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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


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Isn’t if funny how we are so quick to spread love to others and leave ourselves in the dust? It seems that in most aspects of living, we put ourselves at the bottom of the list and (often) forget to show ourselves the love at all. This can be said about our delegation of time, our energy spent, our attention. Think about your skin, for example. I, for one, know that I am hyper aware of what goes in my body and where my food comes from and what medications I am prescribed and for what reason. But when it comes to skincare, I only recently have started paying attention to what goes ON my skin. From sunscreen to lotion to lip balm, my choices generally were basd on price, smell, and packaging. (I’m a total sucker for great packaging.) Seems my awareness needs to catch up and start paying attention to my skin.

Adina Grigore started creating products for her uber-sensitive skin and wasn’t sure if other people would even like them. But like them, they did. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is a line of skincare where every product is made with all-natural (as in REALLY, not just labeled so) and eco-conscious ingredients. In fact, every product contains five or less ingredients because, really, that is all that is needed. Less is definitely more. My two small children are obsessed with lip balm recently and I am absolutely going to order a handful of the Cocoa Lip Balm for them (since they love anything chocolate) and this Cream seems like exactly the answer I need for my (recently) temperamental skin. S.W. Basics is a shop filled with self-love, the absolute best kind. More love, less unnecessary nonsense.

S.W. Basics is giving away two sets of The Bestsellers Mini Kit to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 20th. *Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit S.W. Basics and tell us: What is the nicest thing you have done for yourself lately?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 26th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 51
    Tiffany says:

    I’m raising two boys and it gave me all the happiness in the world to take them to a bat exhibit in downtown SanAntonio. They were able to learn about the importance of bats and watch the bat colony emerge at dusk. Best of all, we spent quality family time together and formulated questions together to ask the moderators at the open mic presentation. There were conservation booths and plenty of environmental education booths for the kids to learn about water conservation and bats as pollinators. Knowledge is valuable and instilling the proper mindset in my children fulfills my life in every way.

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    Shea says:

    I made a very hard decision: to leave my apartment and my friends to move back in with my parents. I’m doing it for myself, because it’s financially the best move for me, as well as perhaps mentally. It may feel like a step back, but I know that it’s the best thing I could do for myself right now at this point in my life, and it will give me time to prepare myself for a second launch back into the adult world.

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    Amanda Dean says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately is walk in the park. It’s so relaxing, especially after a long, stressful day at work, and I feel more refreshed than ever after enjoying the summer air, while bettering myself healthwise. 

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    The best thing I did lately was take time off this summer while I could because I’d been stressing my mind and body to the limit all year.  I’ve been relaxing, meditating, doing yoga and trying to stay active.  I’ve cut out junk food for the most part and I’ve been working on all the creative projects that I’ve wanted to for a long time but haven’t had the time to “waste” on myself.  Best of all?  I’ve gotten to read a lot (which I love) and enjoy a bath or two.  All of this is especially great since I had my appendix out as soon as I got out for the summer

  5. 55
    Liz says:

    I quit my job! It was making me miserable and I quit, I’m done, and moved on. I’m moving to a whole ‘nother state next week and I’m excited to start a whole new life!!

  6. 56
    Amanda Marie says:

    Although I’m only 16 I work a lot to help out my parents and such and to help pay for my books and school and the special program I’m in. Just a few days ago because it was my first day off in about 3 weeks I decided I was gonna take a bubble bath. I went to Walmart got a whole bunch of stuff bath bombs and facial masks and candles and sparking water and it was amazing. I read crime and punishment and just relaxed. I wish I could do it more often it feels so good to pamper myself.

  7. 57
    jennie says:

    This nicest thing that I have done for myself was letting people in my life. I’ve had a hard life of ups and downs. I know it sounds pretty cliche, but the people in my life isn’t that much, but they have helped me through everything. It’s just the comfort and support that keeps me going. I love it, I love them, and I love myself for who I am. After all these years, it does get better.

  8. 58
    Mia says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately was finally dye my hair and give it a fresh cut, despite protest from many friends and family members. It feels so good and everyone loves it, even though they thought they wouldn’t.

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    Teka says:

    lately, i’ve stayed true to a vow of honesty; with myself and others. the most recent fidelity to that, would be declining a job. it may sound unfortunate but it’s actually liberating. i sat and reflected and prayed on the job and position after two phone interviews. the more i felt i needed to convince myself, the less at peace i felt. so staying true to myself, i respectfully declined the job, seeing as how i had different intentions for my grad school years. being honest with myself has been one of the best decisions i made. it compels me to actually sit, write, reflect, pray, and think about what i want for my life and how that should line up with God’s plan for my life. in the end, i’m at peace. and i love it. 🙂

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    Justine Duquette says:

    The nicest thing I have done for myself lately is free myself. I did a year of service work to try and muddle through a lot of what has happened in my life, and for being only 22 it has been a lot. Everyone faces struggles but I didn’t let myself off the hook for things that happened that I had no control over. Doing this year of service allowed for a lot of discernment and I am finally coming to a place of freeing myself, freeing my mind, and allowing myself to accept and move forward. This year of service was to help others but through it they helped me help myself and it feels great to be where I am today.

  11. 61
    Lily says:

    Recently I moved from Buffalo, New York to San Francisco, California, which has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old. I hated to leave my friends and family but I knew it would make me happiest. I am so happy. 

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    Jade smith says:

    I think getting myself a car, my own phone line and enrolling in college is what I needed to do to get my life on track. I’m giving myself the pleasure of making something of my future. There are bumps I have to get over and I’m stressing everyday but I never really do anything nice for myself. I take care of others first. Usually I buy a shirt or a meal out to eat but it’s come down to I cant afford that anymore. I’d like to be able to do something for me that can help me relax. Feeling soft and it’s hard to find products that don’t irritate my skin.

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    Cynthia Zuniga says:

    As silly as it sounds I gave myself a good walk on a forest trail in the morning. I tend to stress out 85% or are busy most of the day. I never really have time for myself. The usual thoughts in my head are “well after I’m done with this i can work on this” or “well this really has to get done but then there’s that other thing” with school i never have time for myself; I decided to drop everything realizing i need to focus on myself even just for a 30 minute walk. I did and I felt so relieved and effortless.

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    Cydney says:

    I’m 22. I run two photography businesses, a non-profit organization, and have a social life. Needless to say, I’m spread pretty thin at times and all that work takes it toll from time to time. The other day, when I was feeling achy and drained, I decided I needed a break. I took a long bubble bath, sang and danced around to some old classics, read a little bit of a book I just purchased, and composed part of a piece on my piano which I haven’t touched in months. I easily forget to make time for myself nowadays. It was nice to have alone time for just a few hours. Do things I love and relax. I think my mind and body appreciated too! 

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    Kristen says:

    I went on a weekend road trip to Brooklyn for a concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I live in Virginia, and it was my first time driving to New York City by myself and it was both daunting and exhilarating. It may seem like something small, but it was a real statement of independence for me. My past self would have been too scared to make this journey. While there, I met some wonderful ladies who I am now planning another trip with to see the same band. I took a chance and was rewarded with a great experience and new friends. Sometimes taking that first step is hard and you don’t know how it will pan out, but great things often come to us unexpectedly.

  16. 66
    Sarah says:

    the nicest thing ive done for myself would have to be telling myself everyday that i am worthy enough to be taken care of, and that i do deserve to be the best i can be. Dispite what others may tell me, i just have to remind myself of how important it is to be the best version of “you” possible. If that means taking the time to simply put lotion on my arms, legs and face, then so be it. Time for yourself is just as important as time spent helping others. If you can take care of yourself, you can take care of others. So i dont necessarily DO something nice for myself, i SAY something nice to myself. It helps me get through the day. 

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    Bethanni says:

    The nicest thing has to be letting myself grieve. It’s been 2 years since my mother passed due to cancer. In that time I had a beautiful daughter, and even grown as a person. But the one thing I held back on expressing, was how much I was holding within when my mom passed. All that anger, sadness, doubt, guilt and everything else finally came out. I was able to accept her passing, and over come many hurdles that had been in my way for so long. This process has allowed me to become a better mother, as well as a better person. It’s been a long time, but I can truly say I am at my happiest.

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    Heather Myers says:

    I work as a nurse and I can easily have up to 20 patients in a 12 hour shift. I always rush out the door and forget to eat breakfast. I’m surprised I don’t forget my lunch on my way out. I decided to do something for myself; I will wake up an hour earlier and make myself breakfast. Today at 4:30 am, I made salmon over a bed of basil pesto and topped with two over medium eggs. Paired with some orange juice. Every single morning I take a banana to go and I’m starving all morning. I have to start respecting my body. I felt so much better this morning than I did any other day going into work. 

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    Krystal says:

    I’ve had lower back and hip problems since 2010 when I had a nasty fall and I’ve been to countless physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors but I found the one thing that helped the best was yoga. I’ve been really lax with my practice in the past year but I made the decision to begin practicing yoga regularly for the betterment of my body. It’s the one form of exercise that makes me feel strong physically, emotionally and spiritually. So long story short: getting back into yoga is allowing me to get back into, well, me. 

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    Angelica Hernandez says:

    I am now a senior in highschool and before i get swamped with AP work and college apps i took myself for a “me” day.  No one other than myself. I started my day by exploring different train stops on the metro and i found myself in downtown LA. I went to MOCA and appreciated the artwork before heading to a local coffee shop for some comfort food. On my way back i stopped by Koreatown for dinner and headed home. It was fun to be on my own even if it was only for a few short hours. I got to see more of this beautiful city without any distractions because i know i wouldn’t have time to do so later on until the spring.  I am terrified of what the world brings but i gotta take it one step at a time and just let me have some time to myself to hold on to my sanity.

  21. 71
    Lindsey Farmer says:

    Lately, I feel like I’ve been helping others way too much. I feel as though I never do anything to make myself happy. I focus way too much on making other people happy. I don’t need fancy things to be happy. I spent a day away from everyone and all social networking. I just spent a day in my thoughts. I spent a day thinking happy self positive thoughts. 

  22. 72

    The best thing I have done for myself lately is going to the hospital to actively seek help for my mental issues and starting to go on meds for the first time to help with that as well as therapy. I also talked to the government and now I have a source of income since I am unable to work. I’m glad I’m on the right track to finally get better after all these years of not doing anything about it. Just trying to stay positive and not hurt myself.  I’m also trying to overcome my binge eating disorder to be on the right track and eat more healthy. 🙂

  23. 73
    Samantha S. says:

    I started to accept and love who I am. For the longest time I would think I was worthless and ultimately hated the person I was. I tried everything to change myself in order to be accepted by others. I realized that there was no point in not liking who I was because being myself felt so much better than trying to be someone I am not. Its a daily struggle but I keep reminding myself that I don’t need to please others. I am learning to love who I am as a person and am actually starting to enjoy life. 

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    Vanessa C. says:

    I’ve recently cleaned up my diet and gone vegan! The journey started out as being difficult to adapt to – I couldn’t eat any of my favorite foods that I had eaten as a vegetarian, and shopping was already a struggle to begin with, so having to resort to (basically) produce that only lasts a number of days before spoiling was another challenge on top of a bunch of other challenges, but it’s totally worth it. I feel so much better about myself now, mostly because my body feels so nourished and loved from all of the yummy veggies and fruits I eat! The diet change has made me so much happier to do the things that I do, and I’ve stumbled upon loads of confidence that I didn’t know I was missing out on before! Life’s absolutely wonderful.

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    Anna L says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately is picking up yoga! It is now my favorite form of fitness. Not only does it make my body happy, but it also wakens up my mind and soul.  I have been self conscious for the absolute longest time. I’ve always been worried about my body and what others think about it.  But I now practice yoga multiple times a week, and I’ve been working hard at it! I even have a four pack to prove it 🙂

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    Sarah P says:

    As God’s children, we are called to serve others and be an example of love. , but you can’t do that until you love and accept and forgive yourself first. The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately is to stop beating myself up for being human and having flaws. I’m never going to be perfect and it’s taken a long time for me to accept that. Taking this crucial step has helped me to be happier in my own skin and to stop projecting my unhappiness onto others. It’s also motivated me to start taking better care of myself, which lets me take care of others. 🙂

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    KWalters says:

    To be honest I haven’t been able to do much for myself in the last few months what with work. But next week some of my friends and I are doing mani pedis, watching old Disney movies and indulging in chocolates from our favourite sweet store before parting ways for  University. I always look forward to these proper girls nights, they’re few and far between but most definitely some of my fondest memories. =)

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    Sarah says:

    I’ve been able to let go of a toxic relationship. I learned that I can separate and be my own self and discover who I am without allowing a person to define me. I no longer indulge in self-pity and instead, put my time and efforts into people in need. I’m learning to treat myself better.

  29. 79
    Luz says:

    The best thing for me was to decide to really focus on working and saving for my future.

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    Britany says:

    Two years ago, about a month after I graduated high school, I moved to Los Angeles to attend The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. It was a really last minute decision, not attending college wasn’t an option.  So like that, I chose a two-year ‘art school’. It was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I moved away from home for the first time and went from a small town to a BIG city! Not only do I love the school I go to, but I will forever now be a cali girl <3 There has been many bumps in the road, but one day all of this scary craziness, called life, will pay off. 🙂

  31. 81
    Ciarra Garcez says:

    drinking more water, accepting feminism into my life, working out, and smiling.

  32. 82
    Shelby Stewart says:

    The best thing I have done for myself is try to make myself better mentally and physically.   I have told my family about me struggling with depression an anxiety.  I have been going to therapy for the past 2 months and I am slowly getting better at managing it.  Along with that I have always been self conscience about my face, body, how people view me etc.  I have started to work out, eat healthier, and it’s boosted my confidence so much.  I think my life in getting back together and I love it.

  33. 83
    ShariAnn says:

    The last good thing I did for myself was joining the body positivity movement. My body is just fine the way it is and I am finally starting to accept it!

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    Janay says:

    Recently I started back doing yoga. I notice to have felt more confidently happy when exercising. It gave me focus and a peace of mind. I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself.

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    Gabrielle says:

    I feel like the nicest thing I have done for myself today is not kill anybody, so I wouldn’t have to go too prison seriously though, today I wrote five songs. I expressed emotions the only way I have known how since I was 10. I did one of the few things that give me joy, make me feel free from others judgement, and give me hope. Song writing means more to me then anyone will ever know, it probably means more to me then I will ever know.

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    Lisa Kotowski says:

    I have  spent the last 4 years working hard to earn my bachelors of science in Physics. Being the only girl in the physics departments graduating class this year, I dealt with a lot if strange looks from people and professors not expecting me to deliver. After earning my degree this spring I decided to reward myself for dedicating the last 4 years of my life to math and science. So after graduation I went to Europe for 5 weeks and indulged in food, wine, and culture! It is possibly the nicest thing that I have ever done for myself 🙂

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    Meghan Buresh says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself  lately, was buy my first car. I’m a 21 year old with severe rheumatoid arthritis. I was diagnosed at age 10. So for those 11 years of my life, it was extremely hard to be social. I was absent so much from school, and never really made a lot of friends. I got my license when I was 17, but used my parents and brothers car to go do errands. I never really went many places, because I fell bad using their cars, plus my body felt horrible most of the time. So basicly, I didn’t really have a social life up until a couple months ago. I’m on a new medicine that seems to be working, though I still have some bad days. But now that I have a car, and have more good days then bad, I can actually go out and enjoy life, enjoy my 20’s! It’s wonderful having your own car, I feel so free!

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    Emilee W. says:

    Though it may not seem like such a feat, I recently decided to tell an individual to get lost. This person misuses my friendship and often unexpectedly ends our friendship in dramatic ways, and for no apparent fault of my own, leaving me on an emotional roller coaster and without a solid friend to depend on. I feel emotionally and spiritually lifted. It feels great just to let the negativity go.

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    Kristyn s says:

    I honestly can’t remember the last time I did something nice for myself. I’ve been so busy lately. My parents are going through a divorce so I’ve been doing a lot of things for my mom. I’m taking care kittens. And also taking care of a puppy from 9am-7pm. I would love to do something nice for myself, I just don’t have time. 

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    Meagan says:

    The nicest thing I did for myself was waking up this morning and deciding to go easy on myself. I went clothes shopping and I didn’t focus on what I didn’t like in the mirror, or worry about how people perceive me when I am being totally myself. I just allowed myself to not be subjected to internal scolding for being who I am. 

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    Pamela says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately was to learn to appreciate the small things and laugh more often. After having our house foreclosed, rough family issues, and what seemed a dead end place in my life, it instead gave me the power to appreciate what I have. Without all the luxuries, I was able to get back to my roots, so to speak, and smile at the small things, like your puppy coming to you with dirt on his nose, or becoming closer with your family in ways you would never have thought. I finally allowed myself to be happy, and that is the nicest thing.

