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You Need a Theme Song

While music, in general, offers much value, having a theme song is a great way to remind us of our goals and keep us trudging along in those difficult moments. Popping in your ear buds and cranking up “your song” reminds us who we are, why we’re here, and what we want to do. It allows us to express our emotions while giving us a much-needed boost to transcend the moment.

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