“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

Today I wanted to talk about the fact of waking up early. Maybe it might seem like a boring topic to discuss at first, but in fact, it is a subject which you can find plenty of literature on. In addition, it might not seem appealing to you, but really, read this and give it a try. What do you have to lose ?

First, I would like to say that I have never been a lark. I have always had the need for an alarm clock – even several – to be sure I would get up. Several times, I have fallen back asleep to the point that I was late to school or to appointments. Several times (almost every day I must admit) I snoozed, and snoozed, which left me with one more hour in bed, but not a real hour of sleep, which was in fact really counterproductive. I thought getting up early was just not my thing because I was tired in the morning. The fact that I saw some of my friends being able to wake up at 7 or 8am without an alarm clock amazed me. I wish I could do that too I often thought to myself. But I kept on snoozing every morning of school, and slept in until 10-11ish on the weekends.

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Chia seeds, thank you for existing !

12636891_10209198934196889_254804106_oToday, I am going to blow your mind ! At least I hope so. I am always trying to find new original recipes, healthy if possible, that allow to change a bit my routine to “spice things up”. This is especially true for breakfast : I usually set my mind on something and keep eating the same thing over and over until I am fed up with it. This notably describes the complicated and cyclical relationship I have with oatmeal. Each year around winter I re-discover it, thinking “What was I thinking not eating oatmeal anymore, it is delicious !”. But after months of eating it almost daily – sometimes the call for warm homemade carrot-cake pancakes is just too strong – I just cannot bear the sight of the oatmeal box in my house, let alone eat it, anymore.

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From couch potato to fitness lover.

fitnessI have to admit that I have never been a very sporty person when I was younger. I mean, sure, I practiced gymnastics for a year when I was about 10, but I quickly gave up because of a bad fall on the beam during a competition. I then decided to try modern jazz dancing, which was nice. However, I decided to quit too after three years of practice because of the severity of the teacher towards the end of each year for our show. Besides that, I had to practice sports through school, which made me try handball, basketball, running, judo, climbing and swiming among other things.

While I liked some of those activities, I never thought of myself as the kind of girl doing much sports during her free time. I was always busy doing something else and considered my time too precious to be preoccupied with working out. I just did not see what good it could bring me: it made much more sense to me to take pleasure from watching – for the hundredth time – an episode of Friends than from going for a run (especially outside, when it is windy or rainy, uh ! Who’s got time for that ?). And I reckon I was not the only one.

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“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Shelley

coffeeI guess for me the most difficult thing to do is always to start. Delaying something that could be done today in order to make it perfect is certainly one of my favourite strategy – and I am probably not the only one. As Lucy Maud Montgomery put it, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” However, sometimes you just have that epiphany that the waterfall of thoughts irrigating your mind is either going to explose or to dry out because it has not been properly cared for. Let us therefore not let the perfect be the enemy of the good : the day has come to take the leap.

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