You know how you read about ‘those’ people who Love mornings and get up ‘on purpose’ at like 5am (or before) to seize the day!
Yeah, well…that’s not me, I LOVE my bed…love love love it and I LOVE sleep!
My bed is so comfortable, so cozy, each day it is incredibly hard to get up out of it as it’s just so damn good and sleeping is so much more awesome in the mornings – am I right?
I sleep in whenever I get the chance!
That coupled with the fact that I am a serial ‘Snoozer’ doesn’t make for easy mornings and I still struggle daily with the opening of my eyes, sitting up and swinging my legs out of bed.
But, once I’m up, fortunately from then on it’s all ok, I’m off and going. I’m then wide awake and it’s all on from there.
I also am quite happy to be up and out early…once I’m actually up and out. But its the getting there that’s tough. (#FirstWorldProblem I know)
Because we leave for School and Work fairly early, each weekday see’s Miss 14 and I begrudgingly up at what I call ‘Ridiculous O’Clock’ (or seize the day time in other people’s world).
This is so her and I can cycle through showers and still have plenty of time (for her) to get ready.
Because I like to use the bathroom before Miss 14 gets in there, it means then I am 100% ready at least 30 mins to 1 hour before she is.
Parenting for 14 years has taught me, that in our house, our mornings run 98% smoother and easier if I ensure to allow her plenty-plenty-plenty of time to get ready.
If I don’t have to ‘say’ anything to keep her moving and she can get done all of the things she wants to do, it makes such a difference to the ‘feel’ of the day.
(It’s a whole other thing on early morning Winter Sports training days though when it feels like we are leaving the house in the middle of the night!).
So I have learnt, give her plenty of time, even though it means getting up at ridiculous o’clock, but its a compromise I’m ‘usually’ willing to take.
The plus is, I’ve come to really enjoy that extra time I then get in the morning once I’m all ready.
I have found in amongst the Morning chaos, moments of still.
Time to just sit for a bit.
Have some quiet time with God and read my ‘The Word for Today’ and my bible.
Then I aim to work on some writing for a little while.
Have a little calm before the storm of the day.
Last term I found myself leaving more and more chores to “Oh, I’ll just do that in the morning” and when I got to the morning being really annoyed with myself, that I had left those jobs til the morning, as it was eating up all my ‘morning’ time.
It does mean we always need to be completely organised the night before. Lunch is packed (minus fridge items), bags are packed and by the door, sports bags, extra bags and rubbish is ready to pick up and go.
But today is a new day, the first day back of the School Term and I sit here early once again to do some writing with 45 mins up my sleeve.
I like it
I really hope I can be disciplined again throughout this term to keep ensuring I have this ‘still’ time in the mornings.
Have you found some little pockets of time throughout your day, that give you time to just take some breaths, some moments of still?
How do you make it work?
Update: It’s tomorrow now as I publish this, I didn’t give us quite as much time this morning as I should have, but it wasn’t too bad