amanda mcclellan

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I'm Amanda, and I'm SO happy that you're here! I'm a wife, special needs mom, optimist by nature, and most importantly, I LOVE sharing the things I've learned in hopes of helping other moms. So grab a cup of coffee... or wine...and enjoy the blog! Read more about me HERE.

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I Would Go Cray Without This

No, not my phone, but definitely a close second.

Not my mascara either, but that’s high on the list.


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I would be a nutball of anxiety if I didn’t have my…




Morning Routine!


Before you click away from this post thinking “yeah, yeah, yeah I’ve heard it a million times,” hear me out.

Let me just start by saying, I do not LIKE my morning routine. That’s right, I said it. 

I’m not a fan of getting up early… no thanks. I’d rather get my beauty sleep. I don’t like peeling myself away from mindless social media scrolling and I certainly wish I could have my dream bod without having to workout.

BUT sister, that’s just not how life works. Before committing to my morning routine, I found myself in a season of frustration. I tend to hold myself to very high standards (thus, the anxiety) so when I don’t feel like I’m moving in the direction of my dreams and goals, I get testy and down on myself to say the least. 

When I implemented this morning routine about a year ago, I’ve noticed a ton of benefits. 

Here are a few:

  • I feel less anxious because I keep my highest priority goals in front of me everyday.
  • I waste less time because I know exactly what my schedule is.
  • I’m in better shape because I haven’t missed many workouts.
  • I’m getting better sleep.
  • I make better food choices.
  • I’m more aware of how I’m feeling each day and what I may have to deal with.
  • I’m generally HAPPIER!!!


So here’s my morning routine and why I’m willing to experience the short term discomfort, for the long term rewards.

If you are convinced and ready to start yours, CLICK HERE for a free gift!

My day starts at 5:30 with my alarm going off in my bathroom. Did you hear that? I have to get out of bed to turn off the alarm. Now that I’m up, it’s easier not to go back to sleep. Don’t get me wrong, I have slid back into bed a time or two, but ya girl’s not perfect ya know!

So here’s your Pro tip: Lay your workout clothes out the night before, so it’s one less thing you have to think about in the morning.

I’m already in my bathroom turning off the alarm, and wouldn’t you know, there are my workout clothes. So I get dressed, brush my teeth, throw on some deodorant… or not… and stumble down to the kitchen for the highlight of my morning, COFFEE. 

I love my coffee. Like, I really do. Especially when you live in the arctic, I mean Pennsylvania, it just warms you up and gets you ready for the day.

Ok where are we… journaling. I journal every morning. It only takes about 10 minutes and here is what I do. 

I start by writing 5 things that I’m grateful for.  Not big general things, but little things that happened the previous day. Like the joy on my daughter’s faces when they built a fort outside together, the makeout session I had with my hubby, the delicious steak we had for dinner, or the new hair dryer I got, trip we booked, etc. I really try to feel into these things I’m grateful for and tune into the joy that they bring into my life. 

Next, I write my 10 – ten year dreams. This is a practice that I adopted from Rachel Hollis, and if you don’t know who she is… Girl, go google her. If you were to envision your life 10 years from now, and there were 10 things that had come true or happened consistently to allow you to be living your best life, what would they be? For example, mine include, I am an exceptional wife and mom, MMIH has over X# of email subscribers, we donate over $X per year to the CCHS Foundation, etc.. Whatever yours are, write them down, and then write them each morning in your journal. 

At the bottom, write which dream is currently the goal you are working on. I’m currently writing two. One for business, and one personal. 

Listen, it may sound really repetitive, but we all know we need it because #momlife, and we can use all of the reminding we can get. If you don’t keep your dreams smack in front of you as much as possible, how are you ever going to reach them? 

Then I write in my journal an affirmation that sets the tone for the day. These vary based on what’s going on or how I’m feeling. They often include, I can do anything I put my mind to, I have an abundance of time and energy, I’m am creative and capable, etc. 

After I journal, I may either read a chapter of the book I’m working on, or clean up the kitchen, throw in a load of laundry, make a to-do list, or get ahead on a project for the day. Whatever it is, it always feels amazing to have a jumpstart before my kids are even out of bed.  At 6:30, it’s time to get my kids up for school. Right after I drop them off, I head straight to the gym. And that concludes my morning routine!

Do you have a morning routine that works really well for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Are you ready to start developing yours!? AWESOME because I’ve created a FREE GIFT for you to do just that.

The Ultimate Morning Routine Builder is designed to quickly and easily develop your morning routine with tips and guidelines along the way. 

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If you’re ready to Make It Happen, we’ve gotta start by getting your day straight sista! 

Grab your gift, and lemme know how it goes!



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