Are you a morning person? If your answer is “Yes” then you are one of the 55% of Americans who consider themselves to be morning people. These people are said to make more money, be more productive, be healthier and live longer. Sounds like some pretty good reasons to get up a little earlier. That being said, I find myself in the other 45%. I’m not a morning person. In fact, I’m not even a night person. I consider myself a middle of the day gal—my peak productive hours being from 9 to 5.
Whether or not you are up at sunrise, we all can struggle with starting our days with energy and excitement. If you are ready to make a change and get your day off to an extraordinary start, then join me as I take this challenge right along with you!
5 Fun Ways to Start an Extraordinary Day!
Wake-up with the Light: When I was a little girl my cheery morning person Dad used to wake me up by opening my blinds. A simple act, but inviting the light did something to spark a happier mood. Studies show that the brain chemical serotonin is at its lowest levels on dark days, so do your best to invite the light in creative ways through home lighting and décor. And if you live in the Northwest, take some vitamin D!
Wake-up with a Song: Do you wake up with a song on your lips? (My Dad does!) If not, try putting together a playlist of music that puts a smile on your face and lifts your spirits. This will be as unique as the person making it. Vivaldi for one and U2 for another and maybe a little bit of both for me! During a particularly hard time my husband made this song his alarm: A little corny music and the whole family couldn’t help but smile. I’m making a new playlist – what’s on yours?
Wake-up with Mercy: It’s pretty easy to receive mercy. In fact, we almost expect it. When we hurt someone we think, “Well, I didn’t intend to hurt them. Surely they should have mercy.” But when the roles are reversed we are quick to assume the worst. Let’s give the same kind of mercy that the Lord has given us: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Wake-up with Laughter: This is a reach for those of us who are wondering what it would feel like to jump out of bed with a smile on our face and a spring in our step! Nevertheless, what we focus on changes our lives. If our focus is on everything that is going wrong, our problems seem to expand. On the other hand, if we focus on the humor in our situations, then our problems can take a backseat to our joy.
Wake-up with a Promise: We don’t often think about it, but each day holds promise: the reason to expect something. When we know Christ, we have a promise and a hope—not only for eternity, but for an abundant life here and now. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10b (NKJV) This doesn’t mean a life without problems! The Greek definition of “abundantly” is a life that is: full, over and above, extraordinary and uncommon. We can live an uncommon life when we live with promise.
Won’t you join me in living an intentional life? Let’s be creative and take back our mornings!
What ways have you begun to live an extraordinary life?