It's 3:50 am. I receive at text. It reads: "Write on, girl!"
I smile and text back, "Run, Lou. Run." And then I start the coffee. I have one of those Keurig machines that brews one cup at a time. Best. Invention. Ever. Green Mountain Hazelnut is my current flavor of choice. By the time I have a glass of water and the machine produces the last gurgle and spit into my cup, I am awake.
Even if you love your morning cup of Joe as much as I do, you may be wondering, "Why were you swapping texts at that hour? Why are you even up?"
In the comment thread yesterday, Lou said he heads to the gym every morning at 4am. (Even on weekends? I'm not 100% clear on that. But my guess is yes.) He added, "I wish I had a workout partner sometimes to keep me company, but that would imply there is another CWAZZY person around here that likes to work out at 4 am."
I don't like to work out that early in the day, but I do like to write. And from Lou's comment sprouted a cwazzy idea (mine) to swap texts as we're beginning our morning routines. A virtual wave. A mutual display of good vibes and encouragement.
I've tried it many ways, but I keep coming back to the fact that I love to write in the morning when the house is quiet. Before my day "officially" begins and my brain and energy shift to other things. To support this effort, I Googled "how to write in the morning," and I found this post by Leo Babauta. (Laugh all you want. A few days ago, I Googled "how to arrange a living room with a fireplace in the middle of the big wall." Found my answer.) Babauta also writes about the benefits of rising early and offers practical tips on how to make it through the day without falling on your face from fatigue. And I'm always looking for ways to make it through the day without falling on my face.
How do you start your day?