Category Archives: Pep Rally!

Attitudes and Expectations: Expect That…

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Expect that you can do it, because you can;

Expect that you’ll figure things out as you go along, because you will;

Expect that you and your life are improving, because it’s true;

Expect that your dreams are meant for you to achieve, because they are;

Expect that you are getting better at being your authentic self, because you are;

Expect that every day is a new opportunity, because it is;

Expect that every morning is a fresh start, because it’s true;

Expect that at any moment you can begin again, because you can;

Expect that you’ll find the help you need when you need it, because you will;

Expect that you have what it takes to achieve your dreams, because you do;

Expect that the Still Small Voice within you is telling you the truth, because it is.

Follow it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Gratitude: Start the Week Off Right

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We’ve all heard that it’s better to give rather than receive. We’ve read it in the sacred writings of our faith, our Sunday school or religious teachers instructed us about this, and our parents would often remind us of this. Also, we may have observed that grateful people are nicer to be around and also seem to catch good breaks.

All of us, at least to some degree, have espoused this philosophy.

I’ve come to realize that gratefulness is more than the politeness of remembering to thank people for gifts they’ve given us, for a delightful evening, or for their generosity towards us in one form or another. I’ve observed that, in some people, gratitude and thankfulness goes deeper than just good manners, window dressing, and avoiding the wrath of God. For them, it seems to have become a personal philosophy and a way of life.

Today I encourage all of us to think about our experience of gratitude and thankfulness and how we manifest this in the world. Then as we go about our day, let this thought perk on the back burner of our mind. In the evening, let’s take time to jot down any thoughts about how we can take gratefulness and thankfulness to the next level.

You can do this, I’m sure of it!  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks!

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Memorials and Remembrances Let’s Celebrate the Good Stuff

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As we’ve seen this week, there are so many people both known and unknown that have helped us along our path.  And there are Forces Beyond Us that also step in and lend a hand.  Let’s take time today to celebrate these people and Foces.

In looking over my week of Memorials and Remembrances, here’s what I’m celebrating:

 

Celebrating the fact that even though I’ve suffered a setback, there are glimmers of hope as well as pockets of good stuff happening;

Celebrate the fact that I’m not totally alone with no one to turn to. During this ordeal my loved ones have been compassionate and helpful;

Celebrate the fact that things aren’t worse than they are–I am not totally out of options;

Celebrate the fact that The Universe stepped in and protected me from physical harm.   ‘Nuff said about this one!

Celebrating the fact that taking things step-by-step really does work because it helps to manage stressful situations;

Celebrating the fact that the sun was out today after several days of rainy weather;

Celebrating the first fresh salad of the season made with ingredients straight from a farm;

Celebrating waking up to the birds singing–WooHoo for the birds!

 

I could go on. What are you celebrating today? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Playlist for When You’re Anxious or Frightened

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Life can be scary, especially when we let our imaginations go and conjure all sorts of disasters waiting to befall us. Or, our imaginations can be more petrifying by not dishing up anything specific but yet terrorizing us with the Nebulous Unknown.

I hope one or all of these selections can help you feel grounded and safe when you’re in the throes of fear and anxiety:

 

The Cradle Song composed by Brahms

 

Ave Maria composed by Franz Schubert

 

Ave Maria composed by Bach/Gounod

 

Canon in D Major composed by Pachelbel

 

Clair de Lune composed by Debussey

 

Let it Be composed and sung by The Beatles

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sung by Jewel

 

Over the Rainbow as sung by Judy Garland

 

Angel Standing By as sung by Jewel

 

 

If you have favorite songs that help you feel calm and safe, please share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Playlist to Harness Your Anger

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The power of anger can feel almost uncontrollable, and that can be very scary. As a result, oftentimes we feel we need to “stuff” our angry feelings because we want to scream, shout, and throw a fit…but we know that won’t solve anything. But yet, what do we do with all that energy?

One of the best ways to release the steam that builds up when we’re angry is through music and movement. Here is a short playlist to help you do that.

Even though some of these songs are about love gone wrong, feel free to substitute words and names so that the song is customized to you and your situation.

Remember to use the energy to help you take the next step!

Enjoy this playlist!

 

These Boots Are Made for Walking sung by Nancy Sinatra

 

Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair sung by Mitzi Gaynor

 

You Better Be Good to Me sung by Tina Turner

 

My Boyfriend’s Back sung by The Angels

 

That’ll be the Day sung by Buddy Holly

 

That Don’t Impress Me Much sung by Shania Twain

 

Change sung by Taylor Swift

 

Me, Too sung by Meghan Trainor

 

Shake it Off sung by Taylor Swift

 

Confident sung by Demi Lovato

 

 

Feel free to share your playlist with us. Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Back by Popular Demand: Playlist for When You’re Feeling Discouraged

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Following on the heels of yesterday’s post of a playlist for when you’re anxious and filled with dread, here’s an updated playlist for when you’re feeling discouraged. Please note, the original of this post was published on March 29, 2016.

I hope one or more of these selections stir you to take the next step toward your dreams!

 

Ride of the Valkyries composed by Wagner

 

William Tell Overture composed by Rossini

 

1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky

 

In the Hall of the Mountain King composed by Grieg

 

Flight of the Bumblebee composed by Rimsky-Korsakov

 

Sabre Dance composed by Khachaturian

 

 

And whether or not you’re American, there’s nothing like a John Phillip Sousa march to get the old juices flowing again! J

 

Stars and Stripes Forever composed by John Phillip Sousa

 

 

 

Here is the original post and playlist published on March 29, 2016:

 

~Never Surrender – Corey Hart

 

~Hold on Tight – Greg Holden

 

~Hall of Fame – The Script feat. will.i.am

 

~Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer

 

~Stand – Rascal Flatts

 

~I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

 

 

Feel free to share your favorite playlist with us.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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