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Every once in awhile, I get really motivated, get up really early. I usually make this rather long list of things to accomplish, but because I'm basically alone while everyone else is asleep (and no one else is up on FB or Twitter to distract me), I usually get almost all of my list checked off before the house comes alive. It's a wonderful feeling. I feel great all day.
My point in telling you all of this random information about me is a challenge I found through an online friend (one whom I really wish I were going to get to see IRL in October, but that's another story...). My friend Michelle is hosting a Maximize Your Mornings challenge through her blog. The idea is to get up a little earlier, get in some quiet time for meditation or prayer, get in a little exercise, and start your day off in a better way then just rolling out of bed at the last minute and scrambling to get started. This is a super easy challenge. Not wake up at 4:30 or anything crazy. Just: Step #1: Get out of bed. That's it for the first step. Five minutes earlier. That's all. Baby steps, easy goals, no burnout. I thought: "Piece of cake...I won't have any trouble with this. After all, I do it occassionally anyway."
Boy, was I wrong! I have seriously struggled these last two weeks to just get out of bed. I'm not sure if it's a mental thing, knowing that in 10 more days school starts and I'll have to be up EVERY day early, or if I've just never accepted how lazy I am. Either way, I really need this challenge! I don't do well at all if I get up when my boys do. I end up grumpy and irritated that I didn't get any 'me' time. I'm not glad to see them because I'm not glad to be out of bed yet. When I do manage to get in that 'me' time at the beginning of the day, it changes my whole attitude and outlook. I'm glad to see the boys when they wake up. I'm happy to have gotten some easy chores already out of my way. I'm looking forward to the rest of my day, because it's started out so peacefully.
Best/worst day of the challenge so far? The other morning, I had my plans laid out for morning time, had my yoga mat laid out, my journal open, my alarm set. I was 100% prepared to wake up and have a great morning. But, when that alarm went off, I was tired, grumpy, my asthma was bad, and my head hurt. "Forget it," I said to myself and rolled over. But that alarm also had a reminder note: "sign up for swim lessons". And I just couldn't let it go in my brain. There are only 4 spots! What if we don't get in? So, I dragged my aching head into the office and signed up for fall lessons. And then I tweeted something like "#HelloMornings: I'm up but going back to bed. #Cheating, I know." My brother replied back later that day: "I don't know what game you're playing, but if going back to bed is cheating, it has stupid rules." I laughed so hard at that! He was right, of course. Nothing wrong with going back to bed once in awhile, especially when you're not feeling well.
Now, thinking back to that reminder that dug it's way into my brain and wouldn't let go, I'm thinking maybe that's the answer. I'm going to try putting a little message to myself along with the alarm. "Go on, get up...you'll feel better when you do." Or maybe, "Don't miss the chance to start your day with a little peace and quiet."
If you're doing the challenge along with me, I hope you're enjoying it too. If you're not a morning person (I am definitely NOT), I highly suggest you give it a try. It's a amazing how good you can feel once you're up and going.
May you be blessed by quiet
and peaceful mornings!