A Year Long Journey with Mike Iamele

Every day, we hear stories inspiring stories from the Fabulous community so today we’re launching the “episodic” series of Mike Iamle as he navigates through the Fabulous app.

Mike, 31, is a self-employed entrepreneur helping artists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries of all kinds discover their unique genius so they can build a life and business around that genius. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband and two dogs, Roscoe and Birdie.

He was going through a particularly challenging time and knew he needed some serious support to overhaul his life. At the time, he had been suffering from severe digestive flare-ups for over three months, was in the middle of a lot of business and financial stress, and had just returned home from a family trip to Aruba where just about everything that could have went wrong did go wrong.

It was in January that he found the Fabulous app, in a frantic online search of the best productivity and wellness apps. This is his story, and it will updated monthly.

Month One

It feels like it’s flown by, but so much has already changed. In this time, I have already accomplished so much. I’ve listed a more of the bigger changes in my life

Starting the next chapter of his life after so many years of putting it off
  • I started and am 1/3 finished writing a book I’ve been putting off for years
  • I started waking up at 5:30am every day (even weekends) and have a luxurious 3-hour morning routine
  • I have an hour-long evening routine, which barely gets adapted on weekends
  • I’m reading my fourth book since starting the app
  • I bought tickets to Tony Robbins’ Date with Destiny for my dad and I in December — six days of intensive self-work, which I hope will fundamentally change our relationship
  • I’m working with a new therapist
  • I just hired a new photographer for a photo shoot to capture my changes over the last few years (since last photos)
  • I’m eating 100% paleo
  • I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  • My partner and I are taking a for-fun, nine-week course on classical music (as an unconventional date night every Monday night) and rewarding ourselves with opera tickets in the spring if we pass
  • I signed up to volunteer five hours per week at the local arts council to promote the work of local artists
  • I feel more confident in myself, my body, and my work than ever

One month sounds so short, yet in other ways sounds so long because I feel like I’m just getting into a rhythm of how good this new routine feels.

It really struck me when Fabulous told me to think of the rituals as sacred. Now my morning, evening, and reading time is sacred.

I’m learning to prioritize myself because I know now that my health depends on it.

Month Two

His home ‘KonMari-ed’

I seriously cannot believe that I’ve been using the Fabulous app now for two months. In these two months, I have now accomplished the following:

  • I snagged a new photoshoot with an artist I’ve really wanted to work with, and have been processing seeing myself so powerfully
  • We’re on the precipice (days away) from a new website launch that captures my evolution over the last 5 years and where I am today
  • I’ve started working with a new therapist
  • I’ve missed just TWO DAYS of my 2.5-hour morning routine, getting up at 5:30am every day, even on some of the toughest days I could imagine, like being sick and feeling like I was going to vomit the whole time
  • I’ve shifted positions around my company to really evaluate what our needs were and where I was holding onto too much stress, which included letting someone go
  • I’ve still going strong on paleo (apart from oats, which I’ve been reintegrating) and healed a lot of my digestive issues
  • I’ve read 8(!) books
  • I’m taking a classical music class with my partner for fun (over just watching TV at night), and we’re going to the opera to celebrate the weekend after classes finish
  • I’m in the process of re-doing our entry-level eCourse — which is a huge endeavor — but somehow has felt totally manageable
  • My energy levels have been phenomenal, even on days when I’ve gotten a little bit less sleep, and my stress has been almost nonexistent
  • My partner and I have ‘KonMari-ed’ most of our house and have donated THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of clothes, books, and DVDs

I just feel like every area of my life is transforming.

Work isn’t stressful anymore. I’m up for 4.5 hours before I even check e-mail or Facebook. We’ve added narration (by me) to every blog post to make it accessible to sight-impaired readers. I’m making headway on major projects. My relationships are all feeling amazing. And my health is improving.

The two days that I missed (due to major challenges) were the two worst days of my last two months. I can feel the shifts. I even plan my weekends around my routines.

I’m so grateful. I can’t even imagine where I’ll be in a year. But it almost doesn’t matter. Because I feel so good right now.

Month Three

Getting in a Fabulous workout at home

I’ve been using Fabulous for three months now. I realized that my three-month anniversary came a week and a half ago or so.

Every day, for the past 100 days, I’ve been getting up at 5:30am: exercising, eating breakfast, journaling, meditating, tapping (EFT), and making my bed for 100 solid days.

In that time, I’ve missed two days. But I’m shocked and proud of myself that I’ve been doing this for 100 days. Even on days when I didn’t feel like it. Or when it was really, really hard to get myself motivated.

My journey is now becoming a part of my life. I forget to track my progress sometimes because I do the same thing every day. I’ve finally hit a steady routine.

I know three months isn’t terribly long, so I’m still conscious about not letting anything slip. But I’m damn proud. It’s the longest I’ve continuously exercised every day.

And the results I’ve seen have been nothing short of miraculous. Somehow I’m more intentional with my time. It seems like I get more done, but I’m a lot freer.

My partner and I are connecting more — we took a classical music class together every week, which led us to celebrate by going to our first opera, which led us to become annual members of the local fine arts museum and going to six(!) classical music shows next season, plus one other opera this summer.

A million other miracles have happened, but now that I’m at three months, it feels important to reflect on where I came from before this journey.

In December, I spent New Year’s Eve in Aruba with my family. At the time, I was very stressed about money. We had an employee who wasn’t working out for a variety of reasons, but I didn’t want to give up on her and worried about her financial situation, so I was cutting well into my own finances to make sure she could be paid well.

And I was very, very ill. I was in an ulcerative colitis flare up for over three months straight! I refused to take steroids, but couldn’t get it under control with diet.

So, in Aruba, shit just the fan. I was tired and stressed and couldn’t eat much. I was also trying to manage my sister’s emotional breakdown, my cousin’s crippling anxiety and depression, everyone getting a stomach bug (on top of my sickness), and so much more I can’t even begin to describe.

I came home from that experience, and the next morning I got up and I started exercising. I had no energy and I was so sick. But I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working.

I knew that there was chaos all around me. And though I was never the start of it, I’d always run right in and try to save everyone.

So I started exercising first thing instead of checking my phone and seeing who needed me.

Six days into the exercise, I found Fabulous Sphere because I knew I needed support. I needed to prioritize me first.

That was 100 days ago.

My health is not just better — it’s better than ever now. I’ve released that employee who wasn’t working out. I don’t check my phone, FB, or email for the first half of my day. I’ve read 12 books and I go to bed early. And I’ve said no to so many opportunities to only make time for me and the people I care most about.

It’s been such a journey. I know it’s only been 100 days. But so much of my life has shifted. And I’m so goddamn proud of myself.

We are capable of such amazing things. And we realize that potential through daily, habitual actions.

It’s been a hell of a journey these last 100 days. I can’t wait to see what the next 100 bring.