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1/31/2018

January Miracle Morning Recap and February Social Media Detox Prep

Goooood Morning yogis!


( ^Are those 5 pending notifications making you as crazy as they are making me right now?)

January is almost over, and I have stuck to my New Year's Resolution of practicing my Miracle Morning every day for the month. It has been surprisingly easy, and an unsurprisingly wonderful way to get my day started every day. There were only two days that I had an issue. The first was on a Sunday morning, where we woke up painfully early to cheer my mom on during the Houston Marathon (Go Mom!), and I had to wake up even earlier to do my Miracle Morning. It wasn't that big of a deal, because I made it a short one, but mentally it was a struggle. The second was this morning, when I woke up in a hotel room in Atlanta that I shared with two co-workers. But that also wasn't too big a deal, I was just all, "Hey if y'all see me sitting up with my eyes closed for a few minutes, followed by standing on my head for a bit, no need to sound the alarms."

Overall, I cherish that morning time to myself, and it's been such a lovely treat extending it into my weekends! Will I continue the trend? Maybe not every single day, but I think after this experience I will definitely be more consistent with it! And once again, I cannot recommend practicing a Miracle Morning enough. Total game- and life-changer.

Other resolutions I've stuck to so far:

- Going upside down every day (lots of falling involved, once on my dog who, needless to say, was not having a Miracle Morning that day)
- Cutting down on my caffeine intake (this really really really really really really reeeeeally sucks. Why am I doing this again?!?! At least I'm not cranky about it *eye twitch*)
- I sort of KonMari'ed my books this month. As in, I got rid of 10. But books really do bring me joy, so I'm happy with the results. I may have to revisit.
- I've been working on my splits quite a bit, but I have been mindful of taking it easy on my hamstrings.
- I signed up to be a volunteer at an animal shelter, and my training is next month.

For the month of February, I have decided to do a month of no social media. There is a caveat to this, as a large chunk of my full-time job entails me managing a few social media accounts. So I will still have to do that, but I am going to take a month off from my own personal social media accounts. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Candy Crush, and Words with Friends (yes, that still exists, why do you ask?). This also includes checking email from my phone and looking things up on my phone for quick unimportant information. Example:

HUSBAND: Can you believe "Titanic" came out 20 years ago?
ME: There's no way that's possible, it's only been 15!"
*quickly types in IMDB on phone to check*
ME: Drats, you're right!

(This was obviously a made up example since I saw "Titanic" five times in the theater and cried obscene buckets of tears every time -  spoiler alert - the iceberg hit, so it's forever ingrained in my brain. Also, I don't say "drats.".....yes I do.)

I mean, wouldn't it be nice to have some things remain a mystery? Or to find an Encyclopedia and look it up? (Do kids these days even know what an "Encyclopedia" is???) If it's something that's absolutely killing me to know, I can invest the time to boot up a computer and find out.

Why I chose February as my month to do this:

1) I'm going on a vacation during the month with my husband, and won't it be nice to be fully present the whole time??

2) I'm seeing four out of town friends during the month, and won't it be nice to be fully present the whole time??

3) Because of reasons #1 and #2, I am teaching less yoga classes, so I won't feel the need to post about them on social media (but please check back at www.blackswanyoga.com and www.genyogatx.com for full schedule details!)

4) February is the shortest month of the year *shrug* (yes, I know I said "30 Day Social Media Detox" on my resolutions, but really I meant a month. I'm doing 31 days of Miracle Mornings since January has 31 days! So....okay, maybe I'll see how I'm feeling on Day 28 and extend it TWO MORE WHOLE DAYS).

What I'm hoping to gain from this: more presence, more clarity, more time, and - to put it bluntly - to cut an addiction. While as a whole I don't think I'm that bad, the first things I do when I wake up are look at my phone, check my email, look at Facebook, and open up Instagram. That's five whole minutes that could be added to my Miracle Morning! When I eat breakfast (and sometimes other meals), I often play Candy Crush. How about reading a book or newspaper instead? Or, I don't know, enjoying every delicious bite of my food?

Any time I am tempted to get on social, I vow to do one of the following:

1) five minutes of exercise

2) five minutes of self-improvement reading or research

3) five minutes of journaling/writing

4) five minutes of undivided attention to the person I'm with, if I'm with someone

5) five minutes of affirmations

6) five minutes of meditating

I was debating whether or not to continue blogging during this period, and I have come to the conclusion that I won't. But if there are things I want to write about, I'll type them into my drafts and publish in March. No biggie.

I would like to say I'm excited about this challenge, but I'm actually pretty anxious about it. I guess if it were easy, it wouldn't really be a challenge. But I do think, as a whole, this will be good for me. There was life before Facebook, and I look [somewhat] forward to hopping in my DeLorean and revisiting it!

xo and namaste! - Kim
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