early rising: the joyful truth.
Well, I finally did it: I got up when my alarm went off bright & early at 6:15 this morning. It's now 7:34, & I've already read my daily Bible plan, had a cup of coffee, watched some YouTube, & started on my daily water consumption. Oh, & did a tiny bit of journaling. Today is off to a good start, & I credit that entirely to dragging myself out of bed immediately.
If you would have told me four years ago, that I would be rising at 6:15 a.m. by choice, I would have laughed in your face. Back then, I got up for work at the last minute almost every single morning, rushed getting ready, & generally felt disheveled & haphazard. I wasn't happy with that aspect of my life, but I had no desire to change it, because to me, getting up really early in the morning was the worst thing ever.
If you would have told me eight years ago, that I would be out of bed at 6:15 a.m. just because I wanted to, & despite having no job, I would have definitely laughed in your face. At that point in my life, I professed that 10 o'clock was my favorite time to wake up, & to me, that was early. I purposefully scheduled my classes to where I wouldn't have to rise before that time. And on the occasion that I did have to take a dreaded 8 o'clock class, I often missed it.
So, to say that I've turned over a new leaf, & that I have different priorities, & that I value productivity over a couple more hours' worth of sleep, is the joyful truth. There is something in pulling yourself out of bed while most of the world around you is still tucked in & sleeping, that makes it feel extra special. And I cherish every day that I manage to rise this early. Above that, I hope that one day, it's the time that I wake up, consistently, every day of the week.
Want to join me in blogging every day in June? The more the merrier. I even made a button to celebrate the occasion. Feel free to use it in your blog sidebar or in the body of your posts. Let's encourage one another to get back to our blogging roots. Happy blogging!