Actually the sun is still in bed, but I am awake.
It is 6am. There is something wrong with this picture.
My new, early rising schedule is quite an adjustment.
Coffee is a precious gift. I now see that it is my best friend, and I have neglected to understand its true power for many years.
— Tracie Nall (@fromtracie) September 11, 2012
After proclaiming my love for coffee on twitter, connecting with some special friends who inspire me everyday (and getting some great advice from one of those friends about waking up early - apparently NOT going to bed at 2:30am is the first step to being an early riser) on facebook, and praying, I remind myself of my real reason to wake before the sun. Writing.
I have a stack of books and journals, waiting to be opened. This is why quiet, dark mornings were made. To sit in the mostly silent room and write, and write, and write. Morning Pages. Finding peace before the start of a busy day.
There will be writing all day. I will type emails, correct papers, and scrawl quick letter grades at the top of worksheets with Katarina dancing impatiently in front of me asking if there is a plus coming after the letter. I will leave comments on blog posts, update facebook, and send more emails. I will copy down phone numbers and messages, make a short shopping list for Thomas (first item: alarm clock. second item: more coffee.), and jot down some quick ideas for blog posts that may or may not end up on your screen.
But this morning writing? This will be the heart of my day. This morning writing is when I will grow, and challenge myself, and strive for more. This is the writing that will feed my soul. And that is something worth getting up early for, even if the sun is still asleep.
Are you an early morning writer?
Do you have any tips for a night owl who is becoming an early riser?