It’s been almost a month since I started reading The Miracle Morning. In case you missed my blog post about the book, you can check it out here. Now that I’ve been doing the 31 day challenge I figured I’d share an update about what I’ve learned:
It is possible to become a morning person.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that even night owls can become morning people. I never thought it was possible. I used to hate waking up in the morning. I could cuddle with Bunny in bed all day! But reading The Miracle Morning and practicing the exercises has made me wake up earlier every day the past few weeks. It was hard at first. In fact, it was brutal. But now mornings come easily to me.
Doing the challenge while traveling is challenging.
I was doing a great job with the one-hour exercises when I was in LA. But while staying with my parents in San Diego I struggled. It’s been hard finding a place of solitude while my family enjoys morning coffee together. Since my stepfather wakes up at the crack of dawn, it’s impossible to wake up earlier than him.
My solution has been to cut down the hour exercises into 30 minutes while I’m away. I find it much easier to tell family I’ll be back in 30 minutes. This would work well if you’re living with a partner, too.
It’s called Miracle morning for a reason.
I thought I could do a few of the exercises in the morning then continue them later in the day or in the evening. Nope! It doesn’t work like that, at least not for me. I never get to the rest at the end of the day.
So I’ve been adjusting some of the exercises to fit my schedule. For example, when I had to take an hour drive in the morning, I listened to affirmations in my car then did an audio book to check off two of the six exercises. It’s all about finding what works for you.
Overall, I’m super happy with my new routine and plan to continue it as long as I can. Honestly, I have no negative reviews about the book. My only minor complaint is that the author prides himself on being accessible on social media. I’ve reached out a few times with questions but have yet to hear back. I’ll give him some slack though. After all, he’s made me a morning person.
Daily exercises helped me become a more open person.
Another bonus I wasn’t expecting from the book? It’s made me open up more. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve become more in tune with my thoughts by journaling every day or because I’m revisiting The Secret as part of my reading exercises but I feel more at peace. It helped in creating this week’s video on YouTube. I’m finally opening up about my dad’s suicide.
My dad committed suicide 20 years ago and I still struggle with it today. But my friend Dawn McCoy (who is also a fan of The Miracle Morning), came over and helped me film a video in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to check it out.
If you’re reading the book or have any suggestions on new books to read, I’d love to hear them!