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A morning routine is so critical to set the entire tone of your day. It is one of the most important steps in order to be able to manifest miracles.

Every morning the first words out of my mouth express gratitude to my Creator for blessing me with a new day.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot tell you how much I love my morning cup of coffee. I wake up at least an hour before everyone else does so I can enjoy this alone time.

While I sip my first espresso (of many I might add, cause I am addicted to caffeine), I contemplate the miracle of my body. I scan and try to feel every part of it. I focus on the oxygen filling up my lungs and renewing me. I send out a silent prayer of gratitude to the Universe.

During this time I write in my journal. I list all the things I am grateful for and what I want to accomplish that day. I also write down the dreams I am working on manifesting.

And once my coffee is over I spend 5-10 minutes meditating, using the technique I am going to share with you in my new book “Miracles Manifested”. You are going to love it.


  1. Move your mind around your body, wriggling, stretching, and moving your fingers and toes.
  2. Focus on each exhale and send out a silent prayer that this day will be filled with blessings.
  3. Allow the life-giving light to enter your soul and send energy to your organs and limbs.
  4. List all the things you’re grateful for.
  5. Think of ways you are going to use your time to bring peace and harmony and joy to the world.
  6. Use this time to think about what you are going to do with the day.

Your life is composed of countless bits and pieces. These moments are the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years that make up the tapestry of your life.

Your goal is to weave a thread between each of these precious moments, to connect them together so they have meaning.

When the common thread that binds them is the work of your Creator, you will infuse blessing into every second. Acknowledge that every day is a new chance to give of yourself.

Look for the Godliness in each new beginning. One moment has all the properties of your entire lifetime. In it you can see the reflection of your entire day and your entire life.

Continue to look for these opportunities throughout your day where you can align your thoughts, deeds, and words with your soul’s mission. Eventually each second, each breath will add up to a lifetime filled with meaning.

How you live today, determines how you will live tomorrow. And the next kind deed you do, no matter how small, will change the rest of your life.

To learn more about my morning and evening routines and meditations for manifesting grab a copy of Miracles Manifested on Amazon or Audible.

Or if you are in South Africa you can grab a printed copy from my website.

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I make myself breakfast and take Jade to school. And I head to a yoga class or take a walk. This sets the tone for the entire day, so I can be super productive.

If I am writing I will usually do this straight after exercising so I am in the zone. I literally don’t look at my phone or emails until around noon, otherwise I just get sucked into the vortex of noise and accomplish nothing.

I hope this helps you. Have a magical day.

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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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