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5 Truths About YOU!

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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!

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  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,

Lauren

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PS  Happy Birthday, Big Brother!  🙂

 

A Matter of Perspective

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Photo Credit: Colgate University

 

 

Today is Friday the 13th. Most people think of it as an unlucky day.  But there are people who think Friday the 13th is a good day–a lucky one, even!

For instance the alumni, students, faculty, staff, and families of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York think every Friday the 13th is a day for celebration. It has to do with the founding of the university (13 men with 13 prayers…).

It’s all a matter of perspective!

Happy Friday the 13th! #ColgateDay

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Rest: 11 Suggestions

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Not sure what to do during a rest break?  Here are the 11 suggestions:

 

~Write short essay on a topic as if it was for a blog post or a journal entry;

~Compose a poem–funny or serious–for a friend or loved one;

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~Doodle;

~Daydream;

~Gaze out the window and see animals or other shapes in the clouds;

~Draw a picture for your kids and post it on the refrigerator at home–just like you do for the pictures they draw for you;

~Keep a bottle of bubble solution handy and blow bubbles during your break;

~Tap out rhythms or beats;

~Slowly eat a piece of fruit that you like taking the time to describe to yourself the texture, the taste, the smell, the total sensory experience;

~Another way to eat the fruit slowly is to describe the full sensory experience using words that are new for you–ones that you wouldn’t typically use;

~Another variation of the fruit eating with descriptions exercise is using made up words that, to you, perfectly describe the sensory experience.

 

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I liked the bubble blowing suggestion. Let me know which ones you like best.  Leave a note in the comments section below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Cool Acronyms, Part 1

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I found a meme on Facebook and shared it on my page because of the clever acronyms (click here to be taken to Yes I Can Pep Talk’s Facebook page).

 

F. A. I. L.  =  First  Attempt  In  Learning

E. N. D. = Effort  Never  Dies

N. O. = Next  Opportunity

 

I think these are awesome and great to keep handy when things aren’t going as well as you expected.   I’m printing this and posting it by my computer in my office.

Where will you post yours?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Burning Desires: Delve Into Them

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Having a burning desire and an obsession means delving into it and allowing yourself to completely immerse in the thing that fascinates you. It’s all about following where it leads–going where it takes you.

For instance if you love sunsets, then make a point to view them every evening where ever you find yourself. Gift yourself with this time. Observe every detail and use all of your senses to imbue your being with the full experience.

Take it further by scheduling regular time to learn all you can about sunsets, meet other people who are interested in them–whether on a professional, spiritual, or “amateur” level. Keep a journal or logbook where you jot down your thoughts, experiences, and discoveries. These are the bread crumbs and threads that your desire and obsession uses to lead you, show you the way.

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By following your burning desires and your obsessions, this is how you build a deeply and profoundly satisfying and fulfilling life.

Trust in this.

By following the trail your burning desire and obsession leaves, you will be taken to wonderful places that you can’t even imagine right now. By following, your life will expand and be enriched in deeply moving ways.

Not everyone is going to share your passions or understand them. To someone else, what you’re captivated by might seem silly and a waste of time, but don’t let that deter you. These desires and obsessions are yours and they’re part of who you are–your essence. Follow them and you’ll never be bored!

Let your desires and obsessions absorb all that time and energy you’ve been wasting on things that don’t matter: on people who don’t care about you, on mindless TV, on other ways that you’ve been blocking yourself.

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Take the next step in following your desires and obsessions and let the magic begin!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Have a Laugh Filled Day!

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Today’s the perfect day to laugh. Gather your friends and loved ones and laugh!

Laughing is a great way to deepen the bonds we have with the people we care about. And, it’s a fantastic way to connect with the new people in our life!  And, laughter helps us feel better about our opportunities and ourselves.

Laughing casts Life in a new light, as well. When we’re in the midst of difficulties, if we can laugh–even if it isn’t about the situation we’re in, but to laugh at anything –it opens us up and improves our outlook, helping us see options that we hadn’t noticed before.

 

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No worries if you can’t get together with anyone today. Just go on YouTube and watch the posts of America’s Funniest Home Videos and others like them.  You’ll be so glad you laughed!

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Earth Day 2016!

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THANK YOU, EARTH!

Enjoy the following images of our beautiful home.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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Difficulties and Problems: Another Way to Look at Them

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Difficulties are to show us all the Gifts we have inside.  ~Victoria Osteen

 

I never thought of difficulties quite this way. I knew that, even though they were painful and, well, difficult, that difficulties were an opportunity to dig deep and find out what’s inside.

My thought sounds the same as Victoria’s, but there’s a subtle difference. With my thought–that we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in–it contains the idea of added difficulty on top of the difficulty I’m trying to solve.

Ack!

With Victoria’s thought, to me, it’s more like an unfolding–like a flower blooming. The work we have to do with her thought is along the lines of being present, being aware, recognizing, accepting, then fashioning those gifts into something that’s valuable to my life and to the world.

I like Victoria’s thought better!

It’s still work, but, to me, Victoria’s thought infers that there’s a payoff at the end of the work. On the other hand, my original thought had me feeling that perhaps there’s a payoff…but I’m going to have to work awfully hard to get it!

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I definitely like Victoria’s thought better!   🙂

How about you? When you hit a difficulty, do you think you have to get out your pick and shovel and start digging or do you watch closely as the flower unfolds revealing its beauty in each moment?

Let me know in the comments section below. Or join us on Facebook and let us know what you think!  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A GREAT Day for a Birthday!

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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. — Dr. Seuss

 

Happy Birthday! Even if it isn’t you’re birthday, let’s pretend that it is—yay for birthdays!

Have cake for breakfast, ice cream for lunch, and your absolute favorite meal for dinner. You deserve it because you are awesome!

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Happy Birthday!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren