Becoming a morning person...

I have mentioned before, I am not a morning person.  At all.

But in this season of trying to be more mindful, undertaking study and carving out time for myself among the busyness of small children, mornings are about as good as it gets.  I have tried to find this time at night, but it just doesn't work.  By night time I'm knackered and mindfulness = sleep.  Seriously I can not tell you how many times I have set myself at night once the house is quiet and in order with my bible, a journal ready to read scripture and reflect upon life and what God might be saying, only to wake up hours later with a kink in my neck and a blank page in front of me.

When we look at what we want our days to look like, they are calm, loving and purposeful.  Not rushed, distracted and late.

There are so many "things and stuff" out there to tempt us away from whats important, they are loud and shiny.  TV, the internet, smart phones, apps just to name a few.  All these things are thrown in our faces, they are exughsting if we allow them to have power and priority in our life.  But you know whats a priority in my life?  God, health, my children, my family.

But the daily decisions we make in our lives do not always show this to be true.  If I say my faith is important and I don't manage to carve out time to sit in it, its just words.  If I say health is important and then don't dedicate a decent period of time in my day to prepare good and nourishing food, then my actions are not following through with my words.  If I say patience is something I'm striving for and then don't set my day up to allow time for mistakes to happen and be fixed calmly then I'm not actually making it a priority, you know? 

Its something we all do, we all fall for the temptation of distraction, or the easy route at times.  I don't know a single person who doesn't battle with this kind of thing in some form or another.  I think its simply the essence of being human.  But then the question lies - how do we work with it?  Its all a part of moving the life we have to the life we value.  I'm sure where we are today is not where we will be in a year, and that's a great thought!  

Now I'm not talking about those days that are hell and we are happy to have survived them - we all deserve a deserve a high five for surviving them!  I'm talking about the cumulative effect of a daily ritual and the power it holds in the ordinary days.
 

So, with that in mind, mornings it is.

And you know what?  After 32 years of utterly hating mornings and vehemently defending the fact that night time is the only good end of the day, they are not actually so bad.  There is a stillness that is present in the morning.  A quietness in the air.

The children are ready earlier in the morning, the school run smoother.  All our tanks are a little more filled as we set off the face our days.

I'm no 1950's house wife, though hats off to them.  I awake bedraggled with hair standing on end, bleary eyed as I cuddle my morning coffee.  There is no hot cooked breakfast nor cheerful singing.  BUT there is no longer growling and hissing either coming from my direction in the mornings either...HA! 
 
I have not mastered the art of mornings yet, it still takes me an entire small plunger of coffee to get going, but you know what?  I look forward to this being the way forward as far as daily rhythms go.

So this is a new challenge I have set myself.  To totally flip my day.  I have a feeling it is going to be a  life changing experiment.

Are you a night person or a morning person?  Is there something on your heart to work on?

Much love,
Emma
xx
 

25 comments

  1. hahaha i get this totally, i find getting up early in the mornings hard, even when i had little children trying to wake me up! now i'm much older i still can't get up & going in the mornings, have always been a night person.
    though they say as you get older you need less sleep? hasn't happened yet lol!
    good luck with your change
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Oh Im totally not convinced we need less sleep as we get older! So far I need just as much as ever!! Im a big sleeper. :)

      xx

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  2. I am such a night owl! But 4 kids has taught me to be a morning person. Like you say everything runs smoother when you are up and organised for the morning, especially if you rise before the children (that's the real key). The important thing for me to remember is to go to bed early enough to allow me to function in the morning. Midnight or 1am is NOT an appropriate bedtime for someone who plans to rise at 6am.
    Have a great day
    Cassandra xx

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    1. Oh seriously doubt I could become a morning person that rises before the boys, at least not Angus. He is a 5am-er. He was born a morning person. Im happy with 5:30-6:00am! but the big boys are low maintenance anyway so that's easy. :)

      And yes, it was always bedtime that sets me back. Im aiming for a 9:30 bedtime for myself to allow this to happen. Sometimes earlier if Im tired.

