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finding your inner “morning person”

17 Feb

I really wish I were a morning person.

Seriously, how do people DO that?! I just don’t understand it… mostly because I like LOVE to sleep! Perhaps it’s because my bed is so awesome? It’s super-comfortable. It has squishy pillows that are not too full and not too flat. It has an ah-maaazing comforter (because lets be serious—turning the air down when you sleep so you can be all snuggly and warm under your big fluffy comforter = HEAVEN).  Yep, it is quite a well-rounded bed of awesomeness. But surely there are plenty of morning people out there with beds almost as awesome as mine, right?

I don’t know what it is about sleep, I just love it. And it loves me. I’ve never had a problem with it. We never fight. Insomnia– what’s that? I could sleep anytime, anywhere, all day long, all night long, doesn’t matter. Naps are another story though.  Naps make me cranky because they are the lesser form of sleep. You have to wake up from naps, because you only had time for a nap, and that sucks. It’s the waking up that sucks. Or well, the waking up to an ALARM that sucks.

We non-morning people hate alarms. But the alarm, in itself, is not the true villain here (although I usually treat it as such). The true morning-enemy is the mind. The brain. The head-games. The first thought AFTER the alarm goes off. It’s the knowing you have to stop sleeping because you have other things you HAVE to do at this ridiculously early moment in time. It’s the being interrupted from an awesome dream that you will NEVER know the ending to (am I right??) It’s the reality that begins to sink in of to-do lists and deadlines and overwhelming feelings of overwhelmed-ness. It’s the start. The beginning. The first move. The hardest part.

And that is life, isn’t it?

The first step is always the hardest. The first movement in the right direction… it just takes SO MUCH ENERGY!

You can talk talk talk all you want about how you have decided to do this or that, but the toughest part is to actually advance with the next move, next step, next words. To actually DO what you have decided to do.

From a non-morning person view, I think it is much like setting your alarm before you go to bed. You make some decisions for tomorrow. You have all these grand ideas and great intentions about what the next day will hold, and you’ve calculated just the right time to set in order to achieve said goals. But when morning comes, reality sets in, and it is UG-LY (sometimes in more ways than one, if you know what I’m sayin). In the morning light, all those impressive plans for the day look more like obligations and impossible nauseating tasks. You practically forget that it was you yourself who thought this whole waking-up-early-thing was a good plan to begin with. What were you thinking?! An evil version of you must have taken over last night, because there is NO WAY you would have agreed to wake up to blaring alarm noises and 6:00AM blinking lights. What a horrible idea.

That is just the mindset of a non-morning person I guess.

But maybe we are all trapped in a mind-game with ourselves. We may have the best intentions, the greatest aspirations, the most worthy goals, and yet we are our own worst enemies – we drag ourselves down – we beat ourselves up – we keep ourselves from reaching our own objectives. We forget whose side we are on, and we begin to fight ourselves!  We have the desire to accomplish great things, and yet we also have the desire for comfort and ease. What a predicament.

I admire morning people. They are DO-ers. When they wake up, they immediately get up and begin the journey to do what they had planned to do.  And they are happy about it. They have a positive outlook on mornings, taking in the beauty of it all, while the rest of us couldn’t care less about seeing a sunrise… unless we happened to still be awake by then. They get things done – they mark at least 8 items off their list before noon! Their “do-ing” comes so naturally… with ease, with finesse, with a smile. Because they are morning people. It’s just who they are.

So maybe we can’t all be morning people, but perhaps we can have a “morning person” outlook on life. To be positive in the face of feeling overwhelmed. To have perseverance to fight against the desire to take the easy road. To appreciate the quiet, beautiful moments. To be defined by our consistency, optimism, and fresh perspectives on life and the days ahead. To be DO-ers.

Is it possible that we all have a little “morning person” in us somewhere?

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:19-25)

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Un-Pimp ze Attitude

10 Oct

Help! Im drowning in the sea of Strategic Finance!! Its true. I very much do not like this class. Very much. Buh. Its the worst. In fact, it may be my least favorite class ever (no offense to you smartie pants out there who actually like/understand financial hooplah – also, WHY?!?) To quote the Plain White T’s: “Hate is a strong word, but I really really really don’t like you.” So boo on you, Finance class! *spit on the ground*

That’s right. Im complaining about school again. Don’t act like youre not used to it by now. You know youve missed hearing about my awesome procrastination skills and how much I loathe studying. Yes. You have missed it. I can tell.

But I shall say no more of that dreaded “F” word (for now) because, quite honestly, it depresses me. And I do not want to be depressy anymore. And I do not want to bore you with such depressy things. Thanks, but no thanks, Debbie Downer.

Instead, I shall try to tell you of more interesting and exciting and happy things, such as my new boyfriend, or my new haircut, or my new love of those salt and vinegar chips that come in that purple bag (SO yum!)

