Early to Rise

I’m an early riser. I mean really early. Sometimes it’s due to one of my boys. Other times, it’s when I hear the hubs wake up for a middle of the night PB&J. But mostly, it’s just due to my body’s chemistry only needing about 4-5 hours of zzzzz’s every night. I’ve always been pretty thankful for this trait – especially in my 20’s, when clubbing and working 8-5 could happily co-exist. Ohhhh, how my definition of FUN has expanded and changed….

Well, today was a 3:30a start (which is even a bit much for me).

I would’ve thought for sure during this ‘blessing’ of a ridiculously early start to my day, that I’d honour my commitment to self as I do most mornings. This me-time includes but is not limited to: spending time meditating for patience and peace during my day while at work and patience for my special needs evenings at home. Setting up my day’s events and planning out steps to take on any short term goals are ones I wish I was better at applying. But tomorrow’s another day….
Finally, I usually have a heart-to-heart prayer with God for the regular stuff- blessings for my family/ friends, good health, winning the lottery and such but try to really lean in to the answer of ‘how-can-I-best-be-of-service-to-the-world’. All this while enjoying warm hugs from my cup of hot coffee….
But today was different. Instead, here I sat, catching up on my DVR.
Nobody’s perfect, right? Even the most laser-focused, motivated, spiritual individual needs a bit of slack time… I mean, I’m right. Right??

There’s truly something to be said for unplugging from everyday stressors of life while zoning out to *well-scripted soap operas, fake-reality tv, ghost stories, ‘easy’ cooking/ DIY projects, retro game shows or awfully great 80’s movies. These can be some of life’s little gems that save our lives or at least our sanity at times.
Whatever you do, do not discount this laze-craze time bc look at what happened here for me today. In spite of me putting forth my best slacking efforts to good use this a.m., the guilt (perhaps?) of channel surfing actually led me to a realization… that this can actually be a form of self-love and self-care. Am I reaching here? NO, is my quick answer.

As long as your chillin-out activities follow these guidelines, I’ve found your motivation can and probably WILL reconnect with a quicker resurgence of power and will.
*Be gentle with yourself!
*Don’t judge the self-care packaging it comes in (bc let’s face it, it’s not always dressed up as a pedicure or a massage).
*Stop beating yourself up for every little thing you think you’re doing ‘wrong’.
*Be the fighting force that you are for your loved ones- befriend YOUR SELF.

Don’t you deserve some respite loving care? I believe you do! And so do I.

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