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When I first read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and told my husband I was going to do it, he said I was nuts! Elrod talks about a routine that helps you start your morning with purpose and intent, and how to do it before 8:00 AM. His book is wonderful and while I don’t always make it before 8:00, doing it every morning has had an enormous impact on my life! You can purchase Elrod’s book here, but I wanted to break down my morning and show you how I’ve made it work for my life with a disability and as a mother.
MY MORNING ROUTINE:
The basis of Elrod’s morning routine is based on an acronym known as SAVERS which stands for Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. Being up before 8:00 AM isn’t really a priority of mine. I’ll be honest I REALLY like my sleep and with my disability I’m not going to force my body up at a certain time (my husband drives T to school in the morning so I’m super lucky to not have to wake up to get him ready often). So with that caveat out of the way, let’s get down to the schedule!
- After I first wake up I like to grab a tumbler and fill it with a glass of water. I usually drink 6 to 8 tumblers full of water a day and get my first one out of the way during my Miracle Morning.
- Once I have my water I grab my yoga mat and phone and start my meditation. My meditation will usually run between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the program I’m doing. If you have never meditated before or really struggle with meditating I highly recommend the app Headspace. It has a 10 day course for free that helps you learn how to meditate and then if you love it you can pay monthly for access to other meditations they have. YouTube also has some great meditation channels you can follow as well. I have a hard time just sitting quietly so guided meditations are my jam. There’s a wide selection of meditations out there to help you better focus. You can check out my post here to see some of the ones I’ve used and loved.
- After my meditation I move on to my exercise routine. This usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Because of my disability I like to avoid any routine that is to hardcore. Make sure that you are also picking a routine that is appropriate for you. I will usually do yoga or even just a simple stretching routine. If I’m having a particularly bad day I’ll just skip this part all together.
- Once I’ve completed my meditation and exercise I roll up my mat and head to the kitchen to grab a quick bite to eat. While I’m eating I’ll look at my vision board on Pinterest. Currently my board is filled with blogging and entrepreneurial pins to help me encourage me as I go down this path.
- Once I’ve finished eating I’ll snag my Color Crush TN and start working on my affirmations and journaling. What I like to do is write down the days date and my affirmation for the day. I usually pick out my affirmation(s) when I plan out the week and stick them in my Recollections Planner. Once I’ve written out my affirmation I start to journal. Usually I write out how my meditation went, and insights I gathered. I also write out my expectations for the day, and positive thoughts if I expect it to be a tough day.
So that’s my Miracle Morning! As you can see there is no right or wrong way to do it. You make it whatever you want it to be. The important part is that you use it to help get your day started off right. I do this EVERY day of the week. When I miss a morning I feel so off kilter and the day just doesn’t feel right. What do you like to do in the morning to get yourself started on the right foot?