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Morning Has Broken Me

January 20, 2011

I have been tackling my 40/40 Project head on this week.  I figured that I might as well start with the first thing on the list and that is becoming a morning person.  So, what do morning people do?  They get up early.  Scarlett, bless her heart, has finally set a schedule for herself that is as consistent as I could possibly hope it to be.  She goes to bed at 8:00 p.m. every night, and she wakes up at 6:00 a.m. every morning.  It was a long, sleepless year getting here, but we’re here, and it’s good, so I’m happy.  Six o’clock in the morning is a pretty decent hour for a morning person to rise, but not in my family.  My dad is Mr. Morning.  He has been getting up at 5:00 a.m. for as long as I can remember.  He is the quintessential morning person, so if he gets up at 5:00 a.m., I should get up at 5:00 a.m.

I was doing really well.  Until today.  Today I slept in until 6:00 a.m.  (I forgot to set my “Don’t Stop Believin'” alarm.)  I have been getting up to work on another project, my Artist’s Way course.  For those of you who have done it, I’ve been getting up to work on my morning pages.  For those of you who haven’t, it’s basically brain-drain journaling first thing in the morning to clear your thoughts for the rest of the day.  I really like it.  When I manage not to sleep through it.  Today I just stumbled to the coffee pot.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I go to yoga.  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Scarlett and I go to music class or reading time.  Usually by noon, I’m ready to go back to sleep.  I mean, I’ve already been awake for seven hours at that point!  I used to get up at nine, back in my youth.  I’m thinking this is pretty good.  I’ve only been a morning person for a week, and I haven’t even needed the gallons of coffee that I thought I would.  Just a pot or two.

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