Still new year, new you?


So all the excess Christmas choccies are all but eaten. There’s still a stray bottle of Buck’s Fizz you’re contemplating opening. All the gin is still winking at us.

This is it.

This the weekend when all of our hard work for the last 2 weeks go out the window! The dreaded third week in January when we start to feel the financial pinch from Xmas and our partner’s are already not talking to us due to the stress and wondering how you’re going to afford to eat at lunch at work tomorrow?

Do NOT beat yourself up! We’re all going through it. All of those mince pie… erm I mean sit ups… have not been done in vain.

Incorporating new habits is tough. Keeping up new things is tough. Our comfort zones come a calling. We’ve looked in the mirror and we’re not skinny yet. We’re now looking in our wallet to see if we still have the receipt to see if we’re still within our 28 days to take back our gym kit.

Now comes the excuses “Oh I’m just not a fitness person” “The gym isn’t for me!” “I don’t have the time to exercise”. But this is where I’m going to tell you that WE CAN!

We don’t need to go to the gym. We definitely don’t need all the gear. We definitely have the time… especially if you have the time to read this!

The thing is about doing things that are good for us is that often they’re painful. This is the game of life. Everything that is nice is usually bad for us! But I’m here to tell you we can have it all… just in moderation. Plus we appreciate it more when we’ve earned it!

Imagine the puzzle that puts itself together? What fun that would be!?

The basketball that goes in every time you shoot it!?

It’d be cool and funny for the first five friends you prank with it… but without the sense of earning it there’s no feeling of accomplishment.

Usually we make time for stuff that is important to us and if you’re like how I was 500 days ago then health wasn’t your top priority. Neither was my well being.

Fast forward to today and my health both physically and mentally is paramount to my very being. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate exercise now for the benefits it yields. But I didn’t see and feel this immediately.

How did I get here?



I starting telling myself what I wanted long before I started doing what I wanted. I had to make it important in my head until it started to feel important in real life.

Quite often we give up on things because of our mindset isn’t strong enough to continue with it. We don’t see/feel the results immediately. Good old instant gratification.

Drink this shake! Take this pill! Drop a dress size in a week. Eat just this food. Pay a coach. The majority of us look for shortcuts instead of putting in the work.

…but Jamie don’t you want to be a coach?

Yes! Yes I do. To inspire and instill the belief in others to become self sufficient. Self motivated. Self disciplined. To ignite the passion that every single one of us had inside us. Empower everyone I cross paths with that we all have a capability to be whoever we want to be.

I want to help people find what works for them. Not some copy and paste one size fits all plan sheet.

But I’ll let you into a secret… nothing changes until we do!

So if you’re thinking about giving up or you’re going to just give up before thinking…


Just go slow! Learn to slow the pace and make it work for you! Start working on you mindset that’s going to make exercising easier. Get yourself into a community that inspires you to take more action.

Start by watching others make the progress you want and be inspired to make your own changes. We all have the same 24hrs. Find what works for you. There’s no reasons apart from the bullshit excuses we tell ourselves  why we can’t have everything we want.

We just have to be prepared to put in the work but how do we make that work easier?

Start the day with some affirmations based on what you want to achieve.



Say them out loud every morning. I warn you they will feel weird and disingenuous to begin with as your words and actions aren’t congruent but keep it up.

Making your actions align with your words become so much easier as they begin to shape your subconscious mind.

Studies show it takes an average of 67 days for a new habit to be installed. So bare that in mind when trying this.

We just need to be prepared to put in the work!

If not the gym then start with something smaller. Just start somewhere. Start with a walk around the block. Walk to the bus stop. Combine it with something you enjoy. Listen to a book. Watch a movie. Watch Netflix. Anything to get it done. I promise you it’s worth it!

I honestly now look back and think I’ve deprived myself of a much happier life having lived so long without exercise. It’s the cure of so many of our modern day problems. The ultimate remedy for stress.

You can’t worry about anything other that trying not to die when we’re exercising. Haha! #TrueStory

Try it!

Run as fast as you can for as long as you can and see if you’re still worrying about what your ex is getting up to! Betcha you’re not! Bet you’re concentrating on trying to catch your breath. It’s the ultimate mindfulness.

