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Back from my annual silent retreat – Lessons learned

Once or twice a year, I like to rent a small apartment for a few days and reflect on my life, my goals and aspirations. March and September are my favorite time of year to go on a silent retreat. This year was no exception. A few weeks ago, I was having dinner with my family at my father’s place when someone asked us where we’d see ourselves in 5 years. I was very uncomfortable with the question, because for the first time in years, I had no idea. My hubby said he was hoping we’d still be together in 5 years, but of that I had no doubt. I know that I love him and that I still want to live my life with him in the forseable future. But professionally, where do I want to be? Do I still enjoy my career as an executive assistant? Is it what I truly want to be doing with my life? When I feel confused, uncertain, I like to look inward, journal and reflect. The best way that I know of […]

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A peek inside my morning routine!

a peek inside my morning routine

Morning routines are a great way to start your day on a positive note and, when running smoothly, they can make your whole day more productive. I’ve been interested in successful people’s morning routines for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve discovered a method that included everything I wanted as far as routines go and I’ve been practicing the same routine for the past 4 years now. Today’s post is a peek inside my morning routine. Let’s dive in! Since 2014, I’ve been on a personal development journey that brought me to discover podcasts and self-help books. In one of the podcasts I’ve listened to, the host interviewed a man called Hal Elrod who was talking about his morning routine, the now very popular Miracle Morning. Hal explained that hitting the snooze button is like hating to wake up, yet doing it over and over again. That was my ah ha! moment. I was snoozing like crazy and I dreaded mornings. But when I heard Hal describing my habit, a lightbulb went on and I decided […]

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3 years of Miracle Morning update

3 years of Miracle Morning - An Update

Today is a big day for me as I am celebrating my 3rd Miracle Morning anniversary! 3 years of early mornings dedicated to improving myself, my knowledge, my relationships. 3 years of pure enjoyment. If you are not familiar with the Miracle Morning, I invite you to read my previous article which lays out the full routine that author Hal Elrod has created. He wrote this bestselling book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) in 2012.  The book has now been published all over the world, where hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts are getting up early every morning to better themselves according to Elrod’s method. In a nutshell, the Miracle Morning is a routine of 6 personal development practices, named SAVERS, that you go through first thing in the morning. The SAVERS stand for Silence (prayer or meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). You can take as short as 1 minute for each practice, hence called the Six-Minute Miracle Morning, or take as long as you like. My routine lasts about 1 […]

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Flow : The Pleasure of Getting More Done

how to achieve flow state

We’ve all experienced a time in our life when we lost ourselves in a task that we truly enjoyed. We were having such a nice time, creating, writing, playing sports, that we lost track of time and felt a deep, powerful feeling of wellbeing. We were completely in the zone. A Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, coined a term for this state of consciousness :  flow. What is flow? According to Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, “flow is an optimal state of consciousness, when you feel and perform your best. It’s the moment of total absorption. Time speeds up or slows down like a freeze-frame effect. Mental and physical ability go through roof and the brain takes in more information per second, processing it more deeply.” Experiencing flow state has many positive impacts on our levels of performance and on our productivity, but also increases our concentration, reduces stress and increases our creativity and our ability to solve problems. Flow state is also linked to happiness; while in flow, we are […]

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What changed – 2 years of Miracle Morning

On July 31st, I celebrated an anniversary. I have been practicing the Miracle Morning for 2 years! Let me share with you the journey of my awesome awakening! Back in 2014, I just started working again after the Great Depression. I was going through the motions, work, eat, sleep, repeat. I would wake up at the last minute and rush out to work. I was feeling better, but there was still something missing in my life. I was lacking purpose. I always been an entrepreneur, and I was now working the 9 to 5 for a company that wasn’t mine. I was searching for my next business venture and listening to business podcasts to inspire me. The two that I was enjoying the most were Eventual Millionnaire and Entrepreneur on Fire. One day, I listened to an interview of this guy who died in a car crash and was brought back to life after being dead for 6 whole minutes. His story was incredible. He has been told that he would never walk again, but shortly after his accident, he […]

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The event that changed my life (and why I write this blog) 

A few years ago, my life changed dramatically. In fact, I believe I became a whole new person. It was the year 2010.   A year before the event that changed my life, I was an entrepreneur. I produced heavy metal concerts for a living. The financial crisis was in full bloom, and my shows were slowly deserted. After a while, I had to come to the conclusion that this business model was not profitable enough and I had to pull the plug. This decision was the hardest I ever had to take. And not for the reason you think.   To say that I was a workaholic was a bit of an understatement. At that time, I was working 80 hours a week, had been for the last 10 years of my life. I am what you may call an overachiever and I was always on the go. When I quit my business, I was faced for the first time of my life with two realities. I had no goal past this point, and I had A LOT of […]

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