Mini Miracles presents an Episode on Milestone Moments
What are Milestone Markers?
How do these markers stop and/or help you? Linda talks about a few stories that may help you find insight and awesome moments that identify you. These times allow you to go forward and thrive. Who helps you make milestone moments? When have you been transformed? Has something happened in the last few days that has given you insight?
Munch Time is our new section. It will take on a different look each time. Perhaps it will help you to eat better, to find new recipes or food studies, and/or thoughts about what to eat. Today we talk about seasonings.
Big projects that are broken down into portions that we can handle may lead you to bigger accomplishments. Are you doing something new in your home? Are you trying to accomplish something new at work? We develop systems and strategies to help us get projects done well.
Repeating habits and being consistent are essential to making strides.
Linda gives examples about training dogs, painting the outdoor furniture, praying consistently, exercising regularly, or ways of traveling. She talks about procedures and how you will get to the end well. Let time and processes work for you.
Entering into adulthood
Communicating is taking on a new vision after the pandemic. We are beginning to socialize again and reconnect. It may include doing things together or then just talking. It might include sketching together, taking photos with one another, or engaging in the arts. Not only do words give us a way to communicate, but emotions and doing things together can be a way to express ourselves too. These feelings can be developed artistically, in playing musical instruments or physically moving.
Linda suggests a few ideas to help you become creative and grow. Maybe it is through volunteering, traveling, writing poetry, or learning something entirely new.
“Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success!”
MEASURING- A MATH SKILL/IMPORTANCE
Linda starts by talking for a few minutes about the concept of measuring. We need to learn these things that are used every day. We take it for granted that everyone knows simple math skills, but it isn’t true. Listen as you are encouraged to recognize and acknowledge how lucky you are to know your numbers.
This little segment is about measuring and shared for many reasons! First of all, we all have the same basic needs when it comes to learning things. 2ndly, we take it for granted that everyone knows how to do these things, 3rdly, thinking things through and taking the time to be accurate with measurements is really important to have a quality lifestyle. When we dress in clothes that fit us well, drive a car big enough to adapt to one’s 6-foot frame, or sit comfortably in the chair we need to know sizes. This week be conscious of how important these skills are and be thankful for this knowledge.
SCHEDULING TO MAKE YOU FEEL IN CONTROL/HELP OTHERS
Mini Miracles from Minor Moments allows one to see the joy that comes from the smallest happenings in time. Scheduling in the opportunities for growth and diversity in our days is good. They don’t need to be hourly sessions, but just wholesome and authentic moments. One needs to do that for making the most of time, talent, and quality. Not only do we help ourselves, but we help everyone around us feel appreciated. Enjoy the smallest events and successes.
FRAMING FROM A WINDOW IN CHICAGO
Linda shares looking out of a window overlooking the City of Chicago and how framing can help us move forward. Seeing things in the daytime may look totally different to us in the evening because of the lighting. Obstacles and challenges are framed differently when one is alert as opposed to being tired and worn out. Sometimes we see how others resolve problems and find excellent solutions when we know what they are sharing is the truth. We see obstacles that may be in front of us and then we can avoid them.
COMPLIMENTS AND HELPING ONE ANOTHER
Linda shares how sometimes we do not hear and absorb nice compliments. Make sure others hear your compliments. Often people don’t take in the average comment as a positive thing. You also need to receive kind thoughts others share with you and see that they are blessings.
LABELS, TAGS, AND STIGMAS
Comments we hear are not always accurate. Be careful that we don’t label others or make comments that are negative. Be careful not to let tags and comments hold you back or make you fearful. We can be hurt by a label —“you are too fat, too loud, ADD, unkind,” etc. We need to throw them away. Just like a broken bone or a physical injury, many tags are temporary. We need to be careful not to put labels, tags, or impressions from others into our minds as permanent. Things change as we grow. Don’t be put in a corner or get stymied because of some label. It isn’t a good thing. Believe in yourself. Get a team of good people around you to help you know the truth and see things as changeable. Take into account self love as a gift.
Remember to take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!
