Category Archives: Bravery

Playlist for When You’re Anxious or Frightened

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Life can be scary, especially when we let our imaginations go and conjure all sorts of disasters waiting to befall us. Or, our imaginations can be more petrifying by not dishing up anything specific but yet terrorizing us with the Nebulous Unknown.

I hope one or all of these selections can help you feel grounded and safe when you’re in the throes of fear and anxiety:

 

The Cradle Song composed by Brahms

 

Ave Maria composed by Franz Schubert

 

Ave Maria composed by Bach/Gounod

 

Canon in D Major composed by Pachelbel

 

Clair de Lune composed by Debussey

 

Let it Be composed and sung by The Beatles

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sung by Jewel

 

Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland

 

Angel Standing By as sung by Jewel

 

 

If you have favorite songs that help you feel calm and safe, please share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Playlist to Harness Your Anger

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The power of anger can feel almost uncontrollable, and that can be very scary. As a result, oftentimes we feel we need to “stuff” our angry feelings because we want to scream, shout, and throw a fit…but we know that won’t solve anything. But yet, what do we do with all that energy?

One of the best ways to release the steam that builds up when we’re angry is through music and movement. Here is a short playlist to help you do that.

Even though some of these songs are about love gone wrong, feel free to substitute words and names so that the song is customized to you and your situation.

Remember to use the energy to help you take the next step!

Enjoy this playlist!

 

These Boots Are Made for Walking sung by Nancy Sinatra

 

Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair sung by Mitzi Gaynor

 

You Better Be Good to Me sung by Tina Turner

 

My Boyfriend’s Back sung by The Angels

 

That’ll be the Day sung by Buddy Holly

 

That Don’t Impress Me Much sung by Shania Twain

 

Change sung by Taylor Swift

 

Me, Too sung by Meghan Trainor

 

Shake it Off sung by Taylor Swift

 

Confident sung by Demi Lovato

 

 

Feel free to share your playlist with us. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Playlist for the Knot in Your Stomach at the Beginning of the Week

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I have a friend who’s in a high-pressure job and she wakes on Monday mornings with her stomach knotted with anxiety and dread. I asked her how she gets herself out of bed and moving forward because I thought you’d like to know (me, too!).

Just to let you know, several of these selections are Christian in nature, however, my friend says that sometimes things are just too big for us to handle alone so we have to turn to some One much, much larger.

Here are a few of the she turns to. I hope they help you, too:

Let it Be as sung by The Beatles

 

Covered by Your Grace as sung by the Planetshakers

 

Pie Jesu as sung by the ChoirBoys

 

Precious Lord Take My Hand as sung by Elvis Presley

 

It is Well with My Soul as sung by Sovereign Grace Music

 

Amazing Grace as sung by Noteworthy

 

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Morning Routines at Work

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This week we’ve talked about morning routines and adding “fun stuff” not only to lighten up the mood of doing them but also to give ourselves satisfaction and joy.

Just for us.

Just because.

What about when you arrive at work, though? Do you use the energy and the self confidence gained from your morning routine at home to slingshot you into a productive and effective day at work?  Do you let your co-workers’ drama or the latest panicked directive from your boss derail and dissipate all you gained?

Experts state–and researchers have confirmed–that the first few hours are the most productive. Successful people have proven this time and time again.  It’s routine for them to get into the office by 6 or 7 in the morning and they tackle the worst and toughest problems first.  They’re at their freshest and there are few distractions and interruptions so they can put the full force of their mind and talents to the tasks.

If you aren’t already “hitting the ground running” when you arrive at work, what can you do to alter your routine so that you are productive right off the bat? Perhaps you need to park in a different part of the lot so that you don’t walk in with Moaning Martin.  Perhaps you can bring in your own coffee so that you don’t stand at the company coffee pot and listen to Cranky Cathy and Downer Doug.

Give your morning routine at work some thought. Take time to work out a routine for yourself.  Don’t worry or become discouraged if you have to tweak things.  Accept it as a normal and natural process of honing the routine until you get something that works for you.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Exciting Week Ahead! A Review of the Piglet’s Quote Challenge

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“…I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today.”  said Piglet.

 

By the way, happy International Star Wars Day!

 

Today I want to share with you a few observations I’ve had regarding starting my day with Piglet’s quote in mind.

Here’s what I discovered:

~It’s great to receive happy surprises of unexpected gifts from friends and strangers–and even The Universe;

~It’s even better to receive boosts in self-esteem and gratitude that comes from helping another who may be struggling–even if the help seems to be a small, trifling thing;

~Best of all is to wake up feeling curious, with hopeful anticipation of what good thing might come along that day.

 

Awaking with a positive expectancy is the best and greatest gift I received this week. I’ve noticed that I was more buoyant and cheerful each day. I was better able to handle disappointments–the motherboard on my laptop crashing, several projects at work being more difficult and challenging than I’d anticipated. Naturally these things were frustrating but I found they didn’t get under my skin; I was able to shrug them off, focus on what I had to do, and then move on. I also discovered that I was more effective and productive this week, in spite of the setbacks and obstacles.

I’ve proven to myself that it really is true that waking up with and keeping a good thought in mind and holding onto a positive attitude does pay off! It really works!

What have you discovered during this week’s challenge of waking with Piglet’s thought in mind and holding it throughout the week? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Exciting Week Ahead! How’s it Going!

 

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“…I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today.”  said Piglet.

 

This week we’re meeting the challenge of waking every morning with Piglet’s quote in mind and then keeping on the lookout for the “exciting happenings”.

What fun and happy and exciting things have happened to you so far?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Here’s how Piglet’s quote is working for me so far:

On Sunday, I was more productive than I thought I’d be. I started out overwhelmed with all that was on my To Do list but I ended the day feeling very good about how much I actually accomplished.  Although there were many things still on my To Do list, I was able to cross off more than I had anticipated.  Yippee!

On Monday, not only did I enjoy Mother Nature’s splendor on the way to and from work, but I had a little bit of down-time that I wasn’t expecting. I filled this with reading a few chapters in a book I’m reading for pleasure.  I was particularly happy about using the free time to read because I usually have to wait for the weekend in order to squeeze in an hour or two.  Yay!

Today, I’m planning to help the “exciting happening” along by treating myself to a small ice cream cone from a local vendor. It’s a delayed May Day celebration treat!  😉  I’m still going to keep open to any happy surprises that pop up today.  WooHoo!

Let me know how you’re doing on your exciting happenings each day. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Crafting a Life of Meaning, a Life that Matters: The First Step

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We all want a meaningful life, one that matters and the first step is admitting that your life isn’t working for you right now, not like it used to.  

The next step is to change it.  Obvious, right?

But how do you make that change?   And why would you because, probably,  you’ve led a good life so far. It might be that you and your spouse are in a loving committed relationship,  your finances are in decent shape,  the kids are making good solid lives for themselves,  you have good friends, good family relationships,  and you’ve achieved a level of success in your career.

What’s to complain about?  Nothing.

So, why are you feeling such discontent?

Plenty of people would change places with you in less than a nanosecond.  Knowing this makes you feel guilty.  You think that perhaps you’re selfish to want more, or to want something else.  By the same token, you’re a little scared to try anything new because you do have it pretty good and you don’t want to lose any of it.

Perhaps you think that painting the living room, buying the snazzy sports car, going on that impressive vacation may help ease the unsettledness inside of you. And these do help…temporarily.  Because your heart and soul are yearning for deeper change, pressing you for lasting change.

Here’s where the little baby steps come to the rescue!

In the space between admitting your life isn’t satisfying and getting up the gumption to make the changes that will enable you to be enthused and energized about your life, are little baby steps.

These baby steps deal with coming to grips with the realization that your Good Life is missing something—something profound.   These steps involve making your peace with your realization so that you aren’t hamstrung and tripped up by it.

Each person’s baby steps are a little different because each person and each life is unique. Having said that, though, some common baby steps are:

~Doing your homework of understanding exactly where you are dissatisfied.   Understanding that you probably don’t have to chuck it all. Your dissatisfaction may be only a small part of your life that isn’t working.

~Recognizing you don’t have to know all the answers of what isn’t working; you only need to start with the one piece that’s the most bothersome.

~Have a heart to heart with your spouse. Treating your unsettledness as a Big Adventure and going on it together. Also, encouraging and supporting your spouse in exploring the  inner recesses of himself/herself.

~Reminding yourself that it’s normal and natural to question your life from time-to-time. People through the ages—the Ancient Greeks, and probably earlier!—have been questioning their existence all along. You’re in good company!

 

These steps should be enough to get you going. We’ll continue to talk more about this in upcoming posts.

Let me know what you think of this topic. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Please pass this post along to a friend. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren