Category Archives: You Can Do It

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

 

Morning Routines: Fun Stuff!


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Yesterday we explored the idea of what if we added “fun stuff” to the serious stuff that we already do such as meditating and exercise. Today, let’s list fun things we can do.

 

~Blow bubbles

As you know, right now this is one of my go-to fun activities.

 

~Singing any old which way you feel like it in the moment

This was offered by a long-time reader of this blog.   This is a great way to oxygenate your system, a fun way to move around and get a little exercise, and you can’t help but feel better after singing at the top of his/her lungs!  🙂

 

~Taking the time to make a delicious breakfast

This was suggested by a friend of mine who enjoys home cooking but doesn’t always take the time to make breakfasts she loves such as pancakes, waffles, and vegetable scrambled eggs.

 

~Sitting outside with a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper

A neighbor offered this one.  He has a small “grove” of pine trees and in it nestled an Adirondack chair.  Now with it lighter in the mornings, he sometimes sneaks out there to read for a few minutes before heading off to work.

 

~Reading in a fun book

A young mother who does a lot of technical reading for her job loves to wake up a little early and read her latest fun book–or mind candy book, as she calls it!  🙂

 

~Doodling

An artist friend of mine enjoys doodling first thing in the morning.  She doodles shapes, symbols, or random strokes; sometimes she uses graphite pencils and sometimes she used magic markers or crayons.

 

~Origami

A friend of mine has a high pressure management position and she likes to fold origami.  In the mornings when she does it, the activity becomes a meditation for her.  And afterward, not only is her soul nourished but she has a pretty flower or animal to show for the efforts, which boosts her spirits.  And the origami also boosts the spirits of the person she gives it away to.  Cool!

 

~Ironing

I know what you’re thinking:  what the heck is ironing doing on this list of fun activities to do in the morning?!  Believe it or not, I have a friend who enjoys ironing early in the morning.  She likes that it lends itself to meditation.  She also likes the smell of the hot iron on the cotton fabric–it connects her to her childhood and memories of her mother.  And she and her family have crisply pressed clothes in the bargain!

 

 

As you can see, there are a variety of different activities. The common thread through them all is pleasure.  Each of these activities weren’t something that the person had to do; they were activities that the person chose to do for the simple fact that it gave them pleasure.

Feel free to share the activities you enjoy doing in the morning. Thanks!  Remember to add them to your morning routine!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

When Your Alarm Clock Rings: Thoughts to Think from James Allen

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There is a sense in which every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit. ~James Allen

 

I came across a reading of a James Allen work entitled Morning and Evening Thoughts. As the title indicates, some of these thoughts are intended for the morning and the others are meant to be read at night just before sleep. Even so, they are all profound and, in my opinion, are good to listen to regardless of the time of day. In fact, if you can manage it, this recording could be helpful to have running as you go about the tasks of your day.

Just a note:  James Allen had a deep faith.  In some of these thoughts, he talks about Jesus and other Christian ideas.  Please don’t let that hinder you!   Feel free to substitute other holy or wise people such as Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama,.  Feel free also to use descriptors that fit with your philosophy or faith such as instead of God, use The Universe, The Divine Intelligence, or The Great Spirit.

Have a listen and let me know what you think:

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Another Thing To Do When Your Alarm Clock First Rings: Make Your Bed (Mom was RIGHT!)

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This week we’ve been talking about James Allen’s advice to get up when our alarm clock first rings. His recommendation got me to thinking about morning routines so I took a look on the Internet to see what articles and information I could find.

While I found several interesting articles on routines, I was surprised to see that most of them included making your bed as one of the mainstays. This led me to checking out what the experts have to say about morning bed making. Turns out it’s a keystone habit (a keystone habit is one that leads to the development of other good habits).

Who knew bed making was so important?! Well, sure, Mom knew…but still!! 😉

If Mom’s suggestion (threat?) isn’t enough to get you to make your bed, here are two articles that lay out excellent reasons why you should do it:

The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-merle/benefits-of-making-your-bed_b_7980354.html

Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-candy/201208/make-your-bed-change-your-life

 

And if Mom and the above articles aren’t authority enough, here’s advice (a command?) from Admiral McRaven, a battle-hardened Navy SEAL:

 

Have you made your bed today?

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

What to Do After Your Alarm Clock Rings

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Yesterday we talked about James Allen’s explanation of why we should get up when our alarm clock first rings. He recommends rising early, even if you don’t have to. We mentioned a few things to do in the morning such as taking the time to contemplate sacred or inspirational writings, gentle exercise, or broadening our understanding of–and expertise in–the industry in which we are employed.

Just today I began reading the book Your Creative Mind: How to Disrupt Your Thinking, Abandon Your Comfort Zone, and Develop Bold New Strategies by Scott Cochrane. In this book he’s talking about creativity and how to develop it. The section of the book that stood out to me was “Chapter 3: Creative Power and the Power of Creation”. He lists several things a person can do to stimulate his/her inborn creativity. When I read the list, I realized many of the things he suggests are activities we can do in the morning during the time that James Allen suggests we take for ourselves.

These are the suggestions offered in the book by Scott Cochrane:

~Purge Negative Thoughts

This can easily and effectively be done while smiling at ourselves in the mirror as we brush our teeth, comb our hair, and tend to other personal grooming tasks. We can also do this as we shower and bathe for the day linking the activity with the imagining that we’re washing away unproductive, unhelpful thoughts and attitudes.

~Step into Bright Sunlight

This stimulates the production of seratonin and dopamine which, according to Scott Cochrane, are essential to fostering creativity. This can be incorporated into the morning walk or while doing Tai Chi or Yoga outside in the morning.

~Take Time for Music

Getting back to the instrument we played as a child or learning how to play an instrument for the first time are great workouts for our mind. It spurs creativity because our brains are working in ways they haven’t before. Doing this first thing in the morning can give us a reason to get out of bed right away as well as give us a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. This can then insulate us from the frustrations of the day.

These are just three of the several suggestions Scott Cochrane has made in the book so far. I thought these would be easy to incorporate into a morning routine. I haven’t finished reading the book yet and I expect there will be other points the author makes that I’ll want to share with you–stay tuned!

What activities will you add to your morning routine? Are they brand new or are they ones you’ve enjoyed in the past and are now bringing back into your life? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren