Piece of the Puzzle

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Each one of us has a piece of the Universe’s Puzzle. Each of our pieces fits perfectly and securely in our own spot that’s just the right.

It’s one of the easiest things we’ll do because we were born to do this–we have what it takes. That means innately we have the talents, gifts, abilities, and special knowledge and vision that’s required to make our dreams come true.

It’s hardest most challenging thing we’ll ever do because we were born to do this–we were born to reach, to stretch, to develop ourselves, our special knowledge, and our vision in order to achieve our dreams.

You must do this!

You must rise to the challenge, meet it gloriously by fitting your piece of the puzzle into the Universe’s Puzzle!

You do this for yourself, for sure, but you also do it because if you don’t fit your piece into the puzzle, then someone else can’t fit theirs in. If they can’t put theirs into the puzzle then someone else can’t put theirs in either…and on and on it goes.

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Fit your puzzle piece into the Universe’s Puzzle!

Your homework today is to take the next step toward your dreams. Break it into small, teensy-tiny increments–ones that are just the right size for you–then do them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Surprises

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I met a friend of mine for coffee this morning and as we were chatting about what each of us has been doing, she said, “But you have to leave room in your day for surprises.” She then told me that she and her husband were in New York City this past weekend and a hawk swooped low over their heads. She said it was surprising, for sure, but wonderful at the same time.

A little while later, I was picking up my farm shares–the last ones of the season. As I was in the field, I was thinking of what she said about the little surprises here and there throughout each day.

We’d had a hard frost over the weekend and the farmer had told us that there wasn’t much in the fields–a few herbs and that was it. I walked over to the flowers anyway because you never know….

When I got there, I saw only brown stalks mixed in with some green plants, but no flowers. As I turned to leave, a bit of color caught my eye. When I looked closer, to my surprise, I saw a few delicate blue flowers, a little bit of red Cockscomb, and a few stems of Snapdragons. To my delight, I was able to gather a small bouquet!

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework today is to leave room in your busy schedule for surprises. It isn’t always about striving, producing, achieving; it’s also about being. Keep your eyes peeled and your awareness alert for unexpected moments of delight, happiness, and wonder.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Another Chance

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He was down and out, and his pluck was gone,

And he said to me in a gloomy way:

“I’ve wasted my chances, one by one,

And I’m just no good, as the people say.

Nothing ahead, and my dreams all dust,

Though once there was something I might have been,

But I wasn’t game, and I broke my trust,

And I wasn’t straight and I wasn’t clean.”

 

“You’re pretty low down,” says I to him,

“But nobody’s holding you there, my friend.

Life is a stream where men sink or swim,

And the drifters come to a sorry end;

But there’s two of you living and breathing still—

The fellow you are, and he’s tough to see,

And another chap, if you’ve got the will,

The man that you still have a chance to be.”

 

He laughed with scorn. “Is there two of me?

I thought I’d murdered the other one.

I once knew a chap that I hoped to be,

And he was decent, but now he’s gone.”

“Well,” says I, “it may seem to you

That life has little of joy in store,

But there’s always something you still can do,

And there’s never a man but can try once more.

 

“There are always two to the end of time—

The fellow we are and the future man.

The Lord never meant you should cease to climb,

And you can get up if you think you can.

The fellow you are is a sorry sight,

But you needn’t go drifting out to sea.

Get hold of yourself and travel right;

There’s a fellow you’ve still got a chance to be.”

~Edgar A. Guest

 

It isn’t ever too late for you.

You may have made mistakes left and right. You may have blown opportunities and shirked your responsibilities. You may have been an idiot and a jerk to boot.

In spite of all of this, you still have a chance to make a different, better choice.

Your bad decisions in the past do not condemn you to living a life that’s less than the one you dream of. You can still have your dreams because you can still change.

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Your homework today is to resolve to make better choices for yourself. When faced with a decision, ask—and answer—“Will this take me closer to my dreams or will it keep them forever out of my reach?” Then follow through on the answer you get!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Golden Wisdom: Advice from Dad about the Devil You Know

 

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Never, ever let the Devil You Know convince you that it’s better, safer, more secure to stick with him rather than following your dreams and, perhaps, meeting the Devil You Don’t Know. Trust yourself.  Trust that you’ll figure it out if you ever meet that other devil.   ~Stan, my dad.  1927 – 2014

 

You have been specially made to achieve all the dreams in your heart and soul–you wouldn’t have them if they weren’t yours to achieve.

Go for it. Go for your dreams.

Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. Keep going.  Keep taking one little tidbit of a step after the other.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Vaya con Dios, Daddy

Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 3: It Pays Off

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When you do what you have to do and when you’re open to the options Life presents to you, it pays off. It may not seem like it will at the time.  It may seem like it’s a lot of hard work with more hard work following on its heels.  And, it may seem like each lead you check out ends in a brick wall or a huge pothole.

But if you stick with it, it will pay off.

My sculptor friend is proof of this. Even though he isn’t making a living from his art right now, he is winning grant money and is securing commissions for his pieces.  In fact, just last year a medium sized city nearby commissioned two of his works–one to sit outside the public library and the other to be outside City Hall!

The long hours working at a variety of jobs so that my friend can pay his expenses as well as financially support his journey to his dream of making a living from his art; all of his Gallery Crawls, all of the art dealers and artists he’s met, and all of the art patron’s he’s talked to have all, in one way or another, helped him move forward toward his dreams.

Even though not every person likes his art and not every person could or would help him, even though not every job was interesting or fun or even related to his work, there are enough people who do like his art, enough people who are willing to reach out a helping hand to him, and enough of the jobs are good enough that he could stick with them to earn the money he needed that he is moving forward.

It is paying off!

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Your homework today is to keep on keeping on. Keep working to fund your dreams; keep saying “Yes!” to opportunities; keep meeting people and talking to them.

Take it one step at a time. Break the step into small, manageable chunks.  Break those down into little tidbits that are just right for you, then do them!  I know it’ll pay off for you!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 2: Just Say Yes

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My artist friend says “yes”.

A lot.

He’s the sculptor I was telling you about in yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to that post).

This past weekend, he went into New York City and did a Gallery Crawl. He went from gallery to gallery looking at artwork, meeting and greeting gallery owners and personnel, and talking to the patrons who happened to be at the galleries viewing the exhibitions.

He told me that he met a photographer whose work was innovative and her printing process was fresh and interesting.

For nearly an hour they chatted about their art; then, when she and her friends were leaving, she turned to my friend and said “You’re coming with us to dinner, right?”

I don’t know about you, but my first reaction would have been to thank them for the offer but beg off saying that I had a long train ride home. My reasoning would have been that I didn’t really know them (only the photographer just a little bit and her friends not at all), I was by myself, I was in New York City….

But my friend said, “Yes.”

He didn’t end up staying long because of the train ride, but he did spend enough time to make a good connection with several new art friends.

And, as he told me, you never know who knows who and what other connections will arise from this impromptu dinner invitation.

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Your homework today is to just say “yes!”, especially to things you’ve been hesitating over. Just say yes, go slowly (at your own pace) so that you can opt out if you see it isn’t quite what you thought it would be.  That way there will be little to no “harm” to you–and, you never know what you may discover or what connection you’ll make!

You can do it!

I’m proud of all the steps you’re taking!

You’re Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 1

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I have a friend who is a talented sculptor who uses found industrial objects as his materials: gears, scrap metal, hood ornaments from old cars, and the like.  He’s starting to make a name for himself in our art community but he still must supplement his earnings with other work.  He’s currently teaching at a technical school, mainly shop classes (woodworking, car repair and body work, etc.) but he’s also substituted in the Home Ec, Nursing, and Culinary Departments.

Here are some of the other jobs he’s had:

~model for life drawing

~delivered cars

~construction

~freelance welder

~worked for a moving company

~courier

~digging ditches (really!)

My friend is working it. He isn’t too proud to roll up his sleeves and do what needs doing.  He’s paying his living expenses as well putting aside money for art supplies and for the other expenses associated with his art (getting artwork to and from exhibitions, installing his art, etc.)

