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Back by Popular Demand: Pep Rally! Others’ Choices versus Your Own


One of the obstacles we have in crafting a soul-prospering life is putting too much emphasis on what other people think–especially those who are close to us and whom we trust.

This is a natural and normal thing because the people close to us have our best interest at heart and they truly want to be helpful and they want us to succeed.

But they don’t have the Vision of our dreams that we do so they don’t always “get it”. And sometimes, even though they mean well, they may actually discourage us from pursuing our dreams.

I wrote the following post on 4/28/15 and it’s as relevant now as it was then. When you read it, let me know what you think. Thanks! & Artisans Workshop Designs 2015






Don’t let others’ choices affect and influence the way you choose to live your life.

When it comes to pursuing dreams, what they choose—or don’t choose—has no bearing on what you should and should not choose regarding your dreams. They’re your dreams and they were built into your DNA as you were forming.

Others may not understand why you want to achieve your particular dreams and they may offer tweaks and suggestions of what you ought to do in an effort to help you refine your dreams. But they don’t hear the urgings and whisperings of your heart and soul. They don’t see the vision that you have regarding your dreams. And, they don’t have your gifts, talents, and abilities that were given to you on purpose so that you can have what it takes to achieve your dreams.

People you know or read about seem to have all the answers so it looks like they know what they’re doing and, as a result, they seem so far ahead. You may be thinking that their way is the right way for you to achieve your dreams.

Not true!

You have the innate intelligence, know-how, talents, abilities, and instincts that are specially formulated just for you and in particular so that you can achieve your dreams!

Sometimes your friends and family just don’t “get it” about your dreams and they seem to wash their hands of you. You may find yourself all alone in pursuing your dreams. Actually, most likely you will find yourself all alone at one point or another.

No worries!  

As you continue to travel along the pathway to your dreams, you’ll meet other people along the way who will have similar dreams and goals. They’ll be more sympatico with you and your dreams.

Good news! 

You’ll still be able to have a close relationship with your friends and family! Having new friends that do “get it” regarding your dreams takes the pressure off your family and friends to “get it”, which frees the relationship so you can then go back to enjoying each other’s company!

Woo Hoo!

Your homework today is to keep on keeping on pursuing your dreams in the best way you know how.

Decide on the steps you need to take. Break them into small pieces and little parts. Breaks those into tiny bits. As you need to, keep breaking things down into little morsels, crumbs, flakes, and slivers until you get to specks that are just the right size for you. Then do those specks, bits, parts, pieces, and steps!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Merry Christmas: Another Six Quotes for the Day After Christmas


Here are six quotes to help you keep the Christmas and Holiday spirit throughout the year:

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. -Dalai Lama


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. — Plato


It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other. – Aldous Huxley


I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother Teresa


Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. -Scott Adams


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Merry Christmas: Six More Quotes for a Happy Holiday Season

Copyright 2014 Artisans Workshop Designs


Enjoy these quotes. Keep them handy throughout the season and the upcoming year. Refer to them often. Let’s keep the spirit of loving-kindness alive all 2018!


And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more! – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? – Bob Hope


Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~ Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby


Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton


Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. ~ J. C. Penney


Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. ~ Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas”


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Merry Christmas: Six Quotes for the Holiday Season

Copyright 2016 Artisans Workshop Designs


Although these quotes may mention Christmas specifically, they are still applicable to all celebrations that are taking place this time of year. That’s what makes December such a special month–so many belief traditions have joyous celebrations now. It’s wonderful!

Here are a few quotes to keep with us throughout the year to keep this holiday spirit alive in the months to come:

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~Calvin Coolidge


Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the ahll, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smit


Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart-to-heart and hand-in-hand.   ~Dr. Seuss


A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~Ben Franklin


Christmas, my child, is love in action. ~Dale Evans


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Pep Talk: You Can Do It–Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 1


Counting today, we have two weeks left in 2017.

Regardless of how good or bad we think 2017 was for us, it’s important to go into 2018 with the right attitude. No, we don’t have to be perky or chipper, but we must have an attitude where we dig our heels in and push back against Life, obstacles, setbacks, and heartaches.   We can be grumpy or dour if we like as long as we have an attitude that hunkers down and doesn’t give up.

On YouTube I found this motivational video that’s an amalgamation of some of TD Jakes messages.   I urge you to listen to to the video (don’t worry, it isn’t religious).

TD Jakes makes several excellent points, however, what he says from 5:30 – 6:13 on the counter stunned me. Have a listen to it and let me know what you think.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,




Top Post #11: Year End Reflections to Make You Think


This post was originally published almost a year ago on 12/17/16. The thoughts are as relevant today as they were a year ago. And, these ideas will still be powerful in the years to come.

Enjoy the post!




Here are a few quotes that’ll make you change your thinking–just a little bit.  And that little bit might be enough to let in the idea that’ll make the difference for you.

There is only one way to avoid criticism:  do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.  ~Aristotle

What this is telling us is that no matter what we do or don’t do, there’s always someone who will find fault with it, tell us they’ve already done it, that someone else is doing it better…etc..  So don’t worry about others.  Keep your mind and actions focused on what your heart and soul are guiding you to do.


Aristotle is still right:   no matter what you do or don’t do, someone will criticize you and gripe about it. You may as well live your passions, pursue your dreams, and craft your soul-prospering life!


Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.  ~Ancient Indian Proverb

There’s all sorts of flashy, sparkly things that capture our attention.  Oftentimes we think we ought to go after these because everyone else is.  But our eyes can sometimes mislead us so it’s important to take what our eyes see and run it through the wisdom of our heart and soul.  If it captures them, then we can proceed.  If not, then we should let it go and continue looking for that which thrills our heart and soul!


Our world is noisy and brash; there’s always something flashy to capture your attention. The things that matter, though, are the ones that capture your heart and soul. THOSE are the things to pursue because they are resonating with the Still Small Voice within. Go for it!


Let me know what you think of these–if they’ve resonated with you.  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Keep these thoughts–or other thoughts that are favorites of yours–within reach. Refer to them often and let their wisdom and their power infuse you and give you the energy to take the next step. 

You can do it! I believe in you! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Thanksgiving: Stop Comparing Yourself!


When we find ourselves thinking that we’ve nothing to be thankful for–or very little to be thankful for–it’s probably because we’re comparing ourselves either to others or to some standard of perfection we’ve concocted that, in reality, is unattainable.

I came across this poem that I think sums it up nicely:


Hard Luck


         Ain’t no use as I can see

         In sittin’ underneath a tree

         An’ growlin’ that your luck is bad,

         An’ that your life is extry sad;

         Your life ain’t sadder than your neighbor’s

         Nor any harder are your labors;

         It rains on him the same as you,

         An’ he has work he hates to do;

         An’ he gits tired an’ he gits cross,

         An’ he has trouble with the boss;

         You take his whole life, through an’ through,

         Why, he’s no better off than you.



         If whinin’ brushed the clouds away

         I wouldn’t have a word to say;

         If it made good friends out o’ foes

         I’d whine a bit, too, I suppose;

         But when I look around an’ see

         A lot o’ men resemblin’ me,

         An’ see ’em sad, an’ see ’em gay

         With work t’ do most every day,

         Some full o’ fun, some bent with care,

         Some havin’ troubles hard to bear,

         I reckon, as I count my woes,

           They’re ’bout what everybody knows.



         The day I find a man who’ll say

         He’s never known a rainy day,

           Who’ll raise his right hand up an’ swear

         In forty years he’s had no care,

         Has never had a single blow,

         An’ never known one touch o’ woe,

         Has never seen a loved one die,

         Has never wept or heaved a sigh,

         Has never had a plan go wrong,

         But allus laughed his way along;

         Then I’ll sit down an’ start to whine

         That all the hard luck here is mine.



Your Friend and Pep Pal,