The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #5

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R E A D I N G

Last night I finished reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – review should be up within the next 24 hours!

I’ve started reading a book on my Kobo app called Sarah’s Key. It was recommended to me by a colleague who saw the movie and said that she thinks I would like the book! So far so good!

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For my Miracle Morning practice I’m reading The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel. It’s all about learning how to use The Law of Attraction and explains the different laws that come into play for us. Interesting but sometimes confusing!

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W R I T I N G

Over the last three months I’ve been engaged in a very intense research project which I have finally finished writing up this week! It took a lot of time and energy and I am just so grateful for having my own time back again! I am also working on my book review for Small Great Things and it feels so good to be back writing about something that I love again!!

I’ve also just finished writing out my list of goals for the week ahead and am trying to break these down into daily tasks/challenges for myself! There’s something inspiring about looking back on a list that’s all ticked off – such a feeling of accomplishment!

L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental music as I’ve been trying to keep myself focused whilst writing academically. I’ve also discovered a website, and forgive me if I’m a bit late to the party, called Brain.fm which is something that you have to sign up to but it plays music that helps you to focus. You can subscribe and pay a fee to get more than the 9 free sessions but that’s not something I’ve done…..!

S M E L L I N G

I’ve been smelling the absolutely beautiful tulips I bought myself during the week! A few friends and I are doing a positivity challenge (I’m hoping to get a calendar of tasks together that you can use if you so wish) and one challenge was to spend €5 on something that would make you happy! I walked into a shop and saw a bouquet of Rainbow Tulips for €4.99 and had to get them! They are divine and they make me so happy every time I see them!!

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H O P I N G

Tonight I bought a birthday present for Himself. He works away so for 4 months we are in a Long Distance Relationship (LDR), one which has shocking internet and therefore really crappy opportunities for communication. His birthday falls at the start of April and I am hoping that his present arrives on time! I’m also hoping he likes it! After falling in love with my Fitbit Charge 2 I’ve bought him the Fitbit Blaze! Fingers crossed he loves it as much as I think he will!

W E A R I N G

Disney Christmas PJs! Because, why not!!

L O V I N G

I am really loving my Fitbit, as I’ve stated above! I’ve reached my 10,000 step count every day except for today and one other day during the week! Today is because I’m feeling sick and run down, and the other day was because of working so much… enough said! I am really finding it very motivating and am so grateful for treating myself to it! It’s making me get up and move and that in turn is making me feel so good!

W A N T I N G

There’s very little I actually want right now; apart from winning the lottery etc. However, I really want to get my hands on the newest book by Cecelia Ahern called Perfect. Its the second book in her Young Adult series, the first of which was Flawed. I’m not a huge Cecelia Ahern fan but Flawed was fantastic! I’m really looking forward to it’s sequel!

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N E E D I N G

I don’t need anything! I always have more than enough! (That was my affirmation for the week!)

F E E L I N G

I’m feeling a bit run down. You know when you’re busy and you’re just going and going and going…? And as soon as you stop you get sick?! That’s where I’m at! A bit of rest and relaxation now and hopefully I’ll be back to my healthy self in no time!

W A T C H I N G

I’ve just started watching Broadchurch, a drama set in the fictional town of Broadchurch in England, where an 11yr old boy is missing and turns up dead on the beach. This happens in the first ten to fifteen minutes of episode one so there’s no spoilers here!! The show follows the two detectives trying to solve the case, as well as his family and their experience. I’ve watched about four episodes today and am hooked! I’m really enjoying it! Watch the ad below if you feel like this would interest you!

 

I hope you all have a happy and healthy week!

Much love,
C x

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The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #4

R E A D I N G

A Dog’s Purpose  by W. Bruce Cameron & A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

W R I T I N G

Every day this week I’ve been journaling, keeping my Bullet Journal, and doing a gratitude journal. I haven’t been posting much here as my week has been a bit hectic (see my review of The Miracle Morning for an insight!) I’ve not been able to keep up with creative writing this week either but am looking forward to getting stuck back in to that project over the next few days!

L I S T E N I N G

This is a bit of a throwback, but I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway! It was perfect background music for all of the unpacking yesterday!

S M E L L I N G

The Night Face Cream I’ve just applied before I started typing! Very fresh indeed!

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H O P I N G

That my week off is refreshing and rejuvinating. I also hope that I can make a further dent into my coursework and try to get some of it completed before I return to work next week!

W E A R I N G

A Marvel t-shirt and Harry Potter pyjama shorts! Very coordinated of me, I know!!

L O V I N G

I am absolutely adoring my Miracle Morning practice at the moment. It’s not always easy to get myself out of bed each day and motivated to do my SAVERS, but I know that I will feel amazing afterwards and as Hal outlines in the book, the first 10 days are the most difficult! Tomorrow is day 9 for me so I’m looking forward to seeing if it gets easier as time goes on!

W A N T I N G

A Fitbit Charge 2! I think it would fit so appropriately with everything that I’m doing at the moment and I also feel that it would encourage me to get more active on a daily basis!

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N E E D I N G

Sunshine and the beach! Not necessarily needing a sun holiday, just a trip to the beach with the sun on my face would do just fine!!

F E E L I N G

Very emotional over the last few days. They haven’t been the easiest. However, tonight I’m feeling calm and mindful. I’m also feeling so grateful for my amazing family and friends because I would be so lost without them!

