I was definitely a night owl. I get tired about 7 o'clock in the evening, but all my creative juices start again about 8 o'clock. So sometimes I don't get to bed until quite late. I used to say this is just the way I was, the way God made me, until I was really challenged by this article from the Girltalk bloggers.
As they worked through 7 Habits of the Highly Effective Woman, I was introduced to The 5:00 Club. Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters have all developed the habit of getting up early before their families to give them a chance to have a dedicated quiet time before the demands of the day chat up with them and to prepare to serve their families.
At the moment, I work and live on my own, but I do really hope to have a family some day. As I pray that God will bless me with a husband and children, I feel it is also my responsibility to be cultivating the disciplines that will serve my family, knowing that God will use them too to bless my work and worship as a single woman.
Inspired by the advice from Nicola Whitacre that I should be prepared "to feel absolutely miserable for about 10 to 15 minutes" (!) and reassured that "the feeling of misery turns into pure gladness as I soon experience the delight of having that alone time and as I reap the benefits all day long", I began to set myself the challenge of becoming a morning person.
And it works! Admittedly, I don't get up at 5:00 - I think at the moment this would be a bit too much of a shock to the system! - but I am working on getting up early and starting my day right. To be honest, I think I use my time so much better and I achieve so much more with my day than I ever did as a 'night owl'. And now that I have written about here, I will have to keep it up!
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens
Labels: biblical womanhood, time/money management