Quitter Cats I’m a quitter. I’m not particularly a fan of quitting, but honestly, after sharing my story with my friends about my #30DayChallenge, that is exactly what I’ve done. I’ve quit. Or… to be more clear, I’ve stopped doing the Challenge.

Is Stopping the Same as Quitting?

I’m going to argue no. (Obviously.) My Challenge this month was to get up early. Everyday. No excuses. Now to be clear, I don’t have to get up early. I don’t have a commute. There are no kids at home. My Franklin the Wonder Dog likes to sleep in. Getting up early is entirely by choice.

The reason I wanted to get up early is because I was conned into thinking that I would be happier (I was chasing a shiny thing) if I got up earlier. I would be more productive. I would feel better about myself. It would be like a magic wand went over my day and started it with rainbows and sparkles if I just did this ONE thing.

Luna Quits Nope. That isn’t what happened. Instead I would either fail at getting up early and I would start my day feeling like a failure. (Note to self, not a great beginning to anything except a Lifetime movie where there is some big awakening.) Or I would get up before 7:30 (that was the drop dead time to get out of bed) and I would burn the eggs, not remember if I had washed my hair in the shower or not or forget my phone when I was leaving to go to a meeting. In other words, I was groggy and forgetful. Also, not a great way to start the day.

I decided after MULTIPLE days of this that it wasn’t worth it. No amount of “Miracle Morning” was worth such a bad beginning. So, I stopped. Rising early, right now, isn’t for me.

I’ve crafted a magical life that is practically rainbows and unicorns already. I work for an organization I care deeply about, have clients and speaking engagements that make my heart sing, my home is tiny and tidy, I craft my own days and wrench out as much productivity as I can, I get to be creative in writing, blogging, painting, photography, I eat homemade and healthy meals – I live the dream (small and tiny house kind of dreams, but still this is MY dream).

So, mornings aren’t my thing right now. Ok. I get up at 7:30 and I feel fine about that. I sleep great and I feel really rested. Those things are magical to me, too. Stopping made me realize I already had what I wanted. I call that a successful #30DayChallenge.

If you want to join the #30DayChallenge (it’s totally free and filled with amazing people) send me an email and I’ll add you to the group.

3 Comments on I’m A Quitter and I’m Ok

  1. Suzy Taylor Oakley
    March 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve come to realize that not every book (or shiny thing) that purports to help me is one-size-fits-all. That is a freeing thing. I applaud you for recognizing that the practice of rising “early” (a relative term) was one of those shiny things with lots of promise, but only for people who hadn’t yet figured out what you already knew.

    You’ve established a life that works for you. If it ain’t broke, don’t get up early to fix it.

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  2. Beth
    March 14, 2016 at 10:46 am (1 year ago)

    I am not an early riser either. I like to stay up late (midnight) and sleep until about 7:30 as well. I usually get 7 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep. My husband goes to bed early and gets up early. I just can’t adjust to that, nor do I want to. The important part is that we get enough rest, right? And if you make your own work schedule, then you should be allowed to sleep when your body naturally wants to sleep. 🙂

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  3. Stephanie
    March 29, 2016 at 11:36 am (12 months ago)

    I don’t blame you one bit for not wanting to get up early. Each night I tell myself that I’m going to get up earlier the next day, hoping that getting up an hour before everyone else will give me some sort of new wisdom. Then the alarm sounds and I abandon my early rising plans for the comfort of my cozy bed and I’m okay with that. Some people just weren’t meant to get up with the chickens. Thank goodness I’m not a farmer

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