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Memory Training Virtual Follow-Up Call Recording
by On December 12, 2008

This week Eric Plantenberg hosted a WebEx follow-up conference call for graduates of our Boise, ID and Seattle, WA Memory Training Workshop

Eric reviewed the workshop and answered questions regarding memory training from those on the call.

Watch and Listen to the Recording

If you have taken the memory training class, this call is a great review of the workshop.  The call covered:

 – Teach-Ability Index
– Mental File Folder System
– Emailed and Call Questions
– Spaced Repetition
– Long-Term Memory
– Six Steps for Remembering Names

Eric answered commonly asked questions as well including:

  • I’ve haven’t begun the review process yet. Can I go over the materials and listen to the CD to refresh my memory of the class, or do I need to start over?
  • How do I remember what filing system to use so that I remember to go to that list when I want to recall something? (i.e. If I need to remember to do something as I am leaving work and I file it to my office files, how do I remember to run through my office files before I leave work? Do I just make that a habit?)
  • What strategy do you employ for doing reviews on a daily basis to ensure you are capturing the long-term memory portion of things you filed a week ago?

Hope you enjoy the follow-up!

The Only Thing Constant is Change
by On December 11, 2008

“The only thing constant is change.” I heard that for the first time while watching the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde when I was in my early twenties. I’ve always remembered it because it struck me as one of the most simple, yet profound, statements I’d ever heard.

Everything, everyone, everywhere will always change. We are wise to accept this because it is an inevitable part of life. Yet, humans resist change more often than not. Why is this? It’s the one of the only things we can truly count on. But with change comes uncertainty……the unknown….the unfamiliar. This is why it can also be uncomfortable. It can be like walking down a long, dark street w/ no lights and no sense of direction. Where will it take me? Will I like it there? Will I be safe? And we’ll never know until we actually walk the path.

Some change in our lives is precipitated by us. We have made a decision to do something different. It could be taking a new job, applying for a higher-level position within your current company, moving to another city or beginning a weight-loss regimen or exercise program. These are all choices we make to improve our situation.

Other changes seemingly happen to us. We may lose a job, get sick, have a new boss replace the one we’ve worked with for 5 years, be informed a new policy is to be implemented at work, lose a loved one, etc. These were not things we decided to change, but nonetheless, we need to adapt to the new circumstances. This can be even more difficult in certain ways because there appears to be a loss of control. This induces stress because we feel like we’re falling and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. It can also be very easy to fall into the role the victim. Why do bad things happen to me??

We’ve all done it……but it’s important to recognize it and pull yourself out of it. Things are going to change throughout your life. Period. Life is much easier when we learn to accept that and work with those changes rather than try to fight them.

So how do we deal with all this change? What is the best way to handle it?

1. The first important thing to remember is to break it down into bite size chunks. If you want to lose 30 lbs, you wouldn’t try to lose it all in one week. Anything you wish to change must be seen in this same light. Take the first step…..and then the next.

It’s good to have an overall vision of what you wish to accomplish but don’t get hung up worrying about the “how.” This is what paralyzes most of us when it comes to change. HOW will I ever get there?? Too often the final result can seem overwhelming so we give up before we even begin. So break it down. Put one foot in front of the other….and soon you’ll be moving forward.

When I decided to move across the country in 2007, I didn’t just up and leave. There was some planning involved and things that needed to be done. So I broke it down and did one thing at a time rather than worrying about the whole massive picture all at once.

2. We must also have faith in our decisions. Many of us are so worried we’ll make the “wrong” decision so we stall and/or make no decision at all. If you’ve taken some time to think about something, have weighed out the options and you are leaning a particular way, it’s time to follow that instinct. I was definitely concerned on whether I was making the “right” decision when I opted to move west by myself.

I was leaving my family and friends and everything that was familiar behind. I had no real reason to move to California, other than I was ready for something new, always loved California and the weather is obviously better. But I still I wondered if that was enough! Was I going to regret it once I got there?

Leaving the familiar is a challenge for anyone. You’re destroying what you’ve always knows to rebuild something new. It reminds me of a forest. Forest fires are destructive by nature, but it’s also the only way for there to be new growth. Sometimes it’s necessary to release the old to make way for the new. So when I was weighing my decision on whether to move, I reassured myself by realizing this is something I was excited about no matter how I nervous I also felt. It was definitely a chance for growth! Sure, it was going to be a HUGE change but I had to have faith that I was making the best decision for my life and then move forward and make it happen.

3. Also remember to stay flexible. You can change your course if you change your mind. Realizing this, will often put you at ease and help you move forward.

Our mind often makes things bigger than they are and thinks in absolutes. But most decisions we make, aren’t our last decision ever. Sure you may leave one job to take another and that feels pretty final. But if you get to the new job and after a year or two you decide it’s not the course you want to be on, you can opt to make yet another change.

Surely you’ve learned something from the experience so it can be claimed as a victory! That’s the beauty of life…..there’s always room for more change and more growth. We learn through experience and we make adjustments as we walk through our journey.

When I decided to move, I freed my mind and settled my concerns by recognizing I could always move back home if I decided California wasn’t for me. You always have a choice.

So don’t be afraid of change……embrace it. Keep in mind – if you’re not changing, it‘s not even that you’re standing still…….you are actually sliding backwards. If a tree doesn’t change, it’s because it is dying! We can’t ever really stand in one place for the rest of our lives……we’re either progressing or regressing.

If you’d like to read more about this topic, take a look at the book Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard. It’s simple read and a quite enjoyable view of dealing with change.

Be Free!!

Lauri Sompres

Embracing Change – Choose to Grow a Little Everyday
by On December 10, 2008

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As a natural part of our evolution, we are faced with constant changes. In addition to our biology, the world around us is also changing offering a wealth of opportunities and choices.

Every morning when you wake up, you make a choice – you choose to grow or you choose to die. Now I am not suggesting that we are consciously choosing to give up and throw in the towel. Many of us are not even aware that this choice exists or that it needs to be made every day. Unfortunately, ignorance doesn’t prevent the choice from being made and despite our lack of knowing, if we do nothing, the choice will be made for us.

Making decisions is not always easy, so if I might suggest a good strategy, simply go with the flow. Let me explain what I mean.

It’s human nature to walk the path of least resistance. It makes good sense to go with the flow, a strategy that is utilized constantly in nature and by man as well. For example, let us say you are in a raft floating on a river. You can work really hard to paddle upstream, working against the current and making little headway. Or you can go with the flow and harness the power of the river to move you along. An airplane is much more efficient flying from West to East with a tailwind than it is heading East to West, into the prevailing wind.

I learned a valuable lesson when my father and I were working on the electrical system at our farm a few years back. Although we managed to do most of the work ourselves, the job required the assistance of one of the local electric company folks to come out and pull the meter. When he arrived we spent some time listening to the philosophy and wisdom that only a country electrician could impart. My favorite gem he imparted was in response to our many questions of doing it one way versus another. Without a bit of hesitation, his reply was “whatever is easiest”. So simple, and yet so brilliant.

Use this philosophy when you are unsure how to proceed. It will allow you to move forward without overexerting yourself and working harder than is necessary, a factor that often stops us in our tracks.

Change can be a little unnerving and downright scary at times. It is new and different. It is unfamiliar and what if it’s unpleasant or not as good as what we have now? Again it is simply a matter of perspective, good, bad, better, or worse. Different is neither good or bad. Change is not better or worse. It definitely makes you feel alive and keeps you growing and moving forward like a river. The alternative is to remain where we are and stagnate, like an isolated pond that eventually dries out, shrivels up and dies. For me, this sounds much scarier than dealing with something new and different.

Live each day with the wind at your back, allowing the current to help move you along. When you do, something magical happens. Imagine riding a bicycle on the open road as opposed to riding on a stationary bike. The scenery changes, what’s around the next bend is yet to be seen, but could be amazing, it could be awesome, it could be inspiring. It will definitely be different and whether or not it is better, is simply a matter of perspective.

Whether you embrace change or not, consider your ability to decide as one of the richest blessings you have in this life. Take advantage of this incredible power and freedom that is so often overlooked.

Don’t leave your destiny to chance. In the words of Neal Peart, one of my favorite modern day poets, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”. Even though it may seem that the path of least resistance is to do nothing and stick with what you know, it actually is just the opposite. Stubbornness and fear require a ton of energy. Standing still puts you in the middle of the road with life screaming by you from all directions.

Life evolves, it will not be held back or contained. Go with the flow and follow the path of least resistance. Choose to grow, a little bit every day and most importantly….

Be Free!

Ken Budka

CIA Model of Stress Reduction
by On December 9, 2008

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A saying that you’ve probably heard a lot in business, in sports, and human performance in general is controlling the controllable. What does that actually mean? I wanted to take this concept of controlling the controllable, which is actually really good advice by the way, and take it out of the realm of being a cliché and into the realm of something that we can actually do.

In our workshops we’ll use something called the CIA Model to help students gain understanding of this concept and reduce stress in their own lives. It’s pretty easy to understand this model so here’s the short form.

CIA stands for Control Influence Accept. All of the circumstances and situations that we find ourselves in will fall into one of these three categories. I am going to discuss them in reverse order.

There is an enormous number of things in our world that we simply need to accept. Weather, traffic patterns, scores and outcomes of games that we’re not actually playing in. One of the best things that we can do for our own peace of mind is that when there’s something that we need to accept, is really just to accept it not waste any injury trying to change it.

The second category are things that we influence. The two big things that fall into this are your immediate environment, your car, your workplace, your home, and other people that you deal with. Listen, we do not have control over our kids, our colleagues, etc, but we do have influence over them, and one of the best things that you can do for your own growth is that in circumstances where you have influence to actually exercise that influence will dramatically boost your self-esteem.

Now we come to the category of things we can control. We’re here to talk about controlling the controllable. Well, guess what, folks? I’ve found that there’s really only one thing on the list of things that we can control. It’s your decisions.

That’s right, your decisions about your life are the only thing that we actually have direct control over. When you realize this, it becomes kind of confronting and kind of liberating all at the same time. What do you do with this information, that the only thing that I have control over are the decisions that I make?

  1. Stop trying to control things that you have no control over. Amazing to me how much energy people waste trying to control things that they maybe have influence over, but in many cases should just accept. I’ll also say that when it comes to things that you have zero influence over, I wouldn’t spend much time talking or complaining about them. It’s simply a drain on your energy. Are you catching yourself trying to control things that you really should just accept? Notice that, and I would change your mind on that.
  2. When you realize that the only thing you have control over is your decisions, take responsibility for that decision-making process. I’m not saying to blame yourself when things turn out poorly. I am saying it takes responsibility for the decision that you make. That’s when you start controlling the controllables and seeing the results that you really want to see.

I don’t play a whole lot of poker, but one thing that I have heard is that winning at cards, specifically poker, has a small amount to do with the cards that you are dealt, and it has a huge amount to do with how you make decisions and play the cards that you’re dealt. Same thing goes for your life. Life truly is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how you react.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning about controlling the controllables.

Be Free!

Roger Seip

$1,725 to Your Favorite Charities Contest
by On December 8, 2008

Happy Holidays! In the spirit of the season, the winners of our blog contest this month will be three charities, and we need your help to find them!

Please tell us what is your favorite charity and why. From your responses, we will be picking three charities to make donations to.  Between first, second and third place, we will be giving a total of $1,725!

To enter the contest, at the bottom of this page, simply type your name, email and website (if you have one) and your answer to this question:

What is your favorite charity and why?

The winners will be picked based on the “why” portion of this question.

Are they doing something extraordinary? Have they helped you or someone you know? Are they delivering freedom to others?  Are their efforts making an unbelievable change in the word? Let us know WHY you are excited to support them.

