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Astrological Explorations with Systemic Constellations

FuzionlogonameGRN-1Greetings from Leslie Ciechanowski,

 As some of you may know I am in my second season studying Family Systemic Constellations with Francesca Mason Boring.  I have also been a long time student of Astrological perspectives of the human experience.   I have begun the first steps of integrating working within the field of systemic constellations and astrological archetypes, and am pleased to announce my first "plunge" in conducting a workshop in this integrative work.

Should you be interested in exploring these "waters", please join me! 

Astrological MandalaSaturday, July 12

East West Bookshop

  11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Astrological Explorations with Systemic Constellations

Come and play in the "Field" on the full moon!  Tap into the astrological energies currently in the sky now, or perhaps in your chart.  Understand the celestial influences with a more fully embodied knowing.  This workshop is an introduction to the integration of astrological understandings and family systemic constellations.  The intention is to come to a greater and more expanded experience of celestial influences at the personal and transpersonal level. 

A great way to pick a card. Listen to the music with your eyes closed and pause when you feel the moment is right.
Thank you Kabir and Snatnam Kaur for your angelic voice.

Full Moon Anyone?

Did anyone see the big, beautiful Moon last night? Anyone tipsy by the "Moonshine"?

We are in a full Moon phase now and it may be very intense on many levels.  The Moon is in diplomatic Libra opposition not just the Sun, but a host of other planetary bodies - Venus, Mars, Uranus, all in Aries.  All of these planets including the moon are square Pluto. Creating internal stress and need for movement or quick resolutions.

This may sound like a different language - which it is!  The short and sweet of it is: remember to breathe, balance needs and impulsive actions with diplomacy, rationality, and yes discipline.  Remember soften, to yourself and to others to be the peace you want in the world. 


Leslie Cie.

A Little Water & Soul to Nurture Spirit & Fire

Water Card

On this second day of spring I pull the Water Card (Soul Navigation Cards) and reflect on its significance immediately after yesterday’s Fire Card for spring.

Water is connected to the world of feeling, as distinguished from emotions.  Emotions connect us to past feelings that may have created patterned responses, belief systems, and habitual ways of being - separate from temperament. 

I connect the element of fire with Spirit, and water with Soul. When the water of our soul is clear, unclouded by past emotional patterning, we are able to be more fully present in the moment. And when we are still, and touch our quiet place, we can see through the water to the bottom of the lake.  We can touch the depth of true self.

May we clean and clear the streams of our Self, and our beloved Earth.

May our connection to water nourish spirit and not drown it in the illusions of past conditioning.

In loving Kindness,

Leslie Cie.


© 2013 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowsi, Fuzion Healing Arts, All rights reserved



Nurture Your Fire as you Welcome Spring!

Fire Card

From the perspective of our blessed planet earth, I imagine the cycles of birth, death, and renewal as a constant.  Not just here, everywhere.  Life is change, it is a constant whether it is the life of a human being, or that of a far away galaxy.  Energy is always in movement, it can neither be created nor destroyed


On this first day of spring, for some the beginning of the New Year, the Fire Card (Soul Navigation Card) appears as the harbinger.


How fitting I think, as the Sun enters Aries, a fire sign, and that fire also represents spirit and energy, without which the spark of life would sizzle and fade. 


Remember to nurture your fire, your inspiration, your joy, whether in the beginning of a new venture, or maintaining it’s gentle growth.

Blessings of Gratitude & Joy


© 2013 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski, Fuzion Healing Arts, all right reserved.

Transformation Through Sound



Leslie Ciechanowski, M. Ed, & Lynn Larkin, MSW,

in two Sound Healing Workshop

Saturday, July 28, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Sunday July 29, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

East West Bookshop - Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

Explore the gifts of sound as a means of meditation, stress relief and healing in our daily lives.  Using crystal bowls, voice, and other sound instruments, we will experience how sound can impact body, mind, and spirit. 

Join in with your own voice, and soak up the energy with sound healers facilitating your journey.  Leave with a deeper sense of peace, centeredness and more grounded in your being.



ABUNDANCE - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Abundance Card

When we have an abundance of something, we have more than enough to meet our needs. Our cup is not simply full, but overflowing. When we feel there is plenty, and believe there always will be plenty, we more easily engage in generosity of spirit. Abundance is not about how much we have, but rather having more than enough to meet our needs.

When people speak of abundance they are often referring to money - perhaps because in our society, money provides us many ways to meet our needs. Abundance, however, can refer to any area of our life, whether it is friends, opportunities, activities, food, work, time, feelings, or affection.  When we feel abundant there is an appreciation for all we have, an alignment with our desires and beliefs, and an expectation that life will always provide for us. Some say there is always enough of all that we truly need at any given moment, and that when we are in alignment, we are taken care of.

