(Photo to come. Time for Sissy Night!)
I really am going to write about something else eventually, I promise! For now, though, another update on what I’m doing in the morning and how it’s impacting my life.
As a reminder, on January 5, I began The Miracle Morning routine, based on Hal Elrod’s inspiring book. Today marks 90 days in a row of following the routine.
90 days of starting my day with a period of meditation.
90 days of starting my day with affirmations spoken aloud.
90 days of starting my day of visualizing what I want to happen in my day and my life.
90 days of starting my day with 15-30 minutes of yoga.
90 days of starting my day by reading a few pages of personal development books.
90 days of starting my day by journaling about three things I’m grateful for that day.
These past few weeks have been a challenge. A renovation project at my house has taken much, much longer than I expected. My living room ceiling has needed repaired for years, thanks to water damage. Once the roof was replaced, we could move on to the ceiling project. That began March 7, and it still isn’t completely finished. I’m not going to lie: I am not a person who does well in a construction zone. Not being able to concentrate on my work, not being able to clean the house + having furniture displaced for weeks…it’s not a good look on me.
You know what saved me? Having my morning routine. There were many mornings when I delayed getting out of bed, but I did get up and went through the entire routine. There were mornings when I felt irritable and unable to focus until half or even two-thirds of the way through, but peace was waiting for me in the end.
While I don’t have a lot of other tangible successes to report this time around, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment for making it to Day 90 despite the challenges of the past few weeks.
- A last minute assignment to create a six-page e-book, due in less than 24 hours, on a day when I was subbing at the high school all day, seemed impossible. But I turned it in on time and the client is talking about additional e-books (with more lead time!).
- I got to cover two really fun stories for the newspaper over St. Patrick’s Day, both of which resulted in lots of favorable comments and personal thank yous from those involved.
- The newspaper also gave me a fun spotlight series that I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.
- Filed my business taxes, and it was pretty painless.
- Went to a networking event and not only did I exceed my goals for how many strangers I spoke with and how long I stayed (bet you couldn’t guess that I’m an introvert), but I got a hot lead for future freelancing work!
- Filed my personal taxes, and I’m getting a nice refund. Like, enough to cover Comic Con. Whee!
- Ordered some new dresses to spruce up my spring wardrobe.
- My accountability buddy started his own Miracle Morning routine!
- My oldest niece, Genevieve, is also working on a routine and has two of her sisters doing it, too!
- Despite struggling with discontent over the chaos, I never slipped into depression or anxiety. My therapist did bring me back to bi-weekly sessions, at least for now.
- I’ve been experimenting with different yoga practices, targeting different parts of my body, and found some new practices that will become a regular part of my routine. (The abs and arms one, though. Oof.)
- While the scale hasn’t moved much, my clothes continue to get looser and looser.
The Next 30 Days
Spring cleaning! I am so ready to declutter this house and get it all shined up! The messiest part of the ceiling project is done, so I can actually clean and not have dust/debris/etc. mess everything up again the next day. I’ve gone room by room and made a list of what needs done. Now I get to start checking things off the list.
I have several writing assignments lined up that I wasn’t able to concentrate on last month. Using some of the focusing techniques I’ve learned about, I anticipate a super productive month.
More birthday fun is on tap this month for niece Genevieve and nephew Xander who both have birthdays in April.
Books I’ll be reading: Still deciding, but I know at least one book will be related to physical health.
See you on Day 120!