Monday Mantra: Sleep Less and Dream More

Monday Mantra:  Sleep Less and Dream More

Happy Monday, friends! If you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram, you know how much I’m missing my cozy hotel room and beautiful chandelier at The Omni in Providence, Rhode Island now that I’m back at home. It was nice to spend a few days away again and take in a new city. I hadn’t been to Rhode Island in fifteen years — and I never made it to Providence before this trip. I’ll be sharing more later in the week about where to go for the perfect breakfast and what to do in the area, so stay tuned!

As I was reflecting on my trip (man, those few days went by fast) and all of the things I want to accomplish as we start the new week, something struck me. I’ve never been a morning person — I actually despise mornings. Why would I want to get up when my bed is so comfy? I’ve read a plethora of articles about how to train yourself to wake up earlier — and I’ve tried all of the tips. I justify my ‘I don’t do mornings’ stance by believing that there have to be people who are just not cut out for mornings. Perhaps I am one of those people. Nothing wrong with that.

But when I travel, I do manage to wake up early (well, “early” by my standards). The days feel longer, I feel more energized (maybe that’s just the additional cups of coffee I’m able to squeeze in), but most importantly, I can accomplish a lot more during my day. You may be reading this thinking, “Vanessa, I hope it didn’t take you long to make this realization.” No, thankfully it did not.

The incisive question here is this: how do you make every day feel like a vacation? What makes you excited to get out of bed, throw some clothes on, and start your day? The answer will be different for everyone. But I predict that when you can answer this question, mornings will look a whole lot different to you. Maybe instead of dreading what you have to do, you will start looking forward to what you can do with the day.

One way to do this that I’ve found helpful is to schedule something you enjoy first thing in the morning. It could be coffee with a friend before work, or a fitness class. By ensuring this is the first thing you do after you wake up, you’ll be more likely to want to get out of bed and get moving. For me, I enjoy starting my day off at a quaint coffee shop (but Starbucks will do just fine), while I sip my coffee and people-watch. My productivity level in the morning isn’t super high, so reading and commenting on other blogs is about all I can expect to accomplish in the early hours.

Whether your morning starts at 6 am or more like 9:30-ish, your outlook on the morning dictates your day. So when you’re tempted to hit snooze for the twentieth time and go back to sleep, take a deep breath, get up and tell yourself “you’ve got this!”

Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear what motivates you to get out of bed and start your day!

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38 comments

  1. I used to not be a morning person (especially when I was in college) but now I find myself waking up earlier than I normally would have in the past so that I can start off my day productively. Plus I love being able to enjoy a cup of tea before heading into the office!

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  2. This is such a great article, Vanessa! I mean, I’d consider myself somewhat of a morning person; I can’t sleep later than 9 am, no matter how much I’d like, unless my husband is off and sleeps in, then I can sleep a lot longer. I love the suggestion about scheduling something you love to do first thing in the morning. I agree, it really does make a difference in my willingness to get up. I wake up at 6 am and arrive to the gym by 6:45, although the gym is practically 10 minutes away, I basically sleep walk for about a good 20 minutes upon “waking up”, haha. Oh, and I love the photos you take at your hotel window when traveling, it’s become somewhat of a signature shot of yours, I really like it! I look forward to your posts this week about your stay in RI, I’ve never been! Thanks so much for sharing, I really enjoyed the read; you’re such a great writer! Have a wonderful Monday, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Thanks so much, Jalisa! I’m glad you enjoyed the post — and yes, my window shots are becoming somewhat of a signature of mine. Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed sitting by windows and people-watching. It’s been fun to document similar shots all with different views while traveling. I wish I could make it to the gym in the morning, but I would probably have a Taylor Swift moment and fall off the treadmill! Hope your week is off to a great start!

  3. Very insightful, Vanessa! I find that when I wake up EARLIER so I’m able to eat breakfast at a leisurely pace, check in with social media and read world news I start my day in a more productive place. If I push waking up back in order to get more sleep I’m inevitably rushed and stressed out. No way to start a day!

    1. I completely agree with you, Kasie! Starting off your day leisurely is much better than catching those few extra minutes of sleep (advice that I really should take as I reach to hit snooze one…more…time). Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. That’s great advice, Angharad! I’m glad you liked the photo. Me sitting by the window has become kind of like a signature when I travel now. I have a similar shot from my last stay in NYC!

    1. So true, Elinor! When I had my last horse (an OTTB), I used to ride at 5:30 am — mainly in the winter when I was forced to ride in the indoor and wanted to beat the crowds. Aside from that, horse shows were the only other thing I would get up so early for!

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