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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,


Crafting a Soul-Prospering Life: 12 Inspiring Quotes for the New Week


One of the first things to do in order to craft a soul-prospering life is to get your thoughts right.

Each day is another stepping stone to your soul-prospering life. If you use faulty materials in the form of unhelpful assumptions about yourself (I don’t have what it takes) or misshapen materials in the form of negative thoughts (I can’t, it’s too hard), then the path you’re building won’t be strong and stable and it won’t take you where you want to go.

Here are thoughts you can think the first thing in the morning. Keep these handy to refer to throughout your day:

Don’t let idiots ruin your day. ~Unknown

Today is going to be awesome! ~Unknown

Make good on the promises to yourself. ~Unknown

Feel beautiful today! ~Unknown

Starting today, forget what’s past, appreciate what you have, and look forward to what’s ahead. ~Unknown

If you want your life to change…your choices must change and today is the best day of your life to begin. ~Unknown

Don’t look back. You aren’t going that way. ~Unknown

A little step may be the beginning of a great journey. ~Unknown

Your future is created by what you do today. ~Unknown

Your future is not in your past. Stop looking behind you! ~Unknown

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! ~Mr. Rogers

I believe in you! You CAN create a soul-prospering life! ~Lauren, Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Happy New Year 2018: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up


Sometimes all the pep rallies, power words, compelling reasons ‘why’, and affirmations aren’t enough. In spite of them, you still feel demoralized and disheartened and you reallyreallyreally want to give up.

We’re six days into the New Year and perhaps things aren’t going nearly as well as you had hoped. Maybe you’re finding that, after less than one week into the New Year, your plan is in tatters.

What do you do?

For sure the answer ISN’T doing things like: giving up, throwing in the towel, walking away, telling yourself that you don’t have what it takes.

These are NOT helpful and they will not get you closer to your soul-prospering life. All these will do is demoralize and dishearten you further. And that won’t do anything but keep you stuck where you are.

Not a good scenario.

This is when you have to hunker down and tap into that brute, animalistic force within you.

It’s when you focus on the next step ahead of you–the best action that you see you can take right now–put your head down, and just bull forward.

Remember that you may have to break the next best action into tiny bits and pieces and select the one that you can manage right now; it’s okay to do this, in fact I recommend it.

All of these little bits and pieces of steps DO add up and they WILL eventually take you to your soul-prospering life.

The key is to take action; keep taking the baby steps as well as the tiny bits and pieces of baby steps. By doing this you are forging ahead toward your soul-prospering life.

Don’t worry about how long it’ll take, worry instead about making sure you take a small action today–and every day–that will help you craft your soul-prospering life.

You can do it! I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,