Morning is definitely my time. It’s the time of day I’m most creative and productive; my mind is the most open to receiving ideas and making plans. My mom has forever gotten up before the sun and had her morning coffee, in the dark, and called it her quiet time. It’s a chance to think all the thoughts that need thinking, to organize her day, to consider the days and tasks to come. I love the idea of quiet time but the execution is where I falter. It’s truly a shame that I love sleep too much to actually take advantage of it before heading in to start my actual job at 7:30 am.
Nevertheless, I start every day feeling like Gwyneth Paltrow. Why GP? To me, she is the pinnacle of all the things: mother, entrepreneur, brand, woman. Some people choose Beyonce – who is also incredibly fierce – GP just aligns more with things I could actually accomplish (my dance moves are outdated and I’m not really the Queen of anything). In the morning, I feel like there really is nothing I can’t do. Write a cookbook? Okay. Three? Sure. Workout for two hours? Easy. Organize my home and life? Done. Start a successful business and brand? Pssshhh…I got this.
I’m writing this blog because of the things that happen the rest of the day. Throughout the reminder of the day I’m met with little obstacles meant to diminish my GP-ness. These are things as simple as doughnuts in the next cube and as complex as laziness or lack of motivation. Each obstacle I meet, I make the active decision to let it defeat me or not. Though, until now, I didn’t really think of it in those terms because I didn’t really think of it at all. Now it’s all I think about.
I’m going to try to work with the potential and promise I feel in the mornings because it seems a shame to waste it. Even now, there are sticky notes all over my desk; lists I’ve made in my Moleskine (with sticky notes on those lists); there are blog ideas and lofty dreams being dreamed in my head; there are mental vacations being planned and dinner ideas floating around. I think that’s how my creative side works: ideas will meander in my brain, waiting to be found and focused on. Waiting to be brought to fruition. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start waking up earlier to make my lists over some coffee?