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Ya Do Whatcha Gotta Do – Part 2: Just Say Yes

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My artist friend says “yes”.

A lot.

He’s the sculptor I was telling you about in yesterday’s post (click here to be taken to that post).

This past weekend, he went into New York City and did a Gallery Crawl. He went from gallery to gallery looking at artwork, meeting and greeting gallery owners and personnel, and talking to the patrons who happened to be at the galleries viewing the exhibitions.

He told me that he met a photographer whose work was innovative and her printing process was fresh and interesting.

For nearly an hour they chatted about their art; then, when she and her friends were leaving, she turned to my friend and said “You’re coming with us to dinner, right?”

I don’t know about you, but my first reaction would have been to thank them for the offer but beg off saying that I had a long train ride home. My reasoning would have been that I didn’t really know them (only the photographer just a little bit and her friends not at all), I was by myself, I was in New York City….

But my friend said, “Yes.”

He didn’t end up staying long because of the train ride, but he did spend enough time to make a good connection with several new art friends.

And, as he told me, you never know who knows who and what other connections will arise from this impromptu dinner invitation.

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Your homework today is to just say “yes!”, especially to things you’ve been hesitating over. Just say yes, go slowly (at your own pace) so that you can opt out if you see it isn’t quite what you thought it would be.  That way there will be little to no “harm” to you–and, you never know what you may discover or what connection you’ll make!

You can do it!

I’m proud of all the steps you’re taking!

You’re Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Quotes to Keep You Strong

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Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. – Unknown

 

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. – Robert Fritz

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. – Unknown

 

You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it. – Unknown

 

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius

 

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill

 

 

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Copyright 2014 Sweet Doll Designs

Your homework today is to read and think about these quotes. Keep them handy, especially the ones that ring true for you. Refer to them as often as you need to throughout your day. Let their power and strength embolden you to take one more step.

You can do it, I’m absolutely convinced that you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

What You Know to be True

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In the US, today is Columbus Day, which celebrates the discovery of the New World. In spite of recent archeological finds where it seems that Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover America, I think Columbus Day is remarkable.

Back in Columbus’ time, the greatest scientific minds thought that the world was flat and that if you sailed too far, you’d fall off the earth. There were all sorts of myths and legends of what was at the edge of the world, that it was the domain of dragons and monsters was one of the theories.

And, it wasn’t just in Columbus’ time that experts cautioned the more adventurous and innovative. This has happened throughout history. It has always been true that when someone comes up with an innovative and revolutionary idea, many experts are there with facts, theories, and formulas proving why it won’t work and, what’s more, how it will wipe out humanity to pursue the new idea.

But those few, Christopher Columbus and those before him and those that have come–and will continue to come–after, chose to believe what they knew in their hearts and souls to be True. They followed the Still Small Voice within and struck out for parts unknown. There were no maps, no templates, no paths. Trusting in the special knowledge and vision born out of the Truth in their hearts and souls, this became their guiding star by which they navigated and made their dreams come true.

Today is the day to celebrate all those brave people who followed their dreams in spite of what the experts advised.

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Your homework today is to follow the Truth that you know is right. Be guided by your special Vision that only you have because it comes from the Truth that is bundled with your dream. No one else knows what you know; no one else sees what you see. Not even the experts.

While it can’t hurt to listen to them–because you just might pick up a valuable tip or two–you still must follow what you know to be Right and True.

Take it one step at a time. Break the steps into tiny little tidbits and go at your own pace. Then do those little tidbits!

Don’t be afraid of the glow you see at the edge of the world. It isn’t dragon fire. It’s the sun dawning on a whole new land, and it’s waiting for you!

Go for it! You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Success Secrets from Mother Nature: Red-Tailed Hawk Part 1: Just Hangin’

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In my neighborhood we have at least two Red-Tailed Hawks that live with us–in the wild, of course! Yesterday, I was taking a break from working and was gazing out the window. It was a beautiful sunny, early fall, day–the leaves with a hint of color and a powder blue sky decorated by a few beached white clouds. As I was taking in the scene, I noticed one of our resident hawks lazily circling on the air currents.

