Health and Lifestyle

How to Improve Productivity

How to Improve Productivity

How to Improve Productivity

Being productive is essential for feeling good about yourself and being efficient at home or work.   Getting things done well so one does not have to go back and make corrections is the best option.

Here are a few thoughts to help you improve productivity:

  • Be careful not to overextend yourself.  We all do it, we pack too many appointments or things to do in our day.  We rush and find even the best of things lose their enjoyment.  Better to have fewer things done well and having the extra time rather than rushing and enjoying nothing.
  • Recognize priorities.  What is really important?  Can the job, phone call, or visit be done on another day when time permits?
  • Focus on solutions and take the action necessary.  Today was one of those days when I needed to get to get to the bank.  It is a holiday on Monday and I needed to check on something.  The action of going there first thing this morning took that off my plate.
  • Don’t forget to eat.  LOL, we seldom forget that unless we are so consumed in a project or alone and find it not a pleasant event!   Eating regularly is important.
  • Sleeping can be hard for some of us when we have random thoughts racing around.  Good to get into sleeping regular hours if that is possible.  Also turning off blue light technology like computers and phones will help. Our eyes and our minds need a break!  A half hour of quiet before laying down can help us relax when we hit the pillow.
  • Drink water and fluids throughout the day.  Yes drinking fluids keeps up feeling our best.
  • Moderation goes a long way in achieving productivity.  Pacing ourselves and keeping balanced with fun and work is the best option.  Having said that, we all know that it is hard to keep a variety of food, activities, and friends scheduled.   Grab the moments of joy whenever you can and savor them.

Know what you like and appreciate you own insights.  We all find different patterns of comfort.  I like to escape from the office between 2 and 4.  A walk outdoors even to get the mail is needed for me.  Often I will go out to a Chapel or go for an iced tea.   It is a simple routine that recharges me.  Finding your own patterns and identifying them is a big help.  Taking the first step to enjoying life begins with feeling productive and worthwhile.   Soon you’ll be riding the escalator of success.  Have a great day!

Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way

How do you find your way to earning a living? 
How do you manage the crisis moments in your life? 

Just what method helps you find your way to different locations is different for every one of us.   Do you use landmarks to find your way?

Vince Lombardi says, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Linda takes us one step further and talks about finding your way in life and offers ideas on how to address some of our daily concerns.  Taking care of ourselves is not only physical, but mental.  We are called  to protect ourselves just like a roof protects a home.   We need to be the best person possible by taking time for our interests.   Freeing time for yourself carries you forward and gets you to your goals. “Take the next step forward and put yourself on the escalator of success.”

Join us every week for our Podcast Mini Miracles from Minor Moments.


Are You Lost?  Finding your way calls us to be with others and be engaged in life! Find your purpose!

Finding Your Way

Seize the Day

Welcome to Podcast 132 on Seizing the Day and making opportunities to enjoy the minor moments. 

Dealing with sometimes chaotic schedules at work and home can lead us to look for energy.   Linda shares a few ways to make the most out of the time one has and using it to the fullest to enjoy  life.   Meeting deadlines, responding to one another, and prioritizing relationships over schedules are all necessary for our health and welfare.  Writing, journaling and quiet time help balance out a productive and busy lifestyle, but it isn’t always easy.

Linda offers onsite counseling at Delight in Living, Ltd. located in Crystal Lake, IL and also coaching online to meet your needs. She makes an effort to schedule appointments when it is the most convenient for you!  Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success.

Tackling Daily Challenges

Tackling Daily Challenges

You have been prepared for years to deal with and tackle the Daily Challenges that come your way?  This preparation started when you were a child and has continued throughout the years.   Today Mini Miracles from Minor Moments deals with the Value of School, Developing Healthy Boundaries, and Overcoming Fears.   Does it sound overwhelming?  Well it isn’t but a few insights are meant to go a long way in helping YOU feel better.

Taking the first step can put you on the escalator of success!

Tackling Daily Challenges

Purging on Paper to Find Clarity

Empty your Mind for good health and clearer thinking!

Linda brings us up to date on one of the oldest Art Forms in History.  Writing things down can be the best form of relaxation and relief.   It does so many things for us, including:

  • reducing stress
  • bringing seemingly insignificant moments to the surface
  • recognizing internal strengths
  • keeping things in perspective
  • putting ideas into practice
  • Untangling situations and developing clarity
  • Decide the difference between a thought and a feeling
  • Clears the mind so there is space to develop
  • Helps a person put words to what is happening in their lives
  • Heals relationships
  • Strengthens a sense of self
  • Improved self trust
  • Offers new perspectives

Learn to frame things into positive sentences and therefore into positive thinking.  Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of success!

Triangulation in Your Life

Triangulation in Your Life

Linda talks about the concept of Triangulation in your life.

Balancing our lifestyles is a art form.  Linda talks about the concept of triangulation in Education, Business, Health, and Personally.

What a wonderful concept on how to be the best version of yourself. She talks about people in our lives and how Mini Miracles from Minor Moments come into our realm.   We gain lots of energy from them.   That is also very true with finding support from 3 different angles!  Check this out.  You’ll be glad you did!

        Juggling Acts

Take the first step forward and it may put you on the escalator of success.

Where Does Good Health Come From?

Using Power Cooking & Air Fryers may help!

Just where does good health come from?  Science tells us that some parts of the world are healthier than others due to the foods that are eaten. In Israel, we learn that a diet rich in vegetables, fish, and unsaturated fat helps people stay well.  In Japan,  we learn that the people eat until they are only 80 % full.  In the Italian culture, the Mediterranean diet is looked to for attaining an ideal weight, higher energy levels, and to control inflammation. In America, we are fortunate to have a variety of fruits and vegetables available to us in any given season.  Here are apples grown in Illinois used for both baking and eating.