For me it allows me to expend my energy productively and give me that release that would usually see me expend my energy in much more harmful ways, it’s so much healthier for me.

When you start to get good at it and you start to feel the difference that’s where the magic starts to happen.

So before you give up this week please please please give yourself another go and if you’re really struggling to motivate yourself then drop me a line on and I’ll gladly help you on your merry way.

If I can do this then so can you!

Death – How it changes you.

It’s approaching 4 months since I lost my Mum to cancer and I must say it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride.

I’ve been up, I’ve been down, I’ve been really down. I’ve pretended to be up whilst actually been really down and sometimes that is an effort in itself. Pretending you’re ok. The smile. The nod. The avoidance of phone calls. The trying to convince everyone you’re ok when deep down inside you feel a little bit lost.

You feel lost because you do lose something when you lose your Mum. They say a mother’s bond is something that you will never ever feel with anyone else and I must say I agree. Since my Mum (and Dad) has passed I have lost an enormous part of me that cannot be replaced.

I am no longer a son. I am now officially an adult. Left having to embrace the fortitude of that moniker. Trying to make sense of just what has happened. I am trying to rebuild my confidence and my well being every day. Find out who I am now such a big part of me has eroded along with my Mum.

A relationship, a support network, an advisor, a voice and a heart that always had an opinion. Whilst I often disagreed with that opinion it was always comforting to hear.

I can’t say I’m any closer to finding who I am. Just when I finally thought I knew who I was something of that magnitude shakes up your life and shows you who’s boss. You have to surrender to it. You have to do whatever it takes to be there for those that need you. Then once they’re gone. You plunge down a rabbit hole. It’s a weird rabbit hole. A rabbit hole you think you know how to deal with and think everything you’ve been doing is enough to heal what has happened to you. It may distract you but it doesn’t heal you. It leaves you with an weird type of energy that leaves you in-between being ok and not being ok, and it doesn’t take a lot for you not to be ok again.

You hope that it’s something that you can just shake off. You hope that it’s the painkillers that are making you anxious. You hope it’s the pain of your sciatica that’s making you tetchy. But it’s the grief. It’s the uncomfortableness that rises to the surface at every given opportunity. It’s always there. A sensitivity ready to be pricked upon. And quite frankly I’m not sure how to find my way back.

I am hoping by just doing what I was doing, before all of this came along and turned my world upside down, will bring me back to who I was. The emotional resilience. The drive. The tenacity. The braveness. The courage and confidence. I feel them still there just in flashes not in the consistency they were before.

Then I beat myself up emotionally for not being able to execute the way I was before. Not to be able to run the miles I was before. Not to put in the work I was before. I get impatient with myself the demand more of myself which then perpetuates the cycle. Sometimes I’m ok with admitting I haven’t got my shit together and other times I pretend that I do. Other times I like I’m getting stronger then there’s days like today I just want to shut off from the world.

Which is kind of tricky when you’re building a personal brand. When you have to show up every day. Holding yourself publicly accountable, so you don’t end up back on the 2day benders, 3 day come downs and the 5 day fast food binges. They all come with one another like those naughty friends you had at school.

The weird thing is some days it feels like she hasn’t gone at all. That she’s still up “that Scotland”. Because she lived up there for so long it’s not unusual for us to go a while without talking to each other. Sometimes feels like we’re due a FaceTime call any time now. I am still paying for her phone bill. £39 per month from Vodaphone. That’s difficult to see on my bank statement every month but on a positive twist a reminder that I paid for her phone for the past 4yrs. Always made sure she had the best like the rest of my family.

Sometimes I wonder where she is. Whether she’s looking over. Whether wherever she is, is all she hoped it would be.

Then there’s the never ending apologies for her passing which I justify with the default cut and paste “that’s ok, everyone has to go sometime.” My way of brushing it under the carpet. Desensitising it. And I think maybe that’s where I go wrong. By not dealing with it. By not addressing it. By keeping pushing it along and hoping it will either subside or go away. Instead act like someone with bi polar in the interim.

I guess there is no right or wrong way of dealing with grief and I guess I’m still finding my way, and that’s ok. I guess I do put myself under this unnecessary pressure of being so publicly accountable and open to scrutiny which makes the days I can’t cope especially difficult. Maybe just writing this is a way of getting it out of me and accept that I’m feeling all of these things and that it’s ok. That the whole “it’s ok not to be ok.” is actually a thing. A healthy thing at that.

It’s also I learned recently that it’s ok not to be ready for a bit. Not forever. Just for bit.

How I lost half a stone in 2 weeks!

Heyyyyyy! Those that follow my journey will know that I recently, and frustratingly, stalled my weight loss journey.

Despite a 2hr FightKlub (boxing x drum and bass rave) experience, as well as a couple of runs that week, I managed to stall at 20st3lbs.

I looked back on my week in my journal and saw how I’d let the excitement of the sunshine and subsequent BBQ (not to mention the mountain of leftovers) then Fatty Friday take me off track.

I’m a very emotional person and most of my behaviour is emotion led. Meaning I feel, act and behave based on my feelings. Hence why I’ve been so overweight for the majority of my life and jumped from relationship to relationship throughout my life.

Without any real healthy habits, I’ve let my natural unhealthy habits take control of my life. That also reflects in my life, my finances, my weight etc. The truth is if we don’t decide what we want from our lives and ourselves then all too often we condition ourselves for mediocrity.

Now I’ve always been pretty happy go lucky, open minded, and never deeply unhappy. Though since I have looked back, I’ve noticed how I learned to suppress my emotions.

From overeating, overspending, painkiller abuse, 2 day benders, sleeping aids. I noticed that I’d also often self sabotage through over sensitivity, stubbornness and pride.

I was very good at pointing the finger, however now, and none of us are perfect, I am a lot more in control of myself in a lot of areas of my life and I fully recognise we are all a work in progress.

We are creatures of habit whether we like it or not and one of my biggest realisations is that we cannot get rid of habits, we can merely swap them out. In my case for a less destructive habit.

I enjoy the feeling of full and satisfied so I thought instead of eat whatever’s around or subconsciously choose foods that were bad for me, I would choose healthier foods to “fill myself up” on.

I have also managed to programme my subconscious via my affirmations over a period of time. I literally had to tell myself over and over and over again about these habits before I was actually doing them. Low and behold, I started to do them and with less resistance than usual. The power of affirmations for me have been life changing.

“I am loving being more active and incorporating exercise into my life”

Now if you know me, and you would have told me last year I would be enjoying running, going to the gym, yoga, swimming regularly. Not to mention the other classes I’ve tried, I’d have told you to, as the kids say, GTFOH!

Yet here I am running 3 times a week and loving it! I recently managed my longest ever run of 8 miles! I could just about run 8 mins less than 12wks ago!

The other affirmation that has been crucial to my relationship with food is:

“I realise that achieving level 10 success in every area of my life begins and ends with my health and energy. Maintaining optimum levels of health begins with healthy, energising good into my body, such as “living” foods (raw fruits nuts vegetables seeds etc), so I will place more value on the health consequences of the food that I eat than I do on the taste, since the taste only lasts a few moments but the consequences impact every area of my life and last a lifetime.”

This has caused me to initially start to second guess the choices I was making. I naturally then started buying more natural foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and getting them in me using my nutribullet. I say to anyone if you can do a shot of tequila or sambuca then you can do this!

So I started to slowly build up both healthier eating habits and healthier exercise habits but one thing I really struggled with was portion control.

Back in January a friend recommended me the My Fitness Pal app however I found it difficult to find the products and foods difficult, as well as the portion size. But looking back, I liked the ignorance of what I was putting into my body. Yes I’d swapped hummus chips for crisps but I was eating 200-300 calorie bowls. Yes I was drinking a nutribullet every morning but it was 400-500 calories in size.

I needed to feel the pain of all that hard work of 2 runs and a FightKlub class and to still stall at 20st3lbs.

That was the catalyst, now I was ready to really become more self aware of exactly what I was putting into my body and going out of my way to track everything that passed my lips.

Honestly it works! Portion size works! Calorie counting, as much as a pain in the back side it can be, and I hated it, works!

I went down from 20.3st to 19.7st in 2wks!

But when you’re really ready to make good results, you’ll either find the excuses like I did initially or you’ll find the dedication and ultimately the results!

