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Back by Popular Demand: Playlist – 24 Additional Songs!

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Please note: this post was originally published on April 27, 2014. To update it, I’ve added more songs as well as links to all of the songs listed. Enjoy!

 

Do you have a playlist, one that’s specifically geared to fueling your enthusiasm for your goals and dreams? If not, it can be just what you need to help you keep taking steps on your path.

Here are 24 NEW suggestions (scroll down for the 24 songs in the original post):

 

“Tubthumping” (I Get Knocked Down) by Chumbawumba

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes

“My Way” sung by Frank Sinatra

“Before the Parade Passes By” sung by Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly!

“Oh, Happy Day!” from Sister Act II

“When You Wish Upon a Star” as sung by Jiminy Cricket

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins

“The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers” from Winnie the Pooh

“I’ve Got the World on a String” as sung by Frank Sinatra

“Get Happy” as sung by Judy Garland

“Happy Days are Here Again” sung by Annette Hanshaw

“The Trolley Song” sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis

“I’m a Believer” by The Monkeys (the original song)

“I’m a Believer” from Shrek (remake) sung Smash Mouth

“It’s a Beautiful Day” sung by India Arie

“I’m on My Way” sung by Phil Collins from Brother Bear

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as sung by Bobby McFerrin

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

“Oh, What a Feeling” as sung by Irene Cara in Flashdance

“Simply the Best” sung by Tina Turner

“We are the Champions” by Queen

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” as sung by Justin Timberlake

“I’m Still Standing” as sung by Elton John

“Happy” sung by Pharrell Williams

 

Here are 24 suggestions from the original post:

 

“Good Morning” featured in Singin’ in the Rain

“It’s a Great Day” as sung by Peggy Lee

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” featured in Disney’s Song of the South

“What a Wonderful World” as sung by Louis Armstrong

“Climb Every Mountain” featured in Sound of Music

“Roar” as sung by Katy Perry

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T” as sung by Aretha Franklin

“I Can See Clearly Now” as sung by Johnny Nash

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and featured in Rocky

“Jump” as sung by Van Halen

“Walking on Sunshine” as sung by Katrina and the Waves

“Celebration” as sung by Kool and the Gang

“Don’t Stop Me Now” as sung by Queen

“I Believe I Can Fly” as sung by R Kelly

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” as sung by Starship

“Magic” as sung by MoZella

“Do You Believe in Magic?” by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls

“Life is What You Make It” as sung by Hanna Montana

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl

“So Long Dearie” as sung by Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly!

“New York, New York” as sung by Frank Sinatra

“Dream” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald

“Smile” as sung by Nat King Cole

“On the Sunny Side of the Street” as sung by Judy Garland

 

Feel free to add others that are your favorites. Sometimes as I sing and dance along with these songs, I tweak the lyrics to make them more powerfully specific to me. Feel free to do the same!

Your homework today is to make a playlist for yourself, one that’s filled with songs that motivate you toward your goals and dreams. If you already have one, then update it (Please remember to respect the hard work of the artists and download songs from reputable services). Have fun with this!

Play these songs first thing in the morning to get yourself charged up for a great day and to catapult you into taking the next step toward your dreams. Also, play the list throughout the day to keep you going.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section the songs that are your favorites for feeling good and motivating yourself.

I’m so proud of you—rock on!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Morning Routines: What If…?

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Last week we talked about James Allen’s recommendation that we get up when our alarm clock first rings. He claimed that this simple act strengthens our will, leading to self-mastery, which is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life.

This got me to thinking a little deeper about morning routines. We all have one, whether it’s something regimented or if it’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, we all have certain things we do in the morning to get us up and going and out the door, reasonably on time.

When we think of the phrase “morning routine” it conjures up serious activities such as meditating and exercising. These are great activities and they certainly are worthy of being included in our morning routine, but what if we also included some “fun stuff”?

How would it make us feel to give ourselves enough time to sit quietly outside with our morning coffee or tea and watch the sunrise? What kind of a boost would it give our spirits?

How about scheduling in time for us to do something that’s totally indulgent and even frivolous for ourselves: practicing magic tricks, learning how to juggle, playing the kazoo, learning how to do handstands, or my favorite activity of practicing our bubble blowing technique?

Do you think this would put a spring in our steps and get us off to a happy start in our day?

I think so! I also think it’s worth a shot!

Let me know what totally indulgent and frivolous things you like to do. No worries if you can’t think of anything. Tomorrow we’ll talk about a few things you can do.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Mother’s Day, Including Mother Nature!

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After celebrating with your mom, take time today to get out into Mother Nature and celebrate the wonders and splendors and beauties she has to offer.

 

Happy Mother’s Day! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Pep Rally – You Are A Masterpiece

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Here are a few Power Phrases to get your day off to a good start:

YOU matter and so do your dreams!

You are a masterpiece!

You are one of a kind!

You were lovingly and perfectly created for victory in your life!

You have what it takes!

You are fully equipped to live a fantastic life!

You have all you need inside you to flourish and thrive in your life!

You have the latent energy inside you to sustain you as you power to the life of your dreams!

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Your homework today is to throw your shoulders back and stand up straight and tall. Put a smile on your face and take the next step toward your dreams!

You can do it, I am absolutely convinced that you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

After the Alarm Rings, Add Some Fun!

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We’ve been talking all week about James Allen’s recommendation to get up once our alarm clock first rings. We’ve talked about tasks and activities that would add to getting a great start on the day. Some of the suggestions were to exercise, meditate, study the industry in which we’re employed, and the like.

All the activities don’t have to be serious! We can add fun things, too. If you enjoy knitting, you can spend a little time in the morning looking through pattern books or creating a pattern of your own. You can look at gardening catalogs or woodworking journals if those are your hobbies.

The activity can be totally frivolous, too. Here’s a video of me enjoying one of my favorite past-times, blowing bubbles!


Let me know in the comments below about the fun you’re having!

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Earth’s Sounds, Nature’s Prozac

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The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.
I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
-Anne Frank

 

I love this quote by Anne Frank. I posted it yesterday but I just had to post it again today, all by itself, so you could read it and savor it.

I hope you can get outside or open your window and enjoy the sounds of Nature. Tonight perhaps you can open your window and let the night sounds lull you to sleep.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Silence and Nature: A Few Quotes

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This coming week we’ll be talking about Sitting in Silence and Nature. I’ve come across some fascinating books and research that I think you’ll find as interesting as I do.

Here are a few quotes to enjoy:

 

To heal mine aching moods,
Give me God’s virgin woods.

~Clinton Scollard

 

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail. ~John Muir Our National Parks , 1901

 

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ~Jane Austen

 

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. ~Henry David Thoreau

 

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

 

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

 

Climb a tree — it gets you closer to heaven. ~Anonymous

 

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~Helen Keller

 

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. ~John Muir Our National Parks, (1901)

 

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand. ~Buddha

 

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
-Kahlil Gibran

 

 

The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.
I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
-Anne Frank

 

 

I hope these quotes have inspired you to spend time in Nature this weekend. Enjoy!

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren