Back by Popular Demand: Pep Rally! Others’ Choices versus Your Own


One of the obstacles we have in crafting a soul-prospering life is putting too much emphasis on what other people think–especially those who are close to us and whom we trust.

This is a natural and normal thing because the people close to us have our best interest at heart and they truly want to be helpful and they want us to succeed.

But they don’t have the Vision of our dreams that we do so they don’t always “get it”. And sometimes, even though they mean well, they may actually discourage us from pursuing our dreams.

I wrote the following post on 4/28/15 and it’s as relevant now as it was then. When you read it, let me know what you think. Thanks! & Artisans Workshop Designs 2015






Don’t let others’ choices affect and influence the way you choose to live your life.

When it comes to pursuing dreams, what they choose—or don’t choose—has no bearing on what you should and should not choose regarding your dreams. They’re your dreams and they were built into your DNA as you were forming.

Others may not understand why you want to achieve your particular dreams and they may offer tweaks and suggestions of what you ought to do in an effort to help you refine your dreams. But they don’t hear the urgings and whisperings of your heart and soul. They don’t see the vision that you have regarding your dreams. And, they don’t have your gifts, talents, and abilities that were given to you on purpose so that you can have what it takes to achieve your dreams.

People you know or read about seem to have all the answers so it looks like they know what they’re doing and, as a result, they seem so far ahead. You may be thinking that their way is the right way for you to achieve your dreams.

Not true!

You have the innate intelligence, know-how, talents, abilities, and instincts that are specially formulated just for you and in particular so that you can achieve your dreams!

Sometimes your friends and family just don’t “get it” about your dreams and they seem to wash their hands of you. You may find yourself all alone in pursuing your dreams. Actually, most likely you will find yourself all alone at one point or another.

No worries!  

As you continue to travel along the pathway to your dreams, you’ll meet other people along the way who will have similar dreams and goals. They’ll be more sympatico with you and your dreams.

Good news! 

You’ll still be able to have a close relationship with your friends and family! Having new friends that do “get it” regarding your dreams takes the pressure off your family and friends to “get it”, which frees the relationship so you can then go back to enjoying each other’s company!

Woo Hoo!

Your homework today is to keep on keeping on pursuing your dreams in the best way you know how.

Decide on the steps you need to take. Break them into small pieces and little parts. Breaks those into tiny bits. As you need to, keep breaking things down into little morsels, crumbs, flakes, and slivers until you get to specks that are just the right size for you. Then do those specks, bits, parts, pieces, and steps!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Back by Popular Demand: Pep Rally! You ARE the Perfect One! and Artisans Workshop Designs


As we finish up 2017, there are a few things to keep in mind about yourself: You have been specifically created as you. You are the way you are–your background, the way you look, your nationality, etc.–for a specific purpose.

The way you have been put together and the experiences you have had gives you a particular perspective on the world, not to keep you down but rather to give you a fresh and new way of bringing goodness into the world.

There are people who are hungry for what you have to say, the things that you can do, and what you have to offer. And only you, precisely because you are the way you are, can reach these people.

Keep these in mind as we leave 2017 and enter 2018:

(Please note: the following post was originally published on 3/3/15)

~You are the perfect one to make your dreams come true;

~You are the right one to make your dreams come true;

You are chosen to make your dreams come true;

~You have been specially and thoughtfully crafted to make your dreams come true;

~You have all the talents and gifts you need in order to make your dreams come true;

~You have the innate intelligence and abilities to make your dreams come true;

~You have what it takes to make your dreams come true;

~You are approved to make your dreams come true;

~You have permission to make your dreams come true;

~You are being guided by the whisperings of your heart and soul and by the wise counsel of the Still Small Voice within;

~You are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way in order to make your dreams come true;

~You can make your dreams come true!

Your homework today is to get out your mirror. Change these statements to “I” statements, especially the ones that ring true for you. Then, with a big smile and with great enthusiasm, say them as you gaze at yourself in the mirror.

Jot down your favorite statements and keep them handy so you can refer to them throughout your day, as often as you need.

Let the energy of these statements propel you onward as you take steps toward your dreams, even if those steps are actually only little bits of steps. Nothing is wasted; it all adds up!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: Ben Franklin’s Daily Routine

Courtesy of Wikipedia


Ben Franklin is well known for his productive life. He was an inventor, statesman, author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, and more. How did he get it all done in one lifetime?!

He did it by utilizing a daily routine.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

I know what you’re thinking, that a daily routine is too restrictive. At work, it isn’t unusual for the tasks and projects you had planned to tackle that day to get sidelined for higher priority ones as decreed by your boss. Also, each day brings with it unanticipated surprises such as your usual commute time of 20 minutes turning into an hour or two; your child forgetting to tell you that you were designated to bake two dozen brownies for the school bake sale the next day….

Yes, unexpected changes in plans do happen but they don’t negate the helpfulness of a daily plan and routine. I’m sure Ben Franklin had interruptions and last-minute adjustments to deal with as well. They aren’t a reason to get discouraged and give up. When this happens, take a moment to regroup, review your routine and tweak it as necessary to accommodate the changes, then get back to it.


Here’s what I like about Ben Franklin’s plan:

~Ben chunked together blocks of time for specific purposes.

In the mornings, he has a block of time for meditating (“addressing Powerful Goodness”} and for choosing a specific overall focus of the day (“What good shall I do today?”). Also, he takes time for breakfast rather than grabbing it on the go.

He then has a block of time for concentrating on his work of the day.

He breaks for lunch and lighter work or study that requires less concentration. Perhaps on some days he used this time for reading for pleasure or taking a walk if the day was particularly fine–indulging in activities that he found refreshing.

Then he has another chunk of time for work, then finishes his day with straightening up his work space, enjoying a meal, then some type of leisure activity. He completes his day with a before-bed routine of reflection on the day including the good that he accomplished that day.

~He included time for self-care.

He scheduled into each day a time for study (in the morning “prosecute the present study”), for reading (at lunchtime), and for relaxing (in the evening “Music, diversion, or conversation”).

~Ben Franklin gifted himself with the proper amount of sleep for his bodily needs.

Research is finding what Ben Franklin apparently already knew: there’s no sustaining a productive, interesting life without the proper amount of rest for your particular body’s needs. Yes, we all have to burn the midnight oil occasionally–I’m sure even Ben Franklin did. But it is not sustainable and research, including peoples’ observable experiences, proves that mental acuity and bodily health will suffer over time if proper rest isn’t had.

~He gave himself time for reflection.

Not only did he connect with Powerful Goodness but he had a meaningful purpose for each day (“What good shall I do this day?”). It was probably a purpose that was bigger than himself and any demands of his ego. He also took the time each day to reflect on the good he did during the day. Perhaps he fell short–and in his biography he states that he often fell short–but he probably came up with practical and doable ways of doing better then next day.


In conclusion, the key is that instead of looking at routines as ideas that are unrealistic and unworkable, look at the overall gist of the routine and apply that to your life.

Ben Franklin’s routine addresses all aspects of living and allocates time for work, for study, for meditating, for relaxation, for self-care, and for proper rest.

All of these are the hallmarks of a well-rounded, soul-prospering life.

What aspects of Ben Franklin’s routine stand out to you? Which ones will you incorporate into your life? Share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: Routines are Your Friend!



That word has a dull sound to it and it conjures images of mindless drudgery.  Believe it or not, routines can also be freeing.  They can help you take the guess work out of crafting your soul-prospering life.

A few benefits of routines:

~Keep you on track with what’s important to you;

~Help you get the most important things done each day–the things that will have the greatest impact on crafting your soul-prospering life;

~Free up mind-space for thinking about and working on the most important tasks–you won’t have to waste brain power in remembering to take out the garbage or put gas in the car, etc.;

~Making sure you accomplish essential self-care tasks such as exercising, nutrition, rejuvenating, and getting the rest that you need;

~Help you overcome fear and discouragement by helping you take the next little baby step.


Routines don’t have to be dull and full of mind-numbing and soul-crushing tasks.  Routines, used properly, can be the structure that enables you to craft your soul-prospering life.

Tomorrow, we’ll talk a look at Ben Frankin’s routine.   Stay tuned!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Merry Christmas: Another Six Quotes for the Day After Christmas


Here are six quotes to help you keep the Christmas and Holiday spirit throughout the year:

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. -Dalai Lama


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. — Plato


It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other. – Aldous Huxley


I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother Teresa


Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. -Scott Adams


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Merry Christmas: Six More Quotes for a Happy Holiday Season

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Enjoy these quotes. Keep them handy throughout the season and the upcoming year. Refer to them often. Let’s keep the spirit of loving-kindness alive all 2018!


And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more! – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? – Bob Hope


Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~ Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby


Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton


Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. ~ J. C. Penney


Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. ~ Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas”


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Merry Christmas: Six Quotes for the Holiday Season

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Although these quotes may mention Christmas specifically, they are still applicable to all celebrations that are taking place this time of year. That’s what makes December such a special month–so many belief traditions have joyous celebrations now. It’s wonderful!

Here are a few quotes to keep with us throughout the year to keep this holiday spirit alive in the months to come:

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~Calvin Coolidge


Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the ahll, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smit


Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart-to-heart and hand-in-hand.   ~Dr. Seuss


A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~Ben Franklin


Christmas, my child, is love in action. ~Dale Evans


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: You Can Do It Motivation from TD Jakes Part 6 – Inspiring Quotes



My original intention for this week’s posts was to share inspirational and motivational videos of a variety of speakers. This one video, though, of TD Jakes has struck a chord with me. I hope it has helped you as well.

Here are a few of his quotes that have stayed with me. Enjoy!

You ask the Universe to help you when you aren’t willing to help yourself. You want the Universe to help you pass the test when you aren’t learning, studying, preparing, and following through.   ~TD Jakes


If you’re a weak person, you quit because things didn’t go the way you imagined it. Ask yourself: do you have Something To Say, Something To Do, or not? ~TD Jakes


Can you master the breaking point? This, more than anything else, determines your success. And mastering the breaking point is 100% under your control because it’s all about your attitude, your thoughts, and mastering your mind. ~TD Jakes


What do you BELIEVE about yourself? Not what you think about yourself or hope about yourself or wish about yourself.   What do you BELIEVE is true about yourself? ~TD Jakes


If you run after your destiny you will automatically distance yourself from your history. If you run toward what’s in front of you, you’ll escape your history. Don'[t spend all your time trying to fix what’s behind you because you’ll never be able to fix what’s behind you, You have to RUN after what’s out in front of you! ~TD Jakes


Which of these quotes do you find most inspiring? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: You Can Do It Motivation from TD Jakes Part 5 – The Breaking Point


Can you master the breaking point? This, more than anything else, determines your success. And mastering the breaking point is 100% under your control because it’s all about your attitude, your thoughts, and mastering your mind. ~TD Jakes


Wow. Talk about being floored when I read this quote.   It’s so true!

It’s easy to be positive and to keep going when everything is smooth and clear and all things are going our way.

The tale is told when the going is so tough we think we can’t go on…when we’re sure in the very next moment, we will die.

It’s at this very moment–at the breaking point–that our future is determined.

If we dig in, refuse to quit, then we go in the direction of achieving our soul-prospering life.

If we quit, give up, then we go in the direction of something perhaps sorta kinda maybe like our soul-prospering life…but not really.

What breaking points have you mastered? How did you do it? Please share with us!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 4 The Urge to Quit


Once again, TD Jakes hits it out of the ballpark with the segment from 9:30 – 11:00 about the urge to quit.

When you look at people who have achieved success in their endeavors, all you see is the glory and the rewards. Even if you hear about their struggles and doubts, somehow they don’t seem so bad or difficult because, after all, your heroes ended up being successful. It couldn’t have been that bad for them, right?

But it was. It was just as hard, stressful, and heartbreaking for them as it is for you. The difference between them and you is that they did not wallow in their insecurities and doubt; they didn’t allow the heartbreak to defeat them.

Sure, your heroes may have had to take a break or grieve their heartbreaks, but then they found a way to get back to it.

Join me in listening to the video, paying particular attention to the segment between 9:30 – 11:00, and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,