The All American Apple

In recent months many people have looked to cooking foods in a variety of ways.  The pressure cooker has evolved into the instant pots.   They really are a wonder.  As a long time user of the Old Fashioned Pressure cooker, I wondered how these might be different?  Many people had suggested them to me and so I went out and purchased one for myself and my daughter.

I love the easiness of using them and the speed of delivering a great dinner in literally minutes. They are easy to clean, too!  Hot sudsy water does the trick.  Recipes are included with many of them but for me I find if I use my old recipes they still work well.  With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, you might try corned beef brisket.   It turns out tender and oh, so yummy.  Add in your potatoes and cabbage if you desire!

Another favorite recipe is for Beef Stew.   Instant Pots are awesome.   Enjoy!


Another new invention are air fryers that make food taste fried without all the added grease.  Cooking healthy and using some of the newest kitchen tools is great.  One of my favorite people on U Tube is Chef AJ    Her all vegetable approach to eating is most interesting.  She is one of the people who is an advocate for using  air fryers. Check out these appliances on Amazon and see if they might help you.

Perhaps it is little changes that we make and the extra steps we take toward being healthier that give us the confidence that we are helping control over our health.

It’s All About Happiness

It’s All About Happiness

Welcome to Podcast 123 of Mini Miracles from Minor Moments. 

It is the minor moments in our lives that bring forth the greatest miracles.

Today Linda is sharing some takeaway’s she received in the book .  Thanks to Dennis Prager for one of the most insightful books I’ve read recently.   Also check out Matthew Kelly’s Books.  The Rhythm of Life is one of my favorites.and his most recent book which I am still working on but enjoy is the Culture solution. Thanks, don’t forget to take

Thanks to Dr. Nick at the Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital for all their care and concern.

How to Catch More Sleep

How to Catch More Sleep

How to catch more sleep is unique for each person depending on their work cycle, but here are a few suggestions to help you.

What are your sleeping conditions?  Are you in a quiet end of the house or in a nosy environment?   If you grew up in a house with lots of noise and found that comforting, a quiet place may not work.  A friend of mine sleeps with the radio on in the house.  If you had a house of quiet, trying to find a place of rest that is peaceful, cool, and comfortable is essential.   Scientific research tells us that going to bed at a regular time helps us stay regulated.  However, having said that it is often difficult to be consistent. This is particularly true if you have small children, work varying shifts, or are a caretaker.

Often the use of noise machines work well.  I spent a night with a few friends up in the Milwaukee area years ago.  We were all going to a conference the next day and bunked over at one of the nearby homes as guests of one who was also attending with us. To my surprise she announced that the only way she could sleep was with white noise, so we all agreed to try it.   Surprisingly fast, I fell asleep and slept well for the entire night.  There are many machines that offer a variety of sounds from the sound of ocean waves, to repeated sounds.

Scheduling time for        REST!

What we are learning is that it is essential we get up at the same time.   Years ago I had a doctor who was practical and yet a genius.  He sat down with me on the first visit in a quiet room and asked me a series of questions.  One of them was what time I woke each day to use the restroom.   I gave him a time and still find after all these years that it hasn’t changed.   So why share this with you?  Well it is obvious that we all seem to have an internal clock that keeps us on tract.   Obviously after many years of schedule changes, having raised a family, and jobs, I realized that some things are consistent.  This is really relevant when it comes to our times of rest.

Recognizing your Internal Clock

Yesterday I was not watching the clock, but Rosy, our American Bulldog, barked to alert me to her eating time.   She has not been well this past month, and has not eaten well, but her habits are set in place.  Ironically, I fed her and she ate okay.   She also can be sound asleep and awakes at 8:30 pm to remind us it is time to go outside.  People are no different with their internal clocks, but we often delay going to the washroom or  ignore being tired.  We stay up past our bedtimes and regret it the next morning.

The use of  weighed blankets can also really be helpful.  I was first taught about this through one of my patients.  These blankets calm the body and allow the person to settle down.  So I personally tried one to learn if it worked.  They are excellent at keeping one from tossing and turning.   It reminded me of the bundling we do in helping newborns to sleep.  We swaddle them to make them feel secure.  They come in a variety of weights according to whether one is a child or an adult.  The first time I used one it slid onto the floor and unlike other blankets meant I had to get out of bed to physically pick it up again.  I found it rather funny, but missed it right away.  These blankets come in a variety of colors and duvets are available to cover them as well.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Another remedy is having something about an hour and a half before bedtime to relax you.  For years a glass full of milk was suggested and it has helped many people I know to feel satiated and to sleep well.  My husband likes an apple and has copied this habit from his father.  Perhaps it is keeping the body from feeling hungry at that time, equalizing blood sugar, or just a powerful suggestion!  It may be something to try and see if it helps you.

Hoping a few of these ideas might guide you  into a restful night and consistent habits to make your life better.  Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success. 


The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

Sleeping Simba during a             rehearsal break!

In the Magical World of Disney, we learn about the Circle of Life that begins with Simba, a small lion cub.

Baby & his buddy

It made me think of how our lives keep rolling forward.  With so many people checking out their roots and learning about their Ancestors, we also learn about our place in the circle of life.  Where are you?   Are you the father of a small child or a mother of 10 with grown up children?  Are you a well known celebrity with many people following you?  What role do you want to play in your family, business, or community?

Freshly Powdered

Losses in our lives causes us to reevaluate what are role is supposed to be.   Linda shares that the highs and lows that move us forward!

Pebbles in her prime.

       Living life well calls us to enjoy all the highlights and small moments in our lives.   Look for them and think about the joys they bring!



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