If the charity has a website, please include that as well.


  • Grand Prize – $1,000 donation made in the winner’s name to their favorite charity.
  • Second Place – $550 donation made in the winner’s name to their favorite charity.
  • Third Place – $175 donation made in the winner’s name to their favorite charity.

Winners will be chosen by the members of the Freedom Personal Development Team who were donors for this contest.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Winners will be emailed, announced and donations made January 5, 2009.

Please forward this link to all of your friends and family so they can nominate their favorite charity too:

Be Free!

Eric Plantenberg

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How to Keep Learning and Stay Young
by On December 5, 2008

Forget the cover-ups, wrinkle creams, and cosmetic surgeries. To stay young, form the habit of Constant Learning. Education is a virtue that guarantees youthfulness.

Wisdom is not the province of the old. We all have known old people who continuously spout off opinions, but an old person who listens is the one who actually knows something. Nor is education about going to school. A classroom setting may be an effective venue for an introduction to some subjects. Nevertheless, mastery is always gained from what you do outside the classroom. So stop dividing life into school and “real life.” Real life is your school and it always has been.

Here are some ways to cultivate your education:

  1. Talk to Smart people – know anybody your truly admire? Somebody who is really good at something you would like to be good at? Take them to lunch and talk. Ask questions and listen to their answers. You will be amazed at what you can learn if you let someone you admire teach you.
  2. Read good books – Some people have great ideas but they aren’t available for lunch. Many of them have written books. What a great way to expose yourself to powerful ideas. If reading isn’t your thing, get over it by starting with books on subjects that really interest you and read small bits at a time. Like anything, with practice you will build your stamina. It’s worth it.
  3. Listen to Smart people – If you are like me, you have lots of windshield time. I can’t read while driving my car, but I can listen to books written by smart people. I learn a lot from listening.
  4. Write your own book – keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but the act of writing down a little of what you learned each day really helps you lock it in.

Ultimately, the purpose of educating yourself is to enrich your life, and to enhance your ability to do the things you want to do, and be the person you want to be. What greater mission is there? Eartha Kitt said it well. “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” Make that your philosophy and you will give yourself a great gift.

Be Free!

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You Shouldn't Read This
by On December 4, 2008

Many people have talked with me recently about getting motivated when they don’t feel like it or when they are having a bad day. If you have ever wondered that then read on.

There are many ways to get yourself motivated. Anyone who has listened to Tony Robbins have learned about changing your state, specifically using your physiology, your focus, and your language. And because the “state” that you are currently “in” is determined by those three forces, if you change any of those three then you will change your “state”.

For example if you are feeling sad you might feel “down” and usually, you will droop your shoulders a little and your head will be down and your facial expression will match your feeling. By forcing yourself to stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, put your hands above your head, wiggle your fingers, look up at your hands, and pull the corners of your mouth up towards your eyes then it will be much more difficult to feel sad in that moment.

What I experimented with last week was to change my focus by asking myself a few questions. I have been feeling the pinch of getting sales calls done and having some sales appointments fall off of the December calendar so I needed to make a push to get some more calls in. So, when I was not excited about picking up the phone and calling people I realized that my focus was completely on the appointments that had cancelled, rescheduled, or gone out of business.

My questions are simple and the answers will probably change everyday, but when you answer them your entire day will change:

1. What can I get excited about today?
2. What can I dedicate today to or WHO can I dedicate today to?
3. What can I do to feel better?
4. What would I “say to myself/do/think about” if someone else was watching me or learning from me?

These questions, or a variation of them, might be the greatest thing to ask yourself. According to Tony Robbins research (from where I don’t know) we think about 75,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are the same as yesterday. By adding some new questions you may begin to get some new answers.

As to why I said that you “shouldn’t” read this post, I’ll explain.

When answering the questions above don’t ever start your answer with the word “should” in it. As in, “I should dedicate today to my kids”, “I should stand up and put my hands above my head”, “I should be excited about filling my calendar and hitting my goals”. In fact, I encourage you to eliminate the word “should” from your life completely. “Should” takes all of the empowerment away from you, it promotes guilt, it is eliminating all choice from you and creates a VICTIM mentality.

You either want to do something or you don’t and if you don’t want to do something but you know that by doing that activity you will hit your goals, then you had better remind yourself or figure out a couple of reasons why doing that activity is a great idea for you.

Take control of your life and you will take control of your goals and your destiny.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales

Save 25% on The New Dynamics of Goal Setting
by On December 3, 2008

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The Future Belongs to the Flexible: Learn to achieve your goals in a rapidly changing world!

The New Dynamics of Goal Setting will not only put you on track toward achieving your success, but it will help you remain flexible and focused no matter how your career changes, no matter what obstacles or opportunities may confront you.

Using the Flextactics System, this program is designed for high-performance individuals like you, who know your primary goals in life and want to learn new strategies that will help you reach them.

Flextactics helps you see the future as a great adventure, welcoming change and thriving on challenge.

Technological advances, economic uncertainty, and shifting markets combine, accelerating the pace of change. Traditional planning strategies have become inadequate. Expectations based on past performance may even be counterproductive. You need strategies that can expect and anticipate change.

As companies become leaner and jobs become less permanent, your challenge is to adopt a new outlook and a flowing, flexible course which assures your success and makes it more frequent and enduring.

The secret, according to success-expert Denis Waitley, is to create your own patterns out of the chaos-to fit each new circumstance into your plan for achieving your ultimate goals. By learning to expect the unexpected, your goals become more attainable.

By listening to this unique program and utilizing the Flex Planner, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set and achieve all of your life goals-especially in a rapidly changing environment
  • Use the 21-step time-management system to maximize your productivity
  • Overcome unexpected obstacles and transform them into opportunities
  • Employ the 4 common denominators shared by successful achievers
  • Examine your core desires and tap into undiscovered talents to plan your life goals
  • Put the 7 methods for making your job more satisfying to work for you
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It’s a brave new world out there, one requiring brave new ways to succeed. Listen to this informative seminar featuring state-of-the-art science, success psychology, and up-to-the-minute insights designed to propel you into the 21st century.

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How to Be Relentless
by On December 2, 2008

My Tony Robbins Coach shared this with me and I thought you would enjoy it…

Here’s a simple Yes or No question to consider:

Does your behavior demonstrate a relentless determination?

Your answer reveals a great deal about your future success.

Being relentless is a commitment and intention that stands in the face of obstacles, hardships, temptations, financial difficulties, failing physical health, and broken relationships.

By choosing to be relentless, you are demonstrating no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace, nor are you softening or yielding in determination.

To be relentless is to be unrelenting in the pursuit of your goals.

The relentless attitude is the winning attitude and the remarkable thing about life is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is to play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude-our relentless attitude.

Being relentless is an empowering and forceful work ethic that drives us on towards our goals. The inner passion of determination, the indomitable emotional commitment to a worthy goal or an ennobling cause, is an awesome and liberating force.

Victory belongs neither to the faint-hearted nor to the weak-willed or the uncommitted. Not if the enemy is great and his resolution strong.

Only by facing the opponent head-on and with a vengeance can the battle be won.

Victory necessitates that we fight on with undying, relentless determination. The rewards for those who are unyielding in their pursuit of success far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.

Quitting is the path of least persistence. There will be times when a voice within you seems to shout: “I doubt if I can continue.” “Why don’t you just quit and go back to safer ground.” “I don’t know if this will ever work.” “Who am I kidding?” “Why not just throw in the towel.”

Whenever that happens, dismiss your doubts and burn those mental bridges. Remind yourself there are always compensations for the assets you lack.

When you get into a pickle, when your back is up against the wall, when your options are paltry, and when it seems as though you could not possibly hang on a minute longer, never give up for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

You must remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn.

However, if you are going to quit, do it right away – because the hardest is part of victory lies somewhere between starting and momentum, and success ensues when you persevere thereafter.

Everything can look like a failure in the middle and that perception becomes reality only when you quit before you’ve succeeded. Your ability to being relentless is ultimately a physical, emotional and spiritual demonstration of how badly you want to succeed.

Great adversity and set back is NOT the problem. It is the inability to carry on despite them that is the problem.

Your challenge today is to let them see you sweat, as relentless determination is fueled by a heart-pounding, ego-bashing, soul searching test of your limits.

So, why should you put yourself through so much pain, sacrifice, and uncertainty?

The answer is simple, because if you can pass this test, if you can overcome the seemingly impossible, you will inspire others and prove to yourself that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Everything Counts!

Article by Gary Ryan Blair

Gary Ryan Blair is President of The GoalsGuy. He helps business owners, corporate executives and sales professionals manage their time, set their priorities, and stay focused so they can achieve their goals, grow their business, and be more successful. This Be Relentless article is part of his breakthrough program, The 100 Day Challenge which is located at  Gary can be reached for speaking, coaching and media requests at 877-462-5748 or by sending an email to
Be Free!

Loren Barrows

Winners of the Personal Freedom Contest
by On December 1, 2008

What a pleasure it has been hosting this contest! I must say, reading so many different ideas on personal freedom has been incredibly inspiring. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I pulled out all the submissions, and my family and I sat around talking about freedom-how thankful we are for freedom and what it means.

There were so many great thoughts represented in this contest, and I’d say that I’d like to pull a little bit from everyone’s comments to put together the winner! It became clear that freedom exists, whether we recognize it or not. Sometimes our choices are more limited than others, but there are always choices-many of you talked about making a choice to change your outlook, attitude or awareness that allowed you to feel more free. In other words, nothing changed about freedom itself, what changed is the experience you were having.

Also, freedom seems to be a lack of constraints, and therefore, the definitions that implied that freedom meant an ability to do X sometimes left out the fact that freedom isn’t only the ability do X, it’s also the ability NOT to do X. The higher the understanding of that, the more free people feel and the more likely they are to do X. (Confusing? Read it over again…and again.)

Overall, the lack of attachment to an outcome helps you all to feel free. Understanding that freedom is a responsibility in that the outcomes are a result of your choices helps you to feel free. Living in the present, and living with gratitude helps you to feel free.

If I could take a bit from everyone’s responses and make a definition of Personal Freedom, this is what I would write:

Each one of us has that intrinsic freedom, be who you are in this moment. Freedom allows you to succeed or fail and eliminates blame, it is one’s right or ability to choose consequences or possible outcomes. Personal freedom is obtainable for everyone, I am thankful, I am free to choose to, or not to, make a choice, freedom allows you to succeed or fail and prevents blaming others, to be ever thankful for every life’s experience, the ability to have total happiness in your heart, every moment of my life is a moment of perfection…when I am aware of that, I am free, Personal Freedom = Personal Responsibility, Live in the present with the attitude of gratitude and personal freedom will flourish, inner peace of mind, however I choose to do it…if ever. And maybe not. It’s my choice.

Here are the contest winners.

First Place and winner of a Freedom Personal Development Sweatshirt – Dan Johnson (DJ) (comment #33)

Definition personal freedom: Live in the present! We humans get so caught up with the past and the future. We forget about the present. The present is were all the action is! The past creates our beliefs. keep an open mind to everything and attach yourself to nothing.(Personal freedom). Thinking about the future creates to much I gotta have. Let go of the future. It isnt here yet! Live in the present with the planet and everything we could ever want is right their in front of us.(Personal freedom) In short the past doesnt equal the future and the future doesnt equal the present. Live in the present with the attitude of gratitude and personal freedom will flurish.

Second Place and winner of an “Expect Success” Book – Chris (comment #40)

My definition of Personal Freedom is the ability to make choices and accept the responsibility for those choices-free from placing blame on others for the resulting positive or negative consequences.

Third Place and Winner of a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle – Bert Beaulieu (comment #7)

Freedom allows you to succeed or fail and eliminates blame.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson