Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 22, 2016

Miracle Morning Finale

Miracle morning 30/30

Whole30 day 9

Good morning! Not sure if I should even say Miracle Morning 30/30 as there were many gaps in my challenge. Whew. But, as previously mentioned, I will keep with it. Figured out some things that worked and don’t work for me. 

My newest challenge is rocking this whole30 thing. I definitely feel hangry when I don’t eat (like this morning, for instance). But I am noticing positive physical changes already.  I am definitely a fan of this program. 

Time to get my day started. Much love!  

Miracle Morning 29/30 (ish…non-consecutively)

Whole30 day 7/30

Good Morning!

On day 29 of my miracle morning, though I’m not sure I should even say day number 29 as I have not been consecutive with my MM as I had hoped.  I don’t mean to make excuses, but life definitely intrudes! If the point is for me to get into the habit of cherishing my quiet morning times and focus on obtaining my goals, my MM challenge has definitely served its purpose.  Also, I plan on making this a life-time habit. So, in that sense, I have succeeded.  I am also digging my Whole30 challenge I am doing.  I didn’t feel the best the first couple of days I started my Whole30 (anxious), but now I am in the flow and feel amazing.  I believe my love for the Miracle Morning somehow led me onto this path.

After tomorrow, I will still continue on with my SAVERS, including scribing, of course.  I will just be writing in my notebook journal.  My entries in here over the last month have been quick and not as thoughtful as I make my journal when I hand-write my entries.  But, I will continue to update in here, it just may not be daily.

I’ve had a wonderful weekend.  I did my zumba class on Friday and I just love it.  As mentioned before, it is a nice change to my slow, melodic yoga classes.  It is definitely a great balance for me.  I also completed my 5AM workouts at the gym twice last week and was able to spend the rest of the afternoon at the lake and park with my kids.  It was a sweet treat and really helped  my nerves as I was just starting my Whole30 program. I went to the gym 5 days last week and two of those days were AM work-outs.  I want to make it 6 days next week and 3 day AM workouts.  I think now my body is adjusting to my Whole30 program, I should be able to kill it at the gym.

Yesterday, we went to the huge farmer’s market and stocked up on Whole30 products–lots of fresh veggies, fruits, meats, coffee, and teas.  The honey, wine, and pastry section looked so good, but I was a good girl.  Jack had to stock up on his cheese, but I swear, I won’t touch it.  We had so much fun and Jackson got a kick out of the live fish.  We spent two hours there yesterday, and despite the hour long drive, we decided we need to make that a regular monthly/bi-monthly trip. I’m lucky to have an ex-executive chief as my husband because he can hook up the kitchen and also loves his veggies and meats, too. He makes this challenge relatively easy for me! Thank goodness.

If anyone is interested in the Whole30 Program I have been mentioning, check out  I bought the books, too. (It starts with Food & Whole30, by Melissa Hertwig and Dallas Hartwig). I will update my progress and let you know how my next 23 days go.

Peace & Blessings!



Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 17, 2016

“Contemplation is the highest form of activity.” -Aristotle

Miracle morning 28/30

Whole30 4/30

Good morning!

Yes, I missed my miracle morning yesterday. My body is getting used to these diet changes, but I am feeling good. Excellent nutrition along with yoga practice really cures a lot of mind-body ailments!

I’m almost finished with my miracle morning challenge which I feel I completed decently. Not perfect, but the intention is there! Once I’m finished with day 30, i plan to keep going. I just won’t write in here everyday, but i will still write in here and focus on my quality than quanity.

I have noticed with this whole 30 challenge that for some reason every afternoon between 3-5, anxiety starts surfacing in me. When I was eating normally, i would have an afternoon slump. But now, I start to feel anxious. Weird. Sunshine and yoga help but are not always easy to access if I am working! The book says after 15 days of the whole 30, my body should be completely adjusted to this new routine and I will feel as if I have “tiger blood”.🙂 I will let you know if that’s true!
Ok, time to get the kids to school. More soon!

Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 15, 2016

Rising and Shining

Miracle Morning 27/30


Yeah! I did it…again! At the gym by 5 this morning.  I’m so sluggish in the mornings and I am hoping my new diet changes will eventually help this.

