a miracle morning challenge | olive june

a miracle morning challenge

yesterday, i mentioned some of the books, shows, music i am currently loving on my august media spotlight. well... one of them i am so excited about!! ... so excited that i have decided to ask you all to join me. i first heard about the miracle morning from one of my favorite people in life / one of my bridesmaids, my friend anna. we taught together for nine years and woke up early the way it was... but she was in love with hal elrod's concept in his book and began waking up even earlier every day. she always raved about it. however, i was always like... 'early mornings? umm, no way. i am a huge night owl... there is no way i would love this.' (now, i wish i would have started years ago). i have mentioned a lot lately about how i am trying to slow down. one of the ways i plan to achieve this is through the method that this book teaches. i want to start each day on the right foot by waking up slowly and intently. i am currently about half way through the audio book and have read countless success stories this week... making me anxious to begin my personal journey. i got lost on so many blogs and videos recently ... reading and listening to countless people post about their transition from being a non-morning person to loving it/seeing their life change in remarkable ways... and wanting to wake up even earlier? trust me- if this works for me, it will be a miracle. i recently read this article about moms who are night owls and stay up way past their bedtime (my husband and i usually go to bed around midnight- or later.)  i agreed with almost everything in the article; however, i really want to make some significant changes in my life and so many people are sharing how their businesses, health, and relationships all improved greatly by implementing this routine. so let's do it.

would you like to join me? 

{my new company sent me a rifle paper co agenda in my initial order- i can't wait to begin and think this new routine will be so helpful with this new endeavor, too}

i would love to have a group of people experiencing this with me. you can learn more about the book and concepts here: the miracle morning (the audio is a little over four hours long/possibly doable over the weekend?) note: this post is not sponsored in any way - i am just excited and wanted to share!
below, i am going to list the six general things that he recommends doing every morning + some hacks + thoughts. i don't plan to be on social media during my new morning routine but would love if you shared something on instagram or facebook every now and then (maybe right after?) about your thoughts (tagging @nellemonaco and using this hashtag: #theolivejunemiraclemorningchallenge) 

i plan on beginning this tuesday, august 22 and then plan on sharing my personal experience on friday, september 22 (with a link-up for bloggers, who would also love to share a post + readers can post a comment about their experience) i think it will be inspiring and interesting to see how this hopefully impacts everyone individually and profoundly. 
“how you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life — in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. by simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”
- hal elrod . the miracle morning 

the six steps | 

(s)ilence: prayer, meditation, reflection, deep breathing
(a)ffirmations: mantras that you repeat to yourself ~ ways to change your programming or the negative thoughts that you carry around 
(v)isualizations: also known as a mental reverse, visualization is the practice of creating mental pictures of specific behaviors or outcomes 
(e)xercise: so important for us both physically and mentally 
(r)eading: a key from many experts in getting to where you want to go 
(s)cribing: journaling~ putting thoughts and ideas onto paper + helps to clear a busy mind 

i am planning on waking up at 5:30am to start and hope to do about ten minutes each 
today i got to experience a few hours away at this cute coffee shop in charlotte- hex coffee

hacks + thoughts: 

+ i am hoping to begin this ~ a kid memory journal during my 'scribing' sessions
+ for reading, i hope to do a combo of both business articles and personal reading 
+ i am going to have my journals and books stacked up and ready to go the night before
+ after a little research, the app, simply being, seems to be the simplest and best (free) app for meditation
+ i am planning on doing this on the weekends for the first thirty days but maybe not as early (depending on our plans?) and then after the thirty days, i will re-evaluate the weekends 
+ if your kids are the right age, have them join you for the scribing part (a gratitude journal is also a great idea for this part) 
+ i plan to do a combo of yoga, pilates, weights and cardio for the exercise portion
+ i think a pinterest board would be a great way to do the visualization part 
+ the key is to push through the first ten days - a.k.a breaking the old habits! he mentions three stages: unbearable, uncomfortable and unstoppable
+ i might try 'zenawake' which is a gentler alarm clock 

a little off topic but a few style scenes from this week: 
my shop, olive june, will be opening very soon! i can't wait to share my favorite line with others...
(this is not a mlm company- although i have nothing against them / love to support other women... for this opportunity, i will be a rep for a fashion blogger, stevie henderson in utah. i will have my own shop but will be purchasing pieces directly from her line- a line i have fallen in love with over the past year) 
yesterday, i picked up the cutest consignment clothes for parks at kid to kid
and my niece or nephew will be here soon - boy or girl? we will know soon! 
please consider joining me! 

again, i have read the most amazing success stories and would love to share this special experience with you. i spent the first half of this year trying to balance being a work at home and a stay at home mom ... i reflected a lot and now it's time to implement my plan. 

here are my focuses for each month + my thought is breaking up these challenges will be it a bit easier?

july | reading + essential oils
august | exercise + new morning/evening routine + more water
september | healthier skin care regimen + meal planning + volunteering and getting involved in our church
october | another house purge + use of coconut oil + time with family
november | a diy creation + healthier cleaning products + blending it all together
december | reflection + celebration!

i also have more self-care tips in this post

i plan to check in on here during the thirty-day challenge and on social media. 
let me know below if you plan to join and here if you need anything at all 


  1. I've been wanting to read that book for awhile. I want in! Ordering it now! I know audio books are so hot right now but I just don't think I'm a book-listener lol.

    1. yay! so excited to do this with you, girl. you are always the BEST supporter in life. thank you and let's do this! xo

  2. Oh my gosh! I am SO in!!! Buying the book now and hope to have it done by Tuesday!! I'm excited to start this with you!!!

    1. <3 so excited to do this with you!! i hope you love it like i do so far and thank you for joining me!! xo

  3. I'm really looking forward to joining you!!! It's always so fun (and easier) to tag along with other people on the same mission. <3 Thanks for sharing!

    1. i am so, so glad you are joining me and loved your insta story today... keep it up and of course! thank you for being here and for your support. xo

  4. I love this idea. I've been looking for more ways to add intention to my morning and to establish a morning routine that works for me. I'm really thinking I need to wake up an hour earlier and be able to sit with my husband in the mornings and drink our coffee together and get some other things done before I have to take my son to school. I love the peacefulness of mornings but I love my bed, too so it's a struggle.

    1. you should join me!! four days in and it's been absolutely AMAZING. (and i think life-changing- already.) i totally feel you... but i think you will enjoy this!! let me know if you join the journey and have a wonderful weekend, friend. xo

    2. I'm a couple weeks behind but i've decided to jump all in. I'm even writing about it in tomorrow's blog post so maybe I can inspire someone like you have! This truly sounds amazing and life changing. I've been on a mission to make the best of my mornings and find a morning routine that works for me and I think this is it! Turns out i'm already doing most of them ;)

  5. I’ve always been an early riser but the suggestions on stuff to do when you wake up is a great list! I may start trying to do some when I wake up now! Thanks for sharing!

    1. let me know if you decided to start it... i have loved it so much!! and you're so welcome