Day 141 - Today I was up at 5:30 am. Very excited about the day ahead as I had booked on a rest and relaxation retreat day at Polinsa House in Cornwall. Up this early and on the first official day of spring the mornings have already got lighter with more sunlight.
I completed my miracle morning routine of silence sit spot, affirmations, visualisation, exercise (today was yoga) and reading and writing in my journal. Even though I knew I would be doing a lot of this durning the day. I still like to start my day this way.
Having time out to recharge amongst like minded people is so important when life is busy. I schedule different times through the year when I can do this. (Scheduling is to ensure they happen!) Those around me respect and understand that this is an important part of my self care, self love and personal development, so I can come back and still be there for them.
Finding time out to and reconnect to our own inner stillness can bring such harmony and balance to our life. Allowing the opportunity for clarity, focus , dream state and goal setting to thrive. I find in sometimes getting away from the interference of normal life , responsibilitys, technology, the general demands of time and daily distractions can allow ourselves the opportunity to become at one, allow us to respond with grace and fluidity for our future path and any challenges we may have.
So the day day consisted of sound therapy with tuning forks, sound bath and drumming. Journal time and card reading. Meditation, visualisation and communication, through sharing of experiences and being out in nature.
Debbi Walker our host took great care to facilitate this space and time for us and shared the poem and music you see below with us.
A special day and one I would recommend to anyone wanting to experience similar. I am in gratitude for opportunity to do this. If you are going to lead a happy, healthy and fulfilled life you too should consider how you manage your self care and stillness.
Day 87 - This week has been really enjoyable - back on day 23, I shared my Level 10 Goals for Friends and Family and this week has really been all about that! At the beginning of January I got in touch with lots of friends who I'd not seen for a while . It was important for me to do this. For the most part we had already exchanged the occasional communication saying that we must meet up in person soon but we still hadn't set any dates and I was conscious if I left it to fate or life, we would always be friends but time would past from days to months and we still would not haven spent any good quality time together. So by messaging them allowed opportunity to set some firm dates in our diary's. Even if you can't dedicate days aside try and find hours or other ways to keep in touch.
Something certainly to look forward to and a great reason amongst others to get up and get out of bed! So 5:30 am I'm up and ready for my routine.
Today I followed a short meditation and chant - shared in the video below. I found this one on YouTube almost my accident , listened read the reviews and felt very relaxed. I would love to understand more about the words so if you can share this with me please do use the contact tab below to share with me your thoughts.
This was followed by then Affirmations set originally when starting the Miracle Morning and ongoing visualisation that I have been doing for things on my level 10 life list.
Then I exercised inside using my exercise bike and read for about 20mins before using my journal to record my adventures and catch ups with friends so far this week. What we had been doing , where we visited , how it felt to catch up and what lessons we learnt from each other.
So far its evidenced to me that making this time happen with friends has many benefits .
Today I am out with friends again, just for the morning before spending the rest of the day immersed in work. We will be going for a walk with children (the ones not st school) and our dogs at the local National Trust Park. I'm very much looking forward to catching up and sharing time with them.
Take a step back in the blog to day 23 to find out more on why I choose to make this happen. Remember to create memories, enjoy company and live life.
I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts so keep in touch.
Day 64 - Today was all planned in advance something that over the festive period I hadn't done as well as I usually would have. The Miracle Mornings are going really well but after such a busy few days and nights I allowed myself to sleep in till 8am. Me and the children got up together and so I decided to include them in my routine. First we sat together and did a short meditation (less than 5 mins) my youngest is only 5 years old and meditation and sound therapy is something both but my youngest all her life have always had experience of. But hey if you only 5 you have things to do and 3 -4 mins of your relatively short life is a long time to sit quiet and still! So then we did some affirmations, I help the kids come up with there's and then we have fun saying them quiet as a mouse and get louder and louder until we are shouting them 10 diffeeemt times. Visualisation we sat down and talked about our dreams and wishes, what they look like , what they feel like. Then we read some of our own books whilst having hot drinks and toast. Then we did some yoga always funny , looked more like a family game if twister ! one time I will get my husband to get the camera out and you will see what I mean, Then I settled down to do some journalling and they did some drawing and colouring. All good fun.
