My eyelids fluttered, I felt oh so dreamy and relaxed.
I kept them closed as I lengthened my body, enjoying the feeling of my toes skimming the clean, crisp sheets.
I could hear the birds tweeting and chirping outside my window, almost as if they were introducing the day with their chatter.
I felt so alive, restored and rested I guessed it must be time to get up, time to get going.
I hesitated, before glancing over to the clock, convinced the alarm was ready to go any minute and to my utter delight I still had 20 minutes. 20 whole minutes for me to spend in the unique beauty of the beginnings of a day.
I reached out, my hand caressing the warm glow of the morning sun streaming in to my room.
I smiled briefly, knowing the reason I was awake, the careful decision I made to bestow myself with the very simple and rejuvenating gift of an early and regular bedtime.
You see I am a night owl, often tapping away on the keyboard into the wee hours of the morning. Alone, in the quiet dark house, I lose track of time and rob myself of precious hours of rest. The next day my alarm interrupts my deep, restorative slumber, leaving my head heavy on the pillow and my eyes sore and scratchy.
Not today, today I have 20 glorious minutes to do as I please. 20 glorious minutes to indulge my own desires, 20 glorious minutes to begin my day, 20 glorious minutes to enjoy in my revitalised state.
So began my list of 20 things to do when you wake 20 minutes before your alarm.
- Remain in bed lost deep in thought
- Sit outside and enjoy a morning cup of tea with nature
- Take a bath
- Read your book in bed
- Watch a morning news show
- Grab your camera and take some photos of your home basking in the glorious morning glow
- Listen to a podcast
- Write in your journal
- Repaint your nails
- Go for a walk around the block
- Send a Good Morning text or email to your Mum, your sister, your bestie for no other reason than to brighten their day
- Roll over and lose yourself in an embrace with your significant other
- Lie very still and imagine the birds are indeed chatting with you
- Write a card to a friend and let them know that you are missing them
- Flick around on Instagram, Flickr or Pinterest and enjoy all the pretty pictures
- Straighten your hair instead of waiting for the weekend
- Put on a face mask and exfoliate your body
- Sit in the warmth of the sun streaming into your home and soak in its incredible energy
- Watch your children as they sleep.
Let’s keep this list growing.
Leave me comment and tell me what would you do with 20 minutes all to yourself in the morning.