Becoming a Morning Person

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If I can become a morning person, anyone can! If you read this previous post, then you already know how much I love sleep. I never thought (before I had kids) that I could be the type of person who wakes up before dawn, especially when the option to hit snooze is still there. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will never fully be a morning person. I just love sleep way too much. Getting out of my warm, cozy bed while it’s still dark outside breaks my heart a little. But with a full time job, and two small children, it is one of the better ways to find balance.

First…

You’ll have to start going to bed earlier. This was really hard for me at first because after the kids go to bed is my only time to veg, hang out with Dean, watch Netflix, wash dishes, put away laundry, etc. But after a few 5:00 am wake ups, your body will be craving bed vs. Netflix much earlier. It only took me two days of waking up an hour early for my body to adjust, and for me to be ready for bed an hour earlier. I had to give up my Netflix watching but honestly, I should probably give up some screen time anyway. I aim to get in bed around 9:00 pm, and then read for a half hour. By then I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. It’s important to go to sleep when you hit this point, and not try to power through it, no matter how good your book is! Then you’ll hit “over tired”, and you’ll actually have trouble sleeping. So get those chores done early, and be ready to relax at least a half hour before you close your eyes. Easier said than done, I know.

Next…

Set a few different alarms for a few different times. I’m not kidding. I set three, each five minutes apart. The first alarm wakes me up. I don’t get up but I become aware that I need to get up soon so I don’t fully fall back to sleep. By the time the second alarm goes off, I’m a little more awake, and start waiting for the third alarm. By the time that one goes off, I’m usually ready to get up. Usually. 😉

Then…

Plan your time wisely. Make sure everything is set out and ready to go. For me, it’s working out so I make sure my clothes are laid out, and that I have an extra water bottle and small snack in my purse ready to go.

Last…

Remind yourself of why you are waking up early. Is to workout? That’s what it is for me. Tell yourself why it is important. There are mornings where I really need to convince myself to get out of bed. It really is a daily struggle. But then I think of all the things I have to do later in the day, and know that if I don’t get up now, my workout will not happen. Plus, I’m not sacrificing any time with the kids.

Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear your tips!

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I don’t know about you, but this winter has sucked every ounce of life from my soul. In the last six weeks, our household has been hit with the Norovirus, Bronchitis, ear infections, random, no-named cold and fever viruses, and now, Influenza A. And it’s only the beginning of February. I am ready to pack up and move to warmer climates, and that is something that this homebody doesn’t say often. In fact, as I write this post, I’m pretty sure I am coming down with the “I got the flu shot” version of the flu. I mean, that’s what happens when you sleep next to your sick kiddo. #momlife

Any who, I’ve worn this outfit pictured almost too many times to admit. It transitions so well from gym to street. You can easily get away running errands in it, or even out to a casual brunch. I wore it to the gym on Thursday, and then to dinner afterwards. I spent the weekend in it (I did wash it 😉 ) since I was cooped up nursing a sick kid, and it is super cozy. This fleece is so warm, and it is roomy enough that you can layer it.

I am also AH-bsessed with my new shoes. I bought them to be just a casual shoe but they are so comfortable that I can definitely run in them. And how cute is the pink color for spring? They come in about 8 different colors if pink isn’t your thing. I love the gray ones as well.

Are you over this winter like me?

What are you doing to combat the winter blues?