My first thought about the hawk was: Not a care in the world; just effortlessly gliding along.

This got me to thinking….

How many times do we worry and fret, allow our stomachs to knot up, and then we end up losing sleep because of something gnawing at us? More than that, though, how many times does that issue resolve itself and, on its heels, another one comes along…starting up the whole worry process again? If we aren’t careful, this cycle of worry can go on for years–decades, even–firmly entrenching itself as a habit pattern–a bad habit pattern.

We can take a lesson from the hawk as it was ‘just hangin” on the air currents. Perhaps it was hungry and eager for a meal. Instead of fretting about it and flapping its wings all over the place and squawking and carrying on, it was just hangin’, gliding through the air.

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As it circled, the hawk probably had its eyes open and was attentive to what was happening on the ground (the most likely location of its meal), but it was probably alert to other opportunities that might come along–keeping its options open (for instance, it could have grabbed a bird in mid-flight)!

Then, as I watched, the hawk altered its pattern. It folded its wings and swooped below the tree line into the meadow beyond. I imagined that the hawk’s choice of just hangin’ and being open to the possibilities paid off in the form of a tasty meal.

Like the Red-Tailed Hawk, as we move toward our dreams, we can relax and just hang, being open to what comes along. When an opportunity does present itself, we can swoop in and take advantage of it!

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Your homework today is to take time to just hang. That doesn’t mean to veg-out like some sort of zombie. It means to suspend judgment and worry and, in a relaxed state, observe what’s going on around you. When you spot something that can help you move forward toward your dreams, take action!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Wisdom from the Farm: Shift in Focus

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At the farm this past week, for our shares, we were able to pick one sunflower. At first glance, it looks as if they are done for the season. All that seems to be left are withered stalks and shrunken flower heads. But, when I shifted my focus just a little bit–less than a foot– and poked around, I saw brand new blooms hidden among the dried stalks. I found a beauty to take home!

This got me to thinking….

How many “parched fields” do we pass by because we think there’s nothing of value there? What would we see if, instead of speeding by, we took a moment to slow down so we could get a good look at them? What if we were to stop and poke around a bit; what rare flower or delectable fruit would we find?

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Your homework today is to stop being so quick to judge and dismiss an opportunity because it seems like there’s nothing there. Take a moment to shift your focus and see it from a variety of angles; think it through. You may find that breakthrough you’ve been searching for!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

A Perfect Day to Delight in the Beauty of the Season

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No matter where you are and no matter what you have to deal with today, you can pause and delight in the beauties of this season. Yes, you have worries, yes you have cares but you also have a moment to notice the splendors right in front of you.

 

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

Your homework is to look around you and delight in the day.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Happy Press-The_Reset-Button Day: Welcome to the Fourth Quarter of 2015

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Today begins the last quarter of 2015; we’re heading down the home stretch of the year! There’s still time to achieve some of the goals we listed at the beginning of the year.

Press the Reset Button!

Today you can declare that no matter what happened in 2015 so far–the goofs you made, the action steps you’re dragging your feet on, the ways in which you held yourself back–you can draw a line under all of this and leave it behind.

You can press the Reset Button.

You can resolve to take steps–even if they’re little smidgens of steps–toward your goals and dreams.

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Your homework today is to focus forward. Forget about what you did or did not do so far this year. Leave behind all the shouldas, wouldas, and couldas. Resolve today that you will do a little something toward your dreams and goals each day, if possible. If you can’t take action each day then promise yourself that a certain time each week you will focus on your goals and dreams for a set period of time (for instance, every Saturday morning for one hour you’ll work on moving forward toward your dreams). Then follow through on that promise!

Break the actions into steps. Break those into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tiny bits. Break those into smidgens and specks. Once you get to a size that is just right for you, do those teensy tiny things!

Pressing the reset button is only a matter of refocusing on your dreams and doing the little bits and bobs of steps that will move you closer toward them!

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren