Self Development

Oh Glorious Snow or Is It?

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!

Focusing On a Good Life Takes Practice

Focusing On a Good Life Takes Practice

Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments where we reap the greatest benefits from focusing on the simplest moments in life.   Do enjoy Linda’s Podcast!

Vision – Focus on the Small things in Life!

Many times we focus on the negative things and become shallow in our thinking.  Oprah once introduced a gratitude journal and we all need to focus on those positive things.

Grateful for Clothes and the Opportunity to Learn!

Linda focus’ on people who bring joy to our community.  Making today the best day ever.  Today take the time to Listen to your body!

Rest when you need it: ask for help and be grateful!

In the last section Linda tells us how two friends dealing with health issues take it as a warning to deal with their situations.    It inspires her to take a few steps in slowing down.  Listening to our bodies is good advice for all of us. Do you slow down enough to stay well?   What do you do to help yourself?  Please enjoy this podcast and share it with others who need to find joy in the smallest moments in life.  Have a great day and super week!  Take the first step to put yourself on the escalator of success.

Eliminate Clutter, Embrace the Season, and Enjoy Preparing for Your Life!

Eliminate Clutter, Embrace the Season, and Enjoy Preparing for Your Life!

Eliminate Clutter, Embrace the Season, and Enjoy Preparing for Your Life.   Welcome to Podcast 108 where Linda brings the best of Minor Moments and how they can escalate into Mini Miracles.

   Preparing for the Job  Ahead

Eliminate the clutter in your life. Linda shares about Shredding papers in her office.  It is very freeing to eliminate unnecessary clutter and unneeded paper.   Try it.

Embrace the season and enjoy the various times in your life.

Finally “Preparation” for your life can make things

Thoughts on Making Choices

Thoughts on Making Choices

Welcome to Podcast 107 where thoughts revolve around Making Choices!   (This content is not written out in its entirety.  Kindly listen to the podcast and enjoy it!

Podcasting Delights

Making good decisions is an ongoing process based on the information we have at any given time. We are all making choices constantly. Some less important than others! We teach our children at an early age and we often make choices under pressure. Today Linda addresses how to make informed choices.

Examples:

Sneaking in grocery shopping or a quick stop for gas may be impulsive, but it is still a choice.

The question becomes do we make them logically?
OR do we make them emotionally?

We make poor choices when we are rushed, upset, or confused.  It is when we don’t have all the facts that we often make mistakes that play out in the long term.

When we have extremes it may be easier to say “yes” or “no”, or that something is “red or black.” When it comes to purchasing a car the decision may include more than the purchase price that makes the decision.  We need to decide on the style, color, dealer, or other factors like interest costs.

Linda shares the example of how she watched a lady who had to return a package to Amazon. She had a small child with her who needed assistance. Also she shares a situation about returning a package to Walmart. So many things aren’t as easy as we’d like them to be!  Returning products purchased online may be more work than going out to a store and buying them in person.

Vision and understanding our own values, and approach to dealing with life, calls us to balance our thinking with old and new content. We may need to clear out the clutter from our minds.  It often begins with doing a physical action.

Have a good week and take that first step that will help put you on the escalator of success.
It’s Never Too Late to Dive Into Action

It’s Never Too Late to Dive Into Action

It never too late to dive into action.  Welcome to Mini Miracle from Minor Moments where you will find a personal adventure in minor moments that lend insight and relevance into our lives.   Linda talks about the variety of people in our world who help contribute to defining who we become.   She talks about the wonderful stories that pop up around us. Note the people we meet on the journey.

Today she is talking about getting unstuck, letting the Fall season work for you, and recognizing how the little things add up.

A Good Message for all of us to get going and keep going!  From  the door of a local Rehab Center, we find encouragement!

 

  • How do you get unstuck?  How do you find motivation?
  • Go to resources that are factual.
  • Read, listen, and keep well informed.
  • Learn about the current events of 2018 in the community and world at large.
  • What skill are you in need of learning?  Identify them and learn them now.
  • How will you learn the information you need to get up to date?
  • Toss out the bad vibes and feel better about yourself.
  • Exercise, move, and do your best.  The best may not be perfect, but that’s okay.
  • Just start doing something and don’t compare yourself to others.   Rather let others set an example.

Use posted notes for encouragement. Make yourself signs with inspirational messages and put them where you can see them regularly.  Join with friends in walking and getting together.

Next Linda addresses let the Fall work for you.  The Fall Season blesses us with vibrant colors, lively smells, and cool night breezes for good sleeping.

Fall into Good Habits

So  getting unstuck is simple with some the ideas listed above.  The opportunities to read, play, and embrace the changes in weather lend itself to great joy.

Fall is a great season to walk outside.  Pick apples with your family at the local orchards.  Listen to your favorite podcasts and music.  Carve the pumpkins and roast the seeds for family fun. Enjoy a campfire with friends and enjoy the rich smells of burning leaves.  Finally, recognize how the little things add up to make your life rich and joy-filled.

NOTE:  THIS IS NOT LITERALLY WORD FOR WORD CONTENT.  PLEASE LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST

Is Simplicity the New Game Plan this Year?

Is Simplicity the New Game Plan this Year?

Living life well can be as easy as playing a game.  Once you have decided on a plan of action it is a big adventure.   In this podcast of Mini Miracles from Minor Moments Linda has a few thoughts on Less being better for us.  Less stress, less clutter, fewer choices might lead to a happier lifestyle for you.

Podcasting Delights

As Linda flips the page to another thought, it turns into celebrations.   We all need to celebrate.  It may be a birthday that holds special meaning, a retirement party from a long held job, or the advent of a new business?  It could be any number of achievements.

Graduations help to  create new  starting points and close the door to an old chapter.

We all look to see how the future will open the door to new things, but just take time to watch children play and try to join in.  How are you going to get the energy that they have?  Is it seeing things for the first time?  I think that is why so many of us want to travel and be adventuresome as we get older.   We want new experiences, sounds, and joyful moments.

A Prize

See what I found?

Finally, in this podcast Linda tosses out the idea of grabbing on to an encouraging WORD.   Name it and claim it as a possibility for growth and adventure!  Blossom, seize the day, and make it special to you!

Why Did You Make those Choices?

Why Did You Make those Choices?

The choices we make, our accountability partners, the constant discernment process, our education, and finally our thoughts can advance us!

CHOICES    The best part of questions is that they allow us to make decisions and understand why we react the way we do!   Most often it helps children become aware of their behavior.   “Why did you lie?”  “Where did you go that you can’t tell me?”   “Did you complete your homework?”  Let me see it!   Choices allow us how to spend our time, who we spend it with each day, and how we live.

ACCOUNTABILITY    Even into adulthood questions make us honorable and accountable in completing projects.  We are held at a higher standard when we know we must answer to the boss, the spouse, or set an example for our children.  For example:  “Did you put that check in the mail?”  “How’s are the email blasts doing?”  “Did you follow up with the calls?”  “Are you making good choices?”

DISCERNMENT     Questions help us discern where and when we are using our time.   Do you watch the clock?  Do the entries in our books reflect what the actual expenses and earning levels are showing?  Are you setting your goals and working toward them?  Who is safe to share that information with when it comes to money?  Why are you letting other people make your choices?

EDUCATION   When one asks questions, it opens up opportunities for learning and exploring the unknown.   Geography, math, science, and languages open the door.  “Are you taking your knowledge to the next step?” Are you learning more about the techniques in your world that are up-to-date?  Whether that is as a CPA, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher, or a banker, are you confident with the level of learning you take on?

Step on Up!

THOUGHTS Remember that we all have some control and can make a choice in stepping on up!  Monitor your thoughts because they effect your emotions, they control your behaviors, and they can push you forward or trip you!  Take that first step and put yourself on the escalator of success.

How can we EVOLVE with grace and determination?

How can we EVOLVE with grace and determination?

Hi Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments with Linda Gullo.   This is Podcast # 99 and as always we love that you listen to us.

Just how do you filter things?   What brings you clarity?  Linda talks about window washing?   Sometimes we need the conversations or reflections from other people.  Check it out!

Next she talks about staying connected to friends.   Have you ever walked home with a coaster in your shoe after a night of partying?  It is so indicative of the funny things that happen.

Look forward to next week when we start a new on our 100th Podcast Section called Did You Know?   It will be a section on a variety of topics.  Let the reading and insights we have work for you.

We need to expand the variety of friends, neighbors, and the idea of extending ourselves to others.  Linda shares about the value of friends and how it helps grow and stay involved.   The things our parents taught us like “having many groups of friends” still exists today.

The evolution of shopping from the Sears Catalog to Amazon has moved us into 2018.  How had this phenomena affected you emotionally?  Do you find it a convenience or a way of disconnecting with people?

JOIN US NEXT WEEK AS we turn the page to our 100th Podcast.

The Value of Relationships Enables Us to Be More

Just a few words about Relationships and how Linda used Linked-In.   We all need to stay connected to a wholesome community of business people.   We need to serve one another and grow. In this short Video clip, Linda shares how a quick call following a Linked-In message is now one that she can use to help other people.   With all the wonderful ways of staying connected online and onsite, we are able to help one another grow, find solutions, and meet.   How fortunate we are to have Zoom, Go to Meeting, Webinars, and other means to stay united.   Have a great weekend.

Creating Good Attitudes & Self Awareness

Creating Good Attitudes & Self Awareness

Do you have bad attitudes?  A disposition where you could throw up your hands in frustration and defiance and then not care? You reject the best of life and then live with regrets blaming it on other people, problems, or events?

Do you feel people are indifferent to your feelings and emotions. Perhaps you feel stepped on and ignored. It is usually when things begin going wrong in our lives. We feel unheard and lonely.  I have just written an e-book on Creating Good Habits & Self Awareness using a series of very special photos. I will be sending it out to individuals who request it.

It calls us to look at our habits, our desires, and who mentors us.   It is a light-hearted, but important look at life. So many of us get swallowed up by the wrong things.  How about you?   Are you aware of your short comings, your actions to overcome them, and how many chances there are for you to grow?   Start now.   Call our office for an appointment or sign up for Timely-Topics.  You won’t regret it!

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