Category Archives: Move Forward

What Do I Want: 9 Inspiring Quotes to Think About This Week


Last week we talked about the first of five things that people who are living a soul-prospering life know about themselves.

This week we’ll talk about the second thing they know about themselves: they know what they want. The following are a few quotes to ponder this week:

If your soul had a voice, what would it say? ~Iyanla Vanzant

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.   – Lucille Ball

If you want to be at peace, you have to be clear about your intention and, moment by moment, in alignment with your intention. ~Iyanla Vanzant

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner ~Lao Tzu

You are responsible for what you sand and do. You are NOT responsible for whether or not people freak out about it. ~Jen Sincero

People who repeatedly attach your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not. ~Wayne Gerard Trotman

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.   ~Jean-Paul Sartre

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore. – Dorothy Bryant



Which quote was your favorite? Thanks for sharing in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Who Am I? It’s a Great Day to Be…!


I subscribe to a marketing newsletter and the fellow who writes it often starts it with “It’s a great day to be you!” When the newsletter arrives once a week, I usually read it first thing in the morning when I start my work day. Thinking the thought “It’s a great day to be me!” gives me a boost that lasts throughout the day. If it’s a particularly tough day, the thought buoys me when I may have otherwise stumbled.

Recently a friend and I met for coffee. She’s having a tough time of it and is starting to lose hope and become demoralized. I remembered the statement from the newsletter so I told her about it and suggested she repeat the statement when she first opens her eyes in the morning and then repeats it throughout her day. She thought it was too simple and dumb, and said that it smacked too much of “new-agey woo-woo stuff”, but she agreed with me that she had nothing to lose.

She’s been doing it for only a short while and, no, it hasn’t solved all of her problems. Yet. And no, she isn’t like the Disney version of Snow White with bluebirds gaily chirping on her shoulder and cute, fluffy woodland creatures frolicking at her feet as she whistles while she works, but she says it has been helping.

Maybe she’s shifting her vibration and the Universe is responding but it could also be that saying “It’s a great day to be me!” is turning her attention to the good stuff that’s in her life–in spite of the challenges.

We talked about other statements to say, and here’s a few we really liked:

It’s a great day to be me!

I’m lucky to be me!

All sorts of good stuff is coming my way and happening to me today!

Feel free to use these statements yourself–or tweak them so that they are powerful for you.

You may be wondering, “How does this fit into our topic this week of who am I?” I’m glad you asked! These positive statements are showing you who you actually are: you’re a person who can help yourself when you run into a rough patch–you don’t have to rely on others and stay stuck while waiting for help; you can help yourself! When you realize this about yourself it makes you feel a little more capable a little more confident. This then bolsters your feelings of self-reliance and self-efficacy and this raises your confidence and gives you a strong foundation for an unshakable belief in yourself and a genuinely positive attitude.

I’ve followed my own advice and am saying these statements to myself. Join me and my friend in this habit of waking up and saying: “It’s a great day to be me!” and “I’m so lucky to be me!” and “Good stuff is coming to me and happening to me today!”

Let me know the wonderful changes that you notice!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: The Biggest Obstacle and How to Overcome It


I was on YouTube and came across this video. It’s short, succinct, and direct, and I think it’ll open your eyes on something we all do that stops us in our tracks every time.

Watch it and let me know what you think:





Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: One Size Does NOT Fit All!


I guarantee you that your idea of a soul-prospering life is different than anyone else’s so don’t go freaking out over it and thinking that there’s something wrong with you. In fact, it’s a VERY excellent thing if your imaginings about what your soul-prospering life is turns out to be unique to you–different than anyone else’s!

Even if the same things matter to you and your group of friends, each of you will approach the things in a slightly different manner and different aspects of the things will have greater importance to one person than to another. This is a good thing! There are so many different people “out there” eager for help and insights and inspirations that one size, one message, does not fit all!   We need the message to be said in many different ways, which increases the chance of more people “getting it”.

Go after your soul-prospering life–be proud of it! Be glad that one size does NOT fit all!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: The Hallmarks


Sometimes it’s a little difficult to determine if any facet of our life is soul-prospering. We know what we mean by that phrase but yet we have trouble identifying it, perhaps because we can’t seem to articulate what we mean.

Here are a few words that can help you describe for yourself what you mean by the phrase ‘crafting a soul-prospering life’:

~Passion, obsession, unwavering interest;

~Purpose, mission, destiny;

~Deeply meaningful to you–tapping into that which is at the core of you;

~Making a difference – impactful;

~Doing and giving without any thought of “what’s in it for me”.

Here are a few emotions that can also help you define what ‘crafting a soul-prospering life’ means to you:

~Feeling a level of ecstasy–the actual emotion, not the drug!–when you’re engaged in your purpose/mission/destiny;

~Being so grateful that you’re lucky enough to follow your passion/deep interest, with the icing on the cake being that you are making a difference in others’ lives;

~It matters — your life matters and makes a difference to you and to others, and what you are doing matters and makes a difference in your life and the lives of others;

~You keep coming back to it and, even though the object of your interest or passion may change, the essence of it is still the same;

~If you’ve tried to ignore or squelch or run away from it, it won’t go away; it won’t leave you alone;

~The object of your passion/interest/obsession and your purpose/mission/destiny regarding it is bigger than yourself and the needs of your ego; it has the potential to touch hundreds or thousands, and perhaps millions, of lives;

~It isn’t about the money or the fame or the social standing or prestige–although those may be a by-product. It’s about righting a wrong, standing against injustice, helping those who are hurting. In essence, it’s about making the world a better place, as clichéd and hackneyed as that sounds.

Take time today to think about all facets and aspects of your life using these words and emotions. Also, remember to use as a guide my friend’s life–the person we talked about in yesterday’s post.

Let me know what you discover!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: What a Soul-Prospering Life Looks Like


Most people have the wrong idea about what a soul-prospering life is. People think it’s a life of riches, fame, and world-shaking achievement.

Not entirely true!

Thank goodness because if being rich or famous or doing history-altering things were the requirements for crafting a soul-prospering life, then we’d all be in trouble. Most of our lives seem quite ordinary and common when viewed from the outside looking in.

While it’s true that some people’s soul-prospering lives are flashy and filled with wealth, most soul-prospering lives are humble by comparison. But they are just as meaningful, satisfying, and fulfilling, and have just as profound of an impact as the splashier lives.

What do I mean by this?

A friend of mine is a librarian and an avid knitter. I’ve spoken about her in several other post and she’s an excellent example of living a soul-prospering life, in spite of her living a seemingly ordinary and common life.

At the library, she likes meeting patrons and helping them select books. She loves working with the Programs Director in setting up workshops and lectures. She enjoys her work as a librarian and it shows in the excellent quality of her work.

She’s also an avid knitter and also loves crocheting and weaving. She’s deeply interested in patterns–creating her own as well as working with those that others have created. She’s always on the lookout for new techniques, different types of yarn and fibers, and learning the latest in dyeing techniques.

My friend is a founding member of a charitable organization that makes prayer shawls for the local churches and their ministries as well as providing handcrafted caps, sweaters, and mittens for the preemies in the neonatal unit at the local hospital.

I once asked her whether or not she was living a soul-prospering life. She had to think about it. She was so engrossed in doing and giving and living that it’d never crossed her mind to wonder if her life was soul-prospering.

Her first answer was that she wasn’t rich or famous or making headlines so she supposed she wasn’t living a soul-prospering life. When we discussed the definition– doing something that is deeply meaningful to you and that you feel that your contribution matters– she realize that yes, her life was soul-prospering.

The things she was doing helped make the world a better place. These activities are organic to who she is as a person so they are totally authentic to her. Even though she has difficulties and setbacks, she is contented and satisfied. She has a peace of mind that pervades her life–in spite of challenges and obstacles.

Whether or not we can answer ‘yes’ to the question of “are you living a soul-prospering life”, we all have parts of our lives that are congruent with our hearts and souls. Take time today to identify these areas of your life. Find the thread that connects them or the thing that they all have in common. This is important work so take your time in thinking this through.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: 5 Ways to Recognize Your Soul-Prospering Life


We all want to craft a soul-prospering life but what exactly is a soul-prospering life?

A soul-prospering life is one where you feel as though you’re living full-out. You’re contented, even though you may be neck deep in challenges and obstacles.


Here 5 ways to recognize your soul-prospering life:

~Your interest is captivated;

~You know in your heart that you’re making a difference;

~You know that your life matters;

~You have peace of mind, in spite of setbacks and difficulties;

~You wouldn’t change much, if anything at all.


Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some specifics about what activities might be part of your soul-prospering life.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,