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  3. Morning is very spiritual for me - a time of grand silence and quiet movement. 4.15am rise daily.

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  4. I love the quiet of mornings and wish I had a window that faced the sunrise. I'd sit in the dark and watch it come up.
    I love getting up early on Sundays, making a pot of tea and watching whatever takes my fancy on DVD. Hubby is not into chick flicks or period dramas so I get my fill then.

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    1. Oh that would be lovely! I hope once we do the extensions renovations we get more natural light connection. Right now we feel quite disconnected from outside, though its cozy. :)

      xx

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  5. I am definitely not a morning person, Emma. I stay up much too late at night and feel like a zombie when I wake up which may have more to do with the fact that I never sleep more than three hours at a time though. I am glad that changing your routine is working well for you and your family.

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    1. Oh chel you poor thing! Broken sleep is just impossible isnt it? I hope you can get some sounder sleep soon.

      xx

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  6. Definitely a morning person. I love to make an early start on my day. But my husband only gets into top gear after about 4pm in the afternoon, just as I'm starting to slow down. I guess as long as we have some point in the day where we feel most productive or creative it doesn't matter the time, just appreciate the energy burst when it hits!

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    1. Yes, naturally I suspect Im more like your husband, but due to the kids, that time is all about them and my top gear seems to have developed some stutters in this season of life. ;) Ha!

      xx

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  7. Definitely not a morning person. My body may get up but until I have my 2 or 3 cups of coffee my brain is not quite functioning. Takes a good hour or so for me to be ready to go. When I worked I would get up an hour before I had to start getting ready, just for that reason. I figured it would be important to have my brain working while I drove into work. Now when I am not working I still need that time.
    Enjoy your wake up time...coffee mug in hand.

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  8. I do love mornings Emma. The thought of a brand new day excites me. The freshness of the morning air and the quietness outside is just glorious. Have a great day:)

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    1. ohhh, your a natural morning person, how lovely! I envy you! Im trying, really I am!

      One day I may just sing the praises of mornings and be a delight too! No doubt Grant wishes! ;)

      xx

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  9. I'm an early morning person, up before the sun comes up - all the women in my family have been like this. I wake up ready to go! being a morning or a night person is something thats part of your physical makeup - so its very hard to change. I usually am asleep by 8.30 of an evening, hubby is a night owl. Just go with your natural pattern - much less stressful than trying to change it.

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    1. Ah, in this season I need to work with my small children's pattern, I also felt very tired at night after all day with the kids, so Im taking it as a sign my body is trying to nudge me into a different direction. So far I actually feel better for it, which is amazing! :)

      xx

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  10. Nope not a morning person! Having said that I do get up early most days. I think this is a habit developed from when I had to have myself and two teenagers out the door by 7am. At the time I worked in the corporate world and the teens were very fussy with personal presentation, so early morning were essential. We also only had the one bathroom, which was much in demand. now I live in semi retired happiness, I still find myself up relatively early, by 7am. I understand how getting up earlier assists in getting everyone ready and out the door on time. I also understand how this allows you to stay human and not revert to fire breathing dragon status!

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  11. When I was a baker, I was a morning person. When I had kids though, I became a night person. Because this is really the only "alone" time, my husband and I have - either to pursue our own interests, or to catch up as people. :)

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    1. Yes night time is nice for that, we still get a little time as the boys are young and go to bed early, but its not long really.

      xx

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  12. A beautifully articulated post Emma. Becoming a morning person is much easier now that it's daylight earlier, after daylight saving has finished, thankfully. I'm back to enjoying my mornings outside with the farm animals much more now that it's daylight. I also love the feeling of "being ahead of my day" when I get up early.

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    1. Yes i keep watching the sunrise, quite a new experience for a night owl like me! LOL!

      Feeling ahead and relaxed is what its all about really. I have been trying to be calmer and more patient and I do think this is the key. So far its been a wonderful week!

      xx

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  13. Sometimes I just laugh on the inside....... but right now I'm laughing on the outside ;-) Allie

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