What Creates Success


running in heels Are you a woman running heals, frantic to figure out your time with career, money, family and social life but end up not doing anything at all to resolve this feeling of disarray? Well, join the club! Each and every one of us has been there. I coin this as “women running in heels”, as we tend to do it all, want it all, try to make it ALL happen and end up stressed and simply exhausted. This was me some 2 years ago, giving, giving , giving to others with barely enough time to renew myself or adjust to a life worth creating, without falling short on quality people time, sleep and a life outside of my career!   According to the American Psychological Association stress gender survey, stress has been significantly more on the rise for women than men. Almost half of women surveyed (49%) reported a rise in stress over the past five years. We , as women, are all too willing to please others holding a false belief that if we handle it all, then life will be easier by doing it ourselves versus delegating the details to someone else.   So how is that working for you?

The bottomline is,  life  is running YOU, instead of YOU creating the life that you desire and deserve.  So, what do you really want or better yet, what do you want to get out of life, right now? The one constant that we can never capture again is our time.  Perhaps it’s time to just STOP  the crazy life treadmill and determine what feels right versus what is wrong? Step back and begin to get clear and envision your happiness , as this will attract the abundance, joy and desire you deserve! I learned this the hard way with a come to Buddha moment, where my company car almost crashed from going out of control and landed in front of two eight foot Buddha statues outside a furniture store in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Talk about a wake up call to the antithesis of my chaotic life careening me to the edge of no return.  I certainly would not want this to happen to you. However, in hindsight what I learned was the best choices are the one’s we make consciously, not from reactive measures or societal demands. We are human and the Universe has a funny way of  journeying back to self  to  determine if we are practicing self – love and self – care.

My story , as a woman running in heels, was an opportunity for me to go deep, recognize my soul calling and begin to consciously transform myself to the writer , now, published  Author and Inspiration Coach that I deeply yearned to be. I invite those women who I see have so much magic within and are running from their own soul calling to  take a listen to how I turned my challenge  into opportunities,  in an interview with psychologist  Dr. Laura Ciel,  on her radio show, which empowers individuals going through life transition.  It’s short and to the point , however, I would love your feedback! Take a LISTEN! The Happiness Journey with Jackie Ruka

Inspirational Quote: ” The Purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Ready for a Happiness Smackdown? Jackie Ruka is America’s Happyologist and LifeStyle Strategist. She teaches you how to live from the heart and align yourself with your true potential! Join the tribe and opt-in to receive weekly news, programs, events and a Weekly Happiness DOSE full of wisdom to keep your vision in perspective at www.gethappyzone.com. To purchase her book “Get Happy and Create a Kick-Butt Life” , it is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, www.gethappyguide.com or order it at your favorite bookstore! Thanks and welcome to the  HAPPY ZONE!


So what is the creative key to global change? In a nutshell it exists within self. Often  people equate creativity to art, fashion, film or writing when in fact creativity encompasses so much more than artistic categories. Think back to when you experienced your first desire to express yourself , what did that feel like for you ? Was it liberating, did your brain spontaneously play and ramble in a manner that felt like freedom? This particular brain buzz is , namely , your creative groove. An inspiring set of moments where your brilliance is on fire. There is no stopping you when you are in your zone. I love this feeling ! One of the reasons why I named my company Get Happy Zone.

In all actuality, we are born with a creative chip whether you exercise this chip or not is where your creative muscle flourishes or dissipates over time. The creative side of our brains represents, fresh ideas and connecting them to new forms or concepts. Innovation is carrying out these creative ideas via a strategic manner. So what does that have to do with global change ?

Today’s companies and leaders recognize the transformation age we are in (creative, empathetic age). Companies will not be able to thrive based on former armchair management but rather the use of the whole brain , with fluidity, speed and innovation as the success ingredients required to strive for competitive edge. In other words,  to be the leader of the pack and stand out amongst your competition, your service or product looks and/or feels intuitive, which is why Apple is so successful.

Now is no time to be shy about flexing your creative muscle. The time is now ! Break out your Crayola’s, camera, sketch book or that old recipe of yours and start celebrating your expressive side . Your creative ideas are an answer to a CEO, business leader or communities need for a solution . By linking your creative ideas to the needs of  global change ,we can begin to operate in a whole and organic manner. This is why collaboration will be so important as we move forward for healing and thriving, together.

