sharing simple habits to change your life and Start your morning Right!
Have you ever wanted to change your life for the better, but not known how to achieve this?Based on Hal Elrod’s best-selling book, The Miracle Morning, The Design Twins present their experience using his six simple habits to change your life and live out even your wildest dreams.
Simple Habits to Change Your Life: The Game Changer
Disclaimer: This is going to sound too good to be true. There’s no way for it to NOT sound too good to be true, but here I go anyway. Jodie and I have just experienced a miracle, and that’s not an overstatement. I like to call it “The Game Changer.” If you aren’t ready for change don’t read any further. If you don’t want to be happier, more productive, more fulfilled don’t read past this paragraph. You don’t want to be fulfilled or live the life of your dreams? Then stop right here. If you are OK with any of the aforementioned, read on.
Our Starting Point
Let’s start with a quick quiz. Do any of these apply to you?
- always tired, never feel like you’ve gotten enough sleep
- hate waking up in the morning
- usually hit the snooze several times just prolonging the torture of getting up
- never have enough time in the day to get it all done
- usually stay up late
- even when you go to bed at a reasonable time you still have trouble getting up
- lack direction
- disorganized, unproductive
- have trouble getting motivated
- trouble staying motivated
- have lots of personal goals and professional dreams but don’t seem to be making much progress
- lack confidence
- held back by fear or worry
- just trying to survive
- in a slump
- don’t want to get out of bed
- honestly pretty depressed
- wish you could be like those amazing people you read about with tons of energy, always excited about life and achieving the seeming impossible…
Who are these people anyway?
Did you check any boxes? Then this is the post for you! Jodie and I checked a lot of boxes. While we aren’t depressed, we certainly struggle to achieve what we want to achieve in any given day, and don’t get me started about the ordeal of prying myself out of bed every day.
Simple Habits to Change Your Life: The Game Changer
So, now that we’ve set the stage, are you ready for the game changer?
What if I told you there’s a way to change all of the above? What if I said it could happen as early as tomorrow morning? You’d think I had lost it. Well, you certainly wouldn’t believe me. Ok, ok. I know, I wouldn’t believe me either.
Remember the excitement you felt when you were a little kid and it was Christmas morning? Do you remember wanting to hurry up and go to bed so you could wake up? What if I said every day could feel like Christmas morning, only better because you knew that you got to do it again tomorrow morning and then next and the next?
Would you then want to bring out the word “miracle”? We might need to bring out the word “miracle.” I want you to get ready for it. I want you to get ready for your life to be remade, to experience what you have thought was impossible. You need to start dreaming, and I mean really dreaming. Big! Your biggest dreams, your most daring wishes, because it’s about to happen to you.
Simple Habits to Change Your Life: The Miracle Morning
So, enough prep talk, let’s get to it. The “game changer” I want to talk to you about something called The Miracle Morning, created and written by Hal Elrod. Jodie and I listened to a podcast as part of our homework for the course we are taking online and via live video classes with our guru and mentor extraordinaire, Monica Pruett. Head to her blog, The 6 Figure blog, and access her free awesome content and her courses.
Monica had already told us that she got up at 4:30 every morning (insert eye roll), and I was like, of course she does. She’s also the woman who wrote 100 sponsored blog posts last year and 100 the previous year. This is Monica; she’s not a “normal” person. She’s an extraordinary person. So yeah, I was not all that surprised when she told us she gets up at 4:30.
Monica wrote one phrase above the pod cast that said, “The Pod Cast That Changed My Business.” Then she wrote, “You’ll Be Unstoppable.” Well, I wanted to be unstoppable. And I thought to myself, maybe I can learn a thing or two (and just not get up early).
I listened to the podcast and my heart started to beat faster. The host said the magic words. He was a devoted night owl and had never thought it possible to be a morning person and yet here he was, a changed man. Maybe there was hope for me after all.
Why So Early?
Mindset. We’ve heard of this before. Big deal, you say to yourself, I can “set my mind” at a reasonable hour. Trust me. That was totally my frame of mind. But just hold on folks, just stay with me.
It’s the difference between “I have to get up” and “I choose to get up.” When you greet your day with dread, it sets your day in a direction. Furthermore, when you greet your day with unwillingness that sets your day. Hitting the snooze bar? That’s active procrastination. Is this the start of a grateful, productive, optimistic day? Or is this a day you’re just going to survive? The choice is yours.
Honestly, this was all news to me. I didn’t even realize I was making a choice. I just thought “I wasn’t a morning person.” Turns out, we don’t realize how many choices we are making. And these unconscious choices are hurting us. They are hurting our lives in far-reaching ways, and it’s literally time to WAKE UP!
Each day is a true gift. Treat it as such and the day will BE a gift. Treat it like an unwelcome enemy and that’s what you’ll get.
Are you ready to change your life? How about it, are you ready to give it a shot? If we can do it, you can do it. We challenge you to try it for one week. Will you do it for us? This is not your mother talking, it’s your best friend.
Simple Habits to Change Your Life: Here’s What to Do
- Buy the book. This is an affiliate link above, provided for your convenience and to help pay the bills of this beautiful blog you’re reading.
- Read the first chapters for free right at Amazon (if you are waiting for shipment). If you bought the Kindle version, you can start reading right away.
- Begin tomorrow morning. Once you start reading, you’ll want to anyway.
- Do not waste another day!
- Warning: Even though you can start, don’t think you know it all without reading the entire book. Our mornings grew in power significantly after reading the whole book. Leave it to us to think we’ve got this before we’ve really got this.
- Set your alarm clock for a solid hour before you need to get going for your day. I like to set mine for 1.5 hours early so I can get my coffee and get myself organized and build in a little extra time.
- To help you remember, Hal Elrod, the author of “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your life” and inventor of this method created an acronym:
S.A.V.E.R.S: 6 steps to having your best day every day.
Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Striving
(Striving is a fancy word for journaling)
6 Simple Habits to Change Your Life
Practice some form of silent meditation to focus your thoughts and energy. This can be deep breathing, reflection, gratitude, or prayer.
Write down positive affirmations. This is a proven powerful tool. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right either way.” Affirmation is something Jodie and I had never done before, so we really needed to read Hal’s book for this one.
I love this part so much. Picture yourself working toward your dream(s). Picture yourself doing the things you need to do to attain your dream. Imagine yourself becoming the person you need to become to reach your dream. Your dreams can change, by the way, so don’t feel pressure to pick “the right one.”
For Jodie and me, we want to write a book. We want to be published authors, so we visualize writing. We see ourselves typing away at our computers and visualize the book tour. Next, I see us on stage talking about our book. I see myself on the stage doing a headstand and then we have a headstand contest.
10 minutes of exercise of your choice. This is to get the blood pumping, endorphins flowing. You can do yoga, stretching, anything you want really. It all feels good. I start by stretching and ease into it. I’m always shocked at how good it feels. In my 50 years I’ve never started the day doing exercise even though I love to exercise. Who knew?
Your first obvious choice will be “The Miracle Morning.” After you finish, choose any self-help you want. I currently have a pile of books seven high waiting to be read. Consider this your self-development fuel. Every day is an opportunity. If you aren’t motivated or don’t have direction on how to improve, you probably won’t. As Hal reminds us, “It only takes one idea to change a life.” Focus on one or two ideas for the day and you are on the road to being the best you can be, achieving the life of your dreams.
As I said, this is a fancy word for journaling. Take the ideas swirling around your brain from your prayer time, affirmations, visualization, and reading and jot down your ideas. This last step will help you consolidate your thoughts, organize yourself, and also give you a record of your ah-ha moments. At this point, I always have amazing clarity, and in one week I’ve had many ah-ha moments. This journal is now my most prized possession.
This is where we begin…
6 Simple Habits to Change Your Life
As soon as you accept this challenge you are on the road to creating the life of you dreams, whether you believe it not. You don’t have to have complete “buy-in” to begin and be successful. Agree to try it out just for a week. I’ve never enjoyed getting up in my life, except Christmas morning when I was a kid and that’s it. Now, I bound out of bed. If you don’t feel profound changes, you can stop. If you decide after a week that your time is better spent unconscious in your bed, then you’ll have lost nothing at all. But what if this is the game changer for you? I’d hate for you to miss out.
This is just the beginning of this blog series. I already have the second and third in the series planned and outlined. There is so much more to share.
We are on a journey together. How cool is that?
Now go set your alarm. Tomorrow’s Christmas!
All, so very true…
Such a positive outlook during your March Madness. Thank you….
