I beat the sun to rise this morning. I filled my room with lit candles, Sarah McLachlan & Cyndi Lauper float in and out of my attention and Mother Mary holds a peace lily on her back.
So peaceful, this morning. The best way to set the tone for the day.
I remember someone telling me that the way you wake up is the way you spend your day. I thought about that. Usually I push my alarm to the last minute, just trying to squeeze every last second of shut-eye possible before getting out of my cozy bed and into the day.
What tone does this set? Avoiding everything uncomfortable and pushing beginnings to the last second. I don’t think I want to have my days filled with the phrase “five more minutes”. No thank you. More like “right now”. I know they say patience is a virtue. But we don’t have many hours in our life. I would rather be awake then asleep.
But sometimes. . . sometimes that pillow is so soft and the bed is so warm. And then add a warm body behind you?
Oof. Those are the days when the tone is set to Dusty Springfield and already established lights on your face.
I like those days the best.

Add yours Comments – 15

  • Zsolti

    on November 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    The discovery of a brand new day is the finest first experience ever! Altough I often use the “five more minutes” option, I am able to wake up immediately. And fresh start? My favourite tee, ah, I love that!

  • Bárbara Costa Matos

    on November 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Allison, Miss seeing you on TV. Come spend the holidays in Brazil.

  • Aysha

    on November 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Not so much a morning person. I am the individual who will reset the alarm after snoozing it so that I can sleep another 10 minutes, or God forbid, another half hour or even an hour. My sleep self is a rather stubborn-hearted child who will only do what she wills to do, no compromises.

    When I am fully awake, I laugh at my sleepy antics and the ways in which I make deals with my awake self in order to catch a few z’s.

    I don’t personally think how one wakes up completely sets the tone for the rest of the day. It can, if you let it. But, I have read that there have been ways one can condition oneself to wake up right away after the alarm buzzes. I may benefit from that! lol

    I’m more of a night owl so the morning is a dreaded necessary evil. But, once the late morning kicks in, it is smooth sailing for me.

    The warm bed is hard to resist, I agree.

  • Gdubleyoo

    on November 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Toothpaste kisses and Dusty Springfield – definitely a day to phone in sick

  • maldwyn

    on November 8, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I find, sleep eludes me a lot of the time. If i go to bed at 10:30 or 11’o’clock, i’m awake by 03:30am, this is how i manage to be on twitter when all of you across the pond are on. So, i’m very pleased for you, that you can sleep soundly and have to work at attending to the alarm. I wish you lots of comfort, whether you’re awake or asleep.

  • Luis

    on November 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

    You make me smile remembering myself!!! 🙂

  • Stooge

    on November 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I also recommend starting your day off with Iggy and the Stooges. High octane that energy drinks wish they could provide.

  • mjay

    on November 9, 2012 at 5:55 am

    “Add a warm body behind u…” whooooo.. aint u hot

  • youthfulone92

    on November 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    this is so true…. the amount if times I have felt like

    when I go to bed at 10 or 11 I usually wake up around 3am, it feels
    amazing like I’m the only persons awake for miles. I feel so much happier
    because in a sense everything is on my terms. I find that when I live like this I am so much
    more motivated to do everything and much, much happier. Rather than living in a
    procrastination mode of putting everything off.

  • fan

    on November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What became of the Marilyn movie? The trailer looked so good. If you have any say in it, how about a new title? One that says something, Marilyn gives an impression of MMonroe, even if that’s in the movie, not a good sell. Love your acting, and you’re hot…. Not in a creepy way, okay sort of creepy, but not stalky way. 🙂

  • Rob in Dallas

    on November 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I started my day with tevo-ed reruns of season 2, the episode where Chloe and Pete get bitten by a parasite. That “Tootsie-Pop scene was…inspiring.

  • Jhovanny

    on November 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

    so inspiring… 🙂

  • Laura

    on November 13, 2012 at 12:31 am

    My story isn’t about this post but the only way I can write to you is by commenting on a post. I don’t know what your beliefs are and when I tell you I hope I don’t sound a little wack-a-doodle but I’d like to share it with you anyway.
    When I was 4 years old I used live with my mum in a small unit. I used to see a little girl crying by mum’s bedroom window but when I told mum where she was, she’d dissapear. She never frightened me and she never spoke to me until now. I’ve been having dreams about her and because I don’t remember her I never see her face. I had the same dream two nights in a row. On the third night I dreamt of her crying by my bedroom window in the house I am in now. When I try to forget about it I have the dream again. I’m telling you this story because you seem to have a very open mind. What do you think this means?

  • david

    on November 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am always caught between two totally different worlds when it comes to sleeping, and being awake. Not to mention that my schedule has me up all morning, and sleeping all day. (graveyard shift). The interesting part is that when i dream i not only remember them, but they are so vivid as though i am living another life within them.

  • Jerusha Joanne Saldana

    on August 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughtswith us, Allison. I believe in the power of visual reminders and reaffirmations. After seeing your photo of Mary, I have relocated a statue that has special meaning to me in front of a giant peacelily I have in the entrance of my bedroom. Thank you for the inspiration!