Year End Reflections A Closer Look at the First Category


Yesterday we talked about our first category–the goals and resolutions we achieved this year.  We also took time to celebrate our achievements, and we added to our list as we thought of additional successes.

Today, let’s take a closer look at those successes we have in the first category. Do you notice a thread running through them? Perhaps you noticed you were consistently great about completing tasks and projects that had to do with being outside in nature.  Or maybe you found that you were really good at keeping up with cooking and preparing nutritious meals for yourself–fresh home cooked meals. Perhaps you noticed at work you have a way of calming people & reassuring them and of moving difficult situations forward.

Make note of what each of these achievements has in common because these are little clues that are showing you where your natural talents and gifts lie.  They’re pointing you in the direction of what you love to do. In December we’re going to be lining ourselves up so that we have a fantastic 2017.

Noting the common threads in your accomplishments this year is important work.  But don’t stress over it!  Just take the light and easy approach like we’ve been doing all along.   Jot a few notes and keep them handy.  We’ll be referring to them periodically this month.

So this is great stuff and I’m excited for you I hope you’re excited too.

Let’s share one of the successes we’re proud of so that we can celebrate each other!  I’ll start things off.  I’m proud of my commitment to sitting in silence each morning and each night.  It’s opened my eyes to see myself and my place in the world more clearly than other techniques I’ve tried in the past.

Feel free to share your accomplishments in the comments below.  Thanks!

WooHoo!  You ROCK!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Year End Reflections: Evaluating the First Category


This week we’re looking at our goals and resolutions for 2016 and how we did accomplishing them.  On Sunday we took an overlooking view in a light and easy way–no condemnation of ourselves!  Yesterday, we separated our goals and resolutions into three categories:  those we accomplished, those we are still working on, and those that we stopped thinking about 2 seconds after we wrote them down last January!  🙂

Today, let’s take a closer look at the first category.  These are the goals and resolutions we accomplished.  We came up with a plan.  We tweaked our strategies and tactics as we moved forward.  We followed through on what we said we’d do.  We stuck with it during the rough times and now we’re reaping the benefits of self-confidence, self-esteem, as well as the completed project or task or the acquisition of a new habit.

Yay us!  Go team!  We did it!  WooHoo!

For the rest of the day, I want you to think about your accomplishments.  Feel free to add to this category as you remember other things you achieved.


These small things, such as making your bed every day, add up.  You may not think they do, but, at the very least, they contribute to your overall feelings of self-mastery which increases your self-confidence and self-esteem.  And these are the underpinnings of all achievement as well as the solid foundation of a good life.

Feel free to share your achievements in the comments below.  We all want to congratulate you and cheer you on!

WooHoo!  You ROCK!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Year End Reflections: What We Discovered


Yesterday we took the time to reflect on the goals and resolutions we had for this year. We did this in a light and easy way–no condemnation, no kicking ourselves.

What did you discover?

If you’re like me, you probably have three groups: In the first group are those goals and resolutions that you completed and have crossed off your list. The second group are those that you made some progress on and you’ll probably have to carry these over to the new year in order to finish them. The third group is the one that contains all the goals and resolutions you totally forgot about or that you worked on for a few days or a week or two and then put off to the side.

Here is part of my categorized list:

First group (goals I accomplished): left a toxic job

Second group (goals I’ve made progress on but have not completed): total reorganization of my home from attic to basement

Third group (goals I haven’t done much on at all): redo the landscaping at my home.

If you haven’t categorized the goals and resolutions that you looked at yesterday, then do that now. It’s important to do this because this list will help us laser in on the things that are important to us. We’ll be talking about this in the next few days so keep this categorized list handy!

This exercise is worth the time and effort. Remember, though, to keep it light and easy!

You can do it!

Feel free to share part of your categorized list in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Year End Reflections: Take it Light and Easy



Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. ~Unknown


Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, some of us might be thinking about our goals and resolutions for this year, 2016. Perhaps we’re feeling bad because we realize that we won’t accomplish all of our goals and resolutions this year.  We’ll probably further poke this sore spot by admitting that we have accomplished very few of our goals and resolutions.  Perhaps some of us haven’t accomplished any at all.

Let’s take the time today, and over these next few weeks, to think about this. By evaluating what we did and didn’t do this year we can spot patterns and sign posts that point the way toward our heart’s desires.

For right now, though, let’s keep this reflection light and easy. We won’t stress out over it and we won’t kick ourselves for what we didn’t do and what we did do instead.  Let’s be gentle with ourselves.

Tomorrow we’ll talk more about this and together we’ll help each other get ready for a better and more satisfying 2017.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Let it Rain


The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


When you hit difficulties and nothing you try seems to help, then it’s time to let go and don’t fight where the difficulty wants to take you. It may not seem like it but perhaps it’s helping you get to your next best step.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


“Christmas is Coming…!”

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When my daughter was little, every year on Thanksgiving evening we would kick off the Christmas Season by singing the song, “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; please put a penny in the old man’s hat…”. The song can be sung as a round and that’s what we’d try to do.  It wasn’t unusual for one of us–usually me–to get goofed up with who was singing which part and we’d end up singing together.

While we were singing and driving back home from our Thanksgiving feast, we’d also look out the car windows and point out to each other houses that were already decorated for Christmas. We had great fun, regardless of whether or not we sang the song “right” and whether or not we saw a lot of decorations.

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Now that my daughter is grown and building her own life, this tradition of ours has changed. We no longer sing the song together on Thanksgiving evening, but, when we see each other over Christmas, we’ll save one evening for driving around the different neighborhoods oohing and aaahing over people’s Christmas decorations.  And yes, you guessed it!  One of the songs we sing is “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; please put a penny in the old man’s hat…”!

What are some of your Christmas traditions and memories? Feel free to share them in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thanksgiving Gratitude



  Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk
along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile
from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work
you find to do,
For round about you there are men less
fortunate than you.


  Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses
soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your
days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass
beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their
laughter sweet.


  Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest
you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little
life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall to-day and you with
grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that
you have had.

~Edgar A. Guest


Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thanksgiving: Unimportant Differences



Unimportant Differences


         If he is honest, kindly, true,

           And glad to work from day to day;

         If when his bit of toil is through

             With children he will stoop to play;

         If he does always what he can

           To serve another’s time of need,

         Then I shall hail him as a man

           And never ask him what’s his creed.


         If he respects a woman’s name

           And guards her from all thoughtless jeers;

         If he is glad to play life’s game

            And not risk all to get the cheers;

         If he disdains to win by bluff

           And scorns to gain by shady tricks,

         I hold that he is good enough

             Regardless of his politics.


         If he is glad his much to share

             With them who little here possess,

         If he will stand by what is fair

           And not desert to claim success,

         If he will leave a smile behind

           As he proceeds from place to place,

         He has the proper frame of mind,

           And I won’t stop to ask his race.


         For when at last life’s battle ends

           And all the troops are called on high

         We shall discover many friends

             That thoughtlessly we journeyed by.

         And we shall learn that God above

           Has judged His creatures by their deeds,

         That millions there have won His love

           Who spoke in different tongues and creeds.

~Edgar A. Guest


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thanksgiving: Seeing Your Lot in Life Through Another’s Eyes

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The following poem is a good reminder to be grateful for who we are and the life we’re living.


The Other Fellow        


Whose luck is better far than ours?

             The other fellow’s.

         Whose road seems always lined with flowers?

             The other fellow’s.

         Who is the man who seems to get

         Most joy in life, with least regret,

         Who always seems to win his bet?

             The other fellow.


         Who fills the place we think we’d like?

             The other fellow.

         Whom does good fortune always strike?

             The other fellow.

         Whom do we envy, day by day?

         Who has more time than we to play?

        Who is it, when we mourn, seems gay?

             The other fellow.


         Who seems to miss the thorns we find?

             The other fellow.

         Who seems to leave us all behind?

             The other fellow.

         Who never seems to feel the woe,

         The anguish and the pain we know?

         Who gets the best seats at the show?

             The other fellow.


         And yet, my friend, who envies you?

             The other fellow.

         Who thinks he gathers only rue?

             The other fellow.

         Who sighs because he thinks that he

         Would infinitely happier he,

         If he could be like you or me?

             The other fellow. 

~Edgar A. Guest

This is a gentle reminder that each one of us is best suited to live the life we’ve been given.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thanksgiving: A Positive Attitude


In anticipation of Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., please enjoy the following poem. It shows us how to find the positive within the negative and that, truly, there is always something for which to be thankful!


I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a GREAT DAY! Unless you have other plans….

~ Author Unknown


Your Friend and Pep Pal,