Martha, Welcome to our blog! We are thrilled to have you here. So excited to share this journey with you. We hope you will stay with us for what we know is going to be an amazing ride. With gratitude & friendship, Julie & Jodie
Hi ladies, I’m not sure if I leave a comment here for the March Maddness! I hope this is the right spot to leave a comment!!! Everyday I look forward to seeing your lovely stories, and homes!!! You have been so inspiring in so many ways! Thanks again!
Marla Bookout says
Your posts are so encouraging and uplifting! Love ❤️️ Reading your posts each day. They really bring me great joy! Thanks so much for your positive and Godly words.
Allison Barksdale says
Such a positive way to look at life. Great tips! ????????
Allison, Welcome to our blog. We are so glad you made it. Hopefully you’ll give the Miracle Morning a try…it is making a huge difference in Jodie’s and my life. It’s about living with purpose and living with intention…to create your most fulfilling life possible, whatever that means for you. We wish you great success. With love, Julie & Jodie
Molly newberry says
Thank you for all the wonderful tips and inspiration you ladies give to all of us – truly appreciated . Happy march madness happy spring ????
Donnamarie Larkin says
I do have to say after reading this i was same way with mornings. I truly believe my husband came into my life since he is opposite of me but we balance each other out. I now am a morning person since now i see what can be accomplished, you feel better and have more hours in the day to enjoy 🙂 The part on affirmation is great, Im a post it note person so as ideas/thoughts arise i use a post it note and slap it on my computer desk here. As i do them or finish them i take them down and its a great feeling of accomplishment. I do believe everyone needs some type of exercise a day and silence. this was a great read this am. Thank you for this blog. “March Madness” Remember when you set your mind to something you make it happen
Wow! I’ve never thought of myself as a morning person. I didn’t realize that I was simply making a choice that affected my whole day. I want to try this one out for a week. Thanks for the challenge! And thanks for the March Madness giveaways. ???? You both are a breath of fresh air!
Donnamarie, We just adore hearing from you. Your feedback is priceless. I heard a great speaker once and her method of organization was the post it note method too, so you’re in good company. We are grateful for your sweet friendship and support. Thank you! With love, Julie & Jodie
Connie Looper says
I always feel better when I get up early, have my quiet time with my coffee and my thoughts, read my favorite blogs :), work out … If I feel accomplished by the time I sit down to work in the morning, my day is 100% better! March Madness
Connie, You are WAY ahead of the curve. Maybe you should write a blog 🙂 You are one of our kindness supporters and we hope you know how much you mean to us. You are why we are here. With love & friendship, Julie & Jodie
Patti matsch says
Absolutely love this!!! And you both! Sorry this is short but very heartfelt!!! I look forward so much to your posts !! Keep up the amazing work ….???? March madness….????Pmatsch@comcast.net
Patti, Thank you SO much! I read this as soon as I woke up this morning. I was so excited as I published the post last night. Your response makes it worthwhile right there! So excited for people to implement this and have it change their lives! With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Love this! Can’t wait to try. Also excited for March Madness! ????
Yay Sarah, I really hope you try it. Let us know how it goes. We just love the fact that you are on our blog. It means so much to us. We hope you will stay for the journey long after March Madness ends. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Rebecca Busboom says
So inspiring! I’m going to order that book today and set my alarm. I feel like I checked almost every one of those boxes…time to shake things up! Thank you ladies for this!
Oh my I felt like someone was looking into my brain with some of these!????Procrastination a bad word in my house! I struggle with this, I am getting better, Thank the Lord!! But mornings are blah, and what makes it harder? My husband who bounces out of bed @ 5am no matter what and goes to the gym???? The Lord says we are all different and I work on myself everyday, (baby steps)!! I am excited to check this book out, Thanks for sharing I am always looking for ways to help me get through the hard stuff!! Happy March Madness!!????????????????
Xoxo Jodie and Julie
Tammy, We are so happy to have you join us on the blog! This morning routine is shockingly enjoyable…who would have EVER thought that getting up extra early every single morning would be fun?? Not me! Shocking is a good word. I highly recommend giving it a try. You never know until you try. We sincerely hope you will continue this journey with us. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Krystle den Hollander says
It’s always nice to have some extra me time in the morning before the hussle of getting the kids ready and off to school! Have to remember my attitude will help getting out of bed easier without pressing the snooze button on the alarm.
Krystle, Yes, you already have a better attitude than I did haha! It has really made a change in my life already. I hope you get the book and give it a chance. On another note, let us just thank you for joining us here. We are thrilled to have you visiting our blog. We really hope you get inspired and stay tuned for what we have in store. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Dori Fiedler says
You both have such a way with words! Love this! ❤️
maryellen kawalec says
Can’t wait to buy this book. Thank you! “March Madness”
Best blog post ever Jodie and Julie! So exciting and motivating! Can’t wait to read more of Hal’s book and try the 6 steps every day!!! Here’s to every day being Christmas!!! Bring on March Madness!!!
Thank you for this timely blog post! You two are so amazing and encouraging. Thank you! And thank you for “March Madness”.
Julie I’m laughing since I’m reading this in bed! 🙂 I’m so not a morning person. I will look into this miracle and if it works for me, then it really will be a miracle and life-changer! Thank you! And I’m excited about your alls March Madness ????
Hi Ladies, March Madness, thanks for sharing have a blessed.
I have always justified my bad habits by saying I am not a morning person. But I want each morning to feel like Christmas morning and to really be excited about the day. I’m not sure yet if I will buy the book, but I plan to try the 6 steps. I always find I am more refreshed and ready for the day when I start it by reading and praying. Honestly this whole March Madness gets me excited for each day ???? You ladies are truly special & I would definitely read your book!
Denice Hicks says
Oh gracious! I’ve been feeling the ‘tug’ to make myself get up earlier and resisting with all I have. However, I know the Lord has great plans for my life and none of them include sleeping in. This post was confirmation of what I was already starting to hear in my spirit so now I guess there are no excuses ; ) Thank you for sharing. I’ll be purchasing the book immediately and setting my alarm in the morning (and it’s a Saturday!) Thank you for March Madness and for sharing this new tool to transforming our mornings/days!
Shea Hayes says
Thank you for this post! I am a mother of four with a newborn and have decided to stay home this go around. I have found that being a morning person is all about your perspective and what you choose or how you choose to look at your day. I find that having myself on somewhat of a schedule as far as drinking my coffee, doing my devotion.. etc. helps get my day started off. I’m also determined to look at everything in a positive way. No negativity! March Madness ????
Theresa Gilmore says
Omg! I have been doing this for over two years and didn’t know I was a head of the game! Thank you for sharing! Excited to know I am on the right path each day! March Madness here I come!!
Sherry Hudson says
Sounds interesting ! Enjoy following you two!
Your enthusiasm is so stimulating. I watch your Instagram stories so I can hear your voice as I read this post! Thank you. ✨✨✨ March Madness✨✨✨
Rhonda Thomas says
So enjoyed! Extraordinary, wise and passionate, wake-you-upper, changer of your life kind of person, friend and teacher you are. Thank you!
Rhonda, Great comment! Wow, I was so excited to read this. It really makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for joining us on our blog. We hope we can continue to inspire, motivate, and teach you things you enjoy learning about. That’s our goal….besides being friends of course. With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Lisa Bonanno (@cottagestyle) says
I love these tips! I’ve made it a habit to get up early and spend time in reflective prayer and reading God’s word and I can always tell the difference in my moods and attitude when I am lax in this. I can honestly say that the early mornings are the best time of my day! I so appreciate all of your wonderful encouragement! 🙂
Lisa, It’s so great to see you here. Thank you for your support and this wonderful, heartfelt comment. We hope you will visit as often as you can. With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Very motivational makes me want to do this!! You all are the best cheerleaders ever because it makes me think I can! Thanks for this on this beautiful morning have a great Friday.
Sue, I’m glad it makes you think you can do this because guess what? You can! You 100% can! Do it with us…and keep us posted. Get the book and you’ll be completely empowered to do it. Also we have several more posts coming if you are not yet taking action. With love, Julie & Jodie
I truly loved these six steps! I’m in!! Tomorrow’s CHRISTmas!!! ???? March madness
Your excitement is very catchy ???? I can feel it!! March madness ????
Yay Shauna, That makes my excited to hear. We hope you will join us on this journey…we hope you will visit our blog long after March Madness has come and gone…We hope we can inspire you in all kinds of ways and become good friends along the way. With love, Julie & Jodie
Oh I was with you before March Madness (that’s a fun perk) but will follow along long after it’s gone ????❤
Blessings for a beautiful day to both of you!!
Shauna, Thank you for being with us even before the giveaway. That makes us even happier. With love, Julie & Jodie
Sierra Smith says
Saving this to read after I make breakfast for the kids. Can’t wait! *march madness!
Sierra, Welcome to our blog! We are honestly thrilled that you are here. We hope you make us part of your morning routine, like sitting down to coffee with your twins! We hope to inspire you in many ways…but our greatest joy is connecting personally and becoming real friends. To start we hope you’ll come back every day in March for your chance to win and by the end of March we’ll be besties!! XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Debbie Rosalis says
Love this ! I’ve always thought I was a semi-morning person lol but I’m going to work on being a Morning Person !! March Madness ????
Debbie, we highly recommend the book because it really gives you the WHY…when you realize what you’re missing out on by not getting up early it’s a no brainer. It’s like do you want to have an amazing life or do you just want to settle? Do you want your dreams or do you want to struggle your whole life. Pressing snooze no longer becomes an option 🙂 It’s actually totally exciting. We hope you join us. XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Kathryn millett says
I have been following you both on Instagram and am totally obsessed with both of your pages!! You both inspire me, and this article is defiantly something I am going to try!! Thank you!! I’ve never replied to anyone’s posts or entries but thought inspired through you to do so!! Here goes…
Wow Kathryn, and wow again! So humbled by and grateful for your reply. It means so much! We are so passionate about inspiring people, and we truly feel we have finally found our calling. We’ve been many things in our lives, worn many hats, but this one fits better than all the hats before. It is a culmination of both our lives. And we are grateful you are here with us. We really hope you will stay and accompany us on this amazing journey…only great things are going to happen! It will be better with you! Xo ~ Julie & Jodie
Kayla Robinson says
This sounds like an awesome plan. I too struggle with getting up in the morning. I have a bad habit of using night time as a time to unwind and that turns into staying up way too late! Think I’ll try this! Love you ladies! March madness!
Dear Kayla, That was my hubby and me for so many years!! TV would suck us in and take away valuable time and energy. I haven’t turned the tv on once since I began this program. Life is short and I’m making the most of the gift of every day!! Try it for a week…get the book. It adds so much more than I could give here. I do have a few more blog posts coming that I’m so excited about which are along this topic. We truly hope you will join us on our ongoing journey…it’s going to be fabulous and we want you with us 🙂 Your friends, Julie & Jodie
I love books like this! I need motivation! Thks for the blog post… March Madness!
Maggie, thanks for joining us once again here on the blog. If you need motivation read this book. It’s the only book you need…but it will give you a thirst, a veritable hunger for more! You are going to love it and thank us. We hope you continue on this amazing journey with us! XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Glory Galbraith says
I love all of these tips. You inspire me to the moon and back. You speak truth. All of this is so positive and truly life changing. I believe I do accomplish more in the early morning. I checked some of those boxes. I’m the only one to make changes in my life. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction. I hope to pop out of bed early tomorrow. I love looking at the clock later, and seeing the positive checked off. Love your blog and March madness.
Glory, Love your spirit…I can sense it through your words. So excited to have you again on our blog. We are honored. We truly hope we will continue to inspire and uplift and motivate. “…to the moon and back” love it! Your friends, Julie & Jodie
I believe Miracles do happen in the morning, your alive another day and Christmas morning should be every day! Rise and shine with the birds. Open your windows and hear them sing to you in the morning. It puts me in such a peaceful place and a time to reflect on my day and the days ahead.
Enjoying this March Madness and the insightful posts????
Kristine, You sound like you should have your own blog! Love your inspiring words so much! What a joy to read. We are honored to have you here and hopefully inspiring you too. Thank you for blessing us with you kindness and support. We hope you make us a regular part of your days moving forward. With gratitude & friendship, Julie & Jodie
Today’s post is truly a God send for me! Inspiration and positive affirmation is exactly what I/we all need each and every day! God’s grace is a gift each day, so using the mind set that mornings can feel like Christmas morning from our childhood struck a chord with me!
All the best to you and Jodie! So grateful for you and truly enjoy your posts, pictures and stories!
Oh my goodness Katrina! You have blessed us with your kindness and your beautiful praise. We take it all to heart, as our Mom says, “Take it in, Julie, take it in” And I do! Thank you for taking the time to refuel my heart and soul with your generosity. We truly hope you will stay and visit us often, make us a part of your daily routine…you will bless us if you do. With love and gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Such a very kind response! Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to so many of your followers! Blessings to you and your families!
Love from Oklahoma!
Happy Friday Jodie and Julie! Wow this is something I seen about a month ago. I LOVE this! I meet with several woman at Starbucks this week after work and informed them about this and the upcoming blog! WOW this is the perfect time to start a group with my friends and inspire each other as we do this together. Thank you again for all your inspiration, giving and love. Perfect for the first March Madness Friday!
Have a blessed day,
Wow Regina, That is an amazing idea. I know you will be impacted tremendously if you do this. Hal, the author, highly suggests a small group os positive people who can act as accountability partners, and there is your group all ready to go. I know you’ll keep Jodie and me posted as to progress. You all are going to be unstoppable! So excited. And what a blessing you are to Jodie and me…when we give we receive back more…so you know you gave so much to us today. Our hearts are full of your love. Wishing you all great things, Julie & Jodie
Jill Stephenson says
Jodie & Julie,
Thank you for sharing! I am purchasing the book today!! Cannot wait to make changes in my life????????????????❤. Thank you for being shining examples! Hooray for March Madness too!
Have a blessed weekend!
What a great post. The hitting the snooze button is making a choice really hit me. Also, the journaling (dream board) is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I need to hit the floor running. ????
Linda Greer says
When I worked outside the home, I would get up 3 hours before I had to leave. It was my quiet time for me (in a house of 6 people!
Now that I’m a homemaker and caregiver of my Dad, I feel so much more tired than I did when I worked. I struggle with being exhausted all the time and I keep telling my hubs that I would feel better if I’d just get up early.
Thank you for this! I’m going to try!
And thank you for MARCH MADNESS!
Roxie Magro says
What a great post! Definitely going to try waking up an hour and a half before I need to???? Thanks for sharing and thanks for March Madness!
Sandy Belabin says
Great article. My husband and I both can related to this list! Will have him read this blog and see if we can do this as a team…together!
Anne H says
Thank you ladies! I just ordered the book through your link!???? I already am a morning person. I send my husband out the door at 6:00 am and I have an hour and 45 wonderful minutes to myself before I head to my part time job. I usually do yoga then get ready for work, eat breakfast and then enjoy about three cups of coffee with the morning paper and if I have time, read my current book. But, I really think the positive affirmation, visualization and journaling will be a big impact! Can’t wait to get the book! Loving this March Madness!!!
Just ordered the book! I can relate to way too many of the items on the quiz, so I really need to change my habits. Thanks for this motivating, encouraging post ladies! And thanks for March Madness!
Nadia Kirkwood says
Julie and Jodi,
First of all I can’t believe your 50 (if I read it correctly). You’re both so beautiful and look so young looking.
Anyway…I’m certainly not a morning person. I am blessed to have a husband that works from home who gets up early and gets things started. I guess all those years getting up early and through the night with my kids made me this way ????
So after reading this wonderful post, I’m feeling motivated and will set the alarm early and will try the 6 steps.
Thank you so much for March Madness
Hugs to you both and god bless
Kelly Jackson says
Love this! I am ordering the book now and starting tomorrow.
This book has been in my Kindle library for several months… Thanks for the nudge to start it again! I checked off practically every single thing on that list, so I know that I’ve got to do SOMETHING. You’ve written a very motivating post! March Madness! ❤️
You both are very inspiring! So Blessed to have come upon your IG and now Blog! ❤️???????? #MarchMadness
As I was reading the list I thought…. when did I meet Julie and Jodie? They’ve pretty much got my number! I have said my whole life I am not a morning person. I do know that on the rare occasions I do get up early and am productive, I am shocked how much I get done! I am working on making changes to my life to help with stress and anxiety, so this sounds like something I should check out! Thanks for sharing!
Years ago I thought I was a night owl. Maybe I just chose to be. Then after my kids were gown and married I went to work at a hospital, working 7A-7P. Believe me your circadian rhythm gets really out of whack, and you don’t know if you’re a morning person, or a night person… maybe both. Eighteen months ago I retired. It took awhile to get used to going to bed at night. It was a rhythm that was as much a part of me as breathing.
Since retiring my sleep pattern has changed (I’m not sure it’s a good pattern, but its better) and my health is so much better. I’ve lost 22 pounds, my blood pressure has dropped, and I’m more focused. And I smile a heck of a lot more!
If you’re retired you can go to bed when you choose, and get up when you choose. Sometimes I’m up at 3 AM cleaning the bathroom, or doing laundry, or baking cookies. But I do believe that rising early gives you more focus, Julie & Jodie. You are right. Thanks for the wonderful advice and encouragement to set a time to rise early. Habits make life predictable , and easy to manage. Making life easier. Now I’ve got the time & energy to do some crazy fun things.