My upcoming book, Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life! A Creative toolbox for the Life You Desire, shares insight for what I term as “linking”. In this Chapter you can expect to utilize your uniqueness and begin to activate your linking skills to the needs currently percolating in the hallways of world entities. It is my belief that the answer to recovering from a depression is to recognize the opportunities. In so doing, we can graduate from victim hood and take on new roles by defining your higher self . As your higher self is your heart exercising your authentic power.

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a personal growth organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Creative toolbox for the Life You Desire. To learn more about Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com


Einstein once said, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” He was a master of deliberate creation – deliberately focusing your thought with the intention of feeling alignment with your own desire.

The one method you can learn to create a kick butt life is that of deliberate creation. So many people want to know the secret behind this. Well , for one thing our thoughts are crucial to what our beliefs are , in relation to your self and how you view the world. But,what holds the secret sauce together for the art of deliberate creation to take place?

The brain is the sexiest and most fascinating of the human organs. The personality, five senses, behavior, humor, thinking, perception, and reasoning, operate out of this soul headquarters of the nervous system. Your brain took charge of your human functions on every level of your existence as you entered this world. You are a miracle!

Of course, the brain is still by far an organ that holds mystery. Why we say that which we say, do that which we do, act as we do, and feel as perplexed or confused as we do seems to have no precision to it. Yet, the brain creates all those things for you while it is the same organ that defines your logic and dictates moments for digging deep in your life.

The term “thinking out of the box” in most cases means asking your right brain to go beyond what is familiar to it. The brain’s left hemisphere usually breaks things down, quantifies, and conjures up data for determining results. When you add right brain activities to the mix, you can use creativity and imagination to think beyond limits by looking at whole pictures, rather than pieces of them. You possess the ability to practice the use of the whole brain and live a kick ass life if you’re willing to change toxic thinking patterns .

We all possess toxic thinking patterns and sometimes will it upon ourselves. For example, you may place credence in someone who really is not portraying what you perceive , yet you continue the relationship for short lived benefits, only to find your hopes consistently result in disappointment. As much as you would like to believe this person was everything you perceived them to be, you allow for disappointment. How often does this happen to you and how often do you repeat this pattern?

To detoxify your life, you must detoxify your brain. Take inventory as to what feels right and what does not. Determine who is toxic in your life or what might be contributing to  you being toxic toward self.

Toxicity  toward self, may manifest in many ways including aches and pains in your body, compulsive activity like over eating, over spending or hopping from one relationship to the next. Some might term this as avoidance. Unconsciously you may not even recognize how deep in it you are til an alarming occurrence takes place.

When your brain sends you messages and your heart interprets those messages you can choose to overlook red flags and give in to a desire or choose to be discerning. Weigh the pro’s and con’s and protect your heart from what may  be a fleeting selfish need at the moment .

Bottom line, to detoxify your life you are choosing to boost your alignment to live in your truth and equally be authentic to your heart, your brain will thank you for it!


If you are stuck and feeling uninspired Get Happy Zone is where we want to help you flesh out your desires and embark on a more positive course ! Should you or your business require inspiration please inquire at info@gethappyzone.com

TODAYS QUOTE: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Art Therapist, Business Professional and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes , VIP sessions, and upcoming e-book “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, A Creative Toolbox for a Life You Desire.” To learn more about Get Happy Zone and receive the Get Happy blog in your inbox please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com


Why fit in, when you were born to stand out. Dr. Seuss

” Creativity is the life force behind all that we do.” by John Clease. This quote , I feel is the epitomy of the new mental method in which we as a society are headed. As an artist and business professional, I find myself tapping into the creative side far beyond the artistic process I relied upon as a natural talent. Not sure about you, but my creative muscle is being stretched and squeezed in other areas of my life now more so than ever. Which brings me to the revelation of innovation defined as new things, ideas or method of approach.

According to Daniel Pink, author of  A Whole New Mind, Where Right Brainers will Rule the World, our economy is exiting from the Information Age and shifting into the Conceptual Age , a time where the creative types will reign. If you believe this to be true than perhaps your needs and desires may begin to shift as well. If they have not already ? Perhaps even your feelings of what used to make you happy have shifted toward a more realistic or palatable perspective. So what does all this mean ? Reaching the edge of what computers can do that humans no longer need to has also brought to light what areas are irreplaceable. We know computers cannot generate beauty, stories, moments or touch the soul that humans touch . Computers are a delivery process not a feeling generator. So just when you thought your right brain skills remain shelved , its time to dust off your brushes, pens and nurturing side because you will just be getting started and appreciated for your creativity. However, there is a glitch. Creativity is just part of the formula of innovation or change. The key is to add in strategy. Strategy is the why, the function behind the design. Once you figure out the why, you could be well on your way to a richer path where perhaps your happiness will be redefined and of course the wealth will follow. The genius seed will need to grow and patience is part of this process.

