Morning or Evening
You’re one or the other…
You’re either one or the other. Some people (you know the type) wake up and jump out of bed, and it’s like they’ve stepped straight out of some fifties musical, ready for the day ahead, and anything it might bring.
Others will spend as long as possible in bed, probably hitting snooze multiple times, before they finally drag themselves out of bed and to the kitchen for their morning coffee, which they can’t function without.
Lately, I have worked out that I am most definitely a morning person. I like to get up and get going. That’s not to say that I haven’t hit the snooze button a few times, if I’m having a particularly interesting dream that I want to finish, but in general, I like to be up by 8am at the latest. A very rare ‘lie in’ for me, would stretch to 9am (partly due to dogs that demand breakfast).
In general, I get up at around eight, try to avoid being knocked down the stairs by starving dogs who haven’t yet grasped that if they do knock me down the stairs, will have to wait even longer for food.
Once downstairs, I feed them and let them out in the garden (being careful to remember to take of my spaniel’s panties, that she has to wear because of a hormonal issue which can sometimes cause incontinence). Then I can do things like brush my teeth, and take my medication. I don’t make coffee, because I don’t drink it. Or tea (I know, how do I live?!).
Then I get on the treadmill for a while, before grabbing a quick shower, and then getting dressed. After that, I spend some time with God, and my Bible, before doing some journalling and then I get down to working on my novel.
Usually, at about midday, the dogs are getting twitchy; more than ready for their walk, so we bundle them into the car and take them to the park, where we can let them have a good old run with their friends.
Then it’s home for lunch, followed by some artwork. Sometimes, this is personal, sometimes, it’s commissions. Either way, it is fun. And then, I get some time to do some crafting.
The thing is, I have tried numerous ways to structure my day, but this definitely seems to be the way that works for me. Sometimes life, or my mental health, gets in the way of this, but generally speaking, the structure of knowing what I need to do and when, actually improves my mood, as long as I can motivate myself enough to do it in the first place.
And so, having tried all these different ways, I have come to the conclusion that I am a morning person, and that there’s very little that I can do about it.
What about you? Are you a morning or an evening person? Hit me up in the comments and tell me about your routines.
Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.