UNCOVERING MAGIC DURING TOUGH TIMES WITH HOPE, FAITH, AND CAR DANCING
Questions: What inspired you to create Hope Nuggets?
Wendell Miracle: After my mother passed away from breast cancer in 2012, it was the darkest time of my life. I lost my best friend, biggest supporter, and most of all, my passion for life. I didn’t have any money to my name. But when I started to take life seriously and spend time learning new things, it gave me purpose and made me hungry to become something of myself.
I first launched Hope Nuggets on Instagram back in 2013, which at the time only allowed 15 second videos. I only had those 15 seconds to share a nugget of information to motivate people and bring hope to whatever situation they were facing. With Have a Magical Day, I share these messages with the goal of showing people that they can make every day magical, and every day happy.
Q: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more people are suffering from anxiety and depression because of the loneliness caused by social distancing and self-isolation. What advice would you give to people who are currently struggling with mental illness?
WM: For me, my depression began to end when I finally made the decision to fight it. Once you begin to fight for yourself, you begin to love yourself. Not in a conceited way, but healthy self-respect and self-love. I believe everyone is meant to live an extremely happy life. It’s when we admit to ourselves that it won’t be an easy fight that we allow ourselves to fall, as long as you stand back up.
Q: How has your faith guided you through challenging times?
WM: Even when I was broke, depressed, and felt like there was nowhere to turn, I had unwavering faith that I would come out on top in the end. With this mindset and lifestyle, even my not-so-magical days ended up being magical, because they helped me grow.
Doubts about faith will come, along with negative thoughts and fears. You need to have faith, but you don’t need to wait for answers to your prayers to find happiness. Faith isn’t the absence of doubt; it’s the ability to push through the doubts and enter your destiny. You need to declare that you are blessed before you actually start seeing blessings.
Q: You say a positive morning routine determines the type of day you will have. How so?
WM: When people start their day, they complain about the weather, traffic, and the jobs they’re going to. But if you start your morning being grateful and counting the blessings you have in your life; it makes an incredible difference in your day. I encourage you to add 10 blessings to your list of things you’re grateful for and give thanks to each of them.
When I open my eyes in the morning, I’m grateful that I get to see another day! I give thanks for the running water and for toothpaste, and the bed I sleep on. I also began to do a car dance routine every morning I get in my car! When I started this, I would bop to the music and have an amazing sales day. Within the year of starting my car dance routines, I finished in the top one percent in sales. I guarantee if you count your blessings in the morning and top it off with a car dance, you will live happier, freer, and with tremendous success.
WENDELL MIRACLE is a motivational speaker, best-selling author and founder of the popular Instagram account, @hopenuggets. He started the page in 2013, recording fifteen-second videos. These short videos have touched lives all over the world. His goal is to help people overcome depression and anxiety through his teachings, videos, books, seminars, and social media reach. Miracle was born in the Philippines, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in San Diego, California.
Have a Magical Day: 7 Keys to Living Happy Every Day is available on Amazon and other retail outlets.