If your intuition is telling you to finish that project , redesign a function or birth your idea into action now, you are already a winner just by starting ! When you begin to make first steps with a different attitude, your goals will be different as well, hence the method by which you were operating will then change. A domino effect takes shape, not without a few mishaps or mistakes along the way, but no worries. Just tweak or change your goal, attitude and or approach til it feels right and the results begin to take form. It’s usually when you are in the middle of processing that your Aha moments occur. Part of living a rich life is to incorporate play into your life. Many of us are void of this in our personal as well as professional lives. The process of play enriches those Aha moments and stirs the creative juices. There is no reason for you not to be able to pop your power on the planet right now, just by playing alone.

Think of ways you could add play to your work or personal life. Perhaps have a fun contest at work or with a project, do a field trip once a month or simply go dancing. Whatever it is make it different from what you have done before. Invite in the new so the old can be released. You may be surprised as to where a  new path could lead .

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book The Innovators Bible ; A Practical Guide to Imagine Your Greatest Good for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about


Do you remember the Gumby doll? You could stretch, shape and change him into all types of contortions. My sister and I would try to stretch him as far as we could across the TV room; I had the legs and she had the arms. Gumby had no idea if he was coming or going. Perhaps you are in a situation where you are feeling manipulated and burnt out with little direction in knowing where to turn.  Looking outside of yourself seems difficult when all you can do is focus on the negative. Gaining clarity is key to moving forward in your life, however the clarity or clearing process can take some time. Often it is the breakdowns that fire up a breakthrough.

It is easy to lose confidence in yourself with not believing in your talents or strengths in times of change or crisis. Losing a job, a client or faith in what your currently doing can feel like betrayal. Yet, nothing could be further from this  type of perception. The Universe is nudging you toward growth and an opportunity is knocking , but you may be too busy figuring out the chaos you find yourself in the middle of. The sooner you process change the sooner you can have gratitude for what you have. Soon you will begin to see the windows of opportunity opening for you. In the book The Passion Test, the premise is to determine your top 5 passions . When you set an intention, place action and put forth a knowing attitude you begin a new process with unraveling your purpose and dream. This is an important exercise to embark upon and the beginning of a very important and perhaps a life altering process for you. However, this is just the beginning.

As the queen of self reinvention, I have been through the transformation process and am familiar with sabotaging to my old patterns as well, predominantly out of fear. Once you  truly have faced a place where you are absolutely sick of the place you are in, ready to forgo your fears  and  go beyond setting a new intention ,than my new book will show you how to ignite a happiness campaign customized for you. Part of this process is  determining your greatest strengths and creatively activating your strengths to move your intention further along. Redefine Your Success Exercise: To do this right the first time you first must :write down all of your greatest strengths, hobbies and skills. Circle only 3 from your list that excite you . The 3 you circled represent your passions. Second, underline which of these you have been financially compensated for. The underlined skill, hobbies and strengths are your hidden passions that you can expound upon toward initiating further growth toward crystallizing your purpose. Upon completion of your list you may find the primary strengths you circled represent one of 3 leadership traits that you primarily operate from within the Universe  : the Leader/Trendsetter, the Universal Connector and the Stealth Strategist. You no longer need to be in Gumby’s position any longer, once you determine your motivating makeup.  To learn more about how you operate in the Universe and where you can capitalize upon your purpose , sign in to my author page to receive news and bonuses on my upcoming book: Imagine Your Greatest Good, A Practical Guide to Popping your Power on the Planet. http://www.gethappyzone.com/book

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a Practical Guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about

Quote: Only You define your own worth. Jackie Ruka


Seeking balance ? It may seem easy to believe one can be nimble in order to overcome the many changes being thrown our way. Nimble , meaning agile , with ease or alert.   Yet at some point, being nimble may be benefiting others while costing your integrity . For example, during breakfast this morning, with some gal pals, we ended up discussing how we have mastered multi-tasking, only to find that we are picking up the slack for the slackers. Is this us being nimble or the slackers being nimble ? Makes you wonder .Perhaps life is just unabalanced and we need to accept this.

How does one go about being effective in a unbalanced world? Do you take the high road and make up the difference for others or do you finally step up and hold others accountable for what they could be doing but don’t as they know you will end up doing it for them ?

Its one thing to go with flow, roll with the punches and accommodate to the small changes, however, change is happening so rapidly these days the ” go with flow” has turned into an additional set of ongoing tasks. Perhaps the word nimble is being misused in todays  world and applies more to what we should expect from our computer systems rather than human systems.

So here are some  tips for being the “new” nimble and attempt to live a perfectly unbalanced life :

1. Learn what takes priority and what can be set aside for later.

2.Clarify what the changes are  and why, is this for the greater good or the good of only one person ?

3. Agree to take on  the additional work or change but  voice the sacrifice of the other shifts in priority , so all are aware and on the same page.

4.Recognize if your agility is being compromised .  Practice mindfulness and take measure to renew yourself at all costs.

5. Sleep, eat right , exercise and meditate (time for self). Lastly, be nimble with self. Learn to take on what you can the best way you know how. Ask for help in return.

6. Take your power back. If your get up and go has got up and went, your on the road to burn out. If being nimble means what it says than expect this from others as well . In these changing times, it takes all to be nimble not just you.

The bottom-line is we all just want to be happy. Here is a great article from financial techie James Altucher’s book who shares his happiness approach. How to Be the Luckiest Guy on Earth.

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a Practical Guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about


Taking a step toward your future self is alot easier than you think ! Today I participated in a workshop where the unexpected occurred and I was unprepared, at least initially. I was invited to a new group where I met my peers and we shared our fears, as well as our desires. Most of us had common fears of rejection or failure while others shared similar patterns of sabotage.  The group process  initiated a self awareness that was aired out and lifted illusions and obstacles that limit us from our true potential . The group sharing not only was  healthy but also a powerful gateway of conscious awakening. Just think how much you could accomplish, once your fears are diminished? Often, we tend to get in our own way, dragging our feet to move in a purposeful direction. Now, is the time to recognize how special you are, as  no one does the same thing in exactly the same manner as you. Your uniqueness is special and June is a great time to celebrate and blossom.

The Authentic Power workshop I facilitate with clients, is to create the book cover of your autobiography. This can include pictures, graphics, stickers, magazine cutouts, scrap book decals and the like. The caveat is to  choose the theme of what your future self entails displayed on your front cover ( your desire of what you strive to be) . By doing this, you’re setting the intention and declaration for your goal into  forward motion. Visualizing your book cover everyday promotes the creative juices on an unconscious level which will attract the supporters, cheerleaders and advocates to enter your life so you can blossom successfully.

Quote: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a Practical Guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about


Prior to this glorious Memorial Day weekend, it was a turbulent week for most. It’s not so much as the usual busyness, but more of the unexpected occurrences. You know, the small mishaps  that wreak havoc on the rest of your day: losing your car key, a flight being cancelled, computer meltdown or making an impulsive  financial decision leading to an unexpected consequence. Often, one person’s decision affects many. In today’s social environment, we are living in a world of excess, popularity contests and competitveness. From computer games that kids are strung out on to who can have the most friends or hot looking girls on their facebook. These  social interactions are just distractions to the barometer that the universe is sharing with you about what’s really important in your life and not how screwy it may feel. So, you can choose to question it all or you can choose to get real about what the universe is trying to tell you. Step away from your distractions and ponder on what feels right in your world. Have gratitude for what is working , accept what is not and be the change you wish to feel in your own life. Placing your ego on the table and operating from heart is the new art to expressing who you are, what your business is about and how you are here to share and help others. In other words, its not really about You.

The 21st century is a world of integration, where we are learning to operate from the “me” to the “we”. An age of creativity or term it  as the golden age, a time in which we are here to help each other function in our higher selves.  A time for you to be living a lifestyle of consciousness. The changes happening are no longer cyclical but rather random and often. These haphazard occurrences can leave those of us sensitive to our surroundings a bit raw. This is where we can learn to get scrappy and start generating our conscious moxie. Wikipedia terms moxie as a force of character, determination or nerve. It’s a  perfect time for combining your know how and raw feelings with placing a readiness for your higher self to emerge. Embrace your readiness and  express your higher self in a new manner that the universe is now asking of you. Namely, freedom to step outside of your old self and step in to your future self. You are an important cog in the wheel that we  are sharing, therefore it is no longer necessary to live in your habits but rather live in your purpose.

Reinvention is happening all around and within us. Fear not, here are a few tips to align yourself:

Air out your thoughts with a coach or mentor.

Accept the twists and turns of fate.

Research options that  can link your holistic talent to emerging trends.

Check in with self. Are you following your heart? Place your ego on the table (hint)

Determine what you want to include in your next chapter and dream BIG. Where are you headed and who  you want to take with you are some key determinations. Let your clarity define you.

