You know that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, I decided that didn’t apply to me and tried to get all fancy and change up my Miracle Morning routine. It was a miserable failure.
As a reminder, on January 5, I began The Miracle Morning routine, based on Hal Elrod’s inspiring book. Today marks 300 days in a row of following that routine. Sort of.
A couple of months ago, I decided that I needed to customize my routine, to mix it up, to try something new! and fresh! and other buzzwords! Instead of doing yoga daily, I would do yoga 4 mornings/week and go for a walk or do other cardio the other 3! Instead of writing out my visualizations, I would make a cool vision board! Instead of using someone else’s affirmations, I would write my own!
Guess how much of that happened? Exactly none. I averaged 1 yoga practice and 2 walks – in the afternoon – per week, resulting in near constant pain in my joints and muscles from the lack of stretching. My vision board is half-finished. I never got the hang of writing my own affirmations, instead turning out insipid drivel that wouldn’t inspire anyone.
Clearly daily yoga is a necessity for my poor muscles (I suffered two major muscle traumas in the past 8 years). While the idea of a pretty vision board is appealing, writing has always been the best medium for me. And the affirmations I compiled from other sources provide enough inspiration for now, until I can really dig into writing my own.
So, as of today, I’m back to the old routine: meditation, affirmations, visualization, exercise (yoga), reading, scribing (journaling).
It wasn’t all negative, though. Despite my failure at reinventing the Miracle Morning wheel, I did see success in other areas of my life.
- August and September were so busy, I came within $50 of meeting my monthly revenue goals! Those goals are low by most people’s standards, but enough to live on, and I did it all with my brain. Shades of River Tam!
- By mid-October, I’d caught up on most of my paying work, which was unfortunate because, riding the wave of success from the previous two months, I’d set my revenue goal higher. However, I reached out to a couple of clients and let them know I was available, and assignments started rolling in. In the end, I missed my October goal by about 30%, but still invoiced enough to pay the bills. With my brain.
- My first issue as editor of the digital magazine I mentioned last time was published in mid-August and the second issue is due out this week. This last issue has been a challenge for a variety of reasons, all of which I hope are one-time lessons that upon learning, can be avoided in the future. Still, I’m enjoying the work and am already elbow deep in the next issue.
- I landed a new client! During my mid-October downtime, I started working on my writer’s site so I could begin marketing and prospecting. Before I could get it finished, however, a company contacted me based on my work for one of the trade magazines. Honestly, I wanted to find something in a different niche, to avoid burnout, but they were willing to negotiate a rate I’m happy with, the work is steady, and they need a lot of content over the next couple of months when I’m generally low on assignments anyway. So, I’ll continue writing about supplier diversity.
- On Labor Day I posted about my summer-long battle with depression, along with the hope that it was ending. I’m happy to report that the gray has lifted and life is generally sunny again. The holidays/winter generally brings another round coupled with S.A.D., but thanks to various tools and techniques and working with my therapist, last year I sailed through the season. I’m already taking steps to waylay it again this year, and I know that my Miracle Morning routine will be a valuable tool.
- I made a couple of tough decisions about letting go of some situations that were causing undue stress and contributing to the cycle of depression. One is over and done, with just some lingering feelings of regret that it didn’t work out. The other is in the beginning stages with some difficult times ahead before it’s all over, but I already feel relief just from making the decision. I’ve been journaling about both, extracting lessons and wisdom so I don’t end up in either situation again.
- The Royals won the World Series!!! I know that had nothing to do with me, but I sure did have fun watching the games and cheering for the home team.
- Nothing major to report here. I haven’t been physically ill, although I am battling fatigue. Getting back on track with my meds, including Vitamin D, should help with that.
Books I read: I re-read The Miracle Morning as a refresher; started reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown; read a lot of articles about freelancing, time management, and entrepreneurship.
The Next 65 Days
With the holidays upon us and the Family Birthday Marathon (8 birthdays in November/December) underway, I’ll be using my planning, organizing, and time management skills to get everything done. I’ve been doing some introspection about my progress this year as well, jotting down notes for a blog post to come in the new year. Despite some setbacks, 2015 has been a definite improvement over previous years.
Books I’ll be reading: I need to stock up on new books; still want to read Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo.
See you on Day 365!