Category Archives: Celebrate

Productive Waiting: Gratefulness

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Yesterday we talked about using your waiting time productively by putting together your Vision Album for your future–doing this in either an “old fashioned” hard-copy photo album or putting together a digital slideshow.

Today, let’s do the same thing and build a Gratitude Album for ourselves. By doing this, we are aligning with the “good stuff” in our life and the more in tune with it that we are, the more of it we will notice and the more we will bring into our life.

Making a Gratitude Album and referring to it often reminds us that there are wonderful things in our lives even if everything around us looks hopeless. Looking at the album first thing in the morning and last thing before sleep helps us also remember why we’re pressing forward in spite of the odds and in spite of the naysayers. Taking peeks at the album throughout the day can give us that boost we need so that we don’t give up or knuckle under.

Just like your Vision Album, your Gratitude Album doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy or contain every little jot of every little thing you’re grateful for. You can add to and tweak the album as you go along–it isn’t something chiseled in stone, so you don’t have to “get it right” the first time!

It can also have symbols. For instance, you can include a picture of the gorgeous cherry tree in front of the public library and this can be your symbol of your gratitude for all of Mother Nature’s majestic beauty.

Above all, have fun with this! Make it a point to pull a few pictures together today–even one image from a recent event in your life will do. Regularly add a little bit here and there as you go along!

Have fun!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inspiring Quotes to Fasten Your Focus On for a Good Week

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We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

 

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ~John Wooden

 

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. cummings

 

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. ~Radhanath Swami

 

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think. ~Maya Angelou

 

Don’t ever criticize yourself. Don’t go around all day long thinking, ‘I’m unattractive, I’m slow, I’m not as smart as my brother.’ God wasn’t having a bad day when he made you… ~Joel Osteen

 

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope. ~John Piper

 

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. ~Anne Frank

 

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’ ~William Arthur Ward

 

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. ~Henry Ford

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! 16 Positive Statements

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We need to retrain our minds to think positive and, when we find ourselves with thoughts that depress us, make us fearful, or frustrate us to no end, we need to quickly snap our minds back to the positive.

Here are 16 short statements to keep handy to use frequently–every single moment of the day, when we’re faced with a particularly tough spot:

Yes I can!

NO!  Not today!

This isn’t going to push me down, it’s going to push me ahead!

I’m pressing through to my breakthrough

I have what it takes.

I am fully equipped–I have what it takes to succeed.

This will be my greatest victory yet.

My best days are still ahead of me.

I am smart, I am strong, I can figure this out.

I CHOOSE to be happy today.

I CHOOSE to find the beauty around me today.

I CHOOSE to move forward.

There’s a winner inside me and I am letting her/him out!

The rest of my life is the very best part of my life.

I am talented, I am creative, I am resourceful, I am inventive.

I am born to win, I am born with greatness, I am a champion.
 

A bonus: A question to ask yourself throughout the day:

What can I do right now that will move me toward my soul-prospering life?  Then roll up your sleeves, dive in, and get busy doing that thing or those things!
You can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Rally! You CAN Figure it Out!

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You can do it; you CAN figure it out!
No matter what Life throws at you and no matter what obstacles are in your path, you have the intelligence, creativity, and inventiveness to figure it out.  It may not be easy, but you can do it; you have what it takes.

Setbacks can be very disheartening but you’ll also find that they may point you in another, better, direction. They’ll also challenge you to find the sleeping giant within. Brush off your skills of resourcefulness and ingenuity and use them to help yourself figure “it” out.

Remember that you don’t have to go the whole way alone. You can do research on the Internet and in your local library; you can talk to others who have experienced something similar to what you’re going through; you can bounce ideas off a trusted friend or loved one; you can take classes online or at a school; you can read books or magazines…. There are plenty of resources out there that’ll support you in figuring it out.

Trust in yourself–your know-how, your curiosity, the gifts inside of you, and your determination–and you WILL figure it out!

In other words, you WILL figure it out by::

~Putting on your thinking cap;

~Roll up your sleeves;

~Every moment strengthening your spirit and your resolve with pep statements;

~Pressing onward no matter what!

 

You CAN do it, you WILL do it, and you ARE doing it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Talks! You Have What it Takes!

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You have what it takes!

You are fully loaded with all the raw materials–the talents, abilities, gifts, native intelligence–you’ll need to achieve the soul-prospering life you dream of.

Like all of us, there are some things you’re naturally good at. You may not need to practice that much in order to have above average skills and performance. But, like all of us, there are other things you aren’t very good at. Although you’re interested in the activity, you have to work at it. That’s okay! Roll up your sleeves and develop your skills and abilities in the area of this particular interest.

Just because you aren’t immediately and naturally good at a task or activity does not mean you don’t have a talent or ability in this area. If you have an interest, then there is a skill or talent inside you that corresponds to this interest.

Sure, others may be naturally talented and “better than” you, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t or aren’t allowed to pursue your interest to the fullest that you can. Think of Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd, both Hall of Fame basketball players. It’s clear that Michael Jordan is more naturally talented than Larry Byrd but because of Larry’s unrelenting dedication and his incredible practice ethic, he, too, was a top player in the NBA–right alongside Michael Jordan–and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Whether or not you become the equivalent of a Hall of Famer as have Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan, you can still develop your latent abilities and talents as much as you can and all the while enjoy them to the fullest extent.

It’s all about the enjoyment you give yourself, your loved ones, and others around you. It isn’t about being famous, it’s about enjoying who you are and sharing that with others.

You CAN do this because you DO have what it takes!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Pep Talks: 12 Statements to Start Your Week Off Right

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I want to help you get the week off to a great start and today’s post contains 12 statements you can make to yourself first thing in the morning, throughout your day, and the last thoughts before bedtime.

You may not believe it but you do have what it takes. The day and week ahead may seem daunting but it’s manageable when you take it one little piece at a time. Don’t look too far ahead down the road and DO NOT look behind, especially don’t do this in judgment of yourself–harsh judgment in particular.

In spite of your circumstances, and instead of waking up with dread and misgivings and fretting, tell yourself that you can’t wait to see the good that will come to you today and the beauty that you’ll see along the way. Even if it feels like a lie and the most outlandish thing to think about the day, think it anyway. You need to retrain your mind and starting with your thoughts and your attitudes at the beginning of the day is a great place to start.

Here are some pep statements you can say to yourself in the morning, especially as you’re brushing your teeth and washing up in front of the mirror. Look at yourself. Right in the eyes. SMILE at yourself–in spite of the toothbrush in your mouth!–and say these statements with as much enthusiasm and pep as you can:

I have what it takes;

 

No matter what, I can and I will figure it out;

 

I can take care of myself; I can stand on my own two feet;

 

I have resources I can turn to that will support me as I figure it out;

 

I am talented and smart;

 

I am creative and can think of new and interesting and fun ways to use my talents, my abilities, my skills and my knowledge in ground-breaking ways to help myself;

 

All the raw materials I need to build my soul-prospering life are already within me;

 

I am strong, I am capable, I am competent; I am well able;

 

I am locked and loaded for victory and for greatness in my own life;

 

My life is the perfect fit for me and I am a perfect fit for my life:

 

I am approved, anointed, and I have the authority to live my life my way;

 

I am the only one who can live my life successfully, with majesty and greatness–no one else can do it; only I can!

 

Now stand straight and tall with your shoulders back and your head held high, looking the world square in the face. Now go out there and craft your soul-prospering life!

You can do it, I am very very sure of it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Mother Nature’s Wisdom: Enjoy!

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No matter what the weather is where you are today, get out there and enjoy Mother Nature and the gifts and wisdom she has for you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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