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a Practical Guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about


It is often in response to spiritual turmoil or significant life shift that we can then turn into a great creator. As creativity is the life force behind all that we do. From the moment we wake up in the morning, you are creating; from making breakfast to matching your attire for the day to making money.  How you choose to celebrate the creation internally is significant to the value you have of yourself. For example , you may go on automatic pilot, not think much of how you care to  present yourself to the world and be done with it. Conversely, make a conscious effort of your choices , go about exercising your thoughts , make determinations to feel good about your self when you leave the house, which takes on a whole new “feeling” about caring for yourself with value of who you are on the inside.

The key here is about caring for self. In order to navigate the wave of change  one must first recognize and question , ” What do I need to know about this life shift taking place ? What type of lesson should I  be learning right now ? This can be a process that takes on several steps but in more cases than not what appears to be a stressful or gloomy situation usually has an outcome that is a gift in disguise. Your pain or discomfort is natural , after all you are only human. Embrace your fear, which is actually your pain and determine what is healthy about it and what is inhibiting you from moving forward into the next portion of your life. Emotions have a funny way of clouding our perceptions which in turn, makes it easy to believe that others are purposely hurting you or life is just not fair. Ninety percent of the time, how people treat you is more about them and their own inner pain . Take note and evaluate a situation that might be effecting you right now .

Being kind to self has such an impact on how you respond to others. Have you noticed that if you are sweet and endearing toward another you receive the same in return. This type of behavior may come naturally to some however, by consciously practicing this you are not just a good person but a great person. What do I mean by that ? Have you ever met someone and thought what a great guy/gal? What was it about them that touched you? Perhaps this is a trait you can learn from and embrace for yourself ?

Purposely visualizing an experience prior to it taking place can be a powerful way of deliberately creating an optimal outcome. Olympic athletes, movie producers, musicians, dancers, painters often base an intended outcome through visualization. Then there are the great historians and inventors of the world such as Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, Walt Disney and John F Kennedy. What they have in common is use of the whole brain, both right and left brain thinking . Strategic thinking is a left brain operation whereas visualization takes on the imaginative  right side of the brain. Deliberate creation combines intent , purpose , positive thinking and specific details that you conjure for an optimal intended outcome. Both right and left brain or whole brain thinking is essential to the deliberate creation process. For example, a major life shift took place in my life, some of it painful yet I realized it was time for a change so, why not turn a negative into a positive ? I evaluated the situation and realized,  I was not growing.  I questioned, what would be the experience that I most wanted at this point in my life? Once I wrote it down , everything became clear for me. This is when I began the deliberate creation process and manifested selling my home and moving onto my next life chapter. The steps and process that I initiated took less than 60 days for my optimum outcome to manifest. The number I wrote down and visualized for what my home sold for as well as the type of buyer I conjured became a reality. The success that I personally have achieved through the deliberate creation process has applied to other areas of my life as well.

No matter what type of change is taking place in your life right now, you have the power to proactively respond. The laws of deliberate creation can positively happen if you choose to practice this. Once you learn the process, you will be amazed how you will grow from good to great !

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a practical guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about Get Happy Zone and Jackie’s technique please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/about


Kirstie Alley at age 60

Here are the top ten reasons you are GREAT  !

10. You know Happiness is a choice.

9. You deserve the best because you love yourself.

8. You know asking for help is the sign of a true leader.

7. Knowing there are endless possibilities, fuels your empowerment to move mountains.

6. Recognizing  it’s not so much where you have been but more about where you are going.

5. Knowing your worth.

4. That its not always about YOU.

3. That its more important to  give than to receive.

2. Doing something extraordinary in your life is right now.

1. You care more about what you think of yourself  than what others think of you.

Here are a few greats , who at any age followed their purpose and passion: At age 71, fashion icon Coco Chanel debut the Chanel suit.

At age 74, Claude Monet began painting his panels of water lilies.

At age 80, Jessica Tandy wins her first Oscar, earning the best actress nod in Driving Miss Daisy.

At age 40, Lucille Ball stars as Lucy Ricardo in I Love Lucy.

To quote Maya Angelou; ” One is not necessarily  born with courage, but one is born with potential.

Jackie Ruka is an Author, Artist, Therapist and Inspiration Coach who started Get Happy Zone, a unique organization dedicated to launching your personal happiness campaign through her training classes and upcoming book Imagine Your Greatest Good,  a practical guide for Popping Your Power on the Planet. To learn more about the book please go to http://www.gethappyzone.com/book

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