How I Became a Morning Person
i used to be of the belief that either you were a morning person or you absolutely were not. i used to be the latter, the heck-no-you-won’t-see-me-before-8am person. i loved being a night owl and then sleeping in.
my husband on the other hand, was born with urge to rise before the sun and perkily say “i’m alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic!” i should have known he’d become a motivational speaker the second i heard that phrase hit my very groggy and non-morning ears.
my less-hatred of mornings started changing about a year and a half ago. i started taking note that i had more energy and more focus in the morning. this is especially important to pay attention to when you work for yourself and you work from home because distractions are a-plenty. i slowly started rising earlier to get more done while i had the energy in the morning because the afternoon drag is real.
then this little lady entered our lives:
we live in an apartment building and as much as we’ve tried to teach her to use the toilet, she insists on the need to go outside after 9 hours trapped indoors at night.
my husband takes the night shift to walk her right before bed (because i’ve watched too many law & orders to know what could happen late at night when a woman walks her dog). that means the morning shift falls to me.
the first few weeks were rough after we got her because in no way was i used to waking up before 8am, let alone by 6:30am. this is just part of the sacrifices you make when you have a
child dog so you do what must be done.
however, these quiet moments in the still morning started to grow on me. i actually started to look forward to walking our dog Sugar in the mornings, before most people even had their coffee pot on. it helps that our walking area is pretty gorgeous too.
i posted that photo on instagram a while ago and my friend kait said “how did you become a morning person?!” and out blossomed this post so thanks kait! i will admit that it’s way more fun to walk her during the summer and autumn months when it’s not raining but even when the weather is crappy, it can be beautiful.
so how did i become a morning person?
i focused on what i was gaining instead of what i was ‘giving up.’ my ‘giving up list’ consisted of giving up a warm bed, snuggles with my husband and some more shut-eye.
by becoming a morning person, i was gaining the opportunity to feel centered in my self before most of the rest of the world started stirring. it allows me wake up, drink some cold water and head out the door for a 10-20 minute walk with our dog.
the fresh air is cleansing and our eyes get to see sights that others don’t.
when we get back upstairs, we give our morning kisses to the man of the house and then i retreat to the living room to do 20 minutes worth of meditation. when that’s finished it’s usually 7:15-7:30am and now i’ve started my day off on my terms, without stress and feeling rushed. mornings become more meaningful.
it’s amazing what i can get accomplished before 10am since i’ve already been up for 3.5 hours. usually this includes breakfast with my husband, a workout and starting to work (of course with some puppy love in between).
as scary as it makes me to realize this, we aren’t guaranteed to wake up and see each morning. i try to remember this as i turn off my alarm and pull on pants (pants are required when you leave your apartment to walk a dog. boooo). i’m grateful that i get to see another day and i’ve changed my thinking to focus on what i’m gaining by getting up earlier instead of what i’m giving up.
i am able to greet the mornings with more ease when i go to bed by a reasonable hour (i’m someone that functions best with 8 hours of slumber). i also try to keep my boozing to a minimum and drink lots of water because all of that aids in feeling less groggy in the morning.
if you aren’t a morning person but want to start becoming one, start by taking action. set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier this week and then put it across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. also think about what you are gaining and not giving up by waking up earlier. i can guarantee you will feel super accomplished and impressed with yourself by having even an extra 30-60 in the morning to shape your morning how you want.
so, are you a morning person or a night owl? what works for you?