Review Your Week: Schedule a Treat for Yourself, Then Follow Through!

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We made it through the first few days of September–woohoo!

On the first of the month, we gave ourselves the opportunity to press the reset button and start fresh. We renewed our hope and our plans to have a good month and to end the third quarter of 2015 on an upswing.

WooHoo!

That’s fantastic! You’re AWESOME!

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Your homework is to use the momentum you’ve generated to set yourself up for a good week ahead. As you’re making your plans, note the things you’re crossing off your To Do list; these are accomplishments! They’re forward movement!

WooHoo!

You did it! I knew you could!

Now, schedule a treat for yourself then follow through and actually enjoy the treat!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: The Cherry Tomato Patch: Look Up! Look Inside!

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Part of my share from the farm this week was a quart of pick-your-own cherry tomatoes. There are several varieties available and I always choose the Sungold because they seem sweeter. And, I like their orange color!

Even though there are plenty of tomatoes for all, when you’re looking at the plants, it seems as though the pickings are slim. That’s because you have to look beyond the surface. You must move aside the leaves and look toward the center of the plant. And, you have to look up–above eye level–to find the sweet, ripe ones.

This got me to thinking….

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When we’re looking for the gifts within the problems we’re working through, we oftentimes don’t see the gifts–or see only the obvious ones–because we’re focused on the surface. We’re so intent upon working our way through the rough patch as quickly as possible (naturally so) that we may miss the profound and valuable gifts. If we would take a moment to pause in the midst of the rough patch and thoroughly consider it from all angles–including delving below the surface–we may find a pathway through that develops more subtle skills, abilities, and talents that then take us to heights we never dreamed possible.

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to stop frantically bashing around in the rough patch. Take a moment to clear your head. Then take a look at the problem from all angles, including looking down on it from above and looking up at it from below. And by all means, dig a little deeper than just the surface of it!

Ask yourself: What if this rough patch was the greatest gift to me. What about it would make me say that–how can this be the greatest gift to me?

Also ask: What gifts, beyond the obvious ones of building strength, character, and persistence, can I find as I delve deeper?

Then give yourself the task of finding the answers to those questions.

Then probe into the inner recesses for those answers. For instance, if you determine that this rough patch will teach you resilience, what specifically are you learning about resilience? Previously in your life you’ve probably had opportunities to develop resilience. But that resilience that you’ve already learned is not enough in this particular rough patch. So what deeper aspect of resilience do you now have the opportunity to learn about and strengthen?

Take the time to ask these questions and do the work to answer them. It’ll make going through this rough patch a much more profound experience for you.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Dreams: You Gotta Go For Them!

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Image courtesy of NASA

 

You matter and your dreams matter. You MUST achieve your dreams.

We’re all interconnected so it’s vital that you continue moving forward toward your dreams, no matter how small of an increment that forward movement is.

You came here for a reason, a purpose. And not just for yourself but also for other people in this world. You don’t know how or who your talents, abilities, and skills will help. You don’t know how or who your product or service will reach. And you don’t know how the world will be positively impacted because you went for your dreams–who will be inspired to go for their own dreams. Furthermore, you don’t know who will receive a moment of respite from their worries and cares because you pursued your dreams.

Releasing your gifts, talents, skills, and abilities into the world is about the only hope some people have of improving their lives. Without you forging ahead solving the problems you encounter, turning your setbacks into set-ups for your success, and showing how to keep pressing onward, there are others who might not have the chance or the inspiration to start toward their own dreams.

So keep going; keep taking steps. Hold fast to your dream and let its light show you the way.

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into little parts and small pieces. Break that into tiny bits. Keep breaking those down until you get to the flakes and chips that are small enough for you to know that you can easily and quickly do them.

Then do them!

You can do it, I’m positive of it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Press-the-Reset-Button Day!

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The start of a new month always makes me feel that I can press the Reset Button on my life, especially in September when the new school year is starting.

 

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The first of the month gives us an opportunity to reflect back on the year so far and take a look at how it stacks up against the goals we planned to accomplish. The first of September also indicates that we’re coming around the final turn and will soon be headed down the home stretch of 2015. It’s the last month of the third quarter and next month will be the start of the last quarter of the year.

 

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September first is a perfect opportunity to reassess where you are in your journey, re-evaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year, and to press the reset button on the areas of your life that need a fresh start.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your homework is to press the Reset Button: Clear out the cobwebs in your mind, get rid of the clutter in your work area, tweak your goals and set yourself up for success!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

I’m so proud of you–you rock!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren