Your Music

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In the entire universe, no one will ever have your song to sing. Through all eternity it is yours alone. Your primary task in Life is to learn your song and to sing it to perfection. ~Anonymous

 

It can feel very discouraging to heed the whisperings of our heart and soul, trying to follow through only to see that there seems to be a lot of competition in the world.

And that competition seems to be so much better at “it” than we are.

Especially when the people who are better at “it” than we are happen to be deemed top experts in the field and are lauded in all the media outlets. They then get to write books that stay on the bestseller list for months, they appear on the top talk shows, and they may even get to meet the President!

It’s enough to make us want to pack up and head home and never venture out again!

But if we look at it a little closer, we’d see that there isn’t just one expert or one person seeming to dominate the field, there are many. And, instead of that being discouraging, it’s encouraging.

It’s encouraging because, if you look a little closer, each person has a slightly different focus and shading to what they’re saying. And each experts’ message appeals to a different audience.

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In any area of life, we can see this. For instance many people love singers. But some love jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong. Others love opera, still others love country or pop or hip-hop. And, on top of that, some people love to sing music, some like to listen to it, some like to play music, and others like to dance to music! So many different tastes and desires that create numerous opportunities for a variety of artists!

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Your homework today is to recognize that, regardless of the experts in your field and regardless of how renowned they may be, there is still plenty of room for you to express the dream in your heart and soul. There are people waiting for your type of music. Only you can touch them with your particular song!

Sing your song—sing it loud! Let your music out into the world!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Welcome to a New Day!

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Welcome to a fresh new day, bursting with opportunities for you! Welcome to a sparkling new day jam-packed with positive potential, just for you! Welcome to a gleaming new day overflowing with a bright, clean chance for you to take another shot at it!

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Welcome!

Your homework today is to make the most of this day. Dive into the deep end of your life and enjoy every moment of it!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Take Out the Trash

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The only things of the past to keep close to you are the cherished memories of successes, enjoyable times, and remembrances of time spent with the people you love and care about.

Everything else is trash so let go of it. Let it fade into oblivion. You don’t need it.

Life is to be fully lived, deeply cherished, and richly savored. You can only do that with treasured memories that point you toward the goodness that awaits you still in the future. Beloved memories that give you a boost of gladness that sends you on your way.

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Your homework today is to get rid of all the trash of the past that’s cluttering up your mind. It may also be the clutter in your home or office that’s clogging your creative spirit and sapping your energy. It can be items that you’ve outgrown or no longer use—get rid of them! It can also be outdated ways of thinking of yourself—refresh and renew your self-image! And toss all that negative thinking and self-talk right into the garbage because it’s trash!

You can do it!

As you review your week and are getting rid of the trash, you’ll also find gems and valuable nuggets of things that went well for you, projects you moved forward on, and positive things you said and thought about yourself—and even some really sweet things you did for yourself. Celebrate this! This is wonderful stuff and needs to be acknowledged and applauded!

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http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=65126&picture=background-647 & Artisan Workshop Designs

So do it, plan something really neat for yourself to congratulate and thank yourself for doing good. Yay you! You did great!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

The Deep End of Your Life

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Dive into the deep end of your life. That’s where all the fun and excitement and fulfillment is. It’s mind-numbingly boring to play it safe, to do what you’re supposed to do, to live down to everyone’s expectations.

That’s right: live down to everyone’s expectations.

Living your life someone else’s way is lowering yourself: Lowering your sights, lowering your own expectations of what you can have, do, and be in your own life.

DON’T DO IT—DON’T LIVE DOWN TO EVERYONE ELSE’S EXPECTATIONS!!!

LIVE UP TO WHAT YOU KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU CAN DO, BE, AND HAVE!!!

Even if it seems like a pipe dream right now, trust it anyway. That’s your heart and soul speaking to you! It’s the Still Small Voice pointing the way and guiding you.

Go for it—go for what YOU know to be right and true for you!!

Because it isn’t worth the price you’ll pay of following someone else’s expectations of you. The price is that you don’t get to live your life. There are no do-overs. You don’t get a second chance. If you don’t live this life the way you want to, at the end of it you don’t get to rewind it. Even if you believe in reincarnation, you won’t get this life, this chance, back again. You’ll come back in a different body with a different family in a different place. Nothing will be the same.

You may think it’ll be better next time around. Well, maybe it’ll be worse! You have the chance now. You know yourself and your life, why not take the chance you have right now? Give it your all.

Dive into the deep end of your life!!!!    

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Your homework today is to take a look at your life this past week. Where did you play it safe? Where did you hold back? Where did you live down to someone else’s expectations?

What are you going to do about that this coming week?

Next, take another look and see where you took a flying leap right into the deep end of your life. Yay YOU!

Celebrate that! Celebrate that you’re taking a chance on yourself. You believe in you!

You’re AWESOME!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

One Small Stone—Step—At a Time

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ― Confucius

 

Today’s quote is the same as many others such as:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

 

And:

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

 

And:

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into the smallest increments possible because then you’re more likely to do them. They’ll be much less overwhelming and they’ll easily fit into the little pockets of time you have throughout your day.

If you’re still having trouble doing them, choose one of the quotes in this post to keep handy. Repeat it to yourself often. Let the wisdom and encouragement of the quotes give you the boost you need to follow through on doing the little specks and jots of steps.

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Work and Luck

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The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.

– Harry Golden
A former acquaintance would frequently say “If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!” On the surface, that sounds kind of funny and it can ring true but it isn’t a good motto to have. It undermines initiative and with that motto you don’t put forth your best effort. It’ll cause you to think “Why bother? I never have good luck; nothing works out for me.”

As today’s quote says, hard work trumps hard luck every time. In fact, the busier you are with the work that needs to be done—the work that takes you down the pathway to your dreams—the more likely you are to come across opportunities and options that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t take the initiative and didn’t keep giving it your best effort no matter what.

And, when others, especially those who espouse the motto of my former acquaintance, see what you’ve done and the opportunities that seemed to fall into your lap, they’ll say that you’re lucky. But you’ll know the truth: doing the work that needs to be done—the work that moves you closer to your dreams—is responsible for all the things that seem to fall into your lap.

Keep doing the work because it’s your lucky charm!

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Your homework is to take the next step! Break it into smaller and smaller bits, jots, and specks until you get to the pieces that are just the right size for you. Then do them—and watch your luck turn for the better!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Keep on Keepin’ On

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If the day looks kinder gloomy   

And your chances kinder slim,  

 If the situation’s puzzlin’   

And the prospect’s awful grim,   

If perplexities keep pressin’   

Till hope is nearly gone,   J

ust bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on.

 

  Frettin’ never wins a fight

 And fumin’ never pays;   

There ain’t no use in broodin’   

In these pessimistic ways;   

Smile just kinder cheerfully   

Though hope is nearly gone,   

And bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on. 

 

There ain’t no use in growlin’  

And grumblin’ all the time,   

When music’s ringin’ everywhere   

And everything’s a rhyme.   

Just keep on smilin’ cheerfully   

If hope is nearly gone,   

And bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on. 

~Anonymous.

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tinier and tinier bits until you come to ones that fit easily into your schedule and that can fly under the radar of your resistance.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Be Glad!

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As a continuation of Cheer Up Day yesterday (click here to be taken to that post), today your homework is to be glad.

Here’s a poem that reminds us it’s the simple and seemingly common things that are the most profound and precious:

 

I’m glad the sky is painted blue;    

 And the earth is painted green;   

And such a lot of nice fresh air     

All sandwiched in between.

~Anonymous

 

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Cheer Up Day!

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Today is Cheer Up Day.

Your homework is to look for the small delights that can bring cheer into the nooks and crannies of your life.

Here are images to start you off!

 

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Enjoying family and friends;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A child’s smile and to hear their laughter and excited shouts as they play;

 

 

 

 

 

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Appreciating the freedoms we take for granted;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delighting in Mother Nature’s fanciful treats;

 

 

 

 

 

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Knowing you have what it takes to make your dreams come true; it’s just a matter of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: George Washington

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Your homework today is to take a page or two out of George Washington’s book—the way he lived his life.

As you review your week, run it through the filter of George’s habit of purposely tuning out the negative voices—his and others’. He steadfastly focused on thoughts that supported and empowered him, made a plan for dealing with setbacks, then steadfastly carried it out. He developed rock-solid resolve by moving forward one step at time, no matter how small or humble they were.

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Remember that you don’t have to be perfect in these attributes, just show improvement—even just a little bit. It all adds up!

Note the improvements and the progress you’re making and then celebrate these. Small bits of advancement are just fine.

Follow through on celebrating! It’s crucial to acknowledge your victories because every single one of them is essential to your success.

If you feel awkward having a “big” celebration, a small, quiet one is just fine, too.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren