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Miracle Mornings

Miracle Mornings

Miracle Mornings

Hey friends, today I wanted to talk to you about a recent change I made in my life with my Miracle Mornings. You can read the full details about the Miracle Morning on their website. I’m striving to be a happier, more successful individual.

As you know, I’ve been looking for a new job for months. My last full-time position ended at the end of July, but I’ve been job searching for much longer. It’s been frustrating, depressing, and stressful. I’ve had a good amount of interviews, but I’m often the ‘second pick’ or so I’m told, so no offers. I know this is in part due to the fact that somewhere between 18-30 million Americans, myself included, are out of work right now. There’s a ton of competition for every position.

Anyway, I needed to try something unrelated to job hunting to cheer myself up. Dave asked me if I would be willing to get up an extra hour earlier in the morning to try the Miracle Morning with him. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I said yes.

Before we start on our Miracle Mornings, I take Nyx and Amaya out to go potty. I get myself a glass of water and drink it. Sometimes I eat breakfast beforehand but if it’s a day where I’m doing a short fast (12 to 16 hours), I skip it until after I’m done with the Miracle Morning.

By the way, these are just the steps that Dave and I use,  in the order we use them. You may want to tweak them a bit to better fit your schedule.

Step One – Meditation

Meditation

The first step that we take is to put on what I call spa music for five to ten minutes of meditation. It’s got soft chime sounds, wind gently blowing through the leaves on trees, and it’s super relaxing. I sit cross legged on my sofa, close my eyes, listen to the music, and visualize my inner sanctum.

My inner sanctum is always nighttime with a full moon over a still lake and tall trees with leaves. There’s a fountain near the lake that I always envision cleaning leaves out of when I get there, so that the water coming out of the fountain is pure and clear. I either lay under the trees or float on my back in the lake, listening to the leaves moving in the breeze and feeling the moonlight on my skin.

This is a very relaxing time for me. Sometimes Nyx or Amaya will crawl into my lap while I’m doing it. I really don’t mind because I find it soothing to hold and pet the girls.

I spend about 5 minutes on meditation currently, but will probably increase the time to 10 minutes.

Step Two – Affirmations

Affirmations - What we Think we Become

I’m revising my affirmations to be the way I want them to be, but I’m using some boilerplate ones until I finish that. I have affirmations for Self-Confidence, Health and Fitness, Relationships, Financial Health, Adversity, and Writing. I speak each set of Affirmations out loud to cement them into my mind.

If you’re not into Affirmations, you can always try prayer if that’s more your style.

This step takes me as long as it takes. I speak my affirmations slowly, clearly, and put emphasis on the meaning of each word to imbue them with my intentions.

I spend 5 to 10 minutes on Affirmations because I also listen to Dave speak his Affirmations. He listens to me speak mine as well.

Step Three – Visualizations

Magenta Eyes and Purple Blush

Dave and I have been using the visualizations portion to picture what the broad strokes of our day will look like from start to finish. I envision my short-term goals to do for the day and how things will turn out. Everything from taking my shower, brushing my teeth, putting on skin care and SPF, walking the dogs, playing with the dogs outside, job hunting, exercising, cooking, talking to family and friends, and how I want my evening to end.

At the end of the day when I reflect on the visualizations for our Miracle Mornings, I find myself filled with satisfaction for having met my daily goals.

Obviously some days I end up doing more than others. Like yesterday I managed to break 3 nails. I wasn’t visualizing  breaking my nails, but after that I had to spend time to fix them. I have a written nail tutorial here on how to use Orly Builder in a Bottle with Apres Natural Short Stiletto tips to create my witch claws.

I spend about 5 minutes on visualizations.

Step Four – Exercise

Tai Chi Exercise

Over the past 7 years I’ve become very committed to exercising for my health. I’ve always believed in Health at Every Size thanks to my friend Marianne Kirby, but after my failed stint with veganism/vegetarianism due to many things including my allergies to soy, nightshades, and most fake meat products, I became frustrated with food and how I always felt sick.

I started the slow process of changing my habits. I quit drinking soda and switched to water. I joined a gym with Ray for two years and had a personal trainer teach us about nutrition and how to exercise properly. I cut out almost all processed foods. It still wasn’t enough for my body.

About 2.5 years ago, I tried keto along with my exercise routine and now I’m in literally the best shape of my life at 42. My cholesterol, blood sugar, and everything else the Dr. tested has improved tremendously. That’s why I’ve continued to eat low carb, low sugar, high fat, and medium to high protein as needed.

My asthma (I have the allergy induced type) has become practically non-existent since I started prioritizing my health and increased my exercise. I’ve had to use my inhaler only once in the past 8 months. Unfortunately, just having asthma puts me at higher risk for the plague sweeping the USA.

For my Miracle Mornings with Dave, we do 5 to 10 minutes of tai chi together. I love the visualizations and energy work with it. We use the Taiflow videos on Youtube.

Other Exercise I Do

Walking My Standard Poodles

I make time during the rest of the day to exercise in other ways. As some of you know I injured my neck and shoulders in late February. I’ve had issues with my trapezoid muscles locking up, having spasms, and causing me intense pain. I’ve been doing physical therapy as instructed by my doctor at home since I do not want to risk going in person to a PT clinic. I do my physical therapy exercises once a day.

Dave and I have made it a habit to take an hour walk in the evenings together, as well. And I just started taking 20-30 minute walks  individually with Amaya and Nyx, rather than together, to improve our bonds. Twice a week I do leg day with Dave (we joke and call it butt stuff), focusing on my glutes because of the fact that we sit in front of computers for many hours a day. I’ve slowly started doing core and arms again, but I have to be very careful of my shoulders. No pull ups, push ups, or dips for me right now.

Once I get the green light from my doctor, I’m going back to using my rowing machine and lifting heavier weights. These are two of my favorite ways to workout. I have the Concept 2 rowing machine, which is the best home rowing machine in my opinion. I can’t wait for it to be safe for me to do deadlifts again, too. I miss them!

I love to play BeatSaber and Synth Riders on my Valve Index VR System (and yes I still have an Oculus Rift VR system), as those are great cardio games. I used to play them for an hour or so a night. They do wear my shoulders out very quickly right now and I have to be ultra careful. Right now I can maybe do two to three songs before I have to stop.

Yes, I exercise 7 days a week now, even if it’s only tai chi and walking. It has given me more energy and I love it. Taking a walk clears my head and lifts my spirits. It also makes me think of Grandma, because she used to walk every single day. Tai chi somehow simultaneously makes me feel less anxious and more energized.

Step 5 – Reading

Reading on my iPad / Kindle / e-reader

We spend at least 20 minutes reading or listening to audio books. Sometimes I read a supernatural urban fantasy novel like Battle Grounds by Jim Butcher (so thrilled to see LGBTQIA and polyamory positively portrayed in his book),  Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper, or Sucker Punch by Laurell K. Hamilton. Other times I read things like Training Your Own Service DogAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, or Atomic Habits.

This isn’t the only time I read each day, but it means that I am devoting at least 20 minutes to it every morning. I do all of my reading on my iPad. I love my iPad, though it’s the only iDevice I use right now since I gave up my iPhone for a Google Pixel 4.

Step 6 – Scribing / Writing

Gratitude Journaling

I’m an introvert who loves to write, as you all know. This is evidenced by my 12.5 year old blog (I’ve written close to 8,000 blog posts, though I’ve deleted about half that) and my book that I wrote for you Hooded Eyes Makeup Manual. Even before I graduated from university, I used my writing talents to create game content for a video game used to teach English to Japanese students. I wrote dialogue, people, room and object descriptions.

During my Miracle Mornings, I spend the writing portion on my gratitude journaling. I write down, then speak out loud, all of the things that I’m grateful for that day. Gratitude Journaling has helped me to make a tremendous mindset shift towards the positive.

Learn more about how to gratitude journal. It’s free and fast to get started!

I spend between 5 and 10 minutes on writing for my Miracle Mornings.

My Miracle Mornings

Miracle Mornings

As you can see, I spend about an hour (sometimes more, sometimes less) in the morning setting my intentions for the day. I love taking this time for myself, improving my mental and physical health. I also appreciate having a partner who shares my core values and does this with me.

After we finish the Miracle Morning is when I get on with the rest of my day. I’ll shower, brush my teeth, eat breakfast and start to work on a project.

My Miracle Evenings

The other thing that Dave and I have been doing in the evenings thanks to the Miracle Mornings is to reflect on how our day went. We talk about how closely it matched our visualizations. We discuss our successes, failures, how things went different from our vision, and our overall satisfaction. What I’ve noticed is that I’ve got far more satisfaction with my day by having this morning structure.

I also verbally set intentions before bed. I say out loud that I will get a good night’s sleep, wake up refreshed and rested, that I’ll have good dreams, and that I’m going to feel great when I wake up. Every little bit helps.

How Do Handle You Setbacks?

How to Handle Setbacks

I’ve been asked, ‘how do you handle setbacks?’ since I’ve had many of them. Here’s what I’m now doing when I’m experiencing a setback or negative event.

I allow myself to spend 5 to 10 minutes venting and as upset as I need to be. Crying, screaming into a pillow, complaining to a friend, or whatever it is I need to do to get it out. After I get it all out, I tell myself that whatever the setback was, it wasn’t meant to be, and that there are many other opportunities out there. I just need to continue to be my authentic self, to be honest, to help people however I can, to stay positive (but not toxic positivity), and continue to improve myself.

Remind yourself that for every setback, there’s another opportunity coming your way. And sometimes a setback is really a blessing in disguise. Some opportunities that I’ve been upset over, once I learned more about how they turned out, I was very glad that they weren’t meant for me. I dodged a bullet, so to speak.

Plan to Meet Goals

Planning

I spend far more time planning now than I ever have. I map out how to reach future goals. You can dream of having an amazing life, but if you don’t spend the time to plan how to get there, you may never achieve it. It’s very important to me to map out how I get from where I’m at now to where I want to be.

How are you doing? Have you ever tried anything like my Miracle Mornings?

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26 Comments

  • I really appreciate you sharing this! I’ve been in a really negative place lately, and want to start incorporating some of these things!

    • No problem! I have to really fight to not be bogged down by negative thoughts when I’m extra stressed. My anxiety will tip over into depression and that downward spiral sucks.

  • This is a terrific article and shows how far you’ve come since the beginning of the year. You’ve done some major changes and some minor improvements. And you sound so much happier and more relaxed. It makes me happy to see this in your life.

  • Thank you for sharing how your morning routine is helping you mentally and physically. Getting outside everyday really helps me stay grounded. Please share what type of work you do, I missed it if you have said before, you never know when one of your readers may know of something and be able to connect you.

    • I finished my last full time position at the end of July. I’ve always worked in the tech sector doing things like manual QA testing, technical documentation writing, digital content management, player support manager, and editor. I also freelance as a video producer (I make all the videos for the Neidharts YouTube channel), creative writer, and content writer, among other things. I’m currently unemployed. I found out in April my position would be eliminated due to COVID and have been hunting for a job ever since. It’s been very frustrating to be job hunting with 33 million other people out of work.

  • Glad to know you’re doing all these things! I rush in the morning but I do everything at night. Meditation helps a lot

    • I’ve had a few mornings where I’ve had to push my reading off until later, or where I’ve had to do my writing portion later, but I like taking the time in the morning to center myself.

  • Wow! This sounds like such a great way to start the day! I plan on checking out the TaiChi channel on YT. I’ve always wanted to try it.

  • I am very proud of you for the positive mindset you have and your commitment to being your best self. I wish you so much joy!

  • It was fascinating to read all the activities that you (and Dave) have been doing everyday to feel centered and accomplished. I’m glad that you’ve been successful with this routine. I tried meditation three years ago to mixed results. Nevertheless, I really should go back to it and try again..

  • I am so glad that read this today as I really needed it. A couple of days ago I made a prayer journal that is set up for additions and deletions as well as notes. I have been in a funk lately hardly reading or watching blogs on social media. I know it is due loneliness (since Dick died I am becoming more of an introvert). Now with the senior center and groups cancelled it has become worse. Also I am suffering from another herniated disc above my spinal fusion so chronic on going pain isn’t helping. With not being able even do walking as exercise and because of self isolation I am thinking I need to do look into a program like Miracle Mornings.

    • *hug* I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. I know it’s so hard. I hope you give the Miracle Morning a try and let me know how it works for you. Can you do video chat with friends? We’ve been doing that to try to stay connected. Even as an introvert myself, it’s still nice to see a smiling face.

  • Thank you for sharing in such detail .. I have what might be a silly question but how do you wait for coffee and something to eat for what sounds like over an hour? I get very hungry if I am awake for too long before eating.

    • So I’m a weirdo who quit soda like 6 or 8 years ago at this point. I’ve never been a fan of coffee. I like how it smells but not the taste. I sometimes do a 12 to 16 hour fast in the mornings, so it doesn’t normally feel like a stretch for me to wait another hour as long as I have water. But if you want to eat or drink first, go for it! I just typically don’t because of how I structure my mornings by doing the Miracle Morning first, then shower, then food.

    • Rowing machines are my favorite full body workout machines. I bought this back in April and have zero regrets except for the fact that I injured my shoulder so I haven’t been able to use it daily like I planned.

    • I’m trying everything I can possibly do from home to help boost my mental state and keep it positive. Same with my health. You would probably love tai chi!

  • What a positive and proactive way to treat each day! This is so great to do, now especially! The pandemic has altered our lives so much, and this is such a great way to help cope with what is happening in the world!

    • It’s hard to believe we’re still suffering from this pandemic when the rest of the world is so much further ahead than we are. I have to do everything I can to keep myself positive.

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