I am committed to becoming an early riser.
That's why I have been writing about mornings for an entire month in the Making Better Mornings Series.
Every day since July 2, I have recorded a short video of myself at 5:30AM EST.
There is little glory in my look, but there is triumph in my rising. My hair is matted, my skin beyond pale. But I am awake.
I am going to keep going. All year.
And I've turned this into an experiment/solidarity program.
I spent the first 14 days speaking in very short one to six minute videos about why it is so essential to wake up to do something that you love. It's the first step to just waking up.
I know that I have wrestled away more moments out of the last 21 days than the 21 before that. And I attribute this to getting up ahead of the hurry so that I can live before I start to work.
I feel so expanded. I feel as though I found a different day, slotted in between all the others, and it starts every morning with the sunrise.
I am not stopping. There is freedom in this unsettling routine.
And I would love to have company.
There is no special start time, you can begin whenever you want. There is no cost. And it doesn't have to be 5:30AM as your rising goal time. You can choose 6:30AM or 7:00AM, depending on when you begin your workday. Don't let it be too late though, because the morning has this secret club of happiness and I would hate for you to miss it.
Through short videos, this is what we talk about for the first 21 days:
- I share a little more about me, and why getting up in the morning is like my holy grail.
- A one-sentence way to do set yourself up for success in the morning.
- Why knowing our purpose, our 'why', can help get us out of bed to do what we love.
- How giving yourself the gift of calm, time and space in the morning is an act of radical self-respect.
- How one epically terrible morning shouldn't ruin your opinion of mornings altogether.
- Why doing something that you love, over and over again, is the best way to realize that you're capable and good.
- How to trouble shoot nights with only 5 hours or less of sleep.
- What happens when you make time for your loved ones in the morning.
- Changes in your stress hormones that make it easier to work-out in the morning and do something you love when you get up.
- Avoiding your cell phone the moment your eyes open.
- Transforming your day by spending time doing what you love.
- Being results-oriented is easier in the morning.
- How creativity is for anyone with a problem to solve.
- Checking in at the two week mark: How have things transformed?
- CREATIVITY: Taking an inventory of your skills.
- MINDFULNESS: What is mindfulness, actually?
- MOVEMENT: The most simple thing ever when it comes to movement.
- NOURISHMENT: The difference between primary food and secondary food.
- BEAUTY: My beauty philosophy.
- CREATIVITY: Becoming an artist in the morning.
- MINDFULNESS: A technique to manage anger in the moment.
Consider me your free accountability partner in making early rising a part of who you are. Together, we will plan to move, create, meditate, discuss, drink coffee, groom, eat, drink coffee (I am not a tea person, but you can go for it) and generally go for a big, intentional, deepened life. Together.