Use these easy saving tips to get financially ready for that well-deserved vacation!

Save for Vacation

Set a Vacation Budget
Before you can start saving, you need to determine how much your vacation is going to cost. Here are some common vacation costs to consider:

  • Airfare and/or car rental.
  • Accommodations.
  • Food.
  • Tickets to attractions.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Currency exchange if traveling overseas.

Save for Vacation

Look for Ways to Cut Expenses
Eat out less, cancel subscriptions you no longer or rarely use, research ways to reduce your utility bills and resist impulse buys by unsubscribing to online retailer emails. Then put all that extra money into your vacation savings.

Open a Vacation Savings Account
A dedicated vacation account will make it easier to save up. Most banks allow you to set up a recurring transfer into a savings account, so you can automate the process and not even have to think about it.

Save for Vacation

Try Travelling During Slow Periods
Scheduling your vacation outside of the summer can drastically reduce your costs, making it easier to save. If you must go during the summer, try to travel in the late summer.

Sell Items You Don’t Need
Make extra money to help fund your vacation by selling items you no longer use through an online selling platform such as Facebook, Marketplace, Nextdoor, or eBay.

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July features Canada Day festivities and lots of music festivals. Here are several July events taking place in the Fraser Valley that caught our eye…

Fort Langley Jazz and Soul festival
Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
Thu, Jul 21, 7:00 p.m.–Sun, Jul 24, 9:00 p.m.
Chief Sepass Theatre – 9096 Trattle St, Langley Twp, BC
The Festival features 60 bands, 8 indoor & outdoor stages, Visual Art, Kidz Zone & More! The 2022 Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival will feature a combination of in-person ticketed… READ MORE

Chilliwack Hospice SocietyChilliwack Hike for Hospice 2022
Sun, Jul 10, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Sardis Park – 6898 School Ln, Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Hike for Hospice is a fun, family-friendly event that raises funds in support of the free bereavement and palliative care support programs and services provided by Chilliwack Hospice… READ MORE

Harrison Festival Of The Arts 2022
July 7–17, 2022
Harrison Memorial Hall – 290 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada Line-up: Blackie And The Rodeo Kings and Five Alarm Funk Read more on Songkick

Canada Day Family FestivalCanada day Film Festival
Fri, Jul 1, 11:00 a.m.
Abbotsford City Hall – 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Celebrate Canada, Celebrate Community! 2022 will be a very special year for our community as we gather safely in-person. Our community celebration begins with a two-hour parade along our main… Read more on Kids Out and About Vancouver –

Mission Folk FestivalMission Folk Festival 2022
Thu, Jul 21–Sun, Jul 24
Mission Folk Music Festival Society – 7494 Mary St, Mission, BC

Surrey Canada Day
Fri, Jul 1, 10:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey, BC
The City of Surrey is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based Nations. July 1st is a day to chart a new and better path forward. Together, we can work towards reconciliation and more equitable society for all. We invite you to come together to experience diverse cultural expressions, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future. Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. Event organizers are working with leaders from land-based Nations and an Indigenous consultant in the planning and programming of this event. READ MORE

Surrey Fusion Festival
Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of food, music, and culture. Festival organizers are proud to work with communities representing different ethnicities and cultures from around the world and honour the traditions and history that they share with attendees. Since the festival’s inception in 2008, the event has grown to showcase over 40 different cultures, with pavilions offering international foods, displays of artifacts and textiles, and multiple stages featuring musical and dance performances. Surrey Fusion Festival is proud to host pavilions from over 40 cultures across the globe, including from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. READ MORE

Fraser Valley CiderParty in The Tent at The Fraser Valley Cider Company Featuring Koan Kane
Fri, 8 July 2022 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
The Fraser Valley Cider Company – 22128 16 Ave Langley, BC V2Z 1L3
The Mighty Koan aka ‘Koan Kane ‘ is a singer-songwriter of some of the most unusual music in Vancouver. Koan’s music ranges from pop to ballads, from dance to indie beats. READ MORE and Photo Credit

Live Music Fridays – Township 7 Langley
“Summer just got hotter! We are pleased to support the local music scene as we feature live music each Friday Night on our patio. Enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the smooth sounds of live music.”
July 1st | Evan Kennedy
July 22nd | Greg Neufeld
July 29th | Julia Nicholson – TBC

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Still not sure what gift to get for your Dad this Father’s Day? Check out these local online options for plenty of gift ideas.

