Setting yourself up for success for the 30 Day Meditation Challenge

As we all know... it's hard enough to do something for a day, let alone 30 days so I've compiled a list of strategies to set yourself up for success right out of the gate. 

Prep your roomies, partner, kiddos, etc. 
If you have kids, a partner or anyone else who lives with you and needs your attention at all hours of the day (moms + dads, I'm talking to you), make sure you give them a heads up. Whether that means hanging a "do not disturb", putting earplugs in, having a quick convo, etc. You know what you need to do to prep the people in your house that you're gonna do you for a bit and that takes alone time :). 

Create a sacred space. Set up an altar.
Find a space that can be just yours for these 30 days. I don't have a lot of room so I just created an altar on my shelf, put a little rug underneath and voila... a space that used to be used for clutter is now where I get all zenned out. 
If you want to learn more about how to create an amazing altar, this is a great (and easy to follow) article.
Also, side note... your altar doesn't need much. I have some stones, a mini buddha, incense and essential oils and other knick-knacky things that make me feel good. You can put absolutely anything you want on your altar.
This is the fun part -- make it yours! 

Know when you plan to meditate.
Give yourself a schedule to start out. Even if the time that you set up for yourself initially changes once you get a little more settled into your practice, start out with something set. Maybe it's 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, maybe it's once a day, maybe it's in bed before you get up or fall asleep -- it doesn't matter when or where, but this part will be crucial to your success.

Speaking of when and where...
Meditation can be done anywhere. While creating an altar and a sacred space is awesome, you can also meditate in bed, on a hike, at your desk, etc. I meditate for a few minutes in bed in the morning (it actually helps wake me up) and after I've woken up a bit, I transition to my altar to finish. There's no rhyme or reason, just do what's best for you!

Have an accountability buddy

While meditation is an extremely personal practice, this wouldn't be a challenge without some motivation to finish out the 30 days so I'm adding in accountability buddies! If you know anything about me, you know how obsessed I am with accountability as a tool for being effective. 

I know how busy we all are so I've crafted a super easy accountability system, which I've put below. 

Two options for accountability buddies: 

Option #1: Do this with a friend! If they haven't registered yet, make sure they get in before the 31st when the list closes! 

Option #2: If you're doing this challenge solo, head over the the facebook group and look at the people who are in your introduction group. Choose someone from your introduction group and make a new friend (I promise, this community is incredibly badass, so don't be nervous!). 

How accountability buddies work: 

Step #1: Exchange numbers with accountability buddy
Step #2: Every day text each other one simple phrase: "Did you meditate yet?" to which your buddy will respond yes or no. 
Then they write the same thing back to you: "Did you meditate yet?"... and so on

SUPER simple... SUPER game changer.