The Same 24 Hours
106: Emily Giffin: Something Borrowed, Something Lawyered, and Something Written

106: Emily Giffin: Something Borrowed, Something Lawyered, and Something Written

April 10, 2019

"All writers are neurotic and somewhat miserable." :)

Emily Giffin, author of major hit novels such as Something Borrowed (adapted for the screen and hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.), and eight others - well, she is one of my writing heroes.

Her books, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity, have resonated deeply with both critics and readers around the world, achieving bestseller status in a number of countries, including the United States (#1), Canada (#1), United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Poland (#1). The books have been translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have been optioned for the big screen and are in various stages of development. 

Emily Giffin, a Chicago native, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, wrote a novel in her very limited spare time, and dreamed of becoming a writer. 

Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, retiring from the legal profession and moving to London to pursue her dreams full time. It was there that she began writing Something Borrowed(2004), a story of a young woman who, upon turning thirty, finally learned to take a risk and follow her heart. One year later, Giffin’s own gamble paid off, as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent and signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic. The following summer, Something Borrowed, hailed as a “heartbreakingly honest debut” with “dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth,” became a surprise sensation, and Giffin vowed never to practice law again.

Dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times), Giffin has since penned six more New York Times bestsellers, Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One You’re With (2008), Heart of the Matter (2010), Where We Belong (2012), The One & Only (2014) and First Comes Love (2016).  

Giffin now resides with her husband and three children in Atlanta. Her ninth novel, All We Ever Wanted, was released on June 26, 2018.

Follow Emily

Website: https://www.emilygiffin.com/biography

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105: Mike Reilly & Hunter Allen: LIVE from NormaTec Headquarters in Boston (Race Mania 2019)

105: Mike Reilly & Hunter Allen: LIVE from NormaTec Headquarters in Boston (Race Mania 2019)

April 4, 2019

At the fundraiser for the IRONMAN Foundation on March 23 in Boston, Mike Reilly and Hunter Allen sat down with Meredith to record a podcast LIVE with the event attendees at "The Spirit of Endurance," a community gathering to raise money for the IRONMAN Foundation featuring Mike Reilly, “Voice of IRONMAN”; Hunter Allen, renowned cycling coach; and Meredith Atwood, coach, podcaster and motivational speaker. This event takes place at NormaTec headquarters in Watertown, MA. 

Listen to prior podcast with the Voice of IRONMAN, Mike Reilly here on Episode 46.

ABOUT MIKE REILLY:

New Book: Finding My Voice - Buy here

Mike Reilly is the official “Voice of IRONMAN” worldwide and the only person to have been inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame, the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame and the Running USA Hall of Champions. He has been involved in endurance sports for over 40 years and is one of the most prominent personalities in the field. Reilly has called over 400,000 athletes across finish lines with his iconic phrase, “You are an IRONMAN!” and countless hundreds of thousands more in other triathlon and running events. Over his thirty years of announcing he’s listened to hundreds of stories from athletes, race directors, families and volunteers and, now, at long last, he’s gathered the most compelling of these stories into his long-awaited book, “MIKE REILLY: Finding My Voice”.

Learn more about Mike and the book at at https://mikereilly.net/

ABOUT HUNTER ALLEN

New Book: Training and Racing with a Power Meter - Buy here

Website: http://www.peakscoachinggroup.com/ 

Widely known as one of the top experts in the world in coaching endurance athletes using power meters, Hunter Allen is a legendary cycling coach, co-author of “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” and “Cutting-Edge Cycling”, co-developer of TrainingPeaks’ WKO+ software, and founder of Peaks Coaching Group. Hunter has traveled to over 20 countries and taught thousands of cycling coaches and riders the principles of power training. Hunter is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach, was the 2008 BMX technical coach for the Beijing Olympics and has taught the USA Cycling Power Certification Course since 2005. A former professional cyclist on the Navigators Team, Hunter has been coaching endurance athletes since 1995, and his athletes have achieved more than 2000 victories and numerous national, world championship titles and Olympic Medals. Hunter is known as the “Coaches Coach” and frequently has coaches from around the world consulting with him to learn more about the latest in cycling and triathlon training principles. He is a sought after consultant for many endurance oriented tech companies and has worked with numerous companies to develop products for the cycling world, including the Leomo Type-R and the ICG indoor bike, the IC8.

