Self Development

Traps to Keeping A Focus

Traps to Keeping A Focus

The Traps to Keeping A Focus

Welcome to this weeks Podcast on trying to stay focused and connected to those around you.

Trap #1: The Comparison trap
Appears in many disguises
When we compare the amount we earn..
When we compare the education we don’t have
When we compare our family with someone else’s family
That people have better behaved kids
That others have a prettier house
That the neighbors have a cleaner yard
Someone has a better spouse or even a better behaved dog.
The list goes on …

Trap #2: We are blind to our own gifts.
We don’t use our gifts
We can’t identify our gifts.
It is our responsibility to use the gifts God has given us!

Trap #3: Losing Direction
What happened to your purpose? Your “why” for doing what you want to do and for doing it well!
Your focus is so cloudy that you cannot see the end post.
Something derails you.
You lose momentum and get stuck in quicksand.
Without light, guidance, and a push to regain momentum, you may be sad, still, or sink lower.

Lost, Confused

Trap #4: Seeing only a partial truth
ei. Like driving through a street filled with water that appears shallow enough to drive through. Upon entering it, the car ends up in a sink hole.
Or when a person seems to do things easily, one might assume that it is an easy job. What we don’t see is the endless years of study, practice, and hands on experience.

Challenge is to figure out, “What is stopping you from focusing?”

Here is a challenge to jump in and get involved at our office, with our blogs, podcasts and gain valuable self insight along the way.  Contact us to be part of the ongoing development.  We appreciate your contributions.

Our purpose changes along the way.  We have different skills and opportunities to serve God and our neighbors along the way.  Keep you mind alive.  Linda suggests a few good magazines to read:  Entrepreneur’s Magazine, Experience Life, Success Magazine.

                    The Loner

Linda stresses the importance of staying connected with one another regardless of the businesses you run, the homes you keep going for your family, or the projects you take on.  It is valuable to give and take from the spirit and joy of life to one another.

                        Join In with Others

A shout out to Scott Harvey, John Budd, Edwin Soler, and Kiwanis friends for their ongoing support and insights.

“Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of Success!”

Your Journey

Your Journey

Podcast 152 – Your Journey!

Achieving the wins that we want as we step forward toward our goals is possible.

According to a Stanford study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, individuals are more likely to continue their positive habits after they have reached their goals if they have a mindset that there will be continued wins.

Keeping yourself joy filled and strong!

Reading a Chapter a day helps us learn to move ahead. This is the idea of developing good habits and moving forward. One chapter leads us to the next and the next until suddenly we have read the entire book. That allows us to not only learn from each chapter, but to retain an overall view of the book. We also take away for the feeling of accomplishment. Linda talks about setting one goal and building upon it, over and over again.

Weeds, Seeds, & Growth

We need to listen to the beliefs we have and maybe rearrange or replace those ideas.
We need to go forward and set the example for one another. Linda shares an example of something that happened in the 80’s when her belief system failed her and how it opened her up to learning something new. Thank goodness she realized how making a mistake helped her re-evaluate.

September is Food Safety month. What are your takeaways from this?

The All American Apple

An exercise for you to follow up with! Where have you traveled? Write down everyplace you have gone? What do you want to do or where are the places you want to see? What do you want next? What things do you need to expand in your life? Do you need to read more? What opportunities do you want for yourself?

Here is an invitation to Join our Thursday Mastermind, our Women’s Entrepreneur Group here in the office, or experience Coaching.   Call 815-459-5161 or email

Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of Success!


Loving People

Loving People

  • Loving People is easy to do when we take the time to listen and understand their stories.  Loving one another and taking an interest in ones gifts are essential. 
  • Welcome to this weeks podcast on Loving People.    
  • Time in Tennessee at the FACTORY
  • 2 Conferences:   THE TRIBE and FREE the DREAM
  • Applause for you!
  • Working with one another
  • Worry Mode Exercise
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Control

Take the next step forward,

it may put you on the Escalator of Success!


Everyday is a New Day for a Dream to Soar!

Everyday is a New Day for a Dream to Soar!

It is amazing when one finds a dream and executes it to the fullest.  So blessed to have had the privilege to encounter two wonderful Conferences this past month in Franklin, Tennessee.   First was The Tribe.   Jeff Goins and many speakers did an outstanding job of inspiring us at the 5th and Last TRIBE Conference.  Jeff Goins is a

Creative Entrepreneurs Gathering together to make the World Better!

Then following this lively conference was a wonderful encounter with my brother and sister-in-law from Alabama who took us to see the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  We had a wonderful, long overdue, visit with each other.

A Beautiful Nashville Hotel offering the finest ambiance ever!

Weekend # 2 in Franklin, Tennessee was for Free the Dream, a Conference of enthusiastic, life giving talks with Cliff Ravenscraft.

If you have ever wanted a new boost in life and a positive direction, this is the place you need to attend in 2020!  Cliff and Stephanie Ravenscraft offered awesome speakers with 23 sessions filled with enthusiasm, overcoming procrastination, and clarifying your beliefs.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of taking courses, and workshops with Cliff.   Along the way, I have met individuals who continue to be part of my daily life.  I listen to their podcasts, grow in faith, and continue to learn.
Did you know that all beliefs have consequences and updating your beliefs on a regular basis allows for growth and more connections in your life?   Well, we all need to reevaluate what we believe and how we want to grow.   It isn’t a secret that limiting beliefs can hurt us, but how to get rid of them is of great value.  Of course, I can help you do that with a session. 

What may seem impossible and limiting can be temporary, but it doesn’t have to be.    More to come on the next few blogs, as I assimilate many of the great lessons I have been taught.  I will be sharing some of them with you!

Take the first step forward, it can put you on the Escalator of Success.   Have the Best Week Ever!

Life is Good

Life is Good

Mini Miracles from Minor Moments brings you educational tidbits, motivation, and spirituality that  intersect to make your life happier. Becoming the person we want to be starts with vision.  Linda talks about her life and  how we develop because of the families we come from; we take on so many of the practices and understandings from our past.   We all have have special stories.  Enjoy what you have.

We all have portable equity and things that we are proud of doing.   We learn from doing, seeing others, and taking things one step at a time.  Gather your precious moments too!  God does equip us with the tools we need to succeed.

What do you have a love for doing?  Linda shares how learning was and still drives her.  Do you practice and enjoy the hobbies and things that propel you forward?  When are you the happiest?  Is it connecting with an old friend or learning “the rest of the story” about someone in your past?

The Lord is my flashlight in times of darkness!

Leading the best life you can can be difficult. A man sharing a story in line at the store suddenly had a group discussing the things that consume us.  Do you need to slow down and develop interior peace?

Ideas for living past 100:  1.Concentrate on one thing at a time.  2. Enjoy one small thing that you need to do every day.  3. Nurture a friendship  4.  Stop hurrying.  5..Be Optimistic.  6. Eat  and sleep properly. Enjoy your food.  7. Keep yourself busy with making something.   8. Smell the  freshness in your garden.

Happy Labor Day




Learning to Focus

Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments!

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you into something great.  So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Focusing takes on many faces.  Listening the focus music can be a resource, but listening to the right music does help.  Making a specific list of the right things to do can help us focus.   What time of day are you the most efficient?  When and where can you go to focus and get things accomplished?

“Don’t downgrade your dreams just to fit your reality, upgrade your convictions to match your destiny.”

Having a purpose and a plan adds to productivity!

Take note that Henry Ford made a contribution to our work habits. He was known for his productivity and creating the 8 hr/5 day work week.  Learning to be efficient comes from practicing and repeating actions.  Focusing is easy when you love something.

What do you want to learn?  What is something you’d like to study or focus on regularly?

We encourage you to take the first step forward, it can put you on the escalator of success!






The Beat Go On

The Beat Go On


The Light Bulb moments when a child is able to rollover or stand up, they see the world from a different perspective. They develop resilience from trying and trying again. They keep trying to get up over and over again. Resilience continually flows and helps us adapt.

As adults, business owners, and everyday workers or parents we have the capacity to develop a sense of gratitude along the way too. We become clearer thinking when we study, focus, and have positive goals.  It is never to late to develop the attitude of gratitude.

Linda talks about her time as a new teacher at the age of 21 and how fitting it was for her. She loved being a teacher and being with kids. She had the energy and could relate to the 7 year old children she taught.  We all need to stay connected to our “why” we do the things we practice each day.

She continues to discuss the 7 year increments in a woman’s life. These changes in life are teaching us to navigate and refine our skills and talents. We keep building resilience and joy. So many things are developing just as the small baby in the first 12 months of life.

Learning to Navigate begins early!

Enjoy each season of your life.

“Finding your calling is like finding your why! It is the reason you exist; your purpose for living. When you do that, it changes everything.” John Maxwell

What are the pillars of your life?
What are the common denominators in life? Emotions? Desire to be fed? The need to have contact with others and commune with one another? The ability to share ideas, read, travel, and brainstorm.

Are you ready to go back to school? Are your family members ready to do that? What is on your plate?

Going back to school reminds us to keep learning at all ages!

Join up with others. Accountability is so very helpful.
It helps us stay on track and grow. Studies have shown that public statements make us accountable. Partner up with people you trust. Have others you trust give you feedback.
Question what it is you need to learn.

Hospitality Goes Along Way
Understanding one another goes a long way. It gives us the opportunity to connect with our peers, our family, our community. We need to be adaptable to change.

Search for The Power of Prayer and The Opportunities of Growth

Take the next step forward; it may put you on the Escalator of Success.

Trying Something New

Trying Something New

Trying Something New

A Fisherman’s Tale that came true. This 4 year old tried something new and Bingo, she was a success!

Thanks for Jim Haisler for his Introduction to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments.

  • Last week Linda shared time with Cliff Ravenscraft and his upcoming Conference in September.
  • Learning a new Podcasting Mixer and how it works!
  • Working the goals we set up for ourselves.  Linda shares her two main ones!   What are your dreams, visions, and goals.
  • She shares the obstacles that pop up, laughing aloud at the ringing telephone!
  • Understanding the stages of life and the opportunities each presents for us.
  • Connect with us here for coaching opportunities.

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  • Make changes that you need to do, BUT DO ONE THING AT A TIME!

    FOCUS   F=follow O=one C=course U=until S=Successful

  • Education is important.   Learn the skills you need and apply them immediately.  Learning is changing all the time.   Know what information is important.
  • Book suggestion is THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL by Andy Andrews.
  • Take the next step forward to put you on the Escalator of Success.
Thank God for Our Mentors

Thank God for Our Mentors

Thank God for Our Mentors

Good Morning and Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments where it is the small seemingly insignificant moments in our lives that blossom into awesome Mini Miracles. Every week we are here to share stories, ideas, and information to help make your life easier and happier.

Welcome to this weeks podcast # 143 with Linda and her guest Cliff Ravenscraft. Linda interviews Cliff Ravenscraft as he talks about his journey in the Online world of Podcasting and where he is now.

In 2016 Linda began asking everyone she knew about Podcasting and no one could help.  Then in a forum, she received the name of Cliff.    She promptly signed up for his course and the rest is history.  Today she talks to Cliff about the evolution of Mini Miracles and shares with listeners Cliff Ravenscraft.

Cliff talks about  podcasting he began as a hobby and how it has grown into a bigger dream. Today, Cliff focuses on his role as a business mentor and life coach. He mentors coaches, consultants and thought leaders through the transition from their unfulfilling day job to their own responsible and profitable online business so that they can live the life of their dreams and do the work they feel most called to do in this world.

Check out Free the Dream Conference September 13 -15th in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Being a Cheer Leader for Others

Being a Cheer Leader for Others

Being a Cheer Leader always looks like fun and actually it is fun!   Under the most trying circumstances, there are a many ways to be lifted up and pull out the positive features.  Just today, I attended the Funeral of an old friend.  We knew each other for about 40 years and would always greet each other with a hug and cheerful interaction.   I must say today was sad and yet so uplifting.

The gentleman who died this week was 93, faith filled, and ready to meet his wife in the eternal life.  His next two generations were seated in the pews and friends were scattered around to celebrate his life.  I ran into another person during the service; another witness to the Godly ways of the world.  I witnessed tears, smiles, and hugs.  All offered to one another as a form of empathy, understanding, and support.

Cheerleaders make us happy. Being one is even more fun!

Embracing life and all its challenges keeps us on our toes.  We are supposed to be an example for one another.  What kind of example are you?  Do you go out of your way to embellish the gifts of those around you?  Do you have a good joke to share or something that can help them navigate the journey?

When I was a child, I loved parades.  We lived near a parade route and I would go to every one that our community celebrated.   The Marching Bands of the local schools, the floats honoring the Kings and Queens of different High Schools,  the Firetrucks, and bright customs and the various groups passing out candy and gadgets, made my day.   I saw smiles, and the Veteran’s in uniform saluting the flag.  So many wonderful and respectful measures were taken!

Enthusiasm is contagious!

Let us show respect for those who serve our communities, our nation, and our elderly.   Let us give back to them credit for all the wonderful examples of work ethics, of showing up daily, of attending Church, and being our cheerleaders.   Blessings for a great day!

Put that first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success. 

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