Early to Rise Challenge…Take Control

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Take Control of Your Morning,

I really didn’t feel like getting up this morning. I didn’t have a very restful night of sleep and when it was time to get up my head hurt and I felt exhausted. So I knew I had a choice to roll over or just do it and get up. I chose to get up. Why you might ask? Well because I remember how wonderful it was to be up by myself on Friday. So I got up and got dressed. I forgot to slip on my slippers but I just started to move.

As I looked out the window to the east I was greeted with a wonderful sunrise with such beautiful colors. After admiring the sunrise I settled in and I read through days 2-4 to get caught up as I am not doing the challenge over the weekends. I think the Sleep Cycle app sounds interesting and I will have to take a look at it. I also liked the chapter about are you being selfish. I think sometimes I feel I don’t have enough time to do the things I want to do because I have so much to do for others. By getting up early I am making my own time to do the things I want to do.

Todays reading on being in control I really liked. I had never really thought about how much time I do spend thinking or taking about things that are beyond my control. And then I do nothing about things that are within my control.

So today I took control of my day and got up early to spend some time writing and getting a few things done. In just a few minutes of being up I started to feel better. My head cleared and didn’t hurt anymore. I am so happy I took control this morning and chose to get up and start my day early. I only wish I wouldn’t have forgotten my slippers upstairs next to the bed.

I used to do a better job, the night before, in making my plan for the day. I have fallen out of the habit of planning my day the night before and getting things ready for the next day. I will need to start that habit again. I think it will make my day go so much smoother.

Here is what time I got up today,

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Did you wake up early today?




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4 thoughts on “Early to Rise Challenge…Take Control”

  1. Hi Shelly! I loved this post. I’m so glad you made the choice to get up and spend time doing things for yourself. I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been actually getting up earlier, too! It’s wonderful to have peace and quiet and time to think and write a blog post I’m behind on (lol!).

    I’m so glad you are participating in the challenge to get up early. I *think* I’m finally in the stage of life where I can start doing this again and make it stick. I haven’t been able to get up before my kids on a consistent basis since I was pregnant with baby number five. But I’m encouraged that I’ve been making progress lately. I’m glad to be able to follow your progress in this, Shelly.

    1. I have always been one to get up with my husband and get the kids up at the same time and we start our day. We are up each day at the same time. But since starting this challenge and getting up just a little bit before my family has made a big difference. I love the quietness of the house.

      I am glad to hear you are making progress with getting up early too. I never knew how great it could be to be up without anyone else. That’s what helped me make the choice to just get up this morning, remembering the quiet of that first day. 🙂

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