This got me to thinking….

You gotta do what you gotta do in order to have the money you need to pursue your dreams.

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Your homework today is to make sure you are doing what you need to do so that you have the money you need to pursue your dreams. You don’t have to have all the money saved up before you go for your dreams; all you need is enough money to get you two or three steps down the path.

Pay attention to the things you spend your money on–keep a log of your expenses. Before you spend any money, ask yourself if you really need that item.  Ask yourself if it’s more important to have that item or is it more important to go for your dreams.

Here is a good blog I came across that has good information on budgeting and taking care of your money. It’s called Decoding Your Dollars (click here to be taken to it).

Make sure you have enough money handy to go for your dreams!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Quotes to Keep You Strong

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Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. – Unknown

 

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. – Robert Fritz

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. – Unknown

 

You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it. – Unknown

 

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

 

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill

 

 

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Copyright 2014 Sweet Doll Designs

Your homework today is to read and think about these quotes. Keep them handy, especially the ones that ring true for you. Refer to them as often as you need to throughout your day. Let their power and strength embolden you to take one more step.

You can do it, I’m absolutely convinced that you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What You Know to be True

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In the US, today is Columbus Day, which celebrates the discovery of the New World. In spite of recent archeological finds where it seems that Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover America, I think Columbus Day is remarkable.

Back in Columbus’ time, the greatest scientific minds thought that the world was flat and that if you sailed too far, you’d fall off the earth. There were all sorts of myths and legends of what was at the edge of the world, that it was the domain of dragons and monsters was one of the theories.

And, it wasn’t just in Columbus’ time that experts cautioned the more adventurous and innovative. This has happened throughout history. It has always been true that when someone comes up with an innovative and revolutionary idea, many experts are there with facts, theories, and formulas proving why it won’t work and, what’s more, how it will wipe out humanity to pursue the new idea.

But those few, Christopher Columbus and those before him and those that have come–and will continue to come–after, chose to believe what they knew in their hearts and souls to be True. They followed the Still Small Voice within and struck out for parts unknown. There were no maps, no templates, no paths. Trusting in the special knowledge and vision born out of the Truth in their hearts and souls, this became their guiding star by which they navigated and made their dreams come true.

Today is the day to celebrate all those brave people who followed their dreams in spite of what the experts advised.

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Your homework today is to follow the Truth that you know is right. Be guided by your special Vision that only you have because it comes from the Truth that is bundled with your dream. No one else knows what you know; no one else sees what you see. Not even the experts.

While it can’t hurt to listen to them–because you just might pick up a valuable tip or two–you still must follow what you know to be Right and True.

Take it one step at a time. Break the steps into tiny little tidbits and go at your own pace. Then do those little tidbits!

Don’t be afraid of the glow you see at the edge of the world. It isn’t dragon fire. It’s the sun dawning on a whole new land, and it’s waiting for you!

Go for it! You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: Celebrate Yourself!

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You’ve come a long way, Baby!  ~Virginia Slims advertisement

 

We’re so focused on trying to do everything at once and to a high standard, yet we suspect that we aren’t measuring up.  But yet we can’t seem to find a reliable measuring stick.  So, we keep trying to do everything and do it to the best of our abilities…but still, we wonder if we’re doing it right.

The only foolproof way to stop this vicious cycle is to periodically stop and honestly evaluate how far you’ve come and then to acknowledge your accomplishments.

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Your homework today is to stop and celebrate yourself.  You’ve done the best you could this week and you must acknowledge that.  Applaud the little bits—and big leaps—of progress that you’ve made this week.

Plan and follow through on a treat for yourself for a job well done.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money or do anything elaborate.  It could be something as simple as going on a picnic with your family or spending the afternoon reading a good book.

You may find that the taskmaster in your mind may remind you that you didn’t do such-and-such or that the other thing you did could have been better.

DON’T LISTEN!!

Today is the day for celebrating you and what you did do well and the progress you’ve made.

Celebrate you because you’re awesome!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren