Tip #12: Celebrate Your Successes

15 tips for the night owl

We’ve taken time to figure out our why, set our long-term goals, and determine our baby steps.

Our next focus was on a better bedtime through setting an alarm for bedtime, and then we moved on to the actual getting out of bed.

We got a bit vulnerable by telling others and surrounding ourselves with encouragement and accountability.

Then we ditched the snooze button and made an investment to support our goals.

We’ve come a long way! Yet it is so easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged by our slow progress.

We need to celebrate every little baby step reached!

Night-owls don’t become early-birds overnight, and if we are constantly looking at all we are not doing, we will never see the progress that is happening.

12 celebrate.007

My kids did not begin toddling over night. It really started way back when they couldn’t even keep from going cross-eyed. Each of them began to lift their little head and keep those eyeballs straight, and along the way we celebrated each and every moment. From when they learned to roll over, and when they first started pulling themselves up; then when they stood with one hand on the coffee table and the other outstretch toward me…

And we cheered loudly, clapped frantically, and hugged them tightly. It was all so exciting!

Let’s celebrate (with a giveaway!)

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

Did you get out of bed today—even five minutes earlier? Hurrah! What about setting an alarm for bedtime? Did you heed its warning and climb into bed? Great! Did you get a little bit vulnerable and tell others about your efforts? Bravo!

Imagine the HelloMornings team jumping up and down, clapping and cheering you on! Every small step you take in your early-morning efforts is worth celebrating.

So, go ahead and shout out in the comments what you’ve accomplished in the last few weeks, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is!

Every comment will enter you to win a set of these Merry Heart Spool Hooks from Blessings Unlimited

Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 11.00.03 PM

Aren’t these ADORABLE! I’m so tempted to keep them for myself…

Let’s cheer each other on and celebrate our successes! 

Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 10.51.25 PM

 

This is Tip #12 of 15 Transformational Tips for the Night Owl

153 Comments

  • Harmony says:

    I have been motivated to be in bed and hour after the kids go to bed. With that being said it is usually between 8pm and 9pm. My husband has been headed to work at 345, so after I run him to work, I have been doing two loads of laundry and doing my reading/prayer time instead of crawling back in bed. I was exhausted after working all day but not the normal exhaustion. Plus, I seemed to have a better perspective in the morning with my 3 kids and getting us all out the door and to school by 720.

    • Wow you start your day earlier than me! You GO girl! Being a mom, wife, and Jesus chaser is a lot to keep up with, but what a blessing! Have a great day!

    • Loan Nguyen says:

      I can’t even imagine starting my day that early!! You are a force to be reckoned with, my friend! 🙂

  • Did you get a little bit vulnerable and tell others about your efforts? Not yet, but my running time is up next. I run with a neighbor mom who doesn’t Believe. It is hard for me to share my testimony or talk about God face to face with others who do not believe. I’ve had my quiet time in God’s Word so I’m ready to rock this run and be bold in sharing my morning time routine with her…I know God can speak through us. Hello Morning!

  • I’ve found that I look forward to 5:30 am. I’m in bed by nine most nights and eager to spend my quiet time with The Lord. I’m loving it so much that I might try for 5:15 am and then 5:00! My days are just so much better!

  • I am enjoying the “calm before the storm” in my home each morning. I love this quiet time that I have created for myself and my entire day is much more focused. Thank you # hello mornings!

  • Meaghan says:

    Good morning!! I am excited to be a part of this challenge. I used to be a morning person but between Christmas and our family getting sick in the new year, started sleeping in way too late each day. In the past week I have managed to get up before my family and read my bible. I also realized that I am now getting up a bit earlier each day!! I’m working hard on getting to bed and walked out in the middle of a funny TV show last night. I’m using my time in the morning to get some office work completed that I’d been letting slip for our family business. Great things going on around here!!

  • Melinda says:

    I am usually an early riser, but recently my husband has gone back to school and that has changed my schedule. I have been staying up later to spend time with him. Struggling to find a balance right now.

  • ohamanda says:

    I LOVE those!! I’ve added more to my hellomornings time–more planning, more writing. It’s a longer and productive time!

  • bunkie68 says:

    I haven’t set an alarm for bed, but I’ve started going to bed as soon as my kids get to sleep (usually about 9:30). This is a huge change for me, as I used to have my online time after my kids went to sleep, and I’d stay up way too late doing it.

  • Hannah says:

    I am by nature, a night owl! I could stay up half night, sleep half the morning away and feel just fine! But that also means I don’t get any “me” time before the kiddos arise! I am slowly learning to appreciate early mornings and the quiet time with God. Somehow it seems to make for a much happier mommy during the day!:)

  • Natalie says:

    Celebrating getting up 15 minutes earlier each day this week until I reach my final goal of 5am. So far at 5:15.

  • I told my hubby (being vulnerable to a morning person, ungh) and he is encouraging me to go to bed when he does. He gets more time with me at night and in the morning, which means more talk time for us!!

  • bunkie68 says:

    And I actually woke up before my alarm went off this morning! (Of course, that could have been due to the thunder and lightning from storms blowing through, but still…I went ahead and got up! 🙂 )

  • Loving my hellomornings time! Haven’t yet been 100% successful in heeding my bedtime alarm but getting closer and closer to accomplishing. More mportantly, my hellomornings time gives me the quiet time I so desperately need. I look forward to my morning date with the Lord and a little exercise and planning for the day allows me to be more focused and relaxed as I face my day! 🙂

  • Denise says:

    I’m a night owl and always have been. So I’m still wondering can a leopard change its spots? But. I am getting up at the same time each day, despite the interruptions from kids. And i have set a few goals. I have had limited success with quiet time, but it is only day 3. Just being determined to do this.

  • Brandy Bunch says:

    I went to bed on time last night BUT was awoke at midnight by a major storm.It really scared me the wind was blowing so bad thought a tornado was there!! Woke my son up and put him on the couch was paranoid about a tree falling on his side of the house.Woke my husband up turning on our tv to see if there was a tornado warning Praise God there wasn’t but omg the wind was bad.Needless to say I did not get much sleep.I had set the alarm on my cell phone so that I had to actually get up out of bed to turn it off instead of rolling over and hitting the snooze.So I did it I got up and read and wrote and prayed alomost fell asleep praying but I am still up it is 7:06 now been up since 4:00. REALLY wanting to go back to bed!!!!!!
    OHHHHH Lord this is going to be a long day but you can give me strength to get through it.
    Yesterday was GREAT I spent time with God in the morning and then last night my husband even set at the table with me and we read the bible together and talked about it.It is so awesome to be able to spend time with God and my husband.
    Love and Blessings to you All:)
    Brandy Bunch

  • Alia K. says:

    I have been going to bed early every night. I’ve told someone what I am trying to accomplish with the Hello Morning Challenge, Ans the biggest thing for me is when things don’t go exactly as planned, I am giving myself grace instead of beating myself up.

  • Ashley Gurley says:

    By getting up before my boys, I have had time to focus on God and on my priorities for the day. Even the days when the boys woke up early, if I was awake before them I can get a little time for focus. This has allowed me to be such a better mom! When I wake up to children and play catch up all day, then I’m not focused where I need to be. But by putting my family second to God (where they belong), I am able to love them better! Love it!

  • I’ll say it: I didn’t make it out of bed this morning. And I missed it. I love reading the comments and knowing that there are lots of us on this journey. #hellomormings!

  • Tina says:

    Yeahhhhhh
    Asking the Holy Spirit for help to stay faithful and committed to this challenge has worked for me. Everyday I am waking up earlier and earlier wanting more time to study and worship. Preparing my prayer room the night before with snuggie blanket, space heater & bibles has helped as well. This has been an awesome start to a lifelong conversation/journey. Psalms 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” NIV

  • Laurie says:

    Although the alarm has been set, I haven’t needed it because I’ve been waking up earlier….a full 45 minutes earlier. At first, it just started to be 15 minutes earlier, then 30 minutes earlier and this morning I hit the 45 minutes earlier. I really needed to be up earlier because…I started back on my physical therapy and needed to do my daily exercises in the morninng…y’all know how it is…because otherwise…trying to get them done later in the day just never seemed to work out. I told God, I really needed His help to get up earlier because I plain don’t like to. Well, the first time I woke up earlier and couldn’t go back to sleep…I groaned….and then I could hear God saying,”Well, didn’t you SAY you wanted to get up earlier and wanted my help to do it?” Giggle.

  • Melissa says:

    This is my fourth round of Hello Mornings and I’ve gotten spending time with The Lord down and am adding in more intentional prayer, silence and verse memorization. Oh, and exercise. Thanks for the great team that makes this challenge possible.

  • Jen says:

    So thankful for Hello Mornings! I’m overwhelmed at thinking about thousands of women around the globe waking each morning to spend time with our Savior. What joy that must bring Him! How powerful is the impact on those that each one of us encounters throughout our day? Truly amazing.

  • Mariah mullet says:

    I’ve really been trying to be in bed early. My hubby and I have been in night owls ever since we got married and our kids are even late sleepers so it can be enabling! I’ve been making it a rule to at least be in bed winding down by 9. Even though I don’t always go to sleep early I at least can have a little more rest which helps with the early mornings!

  • Phoebe T. says:

    I haven’t been able to get up at my goal time every morning this week, but I have been planning my week. I have to get better at going to bed a little earlier.

  • Heather says:

    I just have to say that participating in the Hello Mornings challenge along with some of the other changes I have made over the past month has mande not only my mornings go smoother, but my entire day!! So thankful that God is working in and through me 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    I’m starting to work out again. A very little amount, but you have to start somewhere!

  • Celeste Bond says:

    This isn’t my 1st time with Hello Mornings, but I really got out of whack through the holidays! Its felt good this week to be up before the family, done my quiet time, ran, AND I’ve been packing my Hubby’s lunch! That’s a new one for me but I’m happy to be serving him in this way!

  • Katherine says:

    My normal wake-up time was 6:30; just in time to wake the kids and rush through preparing lunches and walking out the door for school. I moved it to 6 and then again to 5:45 to give me time to dive into the Word and have a little “me” time checking in with my Twitter group. I’ve made it through 3 days; my mornings have gone smoother because I am more awake and grounded when it’s time to get the kids rolling. I’ll admit that I am EXHAUSTED by day’s end though and am ready to fall into bed, making going to bed earlier easy.

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve started putting in the first load of laundry when I’m done feeding the baby for his first meal at 6:30. And instead of going back to bed for a while when he’s done, Iget busy with some other household things

  • Anna Crook says:

    I see such benefit and blessings when I wake up and give my first few moments of the day to the Lord. I am so thankful for HMC and the past year that it has helped me to get out of bed. Knowing that there are 14 other women who are trying to do the same thing has motivated me to not his snooze!

  • mrsk1978 says:

    After a rough start Monday and Tuesday I finally admitted I need accountability in my house so I told my hubby about Hello Mornings last night. He prayed over me and by God’s grace I got up with the first alarm this morning (I set three!). Now to work on going to bed earlier.

  • Crystal says:

    I’ve been getting up earlier this session than ever – 5:15 – and I’m getting so much done! I actually made it through a week without hitting snooze because I’ve been so motivated 🙂 plus, coffee helps…lots and lots of coffee!

  • EmiLee Stephens says:

    It was a stormy night last night and I slept very unsoundly. Sometime in the night I even turned OFF my alarm clock! Thankfully, the LORD is kind he woke me up anyway! Right on time! Then my husband’s alarm went off in case I was tempted to stay in bed! Gracious God we serve, huh?!

  • Being part of this challenge has been motivation to actually get out of bed when the alarm goes off… although this morning I picked up the alarm clock, turned over in my bed and fell asleep again with the clock in my hands… but only for a minute. I still got out of bed with enough time for QT and a bit of planning before baby woke up. yeah!

  • Kjelse says:

    I got to bed last night at 9:30 instead of 10:30…or midnight, like on the night before the first day! and this morning I got up at 5:30 instead of getting up at 5 and then heading back to bed at 6:30. I didn’t get back into bed this morning. So, baby steps, and tomorrow I’m fairly sure I’ll meet my goal of getting up at 5 and staying up! (pardon any typos, sent from my phone)

  • I’ve been back in the saddle since the beginning of the year after slacking off at the end of last year. I’m glad to be back at it and SO glad to have my group up and running so I have someone to be accountable to!!

  • Rebecca Siharath says:

    Up at 5:30 today!!! Yay! Prayed, did bible study, and exercised!! Woohoo!!! Feeling great!!

  • tia says:

    I’m up an hour before my kiddos and it makes a big difference. I really was struck by the way that I welcome my kids into the day. Before they would drag me out of bed– or just play on their own until I could get it together. Now I am usually sitting in the living room with a cup of coffee and I get morning snuggles with my son. That alone is totally worth it for me. But– really an incredible blessings is that I’ve been able to keep a consistent schedule to be in God’s Word. Can’t wait to see what else God has planned.

  • Deanna says:

    I’ve been getting up 15 minutes early this week and hopefully as the challenge goes on I can make it earlier. I’ve also been keeping up on the dishes and laundry and just those two things make life much smoother. 🙂

  • I’m still working on bedtime, but I have been up with (or before) my alarm each day this week. I am loving spending time alone with God before my family gets up, and I even have time to do other things while the house is quiet!

  • Bridget K says:

    Back in another group – and so excited for a new conversation with God! =) I have accomplished showering before heading out for my day. It’s a big step – as usually I do coffee, praying, then stuck on the computer – and hours later shower. It’s discouraging to me, but for the past couple of weeks, I shower first. It has transformed me! yay Hello Mornings!

  • Beth Trax says:

    I truly love Hello Mornings:)The generous spirits of all the women involved is humbling, and opening up to the women in my twitter group (shout out to #HMCCT!) has given me so many blessings. It’s like I found a whole new grace-filled, peace-seeking, in-love-with-Christ world. This challenge is life changing, truly. Thank you!

  • Alisa says:

    I have been getting up before my kids for the last week or so! Still hit the snooze button once or twice but doing better!!

  • holly says:

    started getting up early with a prayer thing at our church. didn’t think i could continue it, but now i know the lord is asking me to do so. was asking in the past few days if he really was calling me to do this and (among other ways he’s shown me “yes”) my bible reading for today was

    Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
    Learn from their ways and become wise!
    7 Though they have no prince
    or governor or ruler to make them work,
    8 they labor hard all summer,
    gathering food for the winter.
    9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
    When will you wake up?
    10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
    11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
    psalm 6:6-11

    i think i hear him loud and clear. a gracious, loving, tender brick dropping from the sky on my head trying to tell me something moment. 🙂 excited to to this!

  • Desteni Watson says:

    I have managed to get up and around before both my babies and I have enjoyed my daily time with The Lord! It’s not always easy, but I certainly enjoy it!

  • Trying hard to go to bed early every night, setting up my alarm (labeled it HelloMornings), have good strong coffee morning and praying that God will give me desire to seek Him every morning are my steps to have better morning and devote my time for Him. I am praying and hoping for something God will do in and through my life for others.

    Blessings and praying for you all!

  • Joy H. says:

    I’ve slowly moved my bedtime from 10:30pm to 9:30pm! Now I am able to wake at 5:30am and not be a grumpy pants to my three little boys who get up at 5:30am too. Day 3 complete with morning study and exercise; I am proud of myself for doing some good for my spirit and body! My lack of discipline has benefited no one in this house and I’m ready for that to change:)

  • Tiffany says:

    I LOVE how my attitude has been remarkable different throughout my days now that I have been starting in the Word. My husband has even noticed! I have a long way to go, but that little feeling of accomplishment is pushing me forward. Thank you for this challenge and the encouragement that comes along with it.

  • Muncho Mom says:

    Quiet time first thing in the morning is really giving me a better perspective on my day! It’s still tough getting in bed earlier…I did great on Monday, not so great last night. Working on it! 🙂

  • Elisha says:

    Waking up before my kids has been wonderful! I’m able to have my quiet time and plan my day. My mornings are unpredictable with a 6, 5, 3 yr old and 11 month old but my days go sooo much smoother when I have even just a little time alone in the mornings!

  • I’ve set some goals…short term and long term and outlines a plan to get there!

  • I’ve gone to bed in time for at least 7.5 hours of sleep…gotten up an hour and a half before my family and used my alarm clock all by myself!! 🙂

  • made myself vulnerable by sharing my goals with those around me that will hold me accountable!

  • made some investments….haven’t bought anything..just started making efficient use of things I already have…journal, alarm clock, private study spot that makes me happy, cup of hot tea preparation night before!

  • Vicki says:

    I never, EVER thought I would look forward to 5:45a.m. I have managed to get up without snoozing for nearly 2 weeks now. This is HUGE. I’ve been a “snoozer” since I was a teenager and it is like a miracle! I’ve also exercised every day this week, planned our meals and stuck to my “must do today” item (baby steps…some day maybe I’ll even put 2 items)on my list. But most importantly I have been spending time with God that has already changed me. He is so faithful!

  • Shannon C says:

    I have been able to wake up earlier than normal and get my quiet time with the Lord before anyone else is up. That is huge for me!

  • Vicki says:

    Oh, and an added bonus is that my son is now sleeping IN HIS ROOM rather than in the living room. It is actually a triple bonus because now I’m having a little “me” time in the evening as well. 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I have spent some well needed time in my Bible the last few weeks!! I have also got a ton if this accomplished that I have been meaning to . I just love starting my day in the word, prayer and silence!!!

  • Meredith says:

    I’ve outlined my ideal morning and then a “minimum” morning as a first goal. I’m getting up about 30 – 40 minutes earlier and am getting ready in time to not feed the kids breakfast in the car on the way to school (well, 2 out of 3 days!). I’m still working on bedtime. I haven’t set an alarm so I think I’ll try that tonight, with about a 15 minute before reminder. I’ve also been able to have a short prayer time and talk about AWANA verses with my girls in the mornings!

  • heather d. says:

    For the first time ever in my life i have set an alarm every morning and ready my bible every morning! Going on a few qeeks now but i am so thankful for the way it has changed my mornings and makes me more on top of the day fir my little 2boy year old!

  • Kathy Quick says:

    had to set alarm for 4:45 because I stay in bed for 15 minutes! Been getting up but not really focused. But still rising! Thank you for the structure and company.

  • I’ve read the Bible every morning!

  • Jessica says:

    So nice to be up before everyone else in the family is moving and demanding attention. Love the focused time with God and for planning my day. Helps the consistently get the day off on the right foot, even when things go “wrong” it is still a good day!

  • Jennie says:

    Getting up early for me, it is going to bed at decent time, so I am not overly tired, so I have been getting to bed at better time and in the morning having time to do Bible study and motivated enough to get a workout in!

  • Well its not going so great for me yet lol. I did manage to wake up with my alarm yesterday! And I had a great day! Spent time in the Word and in Prayer, my home hasn’t been this clean in months and my kids where happy all day! IT was a great day! I really have to focas on going to bed if i want to get up in the mornings.

  • Lorri says:

    Since getting the flu around Christmas I have been dragging, but God is slowly restoring me. My alarm was set for 5:45 this morning and I woke up at 5:44. It was like I beat the clock. So awesome! I am so enjoying this accountability. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this study!!!

  • Lacey says:

    I have made it up on time (with my alarm) the past 3 days and once even before my alarm. While I’m not getting up as early as a lot of people, I am doing better by getting up right away and and laying in bed for a while. I’ve had better starts to my day this way. I also have consistently done my quiet time each day and I have been in bed by my goal time (though not always lights out and asleep). I plan to keep working on moving my bedtime and wake up time earlier as this challenge continues. And I’ve made sure to be open and honest with my Facebook group.

  • Paula says:

    I did really good at preparing the night before. I got my coffee ready and exercise clothes set out. Thankful for God’s grace!

  • Lisa says:

    I have been more devoted to my scripture reading.

  • Talitha says:

    I have been getting up at least an hour before my kids every day for about a week now and spending a good portion of it in the Word and prayer. This morning my daughter asked me why I’ve been so happy when they get up these days. No more groggy mom mornings. I’ll call that a success!

  • Beth says:

    I have been going to bed earlier–this morning I woke up at 6:15 feeling rested. I couldn’t believe it!!

  • melissa says:

    Biggest struggle when I use my ipad for devotions/Scripture reading is to NOT look at the inbox first…such a distraction! Been pretty good these last weeks…enjoying my time with the Lord instead of sales alerts!

  • Danielle says:

    its been a real challenge for me, but I have been making great improvement with going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. What a difference it makes in my day when I am successful in starting my day in the word!

  • Emily says:

    I love having accountability! I have been intentionally getting things done around the house…getting started on the to do list right away in the morning instead of sitting and thinking about my list! My house is clean, kids are getting their homework done, I have been able to have more one on one time with God a lot more often not just in the mornings but throughout my day!

  • Marliss says:

    I have been getting into bed earlier and not hitting the snooze button but twice instead of 4 times like before. I am using my extra time in the morning to sit quietly and think about the day ahead.

  • Margaret says:

    I’ve had a long-time habit of staying up very late (3am, sometimes even later). During this past week I’ve shifted to getting to bed before midnight, and last night I was asleep a little after 10:30. For the first time in eons I woke up before my alarm (set for 6:30) this morning and I got myself right out of bed and into my time with God. It’s still a struggle more than a habit, but I can see change happening. I love Hello Mornings!

  • Pcapaldi@me.com says:

    This is my 3rd hello mornings challenge. Love the accountability and the quiet time before my kids. Coffee really helps:)

  • Jennifer Watson says:

    I’ve been avoiding that snooze button, getting some great time in the Word, and enjoying some great prayer time before the rest of the house comes alive. 🙂

  • Debby Webb says:

    I’ve actually been getting out of bed. That is a huge accomplishment because I love being cozy. I pray I can continue this!

  • Melanie E. says:

    I have fit in time on the exercise bike two out of three mornings!

  • I got up and did it the first morning. I think I may have epically failed the last two mornings, but I will trod on. Patty Lewis

  • Monika says:

    I haven’t been getting up as early every morning to do EVERYTHING I would like to do before the girls get up, but I HAVE been getting up early enough to shower and pack my husband’s lunch before they get up. This is a big accomplishment for me!

  • Sharon says:

    This Hello Mornings Team feels like the fans standing alongside the road in a very long, exhausting, race… a race toward fantastic rewards for achieving those small milestones along the way! New habits! Friendships made along the way! A more positive perspective on life’s dailyness! A deeper, more intimate relationship with my Savior and Redeemer! To name a few of the rewards. smile.

    Thank you so much for cheering us on! Thank you for being the mentors and encouragers that you are! Blessings!

    Oh! And my success is that I’ve been getting up at 5 to work out with my hubby! Still figuring out how to get my quiet time and planning in BEFORE the rest of my family… as they’re up and at em by 6 AM sharp! smile. Does this mean I arise at 4? Phew! Considering that.

    • Brandy Bunch says:

      @ Sharon I have to get up at 4, it’s hard but with having to get the hubby up at 5 and get him off to work then do my son’s homeschool stuff when the hubby gets out the door for work that is the only time for me to have my quiet time. Good luck!! You are deff. going to want to make sure you go to bed because last night I did not get much sleep and still got up at 4 and omg I am tired and it’s only almost 1:00. Yesterday when I had enough sleep it turned out to be a great day I wasn’t tired and I had more joy. So I can tell ya sleep is a very important thing for this.
      Blessings for a Great day:)
      Brandy Bunch

  • Erica says:

    My 6 year old son ran over to our room around 3 am and hopped into bed with us. Then my 3 year old daughter woke up around 4 am with a bad dream. And yet I still made it out of bed at 5:30 this morning. This is a big victory for me. In the past I would have just stayed in bed and my whole day would have been thrown off from these late night interruptions. Its only day three and I didn’t make it to the end of the last challenge but I feel motivated to make it farther this time around. I’m starting to realize that even though I might be tired–spending time with God, having my day organized and accomplishing what I need to get done gives me peace!

  • Jonatha says:

    So far this week I’ve achieved my goal wake up of 5am! I’ve never been up at that time in my life, this is huge! Even better, I’m actually happy to be getting up! The Jesus time and exercise, just having that time ALONE before the day starts with 5 daughters to homeschool and 2 nephews I babysit. What a phenomenal blessing, hope to continue! Thanks!!!

  • Emily says:

    I love having extra time in the morning to just enjoy the time instead of trying to rush around before work. So glad this has come into my life!

  • I actually can’t think of anything for you to jump up and down about, but I am more rested today and am a much nicer mom. I sleep in 20 minutes, even put on some nicer (more than ratty tshirts and sloppy jeans) clothes, a dab of lipstick and mascara and woke up to a clean kitchen sink!

  • Stephanie says:

    Still working on not hitting the snooze, but only hit it once this morning!!!! I love my mornings spent with God.

  • Adie says:

    Day 3 of getting up at 5:40 am. doing abounding hope and could actually concentrate this morning!
    I took the tip about moving my alarm clock (my IPOD) to the desk away from reach. It’s working great. That, and I have my coffee pot on a timer in my room. The coffee’s ready when I am.

  • corgiknit says:

    I have gone to bed before 11 (my goal) for over a week! My husband is impressed and helps me celebrate my success!

  • Brittany says:

    I’m getting up earlier than I would normally have thought I could manage – but no one in my family knows I’m doing it, since if they did they would probably make fun of me for doing it (I’m the only Christian in my family) so it’s like my little secret – kind of fun!

  • Monica Olmos says:

    I am amazed at how the same intesity of working out and taking care of the body is so important to me but I was neglecting the most important part of it, my spirit. And now that I am on week two, it has been awesome and so refreshing. Its almost as if God was saying ,”finally your here with me I have a lot to tell you and do in your life”. Don’t get me wrong I am still tweeking my bedtime routine, and with 4 children I am getting there, but it is a challenge. THank you to my group. A shout out to Heidi J.

  • Brie Gutierrez says:

    Hello! What an encouraging message and so blessed to have stumbled onto this resource. I have been getting up earlier and getting myself ready. Reading through my devotionals with coffee, showering and being ready before my toddler gets up. This allows me to be so present with him and not be spending time elsewhere away from him. I am enjoying that interaction time with him and not rushing around while he’s entertaining himself.

  • I’ve been going to bed at a decent hour so I can get up earlier. I’ve only been doing that for three days but I feel much more well-rested and ready for the day. Hopefully I can keep it up!

  • shellebo29 says:

    I’ve been getting up on time all three days so far! WOOT!
    AND I decluttered and reorganized 3 cabinets in my kitchen this week! Double WOOT!

  • Teresa says:

    I got up when I heard the alarm go off this morning

  • Teresa says:

    I went to bed at an earlier time last night

  • Laurie C says:

    I have been able to have a quiet time with the Lord for the past 3 days in a row. It feels so good!

  • Katrina Lynn says:

    There has been such a huge shift in my household since I’ve changed my routine for the Hello Mornings challenge. No longer am I dragging myself out of bed, resentful that I have so many things on the agenda for the day. I’ve been going to bed when my evening alarm goes off. I’ve been getting up before the sun, getting my time in with God, and getting chores done before anyone wakes up. I sleep better. I feel better throughout the day. And it shows within my household. My children are content and peaceful that I have time to spend with them instead of trying to divide my time cramming everything in. My heart is more open to what the scriptures reveal to me. I’m passing on bible lessons throughout the day, because my cup is filled and spilling over. This is the best thing I’ve ever done. Thank you for the motivation, inspiration, and accountability!

  • Laurie C says:

    It’s encouraged me to have a group on facebook that I check in with and to see that they are also studying God’s word too.

  • Heather says:

    my attitude is so much better all day now that I’ve started with God, exercised, and planned 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    I got up to my alarm without snoozing this morning! And went to bed early last night. Not on time, but earlier than usual 🙂 Baby steps!

  • Amy Pecoraro says:

    Have been getting up early and getting started with God first. Started a couple of weeks before this challenge, but the study this time is so timely for me as I am a small business owner and HOPE keeps you going some days. :). Thanks for encouragement!!

  • kasmith03 says:

    I am getting up earlier and enjoying reading the Word and considering the questions you provide along with the each verse. And being connect with a group on FB is great too!!

  • Shannon says:

    The reminder on my phone that it is bedtime has worked well, and the extra time in the morning has been really nice at keeping things calm and not crazy. I’m starting with waking up at 7am and hoping to get earlier over time, as my husband gets up at 6am and it would be nice to start the day with him. I’ve put the alarm on my phone and leave it plugged in the bathroom, so that I have to get up to turn it off. Since at least one of my kids is always awake before me, I instead insight on time to prayer, in quiet, before we leave the house. It’s taking them a bit to get used to this idea, but I like that they are seeing me take time to pray.

  • Jess says:

    Two days in a row without the snooze button!

  • Julie says:

    My journey in getting up early in the mornings has been an interesting one. For many years, I fought against it. My mindset was “I’m a night owl. That’s who I am. Why should I have to change?” I would occasionally try to get up earlier than my children and to have a quiet time without their interruptions, but it never seemed to work. If I got up early, they ended up getting up with me. If I did manage to get up earlier than they did, I would be falling asleep in the middle of reading my Bible. With all those frustrations, I would never last long at getting up early. But I knew there was a need. The more I saw the need and felt the burden of it, though, the more I fought it. Then I finally reached a point where I had to try again. Here is where my journey is a little bit unique and doesn’t completely follow the Hello Mornings way. When I got the first tip in the email, I thought “I am going to try this again.” Actually, honestly, my first thought was “Why are they always trying to change night owls into morning people?” But inside, I knew there was wisdom in what they were doing. I didn’t join a Hello Mornings group. I already had study material (Experiencing God) and I wasn’t quite ready to join a group yet. But I did start the gradual process of slowly pushing the time that I got up to be earlier. I experienced a LOT of frustration with this. I still struggled to stay awake. Kids wouldn’t cooperate. It just was not working and due to that and some other frustrations I was facing, I was sinking into a pretty deep depression. I was out to eat on a Wednesday night with our church, and on the bulletin board, in the restaurant was a flyer for an exercise Boot Camp, Monday thru Friday, 5-6 a.m. I saw it and thought, “NO WAY! That is TOO early.” I was struggling to get up and stay awake at 8 or 9 o’clock in the morning. No way was I going to be able to get up at 4:30 to go to Boot Camp. But God doesn’t always work the way we think He will. He wouldn’t let the Boot Camp leave my mind. By Sunday, I knew I was supposed to get up and go to the Boot Camp. God has blessed my obedience. I get up at 4:30, go to Boot Camp and WAKE UP with the physical activity, and then come home and have an hour and half to two hours to spend with the Lord until my children wake up. The ladies at the Boot Camp just happen to be some very sweet, encouraging Christian women who have made this new routine easier to stick to. God knew what I needed and what was going to work for me and He guided me to it. This is the middle of my third week in getting up to go to Boot Camp. Last night I felt the Lord telling me I needed to take this morning off from Boot Camp and just be still with Him. At first I was worried about doing that. I was afraid that I would not be able to stay awake without the physical activity first. But I reached a point where I knew that God was telling me to take a break today and I did not want to be disobedient. So this morning, I took a break. The Lord woke me up at almost the exact time I would normally be getting home from Boot Camp and I was able to stay awake and be still with God. I know that this is HIS hand at work in me and in my life. I want to thank Hello Mornings for being a part of making me admit how important this time first thing in the morning really is. It is so important and it has made such a difference in my relationship with God and even with my family that I am no longer willing to sit by and watch the time be taken from me. I would like to share one more thing. During this process the last few weeks, I realized that I was believing some lies from the enemy. I realized that I am much more of a morning person than I ever thought. I actually enjoy getting up early! The enemy kept me from having this time for so many years by feeding me a lie that I was not a morning person. With the believing of that lie came resentment towards the idea that I needed to change. I thank God that He opened my eyes to that lie from the enemy! Maybe someone else out there has believed that about themselves. I pray God can use my testimony to open others’ eyes and help them begin to experience the awesome morning time with Him that they have been missing out on.

  • Erika says:

    Been struggling to get up in the morning but have been so blessed as God has been waking me up before my alarm clock….and before my baby!! It has been wonderful to have time before the kids awake.

  • Lauren says:

    I was a Snooze-aholic! Thankfully, through God’s grace I have ditched this awful habit and embraced my mornings with the Lord. It has been beyond FRUITFUL, setting the tone and pace to my day, putting my “plans” aside and asking HIM what He wants for the day, greeting my little girls with a smile instead of a silent sigh. It’s been incredible! Thank you #HelloMornings for your inspiration and encouragement!

  • Dee Dee says:

    I am such a night owl and it always kills me in the morning. After reading this series of posts, I have made it my mission to not hit snooze and so far I have had 3 successful days! I am so thankful.

  • Loan Nguyen says:

    So far, I’ve only been able to wake up 15 minutes early, and I snoozed an extra 5… But like you said, baby steps!

  • Ruth McLaren says:

    Doing well! I have set my bedtime alarm and am trying really hard to get to bed 30 mins earlier and wake up 30 mins earlier. Working so far but in a weeks time a whole lot more evening committements start up so that will be my challenge!

  • Tawnda says:

    I’m getting to bed on time (10)!!!! Still working to get up at goal, but I have a goal:)

  • Stacey says:

    Just making the commitment to join in on the Hello Mornings Challenge was a big accomplishment for me as I really had given up on the idea that I could conquer my night owl tendancies. I am enjoying my time in the morning so much that I don’t think I will want to give it up! I’m still not going to bed as early as I should but I will be working on that next.

  • Tricia says:

    I have been a TERRIBLE night owl for a very long time… but with this challenge, I’m getting to bed earlier every night this week, and getting up earlier each day. Not at my goal yet, but getting closer and should be hitting it by next week. Best part is that I’m spending quality, consistent time with the Lord each day, and even started exercising yesterday. Love this group! : )

  • I love to stay up late and sleep in with my kiddos. I have trained them all to have these habits I am afraid. I have made it up got busy even though that little one is snuggled deep beside me. I get in the bed with NO iPhone, iPad or books at 10:00 instead of 1:00 am. That is a great accomplishment!

  • Brandi Briseno says:

    I am trying to go to bed between 9:30-10 pm…huge for the night owl in me. Getting up has been tuff, but little by ltitle I am getting there.

  • I’ve managed to get up early the past three mornings, but I haven’t done so well in getting to bed early enough (or when I do, falling asleep), so I’m feeling pretty exhausted. Here’s hoping for a successful early bedtime tonight!

  • Trisha says:

    As I’ve heard others say, my kids started getting up earlier when I joined this challenge. Today, our 8-month old was up at 5:20 (after a midnight session) and I got her back to bed about 5:40. With my alarm set to ring at 6:05, I was very tempted to head back to bed and plan on pressing snooze, but I decided to stay up and cherished the extra prayer time for both kids. (Admittedly, I’m on coffee number 2 for the day now!)

  • beth says:

    I have gotten up on time and even showered and dressed first thing, it makes me so much more ready to study the Word!

  • Katie says:

    Got up earlier. Still working on the night time routine. Thankful for the Lord’s patience with me. Enjoying the study.

  • Kristen says:

    I’ve been so blessed to get up early since the challenge began. Our family is running a smoother operation in the mornings, and we’ve been able to have great family devotions since I am not dragging our schedule behind. Woohoo! Thank you for this ministry!

  • Kimberly says:

    I am getting up well before my 7 kids now. Enjoying the study and continuing with what I was already doing. I am loving that I’m getting exercise and my overall attitude is so much better! I feel more focused and I see our whole family schedule… meal, nap and bedtimes, becoming more normal. I’m thankful to be a part of the challenge.

  • Amy Gadoury says:

    I too have been getting up earlier than ever before at 5:45. My husband used to always be the early riser, so this is a change! I am also so tired at night that I just want to go to bed by 10! Also a change with this “night owl!”

  • Maria says:

    I have gotten up early three days in a row. I am really enjoying the quiet time and exercise!

  • Marlen says:

    I have been up and doing my exercises and Bible study the last two days and it has given me such a better perspective. When I had a few oops! moments this morning I was able to handle them much better and not let them ruin my day =)

  • KCandJsMom says:

    Getting up at 5:30am sure is easy to do when you go to bed with the kids! I just love the benefits of getting up earlier too. Thank you for all the tips and tools you’ve built into the Goodmorning Challange that have helped to make me so successful. The Lord is certainly looking down at YOU, and at all of us, pleased with our efforts : )

  • Melissa Hills says:

    I have successfully gotten up early every day, even before the challenge started! I’m still working on going to bed earlier, but I’m getting there. I was showered and dressed before any of my girls woke up. Will be great for tomorrow and beyond as my eldest starts school tomorrow!

  • It is baby steps for me! I usually wake up at 6:30, but for some reason even waking up 30min before that is hard! I’m trying though….taking it one morning at a time, loads of grace along the way….

  • I’ve had several challenges with sleep lately. Insomnia which I never get and them being woken constantly by noise.

    Yet I am on track and spending time with God and making him a priority. I’m grateful for Hello Mornings

  • April says:

    I spent my time with God, and did a bit of exercise even though my kids had me up at 5am (an hour earlier than my planned wake-up time)! It did feel good, and I’m glad I didn’t just bring them into my bed and go back to sleep. It’s amazing how God does provide energy for each day as we need it. I am definitely getting to bed early tonight, though!

  • Barb Kennedy says:

    I am waking up before the alarm goes off. Yesterday I was at 6:30 an felt great.
    Today I was a little harder but I find I a feeling more alive and this is the beginning of the rest of my life. It is going to bed earlier and sleep. Each day I get up and the not hit the snooze button is a big step. Thanks for putting this together

  • Lynette says:

    Well, today I got up at 7:15. Oops. My goal is 6:30, and I’ve made it for the last week or so. The morning routine which follows – quiet time with God, then exercise – is a special way to start the day. It’s given me a sense of calm and purpose to the day which I’ve never had before. I used to wake up with a low-level, unfocused panic about what my day would be like. Now I know. It’s about giving my day to God, and expecting Him to do what He delights to do; lead. He is truly amazing.

  • Mel says:

    I’ve been up before the kids and enjoyed some sweet prayer time. I’m not where I want to be yet but have been consistently heading the right direction. i love having a group to check in with as my husband is working out of town and I am the only adult at home this month. This makes me take better care of myself, so difficult and so important right now. The peace God has given is amazing.

  • Hope I get some credit for trying…One morning I hit the snooze button BUT opened the shades, which didn’t really allow me to go back to sleep. I am determined!

  • Teresa Schneider says:

    I have always been an early riser. Sleeping in is 7 am to me. But just rising early isn’t enough. Studying God’s word, prayer and having the accountability with the Hello Mornings crew is just awesome! My day is so much more organized and peaceful. Most times anyway lol. But in all I thank God for the gift of His Word, His Son, Mercy and Grace, Blessings and all that He has done for me and my family. And Thank You Jesus!!!!

  • Elizabeth Bloom says:

    I have made it three days of getting into the word IN A ROW. and today my daughter actually stayed in her bed all night. So thankful for this way to be accountable to a beautiful group of Godly women.

  • Sarah says:

    I have sooooooo grown to LOVE the quietness of my house in the mornings during the last couple challenges. I look forward to 5…well, most days! 😉

  • I’ve been getting up early now for a whopping 5 days! My day goes smoother and I have time to spend with the Lord, clean house, and make breakfast for my hubs and I. This is my first time joining you all and it’s the perfect time!

  • Andrea says:

    Ive got my self a great schedule with changes only every two weeks… and so far I am following it. A little bit of each thing every morning! 4 days in a row so far!

  • Amanda says:

    Woohoo!! In bed earlier (usually) and up earlier. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness!

  • I use to set my alarm for the time the kids had to wake up, and my husband is usually already out the door. For the past two weeks, I’ve been setting it for 30 minutes earlier, and my husband and I have been enjoying 20-30 minutes of time together with a cup of coffee before the day takes off. It has made an incredible difference in BOTH our attitudes, and our days!

  • cmjenniferm says:

    Today started right with #HelloMornings!

  • Brittany says:

    I have been going to bed earlier and getting up before everyone. I listen to a church podcast while I get breakfast and lunches ready. Once my husband is out the door, I have about a half an hour to myself to dive into the word. I am grateful for the support and encouragement, I am feeling a shift in things. The devil has been trying to stop this process again and again but I am not letting him. Thanks so much

  • It’s been a few years since I’ve been up this early and it’s already made a huge difference in my day, mainly because of the time in the Word that I am able to have (which is difficult later in the day).

  • Well I am going to be perfectly honest and say that I have yet to accomplish one goal I set. Part of this is due to being unable to get online for the past few days, but I have been able to do some catching up today. I will be starting in the morning. I guess one thing I have done that I didn’t last time is NOT give up! Last time when I got behind I attempted to catch up, but I stayed silent and did not comment. I think that perhaps this is some of the reason I did not succeed. I did not have the support. So this time I did not let fear or embassament stop me from shouting out and say that although I need some encourage I have not given up. =)

  • Bernadette says:

    I am getting up early (5:15) instead of staying in bed until my husband gets out of the shower. I exercise for 20-30 minutes, then sit down for QT & study. Still working on the planning part. That’s hard for me because I work from home & am used to a lot of latitude in my schedule. All in all I am enjoying being part of this challenge. THANK YOU!

  • […] Tip #12: Celebrate Your Successes […]