I started today early, just my puppy and me. A one-hour walk as the sun came up.
And I feel fantastic.
Just a walk. Alone. Without my kids to negotiate just-a-few-more-blocks with, without Pete to hold hands and talk with, without the trick-kite-flying gig that is walking two dogs at once. Withouth distraction.
Just me. And Olive. And the songbirds.
My days have been getting away from me lately. Somehow I look up every afternoon and it's four PM and I still haven't hung the laundry, if washed it even. And the sink is full of dishes and there are books everywhere and… well, you get the idea.
I needed – and wanted – to restart my daily rhythm. To find my groove again. Early seemed like the place to start.
Also, I've been feeling lately a serious lack of time for me. At night I'm too tired to make it quality. So I found it in the morning.
I set my alarm for 4:45. (Okay, typing that I now see that that looks insane. But it didn't feel insane. As you know, I don't have a baby waking me to nurse at night anymore, so please if you have a little one don't even think about it. Get all the sleep you can. I've been falling asleep with my kids before 9 for the past week, and every Saturday I get up at 3:45 for the farmer's market. If I haven't set an earlier sleep-wake cycle that is completely insane.)
Olive and I walked through the small town quiet that is the early morning. Through the dew the birdsong and the chill damp air, the rest of our town asleep. We went to a woods where I let Olive run off leash. Bliss. For us both.
She is asleep again at my feet as I type. But me, I'm energized.
What a change it made just to get my heart pumping and my body moving and my head cleared first thing. I feel fantastic. (Is this why other people exercise?)
I could make a habit of this.
And now I hear the patter of feet beginning to move around the house. Looks like day has begun for at least one of my loves.
And so the day begins.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I'll have a guest post up over on Whip Up tomorrow (Saturday), discussing my creative process. Take a look if you are interested.