W A T C H I N G

Last night I watched My Best Friend’s Wedding and made it a Double Dose of Julia Roberts by following it with Eat, Pray, Love! Two huge comfort movies for me! Nothing like a movie night with prosecco and one of your best friends to make you feel better!

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Until next week!

 

C x

Book Review

Review: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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Last week I finished reading The Miracle Morning and set about to write a review on it. However, I stopped in my tracks and decided to hold off, simply because this is a book all about implementing practical elements into your day to day life in order to change your life. I decided to put the book to the test and complete a week’s worth of Miracle Morning (MM) practice and then report back. From my experience, something can seem great in theory and not work at all when it comes to getting it up and running, so I felt compelled to write an honest, realistic review based on my personal experience!

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When I was reading The Miracle Morning, (TMM) everything made sense to me! To cut it short, Hal writes about getting up early in the morning and taking some time for yourself to set yourself up for the day. His theory is that “when you change the way you wake up in the morning, you change your entire life.” I inhaled this book! My work life is a huge stressor to me and because of the stress that I have been encountering at work, my physical and emotional health has been declining. I have often sat down, both alone and with friends, and posed the question “is there more to life than this?”

This book told me that I would be able to do the following things:
“Lower [my] stress… quickly overcome any challenge, adversity or limiting beliefs… improve [my] overall health…increase [my] productivity…more gratitude…less worry..”

Who could possibly say no to this?! Not me anyway! Last Sunday I set about getting up earlier than usual and practicing the SAVERS (Six practices)
S- Silence
A – Affirmations
V – Visualisation
E – Exercise
R – Reading
S – Scribing

It seems like a lot to do. And I know that, to some people, what you’re meant to do can feel fake and a bit ridiculous.

But! (yes, a but so huge it needs to be in bold, underlined, and counts as its own sentence!) After completing one week of MM practice, I feel absolutely amazing.

Let me backtrack a little and set the scene for you.

I am a teacher who is working with students with special needs (although, personally, I prefer the term additional needs but that’s neither here nor there). I work in a post-primary school. The week just gone was one of the last weeks of term. For most teachers this is a time where they get to wind down. However, when you’re working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mid-term breaks mean too much free time, which causes immense stress and anxiety, which usually becomes extremely overwhelming, and they can’t always cope with this, and that then results in a meltdown, and I have to try to help as best I can. My week was full of these meltdowns and trying to calm my students and get them to self-regulate and feel good again.

On top of this, I was moving out of my apartment and back to my parent’s house. Never a fun concept, let alone practical event. Boxing things up from a nice big double room and trying top squeeze all of my things back into a tiny little box room was not fun!

And finally, the cherry on the cake is that my boyfriend works away at sea for a few months at a time, and this past week was the last week I would get to spend any with him for four months. That is just an indescribable amount of stress and worry and general upset right there!

Queue my first ever week of TMM!

I set my alarm for 5.45 and got up each morning and did my SAVERS. Every morning without fail. Even one morning after I had cried myself to sleep over Himself leaving, and also another morning after getting less than 5 hours sleep. I set my alarm and got up each day, ready to put the theory into practice and see how I got on.

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Waking up and getting to see the sunrise is truly an amazing feeling!

Reflecting on the past 8 days of practicing TMM, I feel like it is all about taking time for myself, before I ever have to interact with anyone or anything, and setting my mood and intentions for the day. It allows me to be calm, motivated, happy and relaxed, all before I ever even have to think about the chaos of work and my day to day life. It is pure and utter me-time. TMM is meant to take an hour but some days I spend longer at everything because I enjoy it all so much! There really is nothing nicer than spending time on something you enjoy, and that also has a huge ripple effect on the rest of your day. This past week I have been so much calmer than I usually am able to be, and I’ve been far more productive than I’ve been all year. I’ve tackled problems in new and innovative ways and I’ve been able to leave work at work. If this doesn’t scream success for me then I honestly don’t know what it does!

I have felt so aware, so mindful, and so on top of things this week. Getting up early can be a huge struggle but, one hour of TMM practice in the morning is a very powerful thing.

By simply changing your approach to waking up in the morning, you will literally change everything – Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning

For those of you who are sitting there thinking that this will never work for you, I urge you to buy this book and give it a try. I have noticed such a huge difference in my mood, in my productivity, and in my life in general. I’ve recommended this book to anyone and everyone who will listen to me and I feel really passionate about it! My best friend (and I hope you don’t mind me writing about you in this bit) was having a really really crappy time. She sat across from me last Sunday and cried. She had no idea how to get herself out of the rut she felt she was in. I had just done my very first MM practice and told her all about it. I even drove her into the city to get it from the only bookshop I had found that stocks it. She read it that evening and did her very first MM practice the next morning and, when we met up last night, she felt truly transformed. We both feel that life seems to be so much more manageable now. Nothing about our circumstances have changed. The only thing that has changed is that we are proactively getting up each day and setting the tone for the day ahead. I honestly don’t know if I can ever go back to not doing this!

This book has changed my experience of life. That sentence may seem drastic but you will only ever understand where I’m coming from if you go out, buy the book, and give it a go for yourself. I can promise you that your experience of life will change too, and all for the better!

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Another 5 star rating for me. Absolutely inspirational!

Do you practice The Miracle Morning? If so, how do you find it? If you don’t, do you think that it is something you would consider trying out after reading my review? I’d love to hear anything you have to say in the comments below!

With love,

Cx