ABOUT RACE MANIA SUMMIT and EXPO - Boston, MA

Website: www.race-mania.com

The RACE-MANIA Summit & Expo is designed to educate, equip and inspire endurance athletes on the eve of a new season. Triathletes, runners, cyclists and swimmers are offered a full day of informative seminars, hands-on clinics & workshops, competitive events, an expo with 85+ exhibitors and more. This year's event took place on 3/24/19, at the BU Fit Rec Center in Boston, MA. 

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ABOUT THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION

The IRONMAN Foundation creates positive, tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism. "We are athletes. We are volunteers. We are givers. We are on a mission to create change in countless lives in race communities. We “Give Globally and Act Locally” by providing grant funding and service project opportunities around the world in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. We are in 64 national and international race communities creating positive impact with our local nonprofit partners. In 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation distributed more than $1.7 million to 1,400 organizations worldwide."

 

Website: https://ironmanfoundation.org/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IronmanFoundation 

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk3WjqzeJihLYY1BZ844zZA 

 

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101: Matt Fitzgerald: Life is a Marathon - Love, Endurance and Bipolar Disorder

101: Matt Fitzgerald: Life is a Marathon - Love, Endurance and Bipolar Disorder

March 27, 2019

Meredith's Note: *For those of you who downloaded the first version of this audio, you probably heard the remnants of my hacking cough and snort - the edited version did not make it to iTunes before it gobbled it up and sent it out. You can delete and enjoy a cough-free episode now.* You know, it wouldn't be me and Matt Fitzgerald if I wasn't a complete dingbat AGAIN.

Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance writer known for his powerful and expert advice. His new book, Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance, is unlike any book he has ever written--and I personally believe if just might be his best, most impactful and amazing.

A New Hampshire native, Matt became a runner at the age of eleven, after running the last mile of the 1983 Boston Marathon with his father (who had run the whole thing) and his two brothers. By that time Matt was already a writer (specifically a comedic poet), having declared his intention to make his future career as a writer at the age of nine. He never changed his mind.

Although he never intended to marry his passions for sports, fitness, and writing, that’s how it worked out. Before he’d even graduated from high school Matt was making a little money writing articles about the exploits of his Oyster River High School Bobcats Cross Country Team for a local weekly newspaper.

Matt moved to California for no particular reason in 1995, two years after earning a B.A. in English from Haverford College (a DIII track and cross country “powerhouse” where Matt had intended to run but did not because of burnout). Willing to take the first writing job he could find in San Francisco, Matt received an offer from Bill Katovsky, the original founder of Triathlete, to join the tiny staff of an endurance sports startup magazine based in Sausalito.

This opportunity has led to every subsequent opportunity in Matt’s career, which has included stints at Triathlete, AthletesVillage.com, Active.com, and Competitor Group. Matt’s byline has appeared in a long list of national publications including Bicycling, Maxim, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Shape, Stuff, and Women’s Health. The son of a novelist, Matt has a special passion for writing books. His best-known titles include Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and Triathlete Magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide.

A certified sports nutritionist, Matt has served as a consultant to numerous sports nutrition companies, including Energy First, Healthy Directions, PacificHealth Labs, and Next Proteins. Having coached for Carmichael Training Systems in the early 2000’s, Matt continues to design readymade training plans for triathletes and runners that are sold through TrainingPeaks.com and FinalSurge.com, as well as customized plans available through this website.

Matt intends to keep racing until he can’t. He’s run a bunch of marathons and countless shorter running events since returning to the sport at age 27. In 1998 he branched out to triathlons, and four years later completed his first (and only) Ironman. Matt lives in Northern California with his wife, Nataki, who is more important to him than running and writing.

Outside Article:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2392030/running-saved-my-life 

Follow Matt:

Web: https://mattfitzgerald.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattfitwriter/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matt.fitzgerald.9022 

Buy the Book, Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance:

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/matt-fitzgerald/life-is-a-marathon/9780738284774/ 

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97: I Hate This Amazing Body: Meredith Atwood at Outspoken Summit - Nov 2018

97: I Hate This Amazing Body: Meredith Atwood at Outspoken Summit - Nov 2018

February 23, 2019

*Listener Warning* - Some Language, some sensitive, potential-triggering topics about body image, race, eating disorders, and transitioning. 

*Audio Quality: Because this was a LIVE event, some audio discrepancy exists. We cleaned it up the best possible, but thanks for understanding that there are swings in the sound quality and volume in order to keep some of the audience content.

An intimate talk with Meredith at the Outspoken Summit, November 2018 on I Hate This Amazing Body. 

(Note: Edited for content and length, removing audience feedback (due to low quality), and overall audio enjoyment quality.)

Learn more about Outspoken Summit here   

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ​-- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Follow OutSpoken

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96: Kyle and Brent Pease: Heart and Soul (and Kona!) #TogetherWeWheel

96: Kyle and Brent Pease: Heart and Soul (and Kona!) #TogetherWeWheel

February 18, 2019
The boys are back with the report from the IRONMAN World Championship. (If you think you can't do something, then think again. Kyle and Brent Pease are BACK on the show, with the UPDATE from IRONMAN World Championship in KONA.) Check out their full story on Episodes 4 and 26!

Kyle and Brent Pease are the ultimate "no excuses" brothers. Kyle was born with cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, but that did not define anything in his life. Nothing stopped him or his brother, Brent, together from becoming IRONMAN triathletes. That's right - they completed an IRONMAN triathlon together (that's a race consisting of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon). In this heart-warming and inspiring podcast, Meredith sits down with the brothers in a story that will inspire, awe and make you belly-laugh.

Through their Foundation, the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. Programs include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals.  Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.

How to Get Involved

Learn more: http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org/

Upcoming Events: http://www.kylepeasefoundation.org/events 

Make a donation: https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=58249a34579fb35e6528a144 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walkingwithkp/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalkingwithKP 

 

 

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92: The Best of the Same 24 Hours: Some of the Greatest Advice You’ll Ever Hear

92: The Best of the Same 24 Hours: Some of the Greatest Advice You’ll Ever Hear

December 19, 2018

As we near the end of 2018, I put together a powerful compilation of some of the best advice from the guests on The Same 24 Hours Podcast. *Listener Warning*

In this episode, you will hear treasures and snippets from the amazing Tony Hawk (Episode 88), Dr. Shefali (35), Laila Ali (73), Melissa Hartwig (68), Dr. Aviva Romm (39), Lizzie Velasquez (65),  Lauren Zander (22), David Leite (17), the Pease Brothers (4, 26), Chrissie Wellington (60), Jeff Galloway (18), Mike Reilly (46), Randy Spelling (53), James Lawrence (57), Anthony Malone (40), Jason Jaksetic (50), Annie Grace (29), Brian MacKenzie (89), Natalia Cohen (27), Kyle Maynard (82) and Shay Eskew (77) (and more!).

The 2019 Season of the Podcast launches in January!

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89: Brian Mackenzie: Power Speed Endurance & Unbreakable Runner Running

89: Brian Mackenzie: Power Speed Endurance & Unbreakable Runner Running

October 3, 2018

Wait, I don't need to run 100 miles a week for my marathon training? What is CrossFit (really)? How do I run without getting hurt? 

Brian Mackenzie is a human performance and movement specialist. He is the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He has studied performance and movement since 2001 with altitude, hypoxia, breathing mechanics & methods, along with heat and cold exposure. He has spent a lot of his time training and understanding in and around the water, and desert. He has participated in Ironman (Canada 2004) and has run the Western States 100 and the Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance runs. He co-authored the books Power Speed Endurance and The New York Times Best Seller UnBreakable Runner.

His clients include: Ari Emanuel, Kelly Starrett, Tim Ferriss, US Military Units (Navy, Army, Marines), Tia Clair Toomey and many others.  He resides in San Mateo, CA.

• New York Times Best Selling Author
• Founder of Power Speed Endurance (Currently Creative Director & CEO)
• Co- Founder of XPT Life

Follow Brian and Power Speed Endurance

Web: https://powerspeedendurance.com/

Instagram: @_brianmackenzie / @powerspeedendurance

Twitter: @brianmackenzie 

The Year of No Nonsense

www.YearOfNoNonsense.com 

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87: Kara Saunders: CrossFit Inspiration, The CrossFit Games and “Rubbish” Food

87: Kara Saunders: CrossFit Inspiration, The CrossFit Games and “Rubbish” Food

October 1, 2018

Kara (Webb) Saunders is a 7-time CrossFit Games Competitor, finishing 4th in 2018 and 2nd in 2017. Meredith logged in with her 9-year old daughter, Stella Rae (founder of @Wods4Kids :) , to speak with Kara--an incredible inspirational CrossFit athlete. In 2017, Kara opened her own gym, CrossFit Kova, in Albion, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia.  Up on the episode is nutrition, favorite CrossFit workouts, tips about training and some fun stuff too. 

