Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Rest = Your Secret Weapon

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Do you ever wish you had a secret weapon or a super power like your favorite superhero? Well, you do. It’s called REST.

 

Rest will help you press the reset button on your life.

 

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Rest will restore your equilibrium

Rest will refresh your mind

Rest will repair your thoughts and turn them toward the positive

Rest will rejuvenate your body

Rest will replenish your energy

Rest will renew your emotions

Rest will revive your spirit

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Rest will revamp your hope that, as you keep taking steps, things will improve

Rest will restore your belief in your dreams

Rest will regenerate your faith in yourself

Rest will revitalize your inspiration

Rest will recharge your motivation to take the next step toward your dreams.

 

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Get some rest today!

Make it a priority to rest every day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Your Own Pace

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Yesterday in our review of where we stand, we may think we’re moving to slow.  Our friends, family members, and colleagues seem like they’re moving much faster than we are.

Move at your own pace.

Don’t worry about how fast others around us are going.  Don’t use others’ standards  as the guides we use to measure our progress and our pace.

You have your own natural pace; stick to it.  Your own pace is the exact right and perfect pace that WILL get you to your dreams.

In other words, your dreams are calibrated to your pace, so keep going!  You’ll get to your dreams!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review; Where Do You Stand?

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We haven’t done a review in a while and perhaps it’s time to check in with ourselves and see where we stand.
Are you perking along at a good pace or, like me, is your progress slower and smaller than what you’d planned?  Or perhaps your stuck and at a standstill.
Where ever you are in your journey, it’s okay.  No worries, no stress!  Together we’ll figure it out and take the next step forward, even if it’s a teeny one.
The first thing to do is to be gentle with yourself–this is not a time to be harshly judge or to beat yourself up.
Next, note the progress you have made, no matter how small it is.  Also note where your progress is slower and the places where you’re at a stand-still.
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Looking a little closer at the places where your stopped, is it because these projects, tasks, and jobs are related to dreams that aren’t your own–ones that someone else thinks you should want or ones that you think are the “right” dreams to have?  If this is the case. then as quickly as you can, step away from these dreams.  They are not yours; they belong to someone else!

Are you stopped because the the projects, tasks, and jobs are overwhelming?  If this is the case, then you need more information.  Look closer and see if you need additional education and training, or perhaps you can join a networking group.  Sometimes an honest talk with a trusted friend can give you the boost you need.  Also, remember to break the steps into small, tiny, tidbit sizes.  Oftentimes it’s a simple fix like that which will get you up and going again.
If your progress is slower and/or smaller than you’d like, is it because you’re procrastinating?  As with being at a stand-still, you may be procrastinating because you’re intimidated.  In that case, break steps into small pieces and do one that looks fun and/or easy.  Once you’re going with those, you can then tackle the tougher steps.
Another reason for slow progress could also be that sometimes “our eyes are bigger than our stomachs”.  Sometimes we are optimistic regarding how much time and resources we are able to commit during the week to our dreams.  And, sometimes we don’t realize how long it takes to complete tasks.  Don’t lose heart, though.  As long as you’re consistently taking steps, no matter how small, and as long as you are moving forward, no matter how slowly, you WILL achieve your dreams!
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Once you’ve gently evaluated your progress, have determined what needs tweaking, and have planned what you’re going to do in the upcoming weeks so that you can see progress, the last step is to turn our attention to celebrating!

Let’s celebrate your dreams.  Let’s celebrate the steps you’re taking to achieve them.  Let’s celebrate the fact that you’re doing this to provide a great life for yourself and your family.
You ROCK!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Life Happens

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I was going through my email yesterday and came across this message from Les Brown, a well-known motivational speaker. The email was about a new book he’s written and what struck me was the following:

 

 

“… The reality is that – LIFE HAPPENS.  

You name it and things happen! Listen, no matter what happens – you WILL have obstacles. You WILL have hard days and many times life WILL knock you down…

But, remember one thing… the floor is no place for a winner.

Get up. Right now. Do it.

If you have to…get up and just crawl.

Cry, scream or shout.

But, get up!

Lying down & GIVING UP will NEVER change a single thing. Talking about how close you were will not bring it about. Complaining will not put any money in the bank.

Just stand up, shake it off, throw away the negativity and get your head right!

We all get the wind knocked out of us from time to time by Life. Do not let it get the best of you! You are stronger than you think you are. You have the right stuff DO NOT take it personally. It is called Life. Get up, get busy…..” ~Les Brown

 

 

I can attest to this myself that Life just plain old happens. For instance, the end of the month is in sight and you might be like I me thinking that you made it through relatively unscathed financially…only to have the heating unit in your home blow a main component just as wet, raw, and bitter weather moves in sending temperatures plummeting.

Oy.

When Life wallops you, Les is right about the fact that you can’t give up or give in or throw in the towel or quit. As he says, it’s okay to scream, shout, cry, and curse if you have to; you may even have to take a step back and catch your breath, but don’t knuckle under.

You may not have the energy, wherewithal, and mental stamina to take care of everything all at once. But you can do something, even if it’s only a little tidbit of something. Ask yourself what can you do right here and right now about this–can you make a phone call or send an email?

What helps me is to think of the small things I can do, the easy pieces I can handle. Doing those things gets the momentum going and then I can usually tackle the bigger and harder things that can’t necessarily be broken down into smaller steps.

And, if my mind wants to race ahead to the worst case scenario, I gently pull it back and remind it that I am taking helpful steps and I won’t know what’s down the road until these steps finish playing out. Once they do, then I’ll see what’s what at that point, and then take more steps.

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Also, I accept the fact that going through a rough patch oftentimes has periods where it isn’t pretty. I may not go through them with agility and panache but as long as I make it through, I figure that’s all that matters!

So if Life has happened to you, keep going no matter what!

You can do it, I’m sure of it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Resolve to be YOU

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Resolve to be thyself and know that he who finds himself loses his misery. ~Matthew Arnold

 

After reading today’s quote, you may be wondering how you go about finding yourself.

A regular practice of Sitting in Silence.

Regularly showing up each day and Sitting in Silence for 10 or 15 minutes is all you need to do.   Over time, as all the stuff that doesn’t matter falls away, your True Self will be uncovered.

If you haven’t started your regular daily practice of Sitting in Silence, please start it today.

In the comments section below, please let me know how it’s going.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Sitting in Silence: Your Gut Instinct

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Have you listened to your gut instinct lately?  Have you even heard it or felt it nudge you, whether or not you’ve tuned into it?

I came across an article in Fast Company magazine urging readers to listen to their gut instincts.

One of the first things the author of the article recommends is to regularly carve out time for reflecting.  Does this sound familiar? It should!  We talked about this in yesterday’s post!

Carving out this time in silence not only helps you hear yourself think, it’s in this space that you train yourself to tune out all the mind-chatter so you can hear the murmurings of your inner guidance–your gut instinct.

Today’s the perfect day to start tuning your ear to the wisdom within!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren