Pep Rally! You and Your Value!


~You are valuable.

Why else would you have been put on Earth?!

~Your special talents and abilities are needed in this sometimes nutty world.

The world needs to move forward just like people do. The only way the world can move forward is by you pursuing your dreams, goals, and interests. If you don’t move forward then that’s a little piece of the world that doesn’t move forward.


Better get hoppin’!   🙂

~What you have to offer the world is valuable and is needed.

Without you expressing your gifts, talents, and abilities, it’s a little cloudy and dreary in your corner of the world. The moment you begin pursuing your dreams then the sun comes out and brightens everything where you are.

You are approved!

You matter!

Your dreams matter!

You achieving your dreams matters!

You make a difference in the world!

You achieving your dreams makes a difference in the world! and Artisans Workshop Designs and Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to take the next step! Break it into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. Keep breaking these down until you get to smidgens and specks that are just right for you and your schedule.

Another part of your homework is to stand in front of your mirror—preferably first thing in the morning as well as right before you go to bed. Have a huge smile on your face as you gaze at your beautiful, awesome self in the mirror. With all the excitement and enthusiasm that you can muster, say the statements in this post.

Choose a few that resonate with you. Keep those handy during the day and repeat them to yourself frequently.

Have fun with this!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Good Stuff is Coming!

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Spring has finally arrived (in the northern hemisphere, that is) and Mother Nature is beginning to strut her stuff! After our long cold winter, it’s absolutely wonderful!

Just a few weeks ago when winter still had an iron grip on us, it seemed as if we’d never see spring. But it arrived anyway, regardless of what winter wanted.

This got me to thinking….

No matter how difficult of a “winter” you may have to endure, keep going. Keep taking steps, bits of steps, and specks of steps. Every bit of forward movement, no matter how tiny, brings you that much closer to the Good Stuff is waiting for you on the other side.

When your spirits get low and you think the situation you’re in will never end, remember that winter gives way to spring—always. No matter how long, how cold, how icy and snowy, spring wins out in the end.

The same with your situation, the Good Stuff is coming!

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework is to keep strong and take the next step. Break each step down until you get to fragments and smidgens that are the perfect size for you and the situation in which you find yourself. Then do them!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Rally! Others’ Choices versus Your Own & Artisans Workshop Designs 2015 & Artisans Workshop Designs 2015


Don’t let others’ choices affect and influence the way you choose to live your life.

When it comes to pursuing dreams, what they choose—or don’t choose—has no bearing on what you should and should not choose regarding your dreams. They’re your dreams and they were built into your DNA as you were forming.

Others may not understand why you want to achieve your particular dreams and they may offer tweaks and suggestions of what you ought to do in an effort to help you refine your dreams. But they don’t hear the urgings and whisperings of your heart and soul. They don’t see the vision that you have regarding your dreams. And, they don’t have your gifts, talents, and abilities that were given to you on purpose so that you can have what it takes to achieve your dreams.

People you know or read about seem to have all the answers so it looks like they know what they’re doing and, as a result, they seem so far ahead. You may be thinking that their way is the right way for you to achieve your dreams.

Not true!

You have the innate intelligence, know-how, talents, abilities, and instincts that are specially formulated just for you and in particular so that you can achieve your dreams!

Sometimes your friends and family just don’t “get it” about your dreams and they seem to wash their hands of you. You may find yourself all alone in pursuing your dreams. Actually, most likely you will find yourself all alone at one point or another.

No worries!  

As you continue to travel along the pathway to your dreams, you’ll meet other people along the way who will have similar dreams and goals. They’ll be more sympatico with you and your dreams.

Good news! 

You’ll still be able to have a close relationship with your friends and family! Having new friends that do “get it” regarding your dreams takes the pressure off your family and friends to “get it”, which frees the relationship so you can then go back to enjoying each other’s company!

Woo Hoo!

Your homework today is to keep on keeping on pursuing your dreams in the best way you know how.

Decide on the steps you need to take. Break them into small pieces and little parts. Breaks those into tiny bits. As you need to, keep breaking things down into little morsels, crumbs, flakes, and slivers until you get to specks that are just the right size for you. Then do those specks, bits, parts, pieces, and steps!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Golden Wisdom: Peek Ahead



I was reminded of an annual childhood summertime project I would complete with my mother when I recently chatted with a friend who was making a list of potential mother-daughter projects for this upcoming summer.

Mom was an excellent seamstress and every summer we would choose a sewing project to work on together. One summer Mom helped me make an apron for each of my grandmothers. Other years we would make a skirt or pants or blouse or dress. One year when I was in high school, we made a pants suit, complete with a blazer.

Once we selected the pattern and fabric, we’d spread the cloth on a folding table that Mom used for her projects. We’d follow the pattern and cut out the fabric and then we’d pin the cut pieces together. The pins not only held together the pieces but also, where the pin entered the fabric, created the sewing line I was to follow using the sewing machine.

As I sewed, Mom would remind me to look a few pins ahead rather than at the one right in front of the presser foot. Looking ahead helped me see what was coming up so that I could make small, graceful adjustments—instead of big clumsy ones—so that the seams would be smooth and professional-looking.

This cherished memory got me to thinking….

While it’s important to focus on the step I’m taking and the one coming right after, it’s also helpful to at least glance at the step or two beyond that. Doing so will help me make adjustments in a timely manner rather than having things come at me from seemingly out of the blue. And, with advanced notice, I’m more apt to be calm while tweaking things rather than flying by the seat of my pants in a panic!

Your homework is to take a peek ahead on the pathway to your dreams. Are there small changes you can do now that will make those steps easier to take when you get to them? Make the tweaks then take the step!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Set Up for a Good Week


Set yourself up for a good week by getting to bed on time—or early, if possible.


Lack of sleep is the curse of the modern day world and it has serious consequences.


Lack of sleep creates safety issues:

~falling asleep at the wheel

~not paying attention and injuring yourself or another


Lack of sleep creates productivity issues:

~poor focus and concentration causes mistakes resulting in taking time away from other tasks to go back and correct the mistake


Lack of sleep wears away at your health:

~chronic lack of sleep can lower resistance

~not giving your body and psyche enough downtime for the natural rejuvenation process


Lack of sleep can impair your personal relationships:

~who wants to hang around a grumpy, grouchy person?!

Your homework today is to set yourself up for a good day tomorrow by getting to bed on time—or early, if possible.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Good night!  Sleep tight and have cute dreams!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Quotes to Ponder


Here are a few words of wisdom from Anonymous:


Work with the way things are not the way you wish they were or the way you think they ought to be.


Be true to yourself; be less concerned with what others think of you. Don’t accept their definitions of you; make your own definition of yourself and grow into it, if you need to.


If you don’t like the direction your life is taking then change it! Only you have the power to change your life!


What is your purpose in life? What’s that? You don’t know? Well then, get busy and discover it! Pursuing your purpose in life is the only way to achieve an exciting and fulfilling life.


Action, action, action! It isn’t enough to just say you’ll succeed or just wish you’ll succeed. You must take action every day toward achieving your goal/purpose/dream.

Your homework is to read over these quotes and choose the one that rings the truest for you. Keep it handy throughout the day—and week. Repeat it to yourself often. Follow through on the inspiration it’s giving you and take the next step!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Review Your Week: Acknowledge the Good Stuff


When we review the progress we’re making toward our dreams, we easily pick out what we are not doing, what isn’t going well, how very far we have yet to go. This can be helpful information telling us that we may need to strengthen our skills, do more research, or that we have to quit playing at it and actually become serious about pursuing our goals and dreams.

But it’s only part of the story. 

We also must note the things that are going well: the strengths that we discovered we possess, the unexpected moments of happiness and bliss, and the progress that we are making.

Your homework today is to note all the Good Stuff that’s happening as you’re journeying to your dreams.

Take the time to acknowledge the Good Stuff. Applaud and celebrate yourself for this. It’s good stuff, you did it, and it’s AWESOME!

Yay you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


What I’ve Learned: Change One Little Thing

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Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs


Yesterday I posted about becoming comfortable with discomfort (click here to navigate to that post). Today’s post suggests another way to handle stepping out of your comfort zone and that is by changing only one little thing.

We know that we need to change things in our lives if we want to achieve our dreams. We hesitate because the thought of change and stepping outside of our comfort zone is so overwhelming and can make us feel very anxious.

Those feelings are great feedback!

When we’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, that feedback is telling us that we’re either making too big of a change or we’re making too many changes. That tells us we need to step back, break things down, and take them one little change at a time.


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Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to take a close look at the changes you are trying to make—what you’re doing that’s out of your comfort zone. Instead of making several changes or making one big change, make only one small change or only a small piece of a change.

For instance, if you’re trying to eat healthier, instead of throwing out all the sugar, junk food, and take-out and then eating only salads, make more gradual changes in your eating habits. Choose one meal or snack and change one thing about it. For instance, you can still have the super sugar cereal that you love for breakfast, but eat a piece of your favorite fresh fruit first. Or, instead of adding the fruit (if you can’t quite manage it), you can eat one less spoonful of the sugar cereal.

Think in terms of small change and one change at a time. And think of change not only as doing something new (adding something new), but also the flip side which is taking away something—not doing something you’re in the habit of doing that isn’t serving you well.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


What I’ve Learned: How to Feel Comfortable with Discomfort



Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

— Brian Tracy, Author


Today’s quote hits the nail on the head. If you are unwilling to feel uncomfortable, then your likelihood of moving forward and of eventually achieving your dreams is greatly diminished. In fact, you most likely will not move forward and, therefore, will not achieve your dreams.


Feeling uncomfortable does not mean that, in order to move forward and achieve your dreams that you must be in a state of constant panic and fear.


Not true and not at all necessary!  Feeling mildly uncomfortable is just fine because it tells you that you’re out of your comfort zone–your rut–and you’re doing new things.  And that’s what it takes to move forward into your dream life.

Your homework today is to know that you don’t have to terrorize yourself in order to move ahead into your dream life!


All you have to do is break these fear-inducing steps into much smaller bits until you get to specks that are only mildly uncomfortable. Then do those specks!


Dare yourself to do this regularly. Then when you find that you’re getting used to this level—in other words, that you’ve established a new comfort zone—once again challenge yourself to take bits and specks of steps that are mildly uncomfortable.


Keep doing this and gradually you’ll be less and less intimidated and frightened by the discomfort caused by encountering new situations.


You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


You Will Survive


All of Life wants to survive. Since you are a part of Life, you, too, have this primal, compelling urge for survival.

But what if you’re up against an enormous, thick wall? How do you survive that?

Using the special Vision and custom-made Talents and Gifts that you innately have, if you look—if you poke and prod—you’ll find a chink in the wall’s mortar. Keep poking and prodding at that weak place and, little bit by little bit, you’ll chip away at it and you’ll work your way through the block.

Not only will you survive, but you’ll be better off because of the knowledge and experience you’ll gain while breaking down the block!

Your homework today is to trust in yourself—your talents and abilities, your intelligence, and your ability to figure things out.

Take things one step at a time. Break them into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking those down into smaller and smaller fragments until you get to the specks that are just the right size for your schedule and wherewithal. Then do those tiny bits and specks!

You can do it—go for it!

Have fun with this because you’re on the super highway to your dreams!


I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,