Pacific Basket Company offers local and West Coast artisan foods. They have gift baskets meticulously designed for the extra special dad like barbeque baskets, golf gifts, and fresh fruit baskets. WEBSITE

Fathers Day Fraser Valley

If your dad is into flowers, 99 Nursery & Florist Inc. has you covered. They say, “for a great Father’s Day gift ideas, turn to 99 Nursery & Florist Inc. in Surrey BC. Flowers are just for Mother’s Day, surprise Dad with a Father’s Day gift to break his whole week!” WEBSITE

Basket Revolution Gifts Ltd. has Father’s Day gift baskets that feature craft beer, fresh fruit, baked goods, beers of the world, French wine, and healthy choices. WEBSITE

What dad doesn’t love new socks? The SOCK BOX offers monthly subscriptions where your dad can get two pairs or more of socks per month. WEBSITE

Check out the local space for an abundant selection of T-shirts, coffee, beard balm, and shave boxes. You can also find Father’s Day cards, beer glasses, and barbeque sauce. WEBSITE

If you’re still not sure what to buy for dad, check out At Man Crates you can shop according to your Dad‘s personality and interests. Shops for the grill master, outdoorsman, the well-groomed, the handyman, the mixologist, and the competitor. WEBSITE

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

BCFDF Fundraiser is Coming in May

Join the BC Federation of Drift Fishers on May 26th for their first fundraiser in two years!

They say, “The British Columbia Federation Of Drift Fishers was formed in March 1996 by a group of concerned anglers who felt that their chosen method of angling was in jeopardy.

“The Federation has grown to be recognized as the voice of British Columbia’s river anglers. Protection of the resource is our primary concern. The Federation is committed to working with other similar-minded organizations and government agencies, whose goals parallel our own.

“Concerned anglers who wish to preserve anadromous fish stocks for future generations should consider joining the Federation: your voice can make a difference! We sit on over 15 Provincial boards or committees including the main board of the sports fish advisory board.

“If you fish B.C. Rivers, get involved, your voice alone is quiet, but collectively we are heard.”

WHEN? MAY 26th, 2022 – 6pm to 10pm

WHERE? LANGLEY GOLF CENTRE- 21550 44th Ave, Langley, B.C.

TICKETS – $35 per person – See

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Looking for a way to show gratitude to people you aren’t seeing in-person? Fraser Valley Lifestyle and the digital world has you covered — here are a few quick, heartfelt ways to virtually tell your friends and family you appreciate them!

Digital Gift Cards

Send an online gift card to Amazon, a food delivery service, streaming platform, or favourite local restaurant. Be sure to include a thank you message to let them know why you sent it!

Sharing a “Memory” from Social Media

A simple yet meaningful gesture to remind a friend or family of a fun time you had together in the past. Add a line about why you’re grateful for that experience!

Send a Video Message

Record a quick message that expresses your gratitude for the person on the other end. List specific qualities you love and thank them for being there! This is a great way to get face-to-face from afar.

Digital Gratitude

Send an eCard

Customize the card online and add photos. Some programs even let you send to friends
to sign digitally for bigger occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Platforms to try: GroupGreeting, Punchbowl, Blue Mountain

Gratitude Fraser Valley

Send an Inspiring, Uplifting Quote

See a quote or video that might resonate with a friend? Text or direct message it with a message that says, “Thinking about you!”

Fraser Valley Coffee Mug

Ship a Small Care Package

Mail a small item to a friend as a surprise appreciation gift. Go for simple yet useful items like a coffee mug or journal or a handmade item or drawing that reminds you of that person.

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Looking for something to do in the Fraser Valley in March? There are lots of interesting events to choose from.


