I feel the longing for growth during this new year. I want to truly create the world that I love one which I never stop my personal growth and development. A goal is to put more time patience and effort into this […]

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Outfit and What I am up to Today…

Current songs I’m obsessed with and continue to repeat all day. (listen to them you will love) —-> Random things I’m up to today Deep cleaning & Organizing apartment. Doing ALL laundry every last bit… Preparing for new years eve party i’m hosting. Running errands. Cooking and baking appetizers for tonight Taking pictures. Getting books […]

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My Mom is a BOMBSHELL

Hello Lovelies I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas this year full of love, joy, and happiness. Today was my second family Christmas dinner. It was a day spent with my beautiful family. I love the warmth that exudes from the hearts of my loved ones during this time of year. I am […]

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Last week I shared with you my favorite recipe of the week Banana Pancakes. I a new love for bananas, and I’m so happy replacing sugar and dairy with bananas. This week my favorite recipe is Banana “Nice” Cream. Yes, it’s winter but I have always been an ice cream junkie no matter the time of year, And with this dessert I can literally have as much as […]

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Hello lovelies. I wanted to take a minute to encourage and remind us all to live our lives for peace within ourselves and the betterment of our earth. Do not waste your precious unknown time on this earth by trying to please people who serve no significance in your circumstances, which could be by possessing […]

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Some goals for December

Set up christmas tree and decorations with family at parents house, and make my apartment look as festive as possible. ( I say make it as festive as possible for a very exciting reason that I can not wait to share with you all) Read at least two inspirational books. Go on first winter mountain […]

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Hello lovelies. If you have checked out my YouTube channel you know that I recently decided to go vegan. I have been on this journey for about a week and am absolutely loving every moment of it. I have been having a really fun time in the kitchen transforming my favorite dishes to vegan dishes. […]

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My Vegan Thanksgiving

What I ate (All 100% Vegan) Spinach stuffed mushrooms Mashed potatoes and gravy Quinoa mushroom stuffing Baked macaroni and cheese “Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes […]

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What I wore

Fall is here and like I have already stated I couldn’t be more happy. I love oversized jean jackets for the cool Seattle nights. They have become a staple in my fall fashion this year, and of course proper fall attire would not be complete without boots.  I went on a very fun and spontaneous […]

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Happy October 1st.

I would just like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy October 1st. I have kind of transformed the first of October into my own personal holiday. I mean it’s pretty much the best time of Year. This morning while I was getting ready for work I finally broke out all my chunky scarves, sweaters, and layering […]

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Clips of My Weekend

I have to just say I am a the BEST knick knack shopper ever. Here are a few things I picked up over the weekend while I was thrift shopping. The plants I obviously did not find at a thrift shop, but I did get them on sale. Everything in this picture I got for […]

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What I wore

  Breaking out all the floral prints before the summer ends, and enjoying every moment of it. Love and Light

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Poo Poo Point

This last weekend I went on a hike with my family to Poo Poo Point. It was breathtaking. Making it to the top of any hike is always so rewarding. Im almost certain it was the last hike of summer, and Im so happy I spent it with my family. I hope you all enjoy […]

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September 09th, 2014

Looking back through old photos. I love to compare my style now to then. So much has changed yet so much has stayed the same. 

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OOTD

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