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Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 10

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How to tell if you need to let something go: If you’re stressing over it, if you’re constantly thinking about it, you need to let it go.

It occurred to me recently that if I’m fretting about something and I’m thinking about it often, then that’s telling me that I don’t have enough information to make a decision.  And, because I can’t make a decision, then I can’t move on—I’m stuck!

But if I let it go, then I can move on to another project.  Just because I let go now doesn’t mean I let go forever.  And letting go doesn’t mean I don’t care about it.

All letting go means in this case is “not yet.” 

The door is open for later on when I have more information, more experience, have met others with knowledge and expertise who will help me.

I hope by sharing this realization that it helps you, too.  Let me know what you think!  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thank you

Remember to share these posts with your loved ones and friends.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 9

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Are you feeling discouraged or frustrated about achieving your new year’s resolutions?  Are you thinking of throwing in the towel and quitting?

The good news is you are right on track because it’s right about now that most people begin giving up on their goals and resolutions.

LET GO OF THOSE FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS!

Because you know something that most others don’t know.

YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING BETTER IS UP AHEAD!

So keep going!  You can do it!  I believe in you!

Feel free to share your revamped enthusiasm in the comments below.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

 

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 8

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Yesterday I told you of a project that was dumped in my lap unexpectedly.  I was feeling slightly agitated as I was working on it today.  Suddenly I was aware of a thought that was going through my head.  On a barely conscious level I had been thinking about an incident that happened 4 years ago (!!) at a one-day workshop.

At this workshop, a narcissistic woman was taking up most of the speaker’s time by asking question after question that was specific to her particular circumstance.  I was getting annoyed with her but I didn’t say anything because I thought it was just me—that other people were getting value out of her questions even though I wasn’t.  After a while, a brave woman in the audience called out that other people would like the speaker to continue with his presentation.  The whole audience clapped!

I asked myelf why the heck was I thinking now about something that happened FOUR years ago?!  It occurred to me that the memory of my annoyance back then was increasing the agitation I was feeling now.

My agitated state of mind was attracting to it memories that would support—and increase—my agitation!

HOLY MOLY

It’s true that like attracts like!!!

Needless to say, I QUICKLY let go of the thoughts of the woman from four years ago and paid attention to what was going on around me.  I am happy to say I heard a bird chirp a few times!  I love hearing birds singing and chirping so this definitely lifted my spirits and helped me change the focus of my thoughts!

Today’s lesson:  Let go of unpleasant thoughts because they’ll only attract more of the same.  Not helpful at all!!

Have you found yourself caught up in a spiral of unhelpful thoughts—one small one leading to another and before you know it, you’re off into an emotional tizzy?  If so, what did you do to stop this cycle?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 7

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An unexpected project was dumped in my lap this afternoon.  It has a short turn around time, which means I will be working on it all weekend.  My weekend is already full with work projects that need to be done so I can stay ahead of the curve.  These have to take a back seat to the unexpected project.

On top of this, the unexpected project wound up on my lap because a colleague did not follow through on his responsibilities.  Needless to say, I was not a happy camper.

But the projects must be completed.

By Monday.

Along with the ordeal of re-ordering my plan, I had to let go of my crankiness over all of this.

Not easy to do.

What really helped me is to know that if I grind it out this weekend, then I’m done with everything—the unexpected project as well as staying ahead of the curve for work.  I’ll be able to move on.  This is just another way of telling myself that Something Better is Up Ahead.

Have you ever had a situation where you had to buckle down and just grind it out?  If so, what thought helped you get through it?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 6

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Holy moly.

I had to throw away another pair of socks due to a hole in one of the heels.  This was a pair from batch of winter socks I got from Santa in 2019—the same batch from which I threw away another pair of socks last week.  I’ve worn these pairs of socks only a few winter months and then put them away until now.

Geez.

With everything else going on in the world—pandemic, civil unrest—now we have to deal with socks that get holes after only a few months’ wear!  Jiminy!

😉

I hope this little bit of humor helps you let go of anxiety, frustration, feeling blue, etc..

What did you let go of today—anything you can chuckle about?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 5

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Do you suffer from the condition of FOMO—the Fear Of Missing Out?  At times I fall prey to it.  

I’m not on social media much and I have cut my TV watching time way down so I’m not up on what’s trending and popular.  There are times when I am afraid that I’m missing out—FOMO has me in its grip! 

At times like this, I remind myself that if it’s really important, such as some kind of world event, people will be talking about it and I’ll find out what’s going on.  Also, I remind myself that there are many ways to get information, not just one opportunity at one moment in time, from only one person in the world.

As the saying goes, “There’s always another train at the station.”  There’s always another opportunity, another option, another person to talk to.  No need to let FOMO ruin your day!