If we turn our attention away from appreciating what is, and start comparing and focusing on what we do not have, we can quickly move into a place of scarcity and lose touch with the abundance around us. If you are having difficulty finding abundance in your life, it may be worth examining the inner position you may have about scarcity. When needing plenty is motivated by scarcity and fear of not having, it promotes greed, hording, and moves us out of alignment with abundance.

The appearance of this card suggests that the qualities of abundance may be important for you at this juncture.  It may be a confirmation of existing abundance, abundance coming to you, or it may be a deeper reflection on the meaning of abundance for you.  Where do you feel abundant?  What would have to happen for you to generate an abundant flow in your life?  Are you noticing the abundance around you? What type of abundance would you like to have? Is there a time when abundance is too much? How much do we need to feel that there is enough in our lives?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit .



DIRECTION - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

 Direction Card

Direction moves us towards our intentions, goals or life vision, providing a sense of purpose and meaning in our life, or in our day-to-day activities.  A sense of direction guides our choices, movement, and the paths we take, moving us forward towards our goal, and unfolding Self.

Sometimes our direction is clear and focused, choices are obvious and there is a sense of progression towards our goals.  At other times our direction may seem unclear, guided by a sense of what we do not want, what feels good in the moment, or an inner knowing of what is congruent with our soul – or deeper sense of self.

When you get this card it may be time to review your direction.  Perhaps you are needing to concentrate your energies on what you are wanting to achieve, or become more aligned with your goals, or life vision. Recalling our direction reaffirms meaning and purpose in our activities and can reinvigorate our motivation.

Do you need to clarify your direction?  Are you moving aimlessly?  How is your direction in line with your life vision, or soul? Is your direction and vision in conflict?  Are the choices you make directing you towards your goals?  Do you feel that you know what you want but not how to get there?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.    If you would like to view or purchase the full deck visit .




WISDOM - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Wisdom Card

When we act from the deep center of our heart, we are connected to internal guidance that is rooted in both timelessness and expansiveness.

Wisdom is discernment through deep listening and balancing experience, understanding, insight.  It is using the heart as the lens to see through. 

Seeing through the eyes of the heart means listening with feeling, compassion and connectedness to our humanity.  Feeling is distinguished here from emotionality, sentimentalism, and reactivity, and is defined, in this case, as our present moment response to what is. 

We often associate wisdom with age, and associate sages with great wisdom that comes with years of experience.  Although this is true, we can also cultivate wisdom of the heart in a way that is not only dependent on experience, but rather orientation to life.

The image of this card reflects my visual representation of wisdom.  The key element repeated in the mandala is a heart with wings and in its center, an eye.  The mandala symbolizes moving center and also reflects our interconnectedness. 

When do you need to see through the eyes of your heart?  What is the lens you have been looking through?  What would change if you shifted your focus to the “mind of the heart”?  In what ways are you living your life through the eyes of the heart?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


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EARTH - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Earth Card

Earth is the substance of life itself - the rocks, clay, sand and soil from which emerge the trees, plants, and all creatures.  Symbolically, it is the substance from which matter emerges into manifestation.  Some cosmologies see earth as the clay from which our physical bodies were formed. Mother earth, Gaia, and Demeter are all associated with archetypes of the Earth Mother.

Earth holds the qualities of nurturing, strength, steadfastness, and creativity in that it supports and nurtures growth.  It is connected to the physical dimension and the realm of the senses.  In our language we have sayings such as: “down to earth”, “earth mother”, and “earthy” that reflect our perceptions of a practical, level-headed and caring person.

When you pick the earth card reflect on the deeper meaning of earth for you in your life.  It may be time to tune into your body, to pay attention to your physical needs, to slow down, and perhaps become more grounded.   It may be time to “get your hands in the soil”, to practice patience and honor the growth of whatever you are nurturing.  Perhaps it is time to contemplate your connection with the web of life on this planet, become more aware of and honor all the ways this earth sustains us, and reflect on the spirit of true stewardship.

Are you needing to ground your energies?  How do you connect with the “groundedness” of your own being?  How do you feel when you spend time in nature? How to you listen to and honor your physical body?  How do you listen to and honor the needs of the biosphere of our planet earth?


© 2011, Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.  In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.  If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit .



MAGIC - Soul Navigation Card of the Week

Magic Card

Expect magic, entertain the mystical, and dance in wonder!

Magic engages us in the unexplained wonder and mystery in all of life.  It is the place where “coincidences” appear to be planned by some unexplained order and where synchronicities abound - if we have eyes to see. 

To the “magician”, it is the mastery of his or her craft that hides the mechanism of the constructed illusion.  Every move is orchestrated to enhance the illusion.  Being our own magician is to be aware of and be able to move within the flow of life’s mysteries, to know how we are creating the world around us, and to be open to the wonder and mystery of that which we do not always understand.

Sages over the millennia have tried to decipher the mysteries of this magical life.  Some say that one cannot understand this magic through the mind but rather through the eyes of the heart.  It is here where one can experience and appreciate wonder as through the eyes of a child.   Others say there is a “Master Plan” put in place by a greater power, named as God, Allah, Great Spirit, Source, Great Creator;and some say we are all together part of this Source.

When our lives become magical, we are not living in the illusory tricks of a magician’s sleight of hand, but have touched the numinous and the mysterious in our own magical selves.  We have tapped into the place where we are connected to all of creation/life, and our eyes are open to the mystery and magic around us.  Expect magic, entertain the mystical and dance in wonder.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where are you being your magical self? Are you connected to your point of mystery and wonder?  What would it take for you to live all aspects of your life with magic?  Remember this place from where magic stems, you are that.


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit .

HOPE - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Hope Card

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, the belief that “this too shall pass”.  Its slightest glimmer can take us out of deepest despair and lead us to our sweetest joys.  When we are hopeful, the resulting emotion creates an energy shift wherein our positive expectations are able to arise and move beyond doubt and negativity. When we are hopeful, the emotional constriction that doubt, fear, and despair bring is softened and we are able to move to a place of new possibilities.

While hope is the expectation of positive possibilities, it does not have to be directed towards any one thing in particular. The experience of being hopeful, in and of itself, can open us up to a range of new, and alternative possibilities. Expectations that constrict us  clamp down our very life force, whereas hope allows our hearts to open to opportunities of something better.  The expectation of something better and beyond where we are now invites us to entertain and imagine all we can be.    Though hope may seemingly take us beyond the moment, when experienced “in the moment” it allows the heart to open up and expect greater things.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where in your life you need hope. Is there anything happening around you that is contributing to worries?  Are you hopeful of certain outcomes?  How can you regain and allow your sense of hope to guide your process?  What would it be like for things to turn out better than you ever hoped for? What would have to happen for hope to move you toward positive possibilities?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.   If you would like to view the full deck or place an order visit .


OBSTACLES: Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Obstacles Card

Definition:  a person or thing that opposes, hinders, or holds up progress; something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted.

 When you pull this card there mBay be something blocking your desired goals, destination or achievements.  Obstacles are an impediment of your natural progression, and as with most things, obstacles may originate from within, without, or from an interplay of the two. 

Externally, obstacles can originate from a multitude of things: weather, traffic, mail delivery problems, unexpected delays, etc.  Internally, obstacles may be attitudes, outdated belief systems, or ineffective approaches towards your goal that may be blocking you.

Obstacles may become stronger through our resistance to them.  It is thus helpful to explore the nature of the obstacles we are encountering. Though obstacles may be frustrating at their onset, they may have a beneficial value in the long term.  For example, a delay may cause us to revise plans in a way that ultimately brings improvement; the obstacles can make us stronger, and more appreciative of what we have gained.  Obstacles may often lead to opportunity, lessons or benefits.  Sometimes they are felt as large insurmountable boulders on our path.  At other times, they are like fog, easily burned through by the light of the sun. 

What is the purpose of any obstacles you may be facing?  What are you learning through these obstacles? What happens when you accept the nature of the obstacle?  Is your will in alignment with your spirit?  Are there inner obstacles, beliefs, or other hindrances that are obstructing you?

 © 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.  If you would like to order or view the full deck visit .



Responsibility: Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Responsibility Card

Responsibility is the ability to respond and be accountable.  It may be felt as a subtle awareness on some level, that accompanies and guides a response.  Ones ability to respond is influenced in turn by ones awareness.  The extent of ones sense of accountability ranges from ones self, social sphere, family friends, work, etc

Biologically, we are guided by instinctual impulses, which can oftentimes direct our propensity to respond such as, a mother’s impulse to nurture her newborn child.  Psycho-socially, some factors that guide our accountability are commitment and valued end. If there has been a commitment made to oneself, another, a job, or a business there is an agreement made towards a valued end that directs and guides our actions.  The valued end becomes an ethical guide that directs ones choices – personal, social, or public agreements.  Each person discerns their “valued end” according to their own mores and perspectives.

There are responsibilities that we take on from experiences in early childhood, and some say there are responsibilities taken on at a soul level that can span life times.  Whether you believe in the eternality of the soul, or soul as an expression of unconscious feelings, there are tacit “agreements” that guide our sense of responsibility and the ways we engage with the world.

Some people feel great responsibility not only to themselves, but also the lives of others, and more globally the earth and its inhabitants.  Some take on responsibilities that are not theirs to bear at an early age, and continue to do so into adulthood.  Others feel that responsibility is a dirty word and react, or even rebel against the sense of constriction and heaviness it gives them, and still others are unable to accept any responsibility for the effects of their actions.

Responsibility can be so convoluted and involved that professions have been built around deciphering the intricacies of this emotion.  Religious and legal systems speak of ways that we are held accountable for our actions according to the beliefs of their system and rules.  Ultimately we are responsible for our true self, our actions, feelings, and our choices.  Some say that we are responsible not simply for ourselves, but the contribution we bring to the whole. 

If you have pulled this card, you may want to explore your personal call to responsibility.  Ask yourself where does your responsibility begin and end?    What is your contribution to your life, to those of others?  Have you been shirking some responsibility or avoiding your awareness?  Perhaps you need to reevaluate your responsibility in some matters.  Are you carrying the burden of responsibilities that are not yours?  Is there something you are aware of that needs a response?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit .

PATIENCE - Soul Navigation Card for the week

Patience Card

Whenever I get this card, I sometimes notice a twinge of irritation arising in me that usually means I need to stop pushing, slow down and allow myself and/or others to move through their process of unfolding.  In short, I need more patience.

Sometimes we have a lot of patience in certain areas of our life and not in others.  Some people may have copious amounts of patience teaching complicated material, or caring for the young, and yet none while driving.  Often we have the least amount of patience for ourselves.

Regardless of our level of patience, there are usually situations or places where we can apply more patience.  I have never heard anyone ever say, “That person has too much patience.” Patience is not a resignation to the endurance of pain or discomfort.  Patience is the belief or expectation that everything will eventually work out and change for the better, that “this too shall pass.”

When this card shows up, you may want to ask yourself where you need more patience for yourself, others or in the world around you.   Where do you have the most patience?  Where do you have the least?  Imagine what it would feel like to extend patience to yourself

May the peace of patience be with you.

© Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


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YES!! - Soul Navigation Card of The Week

Yes Card

When we say “YES!” wholeheartedly, every part of our being opens up, and we accept and affirm that which we are saying yes to.  At that moment, there may be a sense of expansion in spirit and soul. If we could see our body’s response when we are experiencing a congruent and enthusiastic “YES!”, I imagine we would see our very pores and cells open up to receive!  When we fully engage, affirming what is happening in the moment, we enter a state of allowance and are able to overcome resistance. 

Often, however, we have been trained to say yes when it is not congruent with our being at a particular time, or in general.  We say yes for multiple reasons: out of obligation, social conformity, so that we don’t hurt another’s feelings, or perhaps to make ourselves feel better.  Worse yet, we may even be forced to say yes through manipulation or other abuses of power; this can create challenges not only in trusting others, but also in experiencing our own “felt sense” of yes.  It is important when we say yes that “all parts” of us are in accord, otherwise we move out of integrity and out of our own deep listening.  When one’s “yes” is half-hearted and not fully engaged, it does not bode well for what one is saying yes to.

Scan your awareness through all the levels of your being, without thinking but rather through sensing and careful noticing.  Do your body, mind, spirit and soul all feel consensual? Feel the difference when you embrace your experience with a “YES!”.  With yes your openness and willingness to embrace what is in the moment and in your life expands all possibilities.  Explore saying yes over and over again to the moment, to all that is happening around you, and to your very being.  Notice how you open up to the world in a huge, positive embrace.

If you have drawn this card, you may be embracing your life, or something in your life with enthusiasm and positivity.  You may be exactly where you need to be at this moment! All systems are go! What are you saying yes to?  Do you say yes when you mean no?  What would it look like to say yes to every moment?  How do you know when your whole being says yes?



© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit .


PEACE - Soul Navigation Card of the Week

Peace Card

Peace is often described as the absence of war, strife, conflict, or struggles of any kind in our internal or external world.  We all long for peace – a state of ease and harmony – and wish it for others as well: in their homes, their countries and in their hearts. Inner peace is felt as calm, harmony, and a sense of ease deep within our being.  When one is at peace with the present moment, nothing needs to be added to or taken away.

