I love mornings. I really do. I never thought I would ever say that, though. Just last year, I was the girl who was falling asleep around 1 or 2am, trying to squeeze in everything I didn't accomplish that day at the last minute. Folding clothes. Editing photos. Answering emails. Anything, really, that was still trying to steal my attention from what was important : rest.
Then I would usually sleep in until about 9am, and I would be exhausted. My goal was always to wake up before Will left for work at 8:45, but that didn't happen nearly as much as I wanted. At 2:00 each day, I would be ready for a nap, but I would miserably have to push through and continue to work, never operating at 100%.
There are a few different instances that led me to become a morning person. First, it started with The Challenge. I decided to embrace it fully last March, and it lit a fire in me. I didn't want to settle for a life that ruled me; I wanted to rule my life! I especially loved the part that challenged me to Prepare for Greatness. What a game changer.
Then wedding season hit. Hello setback. I was overwhelmed, a workaholic, and I just couldn't do enough in any given day. There was always something or someone waiting on me, for something. That turned into more late nights, trying to wake up early. I was still exhausted and disappointed in myself.
I remember being so frustrated with myself! Will and I had a long conversation driving home from an out of town wedding at the end of the summer. I really wanted something to change. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was willing to change. And with any change in life, that is the most important step.
- I had to go to bed early each evening.
- I had to create more structured work hours for myself.
- I had to get 8 hours of sleep.
- I had to create a morning routine I looked forward to.
- I had to start saying "no."
We began implementing an early-to-bed, early-to-rise lifestyle. At that point, we set the goal for being in bed no later than midnight, and waking up no later than 8am. Slowly but surely, I began to rule my life in a small way.
In October, I read the book Boundaries. What an empowering book. I think this is the final step that changed everything for me. I had proved to myself I could do this by setting a simple bedtime and alarm clock each day, but I realized that setting a lot of different Boundaries in my life actually sets myself up for freedom. They set me up for a life that is fully lived!
Just like following a Budget. Just like obeying God's Word. Just like setting Office hours...
Boundaries provide freedom.
Once I realized this truth... I have experienced such freedom in my life! I have officially become a morning person. Now, we go to bed at 10:30pm every night, and we get out of bed at 6:30am every morning.
Will sent me this article last week, and I had to smile. Go read it - it will inspire you. I am so thankful that I am spending the first hour of my day wisely, and I look forward to it each evening.
I'm officially a morning person!