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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 at Work: Playlist Specifics

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I’ve gotten feedback from several of you, my Friends and Pep Pals, who wanted to know specifics of what I listen to in each category of the playlist I included in yesterday’s post.   While there are many great choices on YouTube–my go-to music streaming source–these are the “albums” I listen to at this time.  Next week, next month, I might list different selections, but right now this is it:

Recordings of Nature Sounds:
Johnnie Lawson’s videos

Birds Singing:
Soft Music & Yoga videos

Tibetan Singing Bowls:
Yellow Brick Cinema videos
TempleSounds videos

Chakra Balancing and Healing Sounds:
NuMeditationMusic videos
MeditativeMind – MeditationMusic

Ella Fitzgerald:
Any of her albums!

Chanting:
Benedictines, of Mary Queen of the Apostles

Music with Nature Sounds:
Dan Gibson’s videos

Check these out and let me know what you think.  Also, feel free to share your favorites, whether they are on this list or not.

Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Morning Routines at Work

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This week we’ve talked about morning routines and adding “fun stuff” not only to lighten up the mood of doing them but also to give ourselves satisfaction and joy.

Just for us.

Just because.

What about when you arrive at work, though? Do you use the energy and the self confidence gained from your morning routine at home to slingshot you into a productive and effective day at work?  Do you let your co-workers’ drama or the latest panicked directive from your boss derail and dissipate all you gained?

Experts state–and researchers have confirmed–that the first few hours are the most productive. Successful people have proven this time and time again.  It’s routine for them to get into the office by 6 or 7 in the morning and they tackle the worst and toughest problems first.  They’re at their freshest and there are few distractions and interruptions so they can put the full force of their mind and talents to the tasks.

If you aren’t already “hitting the ground running” when you arrive at work, what can you do to alter your routine so that you are productive right off the bat? Perhaps you need to park in a different part of the lot so that you don’t walk in with Moaning Martin.  Perhaps you can bring in your own coffee so that you don’t stand at the company coffee pot and listen to Cranky Cathy and Downer Doug.

Give your morning routine at work some thought. Take time to work out a routine for yourself.  Don’t worry or become discouraged if you have to tweak things.  Accept it as a normal and natural process of honing the routine until you get something that works for you.

You can do it!

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

Morning Routines: What If…?

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Last week we talked about James Allen’s recommendation that we get up when our alarm clock first rings. He claimed that this simple act strengthens our will, leading to self-mastery, which is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life.

This got me to thinking a little deeper about morning routines. We all have one, whether it’s something regimented or if it’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, we all have certain things we do in the morning to get us up and going and out the door, reasonably on time.

When we think of the phrase “morning routine” it conjures up serious activities such as meditating and exercising. These are great activities and they certainly are worthy of being included in our morning routine, but what if we also included some “fun stuff”?

How would it make us feel to give ourselves enough time to sit quietly outside with our morning coffee or tea and watch the sunrise? What kind of a boost would it give our spirits?

How about scheduling in time for us to do something that’s totally indulgent and even frivolous for ourselves: practicing magic tricks, learning how to juggle, playing the kazoo, learning how to do handstands, or my favorite activity of practicing our bubble blowing technique?

Do you think this would put a spring in our steps and get us off to a happy start in our day?

I think so! I also think it’s worth a shot!

Let me know what totally indulgent and frivolous things you like to do. No worries if you can’t think of anything. Tomorrow we’ll talk about a few things you can do.

Enjoy!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

After the Alarm Rings, Add Some Fun!

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We’ve been talking all week about James Allen’s recommendation to get up once our alarm clock first rings. We’ve talked about tasks and activities that would add to getting a great start on the day. Some of the suggestions were to exercise, meditate, study the industry in which we’re employed, and the like.

All the activities don’t have to be serious! We can add fun things, too. If you enjoy knitting, you can spend a little time in the morning looking through pattern books or creating a pattern of your own. You can look at gardening catalogs or woodworking journals if those are your hobbies.

The activity can be totally frivolous, too. Here’s a video of me enjoying one of my favorite past-times, blowing bubbles!


Let me know in the comments below about the fun you’re having!

Enjoy!

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