For as long as I can remember, I've always been a morning person.
This is mostly due to the fact that both of my parents are morning people (my dad still gets up in the morning super early – at three thirty AM in fact. Wow. I know..)
Even though I've definitely got the genes of an early riser, I'm not going to tell you to be one.
What I've learned over the years, through living with three sisters, and then roommates, and later on my boyfriend (now my husband), to living today with three kids – two of which are now teenagers...
Is that each of us are born with (to take a word from my Ayurvedic training) a basic constitution.
Some of us are early birds, some are night owls, and some of us are somewhere in between –
But no matter how difficult or easy it is for you to get up early and rise with the sun – it's vital to take some time for yourself each day when you do rise – to just...
Before the distractions start heading in
Before you check your email or Facebook
Before your kids start needing this or that from you
Before you start that project or head off to work
Here's the really cool thing:
It doesn't take much time at all.
Plus...and here's where I see most people ruin it up for themselves:
Whatever you choose – it must be what you ACTUALLY want.
Not what some guru told you to do
Not what someone else wants you to do
And especially not what you "think" you should do...
It needs just two ingredients:
1. It has to simple.
2. It has to be something you look forward to.
Then, all you have to do is just show up for YOU first, at the start of each brand new day.
Then you can be truly show up and be present for everything and everyone else..
The projects you are sharing with the world
The new ideas you're ready to try on for size
Your babies and kiddos
Your partner in this life
Your awesome friends
And in the words of one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Start the day off right.