Well hello there! I haven’t posted in a hot minute, and I am so bummed about it! February and March turned out to be complete insanity in this house. Three different rounds of sickness, teaching and grading, Valentine’s parties, birthday parties, books, raises (congrats to my Hubs!), mala making, yoga, fillings and a root canal- it. Has. Been. Nuts.
But I’m back, and more excited about this little corner of the internet than ever before! I am full of fresh ideas and plans, and Balancing Imbalance even got its own Happy Planner. That’s how you know I’m serious- I bought a new planner just for planning out blog posts and tasks for my new Etsy shop! Details on that are coming soon- specifically next Friday- and you don’t want to miss it! It all starts with a giveaway….
I love the spring. It is full of opportunity and fresh beginnings. And for this fresh blogging start, I want to tell you about something that has changed my life in the best way: Five o’clock, AM.
Before I start telling you about 5 AM, I want to make sure something is clear: I am NOT a morning person by nature. I have never been the kind of person who pops out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, ready to go. Honestly, I don’t know anyone diagnosed with ADD who is naturally a morning person. Total speculation here, but I think chemical imbalance makes waking up extra hard. The point I’m trying to make here, is that early mornings are not something I am naturally good at- but I believe anyone can get good at it, with the right frame of mind.
For three years in a row, I started January first with grand ideas of waking up at 5 or 6 am, so I could have extra time- something that is always elusive, but damned near impossible when you have kids. Every year I told myself “This is the year my house is going to get organized, because I’m going to get up extra early every morning to clean!” And every year, guess what didn’t happen. I didn’t get up early, and my house definitely did not get organized.
But this year, sometime in February, I took a really good look at myself and what my soul needed. I knew I wanted more time- but why? Yes, my house certainly could use some extra hours of cleaning, but what did my soul need? When I sat quietly and allowed myself to answer the question honestly, the answer was clear: creativity. My heart and soul needed more time to be creative. So I started setting my alarm for 5 am again, with only one promise for those extra hours: to do whatever I wanted with them.
Since making myself that promise, I have listened to four books (one of them was Stephen King’s IT, which is a 44 hour book all by itself), finished four coloring projects, made 3 new malas, and had the pleasure of enjoying my own company. It has become one of the best things in my life! Instead of dragging myself out of bed with only 30 minutes to throw on clothes and get to whatever commitment I have that day, I happily make my way out of bed around 5:15am. I have a quiet breakfast and catch up on my emails and social media, then I have 2-3 hours of creative time. The result is a contentment that spreads throughout my day and most aspects of my life. I find my commitments to be less of a drag, because every day, no matter what, I’ve already had time for fun. It has been an absolute gift to my mental well-being!
I know 5AM sounds dreadful, but if you give yourself the gift of down time, you may be surprised at how easy early waking becomes. You may find yourself hopping out of bed excited for the sunrise. You may find yourself feeling more confident, because you have time to choose your outfit carefully and fix your hair instead of throwing into another mom-bun. You might notice some weight loss because you’re eating a real breakfast instead of shoving pop tarts down your throat while you drive like a maniac in 8am traffic. You might actually start crossing some of those books off your to-read list!
Or, maybe it’s not for you, and that’s ok too. But if you’ve been longing for some extra time, for those mystical hours in which people are able to do something for themselves instead of their family, 5 am might be the right time for you!
What are your morning rituals? I love connecting with people and hearing about their lives during those first secret hours of the day! And as always, if you have any questions, I’d love to answer!
Talk soon! Thanks for reading! I’m so happy to be back, exploring this crazy life with all of you.
From my light to yours- Namaste.
PS: See below for some of the projects I've finished during the wee hours of the day!