Health and Lifestyle

The Advice is Simple; Taking Action is Hard

Today’s message is The Advice is Simple; Taking Action is Hard.  If you follow me regularly at the Mini Miracles from Minor Moments Podcast or read my blogs, you know that I follow Mel Robbins.  She is the Author of The 5 Second Rule.  So I was listening to one of her talks on U-Tube today https://youtu.be/JoQEY2sIMTg.   She discusses how we tend to act on our feelings as opposed to doing what we need to do.   For example: we all know we are to exercise, but it is easy to say, “I don’t feel like it!”

Our lead photo is a child all bundled up for an outing.   Parents obviously dressed her appropriately for the weather.  She may not have wanted to go out, but there was no option.  There is no one to dress or control you except yourself.  You have to take action even if you don’t feel like it.

Encouragement!

Self discipline is very easy for some people, because they prioritize what is important and then create habits to pursue what they want.  They write lists and check off their progress.  They set deadlines that help them accomplish goals.  Often we are so good at helping others attain what they want, but we get caught in the trap of not getting what we want.   I can attest to that as a caretaker.  Caretakers are often teachers, counselors, and/or parents.   I fall into all three categories.   I have learned to put myself last.   It is not a good thing!

Self awareness is very important.  We all need to help ourselves.  We need to “parent ourselves!”  Today put yourself first.  Do something you need to do for yourself.  Many people are snowed in during this cold snap. It provides time to read, exercise, or clean out that cabinet that needs to be organized.  You may not feel like it, but do it anyway.  Parent yourself and take ownership of who and what you want.  No one is going to give you a gold star or an award, but you’ll feel so much better.  Check out Brendan Burchard here. Brendan is the High Performance Coach and inspires us to get results.

Take a step forward, it can put you on the escalator of success!

The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come!

Yes, the Best is Yet to Come. Rosy turns 11 in March and has been fighting congestive heart failure the last 2-3 weeks.  Medicine has been helping her respiration and a modest diet has helped her rally around.  The extremely cold weather makes her rush in and out quickly, but it is more often than normal.

Our Love!

Rosy as a 2 year pup stands guard in our yard.

Today as I was preparing her food, I reached over to hand her the medications in a small ball of peanut butter.  She accepted it graciously.  I found myself saying, “The best is yet to come!”   On the counter was her breakfast which was dog food and a scrambled egg to entice her to eat. 

At 10 she is still fond of tossing and playing with her toys. She does not destroy them, but seems to know they are for fun.

The best is yet to come is advice I needed to hear lately too.  It seems that when things are going wrong, this mantra really  helps.   It extends to a way of thinking that has served me well over the years.  Sometimes the advice we give to others is really for ourselves, so I have learned to key into that insight.

As a student, I would do my homework and know the reward was in knowing the material.  That would usually result in good grades.  If I did my chores, it meant time out to play.  The reward would be as a result of the effort. As an adult I need to start flipping this a bit.  I need to play more and recognize that much of the hard work has already been done in some areas. 

Somehow we’d all like the prize before putting in the work.  We’d rather weigh less, but still eat out of control.  We’d like to have the good things in life like a new car, but aren’t patient enough to wait and save for it.   As I get older, waiting is even harder.  

Here it is winter and very cold this week.  Below zero!  I am totally impatient to get outside into our garden den and soak up the sunshine.  I’d love to be shedding the coats and added sweaters!   I’d love to walk safely without the concern of falling on ice or freezing.  I see friends traveling and think I’d like to be joining them, but realize reality doesn’t allow that right now.

Where are you in this thinking?  Do you believe the best is yet to come?  What are you doing that will lead you to the big payoff?   Are you dieting?  Exercising?  Working on a project with a long term goal that will pay you dividends?   Are you saving money for a trip?  Are you waiting for the joys of seeing a new grandchild?   Or perhaps getting in that garden with all the baby plants from your seedlings?  

The best part of winter for me used to be ice skating.  I no longer do that, but realize that winter if the prerequisite of Spring days and more light.   “The best is yet to come!”  

Success & Facing Reality

Success & Facing Reality

When other people have problems, how do you react?  Do you help them and engage with them?  Do you step aside and watch them?  Or do you run from the scene?  Linda talks about success and how one finds resolution.

Rosy wasn’t curling up so well this week!

This 11 minute Podcast talks about the few Mini Miracles that pop up regularly and how to discover your own!

Light bulb Moments that appear as Mini Miracles!

Putting yourself on the escalator of success begin with taking the first step in resolving problems.

Transitioning into 2019

Transitioning into 2019

Shrek the Musical was at the Merriot in Lincolnshire.

Transitioning into 2019 comes with small changes and insights.  Perhaps you are trying to set goals and plan your calendars for the next year.  Celebrating is behind us now and a new year is off and running.   It calls us to look back with joy and to put closure on the Holidays that place so much stress on many of us.

Linda talks about the events that closed down her year.   She went to the Marriott with a couple of grand kids.Times like these help to keep us up-to-date on the events in our communities, and also keeps our families close. It is nice to have happy times and develop memories for one another.

Linda also gives a shout out to some of the local community restaurants that she uses.  She follows up with how we need to reach out to people particularly during this winter season.

To of the grandchildren who saw the musical.

Be bold and forge ahead into 2019 like this Dragon!

 

Linda refers to Brendan Burchard, a motivational speaker, who says, “when you’re down and out, you have to get out and about!”  Let your purposes lead you forward.  Good things will be happening.  Our habits give us incremental steps forward.  Along the way Mini Miracles begin to emerge.  Ask yourself questions.   Where do you want to go?  What do you want to accomplish?

Join her Women’s Entrepreneur group here on this sight to learn many things this year.   We kick it off in the next 6 sessions with topics like Mega batching, Lagging indicators vs. Leading indicators, Triangulation in business and personal life, Situational Selection and emotional stability personally and in business, and Architects of Intelligence.  Consider joining us!

Take the next step forward, it will put you on the escalator of success.

Holiday Delights

Holiday Delights

Holiday Delights come in all kinds of packages and in the Minor Moments of each day.  Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments as Jim Haisler and Linda Gullo kick off another Podcast.  Every day is a place we’ve never been before, so we need to look ahead to all the wonderful surprises.  There are events filled with joy and hidden blessings in the challenges we face.

Living fully isn’t easy as people face fires, illnesses, long term recoveries, or losses, but there are pieces of light and wisdom mixed in.  So how do we filter these times?  Where do you find joy and light in moments of pain and sorrow? It calls us all to help one another.  It calls us to celebrate the wins every single day.  Furthermore, it teaches us to have a sense of humor!

Circle of Life

The Circles of Health, Wealth, Kindness, & Color brings us to completion.

As this year comes to a close, let’s rally in the steps you have taken forward.  Learn from the mistakes and know you can forgive yourself for the slip-ups.   Rally in the wins of work, meeting a nice person along the way, or the great dinner with family and friends that is coming up this week.  Maybe you only lost 10 pounds, but it is still excellent.  If you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do, there is a new day coming to make a small step forward.   Taking that one step may put you on the escalator of success.

Get out the new calendar and knowing who you are, just set up fun stuff for yourself.  Block out times whenyou want to do special things and DO THEM.  Get a team together that will help you forge ahead.  Call on people who are ahead of you on the journey.  Look for them at church, at meetings, in the community, and ask around.   Help is nearby.

By all means, join us regularly here at www.lindagullo.com  There are many new and exciting things going on at Delight in Living!  Here in the office and online, we will be supporting your efforts and struggles with blogs, podcasts, and bits in wisdom. Join us for Timely Topics, and groups onsite.  We want to part of your life!

Advent is coming to an end!

Blessings for you as you celebrate and in the New Year of  2019!  Oh and please tell others about our site.  We’d be most appreciative!

Being Prepared for Success

Welcome to this weeks Mini Miracles from Minor Moments Podcast. Today’s topic  is on Being Prepared for Success.  We begin with Jim Haisler’s Introduction.  Enjoy the story is Linda’s episode at Woodfield Mall about getting locked out of her car.

Check out Timely Topics on this site about the monthly programs.  Next month is on Anxiety.

Are you a parent or have experienced packing up a diaper bag?  Listen to how this is relevant to you.  This is a section on preparedness! Listen to some questions on how you might consider as we wind down the year. Have a great week!

A 17 Month Desk Top Calendar gives us perspective!

Taking just one step forward may put you on the escalator of success!

Programming Your Way to Success

Programming Your Way to Success

Good morning and welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments. A Staple may hold your papers together, but what holds you together are the minor moments so join us here every week for Mini Miracles from Minor Moments on Friday.

This weeks Podcast is number 112. Today we are going to talk about healthy way to program yourself to success. You know we literally need to take time to relax and it is good to do in 5 minute segments.

If you have the art of writing then perhaps the best thing for you to do is to journal. Journaling is so wonderful, because it allows his to put our thoughts down in writing.It allows us to make lists, to doodle, and to get our minds activated. it also allows us to center in and clarify what we are doing in our lives. So it doesn’t hurt to sit down and jot down a few thoughts.

Get that pencil out and begin journaling!

I like to have it in a book that I can carry around with me, because then it is there at my fingertips. The other thing is perhaps you have a dog or a cat, you know there is nothing more comforting then to sit down and pet that animal. Just to take the time to s-l-o-w down and relax. Also we fuel ourselves with things we shouldn’t. A lot of people start their day off with a cup of coffee and that isn’t all bad. I think we all need to have a routine and know what works well for us, but if its to it down and have a cold glass of water then that’s good too. We need to stay fluid and keep our systems. Because our systems are designed to work well when we have fluids in us.

One of the things I have been guilty of for many years is multi-tasking. I think it began when my kids were little. I would have the kitchen sink full of dishes soaking, I would run downstairs and have the washing machine on. Or I’d be helping the kids with something and the phone would ring and I’d be talking to my mother. It just seemed that I would so many things at one time and kinda stayed with me for many years. I have to tell you that it’s not the best way to operate.

In the last few years I have been very conscious of what I have been doing and focusing on one thing at a time, like doing this podcast. When I focus on doing one thing at a time it gets down well and completely and I know that everything I’ve done is the best I can do. That is true with so many things. I have my Christmas cards in the next room here. I have wanted to write notes and send them out. And I haven’t had time to focus on them. I did about ten of them and then got distracted so I put them aside. I know there is plenty of time between now and Christmas to get them out to people, but I want to take time —even if it’s 10 at a time or 5 at a time to get them down well. I am going to feel good not multitasking. I will feel that they are done well.

To program yourself for success, you also have to have good habits. Is it important that you walk every day? Is it important that you get a good nights rest? Absolutely! All the above.

We need to know what we are doing and how to take care of ourselves. As I get older I think, oh my gosh all the times I didn’t take care of myself,– mea culpa, mea culpa, I am really guilty about that.

Another way to program yourself for success is to realize there is help around you. For years I did not take that help as much as I do now. I have someone in the office, Barb who comes in the office each week who gets things filed and organized. I have a virtual assistant Jenny who now helps me on a regular basis, and best of all I have a couple of good friends that I can bounce things off of and that too is so very important. So my little team here is growing, my helpers are growing. I look around and see that I have support in ways that I didn’t recognize that I had support.

Magic chimes lead us into the next section.

Did you know that there are 6 rules to changing your life? First of all put things on a Calendar.  Calendars are so wonderful for us. They take care of our memories and keep things in front of us -acting as memory. The 2nd thing is not to schedule two things at the same time. I know that sounds silly, but it is easy to do; to think we can double up and get more done in less time. It doesn’t work that way. Multi tasking has never worked well for any of us. 3rdly, use blocks of time for yourself. Make sure you have blocks of time to do the things you want to do for your own individual benefit. set a reminder for everything. It’s important to set time limits.We can get so consumed in a project and forget everything else. this happened to us last night. My husband and I were working a jigsaw puzzle- and we get so invested in these puzzles that 2 hours have passed and its “oh my gosh we should get to bed”.It’s so important that we set reminders for everything in our lives. Another thing that helps is if you are a computer user, a phone user and other technology yes of advises, make sure that you sync them together. It’ll help you keep life easier.At the end of each week, take time to review and see all that you have accomplished. What you have accomplished and what you need to do the coming weeks. This is simple; sometimes the simplest things go right past us. BUT it is easy to do these things to change your life.

What trail do you set for yourself when it comes to being successful? My goal is to be successful and creative in the meantime and help people learn things that are going to make their lives easier. For example today I was watching Rosy. Yesterday I was outside in the snow and I had made a trail to the garden house at the back of our property.

As I was doing that,, my husband asked me why I was bothering to do that and I said I wanted to have access to the Delightful Den any time of the year and this is the time of year I need to make a trail. We all need to set trails for ourselves. Trails for success for achieving anything we want to succeed in. A few days ago I had set in a path; the snow blew over it. I was back at shoveling it again; clearing the path. Today I noticed that Rosy, was following the trail to the back of our yard. Funny Rosy followed that path as if it was a trail made for her. she went to the back to take care of business and then I noticed that she followed the trail back again.

Your presence in life and your performance in life also follows a trail. For some people its successfully dressing. They are always classy, neat and clean and present a profile that is just spectacular. They are neat and clean; they have a touch of styling to them. They dress appropriate for everything they attend and they fit the occasion just superbly.

I think that is how we have to be with our lives too. We have to be available to help one another. When the time happens that we have to be at a hospitable to help somebody or suddenly someone needs our help because they have a flat tire. any of the little things that happen in our lives . We have to be available to help each other at any point in life.

Your presence and performance and the example you set speaks volumes. So my question to you today is what trail are you following to get to the point you want to be at? What do you need to do to be successful? Decide and then just do it. Show up and say what you need to say. Do what you need to do and you’re available for everybody. think again, what is the trail you are setting for yourself. Where do you want to end tip?

Magic chimes.

