Don’t you just love how early the sun rises in the summer? It sets my mood to “happy” right away. Sunrise is the most peaceful time of day. Confession: I love getting up early in the morning, rain or shine. Oh my, more proof I’m tuning into my mother! Growing up, I could never understand why she liked to get up so early in the morning. It still took me a number of years — post-children — before I realized I actually loved being up early, before the kids and everyone else. Not just because of necessity, but because I wanted to.
My workout partner doesn’t need an alarm, and pops out of bed ready to listen to the news and talk politics, etc. That’s not me! I don’t naturally spring up from my warm and cozy bed. Sometimes I have a little negotiation with myself to get my legs over the side and sit up. If I do that much, then I will keep going. I “win” when I get up because I know all the compounding positive reasons I now love about getting up early.
“Sleep is our friend” is a favorite saying in our family. Getting good-quality sleep — and enough sleep — is key to being able to function well. Waking early has become the cornerstone of my daily personal success. Plus, when I get enough good sleep, I’m a much nicer person. (Just ask my kids!)
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