But srsly. I apologize for my bloggy absence. Things have been crazy / hectic / busy blah blah excuses excuses. Life happens. You know how it is.

So, in order to silence the silence (yeah, that’s right) I have decided to blog. Right now.

However, those of you who are still reading this may have noticed by now that I do not, in fact, have anything of importance to blog about. Well, to that I say, you are quite right. How very observant. But lets focus on the important things here. And the important thing here is that I am even blogging at all. For you. Whoever you are. Yes, a new blog has come. So just embrace it.

All this talk of being busy and doing crappy schoolwork and being in depressy moods has got me thinking lots of thoughts about attitude. I mean, if you think about it, attitude is actually really powerful. Like, really really powerful. It can change everything! It practically controls your mood – which in turn controls your whole outlook on the things that happen to/around you (life). Your whole day could be either completely ruined or completely awesome based solely on your attitude… your viewpoint… your perception.

So yeah, attitude. Lately, mine has been sucking. And while I can easily justify all the reasons for it, Id rather not. Id rather just stop.

Is that possible?

(haha that reminds me of this commercial from a while back that my friends and I used to quote all the time… “its definitely sucking”) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCIF6JF1O5U

and here’s 2 more bc I think they’re all awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgEvy60bZYI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuC6jeKjTdg&NR=1

Maybe instead of un-pimping your auto, you should un-pimp your attitude. Corny tie-in, I know, I know, but I just thought about it, and it works! I mean, come on, its the same thing! Replace your ridiculous, sucky attitude with an awesome one. V-Dub in the house… Oh Snap!

You are the only one who can change your own attitude. You can change your outlook on life, the way you see things, the position you take. Each morning is new. Each minute is new. A new chance to literally count your blessings, and start over with a fresh take on life. And you don’t have to wait to start over. It’s a choice you can make anytime, anywhere. A choice to gain a little perspective.

Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities. – (Anonymous)

And that’s the heart of it. A sucky attitude is LIMITING! IT LIMITS YOU. It constrains you, holds you back from accomplishing all that you can. It skews your vision and causes you to see opportunities as hardships and obstacles to be avoided rather than a challenge that can be utilized to your advantage. We should be going for it! All in! Go big or go home. Don’t you want to live life to the fullest? To seize every moment and every opportunity to grow and become all you were meant to be? To live a life of joy and excitement rather than mundane and ordinary?

Confession: I so much want to be so much more than I currently am.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.  – (William James)

Its crazy to think we have the power to alter the course of our lives. Yes? Im not saying attitude adjustment is easy, Im just saying its worth it.

The interesting thing about changing attitude and perspective is how different it can be from one minute to the next, once you introduce a little more information. I mean, you think one way about something, and then you learn a little more about it, and it totally changes the way you were just thinking, almost instantly sometimes.

I recently started working in an insurance office, and there is a huge picture of the sinking Titanic on the wall. Its all beautiful and tragic and whatnot. And at first, I thought “How horrible! People are coming in to pay bills and are upset about money and all their other financial troubles (especially in this economy), and they look up and see the sinking Titanic?! Doesn’t that just scream ‘all hope is lost!’?” But then, today, I heard the real purpose for the picture (yes, there actually was one). It is used as a sot of visual tool. Nobody thought the Titanic would sink. It was referred to as “the unsinkable ship” –that God himself could not sink! And yet it did. You never think bad things are going to happen to you, or know when they will – all you can do is be as prepared as possible. And then, there was an instant shift in my perspective. My attitude was no longer slightly offended and depressed, but future-thinking and hopeful. You can choose to see a sinking ship or you can choose to see a lesson to be learned. Lost hope or found hope. It’s all about perspective. And perspective is powerful because it directly influences attitude.

Its usually once you know the whole truth that you begin to really understand and are “set free” as the Bible says. Our attitudes can so easily be the outcomes of our jumping-to-conclusions and assumptions (and we all know what happens when you assume… “you make an ass out of u and me!”) So really, seeking the truth in all situations kind of overlaps this whole attitude idea, because if you seek the truth, seek to understand and get to the core of things, then it changes your view of those things.

And the truth is, that you and I are blessed. Incredibly, ridiculously, abundantly blessed. Blessed above and beyond what we deserve. Im serious. Just look at the world around you. There is an abundance of good and wonderful things in your own personal life. Yes, there is. And when you start to literally count those blessings, its hard to be all depressy. In fact, its hard not to be grateful and overwhelmed with the love that flows freely and constantly from God to His children.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes. – (Swindoll)

It’s a choice, every day. One that we have to make a conscious effort to make. Every. Day. Sometimes twice a day. Sometimes 10+ times a day. But I promise you, when you refocus on whats truly important, remember how very blessed you are, and allow your attitude to reflect the joy that Christ has given you, the Love that lives inside, you wont regret it. (I need to remind myself of this more often.)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Each day is a gift. And today is really all we have.

Time to un-pimp ze attitude. (hehe)