  42. 92
    Grace says:

    I’ve stopped hating myself for not being able to help my closest friends. It took me a long time to realize that i can’t help everyone no matter how much i want to and I can’t help some people by myself because it just ends up breaking me down in tears. I’ve realized i need to start doing stuff for myself for once before i completely break down. I’ve realized this all now and i’ve done something to make ME happy, which was find someone who makes me happier.

  43. 93
    Angela says:

    The nicest thing I have done for myself lately is write myself a very overdue letter. I have struggled with low self-esteem all my life, especially when kids were cruel to me in high school. I felt so stuck and I started hating myself. I wished to be someone else. It got to the point where I didn’t really want to leave the house, especially with all of my beautiful friends. But slowly, things started getting better. Mostly, I owe it to music and my friends and family. I started to realize that I am worthy of life and that I am me. I am not 100% there yet, but I’m steadily improving. In that letter, I apologized to myself, saying how sorry I was for treating myself so badly and to make it up to myself no matter what. I wrote how I was going to start being better to myself and be a better person for others to be around. I finally told myself that I loved myself, and I think that’s what I needed to hear all along.

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    Pauline says:

    I’ve decided to erase all the toxic people from my life. 
    This will leave me with close to no one to talk to next schoolyear, but I’d rather focus on my studies and my family than to be with people that make me feel like I’m not worth it, put me down, and don’t respect me whatsoever. I know the last year of high school is supposed to be the best one but I doubt that it will be for me. However, I’m really just trying to focus on the fact that these people will probably not be in my life anymore after this schoolyear. I’m also going to finally seek help for my problems with trust, anxiety, anger, etc. I really hope that I’ll be strong enough to face these people that will probably continue to give me some crap, but it’s just the best thing I can do for myself. 

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    Sydney says:

    I went on a run. I dragged my tired self out of bed early in the morning, cursing my late night self for letting my morning-self get up. But then I walked outside, pushed myself to continue, and dropped dead at the end. It was the single thing I did for myself yesterday and I couldn’t have been happier.

  46. 96
    Trisha says:

    I did a Whole 30 for the month of July and I started bike commuting. Taking care of my body has made me feel great, both physically and emotionally.

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    Ailish says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself lately is find a small window of time to visit my mom for her birthday this weekend. It’s not just for her, it’s nice for me too. I miss her and my dad. I rarely get to see them. My boyfriend works his butt off from 6 am to 9 pm (if not later some nights). I work, clean, cook, and we both work on our emotional and mental well-being as best we can. Right now, we’re trying to figure out how to make things work with bills, rent, and our future goals. This time with my family will be a brief window of no stress.

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    Julie says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself is rearranged my bedroom–not just your typical dusting, vacuuming, bed making though. I got rid of my stash of thumbtacks and sharp sewing scissors, along with anything else that could make my anxiety worse. I ripped up pictures of people I no longer care for and I hid my high school yearbooks. In their places I decorated with memorabilia from my favorite films and baseball teams. I hung pictures of my parents, my grandparents, and my best friends–people I can always count on and who make me feel wonderful. I also put my medication and my stress relief room spray next to each other in a spot I always look at to remind me that life is only as good as you make it, or how good you want it to be.

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    Corinne Brumberger says:

    A year ago I was the most unmotivated person. My parents weren’t very happy with my life choices and neither was I. I followed a guy to a different state just because I wanted to be with someone not because I even liked him that much. I was pretty lazy but, I had big dreams. One day I decided I was going to finally do something with myself. So I applied online to Walt Disney World and actually got an interview. I packed my entire Beetle up with all of my belongings and just went to Florida. I had never felt so free in my entire life. I ended up getting the job in attractions at Mission Space at Epcot and from there my life just blossomed. I’m exactly where I want to be because I finally pushed myself to do it. Now I’m a character performer for Walt Disney World AND I’m a Scareactor for Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. I hope that everyone knows that with a little motivation you can do anything you set your mind to. 🙂

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    Natasha says:

    The nicest thing I’ve done for myself… is realize that my mistakes don’t define who I am. Mistakes are tools of learning and with that I have no regrets 🙂