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The Goal-Getter Playbook Review

Work has been hectic lately; there have been a lot of changes within the company I work for and while change is inevitable (and usually good) it can leave me feeling a little scattered and directionless. 
So it was the perfect time to look at setting some goals for myself, determining what I'm truly passionate about and what steps I need to take to turn that passion into something that works for me, instead of against me. 
Enter The Goal-Getter Playbook:

The Goal-Getter Playbook is so much more expansive and in-depth than any other life planner I've ever considered - and it goes way beyond career planning - this playbook will help you organize, manage, and maximize your entire life. No stone is left unturned here. 
Now, I need to preface: I'm not a "goal setter". I don't like plans or schedules, time blocking, penciling in self-care, color-coding my Outlook calendar, etc. I'm more of a go-with-the-flow, works well last minute and under pressure, que sera s…
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Halloween is a unique time for us magical types - while everyone else is out trick-or-treating, greeting small children in costume, or partying it up with fake blood and cocktails ala Zombie Pub Crawl - some of us are observing Samhain, the final harvest festival of the year. A night when the veil is thin and spirits on the other side cross over to visit us. The Witches' New Year.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good party and some effects makeup as much as anyone else though! Many of our modern Halloween traditions derive from the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (roughly pronounced sow-en or sah-ven), including costumes, carving pumpkins, and bobbing for apples.

So, what are some witchy ways to celebrate Halloween? Never fear, I've got you covered:

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This New Obsession With True Crime Makes Me Uncomfortable

Show of hands:

Does listening to a podcast about a girl being brutally murdered make you uncomfortable?

Okay, I see a few of you. Good.

Does a podcast picking apart the psyche of an attractive serial killer interest you?

Oh....lots of hands. That's....well now I'm the uncomfortable one.

I have to ask, what is the appeal?

When I was younger, I used to watch forensic documentaries on channels like Investigation Discovery or A&E. The process behind how a crime is investigated, how evidence is collected and analyzed, that part fascinated me. There was real science there - and a drive to solve a heinous crime and find justice for those wronged. That appealed to the Libra in me. But the moment they delved into the motivation and backstory of the criminal...they lost me.

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Just in time for Halloween, check out these links for some fascinating insight into the popularity and power of the modern witch image.

Coven Ready: from Instagram to TV, why are witches so popular?

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And according to a lot of Wellness Gurus and Lifestyle Bloggers, this is not a good thing.

But maybe, just maybe, the modern take on mindfulness and "being present" isn't for everyone. Hear me out:

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