Today’s Podcast discusses a number of things. The first is about nourishing our bodies. Listening to what our body needs will look different for each of us. We all come from different cultures, different experiences, and different food traditions. How and what we eat is connected to our mindsets, beliefs, and of course, our habits. One thing to recognize is that we are an accumulation of our habits. Those small steps that we do every day often unconsciously move us forward or stall us. It is like making a pot of grandma’s soup. We just do it because that is how it has been done. But now, we need to think differently about what we put into our stomachs. Are we feeding an emotion like anger, anxiety, or just boredom? As a Health Coach, I help people look at their nutrition as one part of the solution. We need to think about how we see and vision food as well. Do you see a large amount of food as nourishing or is there one small plateful that really fills you up?
Several years ago I bought a stack of 9-inch plates from Pier One Imports that really are a perfect size. A complete meal fits comfortably on it and keeps me in check. The American Diabetic Association suggests a 9-inch plate for us so I felt good with this decision.
Simply focusing on freshly cooked or steamed vegetables is filling and can help a person feel healthy. Our skin, our digestion, and our attitudes about junk foods seem to disappear. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a burger, roasted chicken, or a favorite fish. Those things are wonderful proteins that give us strength and should remain part of our diets. Eating well means giving our bodies the nutrients and fuels it needs. We all want to flourish and the quality of our eating can then be supplemented with great hydration. Fresh water and moving complement our bodies. What visions do you have for food? Is it just to fill you up?
Mental Health Check-ups!
Find a good counselor or psychotherapist to keep yourself mentally well. We are ready to help you in this regard! Changes continue to challenge us to grow! So here are a few of the newsy things to read.
A few thoughts regarding last week’s Crain’s News
Just a few thoughts on a couple of articles that may ignite your thinking. Enjoy this section. The looks at Malls as they become apartments. And what are the shortages now. Manufacturers having problems getting metals, woods, and chips. It is affecting all of us.
Education – Where do you get yours?
Nelson Mandela has said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I do believe that. But I wanted to say that there are many forms of education. Education to think for oneself, education to learn a wide variety of skills and plateaus and education that is from self-experience. Not all education comes from going to a school and copying what someone else knows as the truth. We need to learn vicariously, but not necessarily regurgitate what is shared with us. Books offer us the content to read, absorb, or claim. It also allows us to disagree and question. Today I hope the young are not just learning from the internet that is often incorrect in one direction or another. We need to be resourceful and question the things coming our way. The basics of reading, writing, and being kind and sociable are also part of the educational system. We need to be respectful of all people as the commandments of God teach us, but we need to protect ourselves and our families also. The secret to a good life is learning to be content with yourself and your own choices.
Reframing & Adapting to Change
Linda talks about looking out of a window. It can be refreshing and offer many opportunities for clearer thinking. Changes give us opportunities. Linda shares a story about her father’s car being crushed by a cornice and a number of changes that can be for us or seemingly against us. It is the way we frame change. Now to look at the generations around you!
Look to the Generations Around You
Looking to different generations offers us a good perspective. We can be there for one another. We can be mentored by others if we are open to changes.
Our podcast is meant to drop pieces of Education, Motivation, and Spirituality into your pathway to use as needed. We are here to help you. We plant seeds of kindness, opportunities to grow, and the best of everything. Listen often as we drop pieces of newsworthy information for you. Remember to take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success.
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The Value of Good Mental Health
Each side of our brain serves us and allows us to function well. This was discussed in the last podcast with great enthusiasm. What profession are you in often is often reflected by the side of the brain you use the most to accommodate to life. What profession have you chosen? Why have you gone into that area of work?
Linda talks about creating a Sphinx she created in elementary school and how often our culture and family help develop our talents. You will be able to hopefully think of a time in your life when you too enjoyed a time of learning.
Next Linda shares an experience of being on a bus in Italy that was stalled due to an emergency on the road ahead. It turned out to be a fun and unique event for her. It remains such a good remembrance of how people were able to connect. A normal moment was not tense, but rather a beautiful time. Our minds interpret things in different ways. For someone else, the experience may have been uncomfortable or nerve-racking, but that is because we are from different backgrounds.
Fragrances also connect us to different moments. It is like listening to music. Certain songs take us back to fun or even tragic moments. Have you ever been to an auction? Have you ever experienced something that gets you into a new place? Just think for a moment about a trip to Disney or the local zoo. The characters and animals are entertaining. Our imaginations seem to blossom.
We all learn on different levels. It is good that we perceive things differently because we can share them with one another. So If you are having problems learning or dealing with things, travel and try new pathways.
Pathways to Dealing with Anxiety
1-Have regular exercise or movement as part of your day. Moving helps us get past the anxiety.
2-Stay in the moment and take time to breathe.
3-Og Mandino’s University of Success says the only event in the entire world you can control is what you are you are thinking and feeling at the present moment.
4-Enjoy the weather right now, especially if it is pleasant. Feel the sunshine and the fresh air. If it is raining, feel the moisture as a wonderful thing. Take each day one at a time. Stay in the moment.
What is it that you need to do or accomplish this week?
Is it a language you want to learn?
Linda talks about her Father’s journals. How it went from factual information and costs when her dad was younger. With time the journal entries evolved into feelings and emotions and as time progressed so many other things seemed relevant. You’ll learn why. Listen and enjoy this section..
Learn in whatever way is easiest for you. If it is in art, then express yourself that way. If it is with people, then immerse yourself with them. Perhaps music speaks and teaches you to appreciate yourself. It can be from fragrances, smells, or foods. At every age, we can learn from board games.
Linda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and also certified by Optavia in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. She is here to help you feel your best and succeed.
Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success.
Staying Mentally Well
We have minds that have unlimited potential and Linda addresses some basics about learning.
Are you creative? Do you like books? Are you able to communicate well? Do you memorize well? What do you like to do in our free time? What are you thinking about? What are you doing to improve your health?
Good mental health is the basis for all of us so we can enjoy life. Our brains are made to work well for us.
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IQ’s measure intelligence. EQ’s measure emotional intelligence. AQ refers to how well a person reacts to the inevitability of change. So what supports the capacity to make changes well? Linda talks about unlearning old information! Listen and see what insights you can talk away.
Call us if you need help, want to suggest topics, or what to share some good information.
Remember to take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success!
Making choices and decisions can be difficult and many of us are in the process of trying to decide on many different topics throughout our day. We are trying to prioritize what needs to be done and the best way of doing those particular things. Our choices and decisions are ongoing. We are continually making choices and decisions from the time we are small. Today on Mini Miracles from Minor Moments the idea of how to proceed may be helpful for you. Often it the smallest thing that ignites your fire and allows you to elevate your income, the relationships you relish, and the feeling of being accomplished.
Time Changes our Perspective
As we age we make many choices. Choices of exercising or activities that move us ahead. Choices of who to spend time with or choices of when to travel or how we plan a trip. In today’s world, people are making the choice of whether they want the vaccine. One starts looking at the pros and cons. You may be making choices of eating to build a better immune system. Perhaps selecting types of exercise that will be good for you.
Free Up Your Mind
Decisions take on a number of important factors. Just like a computer, our mind needs to be freed up to make wise choices. The best results come from knowing the right path to take. Sometimes we are worried about making the wrong decision and as a result, we let good opportunities pass us by. Indecision and confusion deplete us of energy that could be used to keep us mentally healthy.
The Illustration of Getting a Dog
Linda illustrates how to make choices by telling us a story about her decision to purchase a dog. She asked herself many questions, some may help you come up with questions to ask yourself if you need to look at when you have a decision about jobs, commitments, vacations, or even important things like having surgery.
Are you deciding on going back to school? Are you trying to change your financial situation? Perhaps you need to move to a different size home or help fund a family member?
Steps to Help You Move Ahead
Decisions are not always easy, but here are a few ideas on how one can actually make good decisions. Our choices boil down to a few specific things :1- visualize the destination of your actions and how you can control the outcome, 2- Look at the opportunities available now, 3- What choices are there? 4- Next create habits that are simple, easily repeated, and time focused —even designate a good time to think things through —it may be while taking a walk or getting alone and sitting away from confusion. 5- Put yourself among like-minded people who share your values and commitments—get their feedback. 6- Use humor when things seem too hard to decide.
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“Taking the first step may put you on the escalator of success!”
Hello and thanks for joining me on this 191st podcast. Today we are going to discuss the repercussions and emotional responses that seem to be coming to us during this winter season and all of the news about Corona. So many people are affected by the loneliness and the isolation that has been created this past year. We cannot undo these times, but the way we interpret and deal with them can be uplifting rather than being a downer.
Simply because we are not interacting with one another in the usual way we do, our thinking may be getting cloudy, empty, and irrational. We are not receiving the feedback from others that is so important to us and to our loved ones. Because we are alone, our aches, pains, problems, politics, and isolation causes us to focus on negative situations. Instead, we need to anticipate fun things and have things to plan for as the year evolves. Gardening, hobbies, family picnics, birthdays, weddings, or gatherings can be tentatively planned.
Linda shares an episode with a neighbor and how relevant it is to recall the seemingly insignificant moments. They are in fact the things that bring us joy. As 2021 comes into February we need to connect on all levels to help all of us grow.
Start making tentative plans that will give you something to look forward to and plan. Find books to read. Create a plan for your projects and things to guide you ahead.
The 2nd section of the podcast is on our memories. Just a few thoughts to improve yours and recognize how important they are to all of us. Memories help us deal with losses and with difficult times in life. They are also fun to make with kids, families, and friends.
These short commentaries are not word-for-word of the podcast, so please enjoy listening.
Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success.
How conscious are you? Welcome to 2021 and the opportunities this year presents to you. What is a good word that can set you up for success this year? For me, the word for the month is “Connect.” I actually change out the word each month and it is a word that involves action.
Here are some of the topics on this podcast:
1- Are you familiar with the new social app Clubhouse? Well, it is a new tool to learn. A tool to connect us with others interest in the topics you like. You will meet new contacts and can listen to the opinions of other entrepreneurs and/or people of knowledge.
2- Jon Acuff, an author talks about completing a goal you have set. He shared that at the University of Scranton they studied New Year resolutions and only 8% get to their goals. That can be disappointing and discourage us from even starting. Here you will get some steps toward encouragement. Listen to some of Linda’s ideas on reaching the steps that will move you ahead. What do you want? Who is helping you get to the end you want?
3- What are the relationships you want to develop this year? Do you want to develop specific skills?
4- Looking to diets, habits, exercise, Moving on from unhealthy relationships, refueling ourselves,
5- Simple kindnesses start out as mini miracles. Linda shares about a gift she received that was not related to the Holidays, but rather as an unexpected kindness from a friend.
6- Be aware of the boundaries you set. Are you putting yourself among people that are offensive or adding pressure to you? Listen here and see if you are in a similar place.
7- A few words about “GUILT”. What is it? Do you suffer from it? What value does it hold?
8- Deepak Chopra and Ervi Laszlo discussed how we are connected. Linda addresses what they discussed. It is a very insightful selection.
9- How one person named Wayne set a great example for me and how Deepak’s conversation related.
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Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!
Enjoy listening to a Variety of Important Thoughts on moving forward. These will help you develop the Art of Thinking Clearly
Linda shares about a few highlights from Thanksgiving. Yes, many families and friends connected by ZOOM. The man who created zoom, Eric Yuan, has gotten us beyond physical limitations. We are so lucky to use technology to stay connected.
Staying optimistic during these times allows us to grow. We can help each other. We are able to feel complete. Send Linda your ideas for topics.
SWEET SYSTEMS HELP
A few thoughts on an article from Success Magazine in the January/February 2121 issue talks about practices for setting goals. Although the article is directed at Money goals, Linda shares how these steps can help us in every aspect of our lives.
1-Systems help us, don’t rely on willpower.
2-Allow Habits to move you ahead, don’t focus on outcomes
3-Being flexible helps us; don’t be rigid. See things with humor.
4-Stay committed, but don’t try to be perfect. It is good to complete things.
Take that first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!
What makes things complete for you? Is it good relationships? Finishing a book? Calling your children and embracing them? What makes your life rich? How do I develop the art of thinking clearly? What relationships are important to you? What do you do that makes you feel better? Even though things may be difficult, now is the time to creative something special. It could be a hobby, a new area of learning, or way to make changes intentionally. Get a coach —Call me.
Dealing with losses can be a difficult thing.It causes us to change and adapt to situations. Losses can be dealt with by changing ones perspective. What will bring you joy?
Integrating self care helps us with adapting to our needs and those of others. Linda shares a few ways to help us change our thinking.
What do you need to focus on? With the holidays in full swing we all need to apply new skills and reflect on the things that are wonderful. Are you learning something new?
Be creative, complete things, and be deliberate. Keep a variety in your life. Do small things, as well as, larger things. What feelings are controlling you rather than using good mental thoughts. Make lists. They can be destroyed and torn up but they help us think things through.
Saying YES or NO?
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” ISAIAH 43.:19
Note that these are just a few topics and they are not the "word-for-word content of this podcast!