I have a long day in front of me of computer work.  But at least my afternoon is clear after work and I can take the kids to the park again or do whatever I want.  Working out in the morning really is the best!

Day 2 of whole30….wish me luck!

Miracle morning 26/30

Happy Monday!

Up and out the door by 5am and to the gym by 530 am…with time change and everything. The stars were shining so bright, and I was groggy, but I made it! Silence, affirmations, and visualization in the sauna. Lifted some weights and did the elliptical for 15 minutes. Hot tub, pool, and back home. Simple, but I felt great! Since I did my work out in the morning, I now have the afternoon free to enjoy this beautiful day after work!

I also started the whole30 challenge today. Eggs, red pepper, orange, and black coffee for breakfast. Can’t wait to see the changes within myself over the next 30 days!

Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 13, 2016

Miracle Morning 25/30

Happy Sunday! 

I’m enjoying doing my miracle mornings on the porch now as the weather changes. The song of the birds and breeze centers me. 

Time change means I have to awake even earlier now! I really want to start completing my miracle mornings at the gym starting Monday. I will do SAV in the sauna for 15 minutes and reading and scribing at home. Still do yoga on Wednesday and Thurs evenings and Safurday morning at the gym. And Zumba Friday evenings. I think it will be push I need to help me reach my fitness goals! Plus I am going to get the books: it starts with food and Whole 30. I’m ready to reach my fitness goals!!

Time for church. Much love!


Miracle Morning 24/30

Filled with joy this morning because spring weather is upon us which means morning meditation and yoga on my porch! I get to rise with the sunshine which brings me much happiness. It also makes me want to beautiful my porch! It needs help. 

So. As you may have noticed, I missed my miracle morning yesterday. 

I didn’t wake up until 7 and have to be out the door by 730. I noticed a difference through out the day, too. I even had trouble focusing in my Zumba class last night. 

Cassie and I had a long conversation about why we feel we are kind of hit a plateau. One of the things we decided is that we have way too many goals we are trying to focus on instead of just one thing. So we decided to pick one thing. Mine is fitness and hers is fixing up her kitchen. I think it helps! 

I’ve also been thinking of ways to make my miracle morning work better for me. After this 30 day challenge, I’m going to change it up a bit! 

Time to get my exercise on. Lots of love! 


Miracle morning 23/30

 Finally completed a miracle morning that I am proud of! It really helps when my husband has to get up early for work at 0430. I went to yoga class last night which also somehow pushed me in the right direction for this morning. 

Today, I have a couple of patients I need to see, but I need to spend the majority of my day working on continuing education courses to keep my social work license current. I am really doing some soul searching about what I want to do with my life (as always)! More specifically, if I should pursue becoming a licensed clinical social worker right now or not. It requires regular supervision which means more time and money which I am not sure I am ready to part with at this time in my life. It is also a 3 year process. But after I obtain my LCSW, I would be able to go into private practice and use everything I’ve been self-studying these past three years about yoga, meditation, mind-body connection, holistic health. I’m just sort of struggling to see my bigger picture. Hospice social work is amazing and i am learning all the time, but I don’t want to do it forever. 

I’m sure I’ll figure it out! 

Time to get the kids up. Xoxo

Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 9, 2016

Child of the universe

 Miracle morning 23/30
 Good Morning! 

Feeling blessed today even though I am a little off kilter with my routine. Almost finished with House of Cards and my mom leaves soon so I will get back on my personal development train with fresh ambition. It is ok to rest and relax and enjoy life too, I think. 

I checked out two books about yoga at the library yesterday while already trying to finish two books at home. Why do I do this to myself? I have issues! 

Lots of driving today which means lots of podcasts! I’m so glad I have found the world of podcasts.  There are some phenomenal ones out there. 

Much love! 

Posted by: soulshinemoments | March 8, 2016

The Journey

Miracle Morning 22/30

Happy Tuesday! 

We are staying up late at night, watching House of Cards. My mom is in town and my routine is a little off track but that’s ok! 

The Journey
One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice –

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do –

determined to save

the only life you could save.
Mary Oliver, from her book “Dream Work”

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