I love early mornings.

Never in a million years did I think an early wake-up time would be so valuable to me. I LOVE to sleep. I mean love it. Almost as much as I love pizza (almost). On the weekends, the alarm gets shut off and I allow myself to start the day without the annoying BEEP BEEP BEEP. But Monday through Friday, it’s game on without question.

I really started dabbling with an early wake-up time when my youngest child was a baby. She was in a routine of sleeping quite well until 3:30 am or 4 am when she would need to be changed and fed before going back to sleep for a few more hours. My oldest was an even earlier rise then so he would be up by 5:30 am or 6 am most days so by the time I would get myself back to sleep, I’d be up again. It frankly pissed me off. And let’s face it. A baby and a 3-year-old can’t help it. So why was a getting so angry about it?!

I had to be the change.

So instead of trying to squeeze in some more sleep, I started staying up after that early (real early) morning feeding. It allowed me to sit by the fireplace, have a cup of coffee, read a book, and pray. I’d stay in my jammies and slowly start the day. Sure, I might get tired that afternoon but I would try to get to bed earlier those nights. Because I made a mindset shift around my wake up time, soon I was rising happier and welcoming my children more joyfully into the day.

But seasons change too.

Of course, as my kids have aged so has their morning routines. (Hooray, no more 3:30 am feeding times!) However, I noticed that I missed my early morning buffer time. I enjoyed that peaceful morning that allowed me to pour into myself before I needed to be ON for everyone else. Even though I could now sleep until 7 am with my sweet little cherubs, I’ve been choosing to get up at 5 am for over a year. It’s been totally worth it.

Why do I love early mornings?

  1. I get my workout in so it’s not looming over me the rest of the day.
  2. It allows me quiet, uninterrupted time to walk through my daily affirmations.
  3. I have time to journal and pray.
  4. My to-do list for the day gets organized.
  5. I get some work done!
  6. Showering is no longer optional.
  7. It’s truly the only alone time I get all day long.

Yes, these seven reasons keep that alarm buzzing at 5 am. I realized that I needed this alone time to recharge, prioritize my day, and use it to take care of myself. The only way to get that time was to create it. I didn’t just have the time, I made the time.

How about you? Do you have a morning routine that has changed your life? Do you want to start one?