for Penny:
feel really down and out. I feel like I can do many things better but I don’t
even know how or where to begin. What is the first step I can take “right
now” to start feeling more empowered? 
What you
can do right now is to learn to FORGIVE yourself. Just know that all you can do
is your best. And your best will be different all the time. Your best will be
different when you’re happy as oppose to when you’re sad or angry. And THAT IS
OKAY. There’s nothing wrong with that. It is only your ego that wants to label
things “wrong.” So you beat yourself up as a result. How do you break
this unrewarding, habitual way of being?

First, try
to delve deeper and see past the ego. In this way you can get in touch with
your higher self — the wiser self who knows better. This wiser self in you
KNOWS you can only do your best based on your circumstances in each moment. And
each moment is never the same so you can’t always be exactly the same either.
You have to flow with the situation. In other words, you have to flow with
life. ACCEPT your best as it is in each moment. FORGIVE YOURSELF. When you
forgive yourself, you stop fighting yourself. 
When you
stop fighting yourself, there’s no longer a fight to tend to. Without the
fight, you will have more energy to see clearly and move forward in a more
empowering direction. I challenge you to try it. Try it for at least one full
day. Just do your best, and no matter what happens, FORGIVE yourself without
judgment. See what happens…