Category Archives: Affirmations

Who Am I? It’s a Great Day to Be…!

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I subscribe to a marketing newsletter and the fellow who writes it often starts it with “It’s a great day to be you!” When the newsletter arrives once a week, I usually read it first thing in the morning when I start my work day. Thinking the thought “It’s a great day to be me!” gives me a boost that lasts throughout the day. If it’s a particularly tough day, the thought buoys me when I may have otherwise stumbled.

Recently a friend and I met for coffee. She’s having a tough time of it and is starting to lose hope and become demoralized. I remembered the statement from the newsletter so I told her about it and suggested she repeat the statement when she first opens her eyes in the morning and then repeats it throughout her day. She thought it was too simple and dumb, and said that it smacked too much of “new-agey woo-woo stuff”, but she agreed with me that she had nothing to lose.

She’s been doing it for only a short while and, no, it hasn’t solved all of her problems. Yet. And no, she isn’t like the Disney version of Snow White with bluebirds gaily chirping on her shoulder and cute, fluffy woodland creatures frolicking at her feet as she whistles while she works, but she says it has been helping.

Maybe she’s shifting her vibration and the Universe is responding but it could also be that saying “It’s a great day to be me!” is turning her attention to the good stuff that’s in her life–in spite of the challenges.

We talked about other statements to say, and here’s a few we really liked:

It’s a great day to be me!

I’m lucky to be me!

All sorts of good stuff is coming my way and happening to me today!

Feel free to use these statements yourself–or tweak them so that they are powerful for you.

You may be wondering, “How does this fit into our topic this week of who am I?” I’m glad you asked! These positive statements are showing you who you actually are: you’re a person who can help yourself when you run into a rough patch–you don’t have to rely on others and stay stuck while waiting for help; you can help yourself! When you realize this about yourself it makes you feel a little more capable a little more confident. This then bolsters your feelings of self-reliance and self-efficacy and this raises your confidence and gives you a strong foundation for an unshakable belief in yourself and a genuinely positive attitude.

I’ve followed my own advice and am saying these statements to myself. Join me and my friend in this habit of waking up and saying: “It’s a great day to be me!” and “I’m so lucky to be me!” and “Good stuff is coming to me and happening to me today!”

Let me know the wonderful changes that you notice!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

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Who Am I? 6 Quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Guide Us

 

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In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, please be guided by his thoughts:

 

There comes a time when silence is betrayal…. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

 

I have decided to stick to love…. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

 

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he sands at times of challenge and controversy.

 

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.   There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less apt to hate our enemies.

 

These quotes remind us that in order to be fully who we are, we must include honor, integrity, and doing the right thing. This doesn’t mean we have to take to the streets carrying placards and shouting slogans. It does mean, though, that we acknowledge all others as fellow travelers and treat them gently, giving them the benefit of the doubt. In this small, quiet way, we can stop silence, derail hate, and turn injustice into loving-kindness.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Who Am I? The Answer is in Silence–3 Quotes to Contemplate

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Last week we talked about Crafting a Soul Prospering Life: what it means, some of the hallmarks, what it feels like, and 5 elements common to those who are living a soul-prospering life. For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of those elements.

The very first thing, though, is to start with silence. It’s in going within and connecting with your True Self that you will know the Still Small Voice as well as the whisperings of your heart and the urgings of your soul.

Take time today for silence. You don’t need special clothing or equipment, you don’t need to sit/stand/lie in a special position, you don’t have to travel to any special place. You can be silent exactly where you are right at this moment.

Having said that, though, you’ll have a better session of silence if you can be in a place where you’re comfortable, that offers some quiet, and where you can be undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.

This week’s theme is “Who Am I?” In your silence, contemplate this. Let the question roll gently in your mind. Let the thoughts drift by WITHOUT judgment. You can note facts about yourself such as your height, gender, nationality, and the like. You can note characteristics about yourself, for example that you’re cheerful, generous and kind. You can also note things you are good at, and things about yourself that you’re proud of.

Here are a few quotes to aid you in your contemplation:

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. ~as quoted from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Our Greatest Fear by Marianne Williamson

God tries to first create a joyous yes inside of you, far more than any kind of no . . . Just saying no is resentful dieting, whereas finding your deeper yes, and eating from that table, is always a spiritual banquet. ― Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

 

Please keep handy this week the thoughts and insights about yourself that you had during your silence today. Refer to them often during the week; remember to make a note of new insights about yourself and your life that come to you this week.

Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: 12 Inspiring Quotes for the New Week

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One of the first things to do in order to craft a soul-prospering life is to get your thoughts right.

Each day is another stepping stone to your soul-prospering life. If you use faulty materials in the form of unhelpful assumptions about yourself (I don’t have what it takes) or misshapen materials in the form of negative thoughts (I can’t, it’s too hard), then the path you’re building won’t be strong and stable and it won’t take you where you want to go.

Here are thoughts you can think the first thing in the morning. Keep these handy to refer to throughout your day:

Don’t let idiots ruin your day. ~Unknown

Today is going to be awesome! ~Unknown

Make good on the promises to yourself. ~Unknown

Feel beautiful today! ~Unknown

Starting today, forget what’s past, appreciate what you have, and look forward to what’s ahead. ~Unknown

If you want your life to change…your choices must change and today is the best day of your life to begin. ~Unknown

Don’t look back. You aren’t going that way. ~Unknown

A little step may be the beginning of a great journey. ~Unknown

Your future is created by what you do today. ~Unknown

Your future is not in your past. Stop looking behind you! ~Unknown

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! ~Mr. Rogers

I believe in you! You CAN create a soul-prospering life! ~Lauren, Your Friend and Pep Pal, YesICanPepTalks.com

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Happy New Year 2018: How to Keep the Momentum Going

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It’s only the third day of the New Year. We’re still excited about our goals and resolutions, although we may have found that we were a little too ambitious about the things we thought we could fit into our schedules and do each day.

But that’s okay! We’re okay! Everything’s okay!

And we haven’t lost hope!

Yet.

Though, we can feel within ourselves those first few wispy threads of panic: Will this year truly be different? Do we really have what it takes to make the changes and do the things that will help us craft a soul-prospering life?

The answer is YES! You CAN make this year truly different and you DO have what it takes to craft your soul-prospering life!

The key is to come up with a compelling “Why?!” Why do you want this year to be different? Why do you want to craft a soul-prospering life?

Dig into yourself for these answers. Don’t be satisfied with the first ones that pop into your mind such as: I’m tired of my life the way it has been or I’m fed up with settling for crumbs.

These are good reasons, however, they aren’t specific enough. They aren’t deep enough. When you run into rough patches that will threaten to crush your soul (and you will have these types of challenges, guaranteed), you’ll need to have a deep, compelling reason why you are putting in all the time, all the effort, and making all the sacrifices in order to craft a soul-prospering life.

We’ve talked about Scarlet O’Hara’s (Gone with the Wind) compelling ‘why’: “…I’ll never be hungry again…!”  To her this is an intensely meaningful and deeply potent motivator. I’m sure that, like me, you can imagine her using this gripping ‘why’ to blast through heartbreaking and soul-crushing obstacles and setbacks.

Your ‘why’ doesn’t have to be powerful or meaningful to anyone else but YOU because ONLY YOU need to use it to help you keep taking baby steps toward your soul-prospering life.

Take time today to think about and craft a deeply personal and evocative “why?!” for yourself. When you’re feeling a little tired or discouraged, or when you’re faced with a thorny challenge–and you will–you’ll be so glad you have this ‘why’ to power you through.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Happy New Year 2018! 6 Inspiring Quotes

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Happy New Year! Here are six quotes to help you get the New Year off to a great start:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

 

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey

 

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Hal Borland

 

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’. Henry Moore

 

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year filled with all the Goodness and Delights of the Universe–a year that’s your best one yet!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Pep Rally! You ARE the Perfect One!

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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:

 

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(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!

 

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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,

Lauren