Today we decided is officially our our New Year's Day, although it's the 2nd of January it's a bank holiday and we still not back to the routine of school and work. We took down the Christmas decorations and my husband went into the attic to put them away. You may remember one of my environmental goals for 2017 is to sort and clear this Aladdin's cave of stuff! So we labelled and packaged away just what we needed and he brought down a few boxes for me to sort over this week. Not opened them yet so that will be fun later to do. The rest we are rehoming through sale or charity to try and reduce our footprint on the house and help others.
Later in the day we had planned to meet another level 10 life goal in fun and fitness and go off for a walk togaether which we did along a trail known as Billy Puff route at Weston Beacon Ivybridge ( for those following my journal posts you will know this is my title page picture from a few years ago)
I found a great website to find out more if you are in the area it was a lovely walk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/outdoors/walks/puffingbilly.shtml
It was good to get out in nature , blow the imaginary and possibly real (after being in attic) cobwebs away, achivie our exercise goals and have lots of fun.
I was surpised when I reflected later what a huge amount we had achieved today and how good it all felt. And that was after getting up at 8am.
Todays important message is to get up and live your dream, make each day count for what matters to you.
Day 61 - A bit later up today for no other reason than forgetting to set my alarm. Waking up naturally happens a lot now around this time as habits have formed but I still set an alarm usuall, not allowing bad planning to ruin my new habits now!
But still I forgot but naturally I woke at 6am and in no rush or criticism to myself , I just acknowledged the situation and got on with my SAVERS routine.
Exercise today I decided to go for a run , whilst running I was listening to a playlist of affirmations I had made and one really kept standing out to me. ''I visualize the achievement of my goals daily''
I do this I thought proud of myself for how far I have come, I have my list of goals, I have a plan written down for most and I am actively working on making them happen, I feel they have, I see they have, they have!
Getting fitter has been a goal of mine for a long time , the Miracle Morning routine was leveraging this daily. As I listened to my affirmations as I ran through the streets was a real life example of this! It's just after 6am and I'm running! I thought I wish I had kept a better track if my successes on exercise so I could congratulate myself. ( interesting to acknowledge I wanted this?) I Know what I have done and feel amazing for it, I also give thanks and acknowledge those who have offered support in getting me this far! It's nearly the end of the year but not the end of my goal setting. I don't really go in for New Years resolutions , I'm tell you about that tomorrow. As I ran I thought about how I could encorporte some of my goals together to make them more powerful and amazing. More manageable but no less stretching. Giving and Contribution being accountable ,and making a difference.
I had recently was challenged from my Fitbit group friends on how many miles I was going to walk in January and I had confidently pledged a 100 without really considering how I was going to do it or if I thought I could. I considered it a nice round number, breaking it down after I realised I needed to be commited, consistent and challenging to my current level of walking and steps. So in a way to be accountable I thought not only would I share this here with you all here today but I would increase the stakes and start a fund raiser in line with my level 10 plan of giving and contributing more in 2017. Could I walk 100 miles in January ? Could I raise £100 for chairty in January could I get 100 people on board or involved through sponsorship or joining me ?
I feel confident I can! The affirmation came again as I ran a few more steps l.
''I visualize the achievement of my goals daily.''
So I set up an official just giving page to take sponsorship , I shared the above post and reasons on my Social Media, through text and email to my friends, family and followers and now I am here '' I visualize the achievement of my goals daily''
I can do this , visualisation as part of my miracle morning , feeling, seeing believing I have done this will help, the affirmations I do will help, the support from positive like minded friends will help, commitment to change and consistancy to inspire and make it happen.
My message today is no matter what your goals are, they are yours to manifest, be it big or small goals, news years resolutions , ideas, plans, perfect or spur of the moment ideas just focus on what you want and ''visualize the achievement of you goals daily'' Then take Action and Make them happen.
Set, Persue , Achieve your Goals and NEVER EVER Give up!
I will keep you posted , here is a video filled with inspiring quotes to help you.