March Tree Sale
Purchase up to three trees to plant in your yard. Your new trees will increase property value, help the environment, provide shade and insulation for your home, and make your neighbourhood more livable. Each tree planted contributes to growing the urban forest and increases tree canopy coverage across the City.
Date & Time – March 2, 2022 9:00am – March 27, 2022 5:00pm
Location – Purchase your trees online, then pick them up from the Surrey Operations Centre (6651 148 St) on March 27.
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Insightful, Authentic, and Hilarious Theatre – Come to the theatre for a one-woman show that is empowering, funny, and thoughtful. Blindside is the eye-opening, multi-award-winning comedy about resilience, empathy, and self-acceptance. In a feat of riveting comedy, one-eyed cancer survivor and Moth storytelling champion, Stéphanie Morin-Robert, recounts her life as a feisty seven-year-old who wields her glass-eye as a weapon. With the help of her cat, a pair of sunglasses, and an undesirable superpower, she soon discovers that she has what it takes to face the tormenting bullies at her new school and come to terms with her disability.
Date & Time – March 3, 2022 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location – Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC
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I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!
Laughter is the Best Medicine…and an Instant Vacation! Looking for an evening of belly laughs? Get your hilarity fix with one of the best nights of comedy the Lower Mainland has to offer! The annual event I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff! features some of Canada’s funniest comedians who are masters of their craft. Celebrate International Women’s Day with a night of feel-good chuckles you won’t want to miss. This all-female lineup is stacked with premium joke slingers. Headlined by the hilarious Elvira Kurt, this laughter fest also includes local comics Soo Jeong, Katie-Ellen Humphries and Yumi Nagashima. Gather your friends—this show is perfect for a girls’ night out!
Audience Advisory: mature themes and strong language.
Date & Time – March 9, 2022 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location – Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue
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celticCeltic Fest
Join organizations from across the region as we celebrate all things Celtic.
Join the festivities! There will be small performances throughout the day with Kyle Banta on bagpipe and Allen Barnett on accordion. Visit community partner booths from Steele School of Dance, Ireland Canada Monument, White Spot Pipe Band, West Coast Calligraphy Society, Irish School Vancouver, and more. Do a scavenger hunt to earn a prize, finding the Celtic nation flags in the galleries. Check out a Celtic textile display by the MOS Textiles Team. Even bring home a Celtic knot craft!
Date & Time – March 26, 2022 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location – Museum of Surrey
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Langley Rivermen vs Surrey Eagles
Head to The Lodge to watch the Langley Rivermen take on the Surrey Eagles! Single game tickets can be purchased at the George Preston Recreation Centre “The Lodge” box office 45 minutes before puck drop and by calling 778-246-2245 or emailing or purchase online at HappsNow.
DATE: March 1, 2022 TIME: 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm
VENUE: George Preston Recreation Centre, 42 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
WEBSITE and PHOTO Credit: See website for more games

West Fine Art ShowWest Fine Art Show
“Artists for Student Success”

Join us March 4-6, 2022 for the fifth annual early-spring edition of the West Fine Art Show, dubbed “Artists for Student Success. One of BC’s most popular art events we present an exceptional line-up of 18 artists and the rare opportunity for visitors to meet each artist. In addition, a special display titled “Emerging Young Artists” will showcase student art. This destination art show, with free admission, is organized in partnership with Langley School District Foundation and 25% of all art sales at the show will be donated to the Foundation by the show’s artists. The show is graciously hosted by Glass House Estate Winery, managed and operated by Joseph Richard Group.
Glass House Estate Winery, at 23449 0 Avenue. Langley, B.C V2Z 2X3
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Dead Frog BreweryLive Music Sundays with Chris Witoski at Dead Frog Brewery
LIVE MUSIC SUNDAYS! The beer is flowing, the tunes are going and we’ve got plenty of room for you and your craft beer buddies! We’ve got Live Music every Sunday 2:30-6pm at our Tasting Room. Come catch Chris Witoski play on March 6! Our tasting room has table service, 20+ craft brews on tap and lots of locally sourced fresh eats to make everyone’s taste buds happy! Check out our updated tap list, and fresh eats at
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Music at the Merch LangleyLIVE MUSIC @ THE MERCH: Jordan Burgess and more!
Join us as we welcome professional guitarist & vocalist Jordan Burgess for Live “Music @ The Merch”
This is the fourth performance in our “Spring Series” that will run weekly on Tuesday evenings through April 12th.
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Head of the Fort Regatta
Rowing Race located in the Bedford Channel in the heart of Fort Langley.
Date: March 19, 2022, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Bedford Channel, Langley Township, BC, Canada
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Abbotsford Events

Nunsense AbbotsfordNunsense
Fraser Valley Stage presents Nunsense, the second longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. The story follows the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a musical fundraiser packed with hilarious, show-stopping song and dance numbers and fun for the whole family! Nunsense runs for 10 performances, including three matinees, March 24 – April 2, 2022 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford.
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World Water Day at the Abbotsford Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society Hatchery
Spiritual Path to Awakening (SPA), in partnership with the United Church Earth Stewards, invites you to celebrate World Water Day on Tuesday, March 22 at 1:00 pm at the Abbotsford Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society Hatchery. During the event, Dale Taylor, president of Abbotsford Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society (ARPSES) will give a talk about the processes that the salmon go through, from egg stage to their release into local streams. Attendees will see the fry salmon in their indoor “incubation” tank and learn about the activities of the Stream Keeper volunteers who help to ensure the health of salmon habitat.
Date: Tue, Mar 22 2022, 1 – 2pm
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purple day abbotsfordPurple Day Walk for Epilepsy Awareness
Walk/run around Mill Lake Park to support and spread awareness of epilepsy. This event is open to the public, anyone who is interested in joining can register
Date: Sat, Mar 26 2022, 10:30am – 2pm
Location: Mill Lake Park
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With Valentines, Galentines, and Palentines (too much?) Day approaching, love is in the air and one of the main ways to love yourself and others is giving the gift of self-care.

There’s no better way to take care of yourself than to provide yourself with a spa treatment. We took a look around the Fraser Valley to see what some of the top local spas might be offering.  Here is a list of what we found.

Valentines Day

The Red Lotus Spa @abbotsfordredlotusspa in Abbotsford is running a 50% of Valentine’s special. They say “February is here to bring love and happiness in our lives❤️ Gifts cards are also available for this promo, a perfect gift for your loved ones.”
See special on Instagram


Bliss Day Spa @blissdayspalangley in Langley has a gift certificate promotion going for Valentine’s. They say – “Spoil someone that deserves a little self-care this Valentine’s Day (even if that someone is yourself 😉) Spend $100 on Valentine’s Day gift certificates and receive $20 for free!”

Spa Utopia @spautopiabc in Langley has an Instagram giveaway that runs from Feb.11-20. They say – “IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME 😍🎉 We’re spreading the love this month and giving away a Luxury Facial for you AND a loved one! Be embraced with lavish details with caring attention. Wellness starts with a gentle therapist touch, soft essences, a stress-relieving massage on the face, neck & decollete along with a hot stone massage on the feet & legs. Focused attention is given to support your skin’s beauty and health and to deliver the best results possible…” For more details on how to enter see their Instagram post –
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Casbah Day Spa @casbahdayspa in South Surrey is running a gift card special. They say – “Our gift card promotion is back! Spend $250 or more and receive 10% back on a gift card back to you, Happy Valentine’s Day. And… “Just in time for Valentine’s, this sweet little bath fizzes ❤️ Sweet addition to your Valentines Day gift card ❤️ $10”


aru spa salon in Surrey has some spa packages to offer. They say… “TREAT YOUR VALENTINE TO A ROMANTIC SPA DAY! There is nothing more special than spending quality time together, while you both indulge in a romantic spa experience. 
We are hosting our Valentine’s Spa Packages right through the month of February, so be sure to book your’s today. 
We have a variety of Spa Packages to choose from, including our popular, Aru Japanese Experience for Couples… Plus our Valentine’s Day Gift Cards are available now!”
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Naanaz Day Spa in Surrey is offering a MELTING ME AWAY PACKAGE They say – “A Relaxing Treatment uses heated stones to gently massage and soothe away an accumulation of stress and tension to bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance. and nourishes depleted cells, leaving the body in a deep state of relaxation and allowing for improved sleep and reduced inflammation to give an immediate sense of well-being. Package Includes a 60 minute hot stone massage with Manicure and Complimentary Paraffin or FREE TAKE HOME Chocolate or Cranberry Body Butter 90 min. Pkg $165 per person Reg $190.”

Who doesn’t get a little blue on rainy days? The European Day Spa and Salon @europeandayspaandsalon in Abbotsford made this self-care post recently and they say, “Self-care tips for staying cozy on rainy days ☕️ No doubt we’re missing the warmer weather, but we hope in the meantime this self-care guide will keep you recharged and rejuvenated!” For more see
Photo @europeandayspaandsalon


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It’s here again. That time of year when people consider setting resolutions and health goals. In the Fraser Valley, it can be particularly difficult trying to exercise this time of year when the weather is vacillating between rain and snow making it difficult to be active outdoors and stay warm and dry. On top of this, we have viruses impacting our ability to stay healthy and work out at gyms and community centres. All that said, there are still a number of things that the experts tell us that we can do to stay healthy this time of year.

How do you stay healthy during the winter? Here are some healthy suggestions tailored to our Fraser Valley climate.