Here is the letter mentioned in the episode:

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Dear 20 year old Kara,

Just a heads up that you're about to start this thing called CrossFit and it's going to rock your world. You're going to fall in love with it but face more challenges you could ever imagine. The cool thing is though, you're going to overcome them. Through the struggle and heartache you will rise a better woman than you would have been otherwise. At some point in time you'll think it's about winning and you will cry when you don't, but then it will become so clear that the process was what holds the most value to you. Work hard despite the outcome, build a good life with people to share this with and you will forever be content. There will be some amazing people by your side including the love of your life, so don't ever for a moment forget to see how lucky you are. Soak it all up. 

P.s. your mum raised you to be that special kind of resilient so when times get hard just remember its temporary and that stubborn head will come through with a win in some capacity every single time. 

Love from your 28 year old 4th Fittest Woman in the world self. 😘

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"CrossFit matches my personality. CrossFit offers me the constant challenges that fuel my desire for more. On a simple level, I really like exercising because it makes me feel good, is actually good for me, and this style keeps me from getting bored. The variation will keep me entertained for a lifetime."

Follow Kara:

CrossFit Kova: http://crossfitkova.com.au/

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86: Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

86: Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

September 17, 2018

"Life is harder off the mountain."

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008 he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent.  This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat.

As word spread about Erik’s remarkable achievements, the world took notice; shortly after his summit of Everest, he was honored with a Time cover story detailing his conquest of the world’s highest peak. Since then, he has authored multiple books, including his memoir, Touch the Top of the World. Yet for those who had long known him, his propensity for taking on and knocking down the loftiest of challenges came as no surprise.

Even as retinoschisis began to rob him of his vision by the age of 14, Erik resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He established himself as a formidable wrestler in high school, representing his home state of Connecticut in the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. As a teenager, he also discovered rock climbing and a natural dexterity for the tactile aspects of scanning the rock with his hands and feet for holds.

After graduating a double major from Boston College, Erik became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach at Phoenix Country Day School. Yet it was atop the highest point in North America, the mountain known in the native Inuit language as Denali, where his quest for adventure began to take shape. Erik’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable mountains were fueling a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives.

To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. The motto is “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life and in September 2014 he kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Erik is one of the most inspiring, engaging, and sought after speakers in the world. His presentations engage and inspire audiences by capturing lessons from his life and adventures around the world. Erik’s essential messaging focuses on harnessing the power of adversity, developing a guiding vision and building a strong “rope-team.” Erik sees every new challenge as an opportunity to problem solve, strategize and pioneer new ways forward.

“I think this is the best time in history, the most precious time in history to be a pioneer, to reach out, to seize hold of adversity and challenges we face, to harness energy not only to transform our own lives, but to elevate the world around us.”

– Erik Weihenmayer

Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a No Barriers Life, describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve – in Erik’s words, to “climb” while others “camp.”

Erik’s inspirational speaking career has taken him around the world from Hong Kong to Switzerland, from Thailand to the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile. Erik has shared the speaking platform with notables like:

  • George W. Bush
  • Al Gore
  • Tony Blair
  • Colin Powell
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Tom Peters
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Stephen Covey

The No Barriers Life
As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never get to in any other way. Erik calls this “alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold.  “With an alchemist,” he says, ” you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they’ll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.”

Erik will take audiences on a journey to discover the tools and insights to develop what he calls the “No Barriers Mindset,” what it takes for individuals, teams, and organizations to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for nearly impossible goals.

No Barriers Summit - NYC (October 5-6th 2018)

https://www.nobarriersusa.org/2018-summit-home/ 

Buy the Book(s):

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
Touch the Top of the World

Follow Erik:

Website: https://erikweihenmayer.com 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikweihenmayer 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/erik.weihenmayer/ 

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You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9Jy0WzrOg 

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82: Kyle Maynard: No Excuses, Climbing Mountains and Fear

82: Kyle Maynard: No Excuses, Climbing Mountains and Fear

July 31, 2018

“Know your limits, but never stop trying to break them.”

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.

Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough middle school football seasons; he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes deadly Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – and was part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further—and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. Though he tailors his speeches to his audience, his messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing in their lives can keep them from accomplishing their goals.

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