A Perfect Day for Having Fun

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People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

~Dale Carnegie

Today’s quote reminds us that if we’re going for our dreams because we think we should or that we ought to then perhaps those dreams aren’t our real ones. We know we’re going for the dreams of our hearts and souls when we’re having fun. Even though we still have setbacks and stumbling blocks and obstacles, we can’t imagine doing anything else because we love what we’re doing!

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Your homework today is to review your dreams and make sure they are firmly rooted in your heart and soul. When this is so, in spite of disappointments, you’ll feel a thread of joy as you work toward your dreams.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Face the Sun

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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

~Helen Keller

Today’s quote reminds us to look to the positive and hopeful. It’s too easy to let shadows and gloom turn your thoughts negative. Just like on the first day of warm sunshine, turn to the light and let it seep into your bones.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

When It’s Just Too Hard

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Sometimes we drag our feet and procrastinate because the task we have before us seems too hard and we think we can’t do it.

This is exactly the time to break that task down into small pieces, tiny parts, and teeny bits. Keep breaking things down into the littlest bits possible—the smaller the better.

Eventually, you will get to an itsy bit that you are confident is a snap to do. When you do that itsy bit, momentum builds helping you do the next itsy bit, which continues building momentum. Soon you’re motoring along at a steady pace!

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Your homework today is to review the steps and the tasks you’re avoiding. Break them down into the smallest pieces possible. Find one that you know is easy to do then do it!

Also, as you do your review, remember to note the steps you have taken and the tasks you have completed. Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Plan a little celebration for yourself and invite friends and family to join you.

I knew you could do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Surprise Inside!

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…Just because you have a certain set of talents that you know about doesn’t mean that maybe you don’t have others, too. Don’t disengage yourself from an opportunity because you’re scared or you don’t think you can do it.

~Apolo Ohno

 

Today’s quote reminds us that we are MUCH more than what we see and know about ourselves on the surface. Even if you are the type of person who self-evaluates regularly, there is more to you than you know.

The way to discover more about yourself is by pursuing things that interest you, trying something new, daring yourself to be more.

Go for it! You can do it!

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Your homework today is to try something new. Start small to keep your discomfort at a manageable level. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to draw, you can follow an online tutorial about drawing simple shapes. You can do it in the privacy of your own home and you don’t have to tell a soul about it if you don’t want to.

Challenge yourself to take the step toward your dreams that you’ve been avoiding. Trust that you’ll discover unknown talents and abilities within.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Newness

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“We are continuously living a new life, and when the old and the new do not fit nicely together, the old – no longer able to contain the new – should be discarded.”

~Ernest Holmes

 

Today’s quote reminds us that we have to let go of the past. There is no room for it in the present or the future.

Sometimes we hang onto the past because it’s familiar, comfortable. It gives us a sense of security and we might think that it keeps the unknown at bay. That’s an illusion, though.

Every day when we wake up, everything has newness to it, even though it may not seem like it. Each day that dawns is brand new, never before has it come to pass and it will never again be repeated.

Overnight our bodies have repaired, refreshed, rejuvenated themselves. While we still see the same person in the mirror and we look the same to our family and friends, there are parts of us that are brand new.

As you go through your routine each day and seem to be doing the same old things, there is newness inherent in that, too. For instance, if at work you do the same tasks at a certain time each day or each week, they’re new because some of the data has probably changed or you are the one that’s different—you’re thinking different thoughts, feeling different emotions, and noticing different things.

So, with all that newness in each moment of each day, do you really want to pollute it by bring the tattered and stained baggage of the past into it?

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Your homework today is to note all the newness of each moment of the day. Most often these are going to be small tidbits tucked inside moments that are new. No matter; it’s still newness! Use the energy and excitement of this newness to help you let go of the past and focus on the present and future.

Go for it! You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Golden Wisdom from Dad

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Dad’s been gone for one month today but his presence is still very real in our lives. Here are a few pieces of his wise counsel that he shared with us over the years. I hope his advice helps you as much as it continues to inspire and motivates us.

“Let it go.” 

“This, too, shall pass.”. 

“You have good parts of your life, too. Pay attention to those parts, not just the struggles you’re going through.” 

“You have a lot on the ball. Have confidence in yourself—just do it!” 

“You got this one—go, go, go!” 

“Don’t. Give. Up. Just don’t.”

 

Thanks, Dad! You’re still rockin’ it!

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Your homework is to believe that Dad is talking to you, too. Make these statements your own.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! You Got This One!

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You’re on your way; keep going!

Keep moving forward. Break the steps into small pieces and tiny bits; whatever it takes to help you forge ahead.

You can figure it out, no matter what.

Not only do you have the intelligence, but there are resources available that you can consult that can help you through your challenges, such as the public library, biographies, Internet, professional associations, to name a few.

You’ve come through the fire before; you can do it again.

In the past, you’ve had struggles, challenges, disappointment, and set-backs. You managed to find your way through and you came out better and stronger. You CAN do it again. I believe in you!

You’re AWESOME!

‘Nuff said!

 

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Your homework today is to say these statements to yourself in front of the mirror. Smile when you do so and be enthusiastic and energetic. Make a note of the ones that resonate with you and keep them handy during the day. Repeat them to yourself frequently.

You can do this—go for it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren