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Early to Rise Challenge: The Halfway Mark!

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

The Halfway Mark!

Yay! You’ve made it halfway in the Early to Rise Challenge!

I’m so proud of all of you who have been joining me for this challenge. You’ve motivated, inspired, and blessed me with your comments and participation.

And for today, I want you to celebrate your successes. I want you to focus on the progress you’ve made, instead of beating yourself up over where you feel you failed or fell short.

Remember: moving forward — even at a microscopic rate — is still moving forward.

What successes are you celebrating today? I want you to leave a comment today telling us how you’ve succeeded in this challenge, even if it’s just that two mornings this month you got up 15 minutes earlier than usual. Or that you have been more intentional in how you’ve been using some of your mornings.

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

I got up at 6:01 a.m. EST (I’m in South Carolina speaking at a conference this weekend) — so that would be 5:01 my time. And I’m going to celebrate that today! 🙂

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!


Early to Rise Challenge: Find What Motivates You

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

Find What Motivates You

I thought it was interesting that Andy talked about getting up early for a flight in today’s reading from the Early to Rise book — because that is exactly what I had to do this morning! My alarm clock went off at 4:15 a.m. and while it took me a few minutes to rouse and get up, I had to get up — or miss my flight to South Carolina (I’m speaking at the Southeast Homeschool Convention this weekend)!

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we are highly motivated. To be successful at rising early, it helps to discover what motivates us to get up.

For me, I’m motivated to get up by a few things:

1. I know that I’ll be glad I did later. If I’m tempted to crawl back into bed, I remind myself of the benefits I’ll experience later on in the day if I get up and get moving.

2. I love the early morning quiet. I love my children to pieces, but there’s something very refreshing and energizing about starting the day with quiet. I use the first 20-30 minutes of the day to read my Bible, pray, write in my gratitude journal, and sometimes read from a devotional book. This prepares my heart and mind for the day ahead.

3. It gives me a jumpstart on the day. When I wake up early, I always feel like I have a lot more time in the day. If I wake up when my children do, I feel like I start the day already behind.

4. I love coffee. My morning cup of coffee is something I look forward to and savor. But please, make sure it’s with milk and sugar. 😉

What motivates you to get up in the morning? And if you’re not very motivated to get up in the morning, what changes could you implement to help you become motivated to get up?

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

I got up at 4:18 a.m. in order to catch my early flight to South Carolina.

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!

 

Early to Rise Challenge: Focus on Other People

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

Focus On Other People

Today’s reading in the Early to Rise book is on how you can change your life by living it to bless others. Getting up early is a great way to not only prepare yourself for a wonderful day, but also to help you be more organized so you have time in your life to bless others.

Think about it: if you’re always living life at breakneck speed with no time to breathe, you’re probably not going to have a lot of room or energy in your schedule to bless others. But if, on the other hand, you start your day off a little earlier and you have a plan of attack (and you actually follow through with that plan), you’re going to find that your days are not only more calm, you also have more enthusiasm for life. This enthusiasm will fuel your ability to bless others more.

I loved that a number of you said yesterday that one of the benefits of getting up early has been that you are a more cheerful person. I so agree (though if you get up late, don’t let that be an excuse for having a bad attitude, okay?).

You know what a direct by-product of a cheerful attitude is? Blessing others. Whether you intend to or not, when you are cheerful, it is going to be contagious.

What are you going to do today to bless someone else? Tell us your plan in the comments.

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

Me? I got up at 6:40 a.m. Not as early as I would have liked to, but I stayed up too late last night prepping for this weekend’s trip, so I set the alarm for 6:30 a.m. this morning… and then, ahem, I had a little trouble actually getting up when it went off.

That’s life sometimes, though. And I’m determined to have a great day today, even if it started out a little later than I would have liked.

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!

 

Early to Rise Challenge: Swim Upstream

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

Swim Upstream

The Day 12 reading in the Early to Rise book was very inspirational — especially since I tend to be an “out-of-the-box thinker”. I don’t like following rules made by experts. And if you want to motivate me, tell me something can’t be done! 🙂

Early rising tends to be a bit of an “against the flow” mentality. Most people would prefer to stay in bed and sleep rather than get up and get moving at an early hour.

Now, I’m not saying that sleeping in is always wrong. If you need sleep, by all means, get that sleep. But if you’re just sleeping in out of laziness or lack of discipline, I wholeheartedly encourage you to start challenging yourself to make earlier rising a priority.

I’ll just be really honest here: it’s pretty much never fun to get up early. And I often second guess my sanity for the first few minutes after my alarm clock goes off.

But a few hours into the day, I never, never regret getting up early — even if I’m a little tired. Why? Because my day goes much more smoothly, I get so much more done, and I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off feeling overwhelmed and behind. Getting out of a warm bed when I still feel a little (or a LOT!) tired, is a small price to pay for the benefits I reap later on in the day.

What benefits have you experienced so far as a result of getting up early? I’d love to hear how this challenge has helped your life and about any difference you’ve seen by making an effort each morning to get up early.

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

Me? I got up at 5:34.

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!

 

Early to Rise Challenge: “It’s Your World, So Change It”

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

“It’s Your World, So Change It”

While getting out of bed was not something I loved this this morning (somewhat because of the time change, but mostly because I stayed up too late finishing Eve’s Daughters!), I loved, loved, loved Andy’s Day 11 reading in the Early to Rise book. Why? Because it’s something I’m passionate about.

We all want to do something with our lives. We want to make a difference. We want to change lives. We want to have an impact.

Sometimes, though, we make excuses. We want life to be perfect before we start in on our grand plans.

Here’s the thing: life will never be perfect. But that shouldn’t stop us from using today to make a difference.

You may be thinking: “But I’m not gifted or wealthy!” Maybe you don’t possess any amazingly noteworthy talents (though no matter who you are, you are an artist of some sort) and maybe you are barely scraping by, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something right where you’re at.

Smile and look into the eyes of people you meet today. Express genuine gratitude. Send an email or text to tell someone how much you appreciate them. Have a tea party with your kids. Take a loaf of bread to a new neighbor. Call a friend to ask how she’s really doing. Look for something you can do each hour of today to brighten someone else’s life.

What are you going to do to change the world today? I want to hear about it. And don’t let this question stump you. If you don’t have any creative ideas, use one that I shared above or check out this list of great ideas. I promise that in reaching out to others, you yourself will be blessed, too!

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

Me? I got up at 5:32 a.m. this morning.

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!