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“All it takes is a little bit of hustle, and a whole lot of heart!” -Melissa Rush, Host of the Hustle & Heart PodcastWhy Hustle & Heart? As long as I can remember, women have inspired me throughout my life. Whether it was my loving and devoted Mom, my adventurous and brave Aunt, to some of my favorite teachers or co-workers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing…women have been my mentors, my inspiration. I guess I have always lived my life with “a little bit of hustle and a whole lot of heart.” From being a scrappy little kid at sleep-away summer camp in the Berkshires, to taking my first Greyhound bus to New York City at age 18 to dance all night at The Limelight (sorry Mom & Dad! LOL) … I have worked hard to achieve the things I wanted in life… Good, Bad or a little too Wild. I took the risk. I made it happen. I remember fighting to get an internship at the now-defunct Boston Phoenix to getting into the college of my dreams (Georgetown…Let’s go Hoyas!), to picking up my life and moving overseas to Europe (Amsterdam!) in search of adventure, to finally finding my soulmate in my husband (I was a late bloomer!), to raising our two beautiful, spirited & gorgeous children. I have hustled and given it my all… heart and soul.

Latest Episodes

DAY 13: Melanie Myers - Digital Marketing, Reinvention & Meditation during the Pandemic

I am thrilled to introduce my fabulous guest and beautiful friend, Melanie Myers of Myers Events & Marketing and Katamabay.com - on episode 13 of my crossover podcast "Hustle & Heart Podcast with Melissa Rush" and "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Melanie has been creating successful events for nonprofit and social clients for over a decade in the Greater Boston area. With many high profile clients in the sports & entertainment arena...she is the Go-To Gal for fundraising events! She is a truly dedicated member of her community and is always there to support a charity or meaningful cause, and lend a helping hand. Due to the challenging time for the live events industry, Melanie has shifted her attention to Katama Bay, a web design & digital marketing firm with business partner Chuck Meredith, near Boston, MA. They strive to add value to small and medium-sized businesses by increasing and maintaining their online presence throug...

22 minJUL 2
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DAY 13: Melanie Myers - Digital Marketing, Reinvention & Meditation during the Pandemic

DAY 11: Tricia Auld - Boston Comedian Talks Dating During Quarantine, Britney Spears, and Killing It

I am so happy to introduce my fabulous guest, Tricia Auld, local Boston comedian, on episode 11 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." “Tricia Auld is a Boston-based comedian who’s performed in some of New England's region’s most charming/intimidating bars, theaters, and clubs. She’s a staple of Laugh Boston, Nick’s Comedy Stop and Giggles, among other venues. Tricia combines soul-baring anecdotes about living single, sexual misadventures, and her unconventional upbringing (as the middle child of 5 sisters) with an articulate irreverence that wouldn’t be out of place in a Chelsea Handler or Whitney Cummings special. She’s been producing a showcase every first Thursday at Club Cafe for the past few years.” Tricia produced, wrote, and starred in her own comedy special “It’s My Wedding” at the legendary Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston (see link below). She literally creates her faux wedding...iincluding Save the ...

49 minMAY 7
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DAY 11: Tricia Auld - Boston Comedian Talks Dating During Quarantine, Britney Spears, and Killing It

DAY 10: David Yas - CEO of Pod617 - Podcasters Rising Up, Staying Boston Strong & the New Normal

I am so excited to introduce my next guest, David Yas, Founder & CEO of Pod617 - The Boston Podcast Network on episode 10 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Dave is a great friend and my podcasting mentor. In this episode, Dave and I talk about the surreal, apocalyptic quarantine life we are all living right now, virtual happy hours, the best quarantine memes, working from home, get a little political (sorry Dad!), pivoting our business strategies and those ridiculous ”first world problems.” David Yas is the Founder and CEO of The Boston Podcast Network. He has been producing podcasts since 2015 and has put his signature on over 1,000+ episodes as a creative influence, host, editor, and promoter. He is the host of The Boston Podcast, one of the city's few independent daily shows, which has logged more than 70,000 downloads. He is smart, funny, very talented and passionate about the podcast industry. Pod617 produc...

