Two years ago I signed up for my first Hello Mornings challenge. I started off slowly, waking up only 5 minutes earlier than my boys. Then a few weeks later I moved my wake-up time a little earlier...15 minutes before the boys woke up. I only lost a few minutes of sleep, but I gained a whole new direction to my day.
Then on Valentines Day 2011, I "celebrated" by going to bed at 7:30 p.m. with a fever, chills and aches. For the next week I was bed-ridden with the flu...awful. (my heart goes out to all the mommas who have been hit by the flu virus this year).
Only a month into the Hello Mornings challenge, the flu bug knocked me off my new routine and I stopped checking in on Twitter.
You know who noticed? My accountability captain, Kat Lee, that's who.
photo credit goes to Kat...since I couldn't find a pic of us on my computer
Kat, a.k.a. my mom coach**, sent me a sweet direct message checking to see if I was okay and if there was anything she could pray for me. Seriously.
Having the author of "Maximize your Mornings" and creator of www.inspiredtoaction.com contact you personally to see if you needed anything because she noticed you hadn't been up lately...yeah that will get your bottom back in gear.
If you've ever considered waking up a little before your kids, but haven't signed up for the challenge because you figured you'd be disciplined enough on your own. Let me tell you, if I had done it on my own I would not have established the habit I have now.
Accountability. Positive peer pressure. Community.
Whatever you want to call it, we need people. We need godly people in our lives to spur us on in this walk. God never intended us to pursue Him alone. He created the world with His Son and the Spirit. From before time began, there was community in the Trinity.
(In case this story scares you from joining HelloMornings...don't be scared. The challenge is set-up to be self-directed with as much support as you desire. If you stop checking in after two weeks and decide you can't finish the challenge, no one will force you to continue. But if you desire women to come alongside you and encourage you to keep trying even when you didn't wake early one morning...than this group is for you.)
God is working all around me. He is not waiting on me to get His work done. I have to decide if I am going to join Him in His work. In order to hear His personal calling on my life, I must meet with Him.
I'd love if you joined me this Winter/Spring in meeting with God. Registration started yesterday and the challenge starts January 28th. May we experience the joy of His presence together! (one of the primary goals I have for us here at God Centered Mom this year!).
**A coach is defined as "a private tutor; one who instructs or trains; instructs players in the fundamentals and directs team strategy." That's Kat. You feel like it's a private tutoring session when you read her posts. She gives you a new strategy to approach motherhood. She encourages moms to stretch themselves to pursue greatness. Because our kids already think we are great, we just need to believe it!
Kat inspired me to wake up for my children. She encouraged me to spend one-on-one time with my boys. She gave me the idea to have my boys do push-ups when they need some discipline. She introduced to my new favorite meal planning program. Let's just say she's pretty much the best mom coach ever!!
Who do you have in your life to keep you accountable? Have you ever shared a new goal with a friend so she would "hold you" to it?
Pst, one more thing...wrote more about my Hello Mornings story over at the MOB Society this week. Talking about how to stay one step ahead of our boys (also applicable to girls). ;)