Category Archives: Celebrate

Happy Birthday to You!


Today, let’s celebrate the people who are special to us. Today, let’s treat them as if it’s their birthday.

And if it is their birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thank you for the gorgeous and priceless gift of YOU!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thinking About Strawberries and Mom

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Is there a time of year or a season that reminds you of a loved one? Of course Christmas and other big celebrations remind us of our loving family and friends, however, is there another time that triggers warm thoughts of the people–or a person–you care about?

Strawberries are one of the markers in the year that does this for me. When it’s strawberry season, I can’t help thinking about my Mom.   I shared with you last week my childhood memories of strawberries and my Mom. Strawberries also remind me of her birthday. I think the strawberries celebrate her birthday, too, because they seem to peak right around her special day!

When I was at the farm picking strawberries earlier this week, I marveled at how there were loads of ripe ones close by for the picking. I didn’t have to range through the patch looking for enough to fill my quart container. Within a step or two of where I started, there were plenty for me.

Our loved one’s caring and love for us is much the same. People who truly love us are always there for us–only a step or two away.   They may not know how to help us and we may become frustrated because of this. If we take a deep breath and center ourselves, we can see and feel their loving concern even though all they can do is send prayers and good vibes to us.   We can help them help us by believing and knowing that they are thinking of us and sending us their very best thoughts and wishes.

Thanks, strawberries, for reminding us that our loved ones truly do care for us and want the very best for us.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Happy Father’s Day 2018


Here’s to fathers the world over who share themselves with their children: teaching us about intellectual pursuits and the value of education; the joy of physical activity, goofing around, and sportsmanship; the honor of putting our best foot forward and—regardless of the outcome—the satisfaction of knowing we did our best.

Thank you fathers for holding our hand when we needed it and for pushing us out of our comfort zones when we needed that—and thanks for knowing the difference!

Thank you fathers for showing us that real men step up to the plate and do what needs doing, whether they want to or not or whether it’s cool or not. Thanks for showing us that real men are gentle, compassionate, kind, and forgiving, and that they also know when to be tough, strong, and fierce.

Thanks fathers for showing us how to live with honor and integrity and that those virtues really are the best guides in life.

Happy Father’s Day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Wisdom from the Farm: Nature IS Nurture – 3 Quotes

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Our lives get so busy with tasks, projects, and even with the goals we set for ourselves. We have responsibilities, obligations. People depend on us; we depend upon ourselves.   We’re pulled this way and pushed that way.

ACK! What are we supposed to do about it all??!

The answer is Nature.   Nature IS nurture! Nature can restore our balance.

We don’t have to travel to exotic locales or far-flung lands to be nurtured by Nature. While it’s wonderful to stroll through a cool forest or walk along a sandy beach, we can still be balanced and restored by a vase of flowers or a “common” houseplant.

When you’re with Nature, whether it’s spending time in a magnificent park or observing the weeds growing alongside the road, take a moment to observe what you are seeing and experiencing.

For instance, look closely at a flower. Notice how it’s put together, the richness of the color, and how its color is made up of different hues and a variety of shadings. Look how velvety the petals are and how they shine and glow in the sunlight.

Immerse yourself in that flower. Observe it deeply it will astonish you. Let it blow your mind and open your soul.

Here are three quotes that can help you get into the right frame of mind:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir


Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright


Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time. ~Katrina Mayer


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Back by Popular Demand: 5 Truths About You



This post was originally published on May 25, 2016.


As you’re encouraging others this week, remember to encourage yourself! Here are a few things I’d like to remind you about yourself:


  1. You have what it takes to achieve your dreams!

Even though you may not believe it, everything you to achieve your dreams is already inside of you.


  1. You have the intelligence to learn new skills and to gain knowledge that you can then put to good use in helping you take the next step.

You’ll have to put in the time and effort with studying and practicing but the smarts are there for you to use!


  1. You are packed full of talents and abilities that will give you an “unfair advantage” in achieving your dreams.

You’ll have to develop them, for sure, but they are there for you to use.


  1. You have the strength and wherewithal needed to achieve your dreams.

Packed inside you along with your talents, abilities, and know-how is the strength you need to press on through the rough patches. At times you may be strongly challenged but you have the depth and breadth within to dig into yourself and bring forth the Something Extra that you’ll need.  It’s there for you to use!

  1. You can do it, I know you can!

I believe in you! I’m cheering you on!  Go for it!  WooHoo!


Take the next step, even if it’s a tiny one. Keep making regular progress toward your goals each day.  You CAN do it!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


PS  Happy Birthday, Big Brother!  🙂


Golden Wisdom from Mom: 6 Inspiring Quotes for a Happy Mother’s Day All Week Long!,_1894_-_Mother_with_Child.jpg



In honor of all of the mothers in our lives–our biological mother as well as people who have mentored us, encouraged us, protected us, and picked us up and brushed us off (women and men who have done this for us)–Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are six quotes from my Mom to help us celebrate the generously loving and kind people in our lives who have mothered us:

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 


How would you like it if someone did/said that to you? Then don’t do/say it to anyone else.


This too shall pass.


Not to worry, Sweet Doll.


All is well.


You’re my treasure; I love you!


What is your favorite quote from a Mom in your life? Please share it with us. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thinks to Think About This Week: The 5th Tiny Baby Step: Celebrate!

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Yesterday I shared with you the 4 steps I take when I’m in the throes of anxiety and it’s compatriots.   Today we’ll talk about the 5th, perhaps most important, step: Celebrating yourself.

When using the tips mentioned in yesterday’s post, give yourself credit for every little bit you do.   Acknowledge it; own it. What you do doesn’t have to be perfect, especially when you’re working through difficult feelings. Pat yourself on the back for the small actions that you’re taking.

Reward yourself.   More importantly, feel the warm glow you get inside when you acknowledge yourself for trying, and for doing, the best you can. It’s really important to focus on what it feels like to feel good about yourself. This is how you build self-respect and self-appreciation.   These glowing feelings go a long way toward healing that part of you that gets anxious or fearful or that feels worthless from time-to-time.

What do you do to appreciate yourself and the efforts you’re making (no matter how small and how imperfect)? I like to read a book of fiction.  🙂

You’re awesome!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,