41 minMAY 2
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DAY 10: David Yas - CEO of Pod617 - Podcasters Rising Up, Staying Boston Strong & the New Normal

DAY 9: Morgan and Paige Fontana - How the Class of 2020 is Coping with Missing out on Milestones

I am so happy for to meet my next guests, my neighbors and sisters, Morgan and Paige Fontana, on episode 8 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Morgan and Paige are smart and inspiring young women who are experiencing the quarantine in a very big way. Colleges and high schools are closed, classes have moved online, and they are missing out on some very important milestones, like the Prom, Graduation, and much, much more. Morgan is a college student studying Nursing (go Morgan!) at Worcester State University, and is also a Resident Assistant. Paige is a senior graduating this year, in the Class of 2020. They are staying positive by quarantining with their family and keeping in touch with friends over Zoom, continuing to study, playing games and watching favorite shows, and walking their adorable husky, Oko, all around town! . **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you a...

31 minAPR 29
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DAY 9: Morgan and Paige Fontana - How the Class of 2020 is Coping with Missing out on Milestones

DAY 8: Jess Lynch & Lauren Romeiro of Wishroute.com - Staying Mindful, Moving & Motivated at Home

I am so pleased to introduce my next guests, Jess Lynch, Founder & CEO of Wishroute.com and Lauren Romeiro, Marketing & Business Development, on episode 8 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Wishroute is a women-run, text message-based, personal accountability service where real people text you to help you build and sustain healthy habits, fitness goals and wellness, one day at a time. Jess was inspired to start Wishroute by following in the footsteps of her role model, her mother, Laura Plunkett, who took it upon herself to research her son’s juvenile diabetes diagnosis and travelled the country educating families with her book “The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes.” Jess and Lauren are both smart, passionate and inspiring women who are helping others by promoting positive reinforcement and celebrating our accomplishments both big and small. Based in Boston, Wishroute just launched a new program: “Staying Mindfu...

32 minAPR 22
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DAY 8: Jess Lynch & Lauren Romeiro of Wishroute.com - Staying Mindful, Moving & Motivated at Home

DAY 7: Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD - A Pedatrician's Prospective on Caring for Children & Staying Safe

Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD is a Pediatrician practicing in the Boston area, and I am happy to have him as my guest on episode 7 of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor.** -->Eric Tjonahen, MD is a Pediatrican living with his family in the Greater Boston area. He talks about how his practice, Pediatric Associates of Norwood and Franklin, has made major changes in the way they see their young patients, reserving the mornings for newborns and infants, as well as more serious cases, and limits the numbers of patients and staff to keep a safe environment for everyone. He stresses the importance of staying home, keeping faces covered with masks and washing hands, as it is vital we keep social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Until mass testing of the public can becom...

31 minAPR 17
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DAY 7: Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD - A Pedatrician's Prospective on Caring for Children & Staying Safe

DAY 6: LISA CHESTERS - Connecting with my West Coast BFF about the New Normal in Silicon Valley

I'm thrilled to introduce my next guest, Lisa Chesters, on episode 6 (Day 6) of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor.** -->Lisa Chesters lives with her family in Los Gatos, CA in a scenic & somewhat rural area in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We met as graduate students at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and have had many adventures together throughout the years, most notably in Paris and Amsterdam. We were supposed to have our 20th reunion with our grad school crew (Communication, Culture and Technology) this May, but will take the reunion online to reconnect virtually with our friends across the world. -->Working in Silicon Valley, Lisa is the Head of Marketing for pHin, a smart technology device used in swimming pools and hot tubs to maintain proper...

33 minAPR 12
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DAY 6: LISA CHESTERS - Connecting with my West Coast BFF about the New Normal in Silicon Valley

DAY 5: Tom Seeley - The Fire Walk of Life: Reflections on Love, Relationships, Marriage & Divorce

I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, Tom Seeley, on episode 5 (Day 5) of my new podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor. Also, pardon me in advance for the low audio quality of this episode, we had some Skype difficulties...but it’s well-worth the listen! ** -->Tom Seeley is an Attorney, Divorce Mediator, Certified Life Coach and Consultant at Arbonne living in Skaneateles, NY in the Finger Lakes region. Tom and I met 30 years ago at boarding school at Phillips Academy at Andover (Class of ‘90) while both hosting radio shows on WPAA. Tom is an incredibly smart, passionate and talented man who recently changed the course of his life and career when he took his first Fire Walk, became a holistic divorce mediator, and certified life coach. He is a truly ins...

40 minAPR 2
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DAY 5: Tom Seeley - The Fire Walk of Life: Reflections on Love, Relationships, Marriage & Divorce

DAY 4: Valerie McSorley - The New (Virtual) Reality of Running a Business - Owner, The Hive

DAY 4 (essentially episode 4) of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency or Covid-19 symptoms, please call 911.** -->I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, Valerie McSorley, Owner of The Hive, a brand new, unique event space located in Marshfield, MA and owner of Avant Garde Events in the Boston area for over 18 years. Valerie is an incredibly smart, passionate and talented entrepreneur and all around inspirational woman. Val is a real connector. She brings people together. Especially during this uncertain and difficult time, Val talks about keeping positive, connected and expressing our creativity. Here are FIVE takeaways from Valerie: 1) Get up, take a shower and get dressed every day! Spritz on your favorite perfume, put on your lipstick and style your hair. You will feel much better! 2) It's al...

31 minMAR 31
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DAY 4: Valerie McSorley - The New (Virtual) Reality of Running a Business - Owner, The Hive

DAY 3: Hania Khuri-Trapper - How to Just Breathe, Keep Calm & Stay Positive Through Yoga

DAY 3 of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency or symptoms, please call 911.** -->I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, one of my best friends for nearly 40 years, Hania Khuri-Trapper! Hania is a certified Yoga Instructor and Teacher Trainer, Reiki Master and all around inspirational woman. Hania is a longtime childhood friend, devoted mom, outstanding graphic designer and a true inspiration to us all. Hania offers us 5 Helpful Tips for keeping safe and healthy... 1) Be Present. Pause in this present moment and slow everything down. Be here, right now. 2)Be Positive. Find Acceptance where we are, knowing we can't control what is happening. Find Gratitude and be grateful for the things you do have, not what you do not. Try to move away from Fear, Guilt and Anxiety...into a place of hope and posit...

27 minMAR 23
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DAY 3: Hania Khuri-Trapper - How to Just Breathe, Keep Calm & Stay Positive Through Yoga

Latest Episodes

DAY 13: Melanie Myers - Digital Marketing, Reinvention & Meditation during the Pandemic

I am thrilled to introduce my fabulous guest and beautiful friend, Melanie Myers of Myers Events & Marketing and Katamabay.com - on episode 13 of my crossover podcast "Hustle & Heart Podcast with Melissa Rush" and "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Melanie has been creating successful events for nonprofit and social clients for over a decade in the Greater Boston area. With many high profile clients in the sports & entertainment arena...she is the Go-To Gal for fundraising events! She is a truly dedicated member of her community and is always there to support a charity or meaningful cause, and lend a helping hand. Due to the challenging time for the live events industry, Melanie has shifted her attention to Katama Bay, a web design & digital marketing firm with business partner Chuck Meredith, near Boston, MA. They strive to add value to small and medium-sized businesses by increasing and maintaining their online presence throug...

22 minJUL 2
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DAY 13: Melanie Myers - Digital Marketing, Reinvention & Meditation during the Pandemic

DAY 11: Tricia Auld - Boston Comedian Talks Dating During Quarantine, Britney Spears, and Killing It

I am so happy to introduce my fabulous guest, Tricia Auld, local Boston comedian, on episode 11 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." “Tricia Auld is a Boston-based comedian who’s performed in some of New England's region’s most charming/intimidating bars, theaters, and clubs. She’s a staple of Laugh Boston, Nick’s Comedy Stop and Giggles, among other venues. Tricia combines soul-baring anecdotes about living single, sexual misadventures, and her unconventional upbringing (as the middle child of 5 sisters) with an articulate irreverence that wouldn’t be out of place in a Chelsea Handler or Whitney Cummings special. She’s been producing a showcase every first Thursday at Club Cafe for the past few years.” Tricia produced, wrote, and starred in her own comedy special “It’s My Wedding” at the legendary Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston (see link below). She literally creates her faux wedding...iincluding Save the ...

49 minMAY 7
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DAY 11: Tricia Auld - Boston Comedian Talks Dating During Quarantine, Britney Spears, and Killing It

DAY 10: David Yas - CEO of Pod617 - Podcasters Rising Up, Staying Boston Strong & the New Normal

I am so excited to introduce my next guest, David Yas, Founder & CEO of Pod617 - The Boston Podcast Network on episode 10 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Dave is a great friend and my podcasting mentor. In this episode, Dave and I talk about the surreal, apocalyptic quarantine life we are all living right now, virtual happy hours, the best quarantine memes, working from home, get a little political (sorry Dad!), pivoting our business strategies and those ridiculous ”first world problems.” David Yas is the Founder and CEO of The Boston Podcast Network. He has been producing podcasts since 2015 and has put his signature on over 1,000+ episodes as a creative influence, host, editor, and promoter. He is the host of The Boston Podcast, one of the city's few independent daily shows, which has logged more than 70,000 downloads. He is smart, funny, very talented and passionate about the podcast industry. Pod617 produc...

41 minMAY 2
Comments
DAY 10: David Yas - CEO of Pod617 - Podcasters Rising Up, Staying Boston Strong & the New Normal

DAY 9: Morgan and Paige Fontana - How the Class of 2020 is Coping with Missing out on Milestones

I am so happy for to meet my next guests, my neighbors and sisters, Morgan and Paige Fontana, on episode 8 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Morgan and Paige are smart and inspiring young women who are experiencing the quarantine in a very big way. Colleges and high schools are closed, classes have moved online, and they are missing out on some very important milestones, like the Prom, Graduation, and much, much more. Morgan is a college student studying Nursing (go Morgan!) at Worcester State University, and is also a Resident Assistant. Paige is a senior graduating this year, in the Class of 2020. They are staying positive by quarantining with their family and keeping in touch with friends over Zoom, continuing to study, playing games and watching favorite shows, and walking their adorable husky, Oko, all around town! . **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you a...

31 minAPR 29
Comments
DAY 9: Morgan and Paige Fontana - How the Class of 2020 is Coping with Missing out on Milestones

DAY 8: Jess Lynch & Lauren Romeiro of Wishroute.com - Staying Mindful, Moving & Motivated at Home

I am so pleased to introduce my next guests, Jess Lynch, Founder & CEO of Wishroute.com and Lauren Romeiro, Marketing & Business Development, on episode 8 of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." Wishroute is a women-run, text message-based, personal accountability service where real people text you to help you build and sustain healthy habits, fitness goals and wellness, one day at a time. Jess was inspired to start Wishroute by following in the footsteps of her role model, her mother, Laura Plunkett, who took it upon herself to research her son’s juvenile diabetes diagnosis and travelled the country educating families with her book “The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes.” Jess and Lauren are both smart, passionate and inspiring women who are helping others by promoting positive reinforcement and celebrating our accomplishments both big and small. Based in Boston, Wishroute just launched a new program: “Staying Mindfu...

32 minAPR 22
Comments
DAY 8: Jess Lynch & Lauren Romeiro of Wishroute.com - Staying Mindful, Moving & Motivated at Home

DAY 7: Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD - A Pedatrician's Prospective on Caring for Children & Staying Safe

Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD is a Pediatrician practicing in the Boston area, and I am happy to have him as my guest on episode 7 of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor.** -->Eric Tjonahen, MD is a Pediatrican living with his family in the Greater Boston area. He talks about how his practice, Pediatric Associates of Norwood and Franklin, has made major changes in the way they see their young patients, reserving the mornings for newborns and infants, as well as more serious cases, and limits the numbers of patients and staff to keep a safe environment for everyone. He stresses the importance of staying home, keeping faces covered with masks and washing hands, as it is vital we keep social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Until mass testing of the public can becom...

31 minAPR 17
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DAY 7: Dr. Eric Tjonahen, MD - A Pedatrician's Prospective on Caring for Children & Staying Safe

DAY 6: LISA CHESTERS - Connecting with my West Coast BFF about the New Normal in Silicon Valley

I'm thrilled to introduce my next guest, Lisa Chesters, on episode 6 (Day 6) of my podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor.** -->Lisa Chesters lives with her family in Los Gatos, CA in a scenic & somewhat rural area in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We met as graduate students at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and have had many adventures together throughout the years, most notably in Paris and Amsterdam. We were supposed to have our 20th reunion with our grad school crew (Communication, Culture and Technology) this May, but will take the reunion online to reconnect virtually with our friends across the world. -->Working in Silicon Valley, Lisa is the Head of Marketing for pHin, a smart technology device used in swimming pools and hot tubs to maintain proper...

33 minAPR 12
Comments
DAY 6: LISA CHESTERS - Connecting with my West Coast BFF about the New Normal in Silicon Valley

DAY 5: Tom Seeley - The Fire Walk of Life: Reflections on Love, Relationships, Marriage & Divorce

I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, Tom Seeley, on episode 5 (Day 5) of my new podcast "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call 911 or consult your doctor. Also, pardon me in advance for the low audio quality of this episode, we had some Skype difficulties...but it’s well-worth the listen! ** -->Tom Seeley is an Attorney, Divorce Mediator, Certified Life Coach and Consultant at Arbonne living in Skaneateles, NY in the Finger Lakes region. Tom and I met 30 years ago at boarding school at Phillips Academy at Andover (Class of ‘90) while both hosting radio shows on WPAA. Tom is an incredibly smart, passionate and talented man who recently changed the course of his life and career when he took his first Fire Walk, became a holistic divorce mediator, and certified life coach. He is a truly ins...

40 minAPR 2
Comments
DAY 5: Tom Seeley - The Fire Walk of Life: Reflections on Love, Relationships, Marriage & Divorce

DAY 4: Valerie McSorley - The New (Virtual) Reality of Running a Business - Owner, The Hive

DAY 4 (essentially episode 4) of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency or Covid-19 symptoms, please call 911.** -->I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, Valerie McSorley, Owner of The Hive, a brand new, unique event space located in Marshfield, MA and owner of Avant Garde Events in the Boston area for over 18 years. Valerie is an incredibly smart, passionate and talented entrepreneur and all around inspirational woman. Val is a real connector. She brings people together. Especially during this uncertain and difficult time, Val talks about keeping positive, connected and expressing our creativity. Here are FIVE takeaways from Valerie: 1) Get up, take a shower and get dressed every day! Spritz on your favorite perfume, put on your lipstick and style your hair. You will feel much better! 2) It's al...

31 minMAR 31
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DAY 4: Valerie McSorley - The New (Virtual) Reality of Running a Business - Owner, The Hive

DAY 3: Hania Khuri-Trapper - How to Just Breathe, Keep Calm & Stay Positive Through Yoga

DAY 3 of "GOING VIRAL: Staying Sane, Healthy & Connected during the Coronavirus Outbreak of 2020." **Please Note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are my own and my guest's own. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency or symptoms, please call 911.** -->I'm so excited to introduce my next guest, one of my best friends for nearly 40 years, Hania Khuri-Trapper! Hania is a certified Yoga Instructor and Teacher Trainer, Reiki Master and all around inspirational woman. Hania is a longtime childhood friend, devoted mom, outstanding graphic designer and a true inspiration to us all. Hania offers us 5 Helpful Tips for keeping safe and healthy... 1) Be Present. Pause in this present moment and slow everything down. Be here, right now. 2)Be Positive. Find Acceptance where we are, knowing we can't control what is happening. Find Gratitude and be grateful for the things you do have, not what you do not. Try to move away from Fear, Guilt and Anxiety...into a place of hope and posit...

27 minMAR 23
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DAY 3: Hania Khuri-Trapper - How to Just Breathe, Keep Calm & Stay Positive Through Yoga
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