In concluding today’s podcast, I wanted to share a few things as we enter into the month of December. Yes, I know we will be meeting here again next Friday as well, but I wanted to tell you that celebrating the holidays can be very stressful. We want everyone to stress less. Set your vision on specific traditions and celebrate those. Simplify your decorations, maybe it is better to have less, than to be stressed and putting out so much. Also we are all going to be driving places and the weather is not always the best, so drive safely, set enough time aside for all scheduling and for all the thing s you need to do; for the things that are important and relevant for you. Be selective in what you decide to attend. Most of all be prayerful at this time of the year and connect with those you find are very special to be with. Enjoy the times with your families and have a really good month. I will see you next week at the same time. Remember putting your best foot forward may put you on the escalator of success. Until next time this is Linda and have a good week.

Oh Glorious Snow or Is It?

Glorious snow blesses the Midwest and offers opportunities for joy!  We do know however, that snow affects us all differently.   It all depends on one’s self talk and health status.  For some people it provides an opportunity for having fun and results in complete joy as shown here.  It is beautiful and miraculous as it transforms the empty branches with a coating of glistening white.  Snow angels start appearing as kids play in it.  Snow artists are developing magnificent creatures and snowmen!

For those who enjoy seasonal sports like ice skating, skiing, and snow boarding, this weather is a delight.

All this snow is wonderful!

For others snow is depressing and isolating.   Snow depression and Seasonal Affective Disorders referred to as SAD are real. Withdrawal from activities, depression, loneliness, fatigue and mood changes are real.  Especially for those with physical limitations.  People feel isolated and suddenly become hermits.  Our seasonal office helper here is demonstrating how weather can be limiting us.

This mischievous elf got caught sleeping on the job!

The shorter days offer less light and opportunities to stay connected so we need to consciously stay involved.  A few suggestions are:

  • Play board games or get out a deck of cards to stay mentally sharp.
  • Puzzles are favorite pass times and offer moments of time spent together.
  • Write notes for the holidays.
  • Make phone calls to those you need to connect with to hear their voices.
  • Exercise helps us stay vibrant and moving.   Stretch often and take a walk outside the front door just to feel the freshness.
  • This too shall pass, the weather is temporary!
  • Meditate or write out your calendar with birth dates and appointments for the coming year.
  • Let this time become moments to crochet, woodwork, write, and do crafts.  Perhaps time to mend and catch up on organizing.

For me, I need to clean up shelves and nick nacs,  washing crystal, and getting ready for the holidays.  The snow slows me down to get things done here at home.

When all is said and down, tuck yourself in as Rosy did last night.   Today she actually let me put her bright pink and gray snow cape on.  It keeps her dry, but allows me to see her in the deep snow.

Rosy curls up in a bed half her size for a nap.

Enjoy your day and Cyber Monday!   Take just one step forward and put yourself on the escalator of success!

Having Relevance in Our Lives

Having Relevance in Our Lives

Having relevance in our lives is ongoing and helps us build our own integrity.   Every day is a new day with the potential to love and live life fully.  Join us weekly for Mini Miracles from Minor Moments.  This week Linda shares how quickly our days start and shares her quick start to Friday.  Getting Rosy’s nails done was relevant; when the opportunity presented itself, the day was kicked into gear.

When did you first feel relevant and important?  Do you recall a grandparent’s hug or warm embrace from a dear aunt?  These small, but meaningful encounters make us the people we become.   Thinking about how you function in life helps you embrace an identify and form integrity.  Always in small but significant steps, we find our way into adulthood.  We change roles in our employment, in our homes, with our families, and in society.

Our day kicked off with Snow!

How are you transitioning from one role to another?  Linda talks about her experience in team teaching.  It was a trend that lasted for a short time, but then all of the methods and needs in society help transform us into different menus.

Are you a parent with different age children?   Obviously the way you parent and the needs of each child change us and our family units.

Linda shares how her father-in-law’s heart surgery was an example of how trends and medicine continues to change. 

 

Take the one step that may put you on the escalator of success.

 

This content is not scripted.   Please listen and enjoy the short upbeat podcast every Friday.

 

Chasing Away Loneliness

Chasing Away Loneliness

Chasing Away Loneliness isn’t the easiest thing to do.   It is the smallest things in life that bring us great joy.   Welcome to Podcast 110 and the Fall Season.  Hopefully this weeks podcast will allow you to be aware of how all people suffer from this emotion more often than one thinks.   Now with Halloween behind us and all the fun building through the Fall season, how will you reach out to other people.  It will help you and others around you.

Halloween Fun allows us to connect with one another.

Conversations connect us to one another.  Linda shares how the conversation about dogs allowed a man installing shades to converse with her.   The simple things in life can make things so much better.

Enthusiasm is contagious and takes away our loneliness!

Linda talks about the Winter Olympics of 1994 and how much of it thrill it brought to her.   Dan Jensen was a success in reaching a gold medal.   She connects this memory with how people celebrate.  How do you connect ? Who do you talk with each day?   Do you reach out to others?

Creativity begin from within! Sharing ideas can help us all!

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