I’m anxious to see all the prizes you girls are giving during March Madness. I love your taste.
Oops, I mean 7 PM to 7 AM…. not what I said above. 😐
Ugh! Gulp! So this is march madness?!?! I wish I didn’t like you precious twins like I do. I fully love to stay up late and sleep in. But because it was your faith and trust in Jesus that drew me back all this time, and my love for twins. I will try it????….kicking and screaming. Seriously, I have had times in my life…brief no doubt, where I realized how this changes everything, but I suppose the stubbornness, knowing that I didn’t need a real schedule gave me a sense of victory in choosing my schedule. Now you have me excited to try something off the wall new…just because I can. (And I would LOVE a game changer! Bless you sweeties!
You are such a love. In the midst of March Madness last year we could not reply to all our comments. But today, I found these lost comments and am trying to respond to everyone! Jodie and I are trying to get back to our Miracle Morning. It really helps so much when we commit to it. Hope it has helped you. If not, always worth another go. Blessings always, Julie & Jodie
Jovita Chicki Montezuma says
To cute!!!! ..You both inspire me everyday. Don’t be afraid to change décor. Having fun with it is all what it’s about. Thank you!! – March Madness.
I used to start my day with prayer, reading something spirtual and exercise. I had to have anither back and neck surgery and totally got away from it. I know I need to start again. I felt so much better. I felt like you were talking just to me. This is jist what I needed to hear. I also think you guys could write a great book and I would definitely go meet you if you came to my area????thanks.
March Madness! I was always a night owl until I got a new job having to get up very early. After getting use to it, I love it! Now on my days off it’s much easier to get up and get a productive day going. These are great tips!
Awesome! Have to check on Amazon, from a no morning person.
And I just saw your Instagram story, so here I am, March Madness fever… #pickme
Judi James says
Thank you for shaing this wonderful info. I love my alone time in the mornings and may have to incorporate some more things that help me through the day.
Judi, You are way ahead of the rest of the world. Now it will be easy and so beneficial to add the other elements that you don’t yet do. I think it will help you a lot to continue to grow and learn, and have your best days! Love your friends, Julie & Jodie
What an awesome post! I used to be a morning and night person! Now I think I am neither! I deal with many chronic health issues and pain and it’s not fun! I am in bed more than I care to say! I just know that I try my hardest each day to get things accomplished!
Love your blog!
I’m sorry I missed your reply to our blog. It somehow got lost. I am sorry to hear about your health issues and hope this reply finds you feeling better. We love to hear that you enjoy our blog and honestly hope it continues to add joy to your days. Blessings for health and healing, Julie & Jodie
Patsy Lively says
March Madness! I need to to get back to my prayer journal. I really loved that quiet time where all my thoughts were focused on Him in prayer and praise in the wee part of the morning. Got to do it!????❤
Patsy, Yes you do. We feel so much better when we connect with Him in prayer and quiet meditation every day. I am using several parts of my miracle morning routine to connect with God, write, and affirm my commitment to Him. It’s an amazing way to start my day…with love & blessings, Julie & Jodie
LEAH ANN MONTGOMERY says
Jodie and Julie,
Thank you for suggesting The Miracle Morning…….I love getting up early, but some days my mind says “get up” and my body doesn’t want to follow. I am certainly going to give it a read. By the way, I can totally visualize you girlies on tour with your book and the lines of people waiting for you to sign their copies! Have a blessed weekend and whoooo hooooo to March Madness Giveaway!
Christi @faithfulinteriors says
Well, I’ve taken all of your other insight and advice to heart, so I would be crazy not to accept this challenge. Once again, your generosity and love you show our IG community is unmatched! I just love your generous hearts.
And thanks for the March Madness giveaway 🙂
I’m so excited for waking up early tomorrow morning! Great post ladies 🙂 March Madness
Such great information! I’ve been getting up early for a long time now and it really does help. March Madness.
I truly appreciate the daily enlightenment and inspiration, Design Twins! And with March Madness underway – the decor giveaway contest is pure genius! Keep up the great blog page, story videos and beautiful photography. #imawinner ????????
Shirley, Thank you so much for your love and encouragement. It means so much to us. We hope you will continue to travel this journey of inspiration, motivation and growth. Together we can do anything! With love, Julie & Jodie
March madness!! I used to hate getting up early until I had my daughter. Now it’s the only time I have to myself.
Amazing information,I’m going to try everything little by little ????thanks for the March madness ????????????
Karin, That’s exciting. We are so glad you are motivated. We recommend getting and reading the book as your first step. It will provide you the tools you need and the motivation for success. We also will have lots more motivational and inspirational posts here…working on it all now. So happy you are joining us on this awesome journey. With love & blessings, Julie & Jodie
Setting my alarm clock!! Love this !
Yay Whitney! I’m so so excited for you! It’s the beginning of a new life for you…everything is possible. We hope you will continue to join us here so we can travel this road together. Many blessings, Julie & Jodie
Pat Howe says
Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog. I just ordered the book for my granddaughter. Thanks Pat H. Happy March Madness.
Brenda Galiher @growingingracedaily says
Oh my yes.. so much more done and feel on top of things in the early morning! Definitely going to check out this book. You are definitely adding to my #marchmadness!!
Brenda Galiher @growingingracedaily says
Hey ladies! I am so excited about this! Can’t wait to try! March madness! Rebekah
Kim - @shiplap.on.the.lake says
I found leaving your curtains open at night and welcoming the morning light has also been a game changer. There is something about being awake before the rest of the house and sitting down with that mug of coffee or tea and taking in the sunrise.
Dear Kim, I love it! I love exactly what you described. I am newly addicted. I actually don’t want the days to increase because then it gets lighter earlier. I like the dark…it feels magical that I’m up!!! It’s wild…Jodie and I have never in our lives wanted or enjoyed getting up early and it has all changed…we are on a path of growth and discovery, and we are thrilled for you to join us. With love & blessings, Julie & Jodie
You two do an awesome job keeping up with all of your followers and friends! ???? “March Madness”
Danielle, Welcome to our blog! We appreciate your sweet support. We try very hard, but it is challenging during this giveaway time. Wishing you many blessings, Julie & Jodie
I never understood how people slept late. On the weekend I’m the one at the grocery store by 7am and if I go shopping I’m there when the stores open at 10. However I need to start the other items on the list! Happy March Madness
Love this blog!!! Headed to Amazon to check out the book! Happy March Madness!!!
Tanya Smith says
I have never been a morning person (insert whiney face), but I’ve noticed that I’ve been “magically” waking up—without needing a cro-bar for my eyelids—since Wednesday morning. My morning person of a daughter even came in surprised this morning, sure I was still in bed (checking IG), but I wasn’t moaning like usual mornings. 😉 Maybe it’s part of March Madness!
Thank you for all the tips. I’m new to all of this but I know for certain I want to do it. I have soooo much to learn but at 51 I believe I’m still learning everyday. Wish me luck and just wanted to say I enjoy both of your pics and posts. ????????????????
Chendy, Welcome to our blog! Jodie and I are 50. We are learning and growing every day, and love, love, love the process. We are grateful for your support! We truly hope you will continue to join us on this amazing journey…we are just getting started. With love & friendship, Julie & Jodie
Karen S. says
Nice post!! I’m going to get up early tomorrow (with a better ehm…attitude) and have a productive day ????????. Thank ladies! ~ March Madness ~
Wow! I need to get this book asap. Thank you!
Silence. I can completely relate
March madness is great but I need my peace and quiet daily
You are such a cheerleader! When reading this post I was practically bouncing in my chair, your excitement was so palatable ???? Thank you for putting a big smile on my face.
I’m enjoying these posts you are doing for March Madness. Is the plan to do one every day?
This was just what I needed to read today! Thank you ???????? March Madness!
Lauren, We just love to hear that! It’s like music to our ears. Thank you for joining us on our blog. We feel blessed that you are here. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Sounds like a life changer-love march madness
I couldn’t let Friday go by without stopping by fir March Madness!!! So uberlt excited about this giveaway, and loving your blog posts. Have a beautiful weekend sweet girl’s!
YAY for March Madness!!!
Betty, We love that! We love your enthusiasm and hope you win one…either way we hope you view it as a win/win because we have lots of inspiration coming your way. We love sharing this journey with you. With love, Julie & Jodie
After reading this I sat for awhile thinking about everything you said. I suppose I am a morning person as I’ve never used an alarm clock, don’t even know how to set one. I work long hours, two jobs usually 15 hours most days.. I start at 7:30 and finish at 10.. I’m gonna try the stretching in the morning and I’m on my feet the majority of the time. I really love all the posts and all the pretty decor and I tell myself I can do, just a bit at a time.. even if it’s just adding some fresh flowers..truly inspiring.. March Madness…
Cici Bule says
I’m forced to be a morning person! Haha little one always needs mommy, but trust me, I would love to sleep a little longer!
What a great idea though, it sounds very fufulling and yes, when I’m actually organized and get started with a plan, I feel like I’ve got it together. Definitely something to consider to better myself to I can be a better ME for my family and I. ????
Thank you for this and of course, MARCH MADNESS and your wonderful generosity!
Nola Wilson says
Very good article. Can’t wait to read more. March madness!
Rekindled Signs says
This is inspiring. I do get up early in the morning but I need to change my mindset and be more intentional! March madness
I totally agree with this! It seems when I choose to ‘get up’ as opposed to ‘forced to get up’ then Ive always had a more productive and positive day for sure! I love your blog! I also think you are both do positive and happy & that’s how I like to live my life. Thanks for hosting March Madness! This is fun to leave a daily comment! ????????
Great Article! Going to Amazon to get the book. March Madness
linda h says
march madness! I just started following you on Pinterest and true to your word you followed me back. Love your blog, IG and Pinterest posts. Love your enthusiasm , inspiration and HAIR ! You are both a joy. Thank you.
Yay Linda, We try very hard to be true to our word. If we every are not, it would be a lack of organization or being slightly forgetful…that happens sometimes…but we really do try hard. Integrity is big in our book. Do what you say, say what you mean. Be trustworthy. These are all things we strive for. We are so happy you have joined us on our blog and we look forward to enjoying with journey together. With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
This is really good. I have been asked before the question, why get up early when you can stay up later isn’t it just a choice of early hours or late hours? My grandpa used to say an hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after. I however never had had strong convictions either way and never had an answer for that question. I am excited to read the book. Thank you! Oh! And yay for March Madness! A sweet thing of you to do!
Cara, We are excited for you. We have changed and our lives have already improved greatly and it’s only been a week. We love it, and we have never enjoyed the mornings in our entire lives. All is changed, and it truly feels like a miracle. We are learning so much, and we have so much more to share with you, so we hope you will stay. XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Thank you for the information???? March madness
Happy Friday ! March madness
You are both such inspirations… Jodie, am I recalling correctly that you used to be a teacher? Or am I imagining? LOL. I ask because I am a teacher, having a very challenging year. I’ve always thought of myself as “not a morning person,” but this year has made me even less of a morning person. Each day I find myself dreading getting out of bed in the morning, procrastinating facing all the stresses of my day. This of course sets the tone for my day which I’m aware. Sometimes I am excited about the following morning before I go to sleep, but then in the morning NOTHING seems more important to me than sleep. These 6 steps make a lot of sense… I really want to try it… it sounds super hard!
Jules, From reading this we know you can benefit from this immensely. It is our great hope that you read the book so you have all the tools and put this into action as soon as you can. Attitude is everything, and with your challenging job/year you need all your resources. You need your attitude working for you and right now it’s working against you…it’s a downward spiral…bad leading to worse. That’s normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We hope you will stick around because we have lots more inspiring posts to share with you and help you lead your best life! XO ~ Julie (and yes, we were both teachers!)
I will definitely be retaking this post and checking out the book tomorrow. I checked off many items on your initial list. I am excited about trying this out! Thanks for adding more excitement to the “March Madness”! ????
Shelly fonda says
I’m back for day 3 March madness!!!:)))))
I love this challenge!!!! Thank you!
Shelly, It makes us incredibly happy to hear you say that. We love having you! Blessings, Julie & Jodie
You two are an inspiration! Day 3 March Madness!
Wow!! Did you write this post just for me ? The list you started off with was me to a tee. “Like Christmas morning “….new Mantra????
I am a morning person. I like to be up before anyone to have me time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not up at 4:30 am, nor do I want to be but I’m up rather early. I agree, I get so much more done. I love the concept of this book and look forward to reading it.
I am a morning person. I like to be up before anyone to have me time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not up at 4:30 am, nor do I want to be but I’m up rather early. I agree, I get so much more done. I love the concept of this book and look forward to reading it.
March Madness have a great weekend
March Madness!! Yipeeeee!!!
I know this is such good advice! I need to stay getting up early again.
Abigail freund says
Thank you for this blog post! I am inspired to get the book, read it, and start applying it to my daily life! I am currently a stay at home mom, and I could really benefit from an earlier start, mentally and spiritually! I love the “savers” acronym, and think daily affirmations and journaling would be beneficial to most everyone, and am going to try both. Thank you for this very insightful and helpful blog post, so glad I took the time to read it!
Kelly Gillespie says
Wow! This sounds amazing. I’m 37 and suffer from several chronic illnesses and I’ve tried so many things to sleep better and have more energy! I will definitely be purchasing this book. Thank you so much for writing this! “March Madness” happy! ????
Now I am a morning person! I’m not up at 4:30 am but I do like the time to myself!! Thank you ladies!!! March madness! ????????
Hmmm…I’ve always considered myself not a morning person. Never thought of it as a choice. I will consider this idea and who knows next week could be the week of early mornings 🙂
Thanks for new ideas. March madness ????
Diana Gonzalez IG:dreamofcoffeeandhomedecor says
Did you ladies write this post for me? It sure felt love ke it. I checked so many of the boxes of the quiz. I’m always tired and have literally 3 alarms in the morning but (I thought) I have/had an excuse…I have hypothyroidism. But now I came to the realization that what’s really keeping me from being a morning person and having the energy to workout etc., is my mind. Thank you so much for this eye opening post and also thank you for the opportunity to participate in the March Madness.
Diana, You’ve already made the huge Ah-ha breakthrough!!! Imagine all you can achieve when you read the book and supply yourself with all the tools to change. So many people make the mistake of making excuses, and they don’t even realize they are excuses. Many, many people think “I’m not a morning person” like it’s a fact. It’s only a fact because they make it their reality. There actually is no such thing. We are here to inspire and help people change their lives for the better…and we want to do it one person at a time. We just started with you, my dear! Blessings, Julie & Jodie
Kat Greiner says
Can’t wait to buy this book! So inspiring for march madness!
so I’m reading this and thinking “well tmr is Saturday and I can sleep in, so I’ll start Monday. but then I remembered that I have an event to go to tmr which means I need to be up early to go shopping and pumping myself. will definitely start the morning with a workout. is been about 7 months ????
oh yea March madness! so focused on how I should start the morning and I forgot to mention it before clicking comment submit
Haha, Liana, No worries. We’ve got you. Thanks again for making it to the blog…we truly hope you will continue to visit us so we travel this journey together. With appreciation, Julie & Jodie
Hi Liana, We are thrilled to have you join us on our blog. We can’t wait to share all kinds of inspiration we have planned. We think you are going to love it. We look forward to exciting times and a growing friendship. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Keisha Thompson says
I checked each box, so I’m trying your challenge!
PS: I’m so excited to see what I won in your first March Madness giveaway! 🙂
So true. I always tell my kids that life is about the choices we make not the ones we didn’t make.
Here’s to mornings, a fresh start to make a difference every day. Be in the present as it is indeed a present from God.
Oopsie forgot to mention March Madness! Can you tell it’s been a very long day and week lol!
This sounds so interesting. I already get up earlier than I need to so that I can enjoy quiet time to prepare myself for the day. I like the idea of a more structured intent for that time. . March madness
Emily, Thank you so much for joining us on our blog! We are so excited to share this journey with you. You are going to love The Miracle Morning. The book is so packed with amazing, useful advice. It delivers far beyond our original expectations, so we highly recommend it. We hope you will continue to join us for all kinds of inspiration. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
This post really spoke to me, I checked off too many items from the list. I used to be morning person and remember getting so much done in a day, the past few years not so much. I appreciate the excitement and encouragement you both give. Tomorrow will be Christmas morning in my home. Ready to start march madness off right! Thank you, Patti
Hi Julie and Jodie.
My husband and I are night owls but I really need to be a better morning person.
I keep telling myself that I did get up early all those years and now I reward myself by being in bed until about 7 or 7:30. You have encouraged me to do better. I adore all that you do and helping all of us be better at what we do. Looking forward to a Beautiful Sping as I planted flowers today. I’m blessed at 76 and able to enjoy life. Thanks to you for your encouragement to so many.
Dawn Goddard says
WOW!! That’s powerful and provoking. I’ve never considered myself a morning person but I just might try this!! March Madness is marvelous!!
Sylvia Collins says
Y’all are amazing designers! Y’all inspire me so much remodelling houses. I love March Madness ????????
Thank you, Sweet Sylvia! Good luck with March Madness…keep comin’ back 🙂 XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Y’all are amazing designers and inspire me so much. I love your Instagram pages and your blogs. Oh and March Madness is fabulous ????
Thank you Sylvia for the kind reply. We are so glad you are enjoying both our IG feeds and the blog. We enjoy creating them for you. We hope you will continue to be inspired…we are just getting started! XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Ashley Warren says
Hmm…interesting. I definitely need some to try this. What a powerful change it could create!
Ashley, It’s incredibly powerful. We highly recommend it. Let us know what you think. Also, we have lots more inspiration to come so we hope you will stay tuned. Blessings, Julie & Jodie
Such goood stuff ladies! Thanks for sharing your hearts ????
Jessica, welcome to our blog. We are so glad you are here. Wishing you all the best, Julie & Jodie
Linda Osgood says
love this post….but I am not wired to be a morning person. As a child my Mom tried to get me to eat breakfast before school but it made me sick (barfed a lot!!!)…fast forward I am still the same. I am writing this at 11:36 pm , and am wide awake. Wish I could be a morning person but at my age I’ve quit fighting it and accept that I work best a night. Thanks! March Madness.
Linda, We are so glad you have joined us on our blog. No worries, we have lots more inspiring posts for you that we think you’ll enjoy. You don’t need to become a morning person to grow and learn and live your best life. Many blessings, Julie & Jodie
Ladies, I stumbled on your March Madness post which led me to read this article and it resonated with me so deeply; I am so grateful. The past week I have committed myself to rising early and struggle each day, not realizing (until reading this post) that I consciously choose to procrastinate every single morning which inevitably leads me to a day that always seems to feel rushed and a bit “off.” It sounds silly now to say, but what power there is in shifting, if only slightly, my mindset about the alarm clock. Thank you for sharing this book and your takeaways. I am looking forward to reading!
Mindi, Believe it or not you have just made major progress here! It is about an important and necessary shift in mindset…yes! You are going to get there…you’ve just made a crucial discovery and you are already on your way. We hope you will take the one week challenge, get the book, and join us on this journey! Nothing to lose and everything to gain. Stick with us on the blog because we are going to start living our best lives ever…together! XO ~ Julie & Jodie
Thank you for the wonderful post! I think it’s absolutely correct, it is your mind frame and choosing to get up. I often get eyerolls for being a morning person but I have been one since I can remember! I’ve always been excited to wake up and tackle my day. When I have difficult days (because we all do), I practice gratitude and I find it helps. I also meditate ten minutes a day but that’s usually to unwind to get to bed earlier. I am thankful for March Madness because I had never read your blog before but I am certainly glad I am now 🙂
Wow, Jas, you are way ahead of all of us!! So excited. But, everyone can improve. That’s one of the things about Hal’s book. This program helps the highest achievers and the most desperate of souls and everyone in between. We are so glad you found us and truly hope you will stay for this amazing journey. Let’s travel it together! Warmest wishes, Julie & Jodie
Taylor Wozniak says
Loved this article! You are so right, it is a choice! Woke up early this Saturday morning instead of thinking it is my day to “sleep in” and I have already accomplished so many things and it is only 7am. Thank you ladies.
P.s. March madness
Taylor, We LOVE it! Yay! We hope you will take full advantage of this concept and read the book we recommend, the Miracle Morning. We thought we knew “what it was about” after just reading the free excerpt from Amazon…we were wrong. The book is packed with incredible, empowering information that truly turns your morning routine into a transformation. The book over-delivers. We hope you will also stay tuned with us here on our blog. We have so much more to share and are just getting started. We hope you will travel this journey with us. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Love this! I could hear your sweet voices while reading this. I’ve always known that my day goes better and I’m more productive when I get up early. I’m a new cancer survivor. I purposely scheduled my chemo and radiation treatments for 8:30 each morning to force myself to get up and get going early. I truly believe it helped my attitude and recovery. Sadly, I haven’t followed this routine since I finished treatments. Thank you for inspiring me to start again. And, thank you for the March Madness giveaway!
6 wonderful habits to start the day. I plan to start tomorrow. March Madness
Sylvia Carreon says
So many laugh-out-loud moments in reading this post. Thank you for making this funny yet inspiring! I’m excited to get started tomorrow morning!!
Sylvia Carreon says
I forgot to write #MarchMadness. Oops sorry this was my first time commenting!
No worries, Sylvia, You are such a sweetie. Thank you so much! Love, Julie & Jodie
Sylvia, I’m so glad I had you giggling. I love to laugh…one of the best things to do. Life is too short to be too serious. We should enjoy every moment, working hard, growing, being the best people we can be, creating joy and being joyful as a reflection of our inner selves. Laughter is a part of that joy 🙂 We hope you will continue to be inspired by our blog. We hope you will visit us often and travel this journey with us…who knows where it will lead…but the journey is the joy! With love & gratitude, Julie & Jodie
I am going to try this! I think it’s a fabulous idea! And also great to teach my children to love mornings. if I don’t love them why would my kids love them.
Sharon T says
I need this so much in my life! Mornings are my worst and I run around feeling lost all day. My husband sounds like your husband. (Perfectly organized. Never loses things…) So that leaves me feeling like a “child” when I can’t find keys, purse etc. I need to grow up. Haha! Thanks girls.
Sharon, Join us! We are all works in progress…that’s the beauty of it. We can “grow up” or choose to not grow up. But it is all up to us. We want you to be empowered to make changes if you want. The Miracle Morning will give you the tools you need to do and be whatever you want. It puts all the power in your own hands. Once you realize you have this power it is an amazing feeling…probably the greatest feeling. We are on this journey of discovery together. Stay tuned for lots more inspiration! Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Elizma C says
I have always said that I wish I ws a morning person. Maybe it’s time I just BECAME one! Great post thank you.
March Madness ☺
Elizma, Exactly, and the whole “morning person” or not is a monomer. We become morning people…we decide on our own. No one is naturally a morning person…they just enjoy it and convince themselves. The opposite is true, and most people are in this second category. Once presented with the information and possibilities of the Miracle Morning Jodie and I both instantly became able to wake up happily. We’ve both been at it every single morning since we started and have never been happier. We wish you great success and hope you try it. With love, Julie & Jodie
In desperate need of this book ladies. Thank you for the recommendation!! March Madness is fun!!
So inspiring! I loved this! And I have to admit, I checked off a few boxes myself. Thanks for the inspiration Jodie and Julie.
And cheers to March Madness!!!
Cory Downie says
Hello Julie and Jodie… Iam sorry about the stressors associated with your popularity and March Madness…I know you have always been generous with your personal comments and I wondered to myself…how much time does this take…Iam just happy reading your website and blogs and instagram and do not need you to answer me..Iam plenty happy with all your ideas and when I listen to you…I actually think it is a personal conversation directed to me…So that in itself is pretty neat..This is because you are so genuine. Thanks!
Cory, You are a love and a half, and even though you said I didn’t have to answer I couldn’t resist your kindness. It means so much. XO ~ Julie
I look forward to listening to you lovely women each morning. I just ordered the book and can’t wait for the next post. Thank you for always inspiring and being real. Your positive and cheerful attitude is so contagious! I just love it!
Aw Michelle, This is so so great to hear! Literally you made my night just now. We are passionate about inspiring you and are beyond thrilled to take you along with us on this amazing journey. Who knew we could have so much fun decorating and inspiring each other? Well, the fun is just beginning to stay tuned. With love, Julie & Jodie
I’ll have to admit, my eyes popped when I read 4:30, but I’m a little enticed. Going to read the sample of Amazon now ☺️ March Madness
Alexandra, Welcome to our blog! We are honestly so glad you made it here. We hope you will find much to inspire you and make visiting with us here a regular part of you days. You don’t have to get us at 4:30. You actually can get about 80% of the benefit of the Miracle Morning routine in 6 minutes! But that is a compromise…if you give it an hour it’s fantastic. But the weird thing is your body adjusts and it’s so exciting that you end of wanting more and not less! Nothing short of a miracle. If you decide achieving your dreams, living the life you always wanted isn’t worth getting up early for, then you can go back to the old habits. 🙂 With love, Julie & Jodie
Thanks for this. ???? march madness
Got my book today! So excited! Bless you both! March Madness!
Hay Rebekah! So excited FOR you!!! Woot Woot! We will travel this amazing road together…what an added joy! Blessings to you sweetie, Julie & Jodie
Thanks to both of you sweet lady’s!!???????? So glad our paths crossed! Excited about March Madness!!!!????
Marla Schaap says
I’ve never been a morning person either so this is a very intriguing approach! Thank you for always sharing with us! ???? March Madness!????
Well here I am at 1;31 in the morning, I am the worst night owl and get about four hours of sleep a day 🙁 , always run down, always crabby and tired, Oh and stressed out. So I am going to change that thanks to you, take your advice, buy the book, and take charge!! Thank you so much. And thank you for such a beautiful, inspirational blog! You’re amazing 🙂
Dearest Gabriela, We believe God orchestrates things perfectly. We believe He speaks through people. This is God reaching out to you saying here is help. We are beyond thrilled to hear you are motivated to accept the encouragement and make some changes so you have a more joyful life. So much more inspiration is coming. Wishing you many blessings, Julie & Jodie
Oh March Madness by the way. ( what is March madness)
No worries Gabriela, We got you! XO ~ Julie
Jill Stephenson says
Happy Sunday! Congrats to the March Madness winner????????❤
Jill Stephenson says
Happy Sunday! Hooray for MM!
✨✨✨March Madness✨✨✨ needed to reread some of these today. Thank you.
Jackey Johnson says
Thanks for the six steps into changing your life I will be making some of those changes getting up early ,quiet time , and reading my Bible more .
Okay confession, I have yet to get up earlier than 7 & I didn’t make my bed today (Julie’s instastory was convicting ????) But I am making progress on starting my day better. March Madness ????
Love this post ! It really makes you think ???? Thank you for sharing your hearts!
Sarah, and it is just the tip of the iceburg…really and truly. We highly recommend the book…it over-delivers on all the promises. We have the power to live the lives of our dreams. It is all within our capabilities if we choose it and don’t stand in our own way. We hope you will continue to make our blog a regular part of your every day. Join us as we travel this amazing journey. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Dori Fiedler says
Excited to learn more about miracle morning. Thanks for the great tips. ????????. MARCH MADNESS.
Nancy Laverde says
You girls, ahhhh, I love you girls! Love your spirit, personality, kindness, transparency and how each of us who follow and read your blog posts feel a true and genuine connection to you! Seriously, you guys are TRULY inspirational on SOOOO many levels! I consider myself a morning person, I love doing some of the above mentioned tips but I’d love to put most if not all to practice! Count me in your journey!
Ps. I SOOOO see you girls being published. I know it WILL happen!
Ladies, I love your spirit!! I am definitely not a morning person. Just thinking about getting up even earlier than I do now makes me cringe…but I am seriously considering it due to your glowing endorsement of doing so. You both have beautiful souls that shine through your Instagram and blog posts daily. It is a breath of fresh air to hear the words….hello friends 🙂 I would love to know your favorite scents of the Agape candles. Have a blessed day!!
Jill, We are all brought up to believe in this idea that we are born either a “morning person” or not. We think this is actually incorrect. We just haven not yet had the motivation to enjoy the benefits of waking up. I too was under the impression that “I wasn’t a morning person”…Since learning of this program I have gotten up at 5:30 or 6:00 9 days in a row and I am loving it. My usual time was around 8:00 and if you asked me, I would have told you that one of my greatest joys was the fact that I didn’t ever have to get up before I wanted. The ability to sleep in was one of my greatest joys. All that changed. I am changed. My life is on a trajectory that is unprecedented. I want this for you! With love and blessings, Julie & Jodie
Darla Norris says
Great advice and hooray for March Madness!
Cory Downie says
Hello Julie….Oh my thank you for your response…you are too kind. I was up earlier this morning and will try earlier again tomorrow morning…Iam going to build my get out of bed early routine in stages…so each day I will break my previous record until…Iam an actual 6a.m. person…That is the plan and then I will get myself an early Christmas gift when I have 2 weeks under my belt…. Thanks for March Madness and you help and inspire me wish your ideas for bettering oneself. Take care and good tidings! Cory
For the last few months I have been waking up early and going to bed early and I love it… March Madness
Your IG photos are so so lovely. March madness
Thank you Judy, We so appreciate your kind support. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Julie & Jodie,
Wow, this is an amazing read! I have to be honest this is the first article I have read of yours, but what can I say I just found y’all (thanks to Instagram)! What I want to say to you is, “Challenge Accepted!”. I already get up about 2 hours before I have to leave in the AM, I get up walk the dog/feed the birds & then I have my coffee & I sit there & think! I think about Ty’s Knot and new designs and then how I can implement them and I write in my notebook! It is great advice. My downfall is my SNOOZE button….I hit it like 3 times every morning and it sets a tone!! I need to stop doing this & get that book you recommend. Thank you!
Tyler, So happy to hear this. In the book Hal has an entire chapter devoted to helping you get up: “The 5-Step Snooze-Proof Wake Up Strategy” (For all of the Snooze-aholics). You are going to be blown away by the power of this book. I can’t wait for you to begin and to have it really transform your life. We hope you will revisit us because we’ve got a lot more inspiration to come. Blessings, Julie & Jodie
Charm (My_SerendipitiousCreativeLife) says
Wow, I’m not even sure what to say?! I have been searching for something like this to begin my day…er, or should I say afternoon? Five years ago I just lost my mojo. I have no idea where I left it or who took it? Well, I have someone what of an idea. Hard divorce certainly didn’t help. Anyway, I’m a new followe on Instagram and saw this and was intrigued. I turn 50 in Oct and I thought to myself. I can’t spend my 50’s living like this. And, what do you know! You gals come up with a blog post on exactly what I’m looking for! I just purchased the book and can’t wait to dig right in! THANK YOU so much! I look forward to feeling rejuvinated!
Charm, Wow! You have no idea how happy I am! So so happy! This is why we are here. Our mission is to inspire people in many ways, and we are thrilled to hear you are motivated to try. With a mindset like yours to start you are going to be absolutely amazed! We can’t wait to hear how you do. Please continue to stay tuned. We have so much more to come. With blessings, Julie & Jodie P.S. Jodie and I are 50 🙂
Jennifer Johnston says
My mornings get off to a much better start when I wake up early and have my quiet time before everyone else wakes up. Thanks for the great read and all of the March Madness giveaways.
Hi Jennifer, We just love to hear it. Your energy is contagious. We hope to convert as many people as possible. It really is so powerful and so worthwhile. We hope you will improve your mornings even more by reading and joining us in the Miracle Morning routine. It’s so great. You will be unstoppable. Let us know how it goes. Stay tuned for lots more fun and inspiration. With love, Julie & Jodie
Cory Downie says
Hello Julie and Jodie….Sorry you got covered in snow. We were totally iced in today..from the front door down the driveway onto the street and so we hunkered down and stayed in…So although I got up early feeling the first Christmas Mood…the rest of the day was like I did not wrap anything up but myself…Oh well..tomorrow is another day and hoping for sunshine and warmth. March Madness is happening and looking forward to Spring and flowers. Thanks for your good perspective and positive energy…it fortifies me. Take care and have a good night!..
Brenda Galiher @growingingracedaily says
It really is true how much better I feel when I get up early and get things done. I d finitely will be putting some of this to use! #marchmadness thanks!!
I’m incredibly excited for this! Sadly, I had a lot to check off that initial list, not getting things done, feeling tired etc. Julie and Jodie, keep spreading your joy, it’s contagious…going to check this book out ❤❤❤ thank you! March Madness ????????????
Shelly fonda says
I am definitely a morning person and love to start my day early! Because I have back issues I have to get on the treadmill first thing so I can get my arthritis worked out ha! Then I’m on my way to get things done…. I make a “to do” list and love to get things checked off my list but I def. need to buy this book and read it! Always trying to improve!
Thanks for sharing! I love to read your blog and look forward to the daily IG stories from you two! Thank you for the continued inspiration! March madness day 7!????????????
Oh Shelly, I love your attitude! Absolutely love it. You are going to really love the book. It keeps over delivering, and Jodie and I are both still reading it. We have learned so much already, and the morning routine is more powerful than I can describe. Thanks so much for your kind support. We hope you will continue to travel this journey with us. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Kayla Anderson says
Looking forward to diving into this book soon. Thank you for the encouragement to make this change. I am a morning person by nature, but I think setting the alarm a little earlier and making time for the things that are most important would make a world of difference. Blessings to you both! Love, Kayla
Gayla Frasier says
I happen to be a “morning person” but what a great point/reminder…….to get up and live intentionally! Afterall we were born to thrive not to just survive! God Bless and Happy March Madness!!
What enlightenment! I definately had a light bulb go off and need to make some changes. ..for ME!! Thanks ladies!
Andrea, It is just the tip of the iceburg. I have lots more inspirational posts coming…I feel like I could write a book! Also, we highly recommend The Miracle Morning…there’s just such great ah-ha moments contained in this book. I seem to have one every time I sit down to read it. We hope you will continue on this journey of discovery and inspiration with us. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Cory Downie says
Hi Julie…Thanks for the tour of your beautiful homestead with the lovely works from your friends and fellow artisans. Promoting artistic women whom you admire is such an honourable thing to do. My sister-in-law in Alberta opened a store in Banff and she supports and only sells wares of local artisans. So she shares your outlook of women promoting other women which is definitely in keeping with the celebration of women on this day.. Yeah!!. Beautiful sunny day today..Lots of excited chirping birds and we sat out on the deck and enjoyed a taste of Spring…I was an early riser this morning and feeling good about my new habit..Take care and Happy March Madness to you. All the best and bye for now. Cory
Cory, Thank you darling, for taking time to write us such a beautiful reply. It means so much to us. We love love love connecting with our readers…it makes it so personal, and that’s really what we are all about. We are honored to be a part of your day. We truly hope we will continue to inspire you and you will make us part of your morning routine. With love & friendship, Julie & Jodie
Such good advice! I love the Christmas morning perspective. I want to be that excited about each day 🙂
I bought the book. I’m most of the way through and I love it! Definitely giving me a different view point on mornings and I can’t wait to like my life to the fullest.
Angie Ostler says
This is awesome! I have always known that getting up early in the morning makes a huge impact on my life. I fall into bad habits and end up staying late again. It cycles. Right now with having a new baby who gets me up in the night makes it even harder to wake up early. BUT…I cannot wait to have him more regularized so I can get back into this. It goes right along with the old saying “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” The tricky part for me is forcing myself to actually get to bed at a decent time so I CAN get up early. I’m totally going to read this book. I feel like your post came at the perfect time for me. I need to get motivated again! xoxo
Angie, Thanks for a great comment! This is exciting that it is already resonating with you and what you know can help you. It has already been a life changer for Jodie and me. We absolutely love the morning routine and all it adds to our days, our mentality and our overall trajectory of our lives. It’s extremely impactful. The book is over-delivering on so many counts. If you were to read one self help book in 10 years I would safely place my bet on this being the one to read. With love and best wishes, Julie & Jodie
Angie Ostler says
Oh, and March Madness!!! 🙂 🙂
Cory Downie says
Hi Julie…Iam just checking in..had a busy day out and about..went to Chapters and ordered..Miracle Mornings..Nota one left in the city of Ottawa, Canada..so it must be a very popular book….Iam very curious now! Happy March Madness… Cheers and take care…Bye for now….Cory
Start your day with spring fever and March Madness and these two inspirational women❤️❤️
Excellent advice! I recently retired and the lack of a structured day centered around work like I once has made me lazy. I need to apply these good habits to get back on track! Thank you! March Madness!
I am so glad i read this. So true. Happy march maddness.
We are too, Tracy. We truly can’t overstate the potential this program has to positively impact lives. We hope you take it and make it your own. We highly recommend the book because this is just the tip of the iceberg. With love and best wishes, Julie & Jodie
Cory Downie says
Hello Julie….another early morning for me this morning and I am beginning to beat the alarm in anticipation….My father always used to tell me if you want to be successful at something..you really have to want it.. so you presented the morning plan and Iam now an actual fan of this habit and would never have believed that I would become an early riser after I retired….very wierd but also wonderful…thanks for sharing your good knowledge and making learning relatable and enjoyable..You made me laugh about wearing your spring outfit again today. We always feel we have to appear in a different outfit everyday but when I was going to elementary school my mother used to insist we wear the same outfit 2 days in a row…I had totally forgotten about this repeat pattern until you mentioned that you had decided to wear the spring top and necklace for a second time…It is probably MARCH MADNESS!!! Have a good weekend and take care. Bye for now…Cory.
Rebecca Carroll says
I am definitely not a morning person, especially during the winter in Alaska when there is only 4 hours of daylight! I’m excited to read the book and start these steps to brighten my outlook even in the darkness. Thank you for the post! Love me some March Madness!
Still working on the morning routine. March madness!
It takes 30 days to create a new habit so stick with you! Your life is worth it! We are so excited for the progress and improvement we can make…together. And this is just the start. Stay tuned for lots more inspiration and fun! With love, Julie & Jodie
Amber Sapp says
My twin recommended your blog and I’m so excited to be following your posts and march madness!
Brenda Silveira says
What a great idea!
It’s going to take lots of prayer but I’m going for it!
Thanks for all the time you put into your blogs!???? BRENDA
This really makes me want to try to see if this is something I can do. I have recently had to start taking heart meds that make me feel so lethargic and I’ve noticed that I’ve been spending way more time in bed than I used to. Maybe some good old fashioned will and determination can help me break the sleeping-in habit and get my life back on track. Thanks so much for the inspiration! ???????? March Madness!!
Tiffany, YES, and I hope you will read the books we recommend. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You hold the power, my friend. Especially now, you will benefit tremendously by reading the inspiring books we recommend. I also am about to publish another inspiring blog post on this topic because there is just so much more I have to say. I want lives to be changed…I am very passionate about this topic of empowerment. It is life changing. We know it will help you. Blessings, Julie & Jodie
This is good stuff. As a mom starting out in blogging ( so I can stay home and be more with the kids) this is exactly what I needed. It is a lot of work to get a blog started and promoted and even noticed by anyone…let alone make money. But it’s my dream, and this is the post that I needed to read! Thanks ladies!! XoMel
Melissa, I’m so very glad this post helped you. We hope it helps many people. I just finished writing another post that you are sure to like, and it is a powerful continuation of this same topic. We hope you will enjoy it! Many blessings, Julie & Jodie
Thank you so much for the book recommendation! I just bought the audiobook and can’t wait to bring more structure to my mornings…or to see the improvement in my days. Happy march madness!
Willa, Welcome to our blog! We are so excited for you! The book holds the path to changing your life…if you follow the awesome advice. I just finished writing another blog post about the same topic that will be published later today or tomorrow. We are so excited to inspire others to join us on this journey of making our lives purposeful and more fulfilling. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
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Cory Downie says
Good Morning Julie and Jodie…I did not have to set my alarm this morning because the snow removal crew were in the driveway at 530 making lots if noise…Divine intervention..I guess…More March Madness.. Have a good day and cheers. Cory
MaKayla Pippy says
Getting up early with 4 little kids has been easy BUT it has been SO WORTH IT!! My day goes so much smoother and I feel better about myself & my busy schedule when I am up and ready before the kids wake up. I love following your posts on IG & your blog! I look forward to them everyday! ❤️
MaKayla Pippy says
Has NOT* been easy! Oops!!
Thank you for these tips! I sure checked a lot of those boxes as well! People like us have too many irons in the fire! I’m taking a mindful meditation class and a time management class at my local community college, Thought I’d do this in January… Procrastinating until March! Haha thank you beautiful blog love your stuff!
Janneth Tauriello says
What a great read, so amazingly positive, March Madnesses! ????
Love you both on Instagram and enjoy the instastories. I’ve been trying out the waking up 45 min before I have to get the kids up so I can just enjoy my coffee and g t ready for the day. Great tips!
Love it Kimberly! Thanks for visiting our blog and sharing in this journey with us. We hope you will make it a regular habit! Many blessings, Julie & Jodie
I really enjoy your blog! March madness ????
Cynthia Shomaker says
Forwarded to my 21 & 17 year old kids! Thank you for great advice!
Cynthia, Loved hearing this so much. I’m talking it up with all my kids as well and passing along my books. This is great advice no matter what your age…everyone can benefit. Thanks for sharing and we hope you will become a regular on our blog. The journey won’t be the same without you! Love & blessings, Julie & Jodie
Dawn Henderson says
Thank you for your posts. You both have a way with words.
March madness ❤❤
Love these tips! March Madness
Gayla Frasier says
Really great tips and ideas to help get us through March Madness!
I need to get this Book!
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Oh my I’m headed to check out Bramble.com. Gorgeous ❤❤march madness
Jackey Johnson says
Last week I got up early and the next thing I knew, everyone else got up early too. I guess I’m the leader in this family ☺
Wendy L says
I couldn’t have read this post at a more perfect time. This week is going to be hard for me since it is the anniversary of a car accident I was invilved in 11 years ago. Your encouraging words are going to help me through it. Thank you so much!!! Tomorrow is Christmas Morning!! March Madness! ❤
Halfway through The Miracle Morning! (That in itself is perhaps a miracle, haha!) So many great points, Hal has addressed a lot of things that have hit me at my core and made me sit and think. I’ve underlined so much and I’m excited to draw a line in the sand. 😉 So thankful you recommended it!