Peace in the world begins within each individual. When we let go of our internal conflicts over what is right and wrong, what is best or worst within ourselves or others, and when we drop the constant comparing, competing and judging of the mind, we silence the mental chatter and can drop into the depths of our hearts.  By breathing deeply from the heart we may able to let go of the mind’s story and move into the moment where peace resides.

Peace is not something we can wait for our leaders – be they political or spiritual – or anyone else to find for us. Peace is arrived at and created by dropping attachments to our “perceived reality”.  Forgiveness, awareness, and kindness further expand the peace that already dwells within us.  Peace is always with us – like a still-point of a spinning top – even when you feel that it is light-years away.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where your peace is.  When do you feel the most peaceful?  How do you come back to peacefulness?  What would have to happen for you to create more peace in your life?  Perhaps this card is a confirmation of the peace that you are currently experiencing or that is coming to you. 



© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.  If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit

COURAGE - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Courage Card

When we have courage, we have strength of heart that enables us to continue on despite our fears - real or imagined.  It does not mean we move forth senselessly or mindlessly, but that we simply do not let the fears of the mind, override the spirit in the heart.  The etymology of the word courage comes from the Latin word “cor” meaning heart.  Following the truth of the heart is often a brave act, though some may feel it is all we can do. 

Our heroes throughout history and in myth, acted from what they believed in at their innermost core, despite fears or how the odds may have been stacked against them.  Their valor derived from listening and acting according to their innermost integrity.   

When fear dominates, move into your core, into your heart, and strength of conviction, and let this hold you up.  Embrace your fear and sooth it as a gentle, caring parent would a small child.  Every step out of fear and into the heart is a hero’s journey of self. 

Perhaps it is time to remember the strength of your inner convictions and let them guide your next steps, or your next thoughts.  Be gentle with yourself and remember who you are.  Move forward, despite fear.  Garner strength from the heroes you admire, well-known heroes and everyday ones.  

Where do you need to bring more courage into your life?  How will courage change your current situation?  What are times you have acted  despite fear? 


© Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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PLAY - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Play Card

Play is an activity we often associate with children.  More often than not our culture has a negative attitude towards “child’s play”.  It is seen as trivial, extraneous, unnecessary, and, very often, as a waste of time.  There is, however, much we can learn about how to be in the world from the play of a child.

When children play they bring all that they are into the moment.  They are interactive with the environment in a way that is fully engaged, with a fluid interplay between their inner world of imagination and the world around them.  When engaged in such a way, they are also learning, processing, and exploring their world.  There is a dynamic interplay with the inner and outer world that can be creative, restorative, and healing in a myriad of ways.

When we play, we are able to let go and move fluidly with life, and see the world and all our experience through the eyes of a child again – a child supported and loved and without worries, and all life is playful engagement in any given moment.

Play is the art of just being, innocent, open, present, and in the moment.  You cannot play without being in the moment at least to some degree.  When we are whole-heartedly present we lose ourselves in joy and a level of being where time disappears, where there is a sense of oneness with all things, and where distinctions of inner and outer become meaningless. In this moment, play is a restorative nectar for the soul.

When you pull this card, it may be time to ask yourself if you are having fun?  Are you taking time to simply be and enjoy what is in your life?  Has your life become too serious?  Perhaps you need to engage in your life as through the playful and innocent eyes of a child.  Notice when you feel playful, and how you can engage in this energy more often.  What constitutes play for you?  When do you engage in play?  Perhaps it is time to get in touch with your playful child nature.


© 2012 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski


Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit

DARK - Soul Navigation Card for the Week


Dark is a place we all need to dive deeply into once in a while to find our luminescence deep within. Dark is quiet and empty and without pulse.  Its gripping silence and emptiness can be frightening.   In this silence we may hear our thoughts whirling, and feel the grip of strong old pain, or perhaps old beliefs, habits, or ways of thinking hampering our ability to feel joy or our inner peace.  When we dive in, if we hold our breath and struggle, we may be resisting and fighting against ourselves and the very essence of our being.

When we encounter the dark card it may be telling us that it is a time to turn inward and look deeply through the darkness to find the light and strength from within. 

It may come at a time when you are moving through some deep or painful issues in your life where you encounter your shadow or another’s shadow side that may be moving you off your center. 

When in this phase, it is important to remember that out of the dark seasons of our lives much growth and light can come. Though the dark is the absence of light, you are never completely in the dark as there are always tiny specks of light. 

How do you move through the dark phases of your life?  When you are in a negative cycle are you overpowered by your negative habits or addictions of various sorts to get you through? Do you run, hide, fight, or accept where you are?  Where is your shadow casting itself?  Are you being affected by someone else’s dark cycle?



© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit .