I totally meant to write this update when I hit 60 Miracle Mornings, but on that day I was on vacation with very limited Internet access.
As a reminder, on January 5, I began The Miracle Morning routine, based on Hal Elrod’s inspiring book. Today marks 65 days in a row of following the routine.
65 days of starting my day with a period of meditation.
65 days of starting my day with affirmations spoken aloud.
65 days of starting my day of visualizing what I want to happen in my day and my life.
65 days of starting my day with 15-20 minutes of yoga.
65 days of starting my day by reading a few pages of personal development books.
65 days of starting my day by journaling about three things I’m grateful for that day.
After 65 days, the internal changes I talked about last time are manifesting physically.
- The self-discipline and focus I’ve been practicing allowed me to file a record number of freelance assignments in February and invoice double what I earned in a month at my last 9-5 job.
- A couple of business-related tasks that I’ve put off for ages (hello, taxes) are well on the way to completion.
- I have a solid amount of work lined up for this month.
- I finally had a breakthrough with a client project that has been confounding me for months.
- Going on vacation with my BFF is something I’ve wanted to do for several years. Normally Liz and I only see each other at Comic Con, but she can’t come this year, so it seemed like a good time to make our BFF retreat happen. After talking about it and visualizing what we wanted, it wasn’t even a week before the whole trip fell into place. We were offered an amazing lodge by Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks – about midway between our two homes – for a very good rate. What a blessing.
- I’ve had many instances where something I visualized happened within hours after I wrote it down (I’m trying to remember to go back and write “YES!” on visualizations that happen). It’s…a little freaky, yet empowering. Our minds truly are amazing.
- My mindset continues to be generally positive, anxiety is almost non-existent, and I haven’t had a depressive episode in more than a month.
- Just yesterday, my therapist said that I’m doing well enough to go from meeting with him every two weeks to meeting with him every three weeks. How great is that?
- The daily yoga has my joints feeling like someone took an oil can to my body, plus my posture has improved.
- While the scale hasn’t moved much, my clothes are looser. In fact, I had to dig out a belt to avoid a wardrobe malfunction!
- I gave up fast food for Lent! I’ve slipped up a couple of times, either due to poor planning or just forgetfulness (on vacation I ate a cookie at McDonald’s while we were using their wi-fi), but for someone who was in the habit of going through the drive-thru daily, this is a significant improvement.
The past month did present a few challenges to sticking with my routine, but I kept the streak alive even when I was sick and every day while I was on vacation. I’m so glad that I did; at this point, I can’t imagine starting my day without my routine.
The Next 30 Days
The time change is challenging me right now, but I know my body will adjust soon, so I’m not stressed about it. Going to bed earlier on a consistent basis is still an area in which I can improve. The “dead zone” between when I finish TMM routine and when I want to sit down at the computer and start working also needs continued tweaks.
I’ll be going through a tutorial/bootcamp to learn how to provide a different type of writing service and working on finding new clients as well. This is an opportunity to expand my client base and realllllllly increase my income potential, and it’s right in line with my writing skills and experience. Exciting!
It’s not all about work in the next month, though. I also have some fun plans to spend time with family and friends, including taking niece Eliana on a little trip for her birthday. She’s turning 3, and I’ve never taken her on a shopping fun day. This must be remedied!
I’ll check in again on Day 90!