Thursday, August 30, 2012

Getting Up!! FAVES & Linkup a Day Late!!

I have always been an early riser but that doesn't mean it has been easy or that I don't have seasons where I have lagged in bed awhile longer, languishing in those comfy covers!! It makes such a difference to my day like nothing else and if I get up a bit later than usual I find myself 'chasing my day!'

i'm never going to get out of bed
Different ladies have differing energy or health levels, or maybe you are in a different season of your life.  Maybe you have a nursing baby or maybe your children have fledged the nest. You have to decide whether getting up to greet your day before the rest of your family is for you or not. But, stay with me!!

When my children were little, I had five young children between the ages of 1 and 6!! My baby woke me each morning with a gleeful smile jumping in his crib like it was a my bedroom!! 

Getting up at 7am is early to some, but I have found that the best time for me has been between five and six. My Quiet Time was cut short and exercising just wasn't a possibility when I got up later. If only through those early parenting years I had understood the importance of exercising to decrease the symptoms of PMS and regulate severe cramping. That's another post!!

I had a friend who encouraged me to get up at 5am!!!! At the time, my baby was a newborn. She wanted to call me at 5am each morning (yawn) for accountability. I never agreed to the phone call. Phone calls (talking THAT early?) can be inhibiting to life with a young family but I did take the challenge and started to get up at 5am or shortly afterwards, like around six.

Just simply getting out of bed starts a new habit. Whether you do anything or not once you are up isn't the point. No matter how low your goals are, you are successful by just changing ONE thing. Get out of bed!!

You may choose to get up at 7 or even 8, and that is just fine. We each have different schedule and physical needs. Just make sure you are not lingering in bed when you should be up and at 'em. I have been struggling with getting up early ever since the time changed a while back. That is why I thought it important to write this post. I too struggle with getting up at 5am but so do I struggle with 6am once my body adjusts to the later schedule. I am sure I would find it just as difficult to get up at 7!! Or 8!!

I'd like you to stop over at Inspired to Action and read the post that "inspired" me to share my thoughts on getting up. Kat has an e-book which she shares that might help you get yourself back into a routine as we look to a new season, a new year of homeschooling, or our children returning to school. 

It is important for me to keep to a schedule or there will be no purpose in my day!! There sure is!! And so there is for YOU TOO!! 

September is around the corner. Are you ready?? Schedules in place?? Do YOU have a daily routine??

FAVES from the Past Week:

I want to thank each and every one of you precious ladies for linking up with me this past (very past) week for WholeHearted-Home Wednesdays here at Haven of Rest. 

It was impossibly difficult to choose which posts to feature. They were all so I hope that you had time to pick even some of them. There were some real go back and read them if you haven't had time.

Gail over at Bible Love Notes wrote a wonderful post called: 

and gave a great list of 20 of the "little things" 
that make a marriage good!! 

Sarah, over at My Joy-Filled Life 
shared some really, really wonderful money saving ideas.
I hope you take the time to read them!!

10 Ways Our Big Family Saves Money

And now, for today's Linkup Party #7
WholeHearted Home Wednesdays!!!

Thank you to all who linked up with WholeHearted-Home-Wednesdays last week!!!! I was soo blessed reading all the posts that each of you ladies left. Please forgive me for being so late as to post on Thursday instead of Wednesday. I have been having a wonderful time with my husband, so there just hasn't been enough time.

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  1. Judith...I agree that setting a time to get every day is important to keeping your schedule. I am presently waking up 6:45 and getting up at 7:00 am.
    I exercise and do my bible study/prayer and that helps me be ready for my day. Thank you for the encouragement and for the link up. Blessings to you sweet friend.

  2. I need to think this through. I'm a late night person and get lots done in the evening. But, unfortunately, lately I've also been an early morning person. Burning the candle at both ends doesn't work.
    Thanks for the motivation to think through my schedule.
    And thank you for featuring my marriage post. I appreciate the encouragement.

    1. I have burned the candle at both ends for years. I don't know if I will keep this up once my husband retires and the kids are gone from home. What you might need to do might look different than what I still need to do because my husband won't retire for at least six years or so.

  3. Judith, I used to get up early because I had to be at work by 5AM and sometimes even 2AM. On the weekends I tried to not sleep in too late and felt bad sleeping past 8AM. But after having my daughter we have been sleeping late. She is night owl, and I am too. It's hard to say she has to go to bed when I don't want to either! :) Right now it's working for us. I do think the BEST sleep is between 5-7AM. Something about that time is super charge sleep for me.

  4. Hi Judith,
    Thank you for this post...I sure needed it since I'll be re-starting work next Tuesday and I'm struggling with having to get back to my "work-routine" and mindset. My boys started school this week, so that is helping me get back to the waking up early thing...but it is not being an easy feat : ) thanks again and Lord willing, next week won't be so hard.

  5. You are such a wonderful writer that I could feel myself transported to that place where you greeted your sweet baby each morning! What a great, timely post this is. I have so been struggling with my schedule and feel a master of nothing with the disarray. Thank you for the inspiration...and for a wonderful link up too!

    Blessings, Michelle

  6. Currently I'm getting up at 5:50. Thomas usually wakes up at 6:30. I have enough time to do my Bible study and get some blog stuff done before he is up. I'd like to get where I can do some exercise too. One step at a time.
    Thanks for linking up with WIP!


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