Now I actually relish the task of challenging myself. Now I make sure I prepare and have healthier foods around, but most of all I am a lot more disciplined with the portion size.

If anyone wants to know what foods I’m regularly eating and which ones to avoid drop me a line at and I’ll send it over to you.

Thank you for reading!

My personal journey continues…

So some of you will know, recently I went for crystal therapy and I was amazed by the experience. This led me to look at other ways to enhance my personal development journey. The lovely lady that did my crystal therapy and chakra alignment also does retreats. I really want to attend one however they are still in the process of being put together so I thought I’d create my own.

I decided with my bonus this year, instead of giving it to everyone else, I would utilise some of it and create my own retreat and that’s exactly what I did.

I booked a hotel that I’d never been to before so it was a completely new experience and decided that I would be the focus of 24hrs. To work on my connection with myself, to escape the every day of being Dad, or Son, or Husband and completely immerse myself in my own little world and I must say it was energising.

When I arrived I found a nice seat on the terrace overlooking a harbour and have my favourite. Nice big bottle of sparkling water with ice and a slice. I spent an hour reading my book, appreciating the surroundings, people watching, watching the world go by. Bliss.

I was then called to check in.

Luckily enough I had managed to get a room over looking the harbour and the room was perfect. Spacey and well laid out, already scoping out space where I was going to meditate and do yoga.

I was so pleased with the room, it was perfect for my needs. Almost like a one bed flat with a living room, office desk, coffee machine, shower and bath. It was lovely!

Not only that but the view from the balcony was amazing!

Right, next stop… the spa! As soon as I unpacked I was off to the spa!

As soon as I arrived, it being quite a small “spa” area for such a large hotel I wasn’t able to find a bed right away. It turns out there were local children having swimming lessons and all of the parent had occupied the beds.

Eventually after a few leisurely lengths I managed to find a bed and update my journal and continue with reading Living With Kabbalah.

This week after many years of absence I returned to the Kabbalah Centre where I started by spiritual journey back in 2010. I learned so much despite already having completed Power of Kabbalah classes 1, 2 & 3 on numerous occasions.

Whilst I have so much on at the moment with Chasing The Sun, Sunrise Chasers Club, studying for my personal trainers qualification, my Miracle morning etc etc I don’t feel like I have the energy to dedicate to it right now and will definitely look at it again in the future. The energy in there is so lovely and all good people that want to learn about themselves.

I then checked in with the kids and retired to my room for a mini power nap and a quick catch up with Gary Vee.

When I woke it had got dark and I started to map out my first yoga class. The room looked even more inviting when illuminated.

Even the harbour looked more picturesque as night began to fall.

I then began Yoga With Adriene for sciatica. Having suffered with sciatica for the past couple of years, I have undergone acupuncture and physiotherapy, none of which have made a difference. Part of my personal journey is to become fitter and reduce my weight so there is less of a strain on my back.

This class was great! It taught me how to use a towel as leverage to apply pressure to certain areas. It really helped loosen me up!

I returned to bed for an hour or so to pick up again with one of my books.

By this time I was so relaxed that I really couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere and decided instead to order room service.

I opted for the rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce and salad. It came with lovely bread rolls too that I enjoyed (Wholemeal of course!).

I then retired for my first meditation before getting a good nights sleep.

The next morning, having not slept very well on such a hard bed with my back, I awoke to complete my miracle morning and stretch out before heading out for a run.

Starting with the headspace app for my meditation.

Then on to a guided visualisation.

I completed my morning ritual and got dressed for a run.

I managed to find a lovely route along the Thames and even bumped into some ducks. It was so lovely to be out at the time and no one be around.

The views were amazing and some of the properties are a dream.

Before I came home for a nice hot bath.

Now it was time for breakfast. I did think breakfast was included in my booking however I came to learn that it wasn’t. I decided instead to head out for breakfast.

I had intended the previous day to come to this place with my Wife however she didn’t feel up to it.

The window looked AMAZING! Every bit as beautiful as I imagined. However I really didn’t want to experience it without my Wife I opted instead to go next door.

I was was so overwhelmed by the choices I didn’t know where to start.

I started with the pancakes and a fresh juice…

However had the urge to try one of the many beautiful cakes.

I chose the Nutella cupcake and a coke to wash it down. It was so rich and dreamy.

I went back to the hotel before to hit the spa for the last time.

This time I had the whole place to myself which was welcome after not being able to get a bed the previous day.

I managed to swim about 30 lengths before deciding to head back to the room to pack.

I headed downstairs, settled the bill, and went to say thank you to the universe and goodbye to the harbour for such a lovely experience.

It was so lovely to experience something new and to be comfortable in my own company.

Something I’ve not been able to do for years.

Self love and taking the time to yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary! Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

Put things into perspective, we are so many different people to so many different people in our lives for the majority of the time. When do we get to be us? To find out what we like? To discover ourselves? It was nice to get to know me.

And now I look forward to being Dad, Son, Husband and roll on Sopwell House with the family next week!


Sunrise Chasers Club – The process

So as some of you will know I have been sharing my personal journey online and documenting my mission to become free from traditional employment in a daily insight video called Chasing The Sun.

Originally just on Instagram however then more recently started to share it via Facebook and YouTube.

It starts every morning with my Miracle Morning process and personal development journey then into sharing aspects of my everyday life.

Everyday I started to follow more like minded people via places like the miracle morning community then like minded people started to follow me.

I have been amazed with how many people, quite often strangers, are inspired by what it is I’m trying to achieve. The more I share the more others can relate to what I am going through. Whether it be emotional eating or the challenges of being an ASD Dad, it seems there are lots of other people that want to make similar changes in their lives.

So I decided what better than to create a place where we could all inspire each other to do exactly that…

Sunrise Chasers Club – A dream was born…

Sunrise Chasers Club is a private Facebook group of likeminded people that want to inspire and be inspired. It’s people that want to make changes in their life big and small. It’s some, like me, that want to become financially independent from traditional employment. Other want to cut sugar from their diet. Or exercise more. Read more books. Be more connected to their partner and everyone else. Whatever it is we all help each other along the way. Group mentorship/accountability is a great way for likeminded people to connect and make sense of this wonderful thing we called life.

So early February I announced that I was going live with it and to be honest I’m astonished with just how many people have wanted to be a part of it and with what an impact I’ve manage to make in a relatively short period of time.

We have lots of different walks of life. From aspiring life coaches, personal trainers, record company owners, crystal therapists amongst others who all have one thing in common…

To be better than they were yesterday.

Whilst I was creating My Miracle Journal, I also had the desire to create a logo for Chasing The Sun which originally was going to be My Miracle Morning TV…

And from there I kind of wanted it to be more centred around me and building my personal brand rather than the Miracle Morning itself. I drew some inspiration from one of my favourite Oasis songs and it instantly resonated with me.

I even had a go at designing it myself…

I originally wanted my Wife Jade’s writing over the sunrise that we have above however it wasn’t possible. So I then went on the hunt for handwriting type fonts but none of them had the effect I was looking for.

Then we had the idea to continue the continuity from My Miracle Journal however I felt is gave a bit of a nautical feel with this:

We had many drafts to choose from:

However in the end I went for simplicity…

I think it is most impactful and without the SCC writing allows complete creativity to emblazon lots of quotes and create content to promote the group.

As we approach the first month anniversary of its creation, Sunrise Chasers Club is now up to over 50+ members and has taken on a life of its own.

There are themes of the week. Regular Facebook live interaction videos from fellow members. Other members have opened their bookshelves to swap books with fellow members.

It really is beautiful to see.

If you want to know more or would like to be involved then please feel free to drop me a message via the website contact form or friend request ( Jamie C Nicholas ) me and I can add you to the group.

The best thing is, that once you’re a member then you can introduce your likeminded friends to it too.

Hope to see you there!



My Miracle Journal – The process

So…. I finally did it! I finally got a product on to Amazon. My very own creation. A journal to help others get the most out of their morning ritual.

As most of you will know I have been doing the miracle morning process (keep up to date here) for 152 days as of today and to say it’s changed my life is an understatement.

The miracle morning book has inspired me into learning all sorts of new things. One of those many things is reading books. From the many books I’ve read, Think and Grow Rich and Rich Dad, Poor Dad are the most influential when it comes to looking at ways of earning money outside traditional employment and has contributed greatly to my goals to become free from traditional employment by the end of 2018.

After being so inspired by the books, I bought the official miracle morning journal to accompany my journey however on its arrival it became quickly obvious that it was more a tick box exercise of confirming you’d completed the actions of your miracle morning rather than a space to explore what you were doing, why you were doing it, what you were learning and how you were growing from the process. This is what I wanted to gain from the process so instead made a makeshift journal from a scrapbook.

Also at that time I saw a mutual friend online that created her own gratitude journal and I thought to myself “If her, then why not me?”.

A dream was born…

I started by contacting that person who had brought her own journal to market and asked her how she did it. Simple as it sounds, all too often we won’t ask for help out of our own stubbornness. I always say to the candidates that I work with, that the easiest way to find a job is to find someone doing the job they want to do and ask them how they got it. 101 networking.

I began researching the companies that I’d found; Lulu and Createspace. They’re both seemed like American companies with the latter being an extension of the Amazon brand. But looking further into it, Createspace can give you more options and a greater scope of where your publication can appear for a smaller chunk of your royalty.

I started to map out what I wanted it to look like and how I may get the best of each morning. I started to doodle with my Apple Pencil on my iPad and began to mock up what it may look like.

I had the benefit of drafting in one of my friends who is a graphic designer to help with the design process of the journal and very quickly I came up with what I wanted the concept to be. Createspace do have “professional” design services that can help you with that if you don’t know anyone that can help.

I decided on a full double page spread for every day and giving each journal a full 90days. Not only is there a space to do all of your usual miracle morning, I also expanded on what I’d used to get the best out of the process. Discovery – Resonations – Ideas – Commitments – Achievements and Celebrations. I noticed the more I did the process the more I learned about myself and wanted somewhere to put everything I was learning.

After a couple of design changes and additional pages to make it more polished and professional. I ordered some proofs to see what the finished product would look and feel like.

Now they come all the way from America so unless you pay additionally for the 72hr international priority shipping option they can take up to 1mth. So depends how quickly you want them turnaround.

Then once you are happy with the product then you can choose to publish your book. It then asks for your intentional banking number (also known as IBAN) which can be found on your bank statements and asks you were you want to sell your book and at what price. I advise to keep your interior in black and white as colour is extremely expensive and you would need to charge £30+ for you to make a profit.

You also need to decide how you want to describe your product though when doing this part there isn’t an option for spacing. It literally copies and pastes your text into a box and doesn’t space it how you did. So far I haven’t worked out how to change that.

The other thing you should be aware of is that you have no control of what pictures of the book it shows. It shows the front and back cover.

Instead I have asked those that have bought it to review it and include pictures of the inside so you can see what it looks like. As this was a mistake I made when ordering the original miracle morning journal.

So far I am yet to complete a whole month of sales so I can’t tell you much about the royalty/payment aspect of the process just yet and I hope to come back and update this post in the future and tell you more.

Until then… If I can do this, then you can too! If you’ve always wanted to bring a book to market then do it! If anyone wants more info on the process feel free to give me a shout via the contact me section or hit me up at

Thanks for everyone that has invested in My Miracle Journal so far.

For those who still want to support me and invest in a copy of My Miracle Journal can do so here

It could just change your life if you let it!

Views from…

Since I can remember I have always journaled in one way or another. I didn’t actually realise until last year I actually use my instagram or taking pictures/screenshots of things that I capture or resonate with me as a kind of diary.

When I look back now at certain times in my life and what I was going through at that time there are certain pictures or memes that remind me of that period.

With that said I started to hashtag on Instagram regularly. One that has stuck with me is ViewsFrom…

For example #viewsfromthemorningrun – I love a sunrise especially.

Or #viewsfromthemorningworkout – it’s official, I’ve become a gym wanker!

Or even just #viewsfromthemorning – Some from Florida!

Or the days I keep my exercise to a minimum #viewsfromthemorningstroll – The days I’ve usually overdone and I’ll just take the dog for a walk.

I love to capture and record my day, reliving the moment through the various pictures, seasons, outfits or places.

Creating memories whenever I go.

Here’s another I use…

#LifeIsBeautiful 🙂