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How To Make a Morning Person

It’s 5:30am, and I’m sitting at my laptop in the corner of our family room. Coffee steams on the side table. My dog snores across the room.

dawn behind the maple tree

It is quiet.

I have never been a morning person. I also didn’t need quiet the way I do now. Being a parent has driven me to seek out quiet wherever I can find it. Right now, it means setting my coffee pot and my alarm clock for 5am.

I get  two, read that, TWO HOURS, of precious blissful quiet when I crawl out of bed at 5am. I crave it so much that I’m willing to give up sleep, which was the thing I valued most during my first ten years of motherhood.

I need the quiet to settle, to think ideas through without being interrupted by a sibling argument or another version of the same request I responded to seconds ago. This time to myself keeps me sane.



Writing prompt “Quiet” from Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday

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  1. It is exactly for this reason that I get up early too. It has become my “me” time when I can reflect/exercise/blog uninterrupted. A time when my thoughts can flow and I can find the energy to keep my patience to answer all those daily requests.

  2. yes, this is me, too. people ask why i get up so insanely early. my answer: to keep me sane. without that time, i don’t know what kind of human i could possibly be 🙂
    happy friday!

  3. I get this and I understand wanting to give up sleep…lovely post. I found you at 5 minute Friday.


  4. Good post.

  5. Oh I got back and forth on this one. I want to get up early and do this, but I just can’t seem to make myself consistently.

  6. I love this, Joy. It gives me hope. I despair at ever being able to wake up early – or worse, waking up a small child with me thus negating the point. But I feel a gentle tug in my soul toward this, and I’m sitting on the edge of the dock, waiting to jump.

  7. I am not a morning person. But I do love a beautiful sunrise and the freshness of the early morning!

    PS Joy you have a beautiful yard!

  8. Oh, I need the “quiet to settle”, too!
    How I relate…

  9. Truth. That morning time is so important. The other thing that helps me stay sane is snuggle time with my Honey. His work schedule changed recently, so he’s sleeping later than he used to, and I’m finding it impossible to get out of the warm bed and have those morning hours to myself. Not such a terrible problem, as problems go, but by the end of the day, my introverted self is begging me to be alooooone for awhile! 🙂

  10. I have never been a morning person either- which is why my post was about night 🙂 Still the same difference though-whether it be the quiet of the night or the morning. I think getting up early for some peace sounds like a good plan! P.S. I was reading your about page and saw it mentioned the great lakes. Do you live in MI? Just wondered because that is where I am at 🙂

  11. Oh shoot – I was hoping you’d tell me how to make *me* into a morning person. 😉

    I need the quiet time but I crave the sleep more.