1. Eat healthily. This is kind of a no-brainer and you might be extra motivated to eat healthier after indulging during the holiday season, but a healthy diet is one of the most important things to maintain during the winter months. Eating healthy will ensure that our immune systems stay strong and eating unhealthy on the other hand will only open us up to a greater risk of infection. Our recommendation is to eat as much of a plant-based diet as you possibly can. The good news is there are lots of great plant-based recipes out there on the web and you can also order plant-based options from your favourite local restaurants or services like Fresh Prep and have them delivered to your door.

2. Be active. In addition to eating a healthy diet, trying to find ways to stay active during the winter is crucial. Our rule of thumb is to get at least 30 minutes of continuous exercise per day no matter what time of year it is! Being active outside this time of year isn’t as terrible as you might think especially if you’re just going out for 30 minutes. Dress warm, bring an umbrella to keep your upper body dry if necessary, and try to stay on paths and walkways that are used quite often so that there is less chance of slipping or getting your feet wet. Once you’re out there it isn’t that bad.

Of course, if you are not into going outside in wintry weather there are a plethora of online workout videos and smartphone apps. One of our favorite apps is the Nike Training Club. It’s a free app and has every kind of workout imaginable from Yoga to Cross-Training.

3. Wash your hands and consider wearing a mask. This is the time of year where germs spread easily and so washing your hands regularly can help. It’s also a good idea to carry hand sanitizer just in case you end up in a place where a sink and some soap aren’t available.

4. Get enough sleep. Most people don’t get enough sleep, but getting enough sleep can be a real game-changer for your immune system and your mental health. Here are some sleep stats that show how a lack of sleep impacts us [1]:

  • “People with severe insomnia are seven times more likely to have work-related accidents than good sleepers.”
  • “40% of people with insomnia are believed to also be affected by a mental health disorder.”
  • “Around 75% of adults with depression suffer from insomnia.”

hill climb

5. Take the stairs. One of our fitness factor game changers is taking the stairs as often as you can and incorporating them into your 30 minutes of daily activity. Bottom line: find a way to head uphill at least three times a week. Stair climbing is great for weight loss and strengthening your heart. It can be difficult at first, but if you stick with it you’ll notice a dramatic difference in just a few weeks. There are plenty of places to head uphill in the Fraser Valley, but we’ll save that for a future article. In the meantime…

May you be healthy!

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Have BC‘s new Covid-19 regulations changed your plans for the holidays?

It seems like we were beginning to get back to semi-normal as far as gatherings are concerned and that maybe gatherings during the Holidays weren’t going to be too restricted, but the Omicron variant has prompted additional COVID-19 measures in British Columbia. In other places in the world like Ontario, Quebec, and the United Kingdom officials are taking strong action to block the variant from spreading and they are implementing new regulations.

On Tuesday there were 1308 COVID-19 cases and one death in British Columbia. There have been 756 cases of the Omicron variant in the province.

Starting at 11:59 PM tonight (Wednesday) bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios will have to close, and all seated events will be reduced to 50% capacity. Indoor gatherings including weddings are being canceled.*

Author’s note: Our daughter lives in Toronto and has a case of COVID-19, so she won’t be coming to see us this week. Also, my brother and his family live in Nova Scotia and they decided to cancel their plans to travel after hearing about the rise in cases and the stronger regulations. All of this has us wondering what to do about family gatherings that are still planned.

So, with the holidays approaching we were wondering, how will this impact your holiday plans? Did you have something that you were looking forward to that will now be canceled or changed in some way? Enter into the discussion on Instagram see

*Source – The Globe and Mail
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Want to start journaling, but not sure what to say? Whether you list, write or draw it out, these prompts will help get your wheels turning!

• What are your strengths and challenges in relationships?
• What are the top lessons you’ve learned from past relationships?
• What is working in your current relationships, and what could improve?
• How can you better support your loved ones?

• Describe your dream job. • How would you like to improve your work performance?
• Is your work draining or overwhelming? How can that be changed?
• What is meaningful to you about your current work?

• What are your goals for the year? The month? The next 10-days?
• How have your goals changed over the years?
• What can you do each day to move toward your next milestone?
• What do you want to accomplish most in life?

• Define your top core values.
• What did you learn from a difficult experience?
• What would you tell yourself from 10 years ago?
• What are your thoughts of self-doubt, and how can you change them to be encouraging?

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