Pep Rally! You Got It!

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Here are a few thoughts to give you power for victory!

 

You have what it takes; you were born to achieve your dreams!

You are fully equipped with all the raw talents you’ll need on the journey to your dreams!

You are approved, appointed, and anointed to achieve your dreams!

You have permission to achieve your dreams because you have been chosen to achieve them!

You are capable of achieving your dreams and you have the competency to achieve your dreams!

You have all the native intelligence you’ll need to achieve your dreams; you are quick-witted and you have plenty of common sense!

You have stick-to-it-iveness, persistence, perseverance, determination, grit, and the strength you’ll need to achieve your dreams!

You are in the right place at the right time doing the right things in the right way!

You are on your way to your dreams!

 

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Your homework today is to say these statements to yourself, changing “you” to “I”. Of course when you say them you’ll be standing in front of your mirror gazing at yourself with a big smile on your face! And naturally you’ll be saying these with all the enthusiasm and energy you can muster!   😉

Repeat these statements throughout your day, especially the ones that ring true for you. And, it’s okay to make up your own if they feel more comfortable to you than the ones I’ve given you.

You can do it, I know you can! I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Wisdom from the Farm: The Blueberry Patch Part 3: Unexpected Bounty

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I was at the blueberry patch today. The berries are coming on strong now and just about every bush had loads of ripe berries. Yum!

Most of the bushes are large, averaging about 5 ½ feet tall and 3 – 5 feet wide. A few of the bushes are skinny, only about 1 – 2 feet in width, with only one main branch and a few smaller branches off of that. Their slight size is probably due to weather damage.

As I was working my way up to a skinny bush, my plan was to skip it because I figured there weren’t many berries on it. With the bigger bushes, even though the ripe berries were mixed with the unripe berries so I had to pick through them, I figured the larger volume would make it more worth my while than to spend time on what I thought would be the meager pickings of the skinny bush.

When I got closer, though, I saw that indeed the skinny bush did not have the density of berries that its bigger comrades had, but on the skinny bush, every single berry was ripe! And, there actually were plenty of berries and it really was worth my while to gather them.

It was an unexpected bounty!

This got me to thinking….

How many times to we dismiss out-of-hand advice that someone may offer us because we’ve assumed that the person didn’t have the knowledge or experience or we thought they weren’t in a position to help us? And the same with resources. Sometimes we don’t pay attention because we think we can’t learn anything from it—we think it has nothing to offer us.

Help, advice, insights, and the like, can come to us in many ways. “Thinking outside the box” isn’t reserved solely for our creative times; it’s also important to “think outside the box” when we’re searching for answers and looking for help.

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Your homework today is to stop, look, and listen for the unexpected bounty. Take a moment to truly listen to what someone is sharing with you; pause and look closer at things you come across. While not everything will be helpful to you, uncovering those unexpected big, fat ripe berries will be well worth the moment you spent listening and looking.

You can do it!!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Wisdom from the Farm: The Blueberry Patch Part 2: Periodic Weeding

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As I was putting the blueberries into the vegetable wash solution to soak, I was gently running them through my fingers checking for soft berries or ones that were squished. I checked the berries again as I took them out of the wash and rinsed them off, putting the soft ones and squished ones to the side to be thrown away. I did this a third time as I gently laid them out on paper towels to dry and I repeated this a fourth time as I put them in a single layer on trays for freezing.

That’s a lot of checking and weeding out of the inferior berries!

And it got me to thinking….

Even though we might have weeded out our negative thoughts and gotten rid of them, periodically we have re-check our mind. Negative thoughts have a way of coming back; we may have spent years with these and it takes time to permanently change.

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Your homework is to be aware of your thoughts today. Note the negative ones that are still in your mind. Also note the experiences that make you sad or feel bad. Now that you have the awareness, be vigilant and don’t let yourself think negatively and don’t dwell on the experiences that make you feel bad about yourself. Being vigilant takes effort but it’s well worth it.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m proud of you for doing this. You’re going to be so glad you did!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Wisdom from the Farm:  The Blueberry Patch Part 1:  Things To Do in a New Place

Be Kind to Yourself

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No matter how well you plan and how good your intentions, there are days when things don’t go as you expect. Sometimes you can only manage “good enough”. These are the days to be kind to yourself.

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Your homework is to remember on this type of day is to cut yourself some slack. Perhaps enjoy a few moments with your hobbies. Or read a good book. Maybe spend some time with someone who’s positive and upbeat and who likes you.

You can do it, you can be kind and gentle with yourself.

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS The good news is that tomorrow’s a new day!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

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In honor of today being National Ice Cream Day, Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this year!

Your homework today is to take to heart the wisdom in a birthday card I received:

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“Greet each day with anticipation;

See miracles in small things;

Smile when no one is looking;

When in doubt, pray;

Make a memory every day;

Never stop asking questions;

When your heart speaks, listen;

And remember how much you are loved, forever and ever.”

 

Celebrate your birthday and the birthdays of your family and friends. Enjoy!

You’re awesome!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Set the Tone for the Week

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Here are a few quotes to help you set a great tone for the upcoming week:

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale

This one reminds us to go for it. Whether it takes a day, week, month, or years, your dreams are worth going for.

“The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.” ~Earl Nightingale

This reminds us to keep our minds focused on our dreams and the path that will get us there. Avoid distractions such as negative thinking and looking backward.

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” ~Dalai Lama

Don’t worry about what other people are thinking, saying, or doing; stick to your own game plan. Trust yourself—in your talents, intelligence, and the dream in your heart.

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Your homework today is to look through your list of quotes, power words, and pep phrases. Choose one that rings true for you. Repeat it to yourself first thing in the morning and then frequently throughout the day. Let it help you this week!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Periodic Review

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Periodically reviewing where you are, where you’ve come from, and where you’re going is essential to success.

Your homework today is to take a moment to review your week. Is there anything that needs tweaking so your schedule runs smoother? Do you need to break the steps into smaller, more doable, pieces?

Now, take a moment to look at where you are right now. Do you need more information in order to take the next step? What can you do now to help yourself move forward?

Next, consider what steps or parts of steps are reasonable take this week? Is there a tangent off your path that’s capturing your interest? If so, perhaps you’d like to explore it.

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Finally, congratulate the progress you made this week, no matter how small it may seem. No effort is wasted. Each tiny bit of forward movement forms the basis of the next bit of forward movement.

Remember to invite your friends and family to celebrate with you!

You are awesome!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal.

Lauren