What did you let go of today?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 4

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Hay House is sponsoring a clutter clearing that  begins on 1/7/21 and click here for the link. 

I wasn’t going to do it because some of the sessions are early in the morning as well as thinking that I don’t really have the time.  I watched the video and I liked Denise Linn’s attitude and energy so I signed up. 

I’m letting go of those thoughts that keep me stuck—not enough time, too early in the morning, they decluttering system will be too hard, blah, blah, blah. 

I’m gonna just do it!  😊

What did you let go of today?  I hope it’s some of your thoughts that you’ve found to be unhelpful.  Feel free to share below.  Thank you!

Also, feel free to share this post with friends and family.  Thank you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 3

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Today I let go of another pair of socks–one of them had a hole in the heel.  I was disappointed because these socks were a year old—and I wore them only one winter!  ☹

Yesterday when I spoke of the Prodding Voice, it brings to mind a bigger idea, which is letting go of outmoded and unhelpful thoughts.  All of our actions and perceptions grow out of our thoughts so it is very, very important to let go of the ones that hold us back. 

My experience has been that it’s extremely hard to permanently change habitual thoughts.  They tend to fly under the radar so most of the time they slip by any attempts to grab them.   I’ve found, though, that mindfully letting go of items helps shine a light on the underlying thoughts, which usually are the ones that are counterproductive to crafting a soul-prospering life.

For instance, the socks I threw away this morning.  I could hear the little voice in my head saying that the socks are only a year old and that surely I could repair them. The voice reminded me that back in the day in the evenings women would do their daily darning—repairing socks, shirts, and anything else that needed it. 

My lifestyle is not one that is conducive to me sitting in my rocking chair beside the fire in my woodstove and sewing up holes in socks.  Even though my mother taught me how to sew well, it isn’t something I do for fun or relaxation.  To me, holding onto the sock with the thought that I would repair it at some point would be harmful.  It would create guilt—I know for sure I would procrastinate.  Also, hanging onto the damaged sock would feed a lack and limitation mentality. 

So, tossing the socks this morning not only made more space in my sock drawer, but it chipped away at the guilt monster and took a whack at my lack and limitation thoughts.

Letting go is powerful stuff!

How’s it going for you?  What did you let go of today?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

If you know of someone who might benefit from these posts, please feel free to share them.  Thank you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

PS:  I’m still doing my 3 Daily Gratitudes (last month’s 30 day challenge), are you?  If 3 is too much, then do just one.   Here are my 3 Daily Gratitudes for today:

  • grateful for the beautiful winter wonderland that I woke to this morning;
  • grateful for the pictures I took of it that I and my loved ones and friends can enjoy for days and years to come;
  • grateful for a ripe avocado that I had for lunch.  I made guacamole using a delicious recipe that a dear friend shared with me.

Feel free to share your gratitudes in the comments below.  Thank you!

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 2

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Today I decided to let go of the Prodding Voice in my mind that tells me to be productive and keep going, even though I may be tired and could use a rest.  Instead of listening to it, I sat in front of my woodstove and gazed at the flames.  I’ve always enjoyed watching fire in the fireplace—or in this case my woodstove,  It’s very relaxing, even mesmerizing.  I found myself getting drowsy and I chose to take a short nap!

It felt good—both the nap and giving the heave-ho to the Prodding Voice.

WooHoo!

What did you let go of today?  Please share in the comments.  Thank you!

If you know of someone who might benefit from these posts, please feel free to share them. Thank you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something Better is Up Ahead in 2021! 30 Days of Letting Go: Day 1

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This year’s theme for this blog is Something Better is Up Ahead.  I chose this because I noticed that people who survive difficult circumstances and then go on to thrive all have one thing in common, they have the mental attitude that Something Better is Up Ahead.  It’s clinging to this thought that drives them forward,

I want something I can turn to when I hit rough patches this year—and we all will hit rough patches; it’s the way of life.  So for this year I am looking to the survivors and thrivers and I am adopting their attitude that Something Better is Up Ahead.

I realized that in order to embrace Something Better, there has to be open space in my life.  There won’t be any room for Something Better if I don’t let go of the old, the tired, the worn out, the no-longer-relevant.

I’m challenging myself this month to let go of at least one thing—30 Days of Letting Go.  I’d love it if you would join me in this 30 day challenge.

Today I let go of 5 pairs of socks where at least one of the pair had a hole forming in the heel.  I also went through my bureau drawers and threw out long sleeved T-shirts that had lost their shape and were fraying around the cuffs and neck.

Please share in the comments below what you’ve let go of today.  Thank you!

Please feel free to share this post with friends, loved ones, and others who may benefit from it.  Thank you.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren